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Looks Like Today was the Day
« on: December 19, 2007, 01:57:35 AM »
Wife and I had to go up to Galesburg today, and I though my local RE Dealer was just up the road another 30 or so miles - so why not pay him a visit.  The dealer is Hanna City Power and Equipment, Rick is his name.

When we walked through the door I spotted a dark blue Electra sitting there in all its disk-braked shininess.  So all my attention went to the Electra.  After a few minutes of me fawning and drooling, my wife asked me what the red bike next to it was.  Well, I didn't know.  It was an RE, but not like any I had seen on the net.  So I asked Rick.

Rick said it was a brand new 2006 Sixty-Five.  It had the old classic iron engine, dual leading shoe front brake, an actual low speed mixture adjusting screw, a really weird way of holding the rear fender on, grease zerks, and only a center stand that turns out to be a bit of a strain.

I was totally prepared to love any bike with the new aluminum engine.  But I just couldn't make myself do it.  We started up the 65.  That was it!  I was hooked!  I was screwed!  There was no way I wasn't buying that bike.

I asked Rick to total up the bike and a few accessories for me so I could see the big picture.  The accessories I wound up ordering were; the free flow muffler, two new main jets appropriately spaced, an 18 tooth counter shaft sprocket, rear rack, small wind screen, front fender pedestrian slicer (what a name!), and I think that's about it.

Rick gave me a price I thought was decent, so we went for it.  We agreed I would pick up the bike and the parts that had come in somewhere in the middle of January.  I'll get it home somehow.

When Spring gets here, I'll probably order in some cables, bulbs, tubes, points and condensers and what other parts I need to make me feel secure.

I am so totally happy that I found this bike and went for the classic engine.  Now that I've told you my story of todays adventures, would some of you be good enough to tell me what exactly a Sixty-Five is?  Is it still a Bullet?  What's the story on this bike?

Whew, that's alot of typing.  I'll stop now.
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Re: Looks Like Today was the Day
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2007, 02:36:41 AM »
You made the right decision...   The 65 is a bullet with a 5 speed and factory built
LH shift that is better than the the bodge the bullets have. Nice going...
As far as the center stand, do the work with your FOOT!!  Not much lifting once you get the hang of it. With practice you will be doing it while seated!!

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Re: Looks Like Today was the Day
« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2007, 02:37:49 AM »
I think that was the first model with the 5-speed tranny.

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Re: Looks Like Today was the Day
« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2007, 12:18:04 PM »
  I have a 2004 Sixty-5.  The only difference between the Sixty-5 and other 5 speed models is cosmetic.  The Sixty means it is styled after a 1960's bike (you decide on that one) and the 5 stands for the gearbox.  I believe 2004 was the first year for the 5-speed.
  The Sixty-5 decals cause some confusion, most folks think it means the model year or that it is a 650cc engine.  You can see what I've done with mine as I have several photos in the Photo Gallery.
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Re: Looks Like Today was the Day
« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2007, 12:27:22 PM »
Congratulations! They are great looking bikes as well as time machines. Keep us posted with updates and snap some pix too!

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Re: Looks Like Today was the Day
« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2007, 12:37:08 PM »
Thanks for the comments, guys.  I'll get some pictures of it posted when it actually shows up at my house and I get the extra stuff mounted on it.  This is going to be fun! :)
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Re: Looks Like Today was the Day
« Reply #6 on: December 19, 2007, 12:40:05 PM »
Good choice!!!
How can you wait that long when it is just sitting there?  ;D
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Re: Looks Like Today was the Day
« Reply #7 on: December 19, 2007, 12:53:36 PM »
Oh Man, it's killin me.  Good thing for me there's snow and ice all over down here.
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Re: Looks Like Today was the Day
« Reply #8 on: December 19, 2007, 01:41:53 PM »
It'll be worth the wait and all that anticipation!
Have a good X'mas and then think what fun you're gonna have after.  ;D

Enjoy and welcome aboard!!!
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Re: Looks Like Today was the Day
« Reply #9 on: December 19, 2007, 02:14:17 PM »
Congrats and enjoy!

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Re: Looks Like Today was the Day
« Reply #10 on: December 19, 2007, 07:26:36 PM »
Mine is the 2006 Sixty-5 with the "magic Black" paint. The paint looks dark racing green in sunlight.

The dealer should have showed you how to work the centerstand - put your heel on the end of the lever with the foot pad and just raise up putting your weight on the lever, while just normally pulling up on the right hand grab bar under the saddle.  A little backward tug on the handlebar levers up the bike on the centerstand with no problem.

The Sixty-5 and the Classic are the original Enfield frames from about 1955.

My only accessary on mine so far is a sidestand from Classic Motorworks.  Also the plunger Top Dead Center gauge and the mini-feeler gauge from Classic Motor is a must have.  Along with the oil change kits from Classic Motor - or your dealer if you choose.

