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dunnwurkin

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Very intersted but questions
« on: September 27, 2007, 02:56:31 AM »
  I recently purchased my first bike.  I bought a CF Moto (QLink) Legacy primarily to commute 20 miles to my shop in Midland, MI.  Tonight, while doing some surfing I stumbled upon an RE link and immediately fell in love with the design of the Classic.  In fact I sent the link to my brother soon after.   I've always had a soft spot for the vintage bikes.

  I typically take a scenic route along a river most of the way to the shop.  The remaining 10 minutes is split at the end of a busy state highway (speeds average 65) and finally on city streets.

  While I expect the bike to perform well in this routine, at least, will it also hold up to longer rides with my friends with bigger bikes on the freeway (i.e.Victory 8-Ball and bikes in the 1600 cc range)?  Cruising speeds at 70 on I-75 from Bay City to Alpena, Tawas and Mackinac wouldn't be out of the question.   Those destinations are an hour and a half to three and a half hours from home...maybe four.  I know that a 70mph cruising speed would be fine with them but, can this bike handle that type of punishment?

  I'd love to know more about any rider's experiences that deal with this situation.  Advice from anyone that owns this bike would be greatly appreciated.

  I love my Legacy for the looks, comfort and gas mileage but I think I found the bike that suits my personality.  I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it and found a dealer within an hour from home, near Mt. Pleasant, in Reese which is in the Tri-City area near Saginaw..

  I can't wait to see this bike in person or believe I just found a true obsession of this nature!
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Re: Very intersted but questions
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2007, 07:53:53 AM »
I think a Royal Enfield would love your scenic run to work and starting every day with a ride like that would make you a happy person, too.  (Though if you bought a new bike it wouldn't manage the fast section at the end until the engine was run in.) 

When out with friends on faster bikes, they would have to match your speed though.  It might not work if you try to match theirs.  I have a classic 350 cc and for long periods of high speed running it's happiest at 50 - 55 mph.  It will go faster than that, but doesn't like it over long periods.  It was designed in a time and country where there wasn't much opportunity for high-speed running hour after hour.  The 500 will go faster than a 350, but not really  that much faster, so you might have the same problem.  Owners of 500 cc classics will be able to give their views on this.  I mostly ride with my brother-in-law and he willingly keeps his Harley Sportster down to my speeds and we have some great rides.  It's just a different kind of riding.

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Re: Very intersted but questions
« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2007, 08:20:52 AM »
My Classic will do 70, but it is pushing it, the bike is built for the mid 20th century, and is not intended to go American speeds.
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Re: Very intersted but questions
« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2007, 12:56:26 PM »
  I recently purchased my first bike.  I bought a CF Moto (QLink) Legacy primarily to commute 20 miles to my shop in Midland, MI.  Tonight, while doing some surfing I stumbled upon an RE link and immediately fell in love with the design of the Classic.  In fact I sent the link to my brother soon after.   I've always had a soft spot for the vintage bikes.

  I typically take a scenic route along a river most of the way to the shop.  The remaining 10 minutes is split at the end of a busy state highway (speeds average 65) and finally on city streets.

  While I expect the bike to perform well in this routine, at least, will it also hold up to longer rides with my friends with bigger bikes on the freeway (i.e.Victory 8-Ball and bikes in the 1600 cc range)?  Cruising speeds at 70 on I-75 from Bay City to Alpena, Tawas and Mackinac wouldn't be out of the question.   Those destinations are an hour and a half to three and a half hours from home...maybe four.  I know that a 70mph cruising speed would be fine with them but, can this bike handle that type of punishment?

  I'd love to know more about any rider's experiences that deal with this situation.  Advice from anyone that owns this bike would be greatly appreciated.

  I love my Legacy for the looks, comfort and gas mileage but I think I found the bike that suits my personality.  I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it and found a dealer within an hour from home, near Mt. Pleasant, in Reese which is in the Tri-City area near Saginaw..

