Nilesh Gonsalves

May 172016
 

Moto G4 is one of the most anticipated midrange phone for which people have been waiting. With the anticipated killer upgrades like SD617 octacore processor, 3GB RAM, full HD display, you could never ask for more. Today is the day that Lenovo announced the phone and  Amazon India has updated their site stating that they are ready.

Moto G4 and Moto G4 has been launched. At screen size of 5.5″ and models ranging from 2GB to 4GB, micro SD slot along with 16/32 GB storage this phone is as good as Moto x play. And with fast charging capability, the phone comes at 13500 – 15009 INR.. Quite a steal.

One shift away from tradition is that the phone is launched in multiple configuration on same day. The G4 plus has a finger print reader which is absent in G4.

More on it, in some time.

Mar 272016
 

Mar 192016
 

Feb 192016
 

 

It was last year that I was duped online by a certain website named Fashionershop.com. The website has ceased existence ever since. This website listed lots of costly products online for a “sale”, and the sale price was unimaginable. A Rs. 4000/- watch for just Rs. 799/-!! Oh how did I fall for that. I got blinded to the fact that this couldn’t be economically possible but the website made tall claims of manufacturer warranty and such. Later I didn’t receive the watch that goes without saying. I check the regular forums online for any complaints about this guy and found a lot of people in my position. I investigated further and found the details of the person who had registered this website and communicated him via multiple email. No response. I even thought of raising a complaint to cyber cell but that would have to be done in Bangalore as the seller was registered in Bangalore.

I finally lost steam. I knew that it could be a waste of resources to pursue this matter further.

The seller happily pocketed Rs. 799/- belonging to me. And I assume various amounts belonging lots of other online shoppers if he has not yet been brought to justice.

The business the seller was doing online was actually not of selling any product. He was actually banking on the fact that even after the scam, given some time, people would forget and leave him alone. For him it was a risk worth taking. His risk paid off.

Present scenario.

A new company called as ringing bells sure does ring some alarm bells. No one knew who they were as opposed to flipkart which started small and rose to fame step by step. Or Amazon for that matter which was already flourishing worldwide and shopaholics in India were praying for its arrival. Ringing Bells was registered in 2015. As a matter of fact, the domain name freedom251.com was registered on 10th February 2016.They do not have any import listings. They do not have any manufacturing plant as yet. They do not have any previous track record. Yet they claim to be able to sell a phone which would be worth about Rs. 2500/- for just Rs. 251/-!! Nothing adds up. They claim that they can reduce manufacturing cost by sourcing parts from India. Well, Samsung, Motorola, LG, HTC, Sony, or for that matter, Micromax didn’t dig deep enough in to the manufacturing industry of India to locate the manufacturers of such parts in India itself. Or the case could be that there aren’t manufacturers in India(which I think is the correct scenario).  Then how is this all possible?

For a start, reports in media point out that the phones used during the launch event were actually some Adcom phones with the brand name covered using cheap whitener. Bells start ringing. Then their website crashes thus pointing towards it being hosted on a cheap hosting account, similar to the one which I use for this blog. The shopping cart doesn’t direct to the payment gateway which means that before the launch; even the testing was not done properly. Then they use the phrase “Economics of Scale” but fail to fully explain how it works because for economics of scale to work, the production cost should come down. But the material cost itself is said to be more than Rs. 1500/- as per few analysts. So if that’s not coming down then their losses will mount in proportion to the economics of scale.

Nothing adds up here.

If I had been the promoter of such company where the business model would not work but I still would want to launch a product with a fanfare, I would actually be thinking on two lines

A . I get enough publicity for this product so that I am able to get orders for about a 10,00,000 phones. Which comes to about 2.5 crore rupees. Put it in a bank for a term of 4 months. Effectively I could get 2.5-3% interest. After 4 months, buy a few re-branded phones, deliver to few customers (say about 100) and then declare manufacturing difficulties or any other excuse which is digestible. Return all the money without interest(I would take care to put a clause in terms and conditions that any refund would be without interest). Everyone is happy. The customers who got a Rs. 3000/- phone for Rs. 251/-(comes to Rs. 3,00,000/-). The other customers got back their money. I got to keep the remaining of interest minus income tax on interest. I could also claim deduction on loss in business which was generated through sale of rs. 3000/-  phone for Rs. 251.

