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

    Quote Originally Posted by TranquilRage View Post
    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.
    exactly... even i fill in rupees instead of liters but as the petrol prices are changing every now and then its hard to remember the price during last fill. so liters method seemed more accurate. anyways if u fill by rupees then make sure you remember the price.
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    Default Re: Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 (2013) – An ownership experience 10 years in the ma

    Quote Originally Posted by Loner View Post
    exactly... even i fill in rupees instead of liters but as the petrol prices are changing every now and then its hard to remember the price during last fill. so liters method seemed more accurate. anyways if u fill by rupees then make sure you remember the price.
    Yeah, am taking the bill which mentions all the details plus am rewriting with pen on it so that I have the details even if the bill's print fades. Let's see.

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

    Took Moksha to work again.

    I experimented riding with a windcheater instead of riding jacket, have concluded that in addition to the safety the jacket is also more comfortable. The windcheater suffocates enough to take your mind off the road. I'll just use the rain liner in the jacket if I ever intend to ride in heavy rain.

    I am now 100% accustomed to riding with my gloves. Even the boots work fine, although I couldn't help thinking if I was a size 12, I could upshift and downshift while keeping my foot at the same place . I have to do a little forward and backward, or above and below, which should become easier with time.

    I am also more confident of riding. On the highway, I had to remember the 50kmph limitation (until 1st service) when I was wanting to go faster. The best thing, however, is still the joy of riding. I am loving my time with Moksha. Guess, post monsoons, a couple of services and some more experience later, it's going to get even better.

    Today, when I removed the cover, I was surprised to find a cat sleeping on my seat!!! I have no idea how it managed to get inside the cover, but I guess rains and a cozy, bucket front seat is a combination good enough for the cat. Anyway, I had to clean off a lot of cat-hair from the seat and tank. Thankfully, no scratches. After returning home, I gave Moksha a quick wash to remove all the mud (kept myself away from the hot parts, my 2nd degree burn has still not healed) before covering him up. And this time to hopefully keep the cat out, I tied the cover from below and removed all the air space above the seats by flattening the cover from above. Let's see.

    The seat may have been cozy for the cat, but am feeling a little saddle sore while riding. I have a feeling it's because of the curve of the split seat and positioning.

    Now the odometer reads 139 kms. Looking forward to get in a few more clicks this weekend, rain willing.

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

    So today finally managed to take Moksha to show him to my in-laws and friends. The rains took a break in the 1st half of the day, though on my return I got into heavy rain.

    I had a little problem starting him up in the morning. I don't know whether it was because I was hurrying up and/or was not smooth, or there is something that needs to be adjusted.

    I took a longer route and went via the highways. In one direction, I could feel the resistance of front wind. Cross winds also seem to give a little wobble feeling to the front side. Being restricted to 50kms, I couldn't try to cut through the wind, and on another note was also the slowest rider with even non-geared scooters scooting by . While riding on the highway is much more leisurely than using an arterial road, have to really take care of 4-wheelers who come from behind, zip and weave around that too without using horns or signals.

    Spotted riders with riding gear on 3-4 occasions, maybe members of xBhp too?

    Also spotted a TB-350 owner parked roadside wrapping up his raincoat. I went on thinking his bike might be new and I probably wouldn't see him again but some 10 minutes later, he went zipping by ... his 1st service done hopefully. Fat guy had only helmet as protection and was wearing slippers(!) so guess not a member of xBhp

    Saddle sore is a pain in the ass, literally! Any advice?

    Ride was fun, got 60kms in today (my highest in a single day uptil now) and the odometer reads 199kms.

    P.S. cat problem seems to be solved.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by TranquilRage View Post
    Today, when I removed the cover, I was surprised to find a cat sleeping on my seat!!!
    What a coincidence! Day-before-yesterday night, a cat slept on my uncovered Blue Bird's seat, again, to take refuge from the pouring rains of Chennai. From last night, my Blue Bird is well-covered with a bed-sheet. It appears that cats love to sleep on Thunderbird's curvy seat!
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    Default Re: Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 (2013) – An ownership experience 10 years in the ma

    Quote Originally Posted by J.Ravi View Post
    What a coincidence! Day-before-yesterday night, a cat slept on my uncovered Blue Bird's seat, again, to take refuge from the pouring rains of Chennai. From last night, my Blue Bird is well-covered with a bed-sheet. It appears that cats love to sleep on Thunderbird's curvy seat!
    Yeah, and no saddle sore for cats
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    Default Re: Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 (2013) – An ownership experience 10 years in the ma

    Yeah, was able to ride today.