  I can't wait to see this bike in person or believe I just found a true obsession of this nature!
I got my bike from Nate at the Reese dealer. I live in Birch Run, a couple of miles from I-75 and would not even think of running on the freeway. The Classic I have runs 60pmh all day, but that will get you run over on I-75. I also own a 2006 Suzuki Savage 650 and I changed the belt final drive to chain drive for the soul purpose of lowereing the rpm at 75mph. I now can run I-75 with no problem , but I would not run that bike more than an hour on the superslab. The stock Savage has more hp and torque than the Enfield, and it was overwound, in stock form, trying to run I-75. If you can't run 75-80 on I-75, you will get run over, or blow your bike up trying not to be. People drive 10pmh or more over the speed limit on the back roads, and are worse on the interstate. Stick to state highways and back roads and you will be fine if you buy an Enfield. We have 3300 miles of shoreline here in Michigan and any of the roads around the shore are fine for the Enfield. Why people even use I-75 I have no idea. The scenery stinks and why do you think it is called an Interststate. It is for getting from one state to another quickly, not for enjoying the scenery. In closing, I am quite sure the bike would not handle it, and your friends could not handle waiting for you on their 1600cc bikes. Sorry, it's the truth.    Hutch
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Re: Very intersted but questions
« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2007, 02:08:25 PM »
I'm in the Grand Rapids area, and my Bullet goes as long as I need it to on any of the two-lanes.  Expecially when commuting, I have more fun at 45 - 60 on the two lanes and I escape the daily slowdowns on the expressway.

Wouldn't think of taking it out on the superslab - the bike is light and I'm sorta "lean" (six-foot, 145lbs) and the airblast from a VW at 75mph would likely blow me into the ditch...

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Re: Very intersted but questions
« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2007, 02:28:41 PM »
I'm in the Grand Rapids area, and my Bullet goes as long as I need it to on any of the two-lanes.  Expecially when commuting, I have more fun at 45 - 60 on the two lanes and I escape the daily slowdowns on the expressway.

Wouldn't think of taking it out on the superslab - the bike is light and I'm sorta "lean" (six-foot, 145lbs) and the airblast from a VW at 75mph would likely blow me into the ditch...

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Dunnwurkin, I am glad that mike mentioned the truck and VW wash you get on a light bike. I guess the best thing I can say is that you have a dilema. You know the enfield look is what you like, but any bike made for the Interstate has that same old,everybody has ,it cruiser look. That is why they are called cruisers. They are made for the superslab. Get them off on the backroads at low speed and they are ungainly and tiring to ride. If you do get an Enfield you can do two things, either talk your friends into using roads like m-13, 23, 55 or 33 that are lower speed, or tell them you will meet them at the destination later and take those roads yourself. You will find the Enfield is in it's element on those roads and you will have a much more scenic, relaxed and enjoyable ride than your freinds did at 80mph looking at the back of a semi for hours.. I have had all types of bikes over the years, and still do. I am getting rid of all my bikes but 2. One is the RE Bullet that I use the most ,for most of my riding, and one is for the state to state trips. You can go anywhere in Michigan with the Enfield as long as you stay off I-75. It may take longer, but you will enjoy it more. GAURANTEED.   After all ,that is why they came up with the saying "It's the journey, not the destination that makes a trip."      Hutch
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Re: Very intersted but questions
« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2007, 02:34:10 PM »
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« Reply #7 on: September 27, 2007, 03:25:59 PM »
Well said, Hutch...

I've been having a ball revisiting all those places I remember from my "before interestate" days... I just use the Mapquest advance option to "avoid highways" and then take a look at what's along the way.  I've missed tons of stuff by getting there fast over the years...

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« Reply #8 on: September 27, 2007, 03:34:40 PM »
I don't know why epople keep asking about interstate compatability. Whenever I am on the superslab, I very rarely see any bikers, regardless of engine size. However, when I am on secondary highways and backroads, I sometimes see more riders than drivers. I have run the interstate before for up to an hour at a time on an Electra with modified geering. It was about the least fun I have ever had on two wheels. When I am riding, I am usually trying to prolong my trip, not end it as quickly as possible. Secondary highways usually mean 45-65 mph. This is the RE's home turf. The RE can accelerate quickly enough to keep up with traffic, and therefore when riding with bigger bikes, so long as they ride with some civility, you will get to where you are going at the same time (except you may ned up waiting for your friends at the gas station).