So here we go:

Amount collected = 10,00,000 * 251 = 25,10,00,000

Interest Collected in 4 months(assuming 3 % for the entire period) = +75,30,000

Loss on sale = (3000 – 251) * 100 = 689999

Tax on income = 75,30,000 * 0.3 = -2052000

Refund = 9,99,000 * 251 = 250749000

Miscellaneous expenditures ( Fanfare Launch and website maintenance) = 5,00,000

Leftovers = 4500000(Truly “leftovers” without any “wrong doings” for which the government is currently on watch)

Now that’s Economics of Scale

B. I publicize with so much hype that my website gets million of hit per month. I display one product for few months but prevent booking from going through (only random bookings allowed). People keep on coming hoping that they would finally be able to book (heck they are trying to buy a smartphone for a steal). Meanwhile I sell my webspace for advertisements and start earning. I will try to figure out whether I would want to sell something else for some real money. I can always refund the booking amount fully.

Though this may not be my preferred business model, this might be one line of thinking

No matter what their business model be, they sure got their share of publicity. They are capitalizing on economics of scale in some way or the other.

Couple of day back I was talking with my brother and his friend about getting in to some kind of business. I revealed to him something I had been thinking about for quite some time. India is a country of more than a billion people. If you could get 1 rupee from each of them by some way, now that would be some business. It’s a land of mass scale everything and you just need to know how to capitalize. Some do it by duping but there are always clean ways to do it.

If you could extract(and I mean by fair means) Rs 1000/- from 1000 people per month it would amount to Rs. 10,00,000/- income per months. But it may be a bit difficult since you would need prior exposure of your credibility. So toning it down, if you could extract Rs. 100 from 10000 people per month, again same income and lesser need of credibility but you would need better marketing. Now if you go a notch down and wriggle Rs. 10 from 1,00,000 people per month, again it would earn you same amount but with much larger need of marketing. The person giving out the money would not be polishing his shoe one day, that’s all he is spending. An on an on can the calculation go.

Simple Arithmetic. 1 Billion people* 1 Rs = 1 Billion Rupees.

So a person, who understands this arithmetic and knows how to apply it, may have wasted all his years of education which taught all the complex stuff of life. Gravity is there to live and so are the magnetic waves. Calculus has made life complex for me during exams. And if you are in to the business of making money, you do not need to know all these. These are just the things which are “nice to know”. If you want to start something in the line of business, you need to capitalize on Economics of Scale.

And if you are in India, you have a Billion and a quarter plus opportunities.

Jan 082016
 

A trip to Goa with mates is a refreshing end to year(rather a refreshing beginning to a new year. Goa holds endless possibilities of exploration and photography. A photographic composition of my Goa road trip.

 

The Bascilica of Bom Jesus : No trip to Goa is considered complete without the visit to the church complex and taking blessings of St. Francis Xavier

Goa

 

 

…………neither is it complete without the “King of Good Times”

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St. Augustine Tower : battered by time but standing tall

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Where peace meets beauty…a road(like most others) in old Goa

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Anjuna Beach Flea Market : A vendor readies for the day ahead

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Neither Swaroski nor Tanishq…but equally attractive

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Waiting to adore those beautiful lucky heads

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The Classic Cult shall live long….here in Goa(Hare Ram Hare Krishna)

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The dance of exhiliration

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Two Gods

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Tickling the Taste Buds : How can trip be declared complete without the mandatory Coastal Food

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One light ready to go….Another ready to guide (at Fort Aguada light House, Goa)

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Sep 212015
 

For many amongst us, buying a smartphone requires extensive preparations right from building up the budgets to finalising the phone based on our requirements. But the process is not that easy. Well, saving enough for buying may not be difficult but finalising a phone becomes tedious, especially if you were not satisfied with your previous phone. Sometimes the need to buy a new phone may come up suddenly in cases like phone stolen/damaged beyond repairs and extensive research may not be possible. Or simply you may not be a person who is aware of the technicality and always fall for the marketing gimmicks. Whatever be the case, a short guide goes a long way in helping you decide which phone my be the best for you. So here’s one.

There are number of points which need to be considered while buying a phone but the primary one are just three. Ask yourself, what’s your budget, what’s your usage, and how long you want to be married to it.

So what’s your budget? The answer to this question is not a simple one as it should be based on the other two questions to follow ie. your usage pattern and how long you want to stick with it. But if you are on a fixed tight budget, there’s no other way to it. Lets take those question first.

