LOOKS GOOD, WORKS POOR !!!
Owned and using TB500 since March 2016. Average 20kms/day...48000kms approx done. Buying and servicing experiences were good. But the performance of the bike is TERRIBLE. Brand new and within 4 months had to replace the fuel pump(costs Rs.15000 !!!)...fortunately it was covered in the 1year warranty and I was saved. The front mudguard is a joke...its there only for show, but doesn't do what its supposed to... Bike runs over a small water patch and you have water sprayed on both your feet. Imagine the scene in the rainy season...your trouser legs, as well as shirt front, are covered in a muddy spray which doesn't wash off easily...Rear mud-guard also does a good job of spraying the back of the person riding with you... I wonder what kind of donkeys RE have in their design department who think only about looks and appeal, but not a thought was given to utility and well being of the rider. Also, within a 1st year I had to replace Ignition assembly as the ignition switch shorted out because of rainwater entry !!!...lots of other bikes around from different companies...they don't get shorted ignition switches. But TB500 does !!!....replaced fuel gauge (TWICE !)...because it just keeps showing the wrong level...after 2nd replacement I gave up bcoz it still shows the wrong levels...,and in the next year the chain sprocket assembly, handle fork cone-set, brake pads (twice),...and about 4months ago, on March 2019 the bike just shut off in mid-ride...went dead !!!... RSA technician managed to burn my wiring while checking the fuse box, and there was a battery death due to 2weeks(!!???!!) bike inactivity when I was out for a holiday in May 2019, and yesterday morning (6 July 2019) the same thing like 4months ago happened...bike just went dead in mid-ride. Red ignition switch dead !!!...self-start or kick start doesn't work...currently at service centre awaiting problem diagnosis from service advisor.
I had TVS Victor GL for 12years until 2016,...she was a gem...never troubled me once for first 7years!!!...just change the oil on time and she was good...neither my daughter's TVS Wego troubled me since 2010. These were cheaper, less powerful, non-premium bikes...but no hassles...and TB500??...2lakhs in 2016 and just look at the headache I brought home !!!
I have decided to sell it off asap...just not sure whether to go for another RE model...because the quality of their spare parts doesn't seem to be much, considering the number of replacements I've had to make. If you're thinking of buying TB500 then think 10times, and be ready to shell out a lot for maintenance, not to mention the headache and irritation !!! STAY AWAY !!!
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