and she hasn't been started in all that time. Hey all - first post. found ya cause a friend was just given - that's right, given as in no cost to her whatsoever - a 2006 Bullet.It doesn't run now but did 7 months ago the last time the previous owner was on it. That's all I know right now until I get into my garage to tear into it and get it running for my friend.My question is what can I expect to need to do to the bike other than the basics?I'm gonna drain all fluids and replace em, clean the carb and replace / check the battey - but am I in for any "Royal Specific" surprises?I'm new to Enfields, but this ain't my first rodeo. My stable curently has a Road King, a 1200 sporty cafe racer built by me, and a 1978 SR 500 (that's the more important bike... ) so thumpers are not a new beast to me.Thanks in advance for any help and suggestions.
Thanks Matt, Everything you post seems like it has your signature on it, neat and organized. You may know that I just bought the new (19km on odometer) 2002 Machismo which has been subject of Customs seizure for the past five or so years. Same sort of problem as our new friend here, except his is used and only been sitting seven months. Do you think your maintenance list applies or should I go deeper into the engine and see what is actually happening there.Thanks for this and past advice,Larry
Before doing anything you should invest in the Snidal service manual. You sound reasonably knowledgeable, but if you haven't worked on a British bike, you will be in for some surprises. Good luck!
You guys rock! THanks for the links, and yes - the manual is a must, as is a dedicated notebook for procedures - I'm WAY too ADD to break down a carb without taking notes...Here's a question for ya though - The bike isn't for me so the young lady in question will be buying the manual and parts needed to make it go, but I really don't want to be her personal mechanic. I love wrenching, and I am definitely going to enjoy getting this bike running, but my bikes take precedence after thatso... Will this bike be a good choice for a girl not afraid to get her hands greasy, but with no real mechanical experience? She seems totally jazzed to have the bike (who wouldn't), but I have told her that this bike will be a labor of love maintenance wise. Will good general upkeep keep this bike running or is it like my Yamaha and prone to burning out stators and such? She'll be fine changing fluids and adjusting the chain, but she won't be interested in getting into the engine - she'll be asking me to do all of that.Thanks again for all the replies.
You could always find her a nice start-it-and-go Honda for cheap and offer to trade with her if it looks like she might not be up for the tinkering. At least that's what my conniving mind would be thinking