My Classic 350 Motorcycle Diaries

J.Ravi

Petrol Powered + Diesel Driven
Bangalore To Chennai

My Blue Bird took me to my Chennai Royapettah home safely and comfortably by 11:45 am today. I left my Bangalore Basaveswara Nagar home at 4:45 am today. I took my first break of 10 minutes at Chittoor bypass after riding 190 km in about 2.5 hours. The next break of 40 minutes was for breakfast at Sangeetha's located near Chennasamudram toll plaza.

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I wore my Cramster jacket throughout my ride including the ride from Porur to home under scorching sun of Chennai! I found my Cramster all-weather gloves were more comfortable than the water-proof Technic gloves presented by my friend.

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My Blue Bird's digital display started reminding me of the next service although it is 1000 km/1 month away! :grin:

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J.Ravi

Petrol Powered + Diesel Driven
Best FE So Far 33.1 kmpl

My Blue Bird's digital display started reminding me of the next service although it is 1000 km/1 month away!
Now, the service reminder icon is gone. I turned the ignition on; pressed both select and set buttons for more than 3 seconds; turned the ignition off, and then, on again while keeping the buttons pressed; the service reminder icon is gone for now. I don't know, when it would bother me again before the scheduled second free service. :grin:

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This evening, my Blue Bird had 11.37 litres of petrol costing
66.85/litre at Woodlands Enterprises, Chennai 600004 upto the brim of the tank for a distance of 376 km, recording a fuel efficiency of 33.1 kmpl for the highway riding, the best recorded so far.
 

J.Ravi

Petrol Powered + Diesel Driven
RC With Wrong Spec Received

Yesterday, Royal Enfield Brand Store, Chennai, called me to inform that I could collect my Blue Bird's RC and insurance policy. Today, I rode on my Blue Bird to Royal Enfield Brand Store and collected the documents. To my horror, my Blue Bird was downgraded from 500 cc to 350 cc with wrong weight in the RC.
However, BHP and colour were correctly mentioned. In the insurance policy, all these specs are correctly mentioned. When I pointed out these blunders, I was assured that RC, duly corrected and counter-signed, would be given to me in a couple of days.

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How to differentiate the RE bikes manufactured in the new Oragadam plant from the ones made in the old plant? According to the sources, the engine and chassis numbers would be the same, if made in the old plant; would be different, if made in the new plant. The paint quality of the bikes made in the new plant is also better than that of the old plant's bikes. My Blue Bird was made in the old plant, if these sources are correct.

Now, my Blue Bird has BCMTouring sticker. :)

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After riding almost 1000KM and two servicing I am getting two strange issues with my bike which was not there at all before the first servicing.

1. The bike is not taking electric start some time. Strange answer I have got from service center guy that I cannot operate the start switch appropriately. I cannot show him exact problem, because the switch was working fine in front of the mechanic.

2. The most irritating problem I am facing after first service is, I cannot shift gear from Neutral to First, especially when the bike is running in 2nd gear then shift to Neutral and then it is not taking first gear. And this is happening unfortunately in signals, which cause frustration in public and anger on me. Service center mechanic is telling me that this is not a problem, there is manufacturing complexity. The gear is hanging on a thin rod and can take some press-hold technique to shift to 1st gear, though he failed two times in front of me.

3. Right mirror is still not fixed after trying three times by mechanic and I cannot see anything after few meters riding. It became shy like my lil daughter and shows me my wrist watch every time very consistently. I think RE should look at these silly mistakes for this costly successful model.

4.I have not got owner's manual after sending mail to customer care of RE till date. And no one from RE has contacted me for this.

Now friends tell me what is the solution. If you are facing one of these problems and solved the same, please do post here or tell me via phone 09836492974.

But the riding at 80KM/ph was awesome.....smooooooooooooooooooooooooooooth.
 

J.Ravi

Petrol Powered + Diesel Driven
Today, the company-operated service centre at OMR took 5 hours for chain adjustment and brake overhauling! But, they did water-wash and cleaning of my Blue Bird without my telling them to do that. The chain adjustment was required as I heard dak..dak sound from the chain touching the chain-guard. Similarly, I heard some noise from the front brake necessitating brake overhauling. I was charged
3 only for the split pin.
 

mdriyaz

New Member
Today, the company-operated service centre at OMR took 5 hours for chain adjustment and brake overhauling! But, they did water-wash and cleaning of my Blue Bird without my telling them to do that. The chain adjustment was required as I heard dak..dak sound from the chain touching the chain-guard. Similarly, I heard some noise from the front brake necessitating brake overhauling. I was charged
3 only for the split pin.
Wow.. Can it really get that good :) ..this place is on the way to my office and i plan to get my bike serviced by them (right from the first one).. And Mr. Ravi thanks for sharing your experiences,.. Infact i came to know about Quality metal industries, on ellis road because of this thread..and i went there last Sat, but the New TB crash bar was out of stock..they said they had just shipped the whole lot..and asked me to come back after a few days.
 

mdriyaz

New Member
You can try at Noor Automobiles, Pudupet, Chennai. Telephone: 044-2858 5065. They stock Royal Enfield accessories including Quality brand crash-guards.
Thanks. I will try to get the crash bar fixed this week. Btw.. how do you find the thunderbird seat for long rides?
 
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