I have a more typical set of ace bars that I'm not using. I think its a 4" drop/4" pullback.
You can keep the casquette and use Ace bars to move the grips forward. Save you a lot of work on the front of the bike. that's the way I'm leaning on mine. Working on a putting together a minimal Clubman "S". Probably keep the stock tank and seat. I had a Norton Manx style cafe racer, miserably uncomfortable on a 200 mile ride. I want to maintain a bit more comfort this time.Bare
AgentX,That military is sweet - I love the insignia.I meant to post these for you back when you first mentioned your plans. Maybe not the overall look for you but some pieces here and there for inspiration maybe. These are the three bikes I've been looking at for the possible future of my Bullet. Great for tearing up the city.This is the Jack Pine Triumph from Hammarhead.http://www.smithbutler.com/sb/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/jbikefinal.jpegThis one is the Streetmaster Triumph:http://www.bikeexif.com/custom-triumphAnd the CRD Triumph Bonneville.http://www.bikeexif.com/triumph-bonneville-9
I bought some Ferodo shoes from Vintage Brake a while back. They are a little on the high side but had a rare set in stock for my Yamaha. If you can't get the Ferodo linings or shoes (my #1 choice) you might check out Hitchcock's for an upgraded relined shoe set they offer for about 45 pounds. An upgrade to a disc brake would be more worthwhile in my opinion if you are setting your bike up as a cafe bike. I like the look of the drum brakes on my Bullet and understand there limitations and adjust my riding style accordingly. Drums are fine for stock or lightly modified Bullets but IMHO an upgrade to a front disc should be made if a full performance build is done to the bike or if you ride in heavy traffic where stopping on a dime is a necessity. Good luck to you and your project. It looks like things are coming along nicely.Brad
Should maybe be ridable photographable on Saturday. We'll see.
Won't be forgetting the digi camera on Saturday, that's for sure. I'll probably be bringing the Leica or the Rollei, too.
I've heard that owning a Royal Enfield Bullet can give the owner something to do with his spare time.Rather than just sitting there on your butt, you really need to start thinking about some projects for you to do to the bike.Something that might make the bike run a little better or perhaps, be a little more dependable.I'm sure you could find something.(Boo-ha-ha-ha-ha. Hee-hee-hee.)
That rearset control looks like a Tarozzi two-piece.Can you just move that chrome lever part to the outer face of the rearset foot control, for more clearance from the frame.Does it have to be on the inside face of the foot lever?
AgentX just read the whole thread. Great bike! I spent a considerable time in India with an Enfield - rode over 8000km - and this post brought back some good memories. A Yezdi! I remember spotting a few of those but never saw one in running condition.....
There are of course also long stroke 570 cranks about.
I'd recommend putting a wrap of protective screening around the front of that oil filter element.It's right behind the front wheel, and stones could kick up and puncture the filter element.I cut a square section out of an old screen door that had a heavier mesh in front of the bug screen, and then used zip-ties to wrap it tight to the filter element on mine. Also, I offset my filter housing toward the primary side, so it wouldn't be directly behind the wheel.
Thanks--on planning for the fireball, I was going to re-mount it vertically on the frame down tube to keep it well clear of the road. Any disadvantages in that?
As far as I can envision it, that would be fine. I don't see problems with vertical mounting unless it's upside down, in which case the filter element would need to be equipped with an anti-drainback valve to prevent filter drainback.
I think that the Bullet frame presents a more difficult challenge because the frame lacks the straight line from the tank back to the shock posts, and instead drops low, more like a hardtail. This creates a special visual issue that most of the bikes like Triumph and Norton and Rickman didn't have to deal with. It has that triangle area under the seat that makes it harder to get a smooth line there.
The sub-frame for the C5 OEM pillion seat provides a very nice platform for seat and cafe modifications. Maybe you could consider fabricating something similar for your Bullet.
Looking good!Love the alloy tail section!