Usage :

If you are a first time mobile buyer then it wont be easy for you to gauge your usage pattern. But the usage patterns observed among regular users of a mobile phone can be taken as a benchmark. These usage patterns can be broadly classified in to four:

  1. Light Usage Phone calls and some amount of music/movies, light gaming, accessing social network/emails, basic photography etc.
  2. Moderate usage Phone calls plus some midrange games, music/movies, social networking, moderate amount of photography and selfies(self photograph taken from front camera) etc.
  3. Heavy Usage Phone calls, Heavy gaming, high end photography, office work, movies/music, multitasking etc.
  4. Extreme Usage Enthusiasts who swear by numbers and tech specs and wouldn’t care if the phone performs as good as its seen on spec sheet(get outta here…you already know your phone . There’s nothing much I can help you with)

Android Phones, iPhones and windows based phones are suitable for all these usage patterns but iPhones a re insanely priced and windows phones have rocky past to consider them as established phones.

Along with these considerations you should also consider the battery life. If your life depends on this phone, ensure that you buy a phone with good battery life which can take you through the day while you perform your defined activities. But its very important to find and fit yourself in to one of these broad classification else after you buy the phone you would have bought a 25,000 rupee phone for send whatsapp messages or you would have bought a 5000 rupee phone and would be trying to play urban legend between skipped frames while a very hot device is trying to scald you palms.

Ideally, the phones as classified above fall in the following price range:

  1. Light Usage Up to 8000 Rupees +/- 1000 rupees(A phone with 4.5 to 5” screen should suffice)
  2. Moderate usage between 8000 –17000 rupees(A phone with 5” screen is suitable, may be extended up to 5.5”.)
  3. Heavy Usage 18000- roughly around 30000 rupees.(recommended 5.5” but may even settle for 5” or 5.2” depending on personal preferences)
  4. Extreme Usage lots of gimmicky features and insanely priced at around 40000 – 80000 rupees and above that in some cases. One batch of say 10000 phones may value equal to the economy of some poor country.

How long will you stick to this one:

If trying out new phones every year is in your blood then you should restrict yourself to light or moderate usage phones. If you plan to play high end games on different phones each year, make me your tech advisor with a fixed fee recommendations. That way I too earn some. If you plan to use you phone for a time period of more than 2 years, try to up you budget to be placed in heavy usage category.

Recommended phones

There are lots and lots of manufacturers selling phones in India and its easy to be lost in the maze searching for the right on. Rule of thumb, go for a name you have heard before since atleast one year. Also, now that we are almost facing the 4G revolution, keep this criterion as prime.

Of the above lot, Moto E LTE falls in the maximum value for money catagory.

Moto G 2015 should give you the maximum value for money. Also we can expect updated for atleast next two iterations of Andriod(Marshmellow and N***?). Zenfone selfie is for selfie addicts and lenovo K3 note should give you a note experience below 10,000 rupees. The Mi pair packs the punch but do not expect support in terms of updates.

Here’s a table to simplify matters:

Usage Category

Actual Usage

Price Bracket in Indian Rupees

Recommendations

Support Commitment

Light Phone calls and some amount of music/movies, light gaming, accessing social network/emails, basic photography etc up to 8000 Moto E
Huawei Honor Holly
Forget it. Moto E might get an upgrade but that’s highly unlikely.
Moderate Phone calls plus some midrange games, music/movies, social networking, moderate amount of photography and selfies(self photograph taken from front camera) etc. 8000 to 18000 Moto G 2015
Asus Zenfone 2 Laser
Asus Zenfone Selfie
Honor 6
Lenovo K3 Note
Mi 4
Expect atleast one upgrade for all phones. Expect 2 upgrades for Moto G 2015
Heavy Phone calls, Heavy gaming, high end photography, office work, movies/music, multitasking etc. 18000 to 30000 Moto X Play
Moto X Style
OnePlus One
Moto X2
Asus Zenfone 2
Samsung Note 3
Sure upgrades up to 2 iterations unless there is an inherent problem in the phone.
Moto X will get the earliest upgrades, followed by OnePlus
Extreme Out of the world specs. Insane prices Samsung Note 4 & Egde
Samsung Galaxy S5
iPhone 6 & 6s
Xperia Z3
They might as well send someone to your home to update your phone

 

This simplified table should be sufficient to help you out with your selection. Its always best to go for the previous generation flagship in case it fits your budget as you can get decent specification at lower price. Eg. You can get Moto G2

If you have any other doubts or any more recommendations required, do mention in comments or use the “Your Tech Advisor” tab above or click here to contact me.

