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Bigdog

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Just bought a iron barrel bullet need advice
« on: October 18, 2014, 11:01:57 PM »
I just bought a very nice 1996 Enfield bullet. The bike was a show piece for a few years in a local restaurant the bike has less than 3K miles on it  starts and runs great. Anyhow, I want to change the seat to a solo seat and put saddle bags on it.  Where can I find seat bag sets?  A few years back I was going to buy an enfield but did not. Back then there were numerous places to buy seat and bag sets. Any ideas?  I was also thinking of upgrading to electronic ignition any thoughts?

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Re: Just bought a iron barrel bullet need advice
« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2014, 11:20:33 PM »
NField Gear has everything.
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Re: Just bought a iron barrel bullet need advice
« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2014, 04:04:59 AM »
I have a black Le Pera solo sprung seat in great condition that I would like to part with, PM me if interested.

You can find bags anywhere, many will work, much depends on what you are looking for.

Yep, you want electric ignition if you can afford it.  Boyer Mark IV.

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Re: Just bought a iron barrel bullet need advice
« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2014, 03:13:35 PM »
Sounds like a good find and it was stored properly....I'm assuming it's a 4 speed..I still have the points in my 06 iron and I haven't encountered any problems with them..I brought a spare set from our sponsor years ago with the intention of replacing them at the 10k mark but after careful inspection, it was like -  why...My bike sat for 2 weeks and just yesterday it fired up on 1 kick..Go figure, I must have the timing set perfectly and/or these crisp fall days do wonder for the fuel/air ratio...I'm assuming u inspected or replaced most of the fluids?  If it running spot on then go ahead and ride and decorate it as u wish...The fellows who have done the ignition upgrade seem to be pleased with their results too..Keep in mind,  bikes with a passive points/condenser will fired up with a weak battery vice the active electronic systems that require a top off one...GM
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Re: Just bought a iron barrel bullet need advice
« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2014, 07:48:14 PM »
 electronic ignition doesn't really have any advantage unless you just don't like setting points. but they don't need to be set very often.
 when you need cables get on the phone with Nfield gear. a sales person is more help then the website. and get the upgrade cable for a few more dollars. its worth the difference in price.
 i bought a brake cable from one of those places in India once, just once. 

 













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Re: Just bought a iron barrel bullet need advice
« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2014, 01:24:18 PM »
As a followup please do give us a call at NField Gear 800-201-7472
Our website is good for accessories but there are so many OEM parts
and so many changes from VIN to VIN that we do not put them online.
We prefer calls for OEM parts that are not online so we can get you
the right part which may not always be obvious

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Re: Just bought a iron barrel bullet need advice
« Reply #6 on: October 21, 2014, 04:32:08 PM »
Hey Big Dog:
Congratulations on your Enfield purchase. If you are like the rest of us, you'll really enjoy it. The change to a solo seat is both good for comfort while riding and it makes the bike a lot more attractive. I installed the least expensive electronic ignition to avoid having to set points and deal with timing. It was a bit of a challenge getting the wiring right but I have not regretted it. You can get it as a kit from Enfield Gear, which includes a new Bosch Coil which will give a great spark to assist 1st kick starting. Enjoy your ride and ride safely.

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Re: Just bought a iron barrel bullet need advice
« Reply #7 on: October 21, 2014, 11:53:41 PM »
Thanks for the advice  I hopefully pick up the bike this weekend  planning on getting saddle bags, solo seat and electronic ignition  pretty excited about the whole thing

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Re: Just bought a iron barrel bullet need advice
« Reply #8 on: October 24, 2014, 11:23:27 PM »
Congratulations on the new bike. If it were me, I'd keep the points. Not only are they authentic, and require very little maintenance, but they are easy to work on, just about anywhere. I remember having to clean and regap the points on my '66 Bonneville on the side of the road a couple of times. I would assume the Enfield's system is much better. I personally don't like the presents of electronic bits (especially digital) on a motorcycle. I have a UCE I'm going to convert to a carb. I'd go with points as well, but it's not possible.

I really wanted an Enfield back before the UCE, but was unable to make it happen. I wanted it for a lot of reasons. It's looks, sound, and feel, the fact that it really was basically a real vintage bike, even if it was being made in India, and the fact that it had no electronics or emissions crap on it. The last thing I wanted to do was modernize it. I'm trying to demodernize my UCE. Yes, I'm a vintage vehicle enthusiast. And when it comes to motorcycles, old British bikes are by far my favorites.

Whichever way you decide to go, I hope you enjoy your Enfield. They are wonderful bikes that can take you back to another time. Out in the country you can really feel like you are in the '50s, until you pass a modern car or bike.
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Re: Just bought a iron barrel bullet need advice
« Reply #9 on: October 25, 2014, 12:58:33 PM »
The points themselves are okay, even if a bit on the cheap side.
It's the mechanical advance system that causes most of the problems. It swings to full advance real early, and there is no retarding system for high loads. So people lug the engine at low rpms up a hill in top gear, and seize the piston. Happens all the time. Keep the rpms up.
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Re: Just bought a iron barrel bullet need advice
« Reply #10 on: October 25, 2014, 08:43:04 PM »
Thanks guys for the advice  I just found out that this Enfield is the first to be shipped to NY  pretty excited about that.  I drove it today and it quit at a stop sign  Just like someone turned the ignition off no battery power at all  Finally found the source of the problem was a blown fuse.  Thankfully the previous owner left some in the tool box  replaced it good to go  hopefully it was just a fluke  any suggestions?

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Re: Just bought a iron barrel bullet need advice
« Reply #11 on: October 25, 2014, 09:11:28 PM »
Well I would say most likely not good to go.

The early Bullet's had problems with the wiring harness shorts. Places to look are the wiring scramble in the nacelle, the wire loom that loops off the frame to the nacelle, the wiring harness that goes back to the tail light, and the wiring harness on top of the frame under the tank. Look for warn/missing/melted insulation on the wires. Most problems reported are in the rear fender area or nacelle. As you check your wiring check all your bullet connectors and the tightness of all your fasteners also. Packing a little dielectric grease into the connectors is a good practice for making your electrics more reliable. Good luck on troubleshooting this.
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Re: Just bought a iron barrel bullet need advice
« Reply #12 on: October 25, 2014, 10:08:36 PM »
What Blltrdr is saying is it's probably going to blow again...Get yourself a good VOM meter and if it happens again, it should be a easy fix if u have the schematic/manual or a interest in British/Indian electrical design...Some of the fellows have rewired with a new loom  vice troubleshooting the inferior cable plant...GM..
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Re: Just bought a iron barrel bullet need advice
« Reply #13 on: October 27, 2014, 11:00:52 PM »
Thanks for the advice  with snow in the forecast for Friday in Norther New York  looks like I will have a bit of no riding on my hands for the next few months.  Might as well make it productive.  LOL

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Re: Just bought a iron barrel bullet need advice
« Reply #14 on: November 19, 2014, 01:56:34 PM »
Well, Congrats.
  the whole saddlebag thing was an issue for me as our host offers "proper" bags for the vintage styling but...not too practical for a gallon of milk etc.,
  I did however find some leather economy bags with multiple styling & size options @ a place online called JAFRUM.com, the materials used for the leather bags are top shelf, the assembly however, well , invest in a cheap baseball glove repair kit or leather stitching kit as to "beef up" the stitching & you'll have some fine bags.
  I would recommend no long distance rides until your Bull becomes "tried & true" on the reliability end, get the "bugs worked out" so to speak. Remember: keep the rubber side down. Happy Motoring, R.Tillery
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