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AHRMA trials
« on: March 23, 2009, 04:16:22 AM »
Hello all,

I am thinking of building a new AHRMA premier heavyweight trials bike from a Royal Enfield. I know the non-electric start bikes are legal but has anyone actually built one and competed on it in AHRMA trials? If so I would like to read about your experience.
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Re: AHRMA trials
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2009, 01:00:21 PM »
I don't know of anyone specifically who is doing that, but I'll bet that there are some people doing it here in the US.

The Bullet was very successful as a Trials bike during the 1950s.
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« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2009, 11:21:22 PM »
Here is a blog that will be of interest to you:  http://www.blackcatvintagetrials.com/
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« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2009, 03:31:32 AM »
Hi,

Tony Down is a cool guy. I met him at the "farm" in Chehalis  WA the AHRMA Classic a few years ago. His Enfield (as seen on his web-site) is the genisis for me wanting to build a heavyweight trials bike.
I am running a 1966 Bultaco Matador in the Classic class and want to move up to the Premier (pre 65) class. No one is running an Indian built Royal Enfield at this time as far as I can tell in AHRMA. 

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« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2009, 04:05:42 AM »
I thought the Indian made REs were accepted by the AHRMA.  Shouldn't be too hard to find out and it would sure be an interesting project, good luck.
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« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2009, 01:57:20 PM »
I thought the Indian made REs were accepted by the AHRMA.  Shouldn't be too hard to find out and it would sure be an interesting project, good luck.

Yes, the Indian made Bullets are accepted in AHRMA.
The AHRMA road racing classes have Indian made Bullets racing there.
I think if they allow it for the road racers, they'll allow it for the trials too.

From what I've heard, it has to have the 4-speed gearbox, and not the 5-speed.
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Re: AHRMA trials
« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2012, 04:34:06 AM »
Hello all,

I am thinking of building a new AHRMA premier heavyweight trials bike from a Royal Enfield. I know the non-electric start bikes are legal but has anyone actually built one and competed on it in AHRMA trials? If so I would like to read about your experience.
thanks,

Dave.
OK, I spoke with Dick Mann at the Steel Stampede in Terrebonne OR the other weekend and he mentioned that he has an Indian 350cc Royal Enfield that he is going to build into a trials bike. I asked him lots of questions specifically about the frame and his opinion was that the stock frame Indian Enfield frame is the same as the factory trials bike. With that information I pulled the trigger on a 1978 home market 350cc Enfield to build into an AHRMA Premier Heavyweight trials bike. The bike has done 720 miles since new and looks to be in good shape. I plan on getting the bike running and evaluate the condition of the motor and transmission before striping the bike down.  This should be fun!

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Re: AHRMA trials
« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2012, 07:05:43 AM »
 Video of the only known surviving 1948 RE factory works trials bike
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3dzCtnBzHY&feature=related

 Link to article about the bike.
http://www.royalenfield.org.uk/index.php?PageName=why_jim

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« Reply #8 on: May 24, 2012, 07:43:17 AM »
I see that one uses a linear induction motor for the rear wheel instead of the traditional spokes.
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« Reply #9 on: June 21, 2012, 05:33:10 PM »
OK, I spoke with Dick Mann at the Steel Stampede in Terrebonne OR the other weekend and he mentioned that he has an Indian 350cc Royal Enfield that he is going to build into a trials bike.
Dave

I need a battery, does anyone know if the bike is 6 or 12 volt? Its a 1977 or 78 350cc

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« Reply #10 on: June 22, 2012, 10:41:25 PM »
The book "Royal Enfield, The Postwar Models" by Roy Bacon says the1977-1982 Indian made 350's were 6 volt.

There is always the possibility that someone has upgraded it to a 12 volt system in the past 34 years so it might be a good idea to look at the headlight and tail light bulbs.  If they and possibly the igntion coil are marked 12 volt then that is the one to go with. :)
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Re: AHRMA trials
« Reply #11 on: June 26, 2012, 05:01:57 AM »
Thanks, 6volt it is.
I spent a fair amount of time taking the fenders etc off the bike and I have to say the bike is impressive. Not a fan of star washers though. The factory seems to think they are neat-o.

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Re: AHRMA trials
« Reply #12 on: September 30, 2012, 04:11:50 AM »
Well from what Steve at European Motorcycles, Inc. says, the bike is 12 volt. I had Steve get the bike running for me and also remove the battery from the system. A capacitor and a regulator were installed and everything else from the wire harness has been removed. The bike starts right up and has a rock solid idle. Amazing.  I got a 1954 frame from a friend in Canada that has been modified for use as a trials bike but man is it a mess! I am not sure if I will use it or the stock frame.  The big problem with using the stock frame is that there is so much crap like brackets and hangers and stuff all over that it will take days with an angle grinder to take all the shit off.  I also need to decide whether to use the stock ½ width hubs or find another set of wheels to use. And how front forks? Do I use the stock set or do I find something more suitable like Ceriani or Bator? I won a fuel tank off an early Enfield trials bike and it fit straight on with no mods. Very cool. At this point I feel like using stock hubs with good quality Sun rims and stainless spokes. I plan on drilling holes in through the brake drums for water to escape. This is something I have only seen once on a Hodaka race bike and the owner swore up and down that it worked great for keeping the brakes working in wet conditions.

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Re: AHRMA trials
« Reply #13 on: October 07, 2012, 01:10:15 AM »
So I have been disassembling the Enfield and found something interesting. Bent front forks! I don’t think it matters and I don’t see any other damage so I can only assume the previous owner hit something solid or are the forks tubes made of butter? Anyone know how to take off the nacelle? I have every fastener out and the fork tubes are removed. I found the hex head bolt behind the handlebars. No joy.

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« Reply #14 on: October 09, 2012, 02:30:19 PM »
With lots of heat from a heat gun the nacelle came loose. Luckily for me the grease is viscous and still held the loose balls in place as the assembly came apart! I made an executive decision to use stock hubs and forks so to that end I bought a pair of brand new forks from India. The other decision that has to be made is gearing. The rear hub and sprocket are one piece so any gearing changes back there will be difficult. I can buy a 13 tooth counter shaft sprocket and Royal Enfield offers a scrambler/trials gears set that lowers the gear ratio in the first 3 gears.

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« Reply #15 on: October 09, 2012, 07:00:09 PM »
Call CMW.
I believe they carry a rear drum set up that uses changeable sprockets.

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« Reply #16 on: October 10, 2012, 05:02:46 AM »
"I believe they carry a rear drum set up that uses changeable sprockets."

Neat. Good to know.

