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Old 03-27-2008, 03:44 PM   #1
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Royal Enfield Adventure Bike – Have I lost my mind?

First, quick story, about 20 years ago I destroyed a 2 week old dirt bike while walking away without a scratch. Last year, I took the MSF basic rider course and bought a new bike, a Royal Enfield Electra, 6 months later I purchased a Triumph Bonneville. I am hooked on riding again…

I am debating about turning my Enfield into a light weight adventure bike. Currently, I use the bike as a daily driver to run around town (can’t beat 70 mpg). I have made changes/modifications to the bike, mostly to increase available horse power. I also have brackets/mounts that with some minor mods can be used for hard cases.

What I am looking at are tires, handle bars, a seat and a fly screen of some sort.
Tires – Michelin Anakee 100/90 19 both front and rear (both tires are a front tire with the tire in the rear being run in reverse direction)
Handle bars – Stock bars replaced with a braced “Scrambler” style with about 4” of rise over the stock bars.
Seat – A Scrambler type that is about 2/3rds of the length of the stock seat.
Fly screen – I will fabricate myself

My goal is a bike that is comfortable on dirt roads and some 2 track.

So, have I lost my mind?

Some extra information: the Enfield Electra has a re-designed motor that is many times more reliable then the original motor. I can run the bike at 65 "all day".

My Enfield as it is today.

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Old 03-27-2008, 04:19 PM   #2
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Love your Enfield, Staplegunnr, and yes, you have lost your mind, but please share more of your insanity with us.
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Old 03-27-2008, 04:33 PM   #3
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Dont question your sanity just start cuttin'and hackin' etc.................
enter the "MORONOSPHEAR"
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Old 03-27-2008, 04:39 PM   #4
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I think it depends on how adventuresome you want to get. I've owned an Enfield Bullet. I put quite a bit into the engine, porting, polishing, high comp. piston, Amal Carb, BSA exhause, etc. I got rid of the battery box, relocated the coil, did all sorts of stuff. At one time it was probably making more power than any other Bullet in existence. I was invited to lunch with some reps from the factory in India and they were amazed at how much power my bike was making. That being said, without spending a lot more money (and ruining the classic good looks) on things like brakes, the bike just wasn't a very capable stopper.

They're a very simple bike, and easy to wrench on. From that standpoint they're probably an ideal adventure platform. If you don't plan on spending much time on superslabs, or expect much offroad, it would probably work okay. Since you already have a Triumph, I think I'd be more tempted to get something like a Scrambler to use as an adventure mount. It's more modern in about every way.
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Old 03-27-2008, 08:06 PM   #5
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Definite style points for adventurin' on the Bullet. It looks like a sweet bike.
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Old 03-27-2008, 08:19 PM   #6
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I think you will find that the Royal Enfield is used quite often as an adventure bike in places like india
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Old 03-27-2008, 08:32 PM   #7
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why not start with the trials kit?

Please note: All parts are available separately or as a kit. You first must secure a "donor" bike which is usually a stock Royal Enfield. This is an aftermarket kit and is not manufactured or sanctioned by Royal Enfield Motors. For Off road Use only, may not be legal in all jurisdictions.
  • Flexible indicators
  • Alloy mudguards
  • Fork gaiters
  • Air filter
  • Side stand
  • Handlebars
  • Sump guard
  • Exhaust system
  • Straight kick-start
  • 3 x mudguard stays
  • Rear mudguard loop
  • Spoke and nipple sets
  • 21" + 18" alloy wheel rims
  • Alloy tank with cap, tap, rear fixing and transfers
  • Rear number plate bracket and light holder and rear light
  • Single saddle with fixings and springs (large or small available)
  • All required fixings (Please note: tyres are not included)
not sure how much is compatible with the Electra, but......
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Old 03-27-2008, 09:01 PM   #8
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Old 03-27-2008, 09:23 PM   #9
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go nuts!

this video shows a fellow on a seriously loaded enfield doing some adventure touring.

he carried all his camera equipment. he'd stop, set up his shot, then ride through, then go back and tear it down.

here's the trailer.

lookin' for a place to happen;
makin' stops along the way - the tragically hip

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Old 03-27-2008, 10:03 PM   #10
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You should definitely try it so long as you get a kick out of it and you can live with your nice bike getting beat up. I think it's very cool. I used to love to ride my harley on dirt roads.

Maybe you can get some kind of bash plate and guards to protect that engine case? Looks like going down in rocky terrain would do a real number on it as is.
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Old 03-27-2008, 10:09 PM   #11
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kevrider - my idea is a non-farkled version of the Indian kit. Most of the parts will not work on the Electra.

tweeker43 - that vid, and this site was what has lead me to loosing my mind.

Yes, I have lost my mind....

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Old 03-27-2008, 10:19 PM   #12
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buy a klr650
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Old 03-28-2008, 12:13 AM   #13
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Enfields are one of the Original Adventure bikes. I wouldn't consider them anything less.

Upgrade to knobbies and you're finished.
"Beauty sleep?" Bitch, you don't need a nap, you need to HIBERNATE!
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Old 03-28-2008, 12:23 AM   #14
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nope you haven't, they are great adv bikes

check out this 32,000km adventure pictorial through South America and Africa

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Old 03-28-2008, 01:08 AM   #15
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I have decided that all bikes are "adventure bikes", but not all riders are adventure riders.

Ride on!
The Adventure Continues
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