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noisymilk

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Milk's 03 Bullet dual sport build
« on: January 20, 2012, 09:22:15 PM »
Hello folks,

I figured rather than clog up the Iron Barrel forum with this post, I would do it down here. I hope to make this a continuing thread about my building of my Enfield into a functional dual sport machine.

I had spent some time earlier (thanks to those who chimed in....I always like smarter peoples opinions) considering making my enfield a hack. I even did some serious pricing on the matter. But, truth be told, I think I would be better in the long run going this route. I intend to do the bottom end in the future (obviously), but not the full fireball. I don't want to go high compression, as there will be places in the world where I can't get reasonable fuel, and I would like it to still run.

Proposed upgrades (I will try to maintain this list and update as finished):

-alloy barrel and piston - Done! Ace lightened 535 piston and alloy barrel are purchased.... and installed now!

-carbeurator - not done!! Sourced a PWK30 from a forum brother. But am not equal to the task of dialing it in. Strongly considering CVK30 or 32. Sticking with perfectly functioning stock Mikcarb for now.

-airbox mod - done (Ace aircan installed)

-head improvement - done (stage 1 head with kibblewhites) (and also send for some fancy coatings and a valve reseat after I tried to fry it AGAIN in the AZ heat)

-bash plate

-screw on oil filter - Done!  plumbing is done (currently an oil cooler which will go away), just need to buy product. purchased and installed and functioning very well.

-improve luggage situation - ok....current thought (subject to change at any moment) is Wolfman Summit saddle bags, and purchase the Inder trailer for 2 up travel.

-improved rear shocks - Hagon 2810's (about 3/4 of the way down the page). Slimline progressive springs. 320-340mm in length....a good inch longer than stock so I can hopefully have some more rear wheel travel:
http://www.hagonshocksusa.com/HagShocks.htm

-sealed bearing kit for trans - done...running on gear oil only now

-breather mod kit - done installed easy peasy, and seems to be doing what it should. Awesome.

-currently planning on maintaining 19" rims. Several good tires are in the running as my dual sports. Kenda K761's, TKC 80's, Mefo Explorers. We'll see as purchase time approaches.

-full re-wire of the bike. Because I like my wiring better than anyone elses. Will be adding the improved rotor/stator, some flood lights, going all LED and possibly adding some running lights. Also adding wiring for GPS/phone charging/future heated gear.

-Speedo - damn....Nfield Gear can't get the Radon anymore. Am looking at other vendors for it, or perhaps an Acewell 2853 or similar. Have located a person on fleabay who has several Radon speedo's for sale....likely go this route.

-get current header coated. Go see the people at Jet Hot:  http://www.jet-hot.com/

-new muffler - done a forum brother has hooked me up with an exact replacement for my shorty sausage muffler.

-progressive springs for the front, if I can source them.

-trials bars - done (Protaper SE CR High's. Probably wind up with risers of some variety.) photos on page 2.

-new turn indicators all the way around. These up front:
http://stores.intuitwebsites.com/hstrial-QualiRegResou/-strse-24/LED-Turn-signal-fdsh--LED/Detail.bok
These don't exist anymore....aargh!
These in back, with blinkers for brake lights:
http://www.superbrightleds.com/cgi-bin/store/index.cgi?action=DispPage&category=TRUCK&Page2Disp=%2Fspecs%2Ftlsr14a9_specs.htm


Ok....ended up doing this for the brake light:

If you like it, buy it here: http://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo/trailer-tail-brake-turn/round-trailer-light-tls-r17hf-rl/1111/2629/

I'm probably just going to do LED bulbs in stock turn signals for now. Subject to change at any point.

-add tool tube - this one: http://www.agrisupply.com/operator-manual-canister/p/67670/

-larger tank - thinking 25 or 30 liter Nope. Changed my mind. Stock tank for now. Will carry extra fuel in other ways if necessary.

-a horn - done! I went with a Screaming Banshee horn. It really works quite well.


The end result of all of this is to have a machine that will go to Anchorage in the next few years, and eventually to Tierra del Fuego. And that will pull me and my wife and a trailer for stateside trips. I realize this is a bit of a long shot for an enfield, but I think I can get it done. I'm not a freeway flyer, and this bike has been doing this type of stuff for years overseas. We'll see. Wish me luck....

Be safe, all.
« Last Edit: September 08, 2013, 06:27:25 AM by noisymilk »
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Re: Milk's 03 Bullet dual sport build
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2012, 10:34:22 PM »
So, I have spent several days with my recently re attached panniers. Shite! I forgot how much they rattle.

So, soon it will be off with the panniers for work! I am thinking they are going to become 20 MM ammo cans. Looks like I can easily cut down the current racks, do a little of this and that....get a pannier puck system from Happy Trails, and mount the ammo cans complete with quick release function. Looks like I can come up with at least 3 good mounting points, and create a better support system across the back with pieces that I cut off. That single bar in the original system isn't going to be enough.

A little more truck bed liner, and should be good to go. Also...not stupid expensive.

Be safe, all.
-Milk

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Re: Milk's 03 Bullet dual sport build
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2012, 11:32:51 PM »
I am thinking they are going to become 20 MM ammo cans.

Like that idea.
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Re: Milk's 03 Bullet dual sport build
« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2012, 05:33:22 AM »
Thanks boggy,

some photos for inspiration:

I am taking my inspiration for the mounting assembly from here - http://krian.jimdo.com/motorcycles/royal-enfield/panniers/. Although I am also thinking of cutting the rear fender almost all the way to the back of the seat, relocating an LED brake light up there and on the back of the saddle cans, and building a subframe of sorts, so the rear tire could just be pulled and rolled straight out the back without unmounting anything in the case of a flat.

More photo's I've found:




Weight is a real consideration. Figure the 2 cans plus mounting are gonna be 45 lbs.

However, since I've been on my new lifestyle (no soda since Nov 1, half portions all day, and making my own fruit/veggie juices), I'm down 20 pounds. So I figure maybe I'll be alright....plus upgraded shocks I mentioned above.

Be safe all.
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I'm trying to make my Enfield an adventure machine:
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Re: Milk's 03 Bullet dual sport build
« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2012, 07:38:10 AM »
Those ammo cans are way heavy and huge on a little royal enfield. I'm sure you could make it work but I'd be tempted to spend some dough on aluminum cans from happy-trail. Pelican cases have been used too but I had a hard time finding the right size for the enfield when I was planning my bike. Good luck on the project, I'm looking forward to seeing your results!

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Re: Milk's 03 Bullet dual sport build
« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2012, 02:45:20 PM »
Maybe if you could cut the fender and put a hinge on it like old school Harleys and such.  Might have to change out the tail lamps and plate assemble for clearance but it could work.
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Re: Milk's 03 Bullet dual sport build
« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2012, 06:21:59 PM »
Br Jartist: yeah I hear you on the weight. And its all out past the rear shocks and practically behind the rear tire. That's a consideration. I'm hoping improved shocks and the subframe work i'm trying to do will help there. As far as just buying off the shelf aluminum panniers....well happy trails and touratech REALLY like their products. That's the kind of money i'm going to be spending on the crank anyways....would rather save it for engine work. And yeah, looked at plastic cans of many varieties. There's even a top loading pelican....1440 I think....that's still in the running. Its expensive though as well. We'll see. Gonna build the rack first, then figure what to hang on it.

Br Garbone: thanks for the encouragement. Never saw the hinged rear fender before, but that's a solid idea. I'll have to look into it. And yeah, turn signals and taillight and license plate are all already planned to be relocated and replaced with all LED options. Along with new wiring, all DC system and somesort of headlamp improvement. Perhap just and HID in current casquette. Perhaps a trials casquette and some sort of sexy head lamp from the aftermarket adventure sites. Trailtech or baja designs or something. Budget withstanding of course.

Thanks guys. Working on pannier frame now. Will post pics of progress when there is something to show.
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Re: Milk's 03 Bullet dual sport build
« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2012, 09:21:09 PM »
You can get those 20mm ammo cans in FRP. Very sturdy and light. A pal of mine has them on his "Adventure" bike.

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Re: Milk's 03 Bullet dual sport build
« Reply #8 on: January 29, 2012, 12:41:00 AM »
Quote
Maybe if you could cut the fender and put a hinge on it like old school Harleys and such.

That bike has a hinged fender, doesn't it?
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Re: Milk's 03 Bullet dual sport build
« Reply #9 on: January 29, 2012, 01:07:28 AM »
Bare ,  I think the way the panniers are attached and the dual seat prevent the stock setup from lifting.  On my bikes it flips up.   
 



I was thinking of something like this..

http://www.jpcycles.com/product/7110090
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Re: Milk's 03 Bullet dual sport build
« Reply #10 on: January 30, 2012, 10:47:55 PM »
Milk-  I've got an offer for you if you think you'd go this direction. I've got a set
of bags, not throw overs, that could be used in racks. They look more like
cases to me....  looks like but NOT leather; have a core-plast lining inside
to keep ridgid; handles for carrying.
   14.5"W X 5.75" D X 12" H   
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Re: Milk's 03 Bullet dual sport build
« Reply #11 on: January 31, 2012, 01:15:17 AM »
Br Baird444 - That's a very generous offer. I myself will be passing, as I want a hard lockable pannier for adventure touring. However, maybe one of the other forum folks will take you up on it.

Br Barenekd and Garbone - You are correct, the stock bench seat prevents the hinging up function that is available (apparently) with solo saddles. And I don't want to have to get crazy unbolting stuff to change a flat on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere. Pulling the castle nut, pulling the axle, popping the tire off and rolling it out the back is the objective. If I can cut the fender up enough to make this easy (or at the very least possible while up on a 2x4 on the center stand) that works for me.

So, been researching pannier options again, based on previous conversations about weight of ammo cans. However, the only pelican case I was interested in (http://pelican.com/cases_detail.php?Case=1440) turns out to weigh 14.5 lbs empty. And at $125 a case, and not much weight savings over ammo cans, I think I am still leaning that way.

Hey...if you need a tool tube on your bike, you can't hardly beat these: http://www.agrisupply.com/operator-manual-canister/p/67670/.  I will likely have one or two of these in the end. Tools and camping fuel I believe. Gonna add this to my original list up top.

Also, picked up a new set of handlebars. These : http://www.protaper.com/products/handlebars/se in the "CR HIgh" shape. $30 on the local craigslist. Not bad. Came with a tank bag as well : http://www.joerocket.com/catalog/index.cfm/251/381/Luggage/Manta_Tank_Bag. Looks good for carrying some bottled water and some chargers and stuff. Not a big ass one for carrying a map, but a good starter to figure out what I need. Plus, the intention is to use GPS as map (although I do like lo-tech frequently in the "I'm effing lost!" category).

They don't rise much in comparison to the stock bars I have, but are stronger build with reinforcement bar. Think I will purchase a set of these as bar risers : http://www.roxspeedfx.com/cgi-bin/cart/showitems.cgi?subcat_id=268. They will fit right onto our bike, and have a significant adjustability. I am thinking 2" rise is the way to go. Going to install the Protapers first a ride a bit to see what I think I need.

I'd be interested in people thoughts about 19" dual sports vs. doing the 18"/21" change. I'm not going to be doing single track or anything. But given the places I want to go, do I need to do the change?
« Last Edit: February 02, 2012, 08:11:54 PM by noisymilk »
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I'm trying to make my Enfield an adventure machine:
http://www.enfieldmotorcycles.com/forum/index.php/topic,12951.0.html

Ever want to ride a scooter to Canada??
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Re: Milk's 03 Bullet dual sport build
« Reply #12 on: January 31, 2012, 02:25:05 AM »
There's very few choices for dual sport tires on the 19" rims.  The only reason I'd change wheel sizes would be for the wider range of choices available with 18"/21" wheels.  K70 tires on 19" rims are quite capable if you're staying out of thick mud.  There used to be vintage style trials type tires available for the 19" rims but everyone who carries them are out of stock so I'm wondering if they're a thing of the past.

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Re: Milk's 03 Bullet dual sport build
« Reply #13 on: January 31, 2012, 02:42:21 AM »
There used to be vintage style trials type tires available for the 19" rims but everyone who carries them are out of stock so I'm wondering if they're a thing of the past.

Shinko makes a DOT Trials auniversal type tire - the SR241.  They make a 3.50x19 version that ought to work.  I've thought about them for forest roads etc.
http://www.tiresunlimited.com/ALL%20TIRES/Shinko/shinko_sr241_trials.htm



I think plenty of places carry them and I imagine most any shop can get them.

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Re: Milk's 03 Bullet dual sport build
« Reply #14 on: January 31, 2012, 03:27:42 AM »
Those are the ones.  Everyone was out of the 3.50X19 size when I was shopping before but they seem to be in stock around the net now.

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Re: Milk's 03 Bullet dual sport build
« Reply #15 on: January 31, 2012, 01:16:25 PM »
"Br Baird444 - That's a very generous offer. I myself will be passing, as I want a hard lockable pannier for adventure touring. However, maybe one of the other forum folks will take you up on it. "

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Re: Milk's 03 Bullet dual sport build
« Reply #16 on: February 01, 2012, 04:58:59 AM »
Baird4444 - Excellent! Glad someone picked them up. Maybe the lucky person will post a photo of them installed. :)
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Re: Milk's 03 Bullet dual sport build
« Reply #17 on: February 01, 2012, 05:10:13 AM »
Br's Eamon and Jartist - hey, thats a good looking tire. Correct me if I'm wrong, but 3.5-19 is the same as 100/90-19. Which I am currently running front and rear (AM26's). And the price is nice, and I bet I could find those just about anywhere in the world. Hmmm....ok.

Excellent!..

I think that money spent on the 18/21 modification will be able to go elsewhere now. Cool.

I might still do the 21" trials front mudguard, just to increase space between tire and mudguard. We'll see.

Thanks!
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http://www.enfieldmotorcycles.com/forum/index.php/topic,12951.0.html

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Re: Milk's 03 Bullet dual sport build
« Reply #18 on: February 01, 2012, 05:23:47 AM »
Alright....handlebars. Out with the old:




And in with the new:




Side by side:



So, obviously these bars are a bit wider. I'm happy to report all controls were able to be reused without new cables, except for the decompressor cable. It came up short. So I deleted it:



I can just push in the decomp with a gloved finger when restarting warm. I've seen someone on here who made a cute little button to push it with...might do something like that. However, it's perfectly functional as is.

I also deleted the clutch switch which was apparently something to do with a starter kill or something. I guess it was probably to make me have to have the clutch in to use the starter like a car. However, my starter is long gone. And this wiring and switch was useless.....so its out of here!


And a look with my new tank bag. It looks a bit out of place, but I'm gonna keep using it since it carries a few water bottles easily. It also has a phone pocket, and I will be hooking up a charger outlet to where I could charge while riding. Cool.


Took it for a spin tonight. I like the more agressive riding stance. And i never realized how the old bars gave a little until I put on a set of reinforced bars like this. Real positive control improvements. I feel more comfortable pushing and leaning into turns now. Feel like I have much more control. However, clutch operation created some stress in my left wrist. Gonna try rolling them towards me a bit to see if that helps. I'm betting its going to be risers as well. Good note is, I can stand on the pegs and still hold the bars easily, for some mild off road riding.

Thanks all. Be safe.

« Last Edit: August 29, 2013, 07:02:46 PM by noisymilk »
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I'm trying to make my Enfield an adventure machine:
http://www.enfieldmotorcycles.com/forum/index.php/topic,12951.0.html

Ever want to ride a scooter to Canada??
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Re: Milk's 03 Bullet dual sport build
« Reply #19 on: February 02, 2012, 08:07:07 PM »
Howdy!

Think I found my solution to the "cut the fender/move the brake lights" issue. From superbrightleds.com.

http://www.superbrightleds.com/cgi-bin/store/index.cgi?action=DispPage&category=TRUCK&Page2Disp=/specs/tlsr14a9_specs.htm

Trailer lights! I hadn't even thought of it, but its quite simple. One has a licence plate light already built in with the running lights. Brakes, turn signals, running lights. Split the wiring under the seat, build a bracket behind each pannier.