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« Reply #17 on: October 10, 2012, 11:41:25 AM »
There are also various sizes of crankshaft gears in the primary drive which can be used to alter the gear ratios.
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« Reply #18 on: October 15, 2012, 03:42:56 AM »
Today I took the front wheel apart by unscrewing all the spokes then I disassembled the axle and bearings. A heat gun is your best ally when taking pressed together assemblies apart. I will do the rear wheel and send the hubs off to Matt at Speed and Sport for new Sun rims and spokes. Why not send it straight to Buchanan wheel and spoke? Well Matt does a great job and he will refinish the hubs to my specification. Besides Matt sponsors the AHRMA trials series on the west coast and he is a great guy. 

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« Reply #19 on: October 15, 2012, 07:58:42 AM »
Pay close attention to the wheel bearings and the spacers. And the bearing in the rear brake drum.
The inner spacers are often not correct length, and often are not cut square on the ends, which leads to the bearings being partly askew when installed.
Also, we have found that the ceramic bearings available at fairly low cost are great in this wheel bearing application. I think they are 6203, if I remember correctly. Reduces rolling resistance tremendously. It has worked out very well for us.
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« Reply #20 on: October 15, 2012, 02:34:29 PM »
I will definitely look the spacers over. The biggest problem for a trials bike is that moisture tends to kill wheel bearings and brake shoes. Generally after a trials it’s a good idea to disassemble the wheels and clean out the hubs of dirt and moisture but that’s not always possible. Do the ceramic bearings come sealed on both sides?

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« Reply #21 on: October 15, 2012, 03:08:40 PM »
I will definitely look the spacers over. The biggest problem for a trials bike is that moisture tends to kill wheel bearings and brake shoes. Generally after a trials it’s a good idea to disassemble the wheels and clean out the hubs of dirt and moisture but that’s not always possible. Do the ceramic bearings come sealed on both sides?

You can get them sealed or unsealed, or just one side sealed. And the shields/seals are typically rubber, and can be removed or re-fitted at will.
Normally the affordable ceramic bearings just have ceramic balls, and the races are still steel, so the races can still rust. But the balls won't. I guess that's half the battle, anyway.
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« Reply #22 on: October 15, 2012, 04:33:43 PM »
Nfield Gear has a brake drum with the fixed sprocket milled off and has a variety of changeable rear sprockets from 38T to 50T. P/N Z91266 and the part name
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« Reply #23 on: October 20, 2012, 04:29:04 AM »
UPS arrived today with a package from Speed and Sport. It contained a set of weld on foot pegs, new trials bend handlebars and a side stand kit. The side stand is a major pain in the ass and having built one from scratch I know how hard it is to make the thing work correctly and so to me well worth the $130 for the kit. It mounts to the right hand side of the swing arm (or swinging arm) and comes with instructions on how to weld the thing together. The foot pegs look slightly short. I will have to offer them up to the frame and see.

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« Reply #24 on: October 23, 2012, 04:36:50 AM »
Beautifully made English chromed steel control levers, an English built Wassell trials seat and new Enfield front forks from India arrived today. Also I cut out the spokes and disassembled the rear wheel down to the hub. Whoever greased the wheel bearings used enough grease for 10 or 12 sets of wheel bearings and I am not kidding! Both hubs were completely filled with grease. What a mess! The grease had contaminated the rear brake shoes and fortunately I have a new set in the box of stuff I got with the bike. The hubs are going to Speed and Sport hopefully tomorrow.

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« Reply #25 on: October 23, 2012, 05:04:11 AM »
You can get them sealed or unsealed, or just one side sealed. And the shields/seals are typically rubber, and can be removed or re-fitted at will.
Normally the affordable ceramic bearings just have ceramic balls, and the races are still steel, so the races can still rust. But the balls won't. I guess that's half the battle, anyway.

 This I do with all sealed bearings.
Gently wiggle a tiny flat tool tip in and pop the seals out, flush away the sneeze of shipping grease the factory's are so fond of putting in and re pack the bearing almost completely full with a grease more suited to the environment the bearing will be operating in and then with only thump pressure reinstall the seal.
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« Reply #26 on: October 23, 2012, 01:13:17 PM »
This I do with all sealed bearings.
Gently wiggle a tiny flat tool tip in and pop the seals out, flush away the sneeze of shipping grease the factory's are so fond of putting in and re pack the bearing almost completely full with a grease more suited to the environment the bearing will be operating in and then with only thump pressure reinstall the seal.
Hi Ice,
Are you sure more grease is better? I would be interested to know from an engineering standpoint.
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« Reply #27 on: October 25, 2012, 02:11:27 PM »
Oh ah before cutting the spokes out and removing wheel bearings spacers etc. measure the offset of the rim.......darn it all the Hell!

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« Reply #28 on: October 26, 2012, 03:15:27 AM »
Well after reinstalling all the spacers and bearings axles etc. back into bare hubs then  installing forks into the lower triple clamp and carefully lining everything up it became readily apparent the offset of the rims is the inner edge of the brake drum for both the front and the rear.  A pain in the ass. The bearings are a bitch. I am sure there is a special tool to reinstall bearings and I don’t have it. After talking with Matt at Speed and Sport I am going to send the swing arm with the hubs as it needs to be modified so the bigger trials tire will fit. This involves cutting out the inside walls of the round swing arm and welding in flat plates creating more room.

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« Reply #29 on: October 26, 2012, 05:04:42 AM »
Hi Ice,
Are you sure more grease is better? I would be interested to know from an engineering standpoint.
Dave

 Sorry mate, no engineering degree here.  Am I sure more grease is better? for road racing no, for year round riding and jeeping in western WA. and industrial food machinery in sanitizer wash down environments, oh yah  ;)  It might be overkill for most folks in America but it sure does rain a lot around Puget Sound.
 I think boaters are in agreement with the principal as they have those nifty spring and plunger loaded axle hub caps on their trailers that keep the bearings full of grease.

 Your forks are bent ? I have a pair of  Yamaha forks and triple clamps that have been modded to fit a Bullet. If you want 'em you can have 'em for the cost of shipping. PM me an e mail address or phone number that I can send pics to so you can take a look before deciding.
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« Reply #30 on: October 27, 2012, 12:17:10 AM »
Thanks Ice, but I got a new set of forks out of India.

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« Reply #31 on: November 10, 2012, 12:51:55 AM »
After a grueling last couple of weeks at work I finally have Saturday blocked out for garage time! I plan on offering the Enfield motor up to the frame and see if it fits. I know it will. Its not a Royal Enfield as at the time the motorcycle was manufactured they did not have rights to the Royal part. Also planning on getting serious with my Bultaco Metralla project. I travel locally in my truck for work and I am so happy not to get back into that stinker any time soon.

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« Reply #32 on: November 14, 2012, 03:56:16 AM »
Good lord, no garage time. I did manage to pick up $50 worth of nuts and bolts for my Metralla and that’s about all. Sometimes I feel like a rag doll being shaken by a rat terrier! I did get caught up on paperwork at the office though…..
 

