Two Wheelers Maintainence


Preventive Maintenance
1. Make sure that you check your tyre treads once a week. Have the wheels balanced and the alignment checked if the wear is uneven.

2. Check your tyres for cuts and scrapes on your tires, which could cause a blowout. Add air pressure as required. Many blowouts are the result of low air pressure.

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3. Examine both of your wheels for missing or loose spokes. Check the rims for cracks or dents.

4. Lift the wheel off the ground and spin it. Then watch its motion, listen for noise and move it from side to side to check for looseness.

5. For smooth operations, inspect the controls. Watch for kinks or broken strands in your cables. Also, lubricate the control mechanisms at each end of the cables.

6. Oil the chain and check the sprockets for worn teeth.

7. Does the motorcycle bounce several times after you ride over a bump? Do you hear a big clunk? If the answer to either of this is yes, adjust or replace the shock absorbers.
8. Be on the lookout for loose or missing nuts, bolts or cotter pins. If you keep your bike clean, it’s easier to spot the missing parts.

9. Adjust your brakes so they lock the wheel when fully applied (see your owner’s manual for instructions). If the wheel does not lock, or if you hear a scraping sound when you’re trying to stop have the lining checked.

10. If you suspect that your motorbike can land you into trouble, fix things right away. That is the only way you can avoid an accident.

Cleaning the Two Wheeler

A clean bike is important for long-term fitness and for value of the vehicle. Maintenance of a clean bike is easier, and it also less expensive to operate.

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A few tips that will help keep your vehicle clean:

  • Before you clean the vehicle, ensure that the ignition switch unit, H.T. Coil and silencer are covered using plastic sheets.
  • Clean the vehicle using low-pressure water.
  • All painted surfaces should be washed only with water, as kerosene or detergent will damage the paint
  • Take care not to apply water on the electrical parts
  • For cleaning the engine externally, brush it with kerosene and wipe it dry with a clean rag.
  • Dry the vehicle and lubricate it after you wash it

At times, water may enter on the brake liners during washing, leading to brake slippage. Therefore, make it a point to dry the liners by braking frequently till the brake starts working effectively.

After you’ve cleaned the vehicle:

  • Replace or top up engine/ Gear box oil
  • Clean the air filter
  • Clean the spark plug, and seal the electrode gap
  • Overhaul the carburetor
  • Adjust the control cable
  • Tighten nuts, bolts and fasteners
  • Clean and adjust front and rear brakes
  • Check and adjust steering column play
  • Check for proper functioning of lights, switches and horn
  • Check battery electrolyte level and top up with distilled water
  • Check and adjust drive chain tension
  • Check and adjust spoke tightness / rim runout
  • Check and clean inline fuel filter

Lubricating your Two Wheeler

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For a smooth and easy ride, it is important to lubricate your vehicle from time to time. What are the parts that need to be lubricated?

  • Rider seat pivot
  • Control cables
  • Brake lever, pedal and clutch lever
  • Front suspension
  • Speedo gear / pinion / cable
  • Steering races
  • Stand pivot
  • Front wheel bearing
  • Gear shifter assembly
  • Brake actuating shaft
  • Dive chain

First aid for your Two Wheeler

If even after following the above maintenance tips your vehicle continues to give you problems, you should take it to an authorized dealer. However, follow these simple steps before approaching the dealer.

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In case of starting trouble

  • Check fuel in fuel tank / fuel cock position / fuel tank cap vent hole
  • Check fuel pipe for pinched / twisted
  • Check and clean air filter element
  • Check and clean spark plug and adjust electrode gap
  • Check ignition switch / engine kill switch position
  • Check fuel in fuel tank / fuel cock position / fuel tank cap vent hole
  • Check fuel pipe for pinched / twisted
  • Check and clean air filter element
  • Check and clean spark plug and adjust electrode gap

In case of high fuel consumption

  • Check for fuel leakage from fuel pipe, petrol tank cap, and petrol cock
  • Check tyre pressure
  • Check and clean air filter element
  • Check and clean spark plug and adjust electrode gap
  • Check whether brakes are dragging

Tyres, Wheels and Windshields

To keep the performance of your motorbike at the maximum and improve its looks, due care of tyres, wheels and windshield is essential. A constant degradation of these parts takes place that may either cause a poor performance level of the vehicle or may even lead you into uninvited trouble.

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This degradation caused due to friction or unfavorable driving conditions like uneven roads, road grease, insects, brake dust etc., can be slowed down by taking few simple steps. The following steps may enable your machine to deliver peak performance:

To keep the tyres intact and in perfect condition is very essential for safe driving and high mileage. The manufacturer’s instructions should always be followed. The right air pressure assists the machine in giving high output and also protects the tyre from corrosion.