Voila! Cut the rear fender and tire can roll straight out.

Also, re: the Protapers above. I don't think I like the big logo all over my bike. Probably gonna delete that silly piece of foam and its cover.

Be safe all.
« Last Edit: February 02, 2012, 08:14:18 PM by noisymilk »
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I'm trying to make my Enfield an adventure machine:
http://www.enfieldmotorcycles.com/forum/index.php/topic,12951.0.html

Ever want to ride a scooter to Canada??
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=690259

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Re: Milk's 03 Bullet dual sport build
« Reply #20 on: February 03, 2012, 01:15:13 AM »
I think the PROTAPER is utt bugly myself.

It kinda overpowers the important part: "ROYAL ENFIELD"
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Re: Milk's 03 Bullet dual sport build
« Reply #21 on: February 03, 2012, 04:13:10 AM »
Br. Arizoni - I think I agree.

« Last Edit: August 29, 2013, 07:03:40 PM by noisymilk »
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I'm trying to make my Enfield an adventure machine:
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Ever want to ride a scooter to Canada??
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=690259

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Re: Milk's 03 Bullet dual sport build
« Reply #22 on: February 04, 2012, 07:50:20 AM »
HI Milk !!

 My oldest boys trials bike has the 21" front /17" rear combo. It works. Increases stability and and no trace of twitchyness.

 Compared to new bikes its heavy for a trail/trials/enduro bike but its and animal.
The weight and torque combine to give it bite and make it very, very tractable  ;)

 On road cornering is still very good but just tad bit less flick-able compared to my Military unless you make up for it by a little extra input.

Bill Harris out rides me all the time with his 21"/17" Harris scrambler.


 About the pannier rattle, here's how I fixed mine. I split some rubber tubing lengthwise, cut it to length(s) and put it over the top lips of the box body. The lids fit snug with no rattle.

 Little pads of black closed cell neoprene insulation foam between the pannier frame and the pannier box body's stops the rattle there too. A spot of contact cement will hold them in place better than friction alone  :P

 I had to run a bead of sealant along the vertical seam on the front of the left pannier box from top to bottom to keep the rain from being driven in.
I can break it better,,,,at night, in the rain, on the trail,, 20 miles from nowhere.

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Re: Milk's 03 Bullet dual sport build
« Reply #23 on: February 08, 2012, 06:31:26 PM »
Ice! So good to hear from you! Sorry so long to reply, I am stuck in chicago doing the Auto show here.

Hmmmm. Now I gotta think about the tires again. Hmmm. I have been taking my cues from pics of Bill Harris's bike. And also the orange one in the pics catalog. Sam something? I can't got look at it on my phone. But both look nice and strong. I wont be doing a trials or woodsman pipe, since I need my tool box and am mounting panniers.

Re: stock panniers. I think i'm still gonna ditch them. They just aren't robust enough in a getoff to where I think they would survive and be tractable while in some foreign country. I need indestructable. Which ammo cans are. It also gives me the opportunity to look into an entire rear subfram design. Might be redoing everything including how the seat mounts out of angle iron at this point. Still just daydreaming, but the cutting the fender thing is gonna happen. It just makes too much sense to be able to yank the back wheel with everything in situ.

I'm more focused on the wiring project at the moment. Since its one of the lower cost things I am doing. As soon as i'm on a real computer, I will be posting a very specific question which i'm hoping some electrical guru can answer for me.

Be safe pal! I might be up that way mid march for a vacation. First beer on me!
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« Reply #24 on: February 08, 2012, 10:02:28 PM »
Alrighty guys, a question for you electrical guru's.....

I have attached the wiring diagram I am working off of to verify my bikes current wiring, and as a guide for the modifications i am going to do. So....

The parts I understand. Positive power leaves the battery, goes through fuse and keyswitch.....then to the minus side of ammeter. It then leaves the positive side of the ammeter and hits the voltage regulator (which burns off the alternator voltage overages in heat) and to power the rest of the systems. Now, that part I understand, and will be replicating when I switch the bike to higher output alternator and make the system all DC. The ammeter wants to measure the current draw of the whole system. The battery gets back charged from the alternator via the voltage ragulator which maintains a consistent (ish) voltage of the whole system, and the battery will get back charged through the ammeter if it is discharged enough to require it. Essentially the alternator and the battery behave as parallel power sources to all the other DC systems. Enough said. Understood.

I see that the ammeter has a node that is connected to Ground for obvious reasons...it is a circuit in and of itself and needs ground to perform its function. It uses a little voltage to run the ammeter.  However....the one I cannot understand.....

It appears that the grey wire also connects to the ground point of the ammeter. This grey wire carries Positive power to the running lights when the light switch is activated (I have deleted the jumper that made the running lights an all the time thing on this bike per the tons of other threads on this site). WHY? Why does the ammeter apparently see positive AND ground at the same node, which is apparently ground for the ammeter.

Anyone have any ideas?

Thanks so much. Be safe all.
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« Reply #25 on: February 09, 2012, 12:23:13 AM »
Your link isn't working for me.

I looked at a wiring diagram for the older RE's (US/Canada versions) and it made my head hurt.  I don't know if it is the same one you linked or not.

Basically, the ammeter measures the current draw from and to the positive terminal of your battery.

Because the ground is usually negative neither the "in" or "out" terminals of the ammeter should be connected to ground.

If there is a light bulb in the ammeter, it would require a ground connection so maybe that is what your seeing.
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« Reply #26 on: February 09, 2012, 12:41:31 AM »
Br Arizoni,

Damn. I bet that's what it is. The backlight to the ammeter. And probably to the speedo as well. Because all these things would turn on with the running lights. Silly me.

Thanks. :)
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Re: Milk's 03 Bullet dual sport build
« Reply #27 on: February 10, 2012, 12:52:10 AM »
Milk,

This link will take you to a very good article including  tire illustrations regarding dual sport tires.

   http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=437898


I use the Conti TKC's,and discarded the 19" rear rim for a 18" unit in order to get a certain look I wanted.
Unfortunately, a 120mm tire will require minor modification of the RE swing arm in order to utilize the full
range of change adjustment,and  a 130 or 140 is out of the question unless another swing arm is used.

(Sam something with the orange one.)

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« Reply #28 on: February 10, 2012, 02:37:33 AM »
The bars look good.
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« Reply #29 on: February 16, 2012, 05:31:49 AM »
A photo for inspiration



I think that decides it. 40mm ammo cans it will be.
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« Reply #30 on: February 16, 2012, 05:55:32 AM »
Br Sam Simons

Yes! Yours is the awesome orange one I have been drooling over. Mine will personally be a bit more rat rod-ish than yours. I am attempting to build something that will be low key in the places I want to travel to, but be as strong as yours appears to be.

I'm still hung on whether to change the tires or not. I like the idea of running matched tires front and back. I am right now (AM26's, 100/90 19's). But I hear what everyone is saying about 18/21 vs 19/19. I just don't have enough offroad experience to make a judgement.

That said, I'm not looking at trail riding. I'm looking at adventure ride the world type of stuff. It will require offroad skills, but I'm not seeking single track paths or anything. Hmmmm.

Thanks so much for your response here. I really like what you did with your machine. Very much.
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« Reply #31 on: February 16, 2012, 06:32:10 AM »
You could always start with new tires on the 19"rims and then switch rim sizes later if you feel you need something different.

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Re: Milk's 03 Bullet dual sport build
« Reply #32 on: February 16, 2012, 02:44:45 PM »
You could try a set of Kenda K761.  Look to be cheaper than K70s and a nice dual sport tire.   Looking at the reviews people seem happy.
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Re: Milk's 03 Bullet dual sport build
« Reply #34 on: February 16, 2012, 05:48:32 PM »
About that 21" front. I don't know if you would really like it.   From what I have heard a 21" will wear out twice as fast as a 19,  has less contact patch and reduces manuverability.     

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« Reply #35 on: February 17, 2012, 03:39:25 PM »
Thank you for your comments regarding my Scrambler.
It sounds as though you'll be riding (paved) back roads and  gravel/dirt roads as well....If so,the TKC's low knob/cleat height (or any other design similar) should offer you the desired traction in either situation. If you look closely at the TKC's on my Scrambler,you'll see that the front tire's cleats wrap around the sidewall much more than so with the back unit. That's one advantage you'd have in using your existing rims. Unfortunately,the rear TKC's don't mimic that design below their 130mm size,because of the narrow swingarm,I had to use the 120 tire which doesn't look exactly the same.
If you're staying on relatively flat surfaces(paved or otherwise),then likely your existing suspension and ground clearance will suffice. There are a couple of modified RE's on the ADV Rider site that have altered suspensions.
Changing your tires (and keeping your 19" rims) would be a first good step........With the additional weight of 'boxes',you may wish to stiffen your stock suspension; easily done by preload spacers for your fork springs(or custom replacements by Progressive,etc) and replacing your rear shocks(possibly increasing their length too). That's really the limit to modding your existing suspension,and given your intended use,that's all you should  need.....(Don't despair,look at the WW2 BMW R4,R12,R61/66 machines-similar weight,tire size,power,horrible suspension; you're in a much better situation !! )


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« Reply #36 on: February 17, 2012, 11:30:46 PM »
Br's Jartist, Garbone, and Sam Simons:

Wow! such a bevy of good tire conversation.

So, looking at the K761....only the rear comes in a 100/90 19. I assume you just flip it the other way and use another as the front? Thats what my AM26's specced. From a budget point of view this is the superior tire. A fair amount of reading of reviews suggests a few people find it to be not so good in the rain. However, I don't really drive the snot out of anything. I'm a pretty laid back rider. I didn't even mind the stock tires in the raid, and the Avons now are doing alright.

Now....those TKC's. Hmmmm! Good looking tire....lots of knobs and stuff. 100/90 19 sold as a front....again, flip it to make it a rear?? Its damned expensive by comparison for sure. Sam, you are correct in your estimation of my intended riding. Back roads, some dirt trails, whatever I might find in foreign countries to the south, or up in the Yukon territories. I am curious as to the road manners of this tire. Seems like it might be noisy/bumpy by comparison. Do you feel that I need something this strongly offroad by comparison to the K761? In reality, I don't mind the cost. I'll spend the money to do it right. My father in law always says about cars.....don't cheap on tires or brakes. Sounds right to me.

As far as supension goes.... I do intend to do the rear shocks. I've got my eyes on a 320mm dual sport shock from YSS. Maybe even taller. Do you have opinions regarding a good height? Keep in mind, I can flat foot a stock KLR650 (I might go look at them from time to time). And as far as Progressives go, I emailed them. They don't have specs on tap for the Enfield. Did you use that company? Or do you have another source for a good front spring? I certainly would like something that feels tighter than the stock there.

So yeah. I think for the time being keeping the 19's and trying some different tires on some trips is the way to start.

Fingers crossed, I'll be putting a new carb on next week. :)
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« Reply #37 on: February 18, 2012, 12:54:13 AM »
 Regarding your questions about the TKC's,Noisy,I am quite happy with their road performance-ride and adhesion are very good-no classic knobby 'lumpy' feel or borderline traction concerns.....This is surely attributed to the low height of,and close spacing of the cleats. The TKC's are described as 50/50 (on/off road) tires,and,IMO,they are(much) better than that as far as road manners are concerned. But,also contributing to the situation would be the RE's weight and low power output. If the Scrambler  had a much higher power to weight ratio,the TKC's would very  likely be 'borderline'.....

TKC tire noise?-Zero to minimal-I don't know,as my exhaust note overwhelms any of that. Because of the cleat design and placement,I'm sure that it's minimal....

K761-My impression is that these tires are either 60/40 or 70/30 -a far better road tire than an off road tire.
One question to ask yourself in order to better decide which tire, is-"How much paved road use versus un-paved surface use do I expect to encounter?"

As you already know,there are no significant(meaningful) tire width options because of the stock swingarm's limitations. There is a relatively simple mod to improve that situation,but the stock S-arm is still the show stopper in using a significantly wider tire.

Suspension- Fork springs-I have used Progressive units many times. I'm not too surprised about their lack of involvement with RE's,but,you may still be able to make use of their products but discussing your needs with their Tech Dept. They''l likely need info such as RE spring length,I.D.,O.D.,Bike & rider weights to calculate an alternative spring from their existing inventory. The use of pre-load spacers is 'low-tech',but often is a quick improvement. Obviously,too much spacer length can lead to spring coil bind under full fork compression,so watch for that possible  problem. Generally,pre-load spacers are expected to offset suspension sag resulting from age or sheer machine weight at rest. Typically,the spacers will accomplish that without creating  said coil bind.
Rear shocks- 1/2" to 1' longer perhaps,in the attempt to raise the rear to match the height change made in the front. Additional rear height will reduce your fork rake,and quicken the RE's steering..maybe an improvement for you. Consider buying shocks that are  rebuild-able and that offer internals for that purpose,so that you may carry such on a long trek....

Hope that the above points are helpful.....

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« Reply #38 on: February 26, 2012, 12:23:55 AM »
Howdy! Sorry its been a bit...had to go and actually work for a few weeks. :)

Br Sam Simons:
Thanks for all the amazing info! I'm going to have to consider what type of riding I am planning on, obviously. Not to make this an all tire conversation....but I've come across a tire brand that has piqued my interest. Mefo's??

http://www.twistedthrottle.com/trade/productview/4811/765/

I'm reading lots of reviews of people who LOVE this tire and are getting 7-9k out of their rear tires with this model. Sounds good to me, and although a higher initial cost, long term seems lower. But I like the idea of Anchorage and back on one set of tires....saves the challenge of carrying replacements or locating on the go.

So!..... new to me carbeurator should arrive next week. Thanks to a forum member here, I was able to get a PWK30 for a very fair price. I'm anxious to see what effect this has on performance and fuel economy. I have now opened the air filter, the exhaust (although it could be even more open....shorty sausage silencer is whats on there now), stage 1 tuned head (likely not going the Fireball route, as I don't think I particularly need THAT level of performance). So up next in the big ticket purchase is a new barrel/piston combo. I'm thinking Ace's lightened piston with an alloy jug from somewhere. I think that and Chumma's screw on oil filter kit will finish my engine work for the time being. Gonna stick with stock bottom end for now until I am forced to pony up the cash for that. I'll just be a gentle right hander.....

Still gotta do something about my muffler. It's getting pretty rattle-y inside. Baffles are all broken loose. Maybe just drill out the baffles and see what happens?? Ideas?

I'm still brainstorming on how to hang a decent set of panniers on there. Have an idea....just need to go get the angle steel and fab it up and see if it works. If I can get my subframe replacement idea in place, then just a puck mount system of some variety for some 40mm ammo cans, and done. Oh! yeah...made up my mind to go with the smaller 40mm cans over the larger 20mm cans.

Found this to carry my tent/bedroll/sleeping bag/rain gear:

http://www.happy-trail.com/Wolfman/Expedition-Double-End-Duffle-Wolfman.aspx

I think it will do nicely. Haven't purchased yet, but its on the list soonly.

I purchased a set of Stever Stoves from a dude on Adv Rider who makes cool alcohol stoves out of aluminum beer bottles. Brilliant! (I may have mentioned this earlier in the thread....but worth saying again). I got one regular stove and one simmer stove. Take a look here. 9 bucks each shipped!  :
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=431851

Ok. Thats it for now. Going out to the shop and tearing apart the front wheel to see what shape the brakes are in. There's a strange rubbing sound/feel coming from there lately. I've never inspected inside....probably dirty as all get out. So, clean and rebuild. Grease this and that. Inspect the bearings. I have it in my mind to replace the stockers with sealed improved bearings.

