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Author Topic: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?  (Read 170290 times)

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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #3930 on: February 03, 2014, 02:37:13 AM »
What did you puff on for the celebration?  I'm a HUGE fan of everything Drew Estate has to offer.  :D
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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #3931 on: February 04, 2014, 05:27:37 AM »
Hey Rich!

I'm glad to hear you still have your RE and plan on riding it.
After not hearing of your adventures I was afraid you might have said, "To hell with it." and sold it.

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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #3932 on: February 04, 2014, 03:48:39 PM »
Well, Jim, the problem is it's way more fun than my other bike, so I guess I'm stuck with it!

Here's a picture of how it looks right now:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/nqnejdyw7d3ee1k/2014-02-04%2009.41.27.jpg
I'll be riding later today (the streets are cleared)...

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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #3933 on: February 04, 2014, 04:57:09 PM »
I have been facing a strange problem for the past few days. RPM climbs quickly but the speedo needle doesn't move up that fast. also rpm for a given speed is more than usual. With the odo on 42000km, first thing that came to my mind was clutch and booked an appointment at service station. But suddenly realised that since I had replaced my front tyre sometime back, mechanic could have broken something. Yes, speedo worm gear was broken. Once replaced bike is back to normal.
BTW has anyone replaced stock clutch? If yes at what odo?
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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #3934 on: February 04, 2014, 06:56:40 PM »
Well, Jim, the problem is it's way more fun than my other bike, so I guess I'm stuck with it!

Here's a picture of how it looks right now:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/nqnejdyw7d3ee1k/2014-02-04%2009.41.27.jpg
I'll be riding later today (the streets are cleared)...
Hey Rich, That's sad to see. Things "made like guns" don't always function when left in the elements. WALMART SELLS A REAL GOOD BIKE COVER IN THE $20. RANGE.
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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #3935 on: February 05, 2014, 04:03:56 AM »
Craig - I have a cover, but what with juggling 3 bikes in and out of 2 garage spaces, and no legal street parking anywhere nearby, I don't always have the cover when I need it.

I rode the bike the last couple days despite the snow on the ground. The lanes had been cleared. It's a hoot to be out in crisp cold winter weather!

Tonight when I got home, after hosing the salt off the undercarriage, I installed a couple of accessories: A simple cell phone case that clamps to the handlebars, replacing the complicated ram mount thing I had had on there... And a pair of "oven mitts" type handwarmers for the handlebars. These are the Tucano urbano Italian ones, made for scooters, the same kind I have on my other bike. They are like Hippo Hands, which I don't think are available anymore.

Because of the cant of my handlebars, i'm afraid they may fill up with snow! But if they do, they'll dry quickly.

Also installed a mirror extender on the left side, to match the one I had on the right side.

We have more snow coming tonight, and this bike is outdoors overnight. I parked near my work, in the shelter of some tall buildings so it won't get too covered. We should be clear by midafternoon tomorrow, so I'll be able to ride it home at least!

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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #3936 on: February 05, 2014, 05:24:04 AM »
The idea of riding on wet/salty/slushy streets packed with cages all around me would scare the crap out of me.

Ride with great care grasshopper.
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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #3937 on: February 05, 2014, 10:49:08 AM »
... I installed ... a pair of "oven mitts" type handwarmers for the handlebars...

I'd love a pic or two, and a description/review... I've thought about such an installation.  I've heard tell of some of these causing front brake trouble, with wind pressure actually pushing the front brake lever and causing pad overheating and/or premature wear...

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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #3938 on: February 05, 2014, 11:45:13 AM »
The idea of riding on wet/salty/slushy streets packed with cages all around me would scare the crap out of me.

Ride with great care grasshopper.

It's not as bad as you think Jim.  At least here in Denver anyways.  When people see you ride your bike in this stuff, they are usually so baffled by your braveness they tend to give you extra room and an occasional head shake of disbelief.    :)  If I had a super-moto bike with some gnarly ice tires, I would ride it to work in 8" of snow rooster tailing all the cagers!

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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #3939 on: February 05, 2014, 02:16:38 PM »
The idea of riding on wet/salty/slushy streets packed with cages all around me would scare the crap out of me.

Ride with great care grasshopper.

Seriously, I had to drive home in some light wind-driven rain at about 40F the other night and thought to myself 'I need to pay better attention to the weather app'.  Could not do the riding in inches of slush and snow....
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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #3940 on: February 05, 2014, 02:22:56 PM »
Well, in terms of riding in winter weather here in densely populated, well-served NYC:

Salting and street clearing is extremely efficient -- that ought to be the case, given the taxes we pay! 2,000 sanitation trucks fitted with plows provide the first wave of clearing, and the city maintains a GPS-driven map of the last service time for every block in the city (0-1 hours, 1-2 hours, etc.). So you can check your route in advance. All my route to work (and pretty much everywhere I ever need to go) is on main streets that get excellent service, but in fact the entire city is passed by plows within about 2 hours of the start of plow service. The streets are narrowed by snow and slush, slowing everyone.

