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”

2nd Singapore-KL Road Trip

It was an unexpected trip. But yes, I’m riding up to KL again. This time, I will stay over for at least a night. Since my last trip up was just a week ago, I’ve learnt much about my faithful machine, and a few things I wanted to try.

First, I’ve got myself some extra luggage space. Soft bag panniers! They mounted on easily and offered some much needed additional space on the storage-deprived bike. Unlike larger bikes or scooters, the 200NS comes quite literally with no storage space on it’s own. I’ve considered the hard-shelled side boxes, but being a new rider, I’d prefer the side-protruding storage spaces do not poke out any further than the width of my handlebars. This gives newbies like me Continue reading “2nd Singapore-KL Road Trip”

Constructing a Motorcycle Emergency Road Trip Kit

I love to travel.

Man were born to explore. And long before cars and bikes ruled the roads, man explored on horsebacks. And in each adventure, the relationship between man and horse strengthens, eventually forming an inseparable bond between the two travelling companions. The motorcycle and his rider is the modern mechanical version of that man and horse relationship.

Even before I purchased my first bike, I’ve dreamt of exploring places with it. And when I discovered advrider.com, I instantly got hooked to the idea of doing my own motorcycle tours. But a lone explorer with his mechanical steed needs to be prepared for all kinds of situations. Emergencies – as some may call it.

While the modern bike is highly reliable, there are some common scenarios that can leave Continue reading “Constructing a Motorcycle Emergency Road Trip Kit”

10 Things I learnt about my Pulsar 200NS from the Singapore-KL-Singapore trip

SG-KL-SG. Yes. It was a touch-and-go trip. I had some business to settle there and therefore the last minute trip. Left SG around 13:30 yesterday afternoon, and reached back SG around 01:30 in the night. Total distance – 760km. Couple of things I learnt about my 200NS from this trip:

1) The 48L Shad topcase was just barely enough to hold my stuff. I need to rethink about storage solutions if I were to make a similar trip again. Yes, it did hold my hand carry luggage (was initially planning to stay over for a night), rain coat, bike cover and some other small stuff. But I had to force the lid to close. Not good. Almost couldn’t squeeze in my bottle of chain lube – speaking of which…

2) I need a smaller can of Continue reading “10 Things I learnt about my Pulsar 200NS from the Singapore-KL-Singapore trip”

High Temp Paint on Exhaust

For those who are thinking of painting your exhaust with high temp paint, you might want to NOT consider this…. Bought a cheap can of high temp paint. Looked good for awhile, then started turning WHITE??!?

Maybe because this was rated 1200F. I think Rustoleum has one that’s rated 2000F. Might try that sometime.

Was wondering how Rustoleum’s VHT paint on the exhaust will work out?

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NanoProtech Super Insulation?

NanoProtech super insulation?? Bought this insulation spray today for my hazard light and fog light switches amongst other projects. Supposedly, it will seal the electrical / electronic components against moisture damage. Not sure if it works as advertised or how long it can last. But the video seem very impressive, and the bottle says it should last for AT LEAST one year. So maybe have to respray every year to re-treat.

Tried spraying on the electrical switches. Liquid is slightly yellow and doesn’t stain at all. Sprays on like WD-40 and wiped off excess. Hopefully it’ll keep my cheap switches from wet weather damage! Continue reading “NanoProtech Super Insulation?”

Weekend 200NS hazard light project

Had some time today and so I decided to go for the hazard light switch mod. Found a nice place on the left mirror stem to mount the switch. Wiring was pretty straightforward.

Opened up the head unit by removing 4 large bolts on the side of the head unit – 2 on the left and 2 on the right.

Then locate the signal lights connectors – the grey and green 2-pin connectors (see pictures). All you need to do it to tap any 2 of the switch wires into the GREEN and GREY wires. Note – Do NOT tap into the black/yellow wire – that’s GROUND and you’ll end up with a short circuit.  Continue reading “Weekend 200NS hazard light project”

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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Windshield on my Pulsar 200NS

Got a windshield for my 200NS. It goes over the existing (puny) windshield. Tried to install it using the existing 2 bolts on the side of the headlamp unit, but the entire setup felt very flimsy. Was thinking how to secure it and thought that maybe I should secure it to the existing windshield.

So I drilled 3 holes through the plastic and secured the new windshield to the existing one, secured it with some m5 bolts and locknuts (to prevent vibrations from loosening it). The whole new setup just goes onto the bike almost like an OEM setup…. 

Pretty pleased with my DIY handiwork….

Tested it riding at higher speeds. Definitely helped in reducing wind blast to the chest area.

Now, this definitely compliments my Shad SH48 topbox. Makes the bike look more front-back “balanced”…

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