Be safe all.
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Re: Milk's 03 Bullet dual sport build
« Reply #39 on: February 26, 2012, 04:25:08 AM »
regarding front suspension, I bought YSS (seemingly Racetech clone) fork cart emulators for a project I'm working on.  Won't have them in for quite some time since the bike's still not even running, but they're a $130 or so option to try...I think the problem with the RE fork is not the springs but the crude damping, which can lead to hydraulic lock when you actually want the fork to perform best.

My experience, however, is with mountain bicycle suspension and not motos, so I shouldn't talk out my ass too much.  Still, I did immediately notice the innards of the fork are exactly the same in operation as a bicycle fork I stopped using in the 90s because the performance was way behind the times.

Of course, they're attached to a motorcycle design that most of the world stopped using about fifty years ago, so I guess it's kind of an odd thing to be picky about.

Anyhow, might be something to try if you want a better feel up front.  I will report back myself but don't have hopes for anything in the next 2-3 months at least.

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« Reply #40 on: March 05, 2012, 04:32:07 AM »
Hello there all!

Ok, so my new to me 30mm Flatslide arrived yesterday. Yay! Gonna give it a good cleaning and start trying to work it onto the bike this week. It came with the solid flange mount to go straight to the head (with heat shields of course), but I am toying with the idea of just sticking with the radiator hose attachment I am using now. Anyone have opinions regarding this?

And, can someone point me to the carb settings thread a forum brother made a few years ago? I'm having a devil of a time locating it, and want to reference it for my starting point.

I'm thinking I want to set up the carb to be running properly with the needle at lowest notch/richest setting here in Phoenix (900 ft I believe)....so that as i go uphill, all I have to do is lean out the needle. Yeah?

Found the company Jet-Hot here in town. $115 bucks for header pipe coating, guaranteed for life. And they can do a flat black for me. Definitely gonna go that route. Look here:  http://www.jet-hot.com/

I think next money spent is going to be on the spin on oil filter.

I'm stumped on panniers. My initial efforts on building a pannier mount haven't panned out (no pun intended). Still have some ideas....but we'll see. Still want to do 40mm ammo cans, not the big 20 mm. Want to build this frame with a tail bag space as well. It's just a challenge, and there are no good frame points out that far. I don't know how well my fab skills will hold up to long term abuse. Anyways.

Oh! Deleted the speedo drive gear. I just punched the metal spacer out of the plastic housing to maintain the space to the fork leg. I think a sealed bearing set it in order though....the bearings are a bit exposed now. Of course, the were hardly protected underneath that little plastic jobby anyways. But I like sealed bearings....particularly if there is water in my future.

Ok, be safe all.

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« Reply #41 on: March 05, 2012, 04:37:39 AM »
Forgot to mention...front brake cleaning and greasing GREATLY improved the function. It wasn't too dirty, but I doubt any maintenance had been done since purchase in there. Just took it all apart and cleaned it. Lubed the brake cams. Reattached the actuating arms to give my brake cable some more adjustment back (I think I put them back on the cams 1 tooth CCW from where they were....my brake cable was at longest adjustment just to get attached. Original setup didn't make use of the handle end adjuster. They just weren't there. Silly)

Now it bites and actually stops me. Gonna get a little allthread and some locking nuts and do the Hitchcocks upgrade that allows you to adjust each shoe individually. SIMPLE project with what I am sure will be significant improvement in operation.

Be safe guys.
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Re: Milk's 03 Bullet dual sport build
« Reply #42 on: March 05, 2012, 05:23:22 AM »
Man, personally, you couldn't pay me to strap those big old ammo cans on the back of my bike.  Why would you want that much weight, especially on such a low-powered bike?  On a BMW 1250 GS or a KTM Adventure or even a big old 650 single, I can see the appeal, but as someone who used to have 25mm cans bolted to the back of my LAV turret, I know those suckers are heavy!  Even the 40mm variety.

Personally, once my new ride is done, I may have someone weld up a removable rack to accept something like these:

http://www.wolfmanluggage.com/Expedition/expd_dry_saddle_bags.html

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« Reply #43 on: March 05, 2012, 06:58:48 AM »
Br AgentX

Yeah, I've been eyeballing a variety of soft bags as well. Those wolfmans are nice for sure. Good stuff there. It certainly would be easier to fab up racks capable of handling those.

Been considering this for my tent/sleeping bag/bedroll: http://www.happy-trail.com/Wolfman/Expedition-Double-End-Duffle-Wolfman.aspx

It raises another question for me as well. It seems my long expeditions will be one up, so I have the seat behind me for storage. For the 2 up with the wife kind of stuff, I'm still looking at the Inder trailer sold by our hosts. That does raise some food for thought as far as soft bags go.

I'll sleep on it and see where I am in the morning.
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« Reply #44 on: March 05, 2012, 05:50:56 PM »
i have had good results with an inder trailer.  had a hitch made for my triumph. ( abour 5 inches longer than the enfield hitch it came with) and took it from wis to BC. washington and oregon5518 miles. at one point a small wobble that that a thin little shim fixed  was the only problem.my triumph with the inder is my long distance ride now .                                       
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« Reply #45 on: March 05, 2012, 06:58:49 PM »
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I'm thinking I want to set up the carb to be running properly with the needle at lowest notch/richest setting here in Phoenix (900 ft I believe)....so that as i go uphill, all I have to do is lean out the needle. Yeah?

You should drop the mainjet size 1 size for every ca.3500 ft altitude change. The stock jets really get way overrich above 5000'
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« Reply #46 on: March 05, 2012, 08:17:33 PM »
You should drop the mainjet size 1 size for every ca.3500 ft altitude change. The stock jets really get way overrich above 5000'
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This is good to know. So I am clear....once I get my carb dialled in....and figure out which main jet works well for where I am, I should be good on this setting by leaning out the needle up to say 4000 feet. Then i may need a new main jet, and that could cover me up to say 7500 feet....then next leaner up to say 11k feet. Is my thinking clear?

Keeping in mind that main jet is only for 3/4 to WOT. Hmmm...perhaps I am overthinking this.  ??? ::)

I don't need serious performance at all altitudes, and I don't want to be futzing with the carb 3 times a day while traveling. Just looking for rules of thumb. Thanks..
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« Reply #47 on: March 05, 2012, 08:18:49 PM »
i have had good results with an inder trailer.  had a hitch made for my triumph. ( abour 5 inches longer than the enfield hitch it came with) and took it from wis to BC. washington and oregon5518 miles. at one point a small wobble that that a thin little shim fixed  was the only problem.my triumph with the inder is my long distance ride now .                                       

That's really good to know. Especially since they have come down considerably in cost since first released.

How are they for weather resistance?
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Re: Milk's 03 Bullet dual sport build
« Reply #48 on: March 05, 2012, 11:22:38 PM »
Hey Milk,

 About performance carbs
 Many folks experience a decrease in fuel economy with them but it is not the fault of the carb. Its using that extra umph on tap more often that does it.

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« Reply #49 on: March 05, 2012, 11:52:38 PM »
Milk:
If your curious, Phoenix is at 1200 feet, Tempe is at 1400 feet and Mesa is at about 1600 feet elevation.

You might want to check on the load carrying capacity of the trailer to make sure your wifes weight doesn't overload it.  :D ;D
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« Reply #50 on: March 16, 2012, 07:16:19 AM »
Alrighty then!

Got a few more pieces of the puzzle in place tonight.

Say bye bye to the stock carb and hello to the PWK30:


Picked this up from a forum brother. Thanks so much! OH.... it was the one that came with the flange mount attached to it. Seemed like it was JB welded on, and I didn't like it at all...placement all off and stuff, and I just wanted to mount it like the old. So, get out the plumbing torch and start burning stuff. A few minutes later and some whacks of the hammer and voila!:


gave it all a good cleaning, dropped it on the bike, and went for a spin. Immediate first impressions:
1. Idle is seeking and drifting a bit. Perhaps I need to adjust the float height some. Interwebs says 19-22 mm with carb upside down, touching but not compressing the needle. Sound right?

2. jets.....Pilot 38, Main 122. Thoughts on what I ought to purchase for the sake of dialling in? (shorty sausage muffler, straight thru header, ace aircan) From info I can find, my main seems a little lean and pilot a little rich. There is a pretty good hesitation at roll on sometimes.

3. the extra power is a nice little kick in the pants for sure. Butt dyno says 1 or 2 horsepower just putting this on. Wonder what MPG will look like. :)

OH! and another forum brother has hooked me up with a replacement for my rattle-y shorty sausage muffler....with another just like it, only actually pretty!


Not gonna put it on til I am able to get my header done at Jet Hot here in Tempe.

Think thats it for now.

Be safe all.
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« Reply #51 on: March 16, 2012, 07:27:43 AM »
Oh yeah....and a pic for Chumma if he ever comes to look here. He sold me this some time ago to help keep me cool out here in the desert, and asked how it turned out.

I neglected to ever send him a photo....but here's an oil cooler. Soon to be replaced with his screw on filter kit.



There you go man.
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Re: Milk's 03 Bullet dual sport build
« Reply #52 on: March 16, 2012, 10:46:08 AM »
Good job on the flange.

You could try a 125, I found that with the 122 it ran fine but in the summer once the temps got over 90 it would have a hint of a rich chug at wot.   Gave me the impression it was a tad rich which is a good thing.  Pulled the jug and piston and the piston looked black on top but there did not seem to be any heat damage and was in good shape.
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« Reply #53 on: March 16, 2012, 09:32:14 PM »
" 2. jets.....Pilot 38, Main 122. Thoughts on what I ought to purchase for the sake of dialling in? (shorty sausage muffler, straight thru header, ace aircan) From info I can find, my main seems a little lean and pilot a little rich. There is a pretty good hesitation at roll on sometimes.
3. the extra power is a nice little kick in the pants for sure. Butt dyno says 1 or 2 horsepower just putting this on. Wonder what MPG will look like. Smiley "


at 670' elevation with a K&N filter and Drilled thru silencer I was
running a 25 pilot and 125main. still a little rich but not enuff to foul a plug.
  As far as mpg's...  you'll prolly drop to about 50mpg. mostly cause it
  is so much fun to twist that sucker!!

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Re: Milk's 03 Bullet dual sport build
« Reply #54 on: March 16, 2012, 10:12:59 PM »

Hey Milk!
Project's looking good brother. Glad that oil cooler will be getting some use. I'm around here when I can though I regretfully don't post as often as I should.  It's been a busy, rewarding year, and i haven't allowed myself to really sit down and think about it much... steady working. These days It seems my hands are constantly wrapped around another engine and my brain around another design/goal.   
Well today's my birthday so I've taken a day off. It's been great to read and follow your project. The LJ revival also had me reading through his old posts which reminded me how good ole honest dialogue (and honest bickering) made this (virtual) place so substantial and relevant to us all.

Keep us posted!
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Oh yeah....and a pic for Chumma if he ever comes to look here. He sold me this some time ago to help keep me cool out here in the desert, and asked how it turned out.

I neglected to ever send him a photo....but here's an oil cooler. Soon to be replaced with his screw on filter kit.



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Re: Milk's 03 Bullet dual sport build
« Reply #55 on: March 16, 2012, 10:34:37 PM »
Almost forgot: A big fat WOWZAAAAA!! to us all on the start of another spring! Keep the rubber down people!
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Re: Milk's 03 Bullet dual sport build
« Reply #56 on: March 17, 2012, 07:00:19 PM »
Digressing a bit here.

Chumma,
Your WOWZAAAAA!! reminds me of Br. Cabo and the conversations we had.

 Made me smile without any sadness. The torch have been passed to you at least in my mind.

Back to the thread.

 Milk, your mileage should either be un affected or slightly improve with the more efficient flat slide IF you maintain the same acceleration curve and riding style as before.

 Making often use of the now freed up ponies ( who can resist  ;D ) will decrease the numbers somewhat depending on frequency and degree of usage of the right wrist.

 I know that you know this but am mentioning it for the benefit of our friends and curious lurkers.


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Re: Milk's 03 Bullet dual sport build
« Reply #57 on: March 20, 2012, 10:42:01 PM »
Hey Chumma!!!!

Happy birthday brother. Sorry it took me a few days....i get sidetracked with life every once in a while as well.

I too have been enjoying re reading LJ's stuff....quite a thinker, that guy. :)

Hope it was a good one.
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Re: Milk's 03 Bullet dual sport build
« Reply #58 on: March 20, 2012, 10:49:52 PM »
Alrighty, so my first day with the PWK30 didn't go so well.

I was needing to make  trip to Flagstaff (about 400 mile round trip). So I figured I would just go for it. However, within 5 miles of getting on the highway, I pulled off and put the stock Mikcarb back on (carried it with me as backup).

Symptoms:

-Idle is ALLLL over the place. Sometimes fast, then correct it, then stalling, then correct it, then too fast. Also, air screw adjustments appear to have little effect.

-At highway speeds, I felt like it was running out of fuel. This tells me my float is set wrong, correct? Am checking that today.

That said, my stocker is running perfectly, as it has for the last year and a half. But, I still want to try the flatslide some more, as SOOO many people report good things from it.

Oh, and i wouldn't say air leak problems in my airflow, because dropping Mikcarb back in yielded perfect idles and the expected rollon/rolloff behavior it always has.

Br Baird: a 25 pilot? Where did you find it? All my research says 35 is the smallest to be found for this carb??? I have one of them on order, and located a 128 main to go along with the 122 I currently have.

So that brings the inventory to :
Mains - 122 and 128
Pilots - 35 (soon) and 38
clip - second from bottom (second from richest setting)

Just need a little free time to go do plug chops. Oh, and try to find a frickin hill here in the desert to do WOT tests on. :)

Next on the list...the oil filter. And an oil change.

Be safe all.
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Re: Milk's 03 Bullet dual sport build
« Reply #59 on: March 21, 2012, 01:44:40 PM »

  " Br Baird: a 25 pilot? Where did you find it? All my research says 35 is the smallest to be found for this carb??? I have one of them on order, and located a 128 main to go along with the 122 I currently have. "

  I went to my local YamaZuki dealer and talked to the part guy. Take one with you to
match up....  tell him yer looking for Keihin jets... same as the PWK
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Re: Milk's 03 Bullet dual sport build
« Reply #60 on: March 21, 2012, 01:53:00 PM »
Question, since I also like to change altitudes: 

Can CV carbs provide equivalent or near-equivalent performance to standard models?

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Re: Milk's 03 Bullet dual sport build
« Reply #61 on: March 21, 2012, 05:29:33 PM »
CV carbs have worked fine on the bikes I've owned with them, and they are better for altitude changes. My GB500 has one and it works a lot better than the flat slide I put in it. And very well at high altitudes.
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Re: Milk's 03 Bullet dual sport build
« Reply #62 on: March 21, 2012, 05:56:15 PM »
Br AgentX

Yeah, I have considered a CV carb for this project as well. If anyone has a stock AVL takeoff they want to sell me, I might try that route as well. I figure, klr650's have been using them for 25 years. They must be good.

We'll see if I can source one, and i'll dial it in as well for mine and others edification.
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Re: Milk's 03 Bullet dual sport build
« Reply #63 on: March 21, 2012, 09:44:16 PM »
If you're familiar with the KLR carby you could use a keihin cvk34 from a kawasaki ninja 500.  Probably could be had for $50 from fleabay.  You'd have to guess on the jetting to get started tho.

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Re: Milk's 03 Bullet dual sport build
« Reply #64 on: March 22, 2012, 03:02:39 AM »
 I like CV carbs because the continuously variable venturi is always near optimum diameter which promotes intake velocity and fine fuel atomization.
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« Reply #65 on: March 24, 2012, 08:00:34 PM »
Br's Ice and Jartist:

Well, looked around on the interwebs a bit a a CV carb that fits the bill. Found a 30mm CV carb that needs 12V (auto choke, right?) thats designed for scooters. Think thats worth a try? Certainly, CV probably fits the bill long run for what I am trying to do with the bike. There's several mountain passes and the like in my future.