And I don't ride in conditions where I'm likely to see ice. For instance: temps just dropped from just above to significantly below freezing point. The bike is very stable on ordinary dry-salted-slightly-slushy roads (much better than my CB250 Nighthawk), even on stock tires. Obviously whenever I'm anywhere near slush, etc., I slow way down. And I avoid areas with packed ice (I had to walk the bike into a gas station yesterday because the pavement inside the station just looked too risky).

Here are some pics of the "oven mitt"/iPhone case installation from yesterday:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/tquxl5zwmjz2m14/2014-02-04%2018.36.29.jpg
https://www.dropbox.com/s/1d74mc63o2wgqe6/2014-02-04%2018.48.18.jpg
https://www.dropbox.com/s/8meb2gflhexkna0/2014-02-04%2018.48.29.jpg
https://www.dropbox.com/s/ltuuv703tc1as6v/2014-02-04%2018.48.36.jpg
https://www.dropbox.com/s/cv3qse8nmp6rxba/2014-02-04%2018.48.49.jpg

The openings for the levers weren't quite big enough for the beads on the ends of my levers to clear, so I just tore another quarter-inch or so into them.

Given the design of these things (they're just neoprene), it doesn't feel to me like they're capable of exerting enough pressure against the natural sprung position of the levers to cause any wear. I'm a big fan -- they make it possible to ride in freezing temperatures wearing ordinary gloves without having to take special precautions.


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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #3942 on: February 05, 2014, 04:32:26 PM »
Craig - I have a cover, but what with juggling 3 bikes in and out of 2 garage spaces, and no legal street parking anywhere nearby, I don't always have the cover when I need it.


Those Wal Mart Covers come with a nice compact bag you can attach & keep with the bike. So with a small investment your treasure will be protected.

Best Wishes, Craig McClure

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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #3943 on: February 05, 2014, 04:35:52 PM »
Well, in terms of riding in winter weather here in densely populated, well-served NYC:

Salting and street clearing is extremely efficient -- that ought to be the case, given the taxes we pay! 2,000 sanitation trucks fitted with plows provide the first wave of clearing, and the city maintains a GPS-driven map of the last service time for every block in the city (0-1 hours, 1-2 hours, etc.). So you can check your route in advance. All my route to work (and pretty much everywhere I ever need to go) is on main streets that get excellent service, but in fact the entire city is passed by plows within about 2 hours of the start of plow service. The streets are narrowed by snow and slush, slowing everyone.

And I don't ride in conditions where I'm likely to see ice. For instance: temps just dropped from just above to significantly below freezing point. The bike is very stable on ordinary dry-salted-slightly-slushy roads (much better than my CB250 Nighthawk), even on stock tires. Obviously whenever I'm anywhere near slush, etc., I slow way down. And I avoid areas with packed ice (I had to walk the bike into a gas station yesterday because the pavement inside the station just looked too risky).

Here are some pics of the "oven mitt"/iPhone case installation from yesterday:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/tquxl5zwmjz2m14/2014-02-04%2018.36.29.jpg
https://www.dropbox.com/s/1d74mc63o2wgqe6/2014-02-04%2018.48.18.jpg
https://www.dropbox.com/s/8meb2gflhexkna0/2014-02-04%2018.48.29.jpg
https://www.dropbox.com/s/ltuuv703tc1as6v/2014-02-04%2018.48.36.jpg
https://www.dropbox.com/s/cv3qse8nmp6rxba/2014-02-04%2018.48.49.jpg

The openings for the levers weren't quite big enough for the beads on the ends of my levers to clear, so I just tore another quarter-inch or so into them.

Given the design of these things (they're just neoprene), it doesn't feel to me like they're capable of exerting enough pressure against the natural sprung position of the levers to cause any wear. I'm a big fan -- they make it possible to ride in freezing temperatures wearing ordinary gloves without having to take special precautions.
We also have a pretty good subway system. ::)
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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #3944 on: February 05, 2014, 09:04:00 PM »
Oh dear, who wants a subway if you have a bike, any bike.  :o

Oven mittens, hippo hands: choice galore in these parts.
I find it too cumbersome for me, but did some recce as my daughter expressed an interest in them.
Some are rigid enough to stay in a given shape. I believe that "exerting pressure on levers" is a thing from the past if you choose a pair for motors, not bicycles. Expect a price tag of around 40 euros though for a quality pair.
Or go diy:  ;D

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