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« Reply #33 on: November 20, 2012, 05:00:59 AM »
I am waiting for Matthew at Speed and Sport to finish up my wheels. When they come back I hope to start mocking up my Enfield trials bike. Mount the forks, install the motor, fit all the ancillary items before doing up any finish’s like paint to the frame. I may even ride the thing for a while until its sorted out. This patients thing is a hard lesson to learn. I have had to weld things onto powder coated frames and refit finished (painted) parts with a rat tail file because I didn’t put a bike all together and try it out before painting or plating in the past and it sucks.

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« Reply #34 on: November 30, 2012, 08:10:47 AM »
My wife and I have been in Palm Springs for a few days. It was time for a get away. I am hopefull that when I get back into town UPS will have left a few parts on the doorstep? The plane we flew in on was a total piece of crap. I hope we fly out on a better plane!

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« Reply #35 on: November 30, 2012, 05:32:54 PM »
I'm enjoying this thread.  Needs more pictures though!

I was just in Palm Springs on Sunday for a quick hike.  I've never particularly been fond of the city itself,   but there's some nice wilderness areas around there.

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« Reply #36 on: December 01, 2012, 02:33:46 AM »
Hi Larsbloodbeard we are stuck at the airport. San Francisco is underwater? Anyway we came down and hooked up with some friends from the VME who hang out down here in the winter. We hiked up to the waterfall and took the tram up the hill and hiked all over up on top. Cool tram ride. I enjoy riding trials and always try to encourage others to try it out and being the President of the VME its my responsibility to promote vintage motorcycling and the early Enfields fit that bill. Looks like we may have to stay another day here.....

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« Reply #37 on: December 05, 2012, 03:49:59 AM »
Actually any Enfield fit’s the bill. We made it back to Seattle at 3AM. I was slightly upset by the poor communications skills of the United personnel but what can I expect from them as they do break Taylor guitars.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YGc4zOqozo F--- them. Anywho still waiting on my wheels

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« Reply #38 on: December 05, 2012, 06:47:45 AM »
Any 2 wheels is better than 4!

Glad you made it back in one piece, finally.  I do a ton of flying, and United is one of the worst carriers.  Whenever I fly along the west coast I either go Southwest or Alaska Air.

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« Reply #39 on: December 07, 2012, 03:37:49 PM »
I called Matt at Speed and Sport and he just got my hubs back from the powder coater. The spokes, stainless rims, tires etc. are waiting to be assembled. The swinging arm is being clearanced so a full size trials tire will have room for mud. Matt is doing this by removing part of the inner wall of tubing then welding in a flat plate to close the tube.  I have rebuilt Bultaco wheels in the past and I found the process fairly simple because I was starting with an old rusty but completely assembled wheel. The Enfield wheels are something else because I wanted to use the original conical hubs with 18” rear and 21” front rims. The motorcycle wheels stock are 19” front and back and rather then reinvent the wheel I decided to have Matt figure it out.


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« Reply #40 on: December 18, 2012, 04:54:55 AM »
Earlier this year I sold my Chinook camper van. It was a good old rig with a loud stereo, good AC and everything worked but my wife didn’t like that it had no bathroom and you had to take the bed apart everyday. We tend to travel a lot during the year for races and general vacation stuff but now its time for something different. I am thinking of getting a normal ¾ ton or 1 ton van and towing a travel trailer. My thought is that a van can haul the bikes and gear then at the race track my wife can go visit a friend or fabric store. Also we like to ride bicycles and  hauling them is a pain in the ass. A van would make it easy just throw them in the back. Also having them inside a van they are harder to steal. Same with a motorcycle or two.

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« Reply #41 on: December 24, 2012, 02:06:24 AM »
Forgive me Father for I have sinned.  It was Harbor Freight. I swore that I would never to do it again but as I drove past it sucked me in with the promise of  “Quality Tools at a Discount Price“. Like the house in New Orleans (they call the Rising Sun) It left me a broken man “with crap tools“.  I am so ashamed.

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« Reply #42 on: December 24, 2012, 03:24:43 AM »
Harbor Freight has its place.  Many of their hand tools work just fine,  their blast cabinets are a great starting point to build from, and a few of their larger Chicago Electric items are worth bringing home.  Like most things you need to be educated going in.  I would not buy their paint guns, but they make great hammers. 

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« Reply #43 on: December 24, 2012, 10:14:08 PM »
"...I would not buy their paint guns, but they make great hammers. "
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« Reply #44 on: December 25, 2012, 05:32:37 AM »
I have no real problem with Harbor Freight products, I just HATE communism and China is a communist country. I made a promise to myself to never go back to that store again and I broke it. Yes you do have educate yourself before going to Harbor Freight.

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« Reply #45 on: December 25, 2012, 06:31:15 PM »
"It left me a broken man with crap tools"
"I have no real problem with Harbor Freight products"

sorry,  thought the discussion was about their merchandise.
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« Reply #46 on: December 25, 2012, 07:04:17 PM »
Hi Merrill

Your right. It was not necessary for me to interject my political views into the conversation and my poor response came off harshly. Sorry.
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« Reply #47 on: December 25, 2012, 09:04:44 PM »
Merry Christmas David
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« Reply #48 on: December 28, 2012, 04:19:12 AM »
So I have my Enfield motor (motor or engine?) sitting in the original frame on the floor of my garage and I would like to know if I need to separate the gearbox, primary and motor before removing from the frame.


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« Reply #49 on: December 28, 2012, 07:37:32 PM »
you can leave the gearbox on. I pulled the primary when I did mine;
used the kickstart lever for a handle and just swung it up and out...
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« Reply #50 on: December 28, 2012, 07:54:01 PM »
I always leave the gearbox on, and like Baird444, I remove the primary chaincase before removing it. I also take off the head and barrel, so that I have maneuvering room, and to make it all lighter to handle.

On the bottom of the gearbox are 2 slots/hooks which drop on to the cross-bolt that goes across the frame under the gearbox. You have to remove the top triangular gearbox plates, and then you have to lift the gearbox up enough to get the hooks off the crossbolt. Then you can rock the engine out by lifting it up and out the primary side.
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« Reply #51 on: December 31, 2012, 02:46:00 AM »
Hello I thought I would show a couple video I shot last year a Terrebonne OR. I didn’t ride because I was recovering from shoulder surgery so I wandered around and took the video. The first video is of Dick Mann and a new trials motorcycle he built using a Triumph 500cc “generator motor” if you look behind Dick you will see another bike he built a BSA Gold Star trials bike. The second video shows the same BSA thrown down onto the rocks breaking the crankcase! Ouch!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vOgzdOoKws

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OsE9cnaJRGM

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« Reply #52 on: December 31, 2012, 05:26:02 AM »
Or how about some TT?