That said, I'm setting out again shortly to try out the PWK30. From what I can tell...this is actually a JRC engineering carb. Because Keihins have a round twist off top, and this one is boxish and take a screwdriver to remove. Also, I manage to bootch up the gasket up there....I made it up with Gaffers tape for now, but already found replacements for a few buck online.

I reset the float height to something more resembling what people say it should be. It was quite low, which would explain the starving at bigger throttle openings I was feeling (admittedly though, it was a brief run with it previously). Started right up and settled into a nice steady idle initially in the garage. Of course...did that before too. Then idle started hunting and seeking all over again.

Still 38 pilot, 1.5 turns out. But trying 128 main with clip second notch from top (second from leanest). I figure starting with the richer jet isn't a bad idea. Don't really feel like blowing up a piston right now.

I'll post back with what I find.

Be safe all.
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Re: Milk's 03 Bullet dual sport build
« Reply #66 on: March 25, 2012, 08:12:49 PM »
I think I know the carby you're looking at. Its also available in 32mm  ;)
One just might show up on my go anywhere do anything Bullet some day.

BTW the electric automatic choke is a thermistor controlled enrichener valve.

 The scooterists I have spoken with are pretty pleased with the operation of those chokes.


Wait,,,,,,,do you have one on your green scooter ?
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Re: Milk's 03 Bullet dual sport build
« Reply #67 on: March 25, 2012, 09:47:58 PM »
Ice -

Yeah, I'm 99% certain there is  CV24 or 26 on my scoot. I am seriously considering going that route (scooter type CV carb with electric choke) for this project. While the carb I got from Br Garbone was likely a good worker for him, I am struggling with it. Was out yesterday....idle would go from stalling to running 2k rpm's sitting there. Once off idle, it seemed good. Odlly...this is how my Mikcarb was behaving previously...then it just sort of got better. Starts great, idles solid. Weird voodoo these things.

And my Mikcarb is perfectly dialed and tuned.

I can source a scooter carb for about $100. I'll think about it.

My next money is on the oil filter from Chumma though. Just gotta get the money now. :)

So yeah. What does anyone think about truck bed liner for painting the tires?   :D :P ;D

I might do it.

Be safe all.

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Re: Milk's 03 Bullet dual sport build
« Reply #68 on: March 25, 2012, 10:50:53 PM »
Alrighty. So. Which one do you all think.

This:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Keihin-Carburetor-CVK30-150cc-GY6-engine-/220561887238?hash=item335a835006&item=220561887238&pt=Motorcycles_Parts_Accessories&vxp=mtr

or this:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Performance-scooter-CVK-32mm-carb-250-VOG-Honda-Helix-/280477095987?pt=Other_Vehicle_Parts&hash=item414dbcd833&vxp=mtr

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Check out http://stores.intuitwebsites.com/hstrial-QualiRegResou/StoreFront.bok These guys have some slick stuff. Pricy, but well reviewed by people I trust.

OK. CV carbs. Lets talk about it a lot. Not interested in ridiculous performance....interested in reliability through a variety of altitudes. Anyone have any better ideas?

It's getting warmer folks....get riding!
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Re: Milk's 03 Bullet dual sport build
« Reply #69 on: March 26, 2012, 04:39:27 AM »
I don't know much about the model numbers for carbs but it seems strange that something that looks like it might be a 30mm carburetor would be (and I'm quoting), "...suitable for models: Vento, Matrix, Veloce, Baccio, Strada and Wussi 125cc and 150cc+ scooters and ATV".

Does this guy know of a 125cc machine that really uses a 30mm carb?

Also, a $35 shipping fee sounds a bit much for something that weighs maybe 1 1/2 pounds?

At least the second carb is supposed to be good for a 300 cc bike.
Again, quoting: "Performance race CVK quality 32mm carburetor for the 250cc, 260cc, 275cc, 300cc  four stroke chinese scooter/atv buggy engines."

Of course, that is a "chinese" [sic] engine.  Maybe the 500cc Indian engines like them?   ???
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Re: Milk's 03 Bullet dual sport build
« Reply #70 on: March 26, 2012, 07:28:52 AM »
 Our four stroke motors pull air/fuel half as often as two strokes do, hence the carb/engine size references.
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Re: Milk's 03 Bullet dual sport build
« Reply #71 on: March 26, 2012, 07:45:22 PM »
I use to have a 30 mm Amal concentric on a 100cc Hodaka Super Rat in a Rickman frame.  That was one rippin' MX bike even with my 170 pounds on it. I weighed more that it did! I won every race I finished and led every one that I didn't finish. It had a nasty habit of spitting piston rings.
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Re: Milk's 03 Bullet dual sport build
« Reply #72 on: April 07, 2012, 10:29:01 PM »
Hello all!

It been a bit, since I had to actually work for a little while. Damn the man. :)

So the JRC 30mm flatslide will be moving on to greener pastures, along with my ammo can style panniers. I located a Mikuni CVK34 (I think that's the model) that was a stock takeoff from a kawasaki KLX250s. Kid sold it to me for 20 bucks. Very very clean, needs jets. Anyone have opinions on where to start? I am figuring basing it on the BS29 for startesrs with a 15 pilot and a 115 main? Do those numbers sound ridiculous?

If I could just get this scooter sold, I could fund the rest of this project. Sigh. Ifigured it would have been sold by now.

Anyways. There it is for now.

Be safe all. Go ride. Its getting nice again. :)
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Re: Milk's 03 Bullet dual sport build
« Reply #73 on: April 07, 2012, 10:35:40 PM »
Oh CRAP,,,,there is a well respected carb dealer and parts supplier that will gladly tell you the recommended start point for jets and settings for your application.  If I could only remember who they are  :P

My sincere apologies brothers.
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« Reply #74 on: April 08, 2012, 11:22:16 AM »
I don't know if this will help or not...
carb jet comparison chart....;


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Width------Keihin # -- DynoJets # -- Mikuni #

0,0540---- 140--------- 130--------- 121,9
0,0550---- 142,5------- 132--------- 123,8
0,0560---- 145--------- 134--------- 125,6
0,0570---- 147,5------- 136--------- 127,5
0,0580---- 150--------- 138--------- 129,4
0,0590---- 152,5------- 140--------- 131,3
0,0600---- 155--------- 142--------- 133,1
0,0610---- 157,5------- 144--------- 135,0
0,0620---- 160--------- 146--------- 136,9
0,0630---- 162,5------- 148--------- 138,8
0,0640---- 165--------- 150--------- 140,6
0,0650---- 167,5------- 152--------- 142,5
0,0660---- 170--------- 154--------- 144,4
0,0670---- 172,5------- 156--------- 146,3
0,0680---- 175--------- 158--------- 148,1
0,0690---- 177,5------- 160--------- 150,0
0,0700---- 180--------- 162--------- 151,9
0,0710---- 182,5------- 164--------- 153,8
0,0720---- 185--------- 166--------- 155,6
0,0730---- 187,5------- 168--------- 157,5
0,0740---- 190--------- 170--------- 159,4
0,0750---- 192,5------- 172--------- 161,3
0,0760---- 195--------- 174--------- 163,1
0,0770---- 197,5------- 176--------- 165,0
0,0780---- 200--------- 178--------- 166,9
0,0790---- 202,5------- 180--------- 168,8
0,0800---- 205--------- 182--------- 170,6
0,0810---- 207,5------- 184--------- 172,5
0,0820---- 210--------- 186--------- 174,4
0,0830---- 212,5------- 188--------- 176,3
0,0840---- 215--------- 190--------- 178,1
0,0850---- 217,5------- 192--------- 180,0
0,0860---- 220--------- 194--------- 181,9

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« Reply #75 on: April 08, 2012, 05:37:06 PM »
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« Reply #76 on: April 11, 2012, 07:06:56 PM »
Br Barenekd -

nope. No Amal's here. I'm actually getting good performance from stocker. Just trying to figure out which way to go for dual sport/adventuring. This CVK34 is ridiculously clean. Looks like its never been run.

Br Baird:
I'll see if that cross reference chart helps. I'm not sure.....never dialled in an unknown carb from scratch. However, not as many options with CVK type. Fingers crossed I can get it to work. If not, I'm not out a whole lot of money.

I have read people say that slight larger CV than standard carb gives good results. I'm hoping 34mm isn't too big. Some people here are running TM34's and the like with success. So we will see.

Theres a Kawasaki shop up the street, so parts isn't a problem. Just gotta figure out the throttle cable situation. Uses a different nub at the carby end than vm28/tm30 did.

Gonna be riding the next to weeks while I gig in southern cal. Hello Coachella Festival! So not much work will be done until then. Be safe all.

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« Reply #77 on: April 12, 2012, 02:18:02 AM »
I think you'll really like that CVK once you get it worked out. Are you sure it's not a Keihin? If it is check out this site:
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The ninja 500 uses two cvk34s so one on a bullet is probably just about right  ;D

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« Reply #78 on: April 18, 2012, 06:19:23 PM »
Br Jartist,

I stand corrected. Its a Keihin. Been looking and reading about so many carbs lately that I can't even keep them straight. Its a stock takeoff from a late model KLX250s




Unbelievably clean, like I said. Doesn't even look like its been run. So yeah, I am thinking starting with stock BS29 equivalent jetting (thats whats on the AVL's) plus 1 jet size.

That said, I just spent the last week tooling around southern Californina doing what I do in my other life (soundguy....working Coachella festival this time around). Took the bike across the desert....I-10 the whole way. It did wonderfully. I was absolutely the guy pissing people off in the slow lane, but still. Started like a dream. Ran strong. Blew ALLL kinds of oil out the breather. I did a little over 600 miles and used an entire quart of oil. But whatever. I'm thinking about reinstating my catch can out there by the license plate, just to stop some of the gunk getting all over everything.

(side note, i know some of you guys are running your fireballs up at speed a lot. And I know there's really no way getting around the amount of oil that will get blown out the breather at speed. What are you guys doing to keep your bikes becoming a rolling oil sheened patina?)

Now, the fun part. I have to go do the same festival this weekend. Same ride, same conditions mostly. And I am borrowing a friends KLR 650 for the trip this time. Side by side comparison. Should be fun. Because lets face it, the Enfield is a struggle at times (sans fireball, that is).

So, my parts purchasing order has been amended a bit I think.
-Chumma's oil filter kit
-I think the crank is back on the table to be done a-la Ace Engineering
-alloy barrel
-higher compression piston and retimed by one tooth cams (another thing Ace has talked about extensively)

The question is, do I do a 535 and get an Ace piston? Or do I just get a higher compression 500 piston? Price is similar (still have to do crank, barrel, and piston no matter what).....but I like fuel economy more that higher power. I was keeping a steady 65-70 mpg this past week, even running it on the highway. Will a 535 kill me in that department (noting that I am sticking with VM28 or this CV34 if I can get it working)?

Been looking long and hard at various other dual sports too. DR650, klr650, drz400. There's even a handful of smaller displacements ones I like. WR250R, DR200se, klx250s. All alphabet soup plastic machines, sure. But right tools for the job, and I think the wife might accept 2 bikes in my stable in the long run. (I don't have a car that is exclusively mine....that helps)

So yeah. I'm still continuing with this project. Think I've settled on Mefo tires and a set of Hagon shocks thats been recommended. Still waffling on the luggage situation (hard bags, soft bags, or just get an Inder and pull it to Alaska with me). Sticking with stock casquette for now, with the Radon speedo. Rewire, improved coil, blah blah blah electrics. DEFINITELY put that military front engine guard back on and put some sort of highway peg out there.

But there is for sure a more purpose built dual sport in my future as well.

Thanks all for letting me waffle on and on down here in the basement about what to do with my bike.

Be safe, get out there and ride!
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« Reply #79 on: May 07, 2012, 04:57:50 AM »
Hello there all,

so I have a project that I am using to try and drum up cash for the Enfield dual sport project.

Aw shit yeah!


Yup. 71 Commando engine on a featherbed frame. And a pile of extra parts including a replacement crank, as stock engine will rattle your teeth out when not isolastically mounted.


(yes, that's a set of Amal carbs on the dual intake pipes ready to go)

My father in law and I acquired this project for....wait for it....$800. If I can even get it running, thats easily about $4k. Hell, people are selling featherbed frames for $500. That will go a LONG way in the Enfield world. (I don't really have an interest in keeping this Norton either). Hell, I'd sell it as the basket case it is right now for $2k. But, I'm gonna clean it up and list it this week in the state its in, then start tearing it down.

Now, on to other things. I rode the KLR back and forth to Cali again the other weekend. It goes nice and fast on the highway as expected, and water cooling was far superior,....but the Enfield is more comfortable. And I like its ride ergo's in general a lot more. So I'm not crazy seeking to make the Enfield my adventure bike still.

Did  trip to the Grand Canyon and back this past weekend. I reinstated the catch can hanging on the rear pannier mounts as such:


This was an effort to reduce the puking of oil all over the back of my bike while riding. It worked admirably well, right up until it puked oil out of the top tube there because I didn't empty it in 400 miles. Also give a good idea of how much oil is going out the breather. Mind you, this whole run was I-17 at 60+ MPH. I put a little more than a quart of oil in it over the course of the trip. Probably a third of that went out the breather, in 400 miles. The rest I have to assume I'm burning up and losing out the exhaust (New barrel/piston/rings is part of this project for sure). The good part was, the quality of the oil I got out of the catch can was such that I could likely have just dumped it back in the engine.

Still haven't had any time to play with my pretty new CVK carb. Maybe this week I can go get some jets and the bits to try and make a throttle cable that will work with it. Maybe.

Still set on ditching the stock saddle cans. They just aren't very robust for what I'm looking at doing.

Ok, be safe all. Guess I'll be playing Norton dude again for a while. :)
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« Reply #80 on: May 07, 2012, 03:31:24 PM »
If that tank  will fit a bullet i am interested. PM SENT.

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« Reply #81 on: May 07, 2012, 04:39:28 PM »
If that tank  will fit a bullet i am interested. PM SENT.

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« Reply #82 on: May 08, 2012, 01:17:54 AM »
Milk, I've been following your project since you started posting about it, I'm kind of living vicariously through you, Looking foreward to reading about your travels, I have an 03 Classic Bullet with the usual mods. I also experienced the oil puking that you discussed in the last post. I  ended up getting the breather mod kit, from our host . It returns the oil blown out of the crank case vent to the oil tank. It has decreased the oil consumption to almost nothing. It is one of the best mods that I have made. If you have last years Nfield catalog, it's on page 26. You may want to take a look at it. Enjoy the ride. cochi 

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« Reply #83 on: May 08, 2012, 11:55:34 PM »
Br Cochi!

How have I never heard of this device! This will be my next purchase after the oil filter from Chumma.

And, hey, I have some money to spend! Successfully sold the little scoot that took me to canada. So I have about 1300 to put into this project now. Yay! Gotta figure out what to do now.

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« Reply #84 on: May 09, 2012, 06:26:40 PM »
Milk, so you sold the Buddy? They are neat little machines. I live in Philadelphia and Buddies are the most popular scooters here. I talked to about a half a dozen owners of 50' s and 125's and they had not a bad thing to say about them. They seem very durable. Hope to get a 125 eventually for my wife . Of course I'll have to "borrow" it from time to time. Again, good luck with the project and please keep posting. Enjoy that $1300. cochi ;)

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« Reply #85 on: May 14, 2012, 08:51:01 PM »
Milk, so you sold the Buddy? They are neat little machines. I live in Philadelphia and Buddies are the most popular scooters here. I talked to about a half a dozen owners of 50' s and 125's and they had not a bad thing to say about them. They seem very durable. Hope to get a 125 eventually for my wife . Of course I'll have to "borrow" it from time to time. Again, good luck with the project and please keep posting. Enjoy that $1300. cochi ;)

Yup, sold the Buddy. It's a fantastic scooter. Did you read about my ride to Canada on it? Its linked in my sig line down there. I got the scoot originally for $1500, put an improved shock and a solo seat on it, and went for a ride. :)

Might buy my friend Deans eventually, but really wanted to move forward on the Enfield project here.
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« Reply #86 on: May 14, 2012, 08:56:47 PM »
Alrighty! So.....

