Thursday, February 4, 2016

We can't fix your rear tyre puncture!

That's the usual response from all motorcycle mechanics, they are the ones who are "experts" with every bike out there except Royal Enfields with disk breaks on rear tyres.

So far I had 5 punctures on my Thunderbird 500, including one today, those MRF Zappers are made only for tarmac, could't handle even a toothpick on even short rides on off-roads, JK.

The headache is not with the punctures, but with the mechanics refusing to fix them, of course the RE service center guys don't refuse but we
don't find them nearby in case of punctures, you'll find these "Paanchar Shop(s)" everywhere, without proper tools! By the site of me going to them with my rear flat tyre makes up their mind to reply with "we can't fix this saar" response.

Eventually I started learning how to remove and put the rear tyre back, last 3 times I had punctures I had to explain and help them in doing that. The reasons for them to refuse is vague and mostly because of their improper handling of some arrogant RE fanatic customers I guess. Since I've learnt it, I can think of below reasons on why they refuse.
  • Not one person's job! The bike is heavy! to remove the rear tyre from it takes two pair of hands, one to bend the bike, another to remove it from the swingarm. But that's with most of the bikes, not just RE.
  • Putting the rear disk break caliper back to its place is tiresome and can't be done by one person. Yes, once you're through with fixing the puncture, one has to hold the tyre firmly in place between the swingarm while another has to put the disk break caliper back in place, not very easy without much practice. This is the main reason why they refuse.
  • High chances of breaking the chain guard, that small plastic cover. One mechanic did break mine once. Can't help it.
While I can understand them, these bikes with rear disk brakes are in market from last 2+ years, still giving these lame excuses is in no way an excuse anymore. Well, they don't give a fuck anyway, so it's always better to know your stuff and try fixing them on your own. Expecting their help while you're fixing is the least you can expect.

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