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Author Topic: wednesday the big day  (Read 589 times)

donatelos

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wednesday the big day
« on: November 04, 2010, 07:24:29 PM »
well  the dealer tells me my new classic  will be delivered this wednesday about  12 noon ,believe  me I cant  wait  trouble is I be doing night shift for next couple of months so cant go too far ,So what I was wondering  once the bike is run in ready for spring I intend to go camping home and abroad carrying far too much gear as usual so has anyone had experience of such trips and if so how does the bike cope ,I'm not talking silly sustained speeds but around 60-65  possibly less for about 200ml to max 300 ml days and any tips what to carry aside from the usual tool/puncture kit that would be usefull to aid any  possible roadside issues ,what kind of oil consumption would be reasonable to expect on such journey's,would a spare liter of oil cover me for a 1500-2000ml trip? As you may of guessed  I intend to use it as it was intended i.e use but not abuse,did 4600ml around Italy and 4500ml around Poland the last two years on the Calli and see no reason why the Enfield can't match that with due considerations to it's perfomance abillity would you agree or am I too ambitious ,I honestly see no reason why not .All opinions appreciated thank's Don
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Re: wednesday the big day
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2010, 08:34:41 PM »
I wouldn't have any hesitation about two or three hundred miles a day. If you're going to be doing sustained 60-65 mph, give it a break to cool down now & then. Also consider a less restrictive exhaust - the bike is much happier at higher revs without that beast of a tube it comes fitted with. My G5 never needs topping up with oil between changes - about 2500 miles. I've not ridden it laden, other than the saddle bags full of groceries & beer back from the shops, and weekends away, but these bikes are tough as old boots. I don't carry a puncture kit - the tyres are absolute buggers to get off with hand levers. A few tools, including an endlessly useful Bahco 8" wrench which opens to 40mm! Most reassuring bit of kit? A phone with roadside recovery number programmed in. Yuppie toolkit. I aint proud.. :D
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Re: wednesday the big day
« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2010, 09:55:06 PM »
The weight should be just fine, just do not hang a sleeping bag on the front forks, blocks the air flow to the motor.   ;D

I haul the sidecar with well over 100 lbs in it.  Haven't done for hundreds of miles at a time, but it seems to handle it well.

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Re: wednesday the big day
« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2010, 10:14:27 PM »
 Congratulations on the new bike! It will do 300 mile days easy, as far as tools to carry I have no idea. I have over 8000 miles on my C5 and I've never even looked at the tool kit ;D
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Re: wednesday the big day
« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2010, 11:55:03 PM »
 Cruising around Europe on a RE, can I come? 
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Re: wednesday the big day
« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2010, 08:35:24 PM »
yuppie tool kit  like that lol, must admit I could see no reason the classic  would have trouble with such trips, come spring/summer I intend to put some serious miles on it. Did a 4600ml trip around Poland and a 4500ml one around Italy on my Calli and see no reason the  Enfield cant match that riding within it's abilities and  not trying to strain it ,yep I think it's going to be a very nice 2011 from a riding veiwpoint  .Don
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