Aug 252015
 

In my constant endeavour to watch good foreign language films, I have taken the support of subtitles to understand them, and I find myself comfortably placed to keep pace with the plot while carrying out the dual tasks of watching the movie and also reading the subs. The list of such movies may not be huge but I am very glad that I have not missed watching them. One such movie happens to be a Turkish one, and I wouldn’t shy away from it, especially since it had high ratings on IMDB. Mucize (am unable to home on to how its pronounced, though one website lists it as Mu-ji-za), meaning Miracle, is based in a rural Turkish backdrop with all their problems and pleasures, rolled and presented in to one.

The film starts with the transfer of a school teacher in to a remote village, a settlement rather, disconnected from the rest of the world save for the blue transport. A bus which stops two mountains away from the village since the government didn’t make any road further. The problems do not end when he reaches the village, baggage in his hands. The village has no school and all the efforts to wake up the administration to this fact are futile, largely due to the instability in the government. The children of the village are forever destined to illiteracy as the teacher thinks he is not up to the task. We live under the will of God for eight months(when it snows) and at the mercy of the government for rest of the four months. These words from the village elder, sums up the harsh reality of their community life.

But things change. And they change in a big way when the teacher and the villagers take up the task of building the school themselves. The education starts.

But there are other issues too.

The village chiefs son Camilo has fled to the mountains a decade back, from the fear of being caught for a murder he committed back then. His son and his wife wait for him endlessly. Is it time for him to finally come back and make peace with his destiny?

The youngsters in the community get married one by one, to a bride chosen by the elders. The bride selection ritual is quite interesting and funny at times(Apologies to anyone who takes offense here. I just meant that the scenes are funny and not the actual ritual). The groom humbly accepts the bride chosen for him. But how will such a pair fare?

The eldest eligible bachelor is handicapped and not fit for marriage as thought by his father. But destiny had another course written and the most beautiful girl is married off to the handicapped man, on account of a promise made by the girls father to the grooms father. Life gets difficult for Mizgin(the wife) and Aziz(the handicapped husband) as the community thinks that they are not a fit couple. Will this couple overcome the taunts and prove their love for each other or will they break apart. That’s what remains to be seen.

Finally, will the teacher fulfil his duty here, or will he fall short?

The location and the scenery in the film is breathe taking. Just like the dream getaway village. The dresses are colorful and the traditions rich. The film has a soothing effect on oneself.

Initially it seems that the movie is centred on the school teacher, Mahir. It doesn’t take much time to realise that the film is centred on the village and the villagers their culture and traditions, their humility,  their problems. The film is a kaleidoscope in to the life of the community and the individuals who make up the community.

My Rating : 4/5

Aug 022015
 

windows-10

(Photo : Meilleur Mobile/Google Creative Commons)

They say that the first impression is the last impression.

I’ve been waiting for windows 10 ever since it was announced. Actually ever since it was announced that it would be free upgrade to windows 7 and windows 8 license holders. I had earlier joined the windows insider programme and had installed windows 10 on my old laptop. The start button was back and the interface was refreshing. I was bit impressed. The launch of the finished product was slated for July 2015 and positive reviews were pouring in from the insiders programme.

It was natural that the windows release for upgrade would be in phases mainly for two reasons. a) The feedback from early adopters would be used for further quick bug fixes and b) the download servers had to be protected from overload. It was launched on 29th July with a fanfare and critic reviews started pouring in. And they were good overall.

My laptop was in the waiting line without any timeline which would indicate when I would get the update. So I searched the internet and found a work around. It actually worked. And before I knew, windows 10 was up and running on my laptop. Congratulations and all!!

That was two days back. Today I write this post after reverting back to windows 8.1.

Windows 10 is bug filled at this moment. It lags a lot. Whenever I want to click anywhere, it just doesn’t click. It takes about 5 – 10 seconds to respond again. In intermittent periods, it runs like magic. Very smooth. But I guess, windows 10 would run smooth on blank laptop as of now. I had upgraded from a very stable and smooth windows 8.1 and completely new “user experience” was harrowing. Thanks Microsoft that they kept the option to revert back to older version in case you don’t like windows 10.

My suggestion for regular users, don’t upgrade for now. At this level of stability, it seems more a developers preview than a user release. Stay on the older versions till all the lag and bugs get fixed. We still have one year to upgrade fro free!!

