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Author Topic: 1st "Long Ride"?  (Read 3781 times)

Juggernaut

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Re: 1st "Long Ride"?
« Reply #15 on: May 12, 2008, 03:48:07 PM »
Don't Worry Vince, I didn't do it.  ;D I'll save that trek back for a weekend because I think I've found a route back that only gets me on the the 60mph stretch only over the bridge until the 1st exit. It will take me on what i hope will be some more scenic backroads and isn't that what this bike is more about?

Thanks for all the input all. Makes my 1st bike experience all the more comfortable. Are all the WA bullet owners going to meet up anytime soon?
Sharks are winners because they don't look back. Becuase they don't have necks. Necks are for sheep.

EnfieldJake

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Re: 1st "Long Ride"?
« Reply #16 on: May 27, 2008, 08:55:19 PM »
I have basically followed the schedule in the manual and gradually broke in the engine in speed/time increments after the 5-600 mile service. Eventually around 7-800 miles I could take it back and forth to work at 60+ MPH (43 miles one way). I don't normally ride past 65 steadily because it likes to barf oil out the breather setup! BUT for short bursts I've managed around 80+MPH. I've used Valvoline 20w-50, but this coming oil change I'll be trying out CMW oil change package with TOP1 synthetic. I have 7600 miles on my AVL Electra by the way...
Jake

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Re: 1st "Long Ride"?
« Reply #17 on: May 28, 2008, 02:22:41 AM »
that's cool EJ..  7600 miles... I only have a little over 800 on mine..  but work is only 10 miles away.. and the speed limit is 25 to 45.. unless an SUV tries to pass me then I have these little horns that sprout out of my head...  after all the first 5 letters of my last name are devil   ;D

EnfieldJake

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Re: 1st "Long Ride"?
« Reply #18 on: May 28, 2008, 07:00:02 PM »
that's cool EJ..  7600 miles... I only have a little over 800 on mine..  but work is only 10 miles away.. and the speed limit is 25 to 45.. unless an SUV tries to pass me then I have these little horns that sprout out of my head...  after all the first 5 letters of my last name are devil   ;D

Devilbiss I assume? Enjoy those miles to come, I had some issues with the bike but there is still plenty of love for my Electra. Had it not been for those issues, I probably would have been closer to 18,000 miles! I was averaging about 6,000 a year... Mild South Texas winters are great!
Jake

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Re: 1st "Long Ride"?
« Reply #19 on: May 28, 2008, 09:10:11 PM »
For what it is worth, my last 550 thumper was a 47 Ariel back in the 50's. The speed limit on OK then was 55 at night 65 in the daytime, and being young at the time, that is what I did and sometime a little more. One of my friends had a 48 Norton International and it was way faster than the Ariel. But to the point, my Electra has 1500 miles and was "RUN IN", that is the English term for break in, properly. Just like I run in my 48 MG after overhaul. I live 50 miles from Tulsa, 45 of which are 4 lane. My last 2 trips to Tulsa I ran at 61-62 indicated. That is where the thumper seems to smooth out. I see no reason why any late model 500cc single would be damaged at that speed. Oh yes I still need a taller windshield.

Don't you hate it when us old guys put in there 2 cent worth, HA  HA

PhilJ

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Re: 1st "Long Ride"?
« Reply #20 on: May 28, 2008, 10:32:14 PM »
Not at all, since most of the RE riders are "over the hill".

By the way you use the term "proper", you may be English or have a lot of contact with them. I know in the winter, cause south Texas is way to hot, I brew a "proper cup of tea" most every day.  ;)

Juggernaut

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Re: 1st "Long Ride"?
« Reply #21 on: May 28, 2008, 10:44:24 PM »
Thanks for the reply EJ.
Rolling up on 700miles here shortly and its been a dream. Yesterday though it seemed a little louder than what I've become used to. Then I noticed that I didn.t have my helmet on. But with it on, it still seemed a bit louder. Engine wise. I know that we go by "Loud valves save lives" and all, but should I be worried?
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Also, I did my 1st two "wrenchings" on my bike. I installed my helmet lock and adjusted the play on my front brake lever. HA! It's nothing much I know, but its not my fault my bike has given me no problems. Now having made that last statement, I'm sure that the bike will explode the next time I unlock the forks...
You guys rock!
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EnfieldJake

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Re: 1st "Long Ride"?
« Reply #22 on: May 28, 2008, 11:58:25 PM »
Thanks for the reply EJ.
Rolling up on 700miles here shortly and its been a dream. Yesterday though it seemed a little louder than what I've become used to. Then I noticed that I didn.t have my helmet on. But with it on, it still seemed a bit louder. Engine wise. I know that we go by "Loud valves save lives" and all, but should I be worried?
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Also, I did my 1st two "wrenchings" on my bike. I installed my helmet lock and adjusted the play on my front brake lever. HA! It's nothing much I know, but its not my fault my bike has given me no problems. Now having made that last statement, I'm sure that the bike will explode the next time I unlock the forks...
You guys rock!

A bit louder yes... I think I recall my valves sounding louder at that point. I don't think you should be worried as long as you have it maintained. I hear a loud sucking sound through my K&N on every intake stroke. Exploding forks? NAH! You'll have plenty more things to adjust in the future, it is an Enfield you know!  ;) ;D

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Re: 1st "Long Ride"?
« Reply #23 on: May 29, 2008, 04:30:38 PM »
I had my first "long" ride last weekend of 115 miles. Bike performed flawlessly. The best part was stopping in a biker bar in New Hope PA and getting far, far more attention than the customized, chromed-out Harleys that were there. One young guy, (with a heavy Indian accent-go figure), loved it so much he asked to have his picture taken with it. The few British-lovers that were there with new Triumphs naturally loved it.