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Author Topic: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?  (Read 196903 times)

heloego

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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #3855 on: January 17, 2014, 01:15:41 PM »
The install really looks good, Craig! And NOTHIN' beats real leather! How's it for comfort?
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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #3856 on: January 17, 2014, 04:44:16 PM »
The install really looks good, Craig! And NOTHIN' beats real leather! How's it for comfort?
Hi, Comfort? I'll know more once I ride it awhile. But on first impression, I noticed the rigid wedge shape of the seat frame, the internal springs, & the seats coil spring suspension, do offer some cush. I don't believe it will be any problem, as I have spent many hours riding on Denfield & Pagusa Rubber Solos, on my old BMW's, URAL's Etc. I can always add a Fleece cover for summertime & long rides.
  Last time I priced real Shearling Fleece Covers - I went to Wal Mart & bought a Black Shag Toilet Lid Cover for $9.95 for my Ural. They work really well, & can soften the edges of a brick.
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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #3857 on: January 17, 2014, 05:46:58 PM »
Hi, Comfort? I'll know more once I ride it awhile. But on first impression, I noticed the rigid wedge shape of the seat frame, the internal springs, & the seats coil spring suspension, do offer some cush. I don't believe it will be any problem, as I have spent many hours riding on Denfield & Pagusa Rubber Solos, on my old BMW's, URAL's Etc. I can always add a Fleece cover for summertime & long rides.
  Last time I priced real Shearling Fleece Covers - I went to Wal Mart & bought a Black Shag Toilet Lid Cover for $9.95 for my Ural. They work really well, & can soften the edges of a brick.

            I put the NFieldGear version of your seat on my '08 a couple years ago & like it just fine. Of course, I don't ride hundreds of miles a week like you. It just hurts too damn much (not the seat, just me as a whole unit).

             I like the black fake sheepskin toilet seat cover idea. A bit of elastic tape could be stitched around a piece cut to fit & look pretty cool. I could lie & say it was yak  :D

              I made a custom seat cover for the DS I had in the '70s out of a huge piece of fake sheepskin I found at a remnant store. It saved the blue velour from the in & out of my Levis for 12 years.
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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #3858 on: January 17, 2014, 08:04:11 PM »
Magoo,
Cobra has just what you need for a small heat shield. Part # 99-0155P

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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #3859 on: January 18, 2014, 01:29:44 AM »
I got my heat shield at the local Harley graveyard store.
It was one of the few things they had that was reasonably priced.
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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #3860 on: January 18, 2014, 06:35:06 AM »
Replaced the stock chain with a tsubaki o-ring, and my dealer kindly replaced the upswept silencer that didn't even make it to 3000km before imploding with this Australian made custom number, the M16.
Never heard of it but it sounds pretty damn good!
Can anyone recommend a small heat shield?!

I thought i saw your bike parked at JCS, i stopped there for a new spark plug. I saw that silencer hanging on the wall behind the parts counter......yours still had the upswept on it when I was there.

Ho do you like it? Can you post a video of the sound?

Are you going on tomorrows Run to the Hills ride with PCR?

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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #3861 on: January 18, 2014, 07:14:38 AM »
Hey Geoff.
It's made by Outercycle manufacturing in Vic.
JCS stopped stocking the Indian made upswepts, rightly so, total POS.
It's pretty throaty...nice thump on idle and a good blat when it gets going.
Slight performance increase too which was a nice surprise.
I'll check out the PCR ride deets now!

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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #3862 on: January 18, 2014, 08:57:21 AM »
Well hopefully you come to the ride tomorrow so I can hear it!

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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #3863 on: January 18, 2014, 09:25:03 PM »
Charged up the battery good and took a ride downtown to The Bonneville Shop to finally pick up a new alternator.  Was a great day for a ride!  About 50F and the Blackhawk is tuned so good for this weather!  I just can't get over how well this bike runs at this altitude.  Can't wait to upgrade the 18 tooth sprocket for a 21.  It should really tear it up then!

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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #3864 on: January 19, 2014, 12:45:57 AM »
My G5 Deluxe is indoors, sipping at the HARBOR FREIGHT $9.95 Float Charger today, & looked achingly good with the New Seats, yearning for warmer weather, ready to go, & aimed at the garage door.
  I was only able to stop & share a moment with it, before heading out to run errands in a vehicle with a heater.
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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #3865 on: January 19, 2014, 02:08:49 AM »
Those seats look good, Craig...  Nice install.
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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #3866 on: January 19, 2014, 04:44:19 AM »
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...sipping at the HARBOR FREIGHT $9.95 Float Charger today...