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Re: Very intersted but questions
« Reply #9 on: September 27, 2007, 05:44:45 PM »
What everyone else says/implies - I don't think that the RE was/is designed for 3-4 hours at >70 mph! It will hurt - and so possibly (and more importantly) will you.
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« Reply #10 on: September 27, 2007, 07:52:40 PM »
Very few have received a speeding ticket on an Enfield ! I seized a piston, running 65-70 for 10 miles( wide open) It has proven to be very costly. I also have discovered that 2 lane roads have a lot more to see, than freeways. The power range on my 99 500 is strongest from 40-55.
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Re: Very intersted but questions
« Reply #11 on: September 27, 2007, 11:42:22 PM »
I aquired a 05 Classic 500 ES about 1.5 months ago. My ride is about 10 miles one way on mostly country rds going through small towns. My time on a 4 lane is limited by the fact that traffic is slowing down to 45 to go through anouther town.

When on the bk rds I run at 45-50 w/no problems. The other guys have far more experience then I, but I bought the bike because I like the vintage style and easy going pace. I'm too old to hurry any more!  8)
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« Reply #12 on: September 28, 2007, 12:09:34 AM »
  I really appreciate the great information from all of you.  I can easily run at 55-60 on M20 for the brief time I'm on it and actually I occasionally do it with my Legacy all the way home.  And everyone's right.  The scenery, even on M20, isn't much to talk about and not much fun constantly watching for idiots, I mean hazards!  I really prefer the secondary roads.  As for the freeway, I was expecting a big "No Go" and was really more concerned with the "What if I had to" dilemma. That suits me fine.  I've never been a big fan of 75 or 131.

  My friends typically take more scenic routes also as their commutes are on back roads and I know they'd really have a great time with an RE Classic in the pack.  In fact I showed a pic to one of the guys today at my shop and his jaw dropped!  We fly fish the Au Sable and the Little Man during Steelhead season and I'm thinking the sidecar would be great for our gear.  Oh and my wife, she works with me, when we're not fishing.  ;D

  I will certainly get to the dealer and speak to take a peek and a ride.  Thanks again for the advice.  I hope to tell you about my first ride soon.

 
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Re: Very intersted but questions
« Reply #13 on: September 28, 2007, 01:57:00 AM »
As far as the "what if I had too" scenario, here's a little trick I use sometimes when I use the interstate for a short cut to better roads: There will always be a knot of traffic cruising at 60-65 instead of 80. These are usually a loaded down pick up, or a station wagon full of kids, or a camper/motorhome. Tuck in behind and cruise. Although motorcycles are invisible to some drivers, being with another vehicle that is visible keeps you safe, and allows you to cruise at RE speeds while doing it.

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Re: Very intersted but questions
« Reply #14 on: September 28, 2007, 03:06:11 AM »
I would suggest that if you wish to ride with the slower crowd on a freeway you do NOT tuck in behind, but place yourself in front..  If you are at the front, nobody will run into because you were invisible.  I, from time to time, find a couple of folk trundling down the freeway, same state plates, so probably together - I just hop in between them, and match speed.
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Re: Very intersted but questions
« Reply #15 on: September 28, 2007, 03:16:53 AM »
As far as the "what if I had too" scenario, here's a little trick I use sometimes when I use the interstate for a short cut to better roads: There will always be a knot of traffic cruising at 60-65 instead of 80. These are usually a loaded down pick up, or a station wagon full of kids, or a camper/motorhome. Tuck in behind and cruise. Although motorcycles are invisible to some drivers, being with another vehicle that is visible keeps you safe, and allows you to cruise at RE speeds while doing it.

  That's a great suggestion that I never considered and I'll always keep it in mind even on the local highways..  I was thinking  of the "what if's"  and don't expect the situation to occur very often or ,more than likely, not at all.

   I do want to tell you that since my last post I've been viewing many member pics and videos on Youtube  and have an even greater desire to get this bike. I absolutely love the green and I haven't figured out why.  I generally like the monochromatic look.  I even got the approval from Steph!  She's already claimed the Legacy as her own for next season.  WooHoo!  My biggest regret is that I didn't do enough research last spring to find this gem.

  What type of garb would you wear on this kind of bike?  What comes to mind is goggles, brown or black leather bomber jacket (depending on the bike color) and a long scarf!
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« Reply #16 on: September 28, 2007, 03:38:44 AM »
  Excellent point.  I can really see how that would be a pretty safe way to reluctantly travel on the big road.  I have to tell you that I'm really taken back by the amount of advice I've received from everyone.

