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My Bike's Coming Home......
« on: May 19, 2011, 03:02:50 PM »
Just had a call from Watsonian Squire, who tell me my mended bike will be back next week. Here's hoping they don't give the job to Laurel & Hardy again, or I probably wont see it until Autumn..... :-\

Apparently the engine's been stripped down and no damage was found other than the sprag clutch was found to be loose & rattling, and was replaced with the new improved model - which is what I thought was done the first time the sprag was replaced!!   This presumably was the source of the bits of mangled metal, which must've made their way straight down to the drain plug magnet and caused no harm!  

A cap-head screw was missing from the kickstart gear cover, which sounds external so can't be the cause of anything drastic.

The bike was taken for a 50 mile ride and reported to be running as sweet as a nut!  That rackety noise it was making must then have been coming from the failing sprag after all!  Hmmmmm......

An anti-climax, but also quite reassuring, except for those with the earlier sprag clutch perhaps. Not a foregone conclusion of course, but two of us here at least have had the sprag fail twice. Apparently the new version is more robust.

I'll report back as soon as the beloved G5 is home and has been ridden.  I'm greatly looking forward to it. Having now become acclimatised to the hooligan W650, it will be ...... interesting....... 8) :D
« Last Edit: May 19, 2011, 03:06:27 PM by WillW »
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Re: My Bike's Coming Home......
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2011, 03:13:26 PM »
That's good news, glad to know it wasn't anything horrible.
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Re: My Bike's Coming Home......
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2011, 03:55:25 PM »
Great news WillW. Enjoy!
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Re: My Bike's Coming Home......
« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2011, 04:06:55 PM »
What a relief after such a prolonged trouble of sprag. Finally, you will have bike in a good and running condition.

Now you can ride W650 and RE side by side  ;) !
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Re: My Bike's Coming Home......
« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2011, 04:17:44 PM »
and you has us thinking you busted a rod or something similiar in nature...those dam srag clutches again...glad to c its coming back to ya soon...
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Re: My Bike's Coming Home......
« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2011, 05:21:48 PM »
Good to hear.  And don't be surprised to find a new-new and imporved clutch.  They're constantly making small changes to these bikes so you may have had the first gen imporved and are now getting the second gen.

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Re: My Bike's Coming Home......
« Reply #6 on: May 19, 2011, 07:58:30 PM »
Delighted to hear this, Will. I was getting quite impatient to know the outcome of this! Were you given the W650 as a loan bike or did you buy one? I know you were thinking about that. How do you find it compares?

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Re: My Bike's Coming Home......
« Reply #7 on: May 19, 2011, 08:28:15 PM »
I bought the W650. I LOVE the W650. I had been thinking about a bigger bike for longer trips as you know, and this one came along at just the right moment and I was smitten. Still am. Can't stay off the thing!
But I am looking forward to getting back on the G5 just to see how it now feels......
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« Reply #8 on: May 19, 2011, 08:45:33 PM »
I really wonder if you're gonna keep the G5 now. I say that because it seems to me like the W650 is very similar as far as the mood music goes, just that bit more powerful and, dare I say, reliable? The other week I was seriously considering getting a Cagiva 125 full power (33hp, 115mph) as a total opposite so I'd have the G5 for sensible relaxing long distance riding and the 125 as a sunny Sunday only screamer that indulged the inner hooligan. I justified it on the grounds that this is the last opportunity to buy a new two stroke as they're switching to a four stroke next year. And I love two strokes. Anyway, I've decided not to go ahead! I sent you a PM btw.

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Re: My Bike's Coming Home......
« Reply #9 on: May 19, 2011, 09:05:29 PM »
Huzzah and great news.

But I haven't been keeping score:  Of the people here who have suffered sprag issues, what's the breakdown between C5 and G5?  I'm worrying about whether I should worry.
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Re: My Bike's Coming Home......
« Reply #10 on: May 19, 2011, 09:15:56 PM »
NEVER worry is my advice. About anything. It does no good at all.

Regarding the sprag - it seems most folk have no problems with it. Clubman & I are both high mileage thrashers and we both had the sprag go twice - but there are others here who ride similarly I suspect who've had no problems. So far.
The newer bikes have the better sprag I think.
My advice is to get as many miles on the thing as you can before the warranty expires, and bring potential problems to light....   ;)
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Re: My Bike's Coming Home......
« Reply #11 on: May 19, 2011, 10:04:01 PM »
Huzzah and great news.

