My RE TB 500 Motorcycle Diaries

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  1. IJS

    IJS The Ghost Who Walks

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    Congrats sir.

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    Considering the disappointment shown by Pegasus owners/prospective owners over launch of dual ABS signals edition I think you should stick with Blue Bird.
     
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    J.Ravi Petrol Powered + Diesel Driven

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    Recently, I ordered a Givi A603 Airstar universal windscreen [$ 113.40], Dowco Fastrax Backroads tank bag [$ 117.99] and Alpinestars Celer v2 gloves [$ 99.95] with RevZilla.com and got them shipped to my son at Round Rock, TX, USA, who brought them to Bangalore.

    A couple of days ago, I fitted the Givi universal windscreen on my Blue Bird and rode about 10 km in Chennai. The fitting was not exactly a DIY. I took the assistance of my wife and brother-in-law to hold it in proper position, while I connected the two bars with the handlebar clamps and tightened them. The entire exercise took about 15 minutes. Blue Bird with Givi A603 Airstar makes a style statement, no doubt. Psychologically, I feel the wind blowing on my chest has reduced and the aerodynamic wind movement helps better speed. I will write more on this after testing them on a highway.

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    Mandar_C500 Well-Known Member

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    Shopping for blue bird, Planning for a big ride??
     
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    J.Ravi Petrol Powered + Diesel Driven

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    It's other way round. I have to ride to justify this shopping! O:)
     
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    J.Ravi Petrol Powered + Diesel Driven

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    Today, I visited Sri Velavan Motors, Greams Road, Chennai and checked the new Royal Enfield 650 cc Twins. I really liked Interceptor. I sat on it and felt fully comfortable on the single narrow seat. I was told the Chennai on-road price is just less than ₹ 3 lakhs, which is very attractive and tempting. Now, I know, what is in store for me in 2019! O:)

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    J.Ravi Petrol Powered + Diesel Driven

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    Today, I test-rode Interceptor 650 at HSR Rajajinagar, Bangalore on a bumper-to-bumper traffic for about 4 km on Dr Rajkumar Road. I liked: [​IMG]

    * When on the side-stand, the engine started; but, when the first gear was engaged, it got switched off.
    * The purring of the engine - although unlike the traditional Royal Enfields - was sweet to my ears.
    * Contrary to my expectation, it was easier to manoeuvre on the busy road; much easier than my Thunderbird 500.
    * Contrary to my expectation again, there was absolutely no heat felt from the engine, although it was a short ride; much better than my Thunderbird 500.
    * Excellent power and torque, which helped me overtake all other vehicles on that busy road.
    * Excellent fit and finish.
    * Superb brakes.

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    I disliked: [​IMG]

    * Missing kick-starter and the heel pad on the gear lever. I got used to pressing the heel pad for upshifting the gears. The kick-starter comes in handy, when the battery is down in my Thunderbird 500.
    * I could not grip the tank with my thighs unlike in my Thunderbird 500.
    * I was not comfortable with the position of the front foot peg. I placed my foot on the brake lever several times unknowingly.
    * Having used to my Thunderbird 500's high handlebar, I was not comfortable with the semi-crouching position while riding.
    * For both the right and left turn indicators, only one warning lamp with two arrows got illuminated on the instrument panel.
    * Narrow single seat. Although I was comfortable during this short test-ride, I don't know how it would be during long mega rides.

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    Let me have more test-rides before taking a final decision in the matter.
     
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