Dino Daze.

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« Reply #53 on: January 02, 2013, 04:55:24 AM »
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2iDFQLwvRQ

Rider 311 is my buddy Frosty. He is 68 years old riding a 250cc Greeves. I had a Greeves just like it but only got two or three rides out of it the entire time I owned it. The bike hated water and would die any time you rode it in the rain or around puddles! Also the bike spit me off going up hill at about 40mph when it seized. Screw that!

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« Reply #54 on: January 07, 2013, 05:15:26 AM »

A quick tour of my garage with Enfield content at the end.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q00VKQduKtA&list=HL1357534645&feature=mh_lolz

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« Reply #55 on: January 11, 2013, 05:35:39 AM »
I have to say my little Campera has been used and abused. I have done several 200 mile days and trips lasting 500 to 700 miles on several occasions. I find it interesting to note that other then one needs really good ear plugs to ride the bike it is an easy handler and none fatiguing other than the noise. See Puyallup Convoy http://www.jhmand.com/hodaka/2008/2008-4.html The Matador has been my trials bike for AHRMA trials for the last 6 or 7 years and once done up properly it has been incredibly reliable. I have not changed the points on the bike and only changed the spark plug just because it seemed like the thing to do. My Sherpa S being a race bike has seen several changes and one solid rebuild.  The Metralla is the culmination of my Jr, High sighting of an instructors Metralla race bike and it just stuck in my head that I must have a Metralla in my lifetime. I actually rode my Suzuki 500 (in 1976) up to Bellingham to look at a Metralla that Steve Baker had for sale in his store when I was in High School. The bike was a peach but at $700 it was out of my range.  The Enfield is to become a Heavyweight trials bike like many of my peers are ridding now and that is my direction for trials.

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« Reply #56 on: January 12, 2013, 05:26:41 AM »
The awards banquet for the VME is Saturday night and then Sunday morning is this:

http://www.pugetsoundtrialers.com/PSTJanuary13th.PDF

If I can keep my act together I plan on riding the Matador in the vintage class. It would be really good for me to participate as my life lately has been way to stressful and a good thrash on an old bike would do wonders for my head.

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Re: AHRMA trials
« Reply #57 on: January 14, 2013, 04:12:09 AM »
I made it down to the Purple Penguin trial today and it was so cold everything was frozen. Frozen solid and icy everywhere. I fell off more today then in my entire career of trials riding. I understand that I was a visitor and chose to go and participate in a PST trials but I have to say that stopping in a trials section is stupid. I watched rider after rider get hung up on a log or stump and fiddle and push (with one foot) for 20 or 30 seconds and finally get the bike free and the PST only calls that a one? Anyway they can have rules to suit them. Not my game. I have a big Gumby on my chin from a face plant not that that’s PST fault. Ice sucks!
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« Reply #58 on: January 14, 2013, 12:26:32 PM »
Looks like fun.

Here's a video of a trials Bullet that I thought was cool.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vhrIgy6jFE
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« Reply #59 on: January 14, 2013, 01:57:04 PM »
Hi ACE, all I could find out about Hans Greiner is in German. The bike is apparently a 1958 works replica. Thanks for the video. I don't think I would have wanted to ride a heavyweight at the Purple Penguin Trial! I spent way to much time picking the bike up off the ground!

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« Reply #60 on: January 24, 2013, 04:05:48 AM »
Some parts are trickling in from Matt at Speed and Sport. I opened a package today and in it was my widened swing arm (swinging arm "pommy") with room for a big tire and a much bigger rear chain ring. Nice welding and finish work on the parts. When I get the wheels back things will happen.

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« Reply #61 on: January 25, 2013, 04:36:41 AM »

I got my wheels back from Speed and Sport and they are freaking awesome! Powder coated gloss black hubs, stainless wheel rims with stainless spokes. New Dunlop D803's mounted. Very classy looking. The swinging arm looks terrific with excellent welding and fabrication work done for extra tire and chain ring clearance.

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« Reply #62 on: January 27, 2013, 05:36:03 AM »
As the president of the Vintage Motorcycle Enthusiast I am also on the board of the Pacific Northwest Museum of Motorcycling and last night we had the opening of an exhibit held in conjunction with the WA State History Museum in Tacoma WA. On display are rare machines from the Pacific Northwest and paraphernalia associated with the early days of motorcycling. Its hard to describe how good it felt to see the displays knowing how much hard work went into them. I know or new several of the people shown in the displays and it was great fun to see them represented. http://www.thenewstribune.com/2013/01/25/2448844/story-of-state-bikes-entwine.html
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« Reply #63 on: January 29, 2013, 05:22:02 AM »
I was able to mount the wheels on the Enfield frame and they look great. The next step is to remove the engine (motor?) from the frame and start cutting crap off it. All the unnecessary mounting tabs have to go and new ones for the seat and electronics, kickstand, foot pegs and whatever else have to be added.

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« Reply #65 on: January 31, 2013, 04:29:54 AM »
Here is one more from the Plastered Purple Penguin trial. It shows me absolutely failing an icy section completely.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGJJ3R-L3EM

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« Reply #66 on: January 31, 2013, 03:33:26 PM »
The stainless rim/spoke job turned out great. How much weight are you figuring on eliminating when it's all said and done? ..I thought u were gonna make it on that tight left uphill turn but lost your grip on the throttle and it died.. The ballast on that light may have kaput or a shot fluorescent...GM
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« Reply #67 on: February 01, 2013, 04:41:25 AM »
Hi GM, my goal is to simply get the bike into competition form. They were heavy as hell back in the day and mine will probably be heavy as hell. At least in the its initial form! My Matador comes in at 196 pounds I guess the Enfield would be less then 300 and hopefully closer to 275 pounds. The thing about the big British singles is that they have massive flywheels and that helps them on the off camber hill sides and such. And from what I have been told they are easy to ride the classic sections but when confronted with modern sections they become almost impossible.
As far as the Purple Penguin last video I had no idea what to do with that section. It was frozen solid with zero traction and I had mostly given up. After the event analysis I should have gone much wider at the bottom and planted my foot and horsed the front end around. The thing I couldn’t get my head around is that in modern trials you can stop as long as the bike is running and then continue. Classic trials would have you get a fat ass 5! I know that if I had been thinking more about modern rules I would have decreased my score by a good margin.


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« Reply #68 on: February 14, 2013, 03:45:56 AM »
In my normal dorky don’t read the manual way I managed to get the engine out of the Enfield frame. Of course it was a near disaster as the rear engine mount is part of the center stand. What a wibbly wobbly wagon full of water melons! On reflection it became obvious that only a few bolts need to be removed and the engine drops out. Live and learn. Now the angle grinder gets to earn its keep….