But I haven't been keeping score:  Of the people here who have suffered sprag issues, what's the breakdown between C5 and G5?  I'm worrying about whether I should worry.

Going purely by this forum, (I have no other stats), it seems to be very much the G5 that has the failures. I don't really understand why but since the C5 hasn't a kicker, (well before 2011), it's just as well. You will know it's on the way out before it packs up completely. There'll be an increasing ratio of decomp clacks to successful starts. Since I had the upgrade fitted there have been no problems at all.

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Re: My Bike's Coming Home......
« Reply #12 on: May 19, 2011, 10:47:27 PM »
How many failures on UCEs have actually been noted here on the forum?

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Re: My Bike's Coming Home......
« Reply #13 on: May 20, 2011, 07:14:43 AM »
I don't recall any "failures" Scott, just the usual bits coming loose and a few sprag failures.I hope this issue with my bike hasn't sent a wave of anxiety through the community. It ought to be more of a wave of reassurance - that noise from my bike was suggestive of worse than a sprag clutch failing....... :-\
That said, although I averaged 1000 miles a month on my G5 from new, and I do push it a bit, I doubt I've had it at max rpm in any gear, so it's not had the arse thrashed off it by any means. 80mph a couple of times for a moment or two, and 70mph for perhaps ten minutes at a time. I mostly ride at 60-65 when on the open road. This seems reasonable to me, although there are those who tell me these bikes are only really meant to do 50mph for sustained runs. I think that's nonsense.
I still have the impression of a tough little bike - although now I have a Jap bike too I realise the build quality and finish of the RE is absolute shite by comparison. But as long as we're willing to do a bit of regular checking & tightening, apply Loctite, and take extra care with paint & chrome (particularly those of us in damp climates), it's a good bike for the money with a lot of charm.

And you know by now my opinion of the G5 DL particularly - a vision of style and beauty....... ;)
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Re: My Bike's Coming Home......
« Reply #14 on: May 20, 2011, 07:19:45 AM »
I was only wondering about sprag clutch failures.

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« Reply #15 on: May 20, 2011, 08:58:46 AM »
Not many I think
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Re: My Bike's Coming Home......
« Reply #16 on: May 20, 2011, 09:37:01 AM »
How many failures on UCEs have actually been noted here on the forum?

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There's myself, WillW and one other who definitely reported two failures. I think I remember who it was and if so it was another person who did a lot of miles and it was another G5 but I won't name names in case I'm wrong. I can't recall a single C5 failure reported.

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« Reply #17 on: May 20, 2011, 11:41:25 AM »
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Re: My Bike's Coming Home......
« Reply #18 on: May 20, 2011, 01:20:58 PM »
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I still have the impression of a tough little bike - although now I have a Jap bike too I realise the build quality and finish of the RE is absolute shite by comparison. But as long as we're willing to do a bit of regular checking & tightening, apply Loctite, and take extra care with paint & chrome (particularly those of us in damp climates), it's a good bike for the money with a lot of charm.
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Yes, build quality needs improvement but it is improving.  Yesterday I sat on a new Moto Guzzi V7 Classic in the showroom and noticed the same thing, comparing it to my C5. 
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« Reply #19 on: May 20, 2011, 02:45:16 PM »
although now I have a Jap bike too I realise the build quality and finish of the RE is absolute shite by comparison

and u guys have the newer bikes..............
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« Reply #20 on: May 20, 2011, 03:08:46 PM »
 Great news Will !  Glad your getting your Bike back!
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« Reply #21 on: May 20, 2011, 03:28:59 PM »
The day RE's build quality and finish matches Japanese bike's, you will never be able to look at it the way you see it now. The clean smooth perfection does not lend traction to our vision - it just slips, rolls over. It is the little 'hooks' of imperfection like a blob of paint, rough edges of solder, little assymetric speedometer that our mind grapples with and gets attached to. They are the reason to talk about, vent for niggling annoyances - no different than ourselves somwhat crooked with inflammed enlarged joints, wrinkles on faces, coughs and sputters, flawed - yet interesting and functional. REs mimic us and there is this connection of one 'imprefect' with another 'imperfect'.  But it comes with a soul quality that imparts the rider a full faced grin when you take it for a ride.
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Re: My Bike's Coming Home......
« Reply #22 on: May 20, 2011, 04:38:00 PM »
no different than ourselves somwhat crooked with inflammed enlarged joints, wrinkles on faces, coughs and sputters, flawed