I have pulled the trigger on some of the upgrades here. Have purchased the screw on oil filter kit that Chumma sells. Also am doing the Ace 535 piston/cylinder (he matches them up)....but on stock bottom end. I know, I know....everyone has had their say. I'm gonna try it. 2mm spacer and rephased stock cams once all is said and done. Should leave me with better cooling, more hill pulling torque, and a need to stay off the happy handle to not torpedo the stock crank.

Also purchased that breather mod kit, to try and keep the oil in the damn engine. (thanks Cochi for pointing that out) We'll see how it works. Also purchased the Radon speedo (although back ordered at the moment) as I am going to keep the stock casquette. I had been thinking of getting the blank fork tops and doing a trailtech Vapor with a Baja style round headlight. But that seems too far removed from what an enfield is. Plus, thats VERY expensive. I'm just going to put some after market LED floods on for additional brightness when needed.

Anxiously awaiting the brown truck. :)
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« Reply #87 on: May 15, 2012, 12:58:07 AM »
Milk, haven't had the pleasure to read all of your Canadian adventure. I was able to read about your prepping of the Buddy. The trip must have been incredible! I like  the challenge of touring on light to middle weight bikes.  I also like your idea of going for the Ace 535 kit and leaving the bottom end alone. It goes against conventional thinking, but it would interesting to see how a stock, well maintained, bottom end holds up. I have a little over 20k on my 03. Bottom end so far seems fine. I do change the oil every 2k with Castrol synthetic for classic cars. It has a zinc additive. I think if  you keep the rpms below 5k it should be OK. By the way, what does Ace have to say  the idea? cochi   

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« Reply #88 on: May 15, 2012, 07:56:09 AM »
Mmm Leaving the bottom end only goes against conventional thinking on here where throwing money at the bike is de riguer.

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« Reply #89 on: May 15, 2012, 08:00:19 PM »
Alrighty! So.....

I have pulled the trigger on some of the upgrades here. Have purchased the screw on oil filter kit that Chumma sells. Also am doing the Ace 535 piston/cylinder (he matches them up)....but on stock bottom end. I know, I know....everyone has had their say. I'm gonna try it. 2mm spacer and rephased stock cams once all is said and done. Should leave me with better cooling, more hill pulling torque, and a need to stay off the happy handle to not torpedo the stock crank.

Also purchased that breather mod kit, to try and keep the oil in the damn engine. (thanks Cochi for pointing that out) We'll see how it works. Also purchased the Radon speedo (although back ordered at the moment) as I am going to keep the stock casquette. I had been thinking of getting the blank fork tops and doing a trailtech Vapor with a Baja style round headlight. But that seems too far removed from what an enfield is. Plus, thats VERY expensive. I'm just going to put some after market LED floods on for additional brightness when needed.

Anxiously awaiting the brown truck. :)

Milk,
Would you know if the Radon has LED flasher indicators. Also, you could use HID headlight in the stock casquette. It has been done before succesfully.

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« Reply #90 on: May 28, 2012, 02:45:27 PM »
Hello there GreenRE!
I'm not sure what you mean by a LED indicator. It has a single flasher, like the stock headlight. So the pickoff for the indicator will need to be between the flasher and the switch. Not a problem there. And yeah, I have been looking into HID kits. Do you have any experience with reliable vendors? There apparently is a wide variety of quality out there.

Br's Cochi and Big Cheese:
Ace has said (wisely) he can make no guarantee's about the bottom end. I get it. He is a performance guru, and wants to make sure I understand that if my stock crank was built at 4pm on a Friday afternoon, it might not hold up. It's fine, and if I torpedo it, well I have options. I'm also of the opinion if I keep the happy handle running under 4500 rpm I should be good, even with the addtional torque I'll be asking of it with the 535/higher compression/rephased cam thing. We'll see...I keep you all informed, and YMMV.

Hello all! I have been gone for a few weeks working. Still gonna be gone, but parts started coming it. The breather mod kit arrived....and was for the screw off oil cap. Not mine. Shit....on its way back now. Same with the replacement clutch cable...I got a pre-99 for some reason. So its gone back too. Told them to just hold until Radon comes in and send all the right stuff together.

My cylinder and piston are en route or already at Ace's. Looking forward to getting that and dropping it on as soon as he can do his magic to it. A question to those who have done 535 kits....did your carb need lots of adjusting? In my head, it seems a one size up jet in both position (stock mikcarb for now....will fiddle with my CV carb after I get the bike running reliably and smootly again and rebroken in). And run it a bit rich for runin. Am I having stinkin thinkin?

Oh! got the spin off oil filter kit from Chumma. It's a sexy piece. I'll post photo's once it's mounted.

And I think I will still have enough budget to do the rewire on the bike once all the other is done. I'm gonna use a fuzeblock on the rig. And the upgraded charging system from Sparx. The bike will be all DC when I'm done. Hence the reason the HID kit is still being considered (although not budgeted for at this point).

So yeah....there it sits for now.

Be safe all. Glad the weather is good everywhere now. Go RIDE!
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« Reply #91 on: May 28, 2012, 05:01:27 PM »
I did what Ace told me to do on the carb settings.  Perfect setup the first shot, no issues at all.
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« Reply #92 on: May 28, 2012, 06:01:51 PM »
Good call with the bottom end I reckon. Need more pics  ;D
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« Reply #93 on: May 29, 2012, 12:00:03 AM »
What Lwt said. More pics! cochi 

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« Reply #94 on: June 20, 2012, 07:44:04 PM »
You are correct! More pics!

I am back from the dead. Actually, from being out of town working for about a month. Fortunately for me, that means I don't really need to work again for another month and a half or so. And look what greeted me when I got home!




My breather kit modification! This will hopefully help relieve the inordinate amount of oil puking from the breather. Pretty trick, actually. Unscrew currently oil tank neck. Screw this in place. Screw old neck on top. Route breather into lower inlet, route upper inlet either to the chain, or in my case i will just continue to route to the back of the bike. Oil goes in and drops back into oil tank, airpressure continues onward out the duckbill with MUCH less oil in it. I purchased this on Br. Cochi's suggestion, and am hopeful.

Hey, look what Chumma sent me!



This is the screw on oil filter mount that he sells. It's a complete package, and since my rocker feed lines are already cut and plumbed into an external oil cooler (also from Chumma I might add....old part he had), I should just need to drill my engine mounting plate and drop this thing right in in it's place:



Hello clean oil. :)

So, apparently CMW is no longer able to source the Radon speedometer. Bummer. Not sure what to do for a speedo/tach/trip computer. The Acewell 2853 looks right, but is hard to source in the states. I was hoping to maintain a somewhat stock look and avoid doing things like a Trailtech computer or whatever. Still hunting for ideas there....

And am in a holding pattern while Ace gets enough orders together to do another run of barrels/piston stuff with Mondello. Very much looking forward to that little bit. :)

Hopefully these couple bits will be on this week. I may just forgo a speedo for now and do my exhaust coating and rear shocks instead. Also I need to get these old panniers off and in the mail to Ice along with the carby I promised him like 17 years ago. :)

Ok all. Be safe out there.
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« Reply #95 on: June 20, 2012, 07:57:45 PM »
Glad to see your update! I was wondering how it was going. I'm happy with the stock speedo and a dry erase marker on the handlebar clamp as a trip meter myself.  Something like a trail-tech would give you a rev counter and engine temp though.

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« Reply #96 on: June 20, 2012, 08:04:37 PM »
Br Jartist,

Yeah, but so does an Acewell 2853 or the like. I had emailed Baja Designs (current North American supplier) and they don't carry the round ones anymore. Just emailed an English supplier....we'll see what response I get.

Yeah, I mostly want the other stuff. Don't really care about speed. I want tach and engine temp. If I can't get it done with something that fits in stock casquette, I 'll save my bucks and go Trailtech and fork toppers that delete the casquette and some sort of Baja headlight....full on dual sport style. But thats a chunk of change for sure.

 
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« Reply #97 on: June 20, 2012, 11:34:45 PM »
Milk, good to hear from you. The oil filter set up looks like it's nicely made. I hope that the crank vent kit works as well for you as it has for me. Thanks for the pics and the update. cochi

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« Reply #98 on: June 21, 2012, 08:34:14 AM »
Milk. I just Googled Acewell 2853 from here in the UK and got an ebay link.

The supplier is OC Superbike in Huntington Beach Calif.

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« Reply #99 on: June 21, 2012, 09:58:20 PM »
Br Big Cheese,

Thanks for the heads up. Email has been sent.

Just noticed....no temp on this particular gauge. Bummer....Radon speedo has temp sensing. Not a deal breaker though. Accurate (ish) speedo, tach, trip odo. And hey....a fuel gauge!!! Heh! Whatever. Anyways....

Just looking for that little free time to get out to the man cave and work a bit now. :)
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« Reply #101 on: June 22, 2012, 02:01:52 PM »
I am getting a radon from a supplier from India. http://royalmotorcycle.com/products.php?cats=vintage_parts

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« Reply #102 on: June 22, 2012, 08:34:32 PM »
1 Thump,

heya! I have an email into them as well. We'll see what response I get. Seems no one actually wants to sell me a speedo. :)

Alright guys. Just accumulated the fundage. I have $400 left at the moment. Plus a few more bucks if I would get off my ass and sell the panniers and carb. And this list of things I want to do:

Speedo - most around $200
Shocks - $300 ish
Rotor/stator upgrade - $300 ish
Header coating - $125
Rewiring the bike - $150 ish

I'm putting off the panniers for now. Considering the Givi's from Hitchcocks....or waiting until they will just sell me the frames and I can mount something of my own making.

What do you think I should do?

Currently leaning towards speedo and header coating, and saving the rest for shipping on the piston/barrel when its done. BUT.....anyone think I should blow all that off and get the shocks instead?

Thanks guys. Be safe. Might finally get some time tomorrow to put on the bits I showed earlier.

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« Reply #103 on: June 25, 2012, 04:25:53 AM »
Just a quick one here....

Got the breather mod kit installed. All of 15 minutes....totally easy.

Before:


And after:


Reverse angle:


Simple as pie. The old neck unscrewed easily and with no scarring (well...that paint is tired....but I like the rat look). Am gonna go put a few miles on now and see how it goes.

Be safe all.

Quick addendum to this. Ran about 30 miles pushing 55-60...my typical speed. Brought it back and let it sit overnight in the garage without the drip tray under the breather (which is still routed out the back). Not a single drip from the duckbill....which would usually have left a decent puddle. Awesome.
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« Reply #104 on: June 26, 2012, 06:40:50 AM »
I have a bicycle speed on mine. Cost me £5. Using one for now would allow you to buy something more essential.  ;)
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« Reply #105 on: June 27, 2012, 04:43:26 AM »
Br. Big Cheese: good point.  ::)

Got some awesome info today....piston and barrel are done! Paypalled some money, and it will be here in a timely manner. Yes!!! I cannot wait.

Think I'll focus on getting these couple changes dialled in, the regroup and go from there.

Also, am doing a 400 mile round trip to Flagstaff tomorrow. This should be a good indicator of how well this breather mod is working at keeping the oil where it belongs. :)

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« Reply #106 on: June 28, 2012, 12:37:52 AM »
Milk, glad to hear the vent kit worked for your short ride. it should do well on your 400 mile run. Never the less keep an eye on the oil level. Looking foreward to hearing how the new piston and cylinder work. Be careful. Thanks for the updates. I think a lot us are living vicariously through your adventure!! Thanks again. cochi ;D   

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« Reply #107 on: June 28, 2012, 04:32:43 AM »
+1 on the bicycle speedometer. I have a $30 sigma unit on my bmw and it's more accurate than any moto speedo and has a clock, trip, and total miles features.

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« Reply #108 on: July 21, 2012, 06:41:21 PM »
Hello All!  :D

Been a bit...life keeps happening.

Anyways, here's a happy making photo:


That would be an Ace piston and an alloy cylinder honed to spec. Yay!

However, in my last post, I mentioned a ride to and from Flagstaff. On that ride, I think I did some damage. It was a hot day (110 degrees) and I likely didn't stop enough when coming home. Pretty sure I receded my exhaust valve again. Shit.

Spoke to Ace, and am gonna send him the head to see if any of the heat shedding qualities of his fireball can be done, without doing all the flow work (I'm not doing a fireball....more of a modified clubman....). So, off with the head!


Actually, not off yet...its a little stuck again. Gotta get out the tools I used last time to get the dang thing off. Anyways.

And another update. That Norton that was my quick money turn around:


Yeah. I'm gonna build it too. My father in law has dreams of riding it. So I'm gonna build it for him to ride at least a few times, then maybe sell it. This bike is gorgeous. I have proper cases and a proper crank to replace these pieces with (this engine is straight out of a 71 frame and will apparently shake your balls off without proper isolastics....and is hard mounted in this slimline frame. Hence the crank.)

Anyways. Thats the quick update. Hope everyone is out riding. :)

Be safe all.
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« Reply #109 on: August 14, 2012, 10:15:42 PM »
Hello all!

Hope this is finding you all riding and enjoying pleasant weather.

Me? Well, haven't been doing shit down here in hell...I mean Phoenix. We've been getting 110deg plus days for weeks, so my desire to go out to my man furnace...I mean man-cave has been low. Still have a lovely perfect Ace piston and barrel sitting there....awaiting delivery this week of the 2mm spacer to go ahead and fit it. Still haven't sent off the head to Ace for attention.....still haven't dismounted the panniers and sent them off either. Sigh.

Did get a few parts in for my future efforts to switch to this CVK carb. Hoping it works out well. Seems like a good choice for me.

Also, in my endless poking around for ways to waste money, I found what looks like a pretty slick LED replacement for the headlamp. Might be a nice way to reduce power consumption when I do the Sparx upgrade. Take a look:

https://www.truck-lite.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10001&storeId=10001&productId=92025&langId=-1

Anyways...lower temps are forecast for the coming weeks....hopefully I can dig into this and get her running once good riding weather revisits this desert dweller.

Be safe all.
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« Reply #110 on: August 14, 2012, 11:34:03 PM »
you can get that on amazon...but it is still over 200 for a headlight.

http://www.amazon.com/Truck-Lite-27270C-Round-LED-Headlamp/dp/B007K8AA7I
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« Reply #111 on: August 15, 2012, 01:57:41 AM »
Low beam is 23watts which is great but the high beam is still almost 50 watts which isn't much better than incandescent.  I'll bet it's super bright on high beam.

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« Reply #112 on: August 16, 2012, 04:57:02 PM »
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Also, in my endless poking around for ways to waste money, I found what looks like a pretty slick LED replacement for the headlamp. Might be a nice way to reduce power consumption when I do the Sparx upgrade. Take a look:

Pretty nice, too expensive!
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« Reply #113 on: August 21, 2012, 06:06:08 PM »
Never said it was an intelligent use of money.  ;D

I just like to post the silly farkles that I find.
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« Reply #114 on: August 21, 2012, 11:40:31 PM »
Milk, how did the crankcase vent kit from our host work on your last trip? cochi

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« Reply #115 on: August 21, 2012, 11:42:39 PM »
Only meant it's out of my budget, Would do it if it were cheaper! I love to unload the alternator with everything I can. LEDs in most of the rest of the places! Only the headlight and turn signals are left, and they probably will continue to be.:D
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« Reply #116 on: October 01, 2012, 05:28:18 AM »
Greetings all! A bit of thread necromancy here....but anyways. After a long delay, I have finally started to move forward on my project again. The funny thing about the desert is, just as everyone else's riding season is coming to a close, mine is just getting started. With that said, I didn't want to miss a bunch of months of good riding with my Enfield in pieces.....so the head is on the way to Ace at Mondello's. Noooo....not for the full treatment. But to have a look at my (likely) receding exhaust valve (again). And to see if any of his magic head shedding treatments would be worthwhile without doing the flow work. It ships tomorrow morning.

