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    @TranquilRage. It is a good long post. Congrats on your new family member.

    I couldn't control my laughter after reading the below lines.

    " On the 27th, I got THE call. Funny, he didnt introduce himself and asked me why I wasnt excited on hearing his voice! If he is reading this, let him know I danced the whole day afterwards "
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackPanther View Post
    @TranquilRage. It is a good long post. Congrats on your new family member.

    I couldn't control my laughter after reading the below lines.

    " On the 27th, I got THE call. Funny, he didn’t introduce himself and asked me why I wasn’t excited on hearing his voice! If he is reading this, let him know I danced the whole day afterwards "
    Thanks man! And yeah, making light of yet another of the many peculiarities of the RE staff.

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    Default Re: Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 (2013) An ownership experience 10 years in the ma

    Rain, rain, go away
    Come again another day
    Little Moksha wants to play
    His 350cc waiting to THUNDER away!
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    So after a week of incessant rains, including a heavy downpour when I tried to take Moksha out on Saturday, I was finally able to go on a little ride on Sunday morning to Shivaji Park (where I stopped for a minute and a man started to talk about RE before I excused myself), then on to Reclamation, Mount Mary, Bandstand, Carter Road and more before getting back home.

    Didn't feel comfortable riding over 40 as the roads were wet and slippery due to a short burst of rain immediately before the ride. Later, as the road dried up, I was able to immediately feel my confidence in handling my ride. Well, all is experience gained under the belt. After the 27km ride of yesterday, my odometer reads 80km. If the rain allows, I have to try to get to 500kms in the 45 days (35 left) upto the 1st service.

    Meanwhile, after the ride, I saw that my crashguard had spots of rust. Also on the spring of the side-stand and around the screws. Unfortunately, due to the whole week of rains, I hadn't been able to get the anti-rust done. Also, while checking the crashguard, I burned my index finger badly at the place where the exhaust starts from the engine. Pretty stupid, and very painful. And pretty restricting and slowing me down now, eg while typing this!

    Anyway, I had some work, and it was in the afternoon that I could give a little wash to Moksha for all the mud of the morning's ride plus getting ready for treatment. Then, immediately took it to a local garage and got the anti-rust treatment done. Cost 20*2=40 for two bottles of anti-rust solution, 150 for labour. Moksha looks ugly now, but he's protected. As is the case everywhere, everyone comes and looks at the bike and the rider ... the decent ones talk about how awesome the bike and colour looks and how it suits me, the perennial loafers maintain a distance acting as if they have been unaffected by the halo of Moksha yet stealing glances every now and then. Moksha and I make an intimidating pair, I guess ... the beast and the beast!

    Okay enough.

    Wanted to go accumulate more clicks for the odometer in the evening but was too tired plus the finger burn wasn't helping.

    Today on a Monday, the sky's clear, but don't think I will be able to spare time for a ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TranquilRage View Post
    Moksha will have to look ugly until the monsoons go away!
    Does this means anti-rust treatment will was away after some time OR the ugliness will. Will Moksha ever get its beauty of chrome shine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roks2408 View Post
    Does this means anti-rust treatment will was away after some time OR the ugliness will. Will Moksha ever get its beauty of chrome shine.
    You have an innocent way of asking

    The anti-rust solution cannot be washed away as its main purpose is to not allow water to stick on the parts prone to rust. After monsoons, I will get it removed using petrol/diesel and Moksha will be back with his shining chrome!

    Remember: True beauty is what lies within Temporary ugliness is nothing for monsoons to keep the beauty for years to come.

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    I got attached by your story and knowing that the chrome touches are killer looks on road, i thought its gone like forever.

    The anti-rust coating is a nice idea for rains, will do that when my bird arrives. How about the permanently making antirust for engine, is that a good idea? Do you have any suggestions for chrome polish ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by roks2408 View Post
    I got attached by your story and knowing that the chrome touches are killer looks on road, i thought its gone like forever.

