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OrlandoChetak



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I've got a 2002 Chetak. The previous owner did mention that the year was wrong on the title. It's a peach with low miles and in excellent condition, but I think it's a grey market import or personal import for a few reasons:
1. There's no VIN (there is a chassis serial number
2. I have the "teardrop" instrument panel with no fuel gauge or neutral indicator
3. No electric start, kill switch, or battery
4. Other things (I'm sure)

I'm just looking to get more information about this scooter from those who have more experience with Chetaks. I'm a Chetak owner for all of 6 days now....





Mon Aug 01, 2011 7:28 pm View user's profile Send private message
Grover



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I've got one of the siblings of your bike, same speedo face, metal headset, non-locking seat, and all. That UNI air filter is a home-job by a previous owner in the US. Great hassle-free electrics. I feel like mine is a little slower than a BajajUSA bike, always been a little suspicious that it's a 125cc, but I can't back that up. You should also be happy about your cowl glovebox, that thing is HUGE, you should see the little joke of a tray that's under the battery cowl on a BajajUSA Chetak.

These were brought in by a guy in Rochester NY, he owned a construction company. I spoke to him on the phone once, when some of these bikes were up on Ebay, his number was on the auction. He brought over one packed shipping container (like a semi trailer) full of 4T Chetaks and Legends in 2002. These were Indian-market bikes with running gear and accessories in line with Indian home-market spec, not export spec.

I bought mine second-hand locally(in Cincinnati), not from Mr Rochester himself. It didn't come with a title, and I've never figured out a good way to title it, I switch plates between bikes, and keep current registration on some non-runners I own.

Feel free to post any questions, I'll answer if I'm able.
Mon Aug 01, 2011 8:41 pm View user's profile Send private message
OrlandoChetak



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Very cool to hear that he's got a brother! The guy I bought mine off here in Florida claims to be there when it came off the boat, but I'm not sure if I know what he means by that.
I agree that the glove box seems so big! I've quickly gotten used to the kick start, so I can't complain about that and missing electronics are not a problem, though I do like the aesthetic of the other instrument panel.
Someone before me was able to register the bike using the chassis serial number so transferring the title to my name was no problem, thankfully (I have no other bikes!).

I figured the K&N was after market. I found the original air hose in the cowl glove box. I figure it's a good upgrade, plus there may have been carburetor adjustments done after the air filter change. Needs to be cleaned, though.

I have no other Bajaj experience, so I have nothing to compare it to. I do feel the difference between this and my friend's Stella 2T, but that's to be expected. I'm not complaining because it colds starts are easy with no choke, it's super quiet, runs smooth and has enough power to get my wife and I around town riding together.

What's the serial number on yours? Mine's CLCBHM07945. No sure if our serials are close or not. Is yours the same color as mine? Thanks again for the post

Justin
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rufusswan



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Mine is "MD2CL09D52AK03953" and it is an 02. Titled items brought into the USA are titled with a "model year" that matches the year they were imported and not necessarily the manufactures 'model year' of what is made. So an 02 model imported in 03 will say it's an 03 on the title.

The info on a VIN is sort of irrelevant, as it just needs to match the numbers stamped on the scoot so that a 3rd party can affirm that the thingy they are looking at is the same thingy as listed on the title registration.

I really like the differences in the US vs India models, but I don't understand the difference in glovebox sizes. Can you post a pic?

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Grover



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The legsheild glovebox is the same. When you open up the little door on the left side cowl on a grey market, you can see 10-12 inches straight down to the pressed bottom of the cowl. From the hump in the front to the point in the back, it's all just open storage space. Even with some wrenches in the bottom, you can stuff rain gear, a light jacket, and good gloves in there. On a stock BajajUSA bike, there's a tiny little tray that hardly holds anything just inside the door. If yours is gone you may see a little ways to the top of the battery.
Mon Aug 01, 2011 11:03 pm View user's profile Send private message
rufusswan



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I have a glove box in my LH cowl. It's big enough to hold 2 gloves and a snotty hanky Shocked

That cabinet up behind the leg shield is awesome.

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Grover



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A few other things to note from the excellent pictures (thanks). The all-metal 1-piece headset has no holes in the top for mirrors, the mirrors attach to the headset bottom via brackets, like an older Vespa, or a Stella.

The view of the top of the tank shows no wires for a gas gauge (there isn't one) and also no emissions breather hose thingy. The carb manifold is solid, with no tiny rubber hose coming into it at the elbow-bend.

The seat peg comes into a simple round hole in the white plastic of the rear seat plate, no locking mechanism. Since the seat doesn't lock, the gas cap does, it's keyed the same as the ignition and the glove box.

The back of the engine case has a canister-shaped cutout for the electric starter motor, but no starter is installed in there.

Lights are not as bright as a battery bike, but way more reliable, bullet-proof really. Also note the totally different switches, including a setting for "headlight off"...that's a no-no with the US Department Of Transportation. In my experience the signals work great, but can only been really seen in daylight if the headlight is off. At night the signals show up enough to been seen, even at idle (kinda) when the headlight is on.

Did I mention the lights are brighter at higher revs, and dim at idle? For some reason the horn has a constant tone, though. I kinda like on old vespas how the horn note changes when your rev the motor. You can hold down the horn, blip the throttle, and imitate a fire engine!


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Mon Aug 01, 2011 11:20 pm View user's profile Send private message
OrlandoChetak



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Not a great photo, but you get the idea. The only thing that's taking up any space is the relay for the blinkers (I'm assuming that's what that is)


Grover, are you able to take your key out of the glovebox while it's unlocked? I have to lock it back up before my key comes out. This goes for either the front or the cowl.
Mon Aug 01, 2011 11:23 pm View user's profile Send private message
Blaksvn



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Locks -

All Bajaj's I've seen do that, glove or cowl box - it's kinda irritating but then I know my bike is always locked.

I LOVE your ride!!!

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Mon Aug 01, 2011 11:33 pm View user's profile Send private message
Grover



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Yeah, that always-locked thing is kind of a pain in the ass. It's an '02 specific feature, they changed it in '03 on to where you can choose to keep your glovebox unlocked.

One ghetto solution, if you're not keeping valuables in your gloveboxes, you can snap or bolt-cutter the locking arm clean off, and you'll still have a perfectly operational spring-loaded latch, but no way to lock your boxes. I guess you could try to find an '03+ glovebox lock or two, but then you'd have to get it re-keyed to match your ignition. I say either get used to the always-locked thing or convert it to never-locked.

Also, on grey markets, the left cowl does not detach, except if you un-bolt it.
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OrlandoChetak



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Guys, thanks so much for all the info. I'm eager to learn about these scooters, though I'd never heard the word "Bajaj" a couple weeks ago.
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