And since I was getting my hands dirty, I started pulling the barrel and piston with the intent of going ahead and placing the Ace piston and barrel that have been sitting in my shop all summer. You'll recall I had the usual trouble getting the head off....so much for reusing the carbon fiber gasket (new one is already here):


Fair amount of carbon buildup on the piston:


And interestingly enough, the bottom piston ring (scraper?) was in place but broken:


They were all moving freely enough, so no distortion of the piston, and the old iron bore is still nice and clean and free from gouges. I think I will box it and keep it as backup in case of future failures. I have a set of OEM rings around here in that event.

Now, I was checking the crank by hand just to make sure it seemed still good. It rotates cleanly, the arm has no wiggle or play fore and aft....but there is some side to side play. Is this a major problem? (You'll recall I'm doing this modified clubman build on a stock bottom end for now)

Also took of the plate I need to drill to mount the Chumma oil filter kit....will drill that tomorrow hopefully. Anyone want the cooler I was using?

Panniers should come off tomorrow. STILL going back and forth on how to handle the luggage situation. Soft bags? like wolfmans? Hard cases? How the f--- to mount them decently? Inder trailer? Moto-mule (google it...its cool)? Well, I'm not leaving for Alaska tomorrow, so I have time to decide.

Ok. That's it for this installment of Milk can't make up his mind. Be safe all.
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« Reply #117 on: October 01, 2012, 05:31:10 AM »
Oh! Also found an ebay vendor selling the Radon speedo for a fair price. So its back on the table as a plan....
http://www.ebay.com/itm/RADON-Digital-Speedometer-Enfield-Bullet-Motorcycle-Electra-Machismo-/280890580610

There was a forum brother here who installed one a few years back.....I've forgotten who, but is anyone using this? Is it holding up well?
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« Reply #118 on: October 02, 2012, 12:22:03 AM »
I'm sure someone can tell you what sort of limits to look for in the side to side movement of the connecting rod but IMO, it's going to be quite a bit more than one would expect.

Rather than having a pressed in bearing liner like most auto's the Royal Enfield uses a rather unique "floating bearing" sleeve.
It has radial clearance on both the inside (to the crank pin) and on the outside (to the bore in the connecting rod).

This double set of clearances will allow the rod to tilt sideways much further than a sleeve bearing that only has clearance with the crank pin.
I would expect to see at least twice the amount of tilting of the connecting rod without any real problem being present.
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« Reply #119 on: October 02, 2012, 12:34:03 AM »
It is considered permissible to have up to 4-5mm of side to side play with the stock rod and floating bush.
You shouldn't feel any up/down play.
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« Reply #120 on: October 02, 2012, 04:33:52 PM »
Br's Arizoni and Ace,

Yes, no up and down play are apparent. Actually feels remarkable solid. Was just worried about the lateral movement I could feel/see.

Very well then. I will proceed with my build (all cautions from everyone about stock bottom end have been well heard). Maybe get the barrel and piston on tonight when I get home. Yeah!

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« Reply #121 on: October 03, 2012, 07:49:39 PM »
Ok guys, quick question here.....

When one is doing to modification to the timing with stock cams, you are simply pulling the gear that lifts the intake and turning it one tooth counter clockwise, correct?
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« Reply #122 on: October 03, 2012, 08:06:08 PM »
Correct.
Put the engine on TDC first, so that the dots on the cam gears are lined up with each other first.
Then you can take the intake cam off and move it counterclockwise by one-tooth, and put it back on. Then you can see that you have done it correctly because the dots are not lined-up anymore, and the intake dot is one tooth higher than the exhaust tooth.

Of course, you must have our high compression piston on your engine when you do this for your build. Don't do this until you are going to install the high compression piston.

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« Reply #123 on: December 11, 2012, 11:58:23 PM »
Thread necromancy here!

Hey hey! Look what just got back to me from Tom / the Mondello shop!



Yup. Got the head back. I thought the exhaust valve was receding (again) because I likely drove it too long in the heat (again). So sent it to get repaired by the good folks there, and an effort at adding some heat shedding stuff. I guess this is a magic goo inside the head:



And some treatment on the exhaust port to keep the heat moving out and down the pipe:



So that, plus the nice new external oil filter which can also add some cooling properties....the alloy barrel....and some judicious riding on my part and hopefully this becomes a lovely reliable(ish) bike.

I ordered a bunch of jets for the CVK34 I am going to try and dial in, but will probably do the breakin with the reliable and known Mikcarb. (25 pilot, 127.5 main on richest clip) I figure rich is good while running in. Then once there is stability there, I can work on tuning in the CVK. Maybe give me a little more throttle stability with altitude changes that I am looking at.

And hey! Picked up this gem on ebay:



It's a stock 500 crank that has let go. Got it for 25 bucks plus shipping. Perfect for sending off for the crank improvements that are offered. I am holding out until Chumma is done with their improved floating bush that is in testing right now. It seems to be their budget conscious option they are trying to set up. And since I am not building a fire breathing monster here, I think it might suit me well.

Hope to have the machine together and running again by this weekend. Merry Christmas present for me maybe.  By the way....anyone reading this. The oil scraper rings for pistons that are 3 parts....does the wiggly part get sandwiched between the other 2?

Ok, be safe all.
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« Reply #124 on: December 12, 2012, 06:47:20 PM »
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« Reply #125 on: December 12, 2012, 07:53:45 PM »
The "wiggly part" goes on first, and should butt ends, but not overlap when it is installed.
The scrapers go above it and below it in the groove.
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« Reply #126 on: February 08, 2013, 05:05:39 AM »
It lives!

Ok, so the whole "gonna get it together this weekend as an early christmas present to myself" thing kinda went out the window. But, put it all very carefully together (even learned how to check the gap on the piston rings). Put some MMO into the piston. Lots of kicking to try and move some oil into the brand new oil filter. LOTS of kicking.

But hey hey, it started up second kick!

And promptly filled my garage with smoke.  ;D Exhaust leak at the head and the usual "been sitting for several months" crap. Had to run it for a minute or 2 several times to get the oil up to the rockers (left the covers off so I could verify when it got there). Didn't want to let it get super hot, just wanted to hear it run.

So as I said before, stock Mikcarb, stock slide, 127.5 main (richest needle setting), 25 pilot. Jedi Council....does this seem a good place to start for running in in Phoenix (1200 ish feet)?

Gonna do something about the exhaust leak at the head. I think I might try beer can shims instead of silicone sealant. I read somewhere that Ace and others do this to good effect. And immediate riding is nice, rather than waiting overnight. Plus, when money is available, the header is going to Jet Hott anyways, so a few more removals are in my future.

For running in....A handful of 10 minute hops around town. Right? Up to temp, the full cool down. Then keep the RPM's down (say 45 mph max) for what, 500-1000 miles? Or a full 2k? Change the oil often. Gonna do my 10 minute hops on whats in there, then change before the first slightly longer run.

Any other words of advice for the break in?

I promise a few photos tomorrow or the next day.

Be safe all. Friends in the Northeast....stay safe from this big ol storm coming your way.
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« Reply #127 on: February 08, 2013, 10:09:14 AM »
It lives!

Ok, so the whole "gonna get it together this weekend as an early christmas present to myself" thing kinda went out the window. But, put it all very carefully together (even learned how to check the gap on the piston rings). Put some MMO into the piston. Lots of kicking to try and move some oil into the brand new oil filter. LOTS of kicking.

But hey hey, it started up second kick!

And promptly filled my garage with smoke.  ;D Exhaust leak at the head and the usual "been sitting for several months" crap. Had to run it for a minute or 2 several times to get the oil up to the rockers (left the covers off so I could verify when it got there). Didn't want to let it get super hot, just wanted to hear it run.

So as I said before, stock Mikcarb, stock slide, 127.5 main (richest needle setting), 25 pilot. Jedi Council....does this seem a good place to start for running in in Phoenix (1200 ish feet)?

Gonna do something about the exhaust leak at the head. I think I might try beer can shims instead of silicone sealant. I read somewhere that Ace and others do this to good effect. And immediate riding is nice, rather than waiting overnight. Plus, when money is available, the header is going to Jet Hott anyways, so a few more removals are in my future.

For running in....A handful of 10 minute hops around town. Right? Up to temp, the full cool down. Then keep the RPM's down (say 45 mph max) for what, 500-1000 miles? Or a full 2k? Change the oil often. Gonna do my 10 minute hops on whats in there, then change before the first slightly longer run.

Any other words of advice for the break in?

I promise a few photos tomorrow or the next day.

Be safe all. Friends in the Northeast....stay safe from this big ol storm coming your way.

The earliest break-in miles are the most critical. Get the bike out on the road, and do some moderate accelerations and decelerations, allowing the engine to do the slowing on deceleration by closing the throttle and letting the bike slow down. Then accelerate moderately some more, and let the engine brake the bike to slow. Do this a lot. You can do it in various gears. Don't let the bike sit at only one speed, and generally be accelerating or decelerating to some degree as much as you can
It's going to get hot. Don't cook it. Keep the rides short to avoid overheating for the first 100 miles at least. As you get more miles, you can increase the riding times and the rpms gradually.
By 500 miles, you should be mostly broken-in, but it will still need to get to 1000 miles before it's all done.

And remember, those things we did to help reduce overheating are just a "help". They are not a total overheating preventative. It can still overheat, and so it is in your hands to not do that.
If you are out in the hot Arizona sun at 110 degrees, you MUST lay off the throttle and go slower than traffic. The fins simply cannot cool the bike in those temps except in very light loads. And that means going slow. This is an air-cooled bike, and if the air is not cool, then it doesn't cool the bike well.
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« Reply #128 on: February 08, 2013, 09:14:06 PM »
Just went thru this thread top to bottom......I wanted to say congrats on the fire up!

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« Reply #129 on: February 09, 2013, 12:39:02 AM »
Hey Big Don! Thanks a lot....I'm pretty pleased as well.

And yes, Ace, .....I live in the stupid desert and need to stop being stupid and trying to toast this bike in the heat.  :)

So, as promised, a few photos of a very dirty bike with a very clean barrel and head:



(Yup. gave up on the beer can thing and went with the silicon thing. No firing up til tomorrow now.)



And the new oil filter all plumbed in and working very well:



(Never mind that hole up above from the old oil cooler I had mounted there.)

The thing that is helping keep my bike from puking its oil filled guts all over my back wheel/license plate everytime I go 10 feet:


Shiny new-to-me muffler that doesn't rattle with broken baffles like my old one did. Note that the securing arm didn't reach the old bracket on the frame....it's held in place by a pipe clamp for now. I might fab up a little extension bracket of some sort....but between that and the fabulous OReilly exhaust clamp, I am somewhat enjoying the ratty look....


Still considering doing something different with the turn signal situation, something mounted maybe on the back of the back rest here:


With something like these that I pointed to earlier in my thread:


Not sure....still debating. I like the idea that the wiring could be moved out from where the tire is under there, to just under the seat.

Ok. So on to breaking in. Thanks Ace, for the primer on how to do this and not screw it up (again).  ;D

And of course, the usual whinging around about what to do next to get this ready for some travel. Rear shocks are a must. Am thinking soft bags at this point. Mefo Explorer tires still (when the trip is imminent...gonna stick with my really nice AM26's for now). Possibly the Radon speedo, possibly front progressive springs.

More importantly is to just plan the trip and GO. :)

Thanks all. Talk to you soon.
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« Reply #130 on: February 09, 2013, 09:23:57 PM »
Hey Milk-

Hunkered down in the storm and just finished reading your ride report of your scooter ride to Canada - what a treat!  Looking forward to seeing this thread progress further...

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« Reply #131 on: February 10, 2013, 04:37:37 PM »
Br Mattsz,

Thanks for the kind words. That trip was a wonderful experience for me and Dean. He had never ridden before, and hasn't ridden since. I actually sold the green scoot and bought his. You might see it in the background of my pics here. I am planning future low cc trips as well.

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« Reply #132 on: February 12, 2013, 02:03:02 AM »
What a great project!  This thread gives me inspiration on getting my Indian finished.   ;)
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« Reply #133 on: February 26, 2013, 09:15:32 PM »
Well, the breaking in is going well. Lots of local runs (20 or less miles), never above 3rd gear, never revving hard, lots of engine braking. I figure I am approaching 150 miles right now (no speedo). So I'll do this a bit more, change the oil, and then start looking at some longer running.

The engine feels nice and strong. Planted. Exhaust note is nice. I'm getting a slight hesitation right off idle on the throttle...I'm assuming it's because I am running very rich on the needle (highest setting), and I can correct it once I feel broken in and start looking at good jetting. Obviously, a different carb is in my future....

No oil from the head/barrel. No oil from the barrel/case. Yay! Slight weeping from the exhaust rocker feed. That I think I can sort. But slight weeping from here:


I flared the pipe in there. The tubing I used is 1/4" ID. It's the smallest I could get to fit on the outlet of the oil filter. Anyone have any ideas?

Bought myself a set of these:


They are tank panniers. 14 litre total. I think they will make a nice place to carry tools and stuff. Am pretty certain to go with soft rear panniers as well. Hoping to get a few days off to make a quick run down to Rocky Point for a day or 2 of camping, and see how she is behaving in general.

Alrighty. Thanks all. Be safe.
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« Reply #134 on: February 26, 2013, 09:28:56 PM »
Oh! And Brother Mattsz, hurdy gurdy's are cool. One of the most amazing things I ever saw was a hurdy gurdy solo on the Page/Plant No Quarter tour back in the 90's. Blew my mind the tones that guy could get out of that instrument.

Be safe.
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« Reply #135 on: February 26, 2013, 09:41:57 PM »
Here is the Radon Installation guide from an old post:

http://www.enfieldmotorcycles.com/forum/index.php/topic,8551.0/all.html

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« Reply #136 on: February 27, 2013, 06:26:05 AM »
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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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Oh! And Brother Mattsz, hurdy gurdy's are cool. One of the most amazing things I ever saw was a hurdy gurdy solo on the Page/Plant No Quarter tour back in the 90's. Blew my mind the tones that guy could get out of that instrument.

Quick detour…

Milk- that was Nigel Eaton.  Just before he played on that tour, my wife and I were bouncing around the UK playing folk music.  I was interested in hurdy-gurdies, and she hosted a Maine Public Radio weekly folk music show.  We tracked Nigel down and he agreed to meet us for an interview.  He is a really nice guy; we had a fine chat, and got a great hurdy-gurdy radio show out of it.  Before we drove off, he said, "what I really want to do is play rock'n'roll hurdy-gurdy!"  As you witnessed, he pulled it off in fine fashion.  He still plays, but now he makes built-in furniture for a living.

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« Reply #138 on: February 28, 2013, 02:59:16 AM »
Hey, how do the tank panniers fit on the Bullet?  Been wanting a set of the Wolfmans myself...

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« Reply #139 on: March 06, 2013, 05:02:18 AM »
Hello there Br AgentX!
Um....here's how they look.






(its a little close under here, but not touching anything)


I like them a lot. My knees just touch them while sitting on the seat. I'm a little concerned about the front webbing, and hard corners wearing through. Obviously I need to clean up the straps a bit. But they sit VERY securely right there. I'll be interested to see how they do. I'm planning on them being my tools and quick access things while traveling (hat, camera, wallet, water, that sort of thing).

Also picked up one of these:


Gotta figure out where to hang it. I'm thinking most likely here:


But of course, this leads me to wanting to rewire the bike sooner than later. Sigh.  ;D

Breaking in is going nicely. Still the slight hesitation off idle, which I still think is the very rich needle clip setting. I'm gonna do a few more 20-30 ish mile rides, change the oil, then start looking at some longer rides. Never been in 4th gear yet, all just around town easy accelerating engine braking type stuff. Feels REAL strong.

Hey Br Ice! I'm gonna be up Seattle way the last weekend of April. I'm gonna carry up the hard panniers and the carb I've been so remiss is getting to you, if you are gonna be around. Let me know, man.