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« Reply #69 on: February 18, 2013, 04:16:08 AM »
Today I trimmed over 1.5 pounds off the Enfield Frame. I used 6 sawsall blades and surprisingly only one flapper angle grinder disk. They are wonderful. Also I took all the engine mounting plates and put them in a bucket of carburetor cleaner. The frame is turning out to be much less of a problem then I thought it would be. My concern was the bracket removal would wreck the frame tubes and I would have to buy something else.  Fortunately that was not the case and the unnecessary brackets ground off with little issue other than to much noise for the neighbors. Screw them their dogs recently killed two of my hen's..
The 58 of so English frame is not worthy of my time. So I will go with the stock Indian frame.
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« Reply #70 on: February 19, 2013, 05:15:32 AM »
I took the day off today and made huge progress on many levels I got the engine cleaned up with newly painted engine plates installed, I bought tons of stainless bolts for reassembly and made some decisions for direction of this Enfield project. I decided that the engine, suspension and fuel tank, need to be reinstalled. Then I can mock up the seat mounting and foot peg location.

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« Reply #71 on: February 24, 2013, 05:49:41 AM »
No Enfield content but I have another trials to ride on March 3rd. it’s a PST event on Whidbey Island. I am going to think about how to lower my score and go for the win with modern rules. As it is written you can stop and think about stuff before committing so that’s what I intend to do. Also as long as the bike is running and you don’t have both feet off on the same side of the bike you can paddle out of a section for a 3. Easy peasy? I intend to spend my Sunday (tomorrow) prepping my 1966 Matador for the event. New fluids everywhere and I intend to clean out the brakes. Brakes are so important in trials and with good ones I think you can lower your score. With bad brakes well you are in trouble. 

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« Reply #72 on: February 24, 2013, 03:44:50 PM »
Good luck at the trials..I checked out some pics of the island and it's beautiful with a bit of history to it...Hope the weather holds up for ya as I'm sure that a big variable associated with this type of event and the terrain. ..Let us know how you scored...GM
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« Reply #73 on: March 04, 2013, 04:00:09 AM »
I scored 14 points with my closest competitor scoring 24. There were 6 riders in the vintage class and I won. I am stoked.

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« Reply #74 on: March 04, 2013, 01:08:26 PM »
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« Reply #76 on: March 17, 2013, 03:54:57 PM »
FIM has reintroduced a non stop rule into trials. It is highly controversial and many are upset about it. The stopping and setting up for obstacles is still OK in stadium trials but definitely not for outdoor trials. I think the new rule will help the sport. Of course this is all for modern riding but I think the well done video demonstrates how no stop trials works. AHRMA has always been no stop.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YT-RCNFDLtc&feature=player_embedded

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I got side tracked off the Enfield project by a couple of things: first with the AHRMA season fast approaching I needed a vehicle to haul my dirt bikes so after much consideration I decided the best vehicle would be a van. Lots of room, I don’t have to haul a trailer and if I need to I can sleep in the thing. I wanted a ¾ ton 2006 or later and had a budget of around 10,000. What I found out is that people who own ¾ ton vans put huge miles on them in a hurry and everything in my price range had over 100,000 miles on them! So after consideration I figured that if I take a chance on a high miler why spend so much money on a late model van? I found a 2002 Ford E250 with a big 5.4 liter motor, air conditioning and a trailer hitch for cheap. So I bought it. This left me a bit of extra dough and needing a touring motorcycle to replace my Kawasaki I bought a 1985 Harley Davidson FLHTC Electra Glide. Its cool as shit. A Harley wasn’t on my radar but this one called to me. The motorcycle has the first year Evolution motor, a 5 speed transmission and belt drive. Christina and I needed another touring motorcycle and this one popped up on Craiglist for easy money so we took a chance. The foot boards and controls in general are odd but after ridding it for the last couple of days its becoming more natural. I like the neutral handling and calm air behind the batwing fairing. You need a big hand and a firm pull on the lever to activate the reasonably powerful front brake and the rear brake is fine. The bike shudders at idle and with all the rubber mounted parts jiggling in unison it makes for quit a show!

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« Reply #79 on: April 05, 2013, 04:00:15 AM »
Thanks Ice, the bike is in super condition with only a couple little things that need to be addressed. Steve at European Motorcycles Inc. gave it his approval and that says something as he can be a curmudgeon! I am going to change the front tire and give the bike a thorough going over in preparation for this summers adventures. On the Enfield front I have the bike back together and need to fabricate a skid plate, seat mount, foot peg mounting and fender mounts. I may simply buy the fender stays and fenders from Enfield. Not sure. When I get all that done then I need to ride the thing and see how far off the gearing is.  Dave

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« Reply #81 on: May 09, 2013, 04:13:42 AM »
So I rode at the Crooked River Steel Stampede and it was an absolute hoot. I placed 2nd in the Classic class trials and won both moto’s in the Classic 250cc class. My big ass plans of playing golf and running two classes at motocross were thrown out the window after arriving worn out and tired. I figured it would be better for me to simply run the two events and enjoy the time off. Lots of really hard crashes this year at Terrebonne. My buddy Tadd Dean got a handlebar in the chest breaking a few ribs and wrecking his weekend. Reese Dengler (of the AHRMA NW) hit a downed rider and took a massive spill eventually sending him to the hospital. I witnessed at least 6 hard get offs. I guess everyone was wound up and ready to party? Anyway I have never won an AHRMA race before and feel it was my best ride on the Sherpa S ever. I really need to pull the barrel and have it rebored. Also both motorcycles are running shabby after the event and I must do some ignition maintenance on both machines. My legs still hurt!

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« Reply #82 on: May 26, 2013, 06:33:35 AM »
I spent all day at my buddy Larry's shop creating foot peg mounts for the Enfield. A shocking amount of time was spent fabricating and mounting such simple parts. I did get to try out his new plasma cutter and Tig welder. I also learned how to set up a proper jig to hold everything in alignment while welding.

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« Reply #83 on: May 28, 2013, 03:47:23 AM »
The right hand foot peg is done. I spent today (yes today as in all day) finishing the right hand foot peg. I needed to be able to move the peg if it didn't work out so to reiterate I went up to my buddies house on Saturday and fabricated both left and right foot peg mounts and today fabricating a removable foot peg mounting for the previously fabricated mount. Confused? So am I. No way should I be confused with mister fabrication man as most of the time the stuff I make turns out slightly out of true or worse but today was magic. I am really happy with my work and have a solid idea of how to build the left foot peg.