  I'd like to ask more questions about the bike but would it be better to post them in a separate category so others can view the different topic?  I apologize for being a newbie. 

 
 
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« Reply #17 on: September 28, 2007, 05:48:41 AM »
All of us were newbies not so long ago.. don't apologize. I would suggest you read through the older posts, spend time doing so, and anything you want clarification on, just add to the older post and bring it back up here. Many of the questions Newbies ask are answered two or three times a week, and there are often questions you may not have thought of that would help you.
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« Reply #18 on: September 28, 2007, 06:28:07 AM »
Dude,
          I have the utmost respect for anyone who had the cajones to go with one of the Chinese bikes. That is what you bought , isn't it ?  Those are going to be everywhere soon and I have a feeling it is going to be like jap/bike vs. brit/bike alover again only this time it will be Chinese vs. japanese. (c'mon, does anyone think yanks figure in this is deluded) If you you like cruisung around then come with us! These bikes are more maintenance but the connection you build with your bike and the new friends you make cannot be measured! Common, Be A Bulleteer!   

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« Reply #19 on: September 28, 2007, 06:57:41 PM »
Brian:

You mentioned you like the green. When I saw my future bike I liked the style, but the green just seemed to go w/the bike and sidecar rig. The RE folks say the color is green velvet, I prefer British racing green. Sort of reminds mine of the ol' Spitfire of WW2.  8)

THere are plenty of folks here that like the military bike and OD color. I spent most of my adult life wearing OD colors so I like the bright dark green.  :D  Also highlights the nose art on my Cozy sidecar. Great for carrying fishing gear, a fishing buddy and or wife.

I have a couple of pics in the members rides photo gallery. Welcome on board.  ;)
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« Reply #20 on: September 28, 2007, 10:34:53 PM »
Dude,
          I have the utmost respect for anyone who had the cajones to go with one of the Chinese bikes. That is what you bought , isn't it ?  Those are going to be everywhere soon and I have a feeling it is going to be like jap/bike vs. brit/bike alover again only this time it will be Chinese vs. japanese. (c'mon, does anyone think yanks figure in this is deluded) If you you like cruisung around then come with us! These bikes are more maintenance but the connection you build with your bike and the new friends you make cannot be measured! Common, Be A Bulleteer!   

  Sadly, I agree with you.  In fact when I was told it was a Chinese bike I distinctly remember cringing a bit.  But then I thought the low price and the fact that it got great mileage.  I came to peace with myself when I figured I wasn't handing over 65-70 bucks a week to OPEC.       

  To be honest with you, I'm actually looking forward to some maintenance for nothing more than getting "closer" to the bike. Reading these and other posts, I can truly understand how  you guys love these bikes and developed a community dedicated to them.  Very cool.
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« Reply #21 on: September 28, 2007, 11:47:18 PM »
Brian:

You mentioned you like the green. When I saw my future bike I liked the style, but the green just seemed to go w/the bike and sidecar rig. The RE folks say the color is green velvet, I prefer British racing green. Sort of reminds mine of the ol' Spitfire of WW2.  8)

THere are plenty of folks here that like the military bike and OD color. I spent most of my adult life wearing OD colors so I like the bright dark green.  :D  Also highlights the nose art on my Cozy sidecar. Great for carrying fishing gear, a fishing buddy and or wife.

I have a couple of pics in the members rides photo gallery. Welcome on board.  ;)

  I would have never even considered green until I saw it on the Classic.  I saw the black in someone's gallery and like it equally.  I do know that I'll take it into the shop on a weekend and gold leaf over the gold embellishments!  I've gold leafed a few Harley clients' bikes and usually keep some on hand.

  As for the OD green...  I love the idea but I think it might be in bad taste for me  to own a military style bike without ever serving.  I may be totally off base, no pun intended, with that assumption though.  Don't get me wrong, my biggest regret is never joining a branch of our great military.
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« Reply #22 on: September 28, 2007, 11:51:58 PM »
  One more thing...  Thanks for the welcome you guys have given me.  I'm confidant I'll get a wealth of info from you all. 
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« Reply #23 on: September 29, 2007, 12:19:25 AM »
here's my 2 cents...