Br 1Thump: yup...thats the speedo I'm going to put on the bike.

Been thinking about changing my headlight and nacelle situation. Either the trials, or the one that can retain all stock stuff. And some sort of brighter aftermarket option. It's pricy though. I mostly want to find a way to route the cables NOT through the nacelle. Because the rubber that protects them passing through fails, and then the cables fail. Anyone thought of this with the stock setup? Anyone successfully done it?

Ok, be safe all. Talk to you soon.
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« Reply #140 on: March 06, 2013, 09:58:38 AM »
Thanks for the pics!  Not sure if I like the way that webbing fore and aft runs, though...

If you're looking for a brighter bulb option, the HID kit from DDM tuning was cheap (like $25 IIRC) and easy to install.  However, I went with the single-intensity bulb, and the dual Hi/Lo bulb is supposedly too long to fit in the stock nacelle.  The single intensity bulb is much brighter and better than the 35/35 H4 halogen I had, even when it was set on high beam, so it's no big deal for me. 

However, when back in the lands of vehicle codes and road courtesy, I think a hi/lo option is in order, since having an HID set at a median hi/lo position probably isn't the best thing for getting a vehicle approved to drive on the road.  Since I'm using a separate headlight bucket, I'm sure I can rig up an HID setup to fit, but might just stick with a 65/35 H4 bulb for simplicity's sake and to avoid further scrutiny from Department of Transport types who frown on "modifications"  (however beneficial the mods may be...)

It's pretty obvious an HID lamp is not stock on my 1977 bike.

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« Reply #141 on: March 06, 2013, 04:37:01 PM »
AgentX

Yeah, I'm gonna run it with the straps for a bit and see. If it sucks, I might try and put some Magnets in there instead. The rubber backing on the bags makes them sit real firmly in place. I might try and see if there are other places to strap it to as well....this was just a throw it on kind of placement to see how they looked. Basic placement is really nice.

And yeah, I've looked long and hard at HID. The thing is, I am fine with the casquette, Radon speedo, and adding some sort of external LED lights on a switch. I'm running a 35/55 Halogen (I believe) and have no issues with it. Am intending on going straight DC with a Sparxx rotor/stator upgrade in the future as well. The part I am not liking right now is the control cables passing through the casquette. I'm wondering if there is something to be done about that, short of buying this:


or this:


The first is the less expensive of the 2, but it's like 350 bucks. I'm not THAT upset with the cable routing. :) That kind of money is my new rear shocks.

Anyways. I'm not planning on spending any serious money for a few months. Gotta work a bit first. Feels like I'm down to the Sparxx/rewire, doing something about turn signals and brake/running lites, additional forward LED floods of some sort. Mostly electrical stuff. I'm patiently waiting to see about Ace's and Chumma's floating bush option on the crank. And final sorting of the luggage situation. Nice Mefo Explorers just before the trip, and then ride. If I don't do the crank, we're talking less than 1k to go.

Alrighty. Be safe all.
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« Reply #142 on: March 07, 2013, 01:08:27 AM »
You could order either the Thunderbird top and bottom crowns, or the single-gauge top crown (shown in your second linked pic) from India, fairly cheaply.  (ebay or direct from royalenfieldzone or bulletwalas or something).  Emgo and other headlight ears are cheap from dime city cycles and the like.

You're not getting any support or backing from Hitchcock with these, of course.

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« Reply #143 on: March 15, 2013, 05:27:40 PM »
Br AgentX

Not a bad idea at all. I might look into that later on. For now, I'm gonna ride for a while after getting my horn mounted (kluge style, not the full re-wire).

But before the big trip north, I think the one that maintains all the original parts (key and ammeter) but lets me do an aftermarket headlight is the way I want to go. All subject to change as I waffle about down here. :)

Thanks for the heads up.
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« Reply #144 on: March 15, 2013, 07:35:49 PM »
Hey! My Enfield finally has a horn!!!!

So since I purchased this bike, it has never had a horn. I suspect it fell off like everyone elses did because of bad brackets or whatever. I went and got myself one of the Screaming Banshee horns, and it took about 30 minutes to install it today.


I ended up turning it sideways to the way I had been thinking a few posts back, because it seemed a very solid mounting position:


And a look at the inside:


Drilled a hole, and voila, mounted. Wiring was relatively easy:


The relay that came with the horn is mounted where the old starter relay used to be. I even reused the same bolt on top.

I took the main positive power line (post circuit breaker) and Y'd it into the line that goes to the the key switch, and into the backside of the relay. Other side of relay exits the box and goes to positive of the horn assembly. I took the old starter wires (blue/white and black I believe) and repurposed them for the relay release. Then took the old horn wires (purple and red/white) that had been hanging down my front tube to where the old horn used to be, and pulled them up into the nacelle. Hooked purple to blue/white, and red/white to black. Worked like a charm first time. Didn't have to run new wires. Now, I hate the klugey-ness of it, but my connections are solid at least. It will get sexy when time allows.

Tests in the driveway gave a pretty solid low note, but not so solid high note. I'm hoping it was voltage sag, and that when I go out for a test run here, both notes will sound solidly.

I'm pretty please.

Be safe all.
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« Reply #145 on: March 16, 2013, 07:01:59 PM »
I can verify now, it was merely some voltage sag from the bike not being run for about a week while I was working. Once out on the road, 2 solid tones from the horn. It is very loud, although not as loud as I would like. It's a good piercing tone, and certainly much better than the stock buzzer. It's approaching good small car horn levels while moving. I was hoping for something like a foghorn, though. :)

Maybe a second one is in order??  ;D

For the price, $50 plus shipping, its a great deal. There is an upgraded system thats designed to let you leave the old horn on for friendly toots, then 1/4 of a second later engages a pulsing banshee thing. I didn't do that. So, I press the button and the loud constant horn goes. They are also marketing one that is smaller, for cars. I wonder if it is louder or what....would be curious to do a side by side. Probably save my money for other things though. Like a new crank bearing. And a radon speedo. And bar risers. And a nice proper rewire.

 ;)

Be safe all. Go ride more.
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« Reply #146 on: March 16, 2013, 07:41:24 PM »

Hey Br Ice! I'm gonna be up Seattle way the last weekend of April. I'm gonna carry up the hard panniers and the carb I've been so remiss is getting to you, if you are gonna be around. Let me know, man.


Brother just name the time and place and I will be there with ammo boxes in hand.
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« Reply #147 on: March 16, 2013, 11:13:25 PM »
IMO, horns are overrated.
With all the people here in Arizona driving around with their windows rolled up, their radios blaring and their texting fingers busily tapping out War & Peace on their hand held communicators the beep of a horn doesn't stand a chance of being heard.

Now, in India where the horn replaces the turn signal and the chance of anyone listening to a individual motorcycle's horn is slim to none maybe a louder horn makes sense but here it's just another electrical thing to cause problems.
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« Reply #148 on: March 16, 2013, 11:54:20 PM »
+1 ..didn't hear alot of air horns in the streets  of Delhi...Everybody did used their horns to communicate their intent..I love my air horn on my yamaha...GM
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« Reply #149 on: March 17, 2013, 08:01:44 PM »
When I was working in the old BSA shop, I used to install quite a few of those air horns. They will get the drivers attention as they're trying to find the semi that's about to run them down. FUN! They're effective!
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« Reply #150 on: March 18, 2013, 05:11:00 PM »
Br Arizoni,

I agree, most of the drivers here in the hot state don't really listen too well. However, I figured any horn was better than none. And since I had funds, I figured a little louder was better than the little door buzzer that comes stock. :) I'll be honest, I drive all over the country in my work life, and AZ drivers are by far the worst. Even worse than LA, and some of those folks are crazy.

Br Ice, I will get with you when the arrival time gets closer. Looking forward to a beer and a meal. Mrs Milk is going on this trip as well. You might also meet one of my best friends from when I was a kid and his wife, depending on how things work out. Its a good part of the impetus for this trip, visiting them.

My electrics box looks so empty. I clearly need to rewire the bike and move things inside there. I figure the turn signal flasher, and power distribution system of some sort, and perhaps the new power regulator mounted on the back of the box, rather than on the rear fender. It still needs air flow, obviously. I remember reading somewhere that someone moved the coil inside the electrics box. Anyone remember who, and if they had heat problems of any sort?

Just wanting to clean up the electrical.

Anyways, be safe all. I gotta go be a dad for a while.
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« Reply #151 on: March 18, 2013, 06:34:35 PM »
there is room if you do away with the starter relay, you don't need it
any way. I don't think heat will be a problem, but I'd at least do away
with the Lucas coil for one that will not have such a failure rate. Your
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Re: Milk's 03 Bullet dual sport build
« Reply #152 on: March 28, 2013, 04:54:02 PM »
When my stock horn started dangling because the bracket fractured,i put a Range Rover horn on it (because i could). This leaves me feeling all prestigious and s%$t.
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« Reply #153 on: March 28, 2013, 05:16:40 PM »
power distribution system of some sort

http://www.cloudelectric.com/category-s/12888.htm
and
http://www.cloudelectric.com/category-s/12620.htm

Place has friggin' everything at good prices.  The website's kind of hellish to navigate, though.

I ordered the other day and they got back to me very quickly about an item that wasn't in stock...just some heat shrink.  So I think the personal service has been good so far.

I'm trying the bus bars with covers on my bike; they're marine-grade products.  Have a positive in red and a ground in black, all to be assembled in a tray that fits under my seat/tail.  I like the screw-down eyelet attachments and don't really need all the fuses that come in the fuse block unit with push-on blade connectors.

The 8-point under "standoff connectors" looks nice and compact too.

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« Reply #154 on: May 10, 2013, 11:33:57 PM »
there is room if you do away with the starter relay, you don't need it
any way. I don't think heat will be a problem, but I'd at least do away
with the Lucas coil for one that will not have such a failure rate. Your
reg-rec is fine under the seat, out of sight, out of mind....
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Br Baird! You're the one who did that. I think it's a great idea. And the stock reg/rec will eventually be replaced with a Sparx unit along with the alternator. So cool. :)
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Re: Milk's 03 Bullet dual sport build
« Reply #155 on: May 10, 2013, 11:35:08 PM »
When my stock horn started dangling because the bracket fractured,i put a Range Rover horn on it (because i could). This leaves me feeling all prestigious and s%$t.
 ;D ;D ;D.
Robert & REnfield.
P.S. The build is looking GOOD Milk.

Br Roverman. Thanks so much. Its a slow going process. Money and time to work on it rarely align. :)

Range Rover horn!? Ha! Bet that turns some heads.
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« Reply #156 on: May 10, 2013, 11:38:00 PM »
http://www.cloudelectric.com/category-s/12888.htm
and
http://www.cloudelectric.com/category-s/12620.htm

Place has friggin' everything at good prices.  The website's kind of hellish to navigate, though.

I ordered the other day and they got back to me very quickly about an item that wasn't in stock...just some heat shrink.  So I think the personal service has been good so far.

I'm trying the bus bars with covers on my bike; they're marine-grade products.  Have a positive in red and a ground in black, all to be assembled in a tray that fits under my seat/tail.  I like the screw-down eyelet attachments and don't really need all the fuses that come in the fuse block unit with push-on blade connectors.

The 8-point under "standoff connectors" looks nice and compact too.

Dude! Those all look like really good options. I wanted to put a Positive and Negative bus in the nacelle, and those look like a good way to accomodate that. I'm a fan of star grounding (it's how we do the big audio systems I work on). And I try to avoid multiple chassis grounds if I can. Maybe thats a bad idea, but it's what I do anyways.

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« Reply #157 on: May 11, 2013, 12:09:00 AM »
Well, as always, I got distracted and diverted for a while.

However, I did finally get a solution to attaching the tank panniers. Got some little 1" flat hooks from a local trucking strap supply house. 2 of them on the front hook perfectly around the squared off section of the down tube. The backs are still strapped as previous.

I'll get a run around shake down ride in and see how they stay put (or not).

Um....hey. Ace's floating bush project is moving forward. I'm on the short list!!! Yay!!! I'm saving my pennies to send away my crank later this fall. That should give me the freedom to reduce the spacers under my barrel, and aim for slightly higher compression. Or at least, feel safe about flogging the bike on the road a bit more. :)

Saw Br Ice in Seattle a few weeks ago. Awesome meal and chatting. THAT Dave (my good friend) might be joining the motorcycling world. Not the Enfield world (total noob), but perhaps a nice little bike to travel around with me.

Ok...no major updates. Just that.

Be safe all.
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« Reply #158 on: May 14, 2013, 01:12:28 AM »
Hello there all!

Just a quick update. It's starting to get hot down here in the desert. I had the enfield out for a hop on the highway heading home from some work Sunday at around 1 pm.

The old leg thermometer tells me that the bike is using and shedding heat better than previously. Nowhere near the burn that used to come off the engine. So, slightly improved head, better barrel, and some coatings on head chamber and exhaust pathways seem to be having some good results. At least from the leg thermometer (is that like the butt dyno?).

Looking forward to some good riding coming up. Take care all. Get out and ride....it's nice everywhere else now right?

Be safe.
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« Reply #159 on: May 14, 2013, 02:24:00 AM »
Sounds like an improvement!
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« Reply #160 on: May 14, 2013, 01:23:51 PM »
Awesome!  Great to hear your bike is producing less heat.

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Re: Milk's 03 Bullet dual sport build
« Reply #161 on: May 28, 2013, 06:09:35 PM »
Br's Ace and Scottie J,

thanks for the good words. I'm quite happy with the results so far. I also got out for a good ride on Sunday trying out the tank panniers I got on the road for the first time. I think I came up with a good solution for the front strap:





Straps all cut to length:


I rode it 70 miles at various speeds in the heat. Not floppy at all. My knee's JUST touch them if I slide forward some while riding. And no apparent increase in the heat coming off the engine....IE seems still enough air flow around the head. Straps don't touch the header at all either.

I'm thinking of fabbing up some sort of doubleD for the flat hooks to hook on to on that square part of the down tube. But this solution is excellent for now.

On the tires front....I've been having a continuing conversation with a dude at advrider about Mitas e07's 100/90 19 as a good adv tire when the long trips come. And the folks at MX1 Canada (the only North American supplier) say they can be used front and rear. I'm unclear as to how, but might try when the long trip comes. People report 8k miles from the rears travelling. We'll see.

Hope you all are out enjoying good weather everywhere, and hope everyone had a good holiday weekend. Be safe, all.
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« Reply #162 on: June 03, 2013, 07:51:15 PM »
Well, here goes nothing.

I've got a gig in LA starting this week. I'm not flying over. I think I will ride the Enfield over for the week. I have safe parking down town. It's about 350 miles one way.

Gonna change the oil, lube the chain, check the tires, and roll over. I have a day to make the trip. It's gonna be hot, but I think if I stop often and be the right lane denizen I usually am, it should be a good ride.

Wish me luck. :)

Be safe all.
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« Reply #163 on: June 03, 2013, 08:51:34 PM »
Good luck!
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« Reply #164 on: June 03, 2013, 09:36:30 PM »
Of course, I just look at the weather. 108 degrees forecasted most of the way on Thursday. Debating now......
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Re: Milk's 03 Bullet dual sport build
« Reply #165 on: June 04, 2013, 01:13:48 AM »
Your out of your mind.
I've ridden the Phoenix to LA route several times on my BMW and it's a total bitch!
During the daylight hours, mile after mile of hot wind blasting you with no sign of water or civilization except the cages and semi's blowing past at 85 mph.

The Beemer didn't have a problem with the speed but on a RE you'd have to have a death wish to ride there.

Night riding is no better.  Almost as hot.  Just as far and the cages and semi's won't be able to see you until your under their bumper.
 
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« Reply #166 on: June 04, 2013, 01:22:08 PM »
You can get one of those camel back water backpacks.  Stay hydrated...

