It’s sad that I haven’t blogged since my last service. Can’t believe that in just about 5 months, I’ve managed to cover another 6,000km and play come cricket too. Here are the places I’ve been to after my previous service:
- Nashik (via Pune) to visit the Trimbakeshwar Shiva Temple
- Chennai (via Ongole) to spend some time with my siblings and cousin.
- A lot of weekend rides including a special one to Mallela_Theertham waterfalls.
Jeez, that looks like a really small list! But yeah, somewhere in between both these services, I managed to travel to northern Thailand to ride on the famous Mae Hong Son loop on a CB500X (why is this motorcycle not in India yet, Honda?). A trip that I am struggling to write about knowing that my limited vocabulary, superlatives, and adjectives will never do justice. An experience of a lifetime and I’m going back for sure!
At 21,000km, I visited the IKM service to change my spark plugs (twin cylinders need two of them) and do the much needed throttle-body (vacuum) synchronization. Just these two things cost me a whopping ₹5,760. Both of these couldn’t be done during my previous service since they didn’t have the right tools and equipments.
At 24,000km, my chain sprocket kit change was overdue. So much that my chain was jumping and front sprocket was making loud noises after my Chennai ride. I wanted to change it during my previous visit but the mechanics assured that I had enough life in the chain.
The entire kit would have cost me between ₹15k to 19K if bought in India but only ₹6,608 when I carried it back from US. Clearly reaping the benefits of having a globally popular motorcycle and working for an MNC that is kind enough to send me to US once in a while.
What else? Engine oil, air & oil filters, clutch cable since my clutch play had become very hard (note to self: take care of it from the next time). A massive service charge of ₹3,941 since IKM has moved into item based charges. Eg: a coolant level/system inspection now costs ₹850 including all the CGST, SGST, & IGST. #jesuschrist #timefordiy
The combined charges from service expenses of 21,000km & 24,000km visits:
|KM at Service||@ 24,000KM|
Service experience: For the first time, I rode out of the service center pretty satisfied. Everything that I had mentioned had been taken care of including changing the air fuel sensor pipe. The new chain sprocket kit feels amazing and the gears slot with a very nice sound that I missed so much in the last few thousand kilometers.
In terms of expenses, looks like I’ll have to change the brake pads in my next service and the mechanic recommended that I also change my cone set along with changing my fork oil. Spare parts shopping list for my next US trip is getting ready.
Upcoming rides include one to Madhya Pradesh to visit two more Jyotirlingas Omkareshwar and Mahakaleshwara temples. Maybe, a ride to Rameshwaram and the breathtaking ocean/landscape of Danushkodi. Kerala has been on the cards for a while now and mind is getting restless. Looking forward to a ride-filled 2018…