It also gives a smoother ride and excellent (skid free) braking. Do not use any cheap tyre cleaner, but always use a good quality cleaner. Moreover harsh braking is to be avoided for long life of the tyres as this causes depletion of the tyre rubber due to friction.

Windshield looks good and is useful only when it does not have any scratches. Therefore it should be dampened for some time before washing for easier bug removal. Scratch-removing products should also be used to erase the scratches.
Wheels are very important for smooth driving and perfect looks and are easily damaged by the use of harsh chemicals, brake dust and road salts. To avoid such ugly looks wash and wax your wheels weekly and use a corrosion protectant.

During washing, however, take care to avoid excessive wetting of brake shoes and discs as this may affect the braking while driving. Do not wash brake discs with cleaners whose compounds include chlorine or silicon. Chlorine causes rust and silicon makes brake discs slick, diminishing their usefulness and safety.

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The Palace in Azerbaijan


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This is nothing but the private house of the former Secretary of Health Care of Azerbaijan (the former USSR republic). Two years ago he was sentenced to the five years of imprisonment with the confiscation of property. The reason was corruption. Together with the imprisonment he had to pay a compensation of $17 million which seemed not to be a big trouble for him.
Some pictures of the property after the jump.



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How to Catch Plasma


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Since early childhood everyone knows that substance can exist in three states: solid, liquid and gas. A perfect example of it is ordinary water. We can observe it in all the three states in our daily life (especially in a kitchen). However, there exists another state which is called plasma…
The Novosibirsk Institute of Nuclear Physics is one of the world’s leaders in studying plasma. They have some very interesting setups, so-called “plasma traps”. Let’s see how they work and what for they are needed.


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The substance in a plasma state is gaseous but gets an additional property – electrical conductivity. That means a current is able to pass through it.
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And this may be very dangerous! If the air was in a state of plasma, we would easily get an electric shock standing near a simple plug or any other source of energy (even without touching it!).
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But this property of plasma may be effectively used for generating energy. That’s for plasma traps were created. They allow to study the properties of plasma, its behavior and possible ways of its keeping.
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There is a very high radiation level near these machines, so all the workers must use dosimeters here.
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Now these traps are purely experimental. But in the future they may become an important part of our lives…
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Location: Novosibirsk

India won the world cup because of………..DON”T MISS THE LAST PART


Sachin Tendulkar – The Master who was Born to Bat


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There are two kinds of batsmen in the world. One, Sachin Tendulkar. Two, all other batsmen. – Andy Flower

If one were to ask what is Indian Cricket Team’s most prized possession, the answer would be unanimous – Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar. But he is not just Indian team’s most prized possession. He’s also Cricket’s most prized possession.

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The man has been playing astounding cricket for the last two decades and is still nothing short of a blitzkrieg! He refuses to age or get less aggressive with time. Still a bowler’s worst nightmare (bowlers like Shane Warne and Glen McGrath stand in testimony to this); Sachin is also known for his sportsmanship and gentlemanliness.
He has emerged as a source of inspiration to crores of Indians exhorting them to rise above mediocrity and can single-handedly elevate the mood of the nation.

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Can Sachin Tendulkar Walk on Water?

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Not difficult to make his fans believe that Sachin can walk on water who might also probably believe that he has X-Ray vision and can stop trains. The man has been elevated to a Godly status in India and his worshippers can be found almost everywhere.

Born in Mumbai to Ramesh Tendulkar, a novelist and Rajni Tendulkar, who worked in the insurance sector Tendulkar was soon identified as a cricket prodigy. It didn’t take him much time to embark on his cricketing journey and he became a mentee of Ramakant Achrekar in his early years. There’s an interesting incident from his kid-years: When he was young, Tendulkar would practice for hours on end in the nets. If he became exhausted, Achrekar would put a one-Rupee-coin on the top of the stumps, and the bowler who dismissed Tendulkar would get the coin. If Tendulkar passed the whole session without getting dismissed, the coach would give him the coin. Young Sachin got thirteen Re 1 coins from his coach and he considers them his most prized possession.
Tendulkar started to make his presence felt as he touched teenage. He was being talked about in the Mumbai cricketing circles. Many started predicting that the boy would be the next big thing in cricket. There’s a legend which goes around that Sachin would make bowlers shed tears while he played for his school, as he would refuse to get out.

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The world came to know about Sachin in 1989 when a 16-year old ‘genius-in-making’ put on his batting gloves for his first international test match.

