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Re: Project fodder

Post by windmill » Wed Jan 01, 2020 3:34 pm

Eric N wrote:
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I think this one looks pretty sharp.
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OOOOHHHH!!!!!
And only $32k........
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Re: Project fodder

Post by GregAus » Thu Jan 02, 2020 3:20 am

tgtrotter wrote:
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I'd be curious of how easy it is or isn't to pull start. Especially in the cold.
Just use the electric starter.

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Re: Project fodder

Post by Rich Maund » Sun Jan 05, 2020 11:19 pm

AS an old steam plant mechanic, it is difficult for me to really get excited over an electric bike. Guzzi's appealed to me for many years because of their excellent engineering and usefulness on the street. I still have one old Guzzi Cali III and my 03 RE 500 Bullet with original controls and 4 speed backward shift set up. It is a real challenge to my right brain to ride that thing!
yeah, I might be addicted to brake fluid. But I can stop any time I want.

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Re: Project fodder

Post by Eric N » Sun Jan 05, 2020 11:58 pm

Rich Maund wrote:
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AS an old steam plant mechanic...
Convert it to steam!

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Re: Project fodder

Post by GregAus » Mon Jan 06, 2020 1:36 am

Steam lost to petrol and electric because of water refilling. Sad to say, but you need clean water at regular distances for steam to be practical.

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Re: Project fodder

Post by Eric N » Mon Jan 06, 2020 2:27 am

Why does it has to be practical?

Practical and fun can be on very different ends of the scale.

We all have our own uses for our bikes. I view them all as toys, even though they are my main source of transportation. Not sure Rich's Enfield since he's newer than mine, but I'm kickstart only, mechanical brakes, right side shift, love the neutral finder, and I'm debating removing the battery since the Powerbox has a capacitor that's adequate for starting. I ride it for pure joy, other bikes in the fleet are more practical. Grocery shopping with the Enfield is limited, I can haul stuff easier on the CT90.
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Re: Project fodder

Post by Rich Maund » Mon Jan 06, 2020 1:59 pm

Eric N wrote:
Sun Jan 05, 2020 11:58 pm
Rich Maund wrote:
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AS an old steam plant mechanic...
Convert it to steam!

That IS awesome there! But I need to replace the motor in my lathe to be able to build a steam engine. It burned out after 22 years. More retirement projects!
yeah, I might be addicted to brake fluid. But I can stop any time I want.

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Re: Project fodder

Post by Rich Maund » Mon Jan 06, 2020 2:02 pm

Eric N wrote:
Mon Jan 06, 2020 2:27 am
Why does it has to be practical?

Practical and fun can be on very different ends of the scale.

We all have our own uses for our bikes. I view them all as toys, even though they are my main source of transportation. Not sure Rich's Enfield since he's newer than mine, but I'm kickstart only, mechanical brakes, right side shift, love the neutral finder, and I'm debating removing the battery since the Powerbox has a capacitor that's adequate for starting. I ride it for pure joy, other bikes in the fleet are more practical. Grocery shopping with the Enfield is limited, I can haul stuff easier on the CT90.
Mine is the last of the iron barreled 4 speed bikes and even came with points ignition, but it was the first year to have an e-starter. Small drum brakes. Front is very weak, rear is pretty good. Suspension is made to suck up rough roads! Lots of spring and travel, but little dampening. ;-)
yeah, I might be addicted to brake fluid. But I can stop any time I want.

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Re: Project fodder

Post by Eric N » Mon Jan 06, 2020 8:15 pm

Hey Rich,

Hitchcocks makes a heavy duty front brake cable that really firmed up my bike.

https://accessories.hitchcocksmotorcycl ... evers/2536

On my old Ural 650 I did the Triumph clutch cable mod for the front brake and could lock it up, this cable for the Enfield isn't quite that thick but there's very little stretch and night/ day between the prior cable.
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Re: Project fodder

Post by jaybird » Thu Jan 30, 2020 2:17 am

This is mine. It has what I believe to be a 435cc British “Graves” diesel, I believe it’s the engine that Yanmar and the rest of the Asian Diesel’s are derived from.
To the best of my knowledge, this is a factory offering from Royal Enfield. As far as I know, RE offered this base model ( I call it the farmers model), and a sportier model called the “Taurus”
It’s a fun little motorcycle, about 45mph top speed.

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Re: Project fodder

Post by Rich Maund » Thu Jan 30, 2020 1:37 pm

Eric N wrote:
Tue Dec 31, 2019 6:20 pm
Hey Rich,

Mine's and older 4 speed, I think you're new enough to have 5 gears. I don't know the gearing of the 5 speeds, I have enough oomph in 1st gear that I could change the front sprocket by a tooth and probably still be ok. Might be a cheaper option if you have enough power to just change the front sprocket.

I think I had mine at 65mph once, had to hop on the highway for 2 miles, it was not fun. It's delightful at slower speeds.
Mine is the last of the 4 speed models. Last to have points ignition too, but first to have an e-starter! It IS a delight at 50 mph. Handles like a ten speed bicycle as light as it is. But the brakes on my ten speed are better, honestly! :P
yeah, I might be addicted to brake fluid. But I can stop any time I want.

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Re: Project fodder

Post by Eric N » Fri Jan 31, 2020 4:19 am

Hi Rich,

I can lock up my front brake, so dunno. May be a combination of heavy cable, pads, and just having both shoes such that they're both engaging fully when I squeeze. I was also able to get my front drum on my 2001 Patrol to lock up, took lots of tweaking to get there, and lifted the rear tire off the ground the first time it happened. Might be a cheap but time consuming project to figure out why your front brake is as weak as you claim, you should have the "improved" front brake design sold by Hitchcocks (I also added that but I'm an older bike). Are the shoes clean? Inside of the drums clean? Is it possible something got inside and slimed your brakes?
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