OD Garage: The Hero Impulse completes a year and 8500km

Ashok George Published: October 24, 2013, 12:26 PM IST

I've had the Impulse for over a year now and I must say that this has to be the most versatile motorcycle in the Indian market today. It's perfect for the daily commute. It's comfortable for the occasional weekend ride. It even goes off-road without batting an eyelid.

Hero-Impulse

But there is always a flip side and the Impulse also comes with its share of niggles. I have been thinking that my motorcycle was a standalone case, but turns out it isn't so. I've been talking to a few other owners and surprisingly they all have the same issues. The first problem we are all facing is with the cone-set. The thing just gives up far too easily, especially for a motorcycle that is supposed to be an off-roader. The second, more grave, issue is that the carburetor slide keeps getting stuck. It has gotten so bad that when I opened it up for cleaning I could see that the insides had serrations in them. I hoped sanding them out would solve the problem but it didn't. The bloody thing keeps getting stuck. And when you're out on the highway, it gets really irritating. Having to kick the carb to get the slide moving is not the best way to ride. Thankfully, the folks over at Hero have promised me a fresh carb if nothing else works. I've got my fingers crossed. On the plus side, however, Hero seems to have sorted out their parts availability issue to some extent. The consumables at least are more easily available these days. Good job there.

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