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« Reply #167 on: June 18, 2013, 06:50:18 PM »
Your out of your mind.

Yes, I am. :) But alas, I did have to pass on riding across the desert in the heat. Given that I was heading towards a working situation, I didn't have time for there to be a breakdown. Kind of glad I chose that path....even my Honda's AC had some trouble keeping up with the heat out there.

Not much to report. Desert heat makes me not want to go outside, much less go ride. Garage is too hot for fettling. Trying to save up money for the crank and bearings this fall.

Happy note, a friend and I are going to do a shakedown ride later this fall. Him on a venerable old KLR, me on the Enfield. Maybe Socal desert ride, maybe down into Baja, only about 4 days so still currently making plans. But I am hopeful.

Sadly, it appears Google has changed their picture tactics, and all my photos have disappeared from my thread. Sigh.

Ok. Be safe all. I'm holing up against the heat.
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« Reply #168 on: June 19, 2013, 03:30:23 AM »

Happy note, a friend and I are going to do a shakedown ride later this fall. Him on a venerable old KLR, me on the Enfield. Maybe Socal desert ride, maybe down into Baja, only about 4 days so still currently making plans. But I am hopeful.


Old route 66 segments, past 29 Palms (Past ghost town Kelso and the massive Kelso Dunes, through Amboy and past Amboy Crater and across Lead Mountian, around the Marine base) to Joshua Tree National Monument?  You can ride some unpaved stuff in JT like Geology Tour Road, do some camping, stay at the 29 Palms Inn. (wierd funky place where all the fashion crews stay when shooting magazine layouts in the desert...)  Maybe head south through JT to Palm Springs, or continue up the back way (through Victorville) to Big Bear?

From Palm Springs, Hwy 74 is nice, go through Idlywild, back down, then back up along the Ortega Hwy segment of 74 to Orange County.

Or through NM up to Durango??

(Can you tell I'm missing the US?  Why did I ever leave?!)

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« Reply #169 on: June 19, 2013, 05:06:42 AM »
29 Palms and Joshua Tree!  There are lots of neat things to see: Old mines, ponds with fish in the middle of rock outcroppings in the desert, Painted Valley on the way over to Palm Springs, the ugly Wind Farm,  and a place you can observe the San Andreas Fault Line.  Yep, it looks like a line in the ground from the mountains.  I used to love that area when I was young and wore green.  Like someone said, take water, plenty of water.
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« Reply #170 on: June 19, 2013, 06:26:07 AM »
the ugly Wind Farm, 

Watch out near between the Hwy 62/I-10 junction and the pass to Morongo Valley...when you turn to the north-south direction, the wind can blow you clear off the road.  (You'll no doubt notice all the big white War of the Worlds mills indicating the direction of the wind...)

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« Reply #171 on: June 19, 2013, 04:24:52 PM »
Br's AgentX and D the D,

All those are awesome suggestions. I do like riding up in that area a lot. Desert Center is such s funny little town, and Joshua Tree forest down to the Indio area is also very very cool. Desert dwellers make for interesting people.

Wouldn't mind trying some Death Valley too, possibly, given the time constraints.

We are also considering trying the Wiley's Well road/Bradshaw trail dirt section all the way into Slab City past the gunnery ranges that are apparently out there. Or just hop the back highways down to Puerto Penasco and around to the Baja Peninsula for a bit of beach camping/fish tacos.

But before that happens, I have just settled with my elder trio (whom I share custody with their mom, and whom are coming for my half of summer soon). We will do one overnight motorcycle camping trip each this summer up to a free camp ground where the 89 meets Lake Mary Road up by Flagstaff that I like a lot. So, very excited for that as well.

If I ever get the energy to do some work....gonna try a suggestion Chumma gave me on the weeping of oil where my oil filter plumbs back into the rocker feed lines. I flared the ends, but still get some weeping there. He says he had success using some shrink wrap to bring the diameter up to match the flexible oil line I used off the filter housing. Thats the only leaking I'm getting anywhere, which is awesome for this old british designed territory marker. I almost don't want to take is apart to do the crank for that reason.

I suppose I can figure out how to put it back together again as well as I did last time. :)

Be safe all.
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« Reply #172 on: July 30, 2013, 02:54:58 AM »
Howdy all,

Still in the heat of the summer here. Between that, second half of summer with my elder trio, and expecting child number 5 any day now, I haven't been doing much riding.

However, I have a small trip planned and in the books. Second week of September (while wife is on work leave for birth of #5), me and 2 other friends are going on a little shakedown ride down in Baja. Leave on a Monday morning, back by Thursday evening. I'm on the Enfield, Friend #1 on an '86 KLR (this is the same friend who loans it to me time to time), and Friend #2 on a weeStrom. So, I guess I'll be the one slowing us down. :)

No specifics yet aside from time frame. I already own a good tent and bag and camping stove and stuff. Just excited to give it a go on the Enfield. And see how she does on a nice little trip like this. Obviously the crank won't be done prior to this trip, as Ace is not yet ready for it. Think I'm just gonna ride as is (stock Mikcarb, Ace aircan, Ace 535 piston/barrel, stage 1 head). I'll save trying to CV carb work until I can do the bottom end.

I promise, I'll post a few pictures when the time comes.

Hope all is well. Ride more. Read less. Be safe.
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« Reply #173 on: August 09, 2013, 09:58:31 AM »
Hey Milk !

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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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« Reply #174 on: August 09, 2013, 01:32:19 PM »
Camping in the desert is fun.  Just have lots of water.  Pink rocks make good poker chips.
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« Reply #175 on: August 28, 2013, 01:59:57 AM »
Howdy Milk,
I stumbled upon your project and find it a fount of information as I am attempting to do something similar.  Many of the photos are missing and some of the links no longer work.  Since you have accomplished so much, your thread would be a great source for others working on their bikes.  Would you consider reloading the pictures and checking the links?  Perhaps you could write another thread listing all your modifications.  Good job, sir!
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« Reply #176 on: August 29, 2013, 06:54:11 PM »
AW crap. Stupid google pics. Was picasa, now google+....sigh. I should have just gone with a basic pic hosting site.

Let me see what I can do. :)



......OK. I think all links have been updated. I've got a few things I've gone and done now as well. Did a few LED bulbs for my Baja ride. Got a spare every cable. Am working towards my turn signal fixes....I think they're next. :)

Be safe all. Go ride more.
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« Reply #177 on: August 30, 2013, 06:35:21 AM »
Thanks, I'll check them out later today.  I saw a post or blog(?) on Adventure Rider.  Do you have a page other than here where you also cover your mods?
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« Reply #178 on: September 08, 2013, 06:20:56 AM »
Thanks, I'll check them out later today.  I saw a post or blog(?) on Adventure Rider.  Do you have a page other than here where you also cover your mods?

Hello there Br Buckeroo!

I try to maintain the first listing on this thread as an indicator of all mods planned and completed on the bike. I'll be modifying it shortly.

That said, Baja 2013 4 day trip commences this monday. So of course, last Wednesday the piece of crap plastic stock tail light assembly cracks and breaks for no reason whatsoever. And beyond repairing with glops of liquid nails.

So, out with the old:


And in with the new. A cool LED trailer taillight I found on superbrightleds.com. Here's there picture of it:


I know I have been saying all along I was going to do the combination trailer light/turn signal ones. But I don't have the fundage to throw down for those....this was $25....and 15 bucks second day shipping (ouch!). A little work with the nips, and it dropped right in. The factor holes drilled for positioning the old fixture (I think) were exactly the right size and spacing for these mounting posts.


Oh hey! Did some LED improvements up front as well:


All the lights in there are LED. White for ammeter and speedo backlight. Amber for turn signal. Green for neutral (which isn't working and I need to find out why...), and blue for high beam. Also replaced the whites in the pilot lights....forgot a photo.

Put a 12v outlet for charging on:


4 dollar Walmart special. I wired it in right after the ignition switch. Works just fine.

Ok. Departure Monday morning. We'll see how the old lady keeps up with the KLR and the Vstrom. Heh....They'll be waiting on me all week. :)

Be safe all.
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« Reply #179 on: September 09, 2013, 01:57:18 PM »
The round taillight looks good!  I used a Ford Model A LED one.  They're so much brighter than the OE and don't deflect the Ammeter when the brakes are on.
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Re: Milk's 03 Bullet dual sport build
« Reply #180 on: September 12, 2013, 08:12:36 PM »
Wow, Milk, I like the LED tail light.  I will go back through your pages and check on the pics from earlier posts.  I had to take a break for a while because I discovered that I was going to have to dismantle my RE a little farther than first thought.  Also been dealing with mechanically challenged lady friends problems too.  My plastic tail light reflector lasted all of 150 miles before it fell off.  I held it on with some wire until I bought a later model tail light bracket.  Only problem it fits the square rear fender instead of the round rear fender.  I'm looking for another solution.
This bike was stored for 3.5 years.  It had fallen on its side for awhile. I claimed it about a year and a half ago. Thus the low miles and inexperienced owner.
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Re: Milk's 03 Bullet dual sport build
« Reply #181 on: October 01, 2013, 07:36:51 PM »
Ok guys. Hello there all.

So, the trip was a modest success, but with a few failures that bring me to a turning point. My enfield did in fact bring me home. Which is awesome. I did have a lot of fun riding it down and back. I love the bike.

But I just don't think it's going to do what I want it to.

So, post trip, I have a major knock that's developed, at mid rpms only. Not at idle or lower rpms.  Sounds like in the crank. I suspect it's the crank/bearings letting go. Which is fine, as it was a known weakness and an expected fix. It is parked now until I can pull the head to try and verify that it's not a piston slap problem. Also, on the trip, I managed to drown the carbeurator in a heavy rain storm (ie, water made it through the aircan and into the system). Pulled the carb and cleaned it, but the ease with which it drowned is disconcerting. Was considering the idea of a snorkel up under the seat somewhere.

Major problem though, was oil usage. I used 3 quarts in 800 miles. It was burning, not leaking. I am wondering if I did a crappy job of building it, or if there is just no getting around that this bike is going to use oil when doing 60 mph or more. It's an Ace piston and barrel, and I very carefully put together the scraper rings and gapped them all. So if it's just a weakness of the old design of the engine that can't be controlled, then I might need to just go to a different bike for what I am looking to do.

For the record, it shed heat reasonably well. I had a few hard starts, but nothing I couldn't get it going from. I loved the way it carried the luggage.

But I'm considering selling it as it sits (with a spare blown crank ready to sent for work). And moving on to some design built enduro machine. I'm just not sure.....and of course, I'm known for not being able to make up my mind and whinging around down here on this thread.

Thoughts?
-Milk

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Re: Milk's 03 Bullet dual sport build
« Reply #182 on: October 01, 2013, 07:41:47 PM »
Wow, Milk, I like the LED tail light.  I will go back through your pages and check on the pics from earlier posts.  I had to take a break for a while because I discovered that I was going to have to dismantle my RE a little farther than first thought.  Also been dealing with mechanically challenged lady friends problems too.  My plastic tail light reflector lasted all of 150 miles before it fell off.  I held it on with some wire until I bought a later model tail light bracket.  Only problem it fits the square rear fender instead of the round rear fender.  I'm looking for another solution.

Brother Buckeroo,

I can say now that this tail light was a very good replacement. My friends said it was intensely visible and very eye catching. So I would recommend it if you're still looking for a solution.

Be safe. :)
-Milk

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2009 Genuine Blackjack - MrsMilk's ride

I'm trying to make my Enfield an adventure machine:
http://www.enfieldmotorcycles.com/forum/index.php/topic,12951.0.html

Ever want to ride a scooter to Canada??
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=690259

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Re: Milk's 03 Bullet dual sport build
« Reply #183 on: October 01, 2013, 08:27:20 PM »
The break-in of the rings and bore is important to have done before any long distance riding is attempted.
At least 1000 miles of break-in, and verifying that the rings are sealing and almost no oil usage happening, would be the normal procedure. Then, going on the trip should show no problems.

I don't know what break-in procedure you used, but if it was showing no oil use before you left for the trip, then I wouldn't expect oil usage to increase during the trip.

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Re: Milk's 03 Bullet dual sport build
« Reply #184 on: October 01, 2013, 08:35:31 PM »
Hello Ace!

I had well over 1000 miles pre trip. And I was showing signs of oil usage prior as well. Did the break in procedure as explained to me....hard accelerations and lots of engine braking. Change the oil often (I did 3 oil changes in 1100 miles).

How does one verify ring sealing? Do I pull the barrel and look?

And again, I can accept if the engine is simply going to use oil at higher rpms.

Thanks for your response. Certainly wasn't going to pester you about my little problem....it's entirely possible that I'm just a bad builder of engines....
-Milk

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I'm trying to make my Enfield an adventure machine:
http://www.enfieldmotorcycles.com/forum/index.php/topic,12951.0.html

Ever want to ride a scooter to Canada??
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Re: Milk's 03 Bullet dual sport build
« Reply #185 on: October 01, 2013, 10:33:36 PM »
Well,  it should be showing good compression when tested. If that's okay,  then I would check out the breather system and be sure that the oil is not filled over half.  Typically those are the expected culprits. Very rarely will a bike start to use oil so early after break-in if the rings have already sealed. But there could be other factors involved which could contribute to the problem.
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Re: Milk's 03 Bullet dual sport build
« Reply #186 on: October 02, 2013, 05:37:24 PM »
Okay Ace. I'll compression check next time i have some garage time. I had a much more savvy engine builder friend come by last night. He agrees, bottom end. But not piston slap, so maybe i can make a go of this. I'll have an opportunity to see about the rings again.

As far as breather....i only keep oil to the bottom mark on my oil stick. It's 03, so correct breather nub. i have the oil cap extension on that helps with oil blowing out the breather being dropped back into oil tank. It's working quite well. I see almost no oil out the duck bill now.

Thanks for the advice. I'm going to save up for the crank, i think. Even if i sell, I'd do much better with a bike not about to torpedo it's bottom end.

Anyone else with ideas?

-Milk

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2009 Genuine Blackjack - MrsMilk's ride

I'm trying to make my Enfield an adventure machine:
http://www.enfieldmotorcycles.com/forum/index.php/topic,12951.0.html

Ever want to ride a scooter to Canada??
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=690259

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Re: Milk's 03 Bullet dual sport build
« Reply #187 on: March 13, 2014, 05:27:01 PM »
Ok. So I've been out of comission here for quite some time.

Good news...legal situations with ex wife over child custody issues solved very favorably out of court. That's had my attentions for a little over 4 years. Sigh. Much happier now, as are my elder trio (who are my kids with ex).

Bad news, still trying to save up the money for re-doing the bottom end. You would think it would be easier to come by, by alas, things like a van big enough to carry all 7 of us in the family have taken a lead in the budget process. :)

Also took a full time position, which eats up a fair deal of time, but steadies the income stream a bit. Been scootering pretty regularly to that (my '09 Genuine Blackjack....lots o' fun). New tires needed there shortly...about to send that scoot over 20k miles. And have a buddy who might be picking up one for the next leg of Low CC Touring. Planning on Key West if time allows (probably need 3 weeks for that).

But, I REALLY want to get the Enfield done. Once this bottom end is done with good bearings, hopefully I never split the cases again. Admittedly, this is me we're talking about, so I'll likely screw something up. But my much more motorcycle engine talented friend is going to assist me this time. Maybe we can reduce the oil burning somehow. That was the only real problem on the Baja trip...oil usage.

Anyways. Hope all is well and everyone is surviving the cold times. Be safe all.
-Milk

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2009 Genuine Blackjack - MrsMilk's ride

I'm trying to make my Enfield an adventure machine:
http://www.enfieldmotorcycles.com/forum/index.php/topic,12951.0.html

Ever want to ride a scooter to Canada??
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=690259

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Re: Milk's 03 Bullet dual sport build
« Reply #188 on: March 13, 2014, 11:16:32 PM »
Noisy,I think with all you've got going on you'll be my age when you finish.   ;D  ERC
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