Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Vibration reduction plates for Royal enfield - Is it worth investing | Review post installation

Royal Enfield’s have been infected with their killer vibrations for many years and the company has done very less at addressing this issue. Despite having a team of top end engineers and acquiring some of the renowned designing and performance engineering firms, Royal Enfield has failed to make the journey of its trusted cult of enthusiasts comfortable. Paul Carberry who recently started operations in northern part of India and known for his 1000 cc enfield better known as Carberry enfield has come up with a vibration reduction plate which claims at reducing the vibrations of the engine significantly. There are numerous articles mentioning how this plate works and the logic behind this mechanical component. Technically there are different theories to support the vibration reduction plate but hardly are there any articles reviewing the feedback post installation.

This article is a review of the vibration reduction plate post its installation. We have selected royal enfield continental gt 535 for this test which is believed to be the most vibrating machine in the royal enfield factory and known as killer vibration emitter. The café racer being an aggressive and attractive model lacks to give comfort to the rider who spends good 250,000 Indian rupees on it. Carberry’s vibration reduction plate works for all the UCE engines and 535 being an UCE is the best test subject.

We have tried to jot down the common issues from the continental GT vibrations which are visible to the rider and tried to use them in our review for investigation. This is a more technical solution for fixing vibrations and minimizing them between speeds of 60km to 90kmph which are crucial for continental GT. Carberry claims that the engine vibration reduction plate is designed in such a way that it supports and stabilizes the RH crankshaft. This vibration reduction plate is currently designed for the royal enfield's powered by UCE(Unit Construction Engine).

In royal enfield UCE engine there are two bearings on the left, while there is one at the right side. The stock plate covers the bearing on the ride side which comes fitted below the housing of clutch. This causes pressure on the crankshaft and increases vibrations at higher rev. According to #carberry the plate stabilizes the right-hand side of the crankshaft. The plate is fitted after the gear which drives the cam wheels. Also Carberry provides an additional bearing installed on the end of the crankshaft, which sits on the vibration reduction plate offering better support. This is how it reduces vibrations.


Here is a detailed video explaining the findings post installation.

Some areas where the changes are noticed:

Handlebar vibrations:
There has been a substantial reduction in the vibrations hitting the handlebar of the continental GT. The reduction is close to 60-70% when compared to the stock arrangement. The mirrors attached to handlebar which were not available for a rear view are now stable and clear. There is less shoulder pain and the bullet appear stable in hand. There are thoughts from fellow riders that the vibrations form a critical element at establishing the royal enfield riding experience and without them the bullet isn’t a bullet. But the love for the brand set apart, the motorcycle seems more confident to ride.

Vibrations during idle times:
The stock version of the royal enfield continental gt would often vibrate during idle hours when started and kept without a throttle. However, this has reduced to a considerably acceptable level. You can hardly notice the vibrations.

Vibrations on the chassis:
There is only 5 to 10% reduction in the vibrations on the chassis. The vibrations have been reduced significantly from the rider’s end and few vibrations can be noticed at the pillion, but these are acceptable. For a 535 cc that is not so perfect as it should be, these changes are highly appreciated.

Changes during long rides:
The royal enfield continental gt has been more responsive and smooth after the installation of the vibration reduction plate. You can now take it for miles and miles on the stock clip-ons without a fear for your hands to get numb and your gut to become unstable.

Thought this isn’t a game changer, the investment you put on these vibration reduction plates pays off to you by making your ride on royal Enfield extremely comfortable.

My advice to Royal enfield as a fellow rider and supporter for the brand would be to relook at its engine enhancement strategies and improve it. Should #royalenfield pay due attention to its motorcycles and the riders comfort, better would be the sales as well the customers who would return to the brand considering its heritage and riding history.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Why Doordardhan's Ramayan is re-invented again and again

Like me, all the ones watching this video might have seen the serial Ramayan once in their childhood. The version of Ramayan that was aired by Doordarshan in our childhood was a bit dramatic but captured the faith of a good section of people… so called “socially religious animals” towards it. It were though targeted to the Hindu’s in India, in those days it were not much socially targeted but was treated a good broadcast available on the ‘not always broadcasting’ “Doordarshan”