1. don't have unrealistic expectations of a bike that was designed for use in the 1950s. remember, you're not riding a "retro" bike, your riding the real deal.... a brand new 1950s motorcycle.

2. test drive -  preferably one with more than 1,000 miles on it. the engine changes drastically as it breaks in (a good thing).

3. maintenance - they require more maintenance than modern machines. valves, timing, etc... small stuff thats easy to learn. you'll gain a new respect for yourself and the bike when she's running well.

4. attention - strangers flock to this bike, get ready to answer questions, lots of em!

5. love - if you embrace the bikes shortcomings and quirks, you will love the bike. there is a great support system online, and Classic Motorworks ( the host of this site and RE distributer) is also top notch. They have answered many of my annoying questions and always seem happy to help. The 1 year unlimited mile warranty is pretty cool too.

hope you join the RE family!  ;D


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« Reply #24 on: September 29, 2007, 01:34:16 AM »
I have never heard the reason for not having OD being never having served.  I thank you for that consideration..  I am died in the wool military, and actually love everything OD, or camo.. I will be wearing fatigues in my coffin, as I have NOTHING else to wear.. My take on it was, 27 years serving in uniform, why change my dress habits now.  I was actually in for 3 years longer than that, I joined as a junior at 15.
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Re: Very intersted but questions
« Reply #25 on: September 29, 2007, 02:31:02 AM »
A lot of wisdom on this topic.  I too go with the majority, though I've only been riding
an RE for a little over a year and a half. Take it slow and enjoy the scenery.

A note on colour:

The OD green military bikes have a tendency to become invisible  early morning and
near dusk.  Go ahead and stick the reflectors that came with it all over the machine.

Stay visible!  You'll still look cool! 
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« Reply #26 on: September 29, 2007, 04:00:33 AM »
About the colors, from pictures I used to like the solid ones on the Electra and Sixty-5 models. I felt the black Classic was a little boring because the contours of the tank, fenders, and so on are less visible than on the green and silver. I thought the white model looked great because you could really see the fender stays pop out against the tires and take in the whole design at once.

Then I finally had the opportunity to go to the dealer on Long Island a couple of weekends ago and was pleasantly surprised to see how much the bikes differed from the photos. In person, they're far more substantial than they appear in the pictures, and far more sculptural. And the black Classic was by far (to my eye) the best looking model of the bunch. Those pinstripes really accent the curves. What an elegant machine.

I'd say the Bullet is as worthy of being in the Museum of Modern Art as the 1949 Vincent they exhibit.

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« Reply #27 on: September 30, 2007, 01:38:43 AM »
Dunnwurkin,

 I ran across an RE ad in Warneck's Classic Cycle last summer and went to enfieldmotorcycles.com... as soon as I saw the Bullet vintage kit in green, it was all over... I ordered most of the vintage kit with tan leather solo saddle and saddlebags when I ordered my bike.  Cut down the stock seat and made a removable passenger seat (lots bigger than a pillion pad) covered in tan naugahyde.  Have a vintage muffler (old HD FLH type) ready to go on when the season rolls up and I'm not riding it every day.  Decided to keep the stock taillight and turn signal in the back - the vintage beehive taillight and bullet turn signals look good, but I wanted to have as much light shining from the rear as possible...

As far as maintenance goes, I had to tweak things fairly regularly the first thousand miles or so, but after that, it's mostly just checking to make sure northings slipped on me.  I'm close to 5000 miles, and have had to adjust the points once,  haven't had to adjust the pushrods, timing, primary or rear chains since 2000 miles... my bike lets me know when something's getting goofy, and then  it's usually a 15-minute deal to fix it. 

I know a bunch of the folks who post here are also members of the Yahoo Royal Enfield Groups... I'm a member of the royalenfield, Bullet-Mania and Bulletech groups.  You might want to consider joining... there's Bulleteers and experts from around the world as members. Great info, expert advice, lots of laughs, and TONS of pictures of Royal Enfields in every configuration imaginable.

I think deejay's 2 cents are worth much more than that - they match my thoughts 100%.  I can't get over how much attention the bike attracts (I'm fairly sure it ain't me.) The nice folks at CMW sent me a stack of model brochures that I keep in the pocket of the A-2 flight jacket I wear for riding... I was making my own and handing out about 5 a week after I went through the explanation of "well, its a brand-new 1955 Royal Enfield..." 

