The Mammoth GT - Royal Enfield Continental GT - November 2014

Nov 19, 2014
Trivandrum , Sydney
The Last Exide I used was in my Actova (Stock came with Exide). Lasted for 5 years.
After the stock battery goes off, I have always replaced with SF Sonic.
Reason1 : Have the dealer close to home
Reason2: No hassles. The brand says 36 months, usually it lasts 40-42 months. Dealer himself gives his spare battery, and we run with that till that one dies off.

SF is also a subsidary of Exide I think.
Thread Starter #122


Honoured Member
Sep 11, 2009
I always chose Amaron over Exide. Attitude of Exide dealers were really bad back then due to their monopoly and some models used to fail frequently. Still remember pushing my friend's RE standard through Chalai due to battery issue and fighting with dealer to get it replaced. Our FZ also had Exide as stock that conked off in 1 year 7 months. Their car batteries were super expensive compared to Amarons in early 2000s, but they really ran longer.

Dio got Exide installed by previous owner, which still runs smoothly after 3-4 years.

SF Sonic is subsidiary of Exide.

Lately, I found Tata Green to be making better batteries. The dealer is at Manacaud and gave a killer deal for Karizma battery.
Thread Starter #123


Honoured Member
Sep 11, 2009
January-July 2022 - Hiatus Again

Returned bike to BIL after completing all the work with hopes of weekend runs. GT to their new home for the first time. Also restored the Suzuki Letz to (as) perfect condition (possible), which was sitting in RIP condition for almost 3 years (if not more).

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March 2022 - Together they sat accumulating dust. Just used the first week I delivered them.

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My duty continued. Washing and idling and may be 1-2 km warmup rides.

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April 2022 - Starting began getting hard. Needed pumping out fuel by disconnecting the hose and priming a couple of times and then it starts without any issue.

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July 2022 - Things got even tough. Starting was even harder and once started noted a great difference in exhaust note and a peep into the hole revealed this mud dauber nest. Broke it off.

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By this time, EcoSport joined the idling team.

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Decided to take GT home, again.
Thread Starter #124


Honoured Member
Sep 11, 2009
August 2022 - Updates

Subha Auto Wares, the RE parts store in town. They stock almost all parts and accessories for RE from 60s to modern ones. One more store is there, Sun Autos near Palayam Flyover.

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The reason for visit being the chain pad. While I was rescuing (returning with) GT, there was an intermittent clingy noise, which I couldn't pinpoint or replicate. Thought it was from the gearbox, but on inspection, there was nothing left with the chain pad and chain was hitting the swingarm irregularly.

Rear Chain Pad - 585209/B - ₹ 78.00

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Made of plastic.

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Took an imprint in case I wanna replicate one in the future.

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The part is cheap and simple to install, but needs to strip some parts to get access, the first one being the exhaust,

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then the chain cover,

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and finally, the rear brake master cylinder (and) shield.

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Remnants of old shield.

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Breather hose also need to be disconnected.

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Cleaned up the debris.

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Installed new one.

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Sits on single bolt.

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Exhaust bolt was rusted, so bought new bolts. Honda parts. Also front MC bolts.

Flat Screw (MC) - Honda - 93600040121G - ₹ 5.00 x 2
M6 x 45 mm + Nut - Honda - ₹ 8.00 x 2

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SS bolt, nut and washer. Hope it won't rust out like RE parts.

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Perfect length. Installed.

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Rusty MC bolts. Have seen only KTM using SS bolt, but couldn't source one.

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Much shorter,

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but does its job.

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Finally, the side stand nut, which always falls down due to the vibration. Couldn't get a Nyloc nut locally, only plain flange nut. Forgot buying tread locker.

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All installed back and ready, but to find that the rear MC was shot.

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Thread Starter #125


Honoured Member
Sep 11, 2009
September 2022 - Rear Brake Master Cylinder Overhaul

As mentioned in last post, the rear MC got stuck and some hard pumping jammed the rear brakes. Had to remove the pads to free up the wheel.

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Bought Rear MC repair kit from RE spare outlet, Subha Autowares.

Rear MC Major Kit - 594689/A - ₹ 277.00

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The rear MC looked very much familiar.

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Dug up old MC from Duke and it's exactly the same. RE charges ₹ 1300 for that. Dominar part was ₹ 740.00 (and KTM part was even cheaper with the reservoir per @JingalalaHoe).

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Contents of the kit.

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To start off, have to remove the circlip.

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Then push out the piston.

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Once it budges out, it can be pulled out with pliers.

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The complete piston setup.

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Next, removing the sleeve. Since we have a fresh piece in the kit, we can break it off.

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Then, take out the old O-ring.

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After taking everything out, clean up the body and check for blockage.

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My best friend.

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Ready for install.

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The most important part of the kit, the silicon grease.

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The first to go, the O-ring,

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Bathe it in grease,

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and install.

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Then the sleeve.

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Grease it and push it in.

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An 11-mm socket head fits perfect, and it goes in without much effort.

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Perfectly seated. Make sure it is deep enough for the circlip.

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Assembling the piston.

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Parts in order, first, the brass washer,

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then the diaphragm.

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Diaphragm orientation.

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The retaining washer for the spring.

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Spring over top. Assembly complete and ready to go in.

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Got to adjust the diaphragm to fit in the hole. When it's working properly, it tends to budge out without the clip. Push it in and it should return freely.

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Install the circlip to secure it in place, and this completes the repair.

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Clean and replace the rubber cap, not available with the kit.

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Connect to the pedal and check for action. Can connect reservoir line and check the working before final install, if need be.

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Banjo bolt and crush washers. Ideally, replace washer whenever removed. As usual, forgot getting them and retained old ones.

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Once all installed, fill up the reservoir and start pumping. Plugged in reservoir hose after removing the air in line and pumped a few times till fluid came on the braided hose side before installing to ease up things. Make sure not to spill fluid anywhere.
Bleeding the rest of the line would be easy. Didn't click these as hand was dirty/busy.

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Once complete, make sure the fluid level is right.

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Set the diaphragm in the cap.

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and done.

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Install the leg guard.

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