    Too many rain caterpillar-type bugs on the cover everytime. And they bite faster then you know, a small bite in the afternoon is still stinging now.

    Moksha started up easily today. Or I was not hasty.

    Used the rain liner on my jacket today, it doesn't feel stuffy or hot. The only problem is it takes time to wear vis-a-vis just wearing the jacket plus have to spend a little time to attach the liner to the jacket.

    Well, with various combinations and experiments, am quickly learning about what I require each time I step out, and also am minimising the time I need to get out. However still time-consuming ... first removing the cover, wiping the seat, handlebars, tank etc. and bringing cover back home. Then grabbing all my stuff, riding gear, bag and wearing boots. Then, back down starting up Moksha and wearing gear in the time the idle RPM comes to 1k. Then, leaving. Then, AT EACH WORK STOP, parking, switching off, putting key in pocket, taking of gloves, helmet, jacket, putting it in bag, becoming presentable. Then, while leaving, wearing eveything again. Then, after coming back, parking, going home, removing all gear, taking cover down, washing the mud off Moksha, covering him, coming back up, shower, drying and cleaning gear.

    Mumbai has more potholes than roads, the situation is incredibly bad! The traffic just piles up because of them, at least unlike cars, am able to go with all other bikes from the little space on the left (sometimes though Moksha is too big), but the sides can have bigger holes plus accumulated mud. Also, big concerns are the splits between cement slabs, and worse when they are not smoothly tapered off. I had a huge jolt today when I hit a small sloping hole between an asphalt an concrete road. Frankly, most of the times the roads feel too slippery and dirty to give any confidence to ride above 50 kms.

    Local garage has still not got the large size front rain-cover for handlebar/switches/odometer.

    Post-rains, riding should be a lot easier and comfortable. Can't say about summer though.

    Odometer today reads 232kms.

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

    Good riding day today. So much comfortable with all the shifting, braking, neutral, handling etc. Got in a few kms on work, showed Moksha to another friend, came home and since was unsatisfied went off just to ride again. Got in a total of 55 kms today, saddle sore was slight towards the end which means double improvement on both number of kms before sore and the intensity of soreness .

    Also, had my first night ride. I wasn't really able to check the strength of the headlights as there were always too many vehicles around. One thing, however, was that my visor dirty with the rain had very poor visibility especially in the areas where streelights were not there. I had to ride with the visor open sometimes.

    Also, looking out for any signs of anything being out of place. Am no expert, but I felt the handlebar might have become slightly looser. And also, while braking, there is a slight 'whirrr' sound from the front brake/tyre. Might be the disk, but I couldn't make anything out from the back tyre. Let's see, I'll know better soon. Trying to understand if anything is out of rhythm, so I can get it taken care of during the first service, which now am confident I can hit 500 kms before 0-45 days.

    Odomoter reads 287 kms today.
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    Default Re: Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 (2013) – An ownership experience 10 years in the ma

    Quote Originally Posted by TranquilRage View Post

    Dude the chome and all does not go so easily .....
    And just wash the bike properly every week .. and you wont see rust settling down so easily
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    Quote Originally Posted by surajit09 View Post
    Dude the chome and all does not go so easily .....
    And just wash the bike properly every week .. and you wont see rust settling down so easily
    I am washing the bike after every two rides.

    The chrome may not go easily, but I went for the anti-rust after factoring in two things. Rains are usually continuous in Mumbai and sometimes days may go by before I get to wash-wipe the bike. Also, within 10 days of getting the bike, rust formed completely on the crash-guard (I know that's an after-part), and started to form on small screws, spring of side-stand etc.

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