 agree alot of u guys probably look like that, fits right  in with the modus operandi ......I  defer to you ugy bastards with the knots on their heads....
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Re: My Bike's Coming Home......
« Reply #23 on: May 20, 2011, 05:11:08 PM »
The day RE's build quality and finish matches Japanese bike's, you will never be able to look at it the way you see it now. The clean smooth perfection does not lend traction to our vision - it just slips, rolls over. It is the little 'hooks' of imperfection like a blob of paint, rough edges of solder, little assymetric speedometer that our mind grapples with and gets attached to. They are the reason to talk about, vent for niggling annoyances - no different than ourselves somwhat crooked with inflammed enlarged joints, wrinkles on faces, coughs and sputters, flawed - yet interesting and functional. REs mimic us and there is this connection of one 'imprefect' with another 'imperfect'.  But it comes with a soul quality that imparts the rider a full faced grin when you take it for a ride.

Heh, the folk on the Guzzi forums say similar things about their bikes compared to Japanese bikes.   :D

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Re: My Bike's Coming Home......
« Reply #24 on: May 20, 2011, 05:15:43 PM »
no different than ourselves somwhat crooked with inflammed enlarged joints, wrinkles on faces, coughs and sputters, flawed

agree alot of u guys probably look like that, fits right  in with the modus operandi ......I  defer to you ugy bastards with the knots on their heads....

@GM:

What is the matter with you calling names ?  What has knots on the heads got to do with wrinkles on face ?  You never saw a short hair person with wrinkles on face or with enlarged joints ? EVERBODY - irrespective of their physical looks - is crooked in some way or the other and gets coughs and sputters.

Did not expect you will write something like this racial comments.
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Re: My Bike's Coming Home......
« Reply #25 on: May 20, 2011, 05:58:55 PM »
Singh, I'm really not talking about the little quirks & charms of our Enfields. I don't mind the tank being a bit offset, or a wonky fender etc. But there's a right way to paint metal, so it stays on, and there's a slapdash way, so it lifts off. You can spend a couple of pence more on wire which will withstand a bit of outdoor exposure, or just bung in the cheap stuff, knowing full well it's not fit for purpose. You could have a man/woman at the end of the line who actually DOES quality control. It's a motorbike, not a wheelbarrow. The build quality matters, as do the meterials used.
It just isn't difficult to do the job properly, so why not do the job properly? If it's just down to cost cutting, it's false economy. But I don't think that's it at all. I think it's an attitude of "that'll do" rather than "that's as good as it can be done".
Same attitude which did for the UK bike industry - UK industry period!

A shame - I like these bikes, as you know. I never saw the point of doing a half-arsed job on anything...
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« Reply #26 on: May 20, 2011, 06:08:43 PM »
Singh, I'm really not talking about the little quirks & charms of our Enfields. I don't mind the tank being a bit offset, or a wonky fender etc. ....................

I think it's an attitude of "that'll do" rather than "that's as good as it can be done".
Same attitude which did for the UK bike industry - UK industry period!

Yes Will, you are right on about 'that'll do' and not 'that's as good as it can be done'.  

I have seen 'what can be done' when Chumma brought Fireball #10 to my place and I rode it.  The first words out of mouth, after I took it for a spin, were 'That is the way it should be' !  He had redone everything from wiring, to paint, to changing bolts and what not.  It was not just putting the ACE kit in there but whole new bike built bolt by bolt !

How does it feel to ride your RE after riding your super-duper flying Kawasaki ? Are you goint to keep it ?
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« Reply #27 on: May 20, 2011, 06:27:53 PM »
Did not expect you will write something like this racial comments

u kidding  right..knots on the heads like bumps on the heads and wrinkle faces and whats your point..it was made in jest...oh brother...  I didn't mean anything by it ..was trying to make light that we are like our enfield...

of course u were surprise by the comment...it wasn't made to be whatever you perceived it to be but u obviously read into it as meaning something else and I;m sorry you did...

now i feel like i got hit and have a knot on my head...
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« Reply #28 on: May 20, 2011, 06:34:20 PM »
Did not expect you will write something like this racial comments

u kidding  right..knots on the heads like bumps on the heads and wrinkle faces and whats your point..it was made in jest...oh brother...  I didn't mean anything by it ..was trying to make light that we are like our enfield...

of course u were surprise by the comment...it wasn't made to be whatever you perceived it to be but u obviously read into it as meaning something else and I;m sorry you did...

now i feel like i got hit and have a knot on my head...