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Despite a humble start in his first two series (against Pakistan and New Zealand respectively) he hit first test ton against England in 1990 (119 not out) and then there was no looking back. The little genius now has a plethora of records in his kitty; some are the ones which other players can only dream of achieving.

Sachin, Lord Rama of the world of Cricket.

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As Lord Rama is to his devotees, Sachin is so to his fans. He’s taken to be an embodiment of righteousness in cricket. Known for his high personal integrity and honesty, every time he ‘walks’, it becomes ‘A Walk to Remember’.

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Even though it took him 70 ODIs to get his first century in the limited-overs edition of the game, Sachin is just a hundred short from making a ‘century of the centuries’ in the International cricket (tests and ODIs combined). Sachin’s most memorable ODI inning (which is also the most memorable inning in the history of ODI cricket) came against South Africa.

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The master scored an unbeaten 200 on 147 off 147 balls and Indian went on to maul the Proteas by 153 runs. Sachin’s greatness touched new heights and so did his humility.
One can safely assume that Sachin is the greatest batsmen to have ever walked on this planet.

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Over the course of time it has been Tendulkar’s rare combination of mastery and bravado that has enchanted aficionados and crowds alike. One of the most striking aspects of the master is his hunger for more. He has achieved numerous milestones in his journey but every time he makes a record he starts focusing on reaching the next level.
The master batsman has had his share of rough form. Several injuries have dotted his career line. Critics committed the misdemeanour of wiritng him off. But he remained undeterred. Like a true gentleman he let his action speak louder than his words. The way he regains his form has gagged the critics on several occasions. One can only marvel how he continues to march on against all odds.

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Critics and media have tried hard to find skeletons in his cupboard only to fail miserably. Tendulkar is a man of impeccable integrity and would always be one. Few can match his off-the-field stature, let alone his on-the-field stature. A mere request from him on Twitter could generate Rs 1 crore for the ‘Crusade Against Cancer’ foundation he is associated with. For his fans (the number runs into millions and they don’t give a damn about the critics and the media), he’s a demi-god, a colossal figure capable of pulling of miracles.

Sachin is known to live a cagey life due to the cult following he has attained. He is known to put on disguises to move about on streets, drive his cars in the dead of the night for the fear of a crowd following him like mad and take his family to Iceland for holidaying. As Peter Roebuck observes, “The runs, the majesty, the thrills, do not capture his achievement. Reflect upon his circumstances and then marvel at his feat. He is a person whose entire adult life has been lived in the eye of a storm.”

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There’s something singularly special in the master blaster. Beneath the helmet, under the disorderly curly hair, inside the skull, there’s something beyond our interpretation. There’s something which enables him to rise and shine above others and reach those territories of the sport that, forget us, even those fortunate enough to play on the same pitch as him cannot even fathom. The man is the embodiment of endurance and true grit.

We fail to fully decipher his recipe for success. We can’t figure out how a 37-year old cricketer stays at the top of the game for 20 years and continues to be a bowler’s worst nightmare. All we know that he is a man who pulls off a jaw-dropping feat every now and then.
The entire country is all set for the March 30th’s big game. Cricket mania is touching new crescendo and jingoism is acquiring new definitions. Our hopes are pinned on Sachin and we pray that he smashes his hundredth ton against Pakistan and leads Team India to a victory, thereby landing it a spot in the finals. 1.2 billion people have one dream: India winning the World Cup with Sachin in the team.
The team at MensXP extends its heartiest wishes to Sachin and Team India. It’s time to “De Ghuma Ke!!!”

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Buddha Bowl


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Since 1957, scientists have known that all chemical elements (other than the simplest hydrogen and helium) were created not In the Beginning — not at the moment of the Big Bang — but very much later, and in the depths of massive stars. All the carbon and calcium in our bodies, all the silicon and oxygen in sand and computer chips — all these elements, every single atom, came into existence inside a star. Imagine that! Inside a star! For many of us moved by the cosmic epic offered by science, there is no realization

more magnificent than this: We know that we are stardust — recycled stardust from the generations of stars that preceded the birth of our own sun. Only stars at least eight times the size of our sun can take this path of elemental creation. And those that do are so busy burning hydrogen and helium into the full spectrum of elements that they blaze and die in a mere 10 million years, rather than the expected 10 billion year life span of our own modest star. It is one thing to create the palette of elements; it is another to launch them into the galaxy. A

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star that forged the Periodic Table as far as iron will collapse upon itself. Then, rebounding in a supernova explosion of unimaginable brightness, the remaining heavy elements churn into existence — all the gold-leaf in an ancient Koran, all the silver in a Hanukkah menorah, all the copper in a bronze Buddha, all the tin in Christmas tinsel. All the complex atoms in your body and everything around you were at one time streaming away from just such a dying star. This is truly a miracle of Creation. The birth of chemical elements manifests divine creativity, however one may think of God. Does it not make sense to celebrate this common reality? We can begin by telling the story of stardust in ways that inspire and delight. And we can further cultural wisdom by weaving into this story the teaching of values and virtues. What emerges will be parables of the new Cosmology. Following is one of the first. Paula Hirschboeck draws from her Zen tradition for this story of stardust. How many more renderings of this same story will the future call forth?