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« Reply #84 on: May 29, 2013, 01:10:05 PM »
Picture added. I mounted the foot peg in the modern way that is almost level with the bottom of the frame and nearly even with the tire. If I don't like it a change can be made without to much trouble.

http://www.enfieldmotorcycles.com/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=4232
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« Reply #85 on: June 07, 2013, 12:56:47 PM »
I spoke with the good folks at Royal Enfield USA and asked about different size primary chain sprockets and was told they don’t supply anything but the standard size. Specifically I am looking for a smaller crankshaft sprocket to gear the bike down. I did order the smallest counter shaft sprocket available a thirteen tooth but I would still like to gear the bike down more at the primary to hopefully avoid a giant rear final drive sprocket. Anyone have an idea who to call?

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« Reply #86 on: June 07, 2013, 01:17:21 PM »
I spoke with the good folks at Royal Enfield USA and asked about different size primary chain sprockets and was told they don’t supply anything but the standard size. Specifically I am looking for a smaller crankshaft sprocket to gear the bike down. I did order the smallest counter shaft sprocket available a thirteen tooth but I would still like to gear the bike down more at the primary to hopefully avoid a giant rear final drive sprocket. Anyone have an idea who to call?

They are listed on this page as "Engine sprockets".
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You will probably need to specify year/model, and whether it is for a KS or ES model crankshaft spline.
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« Reply #87 on: June 10, 2013, 02:03:30 PM »
Thanks, I will call Hitchcocks today!

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« Reply #88 on: June 15, 2013, 04:41:18 AM »
Hello, we sell a set of trials gears. These are two “compensation gears” that fit into the standard gearbox which lowers 1st, 2nd and 3rd gears whilst maintaining the standard ration for 4th. Most people buy this option as it allows a more practical gear when riding on the road between sections etc.

 

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I think this is the same stuff Enfield USA sells?

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« Reply #89 on: June 15, 2013, 10:44:23 AM »
Hello, we sell a set of trials gears. These are two “compensation gears” that fit into the standard gearbox which lowers 1st, 2nd and 3rd gears whilst maintaining the standard ration for 4th. Most people buy this option as it allows a more practical gear when riding on the road between sections etc.

 

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I think this is the same stuff Enfield USA sells?
Yes, NField Gear has an agreement with Hitchcock to sell that stuff here in the US.
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« Reply #90 on: July 15, 2013, 04:44:12 AM »
I won my class at the AHRMA Hannagen trials but placed poorly in the Classic 250cc class. Dana put on a hell of a difficult trials but dang it was fun. Lots of up and down off camber sections all in amongst the trees of the Pacific NW. My Bultaco MX bike ran perfectly all day but after being passed by a BSA and two horrible Greeves motorcycles I have say my Sherpa S was out gunned on the terrifically fast Hannagen track. Wide open in top gear on the back section of the track. Outrageous fun!

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« Reply #91 on: July 15, 2013, 03:22:02 PM »
Awesome!  Now where are the pics?   ???   ;)

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« Reply #92 on: July 16, 2013, 05:10:57 AM »
I didn't take any pics but here is a
Barry Cramton video of the 2 line at Hannagen
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« Reply #93 on: July 16, 2013, 02:09:36 PM »
Very cool!  Looks like Barry did a really awesome job navigating those trails.  I'm not real familiar with how the scoring goes but to me it looked like he may have gotten a perfect score on that run?  Thanks for sharing!

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« Reply #95 on: July 17, 2013, 02:50:46 AM »
Very cool!  Looks like Barry did a really awesome job navigating those trails.  I'm not real familiar with how the scoring goes but to me it looked like he may have gotten a perfect score on that run?  Thanks for sharing!

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« Reply #96 on: July 19, 2013, 02:32:23 PM »
Enfield is back on the work bench, left foot peg fabricated and new 13” rear shocks fitted. Getting the motorcycle off the ground and on the work bench was a major motivator for me as its so much easier to work on. My body revolts if I spend to much time on my haunches or sitting on the hard concrete floor.

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« Reply #97 on: September 03, 2013, 12:43:47 AM »
Slow progress but I have the rear brake figured out and the seat mount is almost done. After the Isle of Vashon TT we are taking off for Charlotte NC and riding the blue ridge parkway area for 10 days.
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« Reply #98 on: September 24, 2013, 05:13:42 AM »
So after the most motorcycle filled month of my adult life I am back home and glad to be here. A VME ride from Eatonville to Stevenson of over 300 miles (on my 175 Bultaco), then the VME held the 31st annual Isle of Vashon TT and had over 900 riders enter the poker run then my wife and I hopped on a jet airplane and flew to Charlotte NC and rented a 2013 Harley Davidson Electra Glide and roared up and down the Blue Ridge Parkway for 10 days and now we are home. I had a few days of free time after North Carolina and devoted about 8 hours to the Enfield trials motorcycle. I guess only another 1000 hours or so until the thing is complete! OK so I am exaggerating. The Motorcycle is really close to having all the fabrication done then it all comes apart for paint.

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« Reply #99 on: September 27, 2013, 02:04:26 AM »
Oh my 6000 views! I am enjoying working on my Enfield and cant wait until I have it ready for competition. I have also been admiring the new Royal Enfield Café Racer. The 360 view shot at the ACE is world class photography check it out.

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« Reply #100 on: September 30, 2013, 04:22:38 AM »
I am extremely anxious to get the Enfield project completed as the 2014 season is fast approaching. Its amazing how much free time it takes to do up a project like this.  I wish I had enough dough to retire and ride full time. Its my fondest desire....

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I wish I had enough dough to retire and ride full time. Its my fondest desire....

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« Reply #102 on: October 01, 2013, 04:50:11 AM »
 Who you calling sister? I gotta bucket full of balls, a yard fulla cock and enough hair on my ass to weave an indian blanket! Shite...

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 ;D  It's just a saying!  Too funny.
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;D  It's just a saying!  Too funny.
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« Reply #105 on: October 05, 2013, 04:47:14 AM »
So I have done some bad welding. What ever. I refilled an OXY Acetylene set my brother gave me before retiring to Kauai (bastard) so I went over some of my crappier welds with bronze braze.
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« Reply #106 on: October 10, 2013, 03:39:25 AM »
I had to redo the Indian exhaust system. They did a lousy job that simply did not fit. I didn't get this from Enfield USA so shame on me. I am digging the gas welder I got from my brother. Brazing is so tidy and easy. The chrome is taking a pounding and looking rather ratty from my fitting and I will have to decide if re-chroming is worth it or if I should just order something else.

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« Reply #107 on: November 30, 2013, 02:51:09 AM »
Well today I spent building a bash plate out of 3/16 inch aluminum. The tig welding thing is interesting in that you spend more time cleaning parts then actually welding them. I am almost ready to take the thing apart for paint. Slow progress but at least something is happening.
 