    The anti-rust coating is a nice idea for rains, will do that when my bird arrives. How about the permanently making antirust for engine, is that a good idea? Do you have any suggestions for chrome polish ?
    You will have to do anti-rust whether you like it or not, and whether the look goes or not, because RE bikes get rusted soon. I don't think you can put anti-rust on the engine itself, I think it is aluminium so it is not supposed to rust anyway. No idea for chrome polish as I haven't researched yet ... waxing, polishing stage will come later say after 6 months. I think chrome polish usually has something to do with nickel.


    Anyway, today I took Moksha out in the rains. I had some work and the best way to understand how comfortable taking Moksha plus riding gear plus rains plus staying fresh enough for meeting ... the only way was to simply go ahead and do it.

    Removed the cover and kept it home. Then wore all the riding gear I have and rode off into a light drizzle. I am getting better at riding with gear, especially gloves, then handling Moksha, gear shifting, neutral etc all has become a lot more natural.

    Thankfully, only after my all work was done, did it start to rain heavily. As I was near A H Helmets, I went there and asked for the side hard box for keeping my cover (didn't have anything suitable), saw a few keychains (no RE), then a little timepass with knee guards, disk lock (overpriced) ... before deciding to ride home, rain or not. I put my leather gloves inside my bag as I didn't want to expose it to rain heavier than a drizzle. I had purposely not worn my rain-liner inside the jacket, but it was still comfortable to ride all the way home ... not soaked wet, just wet like a little extra sweating. Helmet, the only problem I had was that rain droplets and little fog was accumulating on the outside and vision was getting hampered. I managed with lifting the visor at stops and slow speeds and wiping it firmly with my thumb.

    Had a great ride in fact, I really enjoyed riding in the rain. Of course, emptier and safer roads will always bring a better experience.

    The last fuel bar started blinking and as I was near my favoured petrol pump, I went in and got 500 bucks of fuel. I had filled nearly 7 litres when I took delivery, thus, either the fuel indicator is imperfect or my mileage is screwed up. Is there any way to calculate mileage without doing tankfull? It is only after I do the first service, that I intend to fill the tank upto the brim and start calculating mileage.

    Went to local garage and asked for rain cover for handlebar and switches, size was unavailable but will get it tomorrow. Another addition to save the switches and odometers from possible failure in typical RE style.

    Ride today was 31kms. Happy that I am at 111kms now, hopefully should get to 500kms before the 1st service becomes due.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TranquilRage View Post
    Is there any way to calculate mileage without doing tankfull? It is only after I do the first service, that I intend to fill the tank upto the brim and start calculating mileage.
    there are a couple of methods and reserve to reserve is commonly used.
    1. make sure the fuel level is above reserve, ride with the fuel knob in ON position.
    2. as soon as it hits reserve reset the trip meter and yeah turn the knob to RESERVE .
    3. then fill in a few liters of petrol in accurate figure say 1,2,3 etc instead of bucks, it makes calculations easier.
    4. after filling up turn the knob back to ON and ride till it hits RESERVE.
    5. now note the trip meter reading and divide it by no of liters filled.
    simple
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    Quote Originally Posted by Loner View Post
    there are a couple of methods and reserve to reserve is commonly used.
    1. make sure the fuel level is above reserve, ride with the fuel knob in ON position.
    2. as soon as it hits reserve reset the trip meter and yeah turn the knob to RESERVE .
    3. then fill in a few liters of petrol in accurate figure say 1,2,3 etc instead of bucks, it makes calculations easier.
    4. after filling up turn the knob back to ON and ride till it hits RESERVE.
    5. now note the trip meter reading and divide it by no of liters filled.
    simple
    Yeah, reserve to reserve can also be used, it is always easier. Used to follow that a few years ago, until cars (maybe some bikes also, dunno) came up with accurate average calculations in odometer.

    Nowadays, we just don't fill by litres to save time in coming up with change. I too didn't consider it for now just because you know in the rains, me still learning to handle bike and full gear, impatient attendants and even more impatient bikers behind, then getting wallet out and proper change is a pain.

    Let's see, if again after yesterday's fill, my fuel bar starts blinking sooner than expected then I will do the reserve to reserve method and won't wait for 1st service to start tankful method.

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