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jdrouin

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1926 Royal Enfield
« on: August 20, 2009, 02:31:03 PM »
I posted this in the Vintage section, but thought it deserved a re-post in the Campfire. This is an intimate video of uncrating and setting up a 1926 Royal Enfield, apparently in Taiwan or Hong Kong (?).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q98LlyA3_gs

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Re: 1926 Royal Enfield
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2009, 03:11:05 PM »
Very cool! Somewhat envious of those lucky bastards finding that vintage bike in such marvelous running shape.  Definitely would be a fun bike to own.
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Re: 1926 Royal Enfield
« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2009, 03:49:41 PM »
Oh what fun!
Thanks for sharing,
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Re: 1926 Royal Enfield
« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2009, 04:31:46 PM »
Why are there two pipes coming out of the head? It's a single, isn't it?


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Re: 1926 Royal Enfield
« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2009, 05:00:58 PM »
Why are there two pipes coming out of the head? It's a single, isn't it?


It takes too long for me to download videos on dial-up, so I'm going to guess that it's a "twin port" single.
Several early Royal Enfield machines had dual exhaust ports on single cylinder engines.
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Re: 1926 Royal Enfield
« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2009, 05:08:28 PM »
Oh. What's the purpose of dual exhaust ports?


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Re: 1926 Royal Enfield
« Reply #6 on: August 20, 2009, 06:08:29 PM »
Oh. What's the purpose of dual exhaust ports?

As far as I can tell, it's done so that you can have 2 exhaust systems, which presumable make the bike look "symmetrical" or something like that.

There's no valid performance reason to have it.
I think it's a styling thing.
RE was not the only company to do it. There were some others that did it, too.
Adds about 30 pounds of needless weight to the bike too, from the extra unnecessary exhaust pipe and muffler.

If it were a 4-valve engine, then there might be some technical reason for it.
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Re: 1926 Royal Enfield
« Reply #7 on: August 20, 2009, 06:13:42 PM »
The bike is contemporary with Rudge four valvers, so making it look like a four valve machine would have been smart marketing.


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Re: 1926 Royal Enfield
« Reply #8 on: August 20, 2009, 10:05:45 PM »
Br. Jeff, that was awesome... thanks!!!

Br. Bong, can you by chance tell us the country in which this rare find was uncrated?
Long live the Bullets and those who ride them!

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Re: 1926 Royal Enfield
« Reply #9 on: August 20, 2009, 11:08:18 PM »
As far as I can tell, it's done so that you can have 2 exhaust systems, which presumable make the bike look "symmetrical" or something like that.

There's no valid performance reason to have it.
I think it's a styling thing.
RE was not the only company to do it. There were some others that did it, too.
Adds about 30 pounds of needless weight to the bike too, from the extra unnecessary exhaust pipe and muffler.

If it were a 4-valve engine, then there might be some technical reason for it.


It has two pipes coming out of the head going into one canister, then a single tailpipe. Too bad you can't watch videos, there's some cool stuff there.

The way the guy was posing on it had me laughing.  :D

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Re: 1926 Royal Enfield
« Reply #10 on: August 21, 2009, 12:17:52 AM »
Just watching the smile on those guys faces made me smile. Good for them.

But I think it should have disc brakes.  ::)

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Re: 1926 Royal Enfield
« Reply #11 on: August 21, 2009, 03:40:16 AM »
But I think it should have disc brakes.  ::)

Or at least bicycle calipers. :)


Br. Bong, can you by chance tell us the country in which this rare find was uncrated?

Hmmm, who's Br. Bong? Were you perhaps thinking of something else, Cabo? ;)

According to the video poster's profile (which I could very easily have checked when I first posted this), the country of uncrating is indeed Taiwan.

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Re: 1926 Royal Enfield
« Reply #12 on: August 21, 2009, 01:15:31 PM »
I enjoyed the cigarette hanging in his mouth when fueling  ;D
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Re: 1926 Royal Enfield
« Reply #13 on: August 21, 2009, 04:22:43 PM »
"Hmmm, who's Br. Bong? Were you perhaps thinking of something else, Cabo?  ;)

According to the video poster's profile (which I could very easily have checked when I first posted this), the country of uncrating is indeed Taiwan.  Jeff"


Br. Bong is our South Korean Brother, whose RE Forum moniker is Soulforge.  I asked him the question because in your original post you did not seem to be sure of the country where the video was shot.  In part, your original post read: "... apparently in Taiwan or Hong Kong (?)."  In any case, Br. Jeff, I thank you for the confirmation (Taiwan)!  :)
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