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Car and Bike thread

Post by Karthik » Thu Oct 05, 2017 2:48 am

This thread is to discuss, share experiences about cars and bikes.

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Re: Car and Bike thread

Post by Nayak » Thu Oct 05, 2017 2:52 am

With a injury to my toenail, I am unable to use my Bullet regularly. The chaos in traffic does not help either. Waifu is asking me to sell both the bullet and activa and go for a Vespa.

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Re: Car and Bike thread

Post by Gus » Thu Oct 05, 2017 2:57 am

The newer bullets have both heel and toe shifter no?

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Re: Car and Bike thread

Post by Shandilya » Thu Oct 05, 2017 2:57 am

What! a Vespa for a Bullet? kadapee nahee!

Now if it was a Vesper Lynd that's hot hot ride.

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Re: Car and Bike thread

Post by Nayak » Thu Oct 05, 2017 3:07 am

Gus wrote:
Thu Oct 05, 2017 2:57 am
The newer bullets have both heel and toe shifter no?
Yup, the shifting is not that smooth. The bike has lot of false neutrals. But still that 'dug dug' vibrations makes up for all the flaws.

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Re: Car and Bike thread

Post by Javee » Thu Oct 05, 2017 4:39 am

Driving scooter is like driving a mini van in the US. I feel for you Nayak-al-uddin.

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Re: Car and Bike thread

Post by sudhan » Thu Oct 05, 2017 7:57 am

My first post in a Car thread :)

Got a brand new AMG last month, the CLA45. Never thought a 2.0 litre engine could pack so much grunt :shock:

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Re: Car and Bike thread

Post by Karthik » Thu Oct 05, 2017 8:36 am

Congrats Sudhan ji, nice ride that.

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Re: Car and Bike thread

Post by Mahakala » Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:18 am

That grunt! You lucky lucky man. Congrats on the purchase :)

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Re: Car and Bike thread

Post by sudhan » Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:30 am

Thanks, guys.

There a break in period that puts limit on the max rpm and max speed. So currently limited to accelerating off signals, passing senior citizens cars in a blink and keeping a watchful eye on the needle.

Of course, SHQ cant believe that I would go dor a car with stiffer suspension and I end up getting plenty of dirty looks.

All in all, excellent for bahnstorming. Cant wait for the break in period to be complete.

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Re: Car and Bike thread

Post by Gus » Thu Oct 05, 2017 1:37 pm

Nayak wrote:
Thu Oct 05, 2017 3:07 am
Yup, the shifting is not that smooth. The bike has lot of false neutrals. But still that 'dug dug' vibrations makes up for all the flaws.
i meant to ask, why would your toenail injury be a problem when you can use heels to shift gear..

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Re: Car and Bike thread

Post by Sridhar k » Thu Oct 05, 2017 3:05 pm

ShQ wanted to gift me a bullet but i ended up buying a royal enfield himalayan for 10th anniversary. Using as a commuter bike and no time even for a short tour to Mahabs.

Within 2.5 k kms, have changed clutch, steering column under warranty

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Re: Car and Bike thread

Post by Karthik » Thu Oct 05, 2017 3:06 pm

Have read a lot about RE's reliability issues. That they are not as well made as the old ones.

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Re: Car and Bike thread

Post by Gus » Thu Oct 05, 2017 3:31 pm

I don't think you have ever had an old one :lol:

The new ones are actually a lot more reliable with the UCE engine. I had the old cast iron 350, i've ridden diesel bullets which will overtake a bullock cart in two days, and now have a TB. The thunderbird is vastly better than anything I've ever had from enfield.

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Re: Car and Bike thread

Post by Mort Walker » Thu Oct 05, 2017 4:19 pm

For a moment when I saw bike, I thought bicycles! :)

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Re: Car and Bike thread

Post by sudhan » Thu Oct 05, 2017 4:25 pm

Does anyone here own/ have driven a Harley? The ones available in India? Would be happy to hear first hand feedback. Thanks.

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Re: Car and Bike thread

Post by Singha » Thu Oct 05, 2017 5:43 pm

harley is like mcdonalds. more niche brands like "indian" and "truimph" might turn heads.

my father a banker used a bullet as his official vehicle for many years. his longest ride was around 350km in a day.
it used to have a rear mudguard made of a tin sheet not rubber. one day while having lunch i ran out to see a band party passing by, while running back I slipped and hit my eye onto a corner of this mudguard with the metal going in about 1inch into my eyebrow. all i recall was blacking out, lots of blood, and later my father and uncle feeding me warm water and putting some ointment (stitching was also done while I was howling and kind of blacked out).

I carry that white scar on my left eyebrow for life.

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Re: Car and Bike thread

Post by V J » Thu Oct 05, 2017 5:51 pm

Ouch!

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Re: Car and Bike thread

Post by Gus » Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:00 pm

Huh..I don't remember seeing any scar on you...

Dad had a yezdi and I was about 3rd std or something and had contact with the silencer and got a YUGE bag of heat swell on my thigh. It was quite nasty to heal and left a scar as well

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Re: Car and Bike thread

Post by Nayak » Fri Oct 06, 2017 2:02 am

Gus wrote:
Thu Oct 05, 2017 1:37 pm
Nayak wrote:
Thu Oct 05, 2017 3:07 am
Yup, the shifting is not that smooth. The bike has lot of false neutrals. But still that 'dug dug' vibrations makes up for all the flaws.
i meant to ask, why would your toenail injury be a problem when you can use heels to shift gear..
In the stop and go slow traffic, I have to lean on my left leg, the toe nail is recovering slowly and very painful when full weight of the bike and me falls on it.

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Re: Car and Bike thread

Post by Shandilya » Fri Oct 06, 2017 2:46 pm

I had the old cast iron Royal Enfield Bullet 350 too, never gave me any trouble; but then I got it serviced every month. What a joy it was when after 20 years I saw one parked in Reston Town Center, Virginia.

Longest day ride was around 255km/day, loved it, miss it. Now that am older, wish they make the same cast iron robust one but with a smaller frame (not like mini enfield they used to have).

On a side note, a friend of my cousin had to be amputated waist down after he crashed into a truck riding his bullet.

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Re: Car and Bike thread

Post by Gus » Fri Oct 06, 2017 3:04 pm

yeah..enfield is an absolute joy when it rides.

the key word here is "when". :lol:

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Re: Car and Bike thread

Post by Karthik » Fri Oct 06, 2017 3:12 pm

Singha wrote:
Thu Oct 05, 2017 5:43 pm
I carry that white scar on my left eyebrow for life.
Singha ji, did that scar help you in other ways? I heard they do.

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Re: Car and Bike thread

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Re: Car and Bike thread

Post by KarthikSan » Fri Oct 06, 2017 5:23 pm

Nayak wrote:
Fri Oct 06, 2017 2:02 am
In the stop and go slow traffic, I have to lean on my left leg, the toe nail is recovering slowly and very painful when full weight of the bike and me falls on it.
Which RE do you own? If you have one with a front disc brake learn to use the front brake Saar. That way you can keep your left foot on the gear shift and lean on your right foot.

I just got myself a RE Bullet 350ES last week. Here is a picture of said ride:

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