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Author Topic: Iron Head Reliability at Cruising Speeds  (Read 873 times)

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Re: Iron Head Reliability at Cruising Speeds
« Reply #15 on: March 23, 2014, 08:05:23 AM »
Get a used UCE. With the price of the new bikes dropping you can find a used UCE at a good price.
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Re: Iron Head Reliability at Cruising Speeds
« Reply #16 on: March 24, 2014, 03:22:08 PM »
     The  AVL is a little better/more robust than the original Iron Barrel, but it is nowhere near the reliability level of the UCE. If you are going on the freeway get the UCE.
     I find that the bikes with the most "character" are those that run reliably. Too often people make excuses for "character" when what is needed is a bike suited for the use it is being put to. Many people go to great lengths to modify something to their use. In my experience it usually costs less to have two bikes. one for "character" and one for actual use, than to continuously modify and repair an unsuitable bike.

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Re: Iron Head Reliability at Cruising Speeds
« Reply #17 on: March 25, 2014, 08:21:27 PM »
The UCE is a far more robust engine capable of at least a 10 mph advantage at cruising speeds over the iron barrel. It will run much longer at higher speeds and should probably make 50,000 miles and more without any major catastrophes.
The maintenance requirements for the iron barrels will remind you of what the good old days were REALLY like! They are far more labor intensive than the UCEs
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Re: Iron Head Reliability at Cruising Speeds
« Reply #18 on: March 25, 2014, 10:30:17 PM »
I have to apply an adage used on this forum years ago, "If you have to ask, it's probably not for you". The situation works when the bike picks you.

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Re: Iron Head Reliability at Cruising Speeds
« Reply #19 on: March 26, 2014, 03:55:58 AM »
years back while assisting with a field repair a crusty mechanic asked me to hand him a large wrench.  When I asked him to specify a size he said it didn't matter as he was going to use it as a hammer.   Probably not the first time this was ever uttered, but new to my youthful ears.   The difference of ten mph means nothing.
buy a capable bike,  then to satisfy your curiosity buy the antique your grandpa rode. You will have true satisfaction using each within their realm of capabilities.  There is no way my bullet will ever compare in performance and handing to my KLX Kawasaki,  Grandpa would have loved to experience the Kaw.  Just as I have enjoyed the experience of riding his bike.   This is a simple concept,  the motorcycle evolved over time into our modern day bikes.  It has been done,  is now complete and with excellent results.  pumping money into an antiquated machine to gain performance will not satisfy the "daily rider".  Read Vince,  then , Read Vince again.
It is a wonderful feeling to wake up with options.  Some days I'm the grouchy old fart content to hammer away with a twelve inch Crescent,  others I gracefully wield a set of polished spanners.   
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Re: Iron Head Reliability at Cruising Speeds
« Reply #20 on: March 26, 2014, 11:01:25 AM »
years back while assisting with a field repair a crusty mechanic asked me to hand him a large wrench.  When I asked him to specify a size he said it didn't matter as he was going to use it as a hammer.   Probably not the first time this was ever uttered, but new to my youthful ears.   The difference of ten mph means nothing.
buy a capable bike,  then to satisfy your curiosity buy the antique your grandpa rode. You will have true satisfaction using each within their realm of capabilities.  There is no way my bullet will ever compare in performance and handing to my KLX Kawasaki,  Grandpa would have loved to experience the Kaw.  Just as I have enjoyed the experience of riding his bike.   This is a simple concept,  the motorcycle evolved over time into our modern day bikes.  It has been done,  is now complete and with excellent results.  pumping money into an antiquated machine to gain performance will not satisfy the "daily rider".  Read Vince,  then , Read Vince again.
It is a wonderful feeling to wake up with options.  Some days I'm the grouchy old fart content to hammer away with a twelve inch Crescent,  others I gracefully wield a set of polished spanners.

Sorry, but I strongly disagree with your statement.  Your statement would be correct to a person who is completely new to motorcycles and doesn't know Jack or Shit about them.

