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Reply #30 on: March 01, 2019, 10:51:15 pm
I can't believe that bike turned out to be such a piece of crap!  :o I hope the chrome ones are better...   ;)
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Reply #31 on: March 02, 2019, 05:20:37 pm
one can only hope...lol well overall it really is a pretty good bike and I can't say nothing bad about it apart from the gas cap lid which I cant open. if I do get it open I may change my mind...lol that will depend upon the locksmith tomorrow.
if you are a c5 owner and thinking interceptor...id still highly recommend the bike.
I was actually pretty disappointed when this cap incident happened as I was putting it in a bike show locally and that stopped that idea.
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Reply #32 on: March 04, 2019, 04:50:25 am
So did you get the old bike? do we get to see a picture? I was fairly impressed by the mileage in such a short space of time.
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Reply #33 on: March 04, 2019, 08:02:01 am
I had another thought for anyone who experiences this problem in the wild, with no other options:  I bet you could jam a screwdriver into the key slot and use a pair of pliers on the handle for leverage to turn the screwdriver and break the lock tumblers so that the cap can be removed.  Beats walking to the nearest locksmith.  ;)

(I know a lot about how to break things when trying to repair them.   ;D  )
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Reply #34 on: March 04, 2019, 08:31:53 am
Remove fuel tank
Invert
Remove fuel pump
Fill with fuel
Reverse steps 4 to 1
No problem
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Reply #35 on: March 14, 2019, 04:29:14 am
The 500 cc engine fitted to the bullet, classic and thunderbird is good for 200,000km if properly serviced ie oil changes. In India a lot of the touring bikes hired out have accumulated that sort of mileage. At over 100,000 km the fuel pump and the ecu are the things which fail. The answer is to convert to a carb. Hitchcocks do a conversion. I have one just in case but havent fitted it yet. The fuel injection is scrapped and the ignition side of the ecu is kept for the spark.
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Reply #36 on: March 17, 2019, 05:46:05 am
I once did 10,000 klm on one bike and it ran well so I thought I got a pretty good run out of it!
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Reply #37 on: March 17, 2019, 12:22:08 pm
200,000km's???!!!   Well, living here in an Indian rental hub, I'm gonna call that assertion astonishing.  Local dealership owner himself told me 40,000km's IF properly maintained.  Granted the crankpins may have improved more recently but it's still an air-cooled engine of modest materials spec.  Operators here are in the process of selling off everything 2014 and older now (new max-five-year-old state law for rentals), so 4-5 riding seasons, 25-30,000km's and I see a lot of oily tailpipes.  I suppose that 2015-up could've been almost miraculously upgraded, but who's got one that new with a documented 100-200k on it???   Wait, this was a joke I missed, right?  Oh, and fuel pumps (on Indian bikes at least) regularly, sometimes repeatedly crap out very early on, many, many bikes have been converted within a few years.  To be honest I've never seen / heard of a bike up here with 100k but I've known of a fair number of pump failures. 

But what happened to our poster?  Was it "solid" or not, bought or not?
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Reply #38 on: March 17, 2019, 04:18:34 pm
The fuel pumps are cooled by the fuel they sit in. If you let the fuel run low then the pump doesn't get any cooling and subsequently burns out. I guess it happens in India more often than in the rest of the world simply because it's hotter there and perhaps folk don't mind letting the fuel levels run a little low before refilling.
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Reply #39 on: March 17, 2019, 05:44:27 pm
I once did 10,000 klm on one bike and it ran well so I thought I got a pretty good run out of it!

Really?  Which one, and why'd you sell it? 
(I did 4500km on my bike last week.  Big week but fun).
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Reply #40 on: March 17, 2019, 05:54:30 pm
I actually did 10,000 on a tan c5 I had till one day I was out riding with a guy on a Harley and he walked over and looked at the bike and said-it looks like it has an oil leak in the lower cylinder head-which it had and I hadn't noticed it.
so rather than take it back to the shop to get fixed I sold it and bought another new one and unfortunately that was a mistake as it was a very good very low vibration free bike...lol
unlike the next purchase ...lol
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Reply #41 on: March 17, 2019, 06:23:08 pm
Sigh...
I had a go on a mate's new interceptor the other day.. I reckon that could be a bike for life, if it's reliable. Damn the motor is smooth.
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Reply #42 on: March 17, 2019, 09:41:09 pm
could just be...lol if at a later date I decide to go back I might still go a chrome. hard to say there! at the moment I been thinking. I thought about a Himalayan for a few days but that was about it and decided I wont take the risk of being caught down a back road and having to do a walk out.
any day now I think I will buy a new 019 Kawasaki x300 versys or Yamaha xt 250
not sure which bike yet but I do know I will be buying something soon.
I want a bike if I strike a problem I can just go locally to the shop and say can you fix this! not one I have to decide what to do about it and the only choice is a 500 klm cart off in the van for the fix
lucky for me the c5 is running fine....lol
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Reply #43 on: March 18, 2019, 01:45:53 am
Wildbill. The new Triumph Speed twin looks the goods and with the Thruxton engine it should go too. If you want low seat height the Indian scout is also a nice bike. What about a Suzuki bandit of similar?
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Reply #44 on: March 18, 2019, 09:51:51 pm
Sigh...
I had a go on a mate's new interceptor the other day.. I reckon that could be a bike for life, if it's reliable. Damn the motor is smooth.

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