You will get a box (over and above your extra's) that has an extra cable, inner tube and some lever tools.

Your Sixty-5 will settle in well with about 2000 miles on it.  Just follow the break-in procedure in the owners manual right to the letter.

Congratulations!  Your now a member of the Sixty-5 Regiment!

Regards, Foggy
« Last Edit: December 19, 2007, 07:29:21 PM by Foggy_Auggie »
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Re: Looks Like Today was the Day
« Reply #11 on: December 19, 2007, 08:06:26 PM »
Thanks for the nice welcome, Foggy.  Actually, I do know how to use a centerstand. My comment came from the difference I felt between the effort required on the 65 and that needed for the Electra.  The Electra was much easier.  I am sure I will become friends with hte 65 centerstand.

I also got, but failed to mention, the accessory side stand.  Not the adjustable one, the plain one.  The dealer said someone else he sold one to complained about the angle it put the bike at.  Kind of steep and tippy.  How does yours work for you?

Your paint sounds pretty cool.  I have a little touching up to do on this bike, but nothing that really bothers me.

Before I saw this bike, I was pretty sure I wanted a Classic.  But the more I looked at the 65 with its more basic approach to paint and less trim, the more I liked it better.

Was 2006 the last year for the 65?
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Re: Looks Like Today was the Day
« Reply #12 on: December 20, 2007, 03:16:14 AM »
Hi Fred,

I have the non-adjustable side stand.  Solid tube with the bend at the bottom that maintains the tube diameter at the bend.  It sets the bike at a good lean angle - the same as a Harley Sportster sidestand.

When I park, I swing the sidestand down, then standing on the left side of the bike it's real easy to set the centerstand.

My story is like yours - I went to the closest dealer in the summer of '06 and he had two Electras.  While looking at the Electras I noticed a fresh out of the crate Sixty-5 in the corner.  It hadn't been fully set-up yet for sale.  No contest - I put hold money down and said put my name on the Sixty-5!

I think '06 was the last year for the Sixty-5.  My dealer had a red '06 Sixty-5 he sold in the Summer of this year (dirt cheap BTW).  He said it was the last Sixty-5 he'll ever sell unless a used one crops up.

When you start riding yours you might notice a little sooty carbon showing at the header pipe right at the junction with the head.  This is a quirk on the iron engine and this minor leak seems to settle in and seal the more the bike is ridden.  It's not a defect per se as the header pipe is a free floating press fit at the head - it's not bolted to the head.  The big chrome strap to the frame down tube is what anchors the header pipe at the front.

Regards, Foggy
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Re: Looks Like Today was the Day
« Reply #13 on: December 20, 2007, 04:17:47 AM »
Welcome to this insanity called Royal Enfield.  Leave it stock except for exhaust, and cosmetics.  I wish mine was back to stock........
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Re: Looks Like Today was the Day
« Reply #14 on: December 20, 2007, 12:18:08 PM »
Thanks for the info about the pipe, Foggy.  I was wondering what held it in the head.

Bullet500Dude, I think I know what you mean about leaving it stock.  All I plan on doing to it is to free up the flow both in and out of the engine.  In other words, put it back like it was before various governments got involved in motorcycle engine design.

I think that in its native state, the bike will be all I will ever want to need.

The scooter I reference in my signature is a 2 stroke and when new suffered from a cat converter in the pipe and a way undersized carb and jets.  All that helped it pass the emissions test to be imported to the US.  All that is gone now and it runs just fine.
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Re: Looks Like Today was the Day
« Reply #15 on: December 20, 2007, 07:03:29 PM »
Welcome to the family and good on ya!

Now the true test (according to some) will be if you can bring her into the living room & get away with it!  :D
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Re: Looks Like Today was the Day
« Reply #16 on: December 20, 2007, 07:38:08 PM »
I kind of mentioned that last night, in a smiling - joking sort of way, just to test the reaction.  Well, it wasn't pretty.  Not a humorous subject at all.  Clearly the house is hers, the garage and half the basement are mine, and pitty the fool who crosses that line.

All I could come back with was, "Ok then, don't you come out to my garage and try to clean anything."  So there!


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Re: Looks Like Today was the Day
« Reply #17 on: December 20, 2007, 11:46:41 PM »
Congratulations, Fred. If you're a neophyte, that makes me an unborn. This will be my first bike and I just made first contact with my local dealer (a friendly chap named Mike at UK Motorsports on Long Island). While I still want to keep an open mind, I'm hoping to walk in to his shop and see a leftover SIXTY-5 sitting there. Just a gorgeous motorcycle. Well here's wishing you many happy hours riding, and many happy hours tinkering. ;D
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Re: Looks Like Today was the Day
« Reply #18 on: December 21, 2007, 03:11:49 AM »
Hey Chuck,

I was just the opposite.  I was hoping to see either a black or green Classic I could fall in love with.  Instead, I saw this '65' thing that I didn't even know what it was.  (Terrible grammer, but I think you get the meaning)

The more I stared at it, the more it just looked right without the pinstripe trim.  And red was never my color, but I really like this one.  So does my wife.