Speaking of HF, at their last parking lot sale I got an "Open Box" special on a bench drill press with a 1/2" key-less chuck for $50. All that was wrong was a busted plastic knob (fixed with Super Glue). Works great. Oughtta last a long time.  :)
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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #3867 on: January 19, 2014, 12:52:03 PM »
My G5 Deluxe is indoors, sipping at the HARBOR FREIGHT $9.95 Float Charger today, & looked achingly good with the New Seats, yearning for warmer weather, ready to go, & aimed at the garage door.
  I was only able to stop & share a moment with it, before heading out to run errands in a vehicle with a heater.

I have to ask Craig.....  Is it really that cold down there in Georgia, or are you just spoiled with all the beautiful weather throughout the rest of the year?   :)


Yesterday afternoon I went ahead and got my new alternator installed.  I think I had mentioned before that the last time I installed a new alternator, the rotor was rubbing just a little bit at the bottom of the alternator.  I didn't think anything of as it was a really tight fit around my adapter bracket and didn't have any play or adjustment.  It was rubbing, but it was also working so I just let it fly.  Well, it only lasted about 4 or 5 months before the alternator completely burned up.  Fortunately, I was able to catch the problem before I got stranded somewhere because I've had electrical/charging problems on other bikes (including this one) so I test my batteries on a regular basis.

First of all, my new DeWalt Impact and Drill saved the day!  The only bolts/nuts I couldn't use my impact on were the foot peg, exhaust mount and muffler mount.  While starting to pull the foot peg, I noticed my primary case was loose and moving around.  AGAIN!  Sure enough, the 3 pan head Witworth allen bolts that bolt the primary around the crankshaft were loose again.  It is really hard getting those damn thing tight, I think this was the 3rd time it has happened to me.  If they loosen up again I will be very surprised, because I removed the alternator adapter bracket and used a T-25 Torx bit and my 112ft# cordless impact to drive those bitches in this time!  "Yeah Mo Fo!  Now What?!"    ;D

A great tip to remember when dealing with allen heads that are stripped.  Can't get a metric or SAE to work?  Use a Torx!  They work almost every time!


Put the adapter bracket back on, slid the alternator on and was having the same problem as before, real tight on the bottom edge.  So I broke out my new DeWalt cordless drill this time and opened up the alternator mounting holes from 1/4" to 3/8", cleaned it off good with brake cleaner and compressed air, slid it back on and NOW I have some play.  Got out the feeler gauge and set a .005 gap right next to the one bolt/mount and tightened it up with the impact.  I then went around with the feeler, tapping here and there with a rubber mallet until I had a nice .005 gap around the whole ring.  Took about 10 tries, which would normally equate to about 30-45 minutes of wrenching the nuts on and off trying to get it just right.  But with the cordless impact it only took about 5 minutes to get it perfect!  If you have never had the chance to own/play/use a cordless impact, you have no idea what you are missing out on!  The last time I did this job (by far NOT the first time I've pulled the primary cover for whatever reason) it took me about 5 hours to do this job.  Last night, it took me 3 hours and I wasn't even working that hard on it.  In fact, I even took a break to smoke a cigar.    8)



Everything is all back to normal in the electrical department.  :)

Scottie
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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #3868 on: January 19, 2014, 03:25:03 PM »
Scottie, We're going to have to get together for cigars sometime!  I love the ashtray too!

Last night I changed as many of the fluids as I could (oil, primary, trans, catch can, forks).  I also made videos of it all, I'll put them together over the rest of the long weekend and make them available so if folks have any questions about how to do it they can see for themselves.  I know I use the hell out of youtube for researching how to fix things....
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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #3869 on: January 19, 2014, 03:38:41 PM »
azcatfan - My buddy/co-worker is originally from Tuscon but I've never been there.  Almost moved there, but I moved to Denver instead.  I'd love to get together sometime over a cigar and drinks!  Maybe you can make your way up here for one of the Rocky Mountain rides Dan Kearny (and probably myself) are trying to assemble.  Or maybe I'll get a hair up my arse and decide to take a roady down there.  Who knows!  LOL  ;)

Come to think of it Heloego lives in the half way point of Albuquerque........

Scottie
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