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Morgan60

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Reply #15 on: March 10, 2021, 08:36:20 am
That's a nice kit. Meanwhile, for those of us here in the really cheap, like nosebleed seats, in 'Murica, here's a look at the accuracy and torture test durability of those ultra-cheapo (about $10 Americano) Harbor Freight offerings: https://youtu.be/ivbCFNhm1cc

Executive Summary: Not too shabby accuracy-wise and can take beating.

And here's a never-expiring $5 Off coupon for "Pittsburgh Ratchets" that should get a 1/4 incher out the door today for...(clickity-clack noises)...$14.99, though they quite often go on sale: http://www.hfqpdb.com/view_coupon/17525

Thanks but I’ve had such bad luck with the cheap Harbor Freight tools in the past that I will never buy any more tools from them ever again.
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Reply #16 on: March 10, 2021, 08:44:16 am
WURTH!

Thanks I’ll give WURTH a go. 
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Reply #17 on: March 10, 2021, 01:54:29 pm
Wurth always gets my attention. They make an incredible group of lube and chemical products, motorcycles and automotive. For BMW motorcycles they are the go to products. I would trust their brand on anything.
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Reply #18 on: March 15, 2021, 11:54:43 pm
Just got my C5 back from its first service and the cost was NZ$234 (about US$165).


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Reply #19 on: March 16, 2021, 12:21:51 am
Watched a video by FortNine about first service oil cleanliness. The oil from several manufacturers was tested at a lab and Royal Enfield had the least particles of the bunch.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GAUo8eUXeU

I'm betting the Royal Enfield was a 650 twin, but at least it shows the factory has really lifted its game with the new models. I asked the mechanic what my strainer and sump plugs looked like and he said, "Not too bad". I guess that's good for a 500.


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Reply #20 on: March 16, 2021, 05:56:40 am
Have had my 500km service done last week at a "free workshop" here in Austria.
I provided the 15W50 oil and an original oil filter.

Service took 2h and they charged me 90€

The mechanics usual work on performance Honda, Aprilia and Suzuki bikes....they were very amused by the fact that they only needed three spanner sizes and did not even have to take the tank off to check the spark plug.


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Reply #21 on: March 16, 2021, 01:54:26 pm
Thanks but I’ve had such bad luck with the cheap Harbor Freight tools in the past that I will never buy any more tools from them ever again.

Really? Any specific ones let you down? 'Cause on the whole I've been pretty happy with their wares. For example, I've got lots of "nicer" tools, but I'll often just grab their 105-Piece 4-Drawer Tool Kit (https://www.harborfreight.com/105-piece-tool-kit-4030.html) for convenience sake instead of pawing through the inventory. I've actually got a few of these stashed here and there. Are its contents the pinnacle of the toolmaker's craft? Nope. But they've been plenty good enough for me and even have a lifetime warranty, not that I've ever needed to avail myself of it. I still stand by my recommendation at https://forum.classicmotorworks.com/index.php?topic=25828.0;all that one might make for a good little starter kit. In contrast, their slightly cheaper 130-piece kit is probably best avoided, since its tools CAN be truly dreadful, looking like some of them may have been assembled and finished by volunteers from the Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind. So, your point is not entirely lost on me. "Harbor Fright's" offerings aren't ALL so woeful though.
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So badass my Enfield's actually illegal  in India.

(Legal enough to pass muster if they don't look too closely in Woodbridge, Virginia, where the buses don't run at night, holidays or weekends and I'm a contender for 'Village Idiot')


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Reply #22 on: March 21, 2021, 08:31:39 pm
I usually service my own bikes but I had a small issue I wanted to ask the dealer about. While I was there I asked him what he charged for servicing and I figured £120 was actually pretty good value. They fixed my issue too.
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Reply #23 on: March 21, 2021, 11:09:40 pm
Yep, but do they do what the factory recommend? After my free first service, I went over the bike again and tightened some loose fasteners, adjusted the chain, lubed lever / shaft pivots and topped up the tyre pressures. I then changed the oil and filter again 500 miles later, because the dealer's mechanic looked at me blank when i asked if there was anything in the oil strainer. Then said they no longer need to check it on oil changes. In fairness, it looked clean enough, but it is part of the service. I think they possibly just drained the oil, whacked in a filter and fresh oil. Done.


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Reply #24 on: March 21, 2021, 11:26:46 pm
My strainer was covered in something that resembled cloth fibres when I did my first service. Its been fine with later oil changes. I did a 300, 600 and 1200 mile oil and filters change, and the 1200 was pretty much spot on with no noticeable debris.
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