@GM:

Thanks for clarifying - yes we are like our Enfields or Enfields are like us, may be that is why we like them  ;) !
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« Reply #29 on: May 20, 2011, 06:48:27 PM »
Singh - I haven't got my G5 back yet. It will be with me next week. I'm very much looking forward to getting back on it - it's my pride & joy don't forget - the bike that got me back into motorcycling after so long!  
My current thinking is to keep both bikes. Hard to imagine not having that beautiful black & chrome G5 waiting in the garage with a west country summer stretching ahead.....
As soon as we're reunited, I'll report back here.... :)

Chumma's Fireball must be a joy to behold.....
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« Reply #30 on: May 21, 2011, 09:04:53 AM »
although now I have a Jap bike too I realise the build quality and finish of the RE is absolute shite by comparison

and u guys have the newer bikes..............


This is a truly honest post, I am busy with other commitments at the moment to justify getting a C5, but the more I read the more I tend to consider another brand of machine.
Be honest guys, we all know RE, as my teacher used to put on my school report 'COULD DO BETTER'.
Did I not read someone on these forums,or was it on Aussieenfields, about an engine 'blow-up' within 3500 miles? Its not as if the Enfield is cheap, is it now? Safe riding guys, well at least when you're NOT spannering!
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« Reply #31 on: May 21, 2011, 10:28:20 AM »


This is a truly honest post, I am busy with other commitments at the moment to justify getting a C5, but the more I read the more I tend to consider another brand of machine.
Be honest guys, we all know RE, as my teacher used to put on my school report 'COULD DO BETTER'.
Did I not read someone on these forums,or was it on Aussieenfields, about an engine 'blow-up' within 3500 miles? Its not as if the Enfield is cheap, is it now? Safe riding guys, well at least when you're NOT spannering!
Well, well, japanese quality...
RE is an Indian bike, that is made in a very different way than in Japan or Germany. It´s welded and painted by hand and that´s what it looks like. You should take that into acount if you plan to get one.
On the other hand you are not getting a vehicle, blessed with eternal life, from the Far East for the same summ as a RE. Especially when the price of spare parts is taken into account, the japanese equivalent to a Bullet is growing quite tiny.
Although the built quality is sometimes mixed, the durability of a new Bullet is surprisingly good. The engine in particular seems to be very tough, regardless how hard you push it. These sprag clutch problems are fortunately rare events.
The biggest weakness, however, seems to be the electrical system. To keep a fuel injected engine running you need to have dependable flow of power, which is sometimes hindered in the Bullet´s case by scraped wires, loose connectors and  britteled rubber insulations. It´s inevitable to have an eye on all this on a regular basis.
In addittion to the sparsely dealer´s net wordlwide this could be decisive argument against a Bullet. You shouldn´t worry, though, about the general trustworthiness.
That said I´m going to help my neighbour today with her brand new Suzuki that burned it´s electronic controll unit probably the fourth time in four month, 500€ apiece  :-X  I guess she´ll be ready for a Bullet soon  ;D
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« Reply #32 on: May 21, 2011, 11:12:31 AM »
The "hand-made" look & feel of the RE Bullet is definitely part of the appeal of these bikes. I mean it. But I don't really care whether a machine is built by humans or other machines, only that it's done right. That means a coat of decent primer onto rust-free metal before the paint goes on, decent wiring properly routed and secured to the frame, nuts & bolts torqued to spec, etc etc etc...... Basic spec is fine, but proper job - no more no less!

"Hand Crafted in Chennai" is a nice bit of marketing hype, and suggests a scene altogether different from a row of time-pressured under-payed production line workers doing long hours in a factory for wages. Hard to take pride in the job, or give much of a shit at all, in such circumstances. Understood. Again, one recalls the British car industry, knocking out scabby unreliable min spec rust-bucket Allegros and Marinas while the Japs were offering high spec cars for the same price or less - radio, power steering, undersealed etc etc fitted as standard for petes sake!!  :o

@Palace15 - I shouldn't worry unduly about the robustness of the Bullet. They're as tough as old boots and have stood the test of time. But "could do better" with regard to putting them together is right, so you might well have to give the bike a good look over now and again for loose nuts, chafing wires etc. I don't think there's anything to worry about with the new engine. Even the odd BMW goes bang - every marque has an occasional rogue come off the line.....