I echo the thanks from IndianaBulleteer on your consideration for our military.  I served 21 years myself, but in Navy Blue instead of camo.  Don't think any of us would consider you a fraud if you decided on the military model.  There's several great military models (a couple are scratch-built) in the Yahoo groups (mostly on the Bullet-Maina group) that will get your juices flowing.  I'm thinking about military model done in U.S. desert tan...

I'm convinced these bike are the perfect pallet for a very overactive imagination... 

Apologies to all for the lengthly post... I just can't seem to quit thinking Bullets once I start thinking Bullets...

Mike and Stumpy in Michigan
'07 Classic - Stumpy
'10 C5 Military - Sherman

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Re: Very intersted but questions
« Reply #28 on: October 04, 2007, 07:05:32 PM »
I propose a toast to each and every Classic Bullet driver, no matter the color or configuration, and to all veterans and those who appreciate us.

May the wind always blow from your 6 (that's stern for the Navy & Mickeys big hand on the 12 and his little hand on the 6 for our USMC brethern)  :D

Man I do appreciate you guys. 
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Re: Very intersted but questions
« Reply #29 on: October 04, 2007, 07:40:04 PM »
"What type of garb would you wear on this kind of bike?  What comes to mind is goggles, brown or black leather bomber jacket (depending on the bike color) and a long scarf!"

Belstaff Waxed Cotton (jacket and overtrousers and mitts!). Possibly full length gaberdine trench coat. Goggles - if you like. Bomber jacket - no, No, NO! Wrong period, wrong sub-culture. SHORT white silk scarf - if you like, but really only if a cafe racer model.

And if you want the true period appearance....smoking a pipe while you ride (that's why designed to go quite sedately!

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Re: Very intersted but questions
« Reply #30 on: October 05, 2007, 11:56:19 AM »
"What type of garb would you wear on this kind of bike?  What comes to mind is goggles, brown or black leather bomber jacket (depending on the bike color) and a long scarf!"

Belstaff Waxed Cotton (jacket and overtrousers and mitts!). Possibly full length gaberdine trench coat. Goggles - if you like. Bomber jacket - no, No, NO! Wrong period, wrong sub-culture. SHORT white silk scarf - if you like, but really only if a cafe racer model.

And if you want the true period appearance....smoking a pipe while you ride (that's why designed to go quite sedately!

I just wear my regular modern MC gear.

I did see a Bullet blasting down the interstate a few months ago: the rider was wearing trim black leather with a Euro-flair, goggles and a puddin' bowl helmet. Can't remember but it seems like lace-up black boots with pants tucked in and a scarf too. Very retro. It was the most Bullet-like attire I've seen.

Matt

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Re: Very intersted but questions
« Reply #31 on: October 06, 2007, 12:25:30 AM »
Our new catalog will have  a two new lines of "retro helmets" that are both DOT approved and reasonable in price as well as some retro- googles, Maybe boots and scarves are next.

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Re: Very intersted but questions
« Reply #32 on: October 06, 2007, 04:48:12 AM »
Wow..  I look forward to seeing it.
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Re: Very intersted but questions
« Reply #33 on: October 06, 2007, 10:27:06 PM »
I ran across some lids and goggles while looking at Enfield inventory on this dealers page...

http://store.uncommonmotorcycles.com/davida-helmets.html

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Re: Very intersted but questions
« Reply #34 on: October 07, 2007, 01:33:25 AM »
I ran across some lids and goggles while looking at Enfield inventory on this dealers page...

http://store.uncommonmotorcycles.com/davida-helmets.html


JLR:

Thanks, I know just what to ask Santa for this year!

Matt

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Re: Very intersted but questions
« Reply #35 on: October 08, 2007, 01:30:32 AM »
  Man!  I've been away from my "souped up typewriter" awhile and now I have some respondin' to do!  I've got a few more questions to throw at you all now.  Thanks for the response and I'll post soon. 

  I've been putting a lot of hours in at the shop since the Detroit auto show is around the corner, January '08.  Around the corner is always a few months for this!
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Re: Very intersted but questions
« Reply #36 on: October 11, 2007, 03:58:59 AM »
Your welcome Thumper. I'm hoping Santa will bring me an Classic this year...I've been a fairly good boy! ;D