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« Reply #108 on: December 20, 2013, 02:54:14 PM »
I built a kickstand for my Bultaco from scratch and it was a bitch to make it work correctly so for the Enfield I bought a kit from Speed and Sport.  http://www.speedandsport.com/index.php/parts/frame-parts/sidestand-kit-universal-weld-on/
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« Reply #109 on: January 10, 2014, 05:23:03 AM »
Puget Sound Trialers Plastered Purple penguin Trial
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They have a vintage class so while I don't have my Enfield ready in time I will be riding my 1966 Bultaco. Wish me luck!

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« Reply #110 on: January 13, 2014, 02:51:37 AM »
So today I rode the PST Plastered Purple Penguin trial and had a good run. My attitude was in the dumps on the first round when we couldn’t find section 7 and it took one hour and fifteen minutes to find the damn thing. I really was ready to throw in the towel but 3 other vintage riders shamed me into carrying on and I am glad that I did. The rain never let up and the mud became incredibly slippery but I rode well and 2 of the vintage riders dropped out. The other rider Allen was on a 1978 Sherpa T 350cc and that bike and rider found grip everywhere and he bested me in a couple of sections and in doing so won the event. I earned 2nd and also won the raffle and a new Dunlap rear tire.

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« Reply #111 on: January 13, 2014, 03:04:44 AM »
The wife and I used to ride with the PST in the mid 90's.  Great bunch of people and always helpful with technique or bike set up.

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« Reply #112 on: January 13, 2014, 05:05:00 AM »
I concur Sven, great group.

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« Reply #113 on: January 13, 2014, 02:20:14 PM »
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« Reply #114 on: January 22, 2014, 04:37:00 AM »
Just so you know if you get drum brakes wet they wont ever work again until you take them completely apart, clean everything and reassemble them with new grease. Just saying...
My Bultaco trials bike has never looked so shabby as after the last trial. I have been busy cleaning and changing oils etc.

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« Reply #115 on: February 03, 2014, 05:27:01 AM »
I bit the bullet and bought the Changeable Rear Wheel Sprockets from Royal Enfield USA. I searched through the piles of overlay sprockets at our local motorcycle salvage yard and couldn't come up with anything usable.
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I just guessed at the gearing and ordered a 46 tooth sprocket. With the 13 tooth countershaft sprocket and 8 teeth more on the rear I think the overall gearing will be close.

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Yes, that should be a very significant change.
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« Reply #117 on: February 04, 2014, 11:00:20 PM »
Yes, that should be a very significant change.

I agree. I hope its not going down to much. A trials bike is easier to ride over geared then under geared in my opinion.

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« Reply #118 on: February 21, 2014, 04:19:17 AM »
I literally just finished cleaning up my old trials bike. Rode it around the neighborhood and its ready for the next event. Either the PST March 2nd Trial on the Isle or Bohnet Motorcycle park vintage weekend March 29 & 30th. Both? Waiting for changeable rear sprocket from Enfield USA for Enfield project bike.

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« Reply #119 on: March 02, 2014, 06:07:26 AM »
Getting serious. Got the frame bare naked and getting ready for paint. Rattle can all the way for a competition motorcycle. Powder is for posers.

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« Reply #120 on: March 02, 2014, 01:15:02 PM »
If you lived in Denver I'd say buy the paint and I'll shoot it for you!  But I'm pretty sure you don't live anywhere near here.

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« Reply #121 on: March 02, 2014, 03:22:03 PM »
If you lived in Denver I'd say buy the paint and I'll shoot it for you!  But I'm pretty sure you don't live anywhere near here.

Thanks for the offer but I live in WA state.

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« Reply #122 on: March 14, 2014, 04:21:23 AM »
Well that didn’t turn out like I planed. The changeable rear wheel sprocket from Enfield has 4 webs for the cush hub and my hub has three. The local motorcycle restoration shop did a nice job machining my hub to fit the new sprocket and Enfield USA took the hub back without hassle. http://www.enfieldmotorcycles.com/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=4391
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« Reply #124 on: March 27, 2014, 04:10:17 AM »
Spent some garage time in preparation for this weekends Trials, Cross Country and MX at the Bohnet motorcycle park.
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« Reply #125 on: March 27, 2014, 11:16:05 AM »
That sounds like fun!  I'm REALLY hoping my clutch parts show up today.  The Flat Track Association here is having an open practice this Saturday and I really want to get out and run it in the dirt.  The problem is, anytime you order from Hitchcock's, guessing what day your package is going to arrive is like trying to guess the numbers for this weeks Power Ball.

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« Reply #126 on: March 27, 2014, 02:21:46 PM »
That sounds like fun!  I'm REALLY hoping my clutch parts show up today.  The Flat Track Association here is having an open practice this Saturday and I really want to get out and run it in the dirt.  The problem is, anytime you order from Hitchcock's, guessing what day your package is going to arrive is like trying to guess the numbers for this weeks Power Ball.

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Lets hope your package shows up in time. Have you ridden on a dirt track before?

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« Reply #127 on: March 27, 2014, 02:50:34 PM »
Lets hope your package shows up in time. Have you ridden on a dirt track before?

I haven't but is something I've always wanted to.  The local circuit has a Hooligans bracket where anyone can race their street as long as there are at least 3 bikes that want to run.  There are several guys here in Denver that run their choppers in the Hooligans and this year there is a Hooligans race almost every weekend all summer and fall.  A few of the guys are excited to see me get the Blackhawk on the dirt track, including myself.  :D

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« Reply #128 on: March 28, 2014, 04:23:28 AM »
I haven't but is something I've always wanted to.  The local circuit has a Hooligans bracket where anyone can race their street as long as there are at least 3 bikes that want to run.  There are several guys here in Denver that run their choppers in the Hooligans and this year there is a Hooligans race almost every weekend all summer and fall.  A few of the guys are excited to see me get the Blackhawk on the dirt track, including myself.  :D

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Well heck yah I want to see it also! My brother and I rode an open traction tt a few years ago and the flat track portion of it was outrageous. Just watch out for the "high side"!

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« Reply #129 on: March 28, 2014, 11:39:37 AM »
Well heck yah I want to see it also! My brother and I rode an open traction tt a few years ago and the flat track portion of it was outrageous. Just watch out for the "high side"!

