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    with regards to the timing gear replacement reported earlier -

    I have a 2004 model T-bird, done about 62,000 kms, and still running stock cams, spindles, rockers, and springs.

    The difference that i found was that i ride the bike in the right rev zone ( 2700-3700rpm ), and shift gears after pulling the engine properly.. and not going thump thump thump like you could do on the CI bullet.

    This engine needs to be kept in the right rev range and not stressed at low rpms ( pulling in a high gear, at low speed ). And as a rule, change the oil pump shaft every 20-25,000 kms, since that also causes a lot of failures.


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    44k kms in 2 years is a good coverage on odo. Changing rear tyre at 29k shows that you do not ride rashly but then 32Kmpl is less mileage from a UCE engine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TorQ View Post
    Had been to enfield showroom and here is a small update.

    1) Oil filter leak - Mechanic says last time i had left my vehicle there, there have put two gaskets. they removed both of em and put a new one. Now this is the fifth gasket.

    2) Kit kit kit sound from yesterday evening - Bend pipe air leak. Have replaced the silencer gasket. sound gone now.

    3) more than 3k RPMs some sound coming from the bike. Last time i had shown they said this is due to the number plate(IND). Was not happy with the answer. Today while raising the RPM saw battery moving up and down. Pointed out to the engineer. upon opening the cover we understood, during first service they topped up some distilled water and forgot to put the screw back.

    4) Byk doesnt hit reserve - They opened the tap to understand reserve pipe was loose from bottom hence petrol flowing completely in ON.

    5) Oil stains right from spark plug to bottom of the sleeve(dunno what to call this). They removed the top cover above the spark plug and noticed the gasket was not placed properly. they changed the gasket with the new one and fixed it back. Engine noise has reduced considerably. and byk is as smooth as ever.

    All the problem solved and took 3 hrs.

    Hope these issues doesnt crop up again.

    Meanwhile guys i have planned long ride on my bike.

    Currently i have maintained running in period very well. Till 1000Kms in 45km/hr.

    After 1000kms i maintain in 70 to 75 kms per hour.

    Please suggest what all i need to check before i start ff with a long ride. Im travelling 240kms one side. so please suggest.

    After service showrom guys charged me 50 rs for gaskets.I refused to pay saying i'm coming for the same problem with oil filter leak the fifth time and everytime they are charging for the problem that is not getting solved. they sent me free of cost.

    Meanwhile my byk has done 1400kms. should i still maintain 70 or i can go little higher . suggestions please.
    Hi
    Things you should carry when you are on a long drive:
    1.) Clutch Wire
    2.) Accelarator Wire
    3.) Chain Link Lock.

    Also i disagree that you should always go to the showroom as i had a bitter experience when i went to the one in the Bannerghatta Road, N S Palya they cheat you and do not do the work keep you standing for hours and charge like hell. I recently bought a old 2006 thunderbird and it had lots of problems like it was shaking after 40 speed, they showroom guys asked me to keep the bike for 2-3 days and said they will fix the problem with some CAM change which will cost me about 8k. I met a guy in the showroom and he told me about a Mechanic named Sardar (Mobile#+919880667143) he only does Enfield bikes, he has a small workshop backside to Sagar Appllo hospital on Bannerghatta road. After disappointment from the showroom and begging them to see my bike i located Sardar and he told me to change the back tire and the shocks which was completely gone, i change my tire for 1950 and the shock absorbers for 1400/- bought it myself from J C Road Sandhy, tire replace from MRF dealer on J C Road, MRF Nylo Grip Plus. He fixed the shocks in 10 mins i was good to go, the vibrations and shaking was almost nil. As my bike is a second hand the first owner treated her like a doormat, never gave her the dignity she deserved, there was some oil which was in the engine, i gave my bike to Sardar in the morning and i took it in the evening he had changed some of the old parts and my bike is now seems to a new one. He takes guarantee of the work he does and if there is any problem after he repairs he will give back the money. I had some problems of the bike stopping and not starting without the choke. He figured it out as i had change my oil cap and the new oil cap was faulty as it had a thick rubber ring and the air was getting blocked and not passing to the engine after sometime as when the oil shakes during the ride it created air and the air needs to pass otherwise it creates a vacum, i put back the old oil cap and it is fine now, only thing is i key got added to my bunch of keys. Happy riding the new RE TBTS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AshishShah View Post
    Hi! all,

    I recently faced an issue with my TBTS. Though I've had the experience of a lifetime with the bike and love it more than anything else, the bike does have some issues and as I used always tell my girlfriend everyones not perfect otherwise we would have never had the need of the Marriage Funda.

    It all started when i just got my refueled @ a Fuel station in Hinjewadi, Pune. The bike simply refused to start after that, there was some problem with the electric starter and that was pretty obvious from the sound it made. I tried the Kick start option and it made a sound like the electric start. So was pissed of, puzzled, irritated, etc. whatever would want me to call it. I pushed my bike to a near by Mechanic parked it and asked if he would have any idea. (Free fund Advice: Never let these run of the mill mechanics even touch your bike). He said, "Nahi Sahib, humne kabhi Bullet ko nahi repair kiya" and he gave up. I tried all my "Bullet Doctor" Friends and my regular Mech, Friends suggested put it in a Tempo and send it to the Mech. So I did.

