- Never ever run with less than 3 litres of fuel
- Lube the drive chain every 500kms
- Never rev hard in neutral
- Wipe the bike clean every week to avoid rust
- Keep an eye on the clutch cable health
- Park in shade / Invest in a good bike cover
- If it is a Desert Storm / Squadron Blue , do not use any shampoo/wax/polish to clean
- Learn DIYs like
- Clutch cable replacement
- Rear brake adjustment
- Engine oil change
- Air filter replacement
- Simple electrical works
- Spark plug replacement
- Get your hands on the service manual and parts catalogue
- If you care for RE’s warranty , then be careful on what voids it. Generally
- An aftermarket exhaust on an EFI
- Air Filter change
- LED/HID change
- Filling a non 15w50 engine oil
- Get to know what is scheduled in a particular service. Refer your service manual for details . Demand everything from the list and get it done
- Find a good local mechanic who is an expert in RE. Do NOT give it to any roadside mechanic.They usually experiment with your bike and might mess it up
- Take a photo of your bike before giving to RE so that you may claim from any cosmetic damage occured while the bike was in their hands.
- Kick start in the morning. Let it idle for 2 minutes. Let the oil circulate until the gearbox for smoother morning shifts
- Carry a tool box and RE’s emergency kit which has
- Clutch cable
- Spare fuse
- Spark plug ( Iridium Bosch)
- Change the engine oil to Motul 15W50 5100 after 1000 kms . RE’s Liquid Gun is shit !
- Keep a tyre pressure of 22 32 when solo , 25 35 with pillion , 22 30 in wet roads
- Understand engine braking and practise rev matching / double down shifting . REs have a big single and have excellent engine braking . I dont use brakes most of the time
- Get to know how your bike functions and create a bond with it.
- Do not change the exhaust and air filter if you have EFI + UCE . ( Classic 500 , Thunderbird 500 , ContiGT), If you do so , get the ECU remapped.
- Learn about scavenging effect , effect of back pressure to understand why it is necessary to remap ECU whenever you mess with air/fuel flow .
- Do not change it to a cheap aftermarket free flow exhausts
- Do not mess with ECU maps
- Do not run on low fuel as the fuel pump’s op temps are 0 – 60C
- Do not use non BS IV compliant exhausts , say No to noise and air pollution
- Do not rely on back brakes .
- Fill handlebars with beach sand and lead shots. Add extra end weights . NO FREAKING VIBES ! . Thank me later
- Install a simple bar crash guard so that it does not break your leg in a crash
- A pillion back rest is essential
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