Thursday, April 10, 2008

DIY -1


I plan to start a DIY series for novices- something a i-love-my-hands-getting-dirty-but-how-do-i-start guy can use. I am sure there are lots of DIY guys/gals out there; so, feel free to add to what i write here from your experiences.

you are riding you bike - the scenery is perfect, and you are at peace with you - every thing is hunk dory and then snap goes the throttle cable. You stop the bike, rummage through your spare kit to realize that you don’t have a spare accelerator cable. Now, what is the next step? Hitch a ride to next town to get a mechanic? Or push it till the next town? What about riding your bike without the accelerator cable?

it is very easy. First, make the air-fuel mixture a bit rich, so that the bike starts and idles. Then hop on, pull the clutch lever and make the mixture super rich. Slot the gear to second, and slowly release the clutch so that the bike starts rolling (push the bike slowly with your legs – it will help the bike to get rolling). Once you get enough momentum, make the mixture a bit lean and slot the gear lever to third. now, just ride. keep playing with the air-fuel mixture screw and you should be able to ride to the next town without any hassle.

12 comments:

vEENs said...

wow! I never knew all this :)

well I never knew anything abt bikes.. other than their looks and the feel to be on top of one :D

Love said...

great! does this work for the bulls as well?

PREETI said...

Ahem, ahem...iv got noooo clue wat ur talkin abt...mayb when i gt a guy il ask him to come read tis ;)

SambY said...

u ave tried this on which bike??? and oe ur on top then??? /..does rough handling do or u have to be a pro at adjusting the mixcture levels??

Enigma said...

humm okk..heheh good to know that u can do it..and good to know that i am not riding a bike anymore...heheh

--xh-- said...

@veenz: he he :)
@LJ: very much. Ask me how i know...
@Preeti: :) he he - tahzt a good option. (well, i am single and ... :-) )
@samby: no yaar - it is pretty easy and straight forward. I have tried it on a couple of bilkes, including Royal Enfield, Tvs-Suzuki and Bajaj. I am no wiz at fixing bikes - but i love tinkering with them :)

Curious said...

It sure will a long time for me to lay my hands on a bike... Thanks for the tip anyways! :D I do a lotta Crafts based DIY's too... Not sure how many fans for it though! :)

Prats said...

oh oh!!! I should have known this when I was in college riding my patpatti...the luna. :D
But I did manage without all this tho...heheheh
now am going to learn...lesson one is it???

Red Phoenix said...

Here's my suggestion... When your front wheel gets punctured, sit at the back seat and try riding your bike (like the bicycle trial) ;)

I used to do this (accelerator cable tuning) to my Enfield too and later in my dads Victor... Ahh! Memories unlimited....

priya said...

A guy thing unless I ride one day;)

The 'Mad' Orchid said...

hmmm ummm...though sounds a bit of greek n latin to do coz i just loves bikes..so i kinda hve a solution for the thngs tht would u promise a ride n explain all about it to me..done :)
Cheers

abinash said...

This one is a great info da. Keep on with this DIY series. :)