Now the interest was on the Saddle sore 2000k & if Possible Bun Burner 2500k.
SS 1600k is history now.
Not even planning for the certification.
Done twice - once without proper & one with all witnesses.
So again the whole planning changes for the Ride.
Fuel stops, Turning points etc.
To add to the confusion the Bike is also getting changed.
That means the range of the bike, top speeds, average speeds & most importantly the parts which would Pain are also going to change.
Did I write change in the bike??
Yes that is right.
The Bike is also different now.
Too many changes.
Now again trial runs to get average speeds, Paining points in the body & range has to be done.
So once again on to the task.
Now time to introduce the Hero of the Whole Story -
Lets welcome the Hero - R15
In comes the R15 and out goes the Trusted Pulsar 220 DTS-FI which saw 35k kms & did 2 SS1600k runs.
Problems with the R15 for Timed runs -
- Aggressive seating position,
- Need more changing of gears for the rider's driving style and
- Most importantly - low range ( More number of Fuel stops required).
Resolutions for the problems -
- Aggressive seating position - Take more breaks - Not possible,
- Need more changing of gears for the rider's driving style - may lose time & may get the left foot & hand combination strained more - Not Possible,
- Most importantly - low range - Tank has a capacity of close to 12.8l Upto Brim - so take a couple of extra bottles of fuel to increase the range.
Even then the total distance between fuel stops will be less than the intended range of 500kms.
So back to Square 1.
Now enters Mr.K ( Full names will be provided in the cast) who is from the Company which is sponsoring the R15.
He said he can resolve the last 2 issues.
Frequent gear shifts & Lower mileage.
He asked the rider to ride the vehicle in the rider's own style & tell where the power characteristics need a change.
Rider finds that R15 has lower or no Torque under 5k rpm.
Between 5-7k Rider is ok. Also Rider wanted slightly more top end.
Rider also has doubts about the reliability of the R15 after sustained high speed run at the top speed.
Now Mr.K said he can resolve all these.
That was a bouncer for the rider.
Rider asks Mr.K how can he do all these?
Mr. K says he can -
Increase the torque of the Bike under 5k RPM,
Increase the torque and power at the high RPM,
Increase the RPM at which the Rev Limiter kicks in,
Decrease the temperature at which the Radiator Fan activates if required,
As a safety measure Decrease the temperature at which the High temperature warning shows up if required,
Program a shift light for optimal gear shifts,
In short change the Bike exactly as the Rider wanted with the Mileage close to 35kmpl at the high speed.
After a short 150km ride, the vehicle is back for a heart Transplant to MR. K.
Rider gives his feedback & Mr. K performs the required changes.
Now he asks rider to ride for a good 500km and come back to him.
He tells that the Fan thing was not done as it is not required and if rider finds the overheating lamp on he'll do it.
The Rider sets out and does a 600 km ride and returns to Mr. K.
The Feedback -
Mileage increases from 31.5 to 33.2,
High Temperature lamp did not come up,
Top Speed increased from 144 to 147.
Overall it may not be able to meet the requirements.
Mr. K said he'll set it in a slightly different way and the gear shift indicator also at different RPM.
This as per Mr. K will increase the Mileage & top speed.
He also suggests the rider some minor changes or adaptations in the riding style.
One more trial ride of 600km ( Same route & time) and the result is -
A big smile on the Rider's Face.
Mileage goes up to 37.4,
Top speed goes to 148.
It reaches the Top Speed much quicker too.
Mr. K Explains to the rider that initially he set the bike purely based on the Feedback & expected that a minor change in the riding style is required - not the set up.
He changed only the Gear shifting RPM but nothing else in the second set up.
That was a surprise for the rider.
Mr. K further explains that due to the usage of a bigger capacity bike for years rider got accustomed with that.
So the minor change in riding style did the trick.
Mr. K mentions that the Top Speed can be increased further but this set up is the best to meet all the requirements in optimal way.
Next Update will be very soon.
It'll have the ride plan.
Sort of tied down with work so updates are becoming a premium.