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This is a simple concept,  the motorcycle evolved over time into our modern day bikes.  It has been done,  is now complete and with excellent results.  pumping money into an antiquated machine to gain performance will not satisfy the "daily rider".

I call bullshit.  Observe Exhibit "Operation Crotch Rocket Killer":
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Re: Iron Head Reliability at Cruising Speeds
« Reply #21 on: March 26, 2014, 11:17:13 AM »
I call bullshit.  Observe Exhibit "Operation Crotch Rocket Killer":
http://www.enfieldmotorcycles.com/forum/index.php/topic,17652.0.html You reference YOURSELF ? Do they make a helmet in your size? ;D

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Re: Iron Head Reliability at Cruising Speeds
« Reply #22 on: March 26, 2014, 11:27:48 AM »
I call bullshit.  Observe Exhibit "Operation Crotch Rocket Killer":
http://www.enfieldmotorcycles.com/forum/index.php/topic,17652.0.html You reference YOURSELF ? Do they make a helmet in your size? ;D

They make helmets that fit my head, but not my opinion.  ;D

My point was that everyone lives life a little differently.  The statement made conflicted with the way I live MY life on motorcycles.
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Re: Iron Head Reliability at Cruising Speeds
« Reply #23 on: March 26, 2014, 03:23:14 PM »
Things have not remained static with the Bullet over the last decade.
At one time, not all that long ago, it was considered folly to attempt modifications for performance on the Bullet because they were failing almost all the time when it was attempted by owners. Very easily found in the older archives on this site.
But times have changed dramatically, and things are very different today.

So, we have differing opinions on what's best to do, based on different points of view and different experiences with the bike.

Everybody here knows what I think about modding the Bullet, and I have a boatload of evidence riding around on 5 continents today to reinforce my point.
If others have differing opinions, they have a right to think as they please.
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Re: Iron Head Reliability at Cruising Speeds
« Reply #24 on: March 27, 2014, 02:50:56 AM »
GPS! I had a real epiphany today when I rode my Bullet with a GPS.  I thought my bike was comfortable and felt good at 55 to 60 but the truth is that 60 indicated is 50 MPH true!  So my bike runs just like Vince says it should it just tries to tell beautiful lies while doing it.

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Re: Iron Head Reliability at Cruising Speeds
« Reply #25 on: March 27, 2014, 06:07:45 AM »
I wonder sometimes if I just disconnected the speedometer and just rode the bike at whatever speed, that the chosen speed would come naturally, I would really just be thumping along enjoying the ride, and not give a flip what the indicated speed was or actual. Just ride with a "who gives a crap" attitude and ride it by what feels good, what ever that is. All that speedo is is a distraction sometimes, a hindrance, or restriction. Disconnect it and have freedom!. A strange thought :P
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Re: Iron Head Reliability at Cruising Speeds
« Reply #26 on: March 27, 2014, 11:10:47 AM »
I wonder sometimes if I just disconnected the speedometer and just rode the bike at whatever speed, that the chosen speed would come naturally, I would really just be thumping along enjoying the ride, and not give a flip what the indicated speed was or actual. Just ride with a "who gives a crap" attitude and ride it by what feels good, what ever that is. All that speedo is is a distraction sometimes, a hindrance, or restriction. Disconnect it and have freedom!. A strange thought :P

Wait a minute.....  You're telling me I'm supposed to pay attention to the speedometer?  ;D
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Re: Iron Head Reliability at Cruising Speeds
« Reply #27 on: March 27, 2014, 01:38:32 PM »
Wait a minute.....  You're telling me I'm supposed to pay attention to the speedometer?  ;D

Well I know at least on my Bullet ignoring the speedometer won't cost me a ticket (yet), whereas on some of the sportbikes and cars I've had it has cost me dearly!  :D

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Re: Iron Head Reliability at Cruising Speeds
« Reply #28 on: March 27, 2014, 01:56:48 PM »
The stock bike is very comfortable at 3500 rpm, which is about 56mph in top gear with stock gearing. Just above torque peak.


Most Enfields have very optimistic speedometers, typically reading up to 10mph faster than you are actually going. It is better to have a tachometer and get used to doing the mph conversion.
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