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Author Topic: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?  (Read 155231 times)

GA-DK

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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #2490 on: December 09, 2012, 06:18:07 PM »
Tried to check condition of fork oil today.  No luck.  Pulled top plug and bottom drain plug on both sides.  Used gallon jug with small funnel as a catch pan.  Never saw a drop draining out.  Totally dry.  Added the 267.5 ml each side of 10W-30 specified for the G-5.  Feels better, but I may try a slightly thicker oil such as 20W-30 because I still do not have much damping with my 210 lb plus sidecar.  Bike is an '09 G5 with Cozy Euro with only about 4K miles.  GA-DK

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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #2491 on: December 10, 2012, 12:07:34 AM »
Moved my B5 one foot to the North, so, I could get the SNOW BLOWER out and clear the driveway this morning.

Remember in "The Addams Family", when Lurch made that low grumbling noise when he didn't want to do something?  That's the noise I'm making now...

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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #2492 on: December 10, 2012, 02:17:30 PM »
The airport reported over 10 inches of snow yesterday .....   Needless to say the B5 isn't moving.

So, I removed the square side panels and had a look at the battery & what-not.   Do those rubber straps attach to a hook 'round the back of the battery?

I'm looking at these ugly B5 boxes & wondering if a Union Jack would look good painted on them .......

Hmmm......   project time !
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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #2493 on: December 10, 2012, 03:32:51 PM »
yep...they are located in the perfect spot so you cannot see them and scratch your fingers when you attach the strap.
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GA-DK

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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #2494 on: December 10, 2012, 05:10:07 PM »
On thinking about my fork note of 12/9/12, I don't think they ever had any oil in them.  The drain is a nipple with a cap screwed on it.  Even if oil had leaked out, there should have been a trace in the cap when it was unscrewed from the bottom.  It was completely dry with no oil residue what so ever.  GA-DK

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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #2495 on: December 10, 2012, 05:31:59 PM »
On thinking about my fork note of 12/9/12, I don't think they ever had any oil in them.  The drain is a nipple with a cap screwed on it.  Even if oil had leaked out, there should have been a trace in the cap when it was unscrewed from the bottom.  It was completely dry with no oil residue what so ever.  GA-DK
Thats really strange. Your seals are probably shot now and the 267.5 ml of oil you put in IMHO sure sounds like way too much.
I would much rather ride a slow bike fast than a fast bike slow    Jack

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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #2496 on: December 10, 2012, 05:48:58 PM »
+1.  I think that 265 is what's listed in the service manual but around 200ml is probably better.  Further, if you never had any oil in them the forks may be shot.  The sliders rubbing against the top tubes without oil would wear them.  Most forks have bushings that take the wear, but on the RE the lowers ride right on the uppers.

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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #2497 on: December 10, 2012, 06:13:16 PM »
Blackened and wrapped my header:


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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #2498 on: December 10, 2012, 06:18:53 PM »
Blackened and wrapped my header:


Looks good.  Just curious, where did you get your seat and what does the warning say........
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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #2499 on: December 10, 2012, 06:23:40 PM »
I got the seat from Super Cycles here in Memphis.  They're the guys that built bikes and trikes for Elvis.  I mounted it using the original mount and springs.

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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #2500 on: December 10, 2012, 11:03:45 PM »
My copy of factory manual calls for 265 + 2.5 ml of API 10W-30 for each leg of G5 fork.  There are no leaks.  Road shocks are noticeably reduced after adding the oil.  There are no signs of leakage.  It is kept in garage and not driven in rain or on wet roads.  I have "tin tops" for that.  In fact I have never really washed it, just a light mist of detailing spray to remove the odd bug and dust, then a light wax.  It was built in 2009 and I bought it in Dec 2010 with about 30 demonstration miles on the odometer.  I am sure it was built and shipped with zero oil in forks.  GA-DK

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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #2501 on: December 10, 2012, 11:17:38 PM »
If 265 fits, seems to work, and doesn't blow seals then you're golden.  The fact that you got 256 in makes me as sure as you that there was no oil in there to start with.  The C5 fork takes less, 195ml or so

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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #2502 on: December 10, 2012, 11:41:59 PM »
The amount of oil seems it depends on the source.

If I read the Service Manual, it says 265cc of SAE 10-30wt oil.
If I read the Owners Manual (for the USA/California G5 with a picture of a G5 on the cover) it says "200 m / leg", "Fork oil".
I'm not sure how much it takes to equal a "m" ?

Whichever is right, it's got to be better than "Bone dry".   ;D

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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #2503 on: December 12, 2012, 04:12:02 AM »
Today, I changed the main fuse.

Very strange.  The bike was running fine when I last parked it.
This morning when I turned on the key....nothing.
After checking the kill switch (which was in the run position) I checked the battery.
12.8 volts and this is after sitting overnight at around 45 degrees F.
Checked all three fuses and two were good, one (the main power fuse) was blown.

After replacing the fuse with the spare that is included inside the plastic fuse housing I crossed my fingers, turned on the key and all was well.
I then did a 30 mile ride and everything is working fine.

Although it could be a wire shorting out somewhere I suspect that after over a year and a half of riding, that fuse just got tired of carrying the power load.
To be on the safe side, I bought some spare fuses at the local auto supply store and hope that I never have to use them. :)
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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #2504 on: December 12, 2012, 11:23:00 AM »
If 265 fits, seems to work, and doesn't blow seals then you're golden.  The fact that you got 256 in makes me as sure as you that there was no oil in there to start with.  The C5 fork takes less, 195ml or so

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The amount of oil seems it depends on the source.

If I read the Service Manual, it says 265cc of SAE 10-30wt oil.
If I read the Owners Manual (for the USA/California G5 with a picture of a G5 on the cover) it says "200 m / leg", "Fork oil".
I'm not sure how much it takes to equal a "m" ?

The question I have is which source do we go with?  So far it looks like a crap shoot..........

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