If you still want to upgrade but do not get any option in update, do the following, the workaround that I mentioned. This might or might not work for you:

  • Go to c:\windows\softwareDistribution\download and delete all the files and folders present in the download folder.
  • Open Command prompt as administrator
  • Run the following command wuauclt.exe /updatenow
  • Now go to windows update and search for update. If all is well, you should be able to download windows 10 update

If you already have installed windows 10 and want to revert back to windows 7/8(whichever was your previous version), search for windows update and recovery. In the recovery section, you should have the option to go back to previous version. Use it to recover your previous installation.

The windows 10 first impression for me, is not the last impression yet and I will be waiting for a better build before upgrading.

Jul 172015
 

Samsung has just launched their J series phones in India via e-commerce site, Flipkart.

Samsung is promoting these phones as gaming phones with midrange capabilities. The same is confirmed by the hardware specifications as compared in detail below(source gsmarena.com)

                                                  Samsung J7                                                   Samsung J5

Technology

GSM / HSPA / LTE

GSM / HSPA / LTE

2G bands

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2

3G Network

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100

4G Network

LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 7(2600), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500) – SM-J7008

LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 7(2600), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500) SM-J5008

Dimensions

152.2 x 79.1 x 7.9 mm (5.99 x 3.11 x 0.31 in)

142 x 73 x 8.5 mm (5.59 x 2.87 x 0.33 in)

Weight

169 g (5.96 oz)

149 g (5.26 oz)

SIM

Dual SIM (Micro-SIM, dual stand-by)

Dual SIM (Micro-SIM, dual stand-by)

Type

TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Size

5.5 inches (~69.3% screen-to-body ratio)

5.0 inches (~66.5% screen-to-body ratio)

Resolution

720 x 1280 pixels (~267 ppi pixel density)

720 x 1280 pixels (~294 ppi pixel density)

OS

Android OS, v5.1 (Lollipop)

Android OS, v5.1 (Lollipop)

Chipset

Qualcomm Snapdragon 615

Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410

CPU

Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.0 GHz Cortex-A53

Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53

GPU

Adreno 405

Adreno 306

Card slot

microSD, up to 128 GB

microSD, up to 128 GB

Internal

16 GB, 1.5 GB RAM

16 GB, 1.5 GB RAM

Primary

13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus, LED flash

13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus, LED flash

Features

Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama

Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection

Video

1080p@30fps

1080p@30fps

Secondary

5 MP, LED flash

5 MP, LED flash

Alert types

Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones

Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones

Loudspeaker

Yes

Yes

3.5mm jack

Yes

Yes

WLAN

Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot

Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot

Bluetooth

v4.1, A2DP

v4.1, A2DP

GPS

Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou

Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou

NFC

Yes

Yes

Radio

FM radio with RDS; recording

FM radio with RDS; recording

USB

microUSB v2.0

microUSB v2.0

Sensors

Accelerometer, proximity

Accelerometer, proximity

Battery

Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery

Li-Ion 2600 mAh battery

Colors

White, Black, Gold

White, Black, Gold

Price

14999

11999

The J7 and the J5 run on the out dated Qualcomm 615 and 410 snapdragon chipset with octacore A53 and quadcore A53 processors respectively. Both pack 1.5 GB RAM. Though nothing much to boast about, the phones are placed at a very strategic price point. You wont be able to get a quality phone at his price point which has as 5.5 inch(J7) or 5 inch(J5) superamoled screen(gsmarena.com lists it as TFT capacitive touch screen whereas flipkart lists a super amoled one. But samsung website lists super amoled so we go by that. The phone would be lucrative, had it not been samsung’s nature to blot their phones with the heavy touchwiz. 1.5 GB RAM may not be very much after all. Still its more than motorola Moto G which sells for 9999 at this moment.

Both phones have a 720p display which is adequate for this price. The presence of NFC makes not much difference in Indian context. LTE(4g) is standard with dual sim standby(LTE + GSM).

The USP for this phones will be the 13 MP rear shooter and the 5 MP front shooter. If marketed properly, it could be the next galaxy grand duos for India.

The battery of 3000 mAh and 2600 mAh in J7 and J5 respectively should be able to see you through the day with medium usage.

Head over to flipkart for pre-ordering the phone if you are interested either the J7 or the J5.