Zen Buddhism has a teaching tradition based on koans. Koans are short stories or conversations designed to awaken the human potential for insight into the nature of reality. Usually

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the teacher gives Zen students koans apppropriate for the next level of their realization. A koan does not make logical sense. In order to open the mind and heart, the student surrenders to not-knowing by meditating (zazen) within the mystery of the koan. Zen has many stories of students struggling with life’s predicaments through koans. The great masters often embellished and commented on these little stories. An example is the famous Blue Cliff Record of 100 koans compiled by Zen Master Hsueh-tou (980 to1052). For the past one thousand years, teachers have been adding their commentaries to these koans. A long conversation!


The Story

Emperor Wu had an ancient treasure, a bowl made from the skull of a revered Buddhist master. Whenever he drank tea from the delicate polished skull, he felt at one with the wisdom of the ages. It was his “Buddha Bowl.”
One day a nun from the nearby monastery was serving the emperor his tea. Fu was a rather dreamy Buddhist nun and, on this particular day, she spilled a few drops of tea on the emperor’s hand. The hot liquid burned. The bowl fell, shattering into numberless

pieces. Fu stared at the white bone bits on the black stone floor. “Like stars strewn through the night” she mused. Then she heard Emperor Wu shouting: “My precious

Buddha bowl, gone, because of your clumsiness!”
Fu looked up and met the emperor’s eyes. ” You must find me another,” he warned, “or I will have your skull, nun Fu!” Kicking aside the bits of broken skull, Emperor Wu stormed out.
Fu returned to her monastery, approached her teacher’s door, knocked three times as prescribed , and soon heard the answering bell admitting her. She bowed. Then she told of her predicament.
The two nuns sat in silence. The Zen teacher spoke a koan for Fu:

FIND YOUR GREAT SELF. THE BUDDHA BOWL OF THE STARS SHALL APPEAR FOR YOU TO USE AT WILL.

Fu bowed and left. The koan rang in her ears. As she repeated it, the words echoed within

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her skull. They reverberated through her bones.
The Emperor’s official tea ceremony was to be held at the next full moon. When Fu went into the monastery garden, she saw the white sliver of the new moon appear in the west as the sun set. She sat zazen into the night until even the dimmest stars appeared. Each evening for the next twelve days, Fu practiced zazen in the monastery garden, breathing her koan into her bones.
By day the nun was assigned by her teacher to work in the little Zen garden. There she raked patterns into the sand around the carefully placed rocks. Sunlight glinted off the myriad bits of quartz — of silica — at her feet. “Daytime stars,” thought Fu.
Each evening Fu watched the stars appear and scatter themselves into deep space. Breathing in the dark, sitting without end, she surrendered herself to the koan. It was taking her deeper and deeper into the emptiness of space, to the time before the light of stars was born.

Body and mind dropping off into astonishing Radiance . . . Everything arising together out of that Radiance . . . The Starburst breaking open the wonder of the Universe.

Fu herself became this Vastness. She became Vastness watching Itself unfold. Fu was light and air and water and earth. She became the Universe of stones and bones, sunshine and sand.
On full moon day, Fu shaved her head. She softly touched her smooth round skull. She whispered her koan: ” Find your Great Self. The Buddha Bowl of the stars shall appear for you to use at will.” It was time to return to Emperor Wu’s palace and prepare for the tea ceremony. The sun was setting.
Emperor Wu appeared in his finest silks, welcomed his noble guests, and took his seat. He held out his hand, waiting for the new Buddha Bowl.
Fu stood before him, her hands clenched at her sides. Suddenly she flung open her fingers. Sand scattered across the floor. At that moment the light of the full moon shone through the eastern window on to the black stone floor. The sand glistened as brightly as stars in the night sky.

“Receive the Buddha Bowl of the stars,” spoke Fu. “Know it as your very Self. Star, Sand, Stone, Bone — All take refuge in the one Being of the Universe. Will you take refuge in the Self which is not separate, but is one?”

Fu bowed deeply. She waited until she heard the rustling of silks. When she rose, Emperor Wu was there, serving her a cup of tea…