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Old 07-20-2009, 02:39 PM   #16
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Looking good Tarka

Are you going to let me have a go on that sometime?
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Old 07-20-2009, 02:46 PM   #17
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nice!

I like it,
a real GS...
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Old 07-20-2009, 03:35 PM   #18
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Nicely done Tarka, but then it is no suprise, you came to the GS weekend in Devon, so you are obviously a man of exceedingly good taste
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Old 07-21-2009, 12:58 AM   #19
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These Royal Enfields

Just a question, these Enfields, are they the new ones that you can buy which are made in India? No offence at all, just trying to catch up to the developement of these new old bikes. I heard they are made in India now? Not that I have a problem. Some say they aren't as well built, but then, what I hear about the old Enfields was that the old BMW's could beat them from point at to point b cause the BM's, although slower could ride constantly where the Enfields had to stop and have oil leaks mended etc. Thats besides the point.

Thing is, I want one, the Electric X I think, with the Union Jack painted over the Tank. I have a local bike mag with an add in it of one like that. It looks absolutely beautiful. But just wondering on the perceived built quality and reliability.

Sweet ride with the Trials. I'm looking at those tyres for my R80 and my future Honda E-Storm for commuting to work and going on trips for the cheap. But would like to do it on these enfields....back when bikes looked like bikes and form followed function.

You know, I'll post a thread on the Enfields, rather than hijacking this thread of a sweeeeet ride.

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Old 07-21-2009, 03:03 AM   #20
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Just a question, these Enfields, are they the new ones that you can buy which are made in India? No offence at all, just trying to catch up to the developement of these new old bikes. I heard they are made in India now? Not that I have a problem. Some say they aren't as well built, but then, what I hear about the old Enfields was that the old BMW's could beat them from point at to point b cause the BM's, although slower could ride constantly where the Enfields had to stop and have oil leaks mended etc. Thats besides the point.

Thing is, I want one, the Electric X I think, with the Union Jack painted over the Tank. I have a local bike mag with an add in it of one like that. It looks absolutely beautiful. But just wondering on the perceived built quality and reliability.

Sweet ride with the Trials. I'm looking at those tyres for my R80 and my future Honda E-Storm for commuting to work and going on trips for the cheap. But would like to do it on these enfields....back when bikes looked like bikes and form followed function.

You know, I'll post a thread on the Enfields, rather than hijacking this thread of a sweeeeet ride.

Happy trails.

Hiya mate.

Yes...my bike is a new build,manufactured in India last year.

There`s much confusion over Enfields but mine is the Electa X 'lean burn' engine.
It`s an all alloy construction,with a 5 speed left side change gearbox and both kick and electric start,plus electronic ignition.....rather than the 'Classic' range (still Indian built) which have iron barrels,4 speed right side change gearbox and points..some do have electric start though.

The latest (mid `08 onwards) Enfields do include a 'Classic' model to further the confusion but the WHOLE NEW RANGE are unit constructed all alloy engines with fuel injection.

Hope this helps you...and others.

By the way...there`s already a Thread or two about Enfields...try a search first.
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Old 07-21-2009, 03:05 AM   #21
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Are you going to let me have a go on that sometime?

You going to stay on it ??


Just heard about your 'off'......hope you`re doing okay mate.


P.S. Thanks for the compliment,by the way.
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Old 07-21-2009, 03:18 AM   #22
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Hey guys.....thank you for all the compliments,much appreciated.


A few people have asked about the tyres so here`s a few impressions and discoveries since fitting them.....

Firstly there was an overall difference of 'sloppiness' and imprecise handling which was a bit scary....more so than simply due to new unscuffed tyres...so I played about with the tyre pressures for a while.

The best feel and performance is with 34psi in the front and 38psi in the rear.
The dodgy feeling was simply a case of needing to firm up the tyres for tarmac use.
Now they`ve scrubbed in they`re even better.

Secondly,on first riding it,the front felt like there was a lot of understeer and was much like overtight headraces .
That was found to be largely down to the tyre pressures,but the 'steering' needs a little more input now, and is due to the lazier effect of the taller tyre.
It`s only so noticeable because the original tyres made the bike lightning quick and sometimes a tad twitchy (especially so with the Woodsman bars being clamped to the rear edge of the top yoke instead of being centrally mounted on the top of it).
So in reality it`s now 'as it should be' and I just needed to adjust from the almost oversensitive originals....it actually just feels like any standard trailbike now.

Thirdly...and a huge positive benefit of the change...the longer rolling circumference of the taller tyre profile has actually had the effect of raising the final gearing a fair bit and has made the bike feel less busy and much smoother....even the exhaust note has changed and it`s not as harsh and 'frantic' now.

So that`s a result.....and the bike looks way cooler into the bargain.
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Old 07-21-2009, 10:31 AM   #23
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You going to stay on it ??


Just heard about your 'off'......hope you`re doing okay mate.


P.S. Thanks for the compliment,by the way.


I do more miles on my arse than I do on bikes

Got an infection in my leg unfortunately so stuck inside with my leg up. Bored to tears. Must avoid winding the gas tanks up though
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Old 07-21-2009, 07:48 PM   #24
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Nice

Nice, can u do a shot or 2 from the other side. Thanks Beet
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Old 07-23-2009, 03:43 PM   #25
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Truly a beauty! I'm green with envy!
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Old 07-24-2009, 02:31 PM   #26
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Nice, can u do a shot or 2 from the other side. Thanks Beet

Thanks mate.....here you go.

Taken today after fitting some new smaller indicators.

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Old 07-24-2009, 02:38 PM   #27
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Thanks again for the compliments guys.

I`ve spent some more money....and some more time...and here are the results.

As in my new photo above,I`ve fitted smaller retro style indicators.
What a major improvement they make !!
(And what an improvement an illegal black and silver number plate would make too......)




I invested in a leather Royal Enfield branded tool roll to replace the fabric Hein Gericke 'Tuareg' pouch.
It cost a bit but it`s a nice piece of kit and really suits the Enfield.




So then....almost 'perfect' now...I`ve just got to reposition the horn and the bike will be about finished.
For now......ahem.

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Old 07-24-2009, 04:35 PM   #28
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Just take the horn off and tie the wire ends up. Put a bicycle bulb horn on the bars- it looks the part and has the benefit of being louder.
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Old 12-27-2012, 12:03 PM   #29
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Hi,
Not sure if you still keep up with the forum but I'm midway through 'trailizing' my 2005 Electra X. Spotted your thread while looking for a solution to the fact my mudguard won't fit over my newly fitted Ensigns. Could you tell me where you got your's from.
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Old 12-27-2012, 02:47 PM   #30
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have you tried Hitchcocks....

http://www.hitchcocksmotorcycles.com/home

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