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Author Topic: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?  (Read 152720 times)

wildbill

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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #3420 on: September 26, 2013, 07:15:05 AM »
looks good, 8)
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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #3421 on: September 26, 2013, 10:56:06 AM »
Is it as comfy as it looks?

Today, the weather was beautiful so I took my RE out for an extended pleasure ride to test my new "heel/toe" shifter.
I wanted to ensure that I had it adjusted correctly to suit my personal preference regarding ease of use -- it was and I like it very much.
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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #3422 on: September 27, 2013, 07:23:11 AM »
(Yesterday) Replaced the stock circular tail-light with an older style Minda light.  8)
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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #3423 on: September 29, 2013, 01:53:14 AM »
Since RE hasn't seen fit to release a new twin, I took my settlement money and bought a new Star Bolt R Spec.  Yes, I'm leaving the esteemed members of Enfieldness to go to the V-Twin, evil darkness.  Alas, everything that was wrong with my Iron Barrel Enfield has been cured.  Speed, acceleration, handling, comfort, highway worthiness, all cured in one Bolt of lightning.

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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #3424 on: September 29, 2013, 02:00:35 AM »
I'm back! Haven't been on here in awhile. Hadn't ridden since sometime in June. Finally replaced the rear sprocket last night and installed a new Tsubaka O-Ring chain. (Ordered brake shoes, but the old ones looked almost new!) Took the luggage rack off since it had broken in the same spot on both sides! I had a Bestem T-box on it, but never loaded it up. (Rain gear, plus put my helmet in it when parked.) So now I can't carry much.

Anyway, it's finally getting cool enough to ride again. And I'll finally get that last 400 miles needed to hit 10K! First two years saw about 5000 miles each. Maybe I can put more than that on it between now and May. 9 months... If I'm dedicated I should get at least 9000 miles, right?
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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #3425 on: September 29, 2013, 02:03:57 AM »
Since RE hasn't seen fit to release a new twin, I took my settlement money and bought a new Star Bolt R Spec.  Yes, I'm leaving the esteemed members of Enfieldness to go to the V-Twin, evil darkness.  Alas, everything that was wrong with my Iron Barrel Enfield has been cured.  Speed, acceleration, handling, comfort, highway worthiness, all cured in one Bolt of lightning.



The Bolt looks cool, and isn't especially expensive, either! Not much rear travel, but I don't know if that's a problem. More travel than an Iron 883, though! That thing might as well be rigid.
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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #3426 on: September 29, 2013, 02:05:05 AM »
Since RE hasn't seen fit to release a new twin, I took my settlement money and bought a new Star Bolt R Spec.  Yes, I'm leaving the esteemed members of Enfieldness to go to the V-Twin, evil darkness.  Alas, everything that was wrong with my Iron Barrel Enfield has been cured.  Speed, acceleration, handling, comfort, highway worthiness, all cured in one Bolt of lightning.

I saw that bike recently, really nice ride.  If I were to back to some cruiser type thing that would be the one.  Happy trails!

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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #3427 on: September 29, 2013, 02:15:43 AM »
Thanks! I rode the Sportster 48 and it came the closest to the Bolt.  The Bolt just had the edge in low-end torque, handling, and ride.  Yes, it is firm, but nowhere near as hard as the over-priced H-Ds.  Dealers want more than MSRP for H-Ds in the DC area.  Went to PA and found the Bolt for $1500 under MSRP OUT THE DOOR!  Try that at a Hardley dealer.
Rode 91 miles today and my hands and butt weren't numb.  That alone makes it better than the Sportster.  Kept up with a Suzuki Street Fighter up to 105 but backed off 'cause I'm still breaking her in.   8)
added:  I couldn't beet 72 on the Iron Barrel, not that I needed too, but.... ;D
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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #3428 on: September 29, 2013, 02:18:59 PM »
I liked the 48 too.  Black wheels, totally stripped down.  It looked great except for the terrible 48 graphics across the tank.

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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #3429 on: September 29, 2013, 02:27:28 PM »
Detailed the HELL out of The Blackhawk yesterday for The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride today.  Also got the carb all dialed in real nice.  Awesome throttle response and a WICKED pop-cackle-pop-cackle-cackle out of both pipes when down idling from high RPMs.    ;D  It's funny, a lot of you guys on here try to tune your bikes so perfectly and try not to have any banging in your exhaust at all.  I've ALWAYS tuned my bikes a hair lean on the pilot jet and extra rich on the air screw.  It's a beautiful sound.     8)   Speaking of which, I need to clean plugs soon.  LOL

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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #3430 on: September 29, 2013, 06:04:48 PM »
After tussling with the idea for quite some time and after watching MANY youtube videos, I went to Harbor Freight and bought this motorcycle lift.  When I got home, I unpacked it, but didn't assemble any of the pieces.  Whew -- I'm glad I didn't.  I decided to take a "dry run" and place just the rubber coated lifting arms under the RE to check the spacing where they would contact the motor and/or frame.  IMO, it was a NO GO (at least safely).   In the best position, one of the arms would either push on and most likely damage my exhaust or obstruct one of the bottom oil drain plugs.  The other arm would have to be supported by the retracted center stand.  Rather than trying to fabricate something out of wood or steel to make it work, I decided to do as my wife suggested in the first place and get the motorcycle lift table.  Tomorrow, back to Harbor Freight to make an exchange.

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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #3431 on: September 29, 2013, 06:58:12 PM »
The advantage with the lifting forks is that you can get the wheels off the ground to remove them and change the tires!
I have a similar one I used for lifting for my Enfield,and it works fine, It never marked the pipes or caused any other problems. I think I raised the bike with the forward arm actually under the side stand, moving the whole thing back where the rear arm was under the center stand. I had a jack under the frame at the front to get the front wheel off the ground. I changed the oil on the center stand, so all the drain plugs were clear.
It worked quite well when I sorted it all out.
Te Goose has two pipes so the stand is excellent for that!
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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #3432 on: September 29, 2013, 07:48:56 PM »
As much as I hate to admit it, it's really the pits getting old.  With arthritis, it's hard getting up and down, up and down, etc. and working on the garage floor positioning the lift arms "just right" with a lift.  When changing the oil, getting down and removing the oil drain bolts and getting to the screen is getting difficult for me.  Raising the bike up higher for oil changes and chain maintenance will make my life a lot easier.
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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #3433 on: September 30, 2013, 02:15:50 AM »
I'm no sure if its my dismal back or shear laziness, but that lifting table looks better every year :)

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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #3434 on: September 30, 2013, 04:25:06 PM »
Fitted a new DID gold x ring chain and new rear sprocket. The whole thing disintegrated last Tuesday after a 600 km ride. There were 18 missing teeth on the sprocket - 8 in a row and the remainder ad hoc. After thightening the chain as stiff as possible we managed to reach home over the last 100 km + at about 40 to 60 kmph. I suspect a stone got jammed between the sprocket and chain.