Jul 102015
 

For your new vehicle, the Indian traditions dictate the ceremonial “nimbu-mirchi totka” comprising of one lemon and seven green chillies, strung together to form a hanging piece which is supposed to ward off evil.

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No new vehicle is moved without hanging this totka on to it. Though most of us believe and religiously follow these numbers(7 chillies, 1 lemon), most of us overlook few important set of numbers which manufacturers of these vehicles provide. These are the matrix of numbers which give the kilometres run and the corresponding maximum speed to be followed by your vehicle in different gears. The process which is completed once these numbers are adhered to is called as “running in” or “break in” of the machinery.

The numbers are something like these:

(for representation only. Refer your owners manual)

For first 500 kms 501 – 2000 kms

Gear

Speed

Speed

1st

15 kmph 20 kmph

2nd

25 kmph 30 kmph

3rd

30 kmph 40 kmph

4th

45 kmph 55 kmph

5th

60 kmph 70 kmph

What is the running in and why is it so important?

To answer this, first lets get to the bottom of manufacturing process. Most of the parts like pistons, rings, gears, shafts etc. in a vehicle are manufactured using either one or combination of turning on lathe, milling, cutting etc. These manufacturing processes, though they have achieved a very high precision after the advent of CNC machines, still are not good enough to prevent formation of burrs or create a perfectly dimensioned part.

So what is a burr?

Burr is a small extension of metal which is created while working on a metal by processes like cutting, threading, milling etc. Though CNC machines and high precision tools limit the amount of burrs to micro levels, be sure that they are present.

Apart from this, these parts, or for that matter most of the other parts manufactures by such processes, cannot be made perfect to their dimensions, significantly due to the shortcomings of the machineries which manufacture them. Thus, a piston ring may not have the perfect edge contour, which matches with the inner walls of the cylinder liner after it is fitted.

When your vehicle runs for the first few 100 kms, these meshing parts rub against each other and the friction results in heat generation. If the speed of the vehicle is increased above permissible limit for corresponding gear, there is all the likelihood that the amount of heat generated goes out of proportion and enough to damage the component permanently. Eg. If the engine is loaded above the permissible limit during run-in period, the piston rings scratch the cylinder liner irreversibly. These scratched surface will keep on causing further damage to piston ring in future, thus shortening the life of both the cylinder liner and the piston rings.

Secondly, during the run-in period, the parts which mesh together, wear off and give off small metal filings which get deposited and carried away by the engine oil. The micro burrs too wear off at this stage and leaves behind a smooth component. These micro burrs too get carried away with the oil.

In case the machinery is run at higher load/speed, these filings in the oil have the potential to damage the bearings and other sliding/rotating components. At lower speed/loads, this possibility is reduced.

I’ve run in the bike and it was bit boring. Now what?

Remember that small booklet that the vehicle manufacturer supplied with the vehicle? The user manual? Just check in it. Normally, you should be due for your first free check up at this time, as specified by the service coupon. If you see carefully, the job card for the first free service(normally on the reverse of the service coupon) specifies replacement of engine oil and engine filter. This is a very important step. The engine oil is drained, sump is cleaned(sump is the lowest portion of the engine where oil is held for circulation), oil filter is cleaned and new oil is filled up in the engine at this point. Unless this is done, the engine will be fed with the metal fillings via the oil for a long time, thus leading to a gradually increasing wear of the engine components and the oil pump. So be sure that your service centre personnel carry out this step. Once this is done, it is always safe to follow the running in routine speeds for few thousand kilometres(1000 to 2000 kms) to ensure proper performance in long run.

Tips

  • Insist on driving the vehicle from show room to your home/registration centre yourself. Showroom people normally don’t care much about other peoples vehicle once the sale is through. I’ve seen many brand new a bikes/cars being driven ultra-rashly by showroom delivery boys. My heart goes out to the engines and transmission components of those vehicles and to the owners of those vehicles.
  • If you hear complaints about the shoddy work by service centre, insist on staying with the bike till the servicing is done(Absurd but effective)
  • Note down the kms in presence of the service centre personnel. That way every km run can be accounted for.
  • Before and after service, check the oil color using dip stick. The oil after service will be visibly lighter in color as compared to pre-service.
  • Do not try to do the first service(or any other free service) yourself at home. You will void the warranty.
  • Keep the oil topped up to recommended level with the recommended oil.

Once you finish your break-in or running in of the vehicle machinery, you can be assured of a very long component life and trouble free engine. Happy driving/riding.

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