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Got my new G400...LOVE IT

 
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boyjeenyus
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09 Rattler 110. 26mm PE Carb, NCY intake, 10g sliders, kenda dual sport tires, rear rack. 73 Honda CL350 Scrambler

PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2020 12:50 pm    Post subject: Got my new G400...LOVE IT Reply with quote

Coming from some Genuine scooters, 70's Honda 350 twins, and a Grom, I've been stoked on the G400C since it was announced. I finally pulled the trigger and picked one up about a week and a half ago. 600 miles in! Mine came from Vespa Marietta near Atlanta. He sells primarily Royal Enfield motorcycles and had never seen a g400c before, but ordered mine and another one for sale.
Here's my quick write-up after the initial 500 mile engine break in:

500 mile update--first servicing. Break in should be done at this point--YAY!!!!! I've ridden 15-30 mile intervals with 2 hour cool downs repeatedly for the past 6 days to hit 500 miles. Constant yo-yo-ing accel to engine breaking--not normal riding at all. All gears 50-75% throttle for the last 200 miles. All under 6,000 rpms until the past 100 miles, then some accel to 7,000 rpms for the last 50. Probably never had it at a constant rpm for more than 10 seconds of riding. Bike feels awesome. Great power, good sound, easiest gearbox i've ever shifted, and couldn't be happier. I did one oil change at 100 miles (as much of the initial wear-in happens then), then oil and filter today at 500. Using 10w 40 motorcycle oil (non synthetic) and the oil looked dark and used both changes, but no chunks of metal. Some sand-sized metal particles around the filter, but nothing bigger than that. I'll switch to synthetic oil at 1500-2000 miles and stay there for the life of the bike. Really looking forward to just riding it like normal and finally going to full throttle, higher RPMs starting tomorrow.

At 500, I changed the oil, adjusted the drive chain slack (it was just a little too much at 1 1/4" slack), and Adjusted the valves. Both exhaust valves gaps were too big out of spec, but not terribly. So far the only issues are the stupid clutch lever bolt which has come loose like 4 times now--even after lock tite. I added a nut and washer to the underside of it today, and lock-tited everything. I'm hopeful that this will fix the issue. I also had the left mirror come loose. Retightened it down with lock-tite and it hasn't moved since. Last bolt to come loose is the rear side stand/kickstand bolt was loosening up. I should really just go over most of the bolts on the bike with a torque wrench tomorrow.

Lesson learned on oil changes with this bike: Really only refill 1/2 a quart at a time, and screw the dip stick back in before turning over the engine with the kick starter every time or it'll squirt oil all over the place Smile I'm really looking forward to enjoying this bike for years to come. Future mods wish-list will move more in the scrambler direction: DS tires, high pipes, Engine bash-guard/skid plate (the oil lines under the engine in particular look vulnerable), and maybe fabricate up smaller side covers out of carbon/fiberglass to shrink them a bit and save 5-7 lbs of weight. Most of those things won't get started until the fall.

So far I'm completely satisfied with this bike and very glad that I got it Smile
Stephen
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wheelbender6
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2020 3:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome report. Keep us posted.
-I grew up in a little town about 60 miles south of Marietta called Senoia.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2020 11:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congrats! Pics, or it didn't happen.
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DrScoot
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2020 3:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice! I just completed my first service a month ago and started using it for the daily commute. Love it so far. Definitely feels much better after that initial break in. Good to see another owner on here. I haven't seen many folks on the internet discussing their bike which is a bummer. Perhaps not that many owners aware of this forum (or owners in general).

If you do make any sweet mods please post it. I am looking for some tips!

So far all I did was remove the G400c stickers off the sides as I didn't care for them. I think it looks a lot better. I also added the cargo rack on the back and a flyscreen. I'm trying to figure out a better cargo method however, so if you have any suggestions, I am all ears!
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Scrambler17
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05 Stella, 19 G400c

PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 2020 3:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi all, New Modern Buddy member. Was a longtime member of Stella Speed.

Just got a G400, anyone have the Service Manual? Going through the break in now. To get to that 500 miles. Oil Change looks straight forward. What are you all using for weight and brand? 10W40 seems a lot more readily available in the specified standard, but 15W40 seems to be the suggested weight?

The other thing is checking the valve clearance. Any tutorials or info on how to do that? I'm not really close to a dealer.
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wheelbender6
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2020 4:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You might be the only forum member that owns one. There are some G400c owners on advrider that might help.
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Dooglas
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2020 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds great. Photos please.
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