I remember that not everyone had televisions those days and to have a television was like ‘I am rich’ and ‘influencer’. The old televisions were like some cupboard where there used to be a door that when opened would enable you to see the screen. I sometimes thought why they called the channel Doordarshan, was it because everyone was sitting far(Door) and watching (darshan)… huh! You think everything possible when you are a kid… “I was a genius” .. oops! atleast better than my friend who once asked “hey! Abhi we all go to the toilets in train and the waste from our body is on the railway track… what would happen if someone wants to go to toilet in a plane… is it on the head of the people standing beneath a flying plane”… ha ha…

People would literally shout “Jai siya ram” along with Hanuman and try to be part of this acting that they thought was real. People in those days were more attached to the actors in the serials and would worship them like gods…

I remember my mother asking me to take a bath in the morning and be available at the ground floor of the house where all the neighbours would be available to see the serial ramayan. Each of the ‘so called bhakths’ would have a basket with flowers and garlands. When the serial starts with the music "Raamayan"

Everyone would individually go to the television box and put garland on it. They will also light an agarbathi… (insence stick) and do the Pooja…. Believe me or not, this was actually happening. It was so immersed that anyone would recognize the music from the serial even if they were walking on the streets.

I even had a bow and arrows as toys. Modern day Ben10 and superman toys are popular among the children. But the weapons and the attire that the old Ramayana guys used were Viral. Every child out there wanted a bow and arrow. God, they were like cupid! Ha ha…

The acting of the modern day Ram seems to be not up to the expectations, May be my feeling because I have watched the old ram and his patient talking. To me the older Ram was matured in his appearance and no one would expect him to say “what the crap”. The music that was selected by Ramanand Sagar was also peculiar and matched the old day standards. Agree with me or not, Ram was old and not from this ERA.

Over these year’s Ram has come before us in different avtars in different channels, with different stories. At times, I think was it all real and why is it different in every other serial. The essence of the serial is not whether the story has changes and are they true but if we can learn something out of it. Debates can be on and off continuous for day and night until there is another cyclone and Noah comes with his ship….

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Athachamayam 2014 in water !

Athachamayam 2014 was in water, all wet and tired. I was not able to capture too many shots but I managed to capture some of them when the rain slowed down.

photos of the Athachamayam 2014
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For those of you who do not know what an Athachamayam is, I have included some notes below:

Athachamayam is the start of the ten day Onam festival in Kerala. On this occasion we get a chance to see most of the folk art forms of Kerala. Athachamayam is celebrated each year on the Malayalam month Chingam. This event is celebrated at town of Tripunithura that is a Royal historical place. As I understand, Athachamayam is organized in the memory of the victory of the King of Kochi.

Onam is a harvest festival of Kerala that is celebrated every year and different cultural and social events are organized across the state. Tripunithura Athachamayam features parade of elephants, tableus, folk art forms like Pulikkali, Theyyam, Mailattam, Kavadiyattam and classical dances like Kathakali and Mohiniyattom. There are different group that showcase their performance in Pandimelam and Panchavadyam.

The flag known as the Atham flag is brought from the Vamanamurthy temple in Thrikkakkara, Kochi. It is believed that the people of Thripunithura who are in different parts of the world come to their hometown on this occasion to celebrate Athachamayam, I am not sure about that.

Water in Athachamayam 14
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Athachamayam 2014 displayed 18 different items during the celebration, however the glow of the 2014 Athachamayam was damaged due to unexpected rain. I saw the procession moving from statue junction in the morning. While I was ready to witness it, rain rain rain...

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Time runs quick, going nowhere fast!

I thought I understand people better, "hmm... you are not a psychologist" says the person in the kitchen. It is indeed a good feeling to be married, I agree!
Making a 'stitched mouth' speak is in itself a hard job and she does that well; My wife, she' s trying to study me, trying to cope up with my nature! I appreciate her hard work :-)

It was summer and winter; Autumn, spring and monsoons, huh! I am yet to experience some of them.

If you have a life, get married! that's something you shouldn't miss. Finding a perfect partner isn't practical but understanding each other is practically possible. You get a permanent friend, a companion who stays with you a whole life, shares happiness, sorrow, pain.

I met a saint once when I was a child and he told me "If you fear something, do that first", he believes that one could remove the fear and then you are left with no fear.

Time is running fast and I am trying to maintain my pace. I recently saw a white hair on my forehead, "is that symbol of luck or am I getting old?". I am missing something that I was preserving for long...

'Change', one should practice that to cope up with life.

LIfe at Abhi...

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