Hello all !!!!
Back here after a long absence. But I dont find much action on this thread in the interim. Have all the enthusiasts lost their bhp in the Kinetic Honda?
Almost six months since my last post. Needless to say there was not much to write home about. Absolutely no-problem ride. Except that once the drive belt started slipping. I was expecting some serious damage but on opening found out that the clutch rollers had excess grease on them and that had spilled out on the belt. A thorough cleaning was all it took to resolve the problem. I also managed to break the rear shock absorber in two pieces. This I replaced. The reason for this is the increased height of my bike. All the while though I was noticing a drop in peak power. The Kiny refused to go beyond the 60kmph mark even while going down hill and the accelerator at its top stop, but it held that speed. I was not very happy about it.
So this month I took the plunge and rebuilt the engine. Except for the engine casing, the bolts ( the big ones) and the cylinder head scrapped everything and got myself a new engine. A new Mahindra Bore piston for a Kinetic Zoom went in along with a fresh crank assembly. The rear clutch bell was replaced too. It was finally delivered on last Thursday. Due to the extreme heat I have not been able to ride it for long and have done a piddly 45 kms till now that too at speeds less than 45 45 kmph. Shame on me this is the first time a vehicle has taken so long and not even covered the first 500km. All new two and 4 wheelers that I have driven / ridden till date used to do it in 5 days flat. Age is sure catching up you see. But the ride has become ultra smooth. One of the body panels are loose or something and I need to address it. But it has become a makkhan to ride.
Now I will take time and give my bike a better lighting. Last but not the least it will get a coat of paints. But I think my rides will start after the initial 500km. Hopefully the atmosphere will cool down by then.
Will report again after the running in