But yeah - by doing it right, the Japs took the whole bike & car industry!  Aint rocket science, is it.... :P
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« Reply #33 on: May 21, 2011, 05:00:40 PM »
I am looking for something thats good on fuel, reliable, and can give me the satisfaction of many thousands of touring miles, obviously I will keep on top of maintainence but I dont expect wiring to be chaffing through straight from the factory! I have an aircooled BMW that is mega reliable, unlike the newer ones but at todays fuel prices 34mpg(UK) is not acceptable.
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« Reply #34 on: May 21, 2011, 05:01:13 PM »
I am looking for something thats good on fuel, reliable, and can give me the satisfaction of many thousands of touring miles, obviously I will keep on top of maintainence but I dont expect wiring to be chaffing through straight from the factory! I have an aircooled BMW that is mega reliable, unlike the newer ones but at todays fuel prices 34mpg(UK) is not acceptable.
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« Reply #35 on: May 21, 2011, 06:16:48 PM »
no mods here mate - only rockers..... ;)
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Re: My Bike's Coming Home......
« Reply #36 on: May 21, 2011, 07:47:00 PM »
At the dealer this morning (they still haven't got to my C5) I sat on the G5 Classic that's been in the shop area for a couple of weeks.  The new service boss came over and asked me to be mindful of the handlebars hitting the tank.  Huh?

Sure enough, both left and right side make solid contact upon turning full tilt.  I think the dealer is waiting for CMW to give some type of instruction as to how to fix it so they can get it on display, which these days is in the garage next to the showroom, not actually in the showroom. 

Talk about being an ugly step-sister there.  I wonder if they regret getting into the Enfield sales business.
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Re: My Bike's Coming Home......
« Reply #37 on: May 21, 2011, 08:48:26 PM »
Theres definitly something wrong there. My G5 bars are no where near the tank.
Perhaps the bars are wrong type, OR, have been set wrong on the headstock!

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Re: My Bike's Coming Home......
« Reply #38 on: May 21, 2011, 08:52:29 PM »
They have the bars adjusted wrong or the wrong ones installed.
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I can break it better,,,,at night, in the rain, on the trail,, 20 miles from nowhere.

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Re: My Bike's Coming Home......
« Reply #39 on: May 21, 2011, 09:09:50 PM »
no mods here mate - only rockers..... ;)
  :D   Impeccable timing as usuall Sir Will  ;)
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Re: My Bike's Coming Home......
« Reply #40 on: May 21, 2011, 09:26:33 PM »
Thank you sir - it flows when it flows.... no one here doing a thing........ ;)
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Re: My Bike's Coming Home......
« Reply #41 on: May 22, 2011, 12:57:29 AM »
At the dealer this morning (they still haven't got to my C5) I sat on the G5 Classic that's been in the shop area for a couple of weeks.  The new service boss came over and asked me to be mindful of the handlebars hitting the tank.  Huh?

Sure enough, both left and right side make solid contact upon turning full tilt.  I think the dealer is waiting for CMW to give some type of instruction as to how to fix it so they can get it on display, which these days is in the garage next to the showroom, not actually in the showroom. 

Talk about being an ugly step-sister there.  I wonder if they regret getting into the Enfield sales business.

No G5 I've seen (including my brother's one that I know well) does that.  They must either not have the bars on correctly, or they are not the stock bars.  Unless they are some kind of cafe bike bars, I gotta wonder if whoever put that bike together knew what they were doing.   ???

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Re: My Bike's Coming Home......
« Reply #42 on: May 22, 2011, 04:08:34 AM »
no mods here mate - only rockers..... ;)

