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Author Topic: If Mary Poppins rode an Enfield....  (Read 429 times)

potboiler

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If Mary Poppins rode an Enfield....
« on: January 19, 2014, 03:35:31 PM »
I made a few changes to my 2008 AVL Bullet since I bought it months ago. I thought I'd show you a couple of photos of how it looks now. I ditched the saddlebags, bull bars and spongy dual seat and fitted a sprung saddle (needed custom brackets to get it to fit far enough back for my liking). I'm also experimenting with a wicker hamper to see if it works as a topcase. It's got a capacity of 72 litres so I can comfortably get all my riding gear and helmet in it with room to spare. It's not going to be as secure as a locking plastic case but I don't really leave the bike unattended anywhere.
One further note - some of you may recall my modification of re-routing the clutch cable over the headlight cowling and around the side of the engine to give a less twisted route for the cable. Well, it did  lighten the clutch pull significantly but I discovered that it also made it impossible to find neutral from second at a standstill. It is because the  outer cable has more 'freedom' - that is, it is not in contact with so many surfaces of the bike on it's way to the gearbox but the inner cable then doesn't have quite so long a pull. Thus, the clutch plates weren't fully dis-engaging. Now I've put it back through its original  route, the gearbox is sweet again.

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Re: If Mary Poppins rode an Enfield....
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2014, 03:39:40 PM »
The Ol' bread delivery days in jolly old England!  I dig it!   ;D
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Re: If Mary Poppins rode an Enfield....
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2014, 04:10:56 PM »
At first I was like  :o  But the more I look at those pics, the more it looks like the basket belongs there.  Weird.    :)

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Re: If Mary Poppins rode an Enfield....
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2014, 04:18:44 PM »
Sort of strikes me as a wind-catcher. Hope it doesn't get too windy there.
Fuel economy may get worse with all that aero drag.
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Re: If Mary Poppins rode an Enfield....
« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2014, 04:59:52 PM »
    I wonder about raising the CG that much.
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Re: If Mary Poppins rode an Enfield....
« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2014, 08:02:25 PM »
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I wonder about raising the CG that much.
Or that far back. Great wheelie machine! At least when it goes over, it'll probably stand straight up!
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Re: If Mary Poppins rode an Enfield....
« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2014, 08:52:29 PM »
I would look like yogi bear and his picnic basket vice Poppins ...It'n not my style but to each his own..The bike looks nice :o
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Re: If Mary Poppins rode an Enfield....
« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2014, 07:50:48 PM »
Did that hump back rear fender come with your 2008 AVL?  Do you make the bracket to hold the hamper?
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Re: If Mary Poppins rode an Enfield....
« Reply #8 on: February 05, 2014, 09:08:10 PM »
Yes, as far as I know, the deeply vallanced rear mudguard is standard on this 2008 'Machismo' model. I attached some 5mm plywood to the bottom of the hamper so that it can be firmly bolted  to the rear carrier by wooden battens. It's not exactly 'quick -release' but I can remove it in around 2 minutes.

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Re: If Mary Poppins rode an Enfield....
« Reply #9 on: February 05, 2014, 09:19:38 PM »
Yes, as far as I know, the deeply vallanced rear mudguard is standard on this 2008 'Machismo' model. I attached some 5mm plywood to the bottom of the hamper so that it can be firmly bolted  to the rear carrier by wooden battens. It's not exactly 'quick -release' but I can remove it in around 2 minutes.

         That's the same rear fender that the 350 uses, no?
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Re: If Mary Poppins rode an Enfield....
« Reply #10 on: February 06, 2014, 08:28:30 AM »
Yes, it is. It retains the fully folding up feature for quick wheel removal as well.