My RE TB 500 Motorcycle Diaries

J.Ravi

Petrol Powered + Diesel Driven
My Blue Bird Gets Embossed Registration Number Plates

Yesterday, I rode on my son's Classic 500 Black to the manufacturer of embossed smart registration number plates near HAL Airport Road and got a pair for my Blue Bird costing
450 with a set of 4 anti-theft screws. The manufacturing unit's address is 800/34A, 1st floor, Portion B, Annayya Reddy Garden, Konena Agrahara, HAL, Bangalore - 560 017 [near Family Mart, behind the defunct Rajeshwari theatre]. Their telephone number is 080-88920107. Last year, I bought a pair for my son's Classic 500 Black from them at the same price! :) I will fix them on my Blue Bird by next week, when I visit Chennai. While returning home, I visited Sandhya Auto Spares, JC Road and bought a spare 1 litre engine oil and clutch cable plus 3M chain cleaner and chain lube spray.

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BlrGuy

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Re: My Blue Bird Gets Embossed Registration Number Plates

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While returning home, I visited Sandhya Auto Spares, JC Road and bought a spare 1 litre engine oil and clutch cable plus 3M chain cleaner and chain lube spray.




Hi Ravi - Congrats on your new purchase. How much did the 3M chain and lube spray cost you? I found out that Motul chain and lube spray cans (they come in separate cans) together costs 1000/-.

Has anyone used SAE 90 gear oil that is quite viscous and thick to lube the chain after cleaning it with a good spary of kerosene or WD40? Does use of gear oil cause any damage to the chain?

-BlrGuy


 

J.Ravi

Petrol Powered + Diesel Driven
Re: My Blue Bird Gets Embossed Registration Number Plates

Hi Ravi - Congrats on your new purchase.

Thanks a lot,
BlrGuy.
How much did the 3M chain and lube spray cost you?
3M chain cleaner cost :r: 348 and Rolan chain lube, :r: 500. I got a discount of :r: 50 on the total bill.
 

dbssdas

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Re: My Blue Bird Gets Embossed Registration Number Plates


Thanks a lot,
BlrGuy.

3M chain cleaner cost :r: 348 and Rolan chain lube, :r: 500. I got a discount of :r: 50 on the total bill.
I use a TVS chain lube now, and it costs around 120/-. And it lasts really long. Motul just keeps increasing their prices every day. Beside, on thing I noticed is that TVS gathers less dust than the MOtul.
 

J.Ravi

Petrol Powered + Diesel Driven
Re: My Blue Bird Gets Embossed Registration Number Plates

I use a TVS chain lube now, and it costs around 120/-. And it lasts really long. Motul just keeps increasing their prices every day. Beside, on thing I noticed is that TVS gathers less dust than the MOtul.
Thanks a lot, dbssdas. I will try TVS chain lube the next time.
 

J.Ravi

Petrol Powered + Diesel Driven
Cramster Turtle Magnetic Tank Bag For My Blue Bird

Today, I rode to Cramster, Cunningham Road, and bought a Turtle magnetic tank bag costing
1,800 for my Blue Bird. A board announcing 'Out for lunch - call xxxxx' greeted me, when I was at Cramster's entrance at 3:15 pm today. I called the number and the store-keeper opened the door from inside immediately. Perhaps, I disturbed his afternoon siesta! :shock:
 

J.Ravi

Petrol Powered + Diesel Driven
My Blue Bird Flies From Chennai To Bangalore

Yesterday was hectic both for me and my Blue Bird. While Shatabdi Express took me to Chennai, my Blue Bird brought me back to Bangalore Basaveswara Nagar home at 00:45 am today.


I got up at 4 am, took Shatabdi to Chennai, reached my Royapettah home by 11:45 am, called Royal Enfield Brand Store to know whether RC was received, but was told it was yet to come from RTO, collected some items, started my Blue Bird in the very first crank, left home by 12:45 am, had tankful of petrol and specified air pressure for my Blue Bird, rode to T Nagar, completed my work and started my ride to Bangalore via Vellore and Krishnagiri.

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The afternoon heat was at its peak from Chennai to Vellore. Because of that, I could not wear my jacket and gloves. I took 3 breaks before reaching Saravana Bhavan at Vellore, where I had evening tiffin with watermelon juice with plenty of cold water. The next stop was at Pallikonda toll plaza. After Vaniampadi, the weather turned to nice. But, tragedy struck at Krishnagiri toll plaza, where I noticed rear flat tyre. The time was 8:30 pm. The only vulcanizing guy near the toll plaza shut his shop. Then, I approached Saravanan, a truck mechanic. He took me on his bike to spot where my Blue Bird was parked, dismantled the rear wheel, he rode back to his shop with me holding the rear wheel at the pillion, he showed me the screw which screwed the tyre and tube, took it to another vulcanizing guy on his bicycle located another few hundred metres from his shop, returned after 1 hour, we again carried the repaired wheel in Saravanan's motorcycle to the spot and refitted the rear wheel in my Blue Bird. He charged
200 for his services. I lost 2 hours due to this puncture.

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I continued my ride to BP COCO outlet at Chinnar, where my Blue Bird had tankful petrol and the attached Adyar Ananda Bhavan, where I had plenty of water and coffee and continued my ride. Now, the weather turned to chilly. I wore my jacket and gloves, continued my journey. There was a huge traffic jam at TN-KA border starting from Ashok Leyland plant at Zuzuwadi, Hosur to Attibele toll plaza. All sorts of vehicles stood in queue for more than a km on either side of the border. My Blue Bird did some off-road by riding on the shoulder on the left side and reached the Attibele toll plaza quickly. After clicking some photographs, I continued my ride and reached my Bangalore Basaveswara Nagar home by 00:45 am today.

My Blue Bird recorded a fuel efficiency of 28.5 kmpl, calculated by tankful-to-tankful method for highway ride of mostly 80 - 90 kmph.
The price of petrol per litre at BP, The Elite Petrol Service, Cathedral Road, Chennai, was
65.94 and at BP COCOO, Chinnar, near Krishnagiri, was
66.56 as on 17 May 2013.

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J.Ravi

Petrol Powered + Diesel Driven
Blue Bird With Her Siblings

My Blue Bird poses here with her elder siblings, Blue Line and Black Bull. :)

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Now, my garage is congested.

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Today, my Blue Bird visited HSR Enterprises, Rajajinagar Industrial Estate, Bangalore, for brake adjustment as I found the rear brake was not biting after vulcanising and refitting the wheel at Krishnagiri during my ride from Chennai to Bangalore. I asked the mechanic to check both the brakes and a general check-up. First, the mechanic went for a test-ride, and later, my bird was taken to the service bay. While I waited at the air-conditioned customer lounge, my bird was attended to for about half-hour. Then, I saw the mechanic going out for the test-ride again. Then, I was asked to do a test-ride, which I did and found the rear brake was okay. The mechanic assured me that my bird was perfectly alright for another long ride! I was not charged for the work. :)
 
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