nice thread loved the topic.
reminds me of my youth days.
in the year 2001, 02 and 03 i started buying bikes again after a couple of year's gap. Since GTO wasnt available, i opted for honda cg125 this time. i would get a brand new bike, use for 5-6 months in which time i would drive it for a thousand or so kms and then sell and buy a new bike.
let me share an incident of one particular bike. i bought a 2003 or 2003 model zero meter 125. i used to change oil every 200-300kms and always used caltex havoline. the max distance that i used to cover in one go was around 4kms. the bike was driven around a speed of 30-40km/h. i noticed after driving the bike for 700-800kms that the usual KHANAK, the famous sound of 125 was missing. i felt bad. i was heart broken and thought i took soooo much care of the bike and it is still not perfect. what did i do wrong. i couldnt understand.
another example of the care i showered upon my bike is that i would start it in the morning when i wanted to use it, turn the petrol to off position and let the bike run in the same condition till the petrol finished and the bike stopped itself. only then would i start it again and drive.
the bike was never given to anybody and was used very rarely. one day, an old friend visited from another city. he wanted the bike since he had some work to finish. he had to go to a nearby village around 35kms away from the city. he took the bike and drove it like we used to drive (full throttle).
when he came back in the evening, i couldnt believe it was the same bike when i heard the sound. i have never heard that classic sound even though i know many people who take very good care of their bikes. it was simply unbelieveably beautiful.
the bike was in full bloom after that 70-100km drive. the sound was enjoyable. when i decided to sell that bike sometime later, it was sold on the spot and on a high price than the routine and a couple of buyers were simpkly going crazy for it.
now its up to you masters to decide whether it was the correct way to keep a bike or not