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Re: My Bike's Coming Home......
« Reply #43 on: May 22, 2011, 11:27:10 AM »
This handlebar-problem shows a common RE-problem: many dealerships today forgot how to handle a bike like this. Especially when they´re selling other brands aswell, a Bullet is treated just like a Korean scooter: drive until something breaks, then replace the module and drive on until something...you got the picture. This kind of job can, in most cases, be done by trained apes.
When maintaining a Bullet it´s necessary to spend a number of minutes overlooking the bike and thinking about possibilities: which nuts will get loose? Wich cables will be vibrated towards sharp corners? Which bolts could be in danger to be overtightened? And so on...Thirty years ago this was the only way to keep any bike on the road.
I have to add, however, that any modern bike today would probably run better if it would be overlooked in the old fashioned way. But it´s not essential to modern quality, because modern dealers as well as constructers apply the following calculation: when trustable components are built in, you can economise a great deal of work when doing maintanence, as it´s cheaper to exchange a defected module if necessary.
 In case, though, you´re on of the few unluky ones with a lemon bike, this changing-the-module-strategy that is mindlessly applyed on any kind of problem can drive you really nuts - see above "Suzuki". In this case a typical trained-ape-mechanic rather spend 2000€ in spare parts than to have a closer look at the bike. Time is money - in this case, however, only his time counts  >:(
In India the strategy of how keeping a bike on the road as cheap as possible must be a different one. As labour, even when it´s very qualified, is in comparison dirt-cheap, the contructers trusted in mechanics who can afford, and are supposed to, make use of their working time in order of finding current or imminent weaknesses.
Here we have the clash of cultures! In our funky western civilization we have to get that RE is a third world-bike. And I like it that way  ;D
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Re: My Bike's Coming Home......
« Reply #44 on: May 22, 2011, 02:39:29 PM »
i like the bike alot even the newer machines look like a blast to run....hey everyone here would agree the bike is not for everyone...do not buy this bike if you don't at least like to oil a chain, change out a spark plug every few years and do the necessary adjustments and fluid changes...If you are lucky enough to have a certified enfield dealer who been maintaining Brit and foreign style bikes then you have a leg up..Keep in mind, is your dealer in for the long haul or is this just a "in vogue" and wait and see attitude..This industry can turn on a dime and what's sells is the name of the game..Not everyone selling these bikes have the enthusiasm that we have seen on this board or the love of the history and brand...This should not be a half hearted attempt to buy something to look cool on...but u do look cool on it...you know what I'm saying..... :o
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Re: My Bike's Coming Home......
« Reply #45 on: May 22, 2011, 10:54:45 PM »
i like the bike alot even the newer machines look like a blast to run....hey everyone here would agree the bike is not for everyone...do not buy this bike if you don't at least like to oil a chain, change out a spark plug every few years and do the necessary adjustments and fluid changes...If you are lucky enough to have a certified enfield dealer who been maintaining Brit and foreign style bikes then you have a leg up..Keep in mind, is your dealer in for the long haul or is this just a "in vogue" and wait and see attitude..This industry can turn on a dime and what's sells is the name of the game..Not everyone selling these bikes have the enthusiasm that we have seen on this board or the love of the history and brand...This should not be a half hearted attempt to buy something to look cool on...but u do look cool on it...you know what I'm saying..... :o

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Re: My Bike's Coming Home......
« Reply #46 on: May 23, 2011, 02:16:33 AM »
no mods here mate - only rockers..... ;)
  Better watch out Willw! Sting might show up on a chrome Vespa and kick yer arse!  ;D

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Re: My Bike's Coming Home......
« Reply #47 on: May 23, 2011, 02:23:17 AM »
Will's is the first that I remember.
I can break it better,,,,at night, in the rain, on the trail,, 20 miles from nowhere.

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Re: My Bike's Coming Home......
« Reply #48 on: May 23, 2011, 06:33:33 PM »
  Better watch out Willw! Sting might show up on a chrome Vespa and kick yer arse!  ;D

LOL!!   +1 haven't seen that flick in a long time....   
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Re: My Bike's Coming Home......
« Reply #49 on: May 23, 2011, 06:48:12 PM »
That Sting wouldn't get anywhere near this place, on his vespa or his high horse. We got bullshitter alarms everywhere..... :D ;)
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Re: My Bike's Coming Home......
« Reply #50 on: May 23, 2011, 07:49:53 PM »
Make my day and say the same about Bono please! ;D

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Re: My Bike's Coming Home......
« Reply #51 on: May 23, 2011, 08:13:04 PM »
There you go  -  you just did...... :D ;)
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Re: My Bike's Coming Home......
« Reply #52 on: May 24, 2011, 01:48:31 AM »
I dont know Willw, not sure if I'd mess with a guy in a metallic suit.  ;) Plus, did you see him dancin? Be real hard to hit a guy having a mild seizure.  :-\


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Re: My Bike's Coming Home......
« Reply #53 on: May 24, 2011, 07:19:21 AM »
 :D :D  Nah....  I think I could do it.... public service.....  :D
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Re: My Bike's Coming Home......
« Reply #54 on: May 24, 2011, 08:02:55 AM »
Never saw the movie so I had to look it up and, well...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bi5IsOqLOi8&NR=1

I don't suppose posting this counts as a public service.

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Re: My Bike's Coming Home......
« Reply #55 on: May 24, 2011, 12:43:14 PM »
Thanks for dragging that to the surface - lest we forget...... :P

....think I'm gonna be......gulp..... B L A U G H....

sorry.......I'll clear that up ....... :(   ;)
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