Motul 7100 instead of 300V for my Pulsar 200NS

Time for an oil change. My previous Pulsar blood was a concoction of Respol fully synthetic 4T 20W50 (800ml) and Motul 300V 15W50 (400ml). The Repsol was what remained from the oil change when I was in Phnom Penh’s Bajaj dealership, and the 300V was what remained of the oil that I brought along for the long SE Asian tour.

To be honest, I did like the 300V. But my own research suggested that the 300V, while being an excellent oil, was really designed for “racing use” (only). At the recent Singapore Bike show, I had the opportunity to speak to the technical representative at the Motul booth. He confirmed my suspicion that the 300V was built for “racing use” and the 7100 4T was probably more suitable for my purpose – daily commute and touring.

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sgBikerBoy 2016 SE Asia Tour post-trip maintenance

The last 11,000km brought me through various kinds of roads – good roads, bad roads, dirt roads, potholes, gravel, off road, bumpy roads, grass, and almost every other variety of bad Asian road. Also together with the fall in northern Laos, there are several stuff I had planned to replace when I’m back in Singapore.

Yesterday, being a national holiday, most shops weren’t opened. So I took the opportunity today to get some bike parts replaced: Continue reading “sgBikerBoy 2016 SE Asia Tour post-trip maintenance”

Installing the Yuasa YTX9-BS Battery on Pulsar 200NS

Yes, it was about time I replaced my battery. I bought the Pulsar 200NS pre-owned, and it is now about 3 years old. I am not sure when the battery was last replaced as there was nothing marked on the existing battery. But I do know that on the battery, there is a stamp “140114”, which seem to suggest that it’s manufactured on 14 Jan 2014? So it could have been about 2 years old or so.

Screen Shot 2016-05-20 at 2.44.09 PMThe Yuasa YTX9-BS comes in a standard looking box.

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Changed to Motul 300V oil

Decided to swap out the mineral oil in my engine previously used to flush the “teh-tarik treated” engine – coolant mixing with oil. Can’t wait to try this mix in my upcoming weekend trip…

Pulsar 200NS mixed up liquidsIronically, with the stock bike, the coolant appeared green and the engine oil looked red’ish. Now, my bike’s coolant is red’ish and the oil is green. Almost looks like I got the 2 liquids mixed up – putting them in the wrong refill orifice.

 

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Weekend Project #1 – Replacing lime juice with grape juice

As I had purchased my 200NS pre-owned, I really wasn’t sure if the previous owner had ever replaced the coolant. When I adopted the Indian machine, she was over 2 years old. Back then, the odometer reflected approximately 24,000km of adventure. And since Bajaj’s manual calls for a coolant replacement every 30,000km or 2 years – whichever comes first, I figured that there will be a good chance that my mechanical steed is still carrying the same coolant that it was fed from the factory. 

And so I did some research and narrowed my choices to one of these 3 coolants – Evan’s Waterless Coolant, Engine Ice and Maxima’s Cool-Aide. So, the cheapo in me  Continue reading “Weekend Project #1 – Replacing lime juice with grape juice”

Lupromax Razer 4T on my Pulsar 200NS

Oil change today. Decided to try Lupromax after the reviews I’ve read. Anyway, 200NS manual says bike requires 1200ml of oil. I poured in 1300+ml – which should be enough. But when I check the oil window, shows oil at MIN level. ☹️ Hmmm…. I wonder how much oil should I really use?

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New headlight bulb for my 200NS

Just changed my headlight bulb to the new Philips X-treme Vision 130% bulb and noticed an immediate improvement in light throw compared to stock bulb. It was a direct replacement of the stock bulb. No modifications required and LTA-friendly. Now night time swee swee bright bright! Inexpensive DIY project…

Philips X-tremeVision 130