If you want a 65, I sure hope you find one at the dealers place.  Even if he doesn't have a 65, I'm fairly sure that even if you keep a sharp, analytical and dispassionate attitude about you when you go to the shop, you'll find something to fall in love with. 

Good luck to you on your search.
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Re: Looks Like Today was the Day
« Reply #19 on: December 21, 2007, 03:44:12 AM »
Hey Fred, I just saw Kevin's post about AVL classics becoming available like, real soon. I think I could live with one of those ;) My head is spinning. Oy.
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Re: Looks Like Today was the Day
« Reply #20 on: December 21, 2007, 11:36:02 AM »
Chuck, I think the idea of a Classic styled bike with the new engine is great.  I was going to wait for one of those.  I think they will be just the ticket for a lot of riders.

My problem was that when I looked at the 65 and the Electra, the 65 exactly fit the mold of what my brain thought a motorcycle should look like.  I'm sure my next RE will be the new engine Classic.  You  know, after I wear the 65 out.   :)
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Re: Looks Like Today was the Day
« Reply #21 on: December 22, 2007, 12:07:03 AM »
Fred, I'm visiting the dealer tomorrow (Saturday). Just to make friends and maybe fondle a clutch lever or two, mind you: the checkbook stays home (for now). How about getting some pictures up?
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Re: Looks Like Today was the Day
« Reply #22 on: December 22, 2007, 01:50:33 AM »
Chuck: Plastic works!   ;D   Better leave that home too! By the way, welcome.  8)

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Re: Looks Like Today was the Day
« Reply #23 on: December 22, 2007, 02:16:33 AM »
VMAX, That was some shrewd reading between the lines.  ;) And thanks.  Chuck.
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Re: Looks Like Today was the Day
« Reply #24 on: December 22, 2007, 03:36:01 AM »
Fred, I'm visiting the dealer tomorrow (Saturday). Just to make friends and maybe fondle a clutch lever or two, mind you: the checkbook stays home (for now). How about getting some pictures up?

Take the checkbook with ya, what you see tomorrow might not be there on Monday.
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Re: Looks Like Today was the Day
« Reply #25 on: December 26, 2007, 08:08:14 PM »
2006 RE Bullit 65, Magic Black (on lay away). ;D
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Re: Looks Like Today was the Day
« Reply #26 on: December 26, 2007, 09:07:15 PM »
2006 RE Bullit 65, Magic Black (on lay away). ;D

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Re: Looks Like Today was the Day
« Reply #27 on: December 26, 2007, 09:26:16 PM »
Thanks CJ, smart advice. I woldn't have survived the weekend. Its gonna take me acouple of months, but they"re working with me. Enough time to take the MSF course. First love at my age. Whoulda thunk?
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Re: Looks Like Today was the Day
« Reply #28 on: December 26, 2007, 09:31:11 PM »
Way to go Chuck!!! :) :)

65's are great and that magic Black has to be a really cool color.
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Re: Looks Like Today was the Day
« Reply #29 on: December 26, 2007, 10:13:12 PM »
Thanks Fred, it is. Deep, deep green,with quiet metallic sparkle. Needs bright sunshine or as in the showroom, spot lighting. I agree about the pinstriping. Don't need it. Less is more. As to all the chromed and polished doodads, think Grace Kelly in a spiked dog collar. Absurd. Simple exhaust upgrade (that seems to be the general consensus) and call it a day.
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Re: Looks Like Today was the Day
« Reply #30 on: December 26, 2007, 10:53:41 PM »
Wow, I go away for a day & look what happens.  :o

Great, what a present & an outstanding way to close out the old & start the new.  ;)
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Re: Looks Like Today was the Day
« Reply #31 on: December 27, 2007, 03:27:50 AM »
Yeah, looks like there's a couple of wild and crazy noobies running around buying 65's.  And neither of us planned to do that from what I can tell.  Well, ya know it's Christmas and nothing says Merry Christmas around my house like a new Bullet 65 in Red.  Of course it's not exactly at me house yet.  I'll be picking it up in the middle of next month after I get back from a 2 week trip out of the country.  I expect all the accessories I ordered with it will be there by then.

And Chuck.  Well, he's a real case.  "Just gonna go say "HI".  Not gonna take any money with me.  Don't wanna do anything rash."  It's like he felt the need to make a new friend that happened to be an RE dealer.  And there, across a Field of plastic,souless motorcycles he sees the bike of his dreams.  A black 65!  Now who could fault him for that?

So there's two guys who are going to have some special fun this Spring.
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