    So I talked up a bit with this Mech of mine and asked him what exactly was the issue. He said Saprk Clutch had taken a Beating. On asking How? the reply Shot off: "Woh part hi Faulty hai, Electric start bar bar marne se Kharab ho jata hai". No Specific number for that "Bar-Bar" on repeated attempts to get that info out . So the Learning is "Don't Forget, This is an RE at the end of teh day. Kick start is the Best". So I asked what is to be done he said Badlna padega. Price 3.5 K. Time: No Clue (Parts in Shortage) ... "RE parts are Costly and Rare". Then the Temprary Solution was remove it and use it with Kick start till it the parts Arrive.

    2 Days and Still waiting.

    So Now the question how many have seen this issue with their/ Their Friends bikes? Trying to get the picture as to where did i go wrong.

    Waiting for replies guys.

    Oh before I forget, the Bike is awesome and this price paid and effort put in is all more than worth it. Trust me you'll fall in Love with bike.
    Hi,
    I had recently bought a Enfield Thunderbird 2006 Model means not Thunderbird without the twinspark, my electric start was not working and i got it repaired at Bangalore where i stay from the Service center for around 3.5k and it works excellent for me, even if the kickstart betrays the Electric start doesn't. Although i had faced and still facing issues with some problem or the other but the Electric start does not go bad for pressing Bar Bar. Your Mechanic may not be a qualified one, really knowledgeable Enfield Mechanics are hard to find but once u find him you can trust him, always u do not need to change the parts lot of Led work can be done and it will be one fourth of the cost of changing the part and u dont know when it will go wrong. So search for mechanic if u lived in Bangalore then i would have guided you, but Pune no idea.

    Rgds,
    Amit

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    Quote Originally Posted by (Alok) View Post
    44k kms in 2 years is a good coverage on odo. Changing rear tyre at 29k shows that you do not ride rashly but then 32Kmpl is less mileage from a UCE engine.
    @Alok,

    I got 32kmpl previously and now it has increased to 40 kmpl(Bangalore-Mangalore highway) after the carb tuning. In City like Bangalore once cannot expect a better fuel efficiency.
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    Quote Originally Posted by amitsharma73 View Post
    Hi,
    I had recently bought a Enfield Thunderbird 2006 Model means not Thunderbird without the twinspark, my electric start was not working and i got it repaired at Bangalore where i stay from the Service center for around 3.5k and it works excellent for me, even if the kickstart betrays the Electric start doesn't. Although i had faced and still facing issues with some problem or the other but the Electric start does not go bad for pressing Bar Bar. Your Mechanic may not be a qualified one, really knowledgeable Enfield Mechanics are hard to find but once u find him you can trust him, always u do not need to change the parts lot of Led work can be done and it will be one fourth of the cost of changing the part and u dont know when it will go wrong. So search for mechanic if u lived in Bangalore then i would have guided you, but Pune no idea.

    Rgds,
    Amit

    @Amit,

    Can you please give your mechanics contact details?

    Wonder how come a RE mechanic is suggesting the electric start when there are many cases of sprag clutch being worn out every now and then.

    Almost all the RE mechanics whom i know suggests to remove the sprag clutch and use kick start only. The reason being
    1.Sprag clutch has no guarantee
    2.It is too costly(Rs.3500 approx)
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    Hey...Broda....
    I guess the problem you faced is because you used the electronic starter too much too soon....By default we tend to do that as that is what we come to expect from the push button start.... but just bear in mind that your pushing a button initiates a chain of process....So it'll obviously not be as instantaneous as we like.So the best suggestion is to go by the manual & give a break of atleast 30seconds between each time you iuse the electronic starter....
    And the best way to keep the part in perfect shape is to ensure that you give your bike a few kicks every morn & rev it idling for about 10mins.. even if you do not ride it.I've been followin the same on my bike... & everyday it starts on the 2nd kick .....

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    Dear Members...
    This is the first time I am posting in Xbhp...I have also booked Thunderbird twinspark in Kolkata last month.Dealer said he will be giving the delivery by the month of May...just sharing one thought which i have in my mind.
    I am 6ft tall, when I wanted to go for bullet first thing took my heart is classic. I wanted to go for C350 from my heart but my mind says thunderbird to be better choice...I am just asking the bikers out here that is there any drawbacks of c350 like skidding problem and other?? and how is the ride comfort comparing to thunderbird?
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    Even I booked a TBTS on Sunday and am expecting the delivery tomorrow ( 7th April ). I'm as excited as a KID and havent slept since 3 days and waiting to get my hands on the beast.

    I did start a thread on this but did not get too much feedback but would appreciate help from fellow bikers.
    Here is a link to my thread and am planning to start the ownership thread once i get the delivery , keeping my fingers crossed for tomorrow.


    http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/what-bik...elp-gurus.html

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    Guys I have a TBTS '10 model, done 14000km so far. since last 500 km or so whenever i ride, there is scrapping sound from engine...though engine runs normal otherwise.
    Starter motor spins but does not engage starter assembly. It was jammed inh place for two months, so I removed it on my own last month and refitted it. This solved problem with jammed starter assembly but now starter does not work and I have to use Kick.
    last I tested, bike was returning a mileage of 37KMPL. is this normal for TS engine?
    Is there any big difference between UCE & TS? 'cos AFIK... UCE was first introduced on TBird. and later they changed crankcase design.
    anything that can go wrong will surely go wrong at the wrong time and the wrong place

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