The one thing I have going for me is that I absolutely love riding in the dirt.  And when I do ride in the dirt, I take about half of the turns sideways.  Ever since I started riding as a kid I've been a "loose" rider.  It seems like the only time I'm not trying to spin the rear tire in the dirt is when I'm trying to do a wheelie!  ;D  Well, except on group rides, I try to be courteous of the riders behind me.  ;)

Regardless, I feel like I might do ok at the flat track.  The only thing I can think of that might cause an issue is that the rear brake will be to the inside of the turns (right side shift).  Which means A: I really won't be able to use the brake unless I brake early which screws up your entry into the turn and B: If I come into a turn too hot my only option is to slip n blip and take the turn completely sideways like the expert racers.  I've only had to use option B on a full size bike a few times in my life.  Like last year on the short adventure ride with a couple of friends.  I'm on my buddies GS650F BMW, he was riding his GS1200R BMW and the other friend a Triumph Tiger with his girl friend on back.  We're riding densely wooded dirt roads up in the Rocky Mountains having a blast, the GS1200R in front, me in the middle and the Tiger in the back.  We approach a straight stretch of road and Paul on the GS1200R guns it and I followed suit, the Tiger just kept putting along.  We're flying along (I glanced at 58mph on the speedo) and I see Paul hit his brakes for a hairpin right.  I followed suit.....  Except I forgot to turn off the ABS brakes!    :o   Realizing I wasn't going to make the turn in a traditional fashion I aborted the brakes at the entrance of the curve leaned the bike over hard and gunned it WOT in 3rd gear.  By the time I exited the turn I was even up with Paul who looked over and gave me the "where the hell did you come from?" look.  ;D  I believe I had elevated blood pressure for a couple miles after that.

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« Reply #130 on: March 31, 2014, 03:56:12 AM »
Well after all the planning for a fun filled weekend and everything ready my weekend ended abruptly.
We left my house at 3:30AM and arrived at the Bohnet farm just  before 8AM Saturday morning after driving over Snoqualmie Pass in the poring rain and suffocating fog. The farm is a working farm with the Bohnets only holding motorcycle events 2 times a year. The trial was held for the first time this year and they had 9 sections and ran the trial with modern rules. The owner Tom Bohnet hates no stop trials and made it clear that AHRMA can keep that tradition to themselves. The sections were purposefully set to the hard side and we were dutifully warned. I started off with a lousy two points on section one. Then a 1 on 2 and a failure on 3 for missing the 2 line split. Great. Then it got even better when I arrived a section 4 that was simply a telephone pole laid on its side with a graduation marked on the side. 5,3, 2 and 1. The farther you could ride the pole the lower the score. Well I made it to the 1 mark and had to bail off the left side where I caught my left foot weird on the uneven ground and twisted my left knee severely. Shit! I laid on the ground in pain and wondered if I had ended my motorcycle year before it had even started. The rest of the weekend was spent lounging in a chair with a bag of ice on my knee and a tasty beverage in hand. I enjoyed watching the cross country as the riders came into view and also the MX racers as they came over the first jump and out onto the twisty tight perfect for me MX track. Just not quite the same as ridding I am afraid.
Home now and going to take Monday off to try and recover. I may even go to the dreaded Doctors office. Probably not.

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« Reply #131 on: April 04, 2014, 02:55:00 AM »
Oh shit, just got back from my orthopedic Dr. and my ACL is gone like the summer wind....

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« Reply #132 on: April 04, 2014, 04:11:10 AM »
That's not good.   :(
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« Reply #133 on: May 01, 2014, 04:38:12 AM »
So my knee is screwed. I have no pain and can do almost everything without an ACL but race. I have elected to wait until the weather turns to shit before having it repaired. This gives me time to ride my Harley, finish the Enfield and Metralla and have a decent summer. The Enfield trials is going together with lock tight and attention to detail. Who knows if its going to be a good trials bike.

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Re: AHRMA trials
« Reply #134 on: May 01, 2014, 11:09:57 PM »
Sorry to hear of your injury. Hope it heals up as quickly as possible!
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Re: AHRMA trials
« Reply #135 on: August 17, 2014, 05:13:05 AM »
I have a new (to me) anterior cruciate ligament a freshly stitched up lateral meniscus and medial meniscus. Thank you Dr. Sailer and Mr. donor.
http://www.knee.in/ACL.htm

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« Reply #136 on: August 17, 2014, 11:24:48 AM »
Congrats on the new knee!

Take your time getting healed up, and do your physical therapy.
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« Reply #137 on: August 17, 2014, 12:01:40 PM »
When I saw this thread pop back up I had to look to see how you've been doing.  Glad you got your knee fixed!  Like Tom said, take your time healing and follow your doctors orders and rehab schedule.  :)

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« Reply #138 on: August 17, 2014, 02:27:21 PM »
I plan on riding next season for sure and in spite of how much I hate going physical therapy is high on my list of things to do to get ready for it.

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Re: AHRMA trials
« Reply #139 on: August 22, 2014, 01:25:51 AM »
Just renewed my AHRMA membership so I need to get healthy and also finish my Enfield!

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Re: AHRMA trials
« Reply #140 on: September 04, 2014, 07:24:03 PM »
Just signed up to show my Enfield at:
http://www.motorcycleshows.com/seattle
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Re: AHRMA trials
« Reply #141 on: September 09, 2014, 02:16:33 PM »

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« Reply #142 on: September 09, 2014, 02:50:14 PM »
I didn't realize that your Bullet was a 350 until now.
Cool!
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« Reply #143 on: September 09, 2014, 04:36:25 PM »
The bike looks awesome - I really like the light and lean look without the nacelle and I like the look of the bars right over the forks.  Makes for a great stance.  Did you buy thunderbird forks + clamps from India?  Was it any trouble setting that up?
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« Reply #144 on: September 09, 2014, 04:55:21 PM »
Looks very nice, Good job.  Setup the way I would setup a Royal Enfield Observe Trials bike.

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Re: AHRMA trials
« Reply #145 on: September 12, 2014, 04:22:48 AM »
Did you have your knee done at Overlake?  My wife is a scrub there and works with Dr. Sailer on occasion.

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Re: AHRMA trials
« Reply #146 on: September 12, 2014, 04:29:24 AM »
Yep, Overlake. My wife works there also. I have made huge progress with very little pain at all. I actually went to work and answered phones 3 days after surgery with no pain meds. I feel great about the future.

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Re: AHRMA trials
« Reply #147 on: September 12, 2014, 04:33:03 AM »
Nice!!
My wife speaks highly of Dr. Sailer.  Hope you are up and running on all cylinders!!
Or one in your case...

Is your wife a scrub also??

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Re: AHRMA trials
« Reply #148 on: September 12, 2014, 02:17:34 PM »
Nope, she's the director of med-surg. Dr. Sailer is great, he fixed my horribly damaged shoulder a couple years ago and its perfect now.

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Re: AHRMA trials
« Reply #149 on: September 12, 2014, 05:48:41 PM »
When you and the bike are up and running, post if you are doing a trial with the PST.  It's been a long time since I have been to one.

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Re: AHRMA trials
« Reply #150 on: September 13, 2014, 04:45:00 AM »
Hey Sven, I will let you know.

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Re: AHRMA trials
« Reply #151 on: October 09, 2014, 03:35:46 AM »
I weighed the completed motorcycle with a gallon of fuel and it weighs in at a porky 302 lbs. I have a few ideas to trim weight but it will have to wait until after the: http://www.motorcycleshows.com/seattle
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