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Old 23-09-2008, 02:29 PM
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I think the Enfield is eye candy for old buggers who can afford to buy it as a toy and take it for a short run on weekends, I would suggest that if you want to buy it because it is cheap "don't". They look nice because they look like an old English bike but, they will never be as reliable as a Japanese bike, they will never go as fast and they aren't really cheap anymore. But the most annoying thing is that they cost about a quarter of the price if an Indian buys one in India.... This is why when an Indian hits your bike, he thinks "what's the big deal? It's only a motorbike"...John
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Old 23-09-2008, 03:20 PM
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At like I said at the start of this thread, I'm looking around at different engines. I like to try and get something that might not have been used in the setup I have in mind. I generally stay away from Japanese engines, no reason, I have a few Jap Bikes but just want to use something different. So far I'm thinking about modern Enfield and Bonneville type engines. I love the look of old type bikes. Cost will play a part as it did for my last project. Again as I said, this is the silly question stage
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Old 24-09-2008, 06:10 AM
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the super meteor on evil bay was registered in 1960
and if i recall the meteor was the largest enfield made

i took a currenty 500 enfield for a spin not long ago, would like one, as a second bike

nope interceptor was me thinks
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Old 24-09-2008, 08:20 AM
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Old 24-09-2008, 08:53 AM
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shedloads of tuning bits available for indian enfields too, including big bore kits upto 750cc!! they can be made reliable on a par with anything oriental, their owners seem to love em to bits!
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Old 24-09-2008, 09:10 AM
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i know you wanted to steer clear of jap engines, but have you considered a kwak w650, a bit more poke than an enfield.

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Old 24-09-2008, 09:20 AM
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I went to a diesel bike rally earlier this year, a lot use enfield frames, might be worth looking for their forums etc to see what they do ith the petrol engines left over
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Old 24-09-2008, 09:46 AM
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See, I love the look of a older type engine. Where there many interceptor's about? Wonder how hard it would be to get a engine and some paperwork. If its an older type engine, can the gearbox be swapped with a newer one (left gear change)
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Old 24-09-2008, 10:35 AM
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Looking at the photo and judging by the style I would think it is a unit construction and would not be changeable (unless somebody has made a special primary drive cover etc to swpo the clutch/gear lever around). Why change anyway, a right hand gear lever is awkward at first but then you soon get used to it. Remember your dad/grandad had to get used to left hand gear changes following the Jap invasion of the sixties.....
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Old 24-09-2008, 01:55 PM
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Never thought about the w650, I'll add it to the list. Look before I forget, thanks to you all for your input, it's been a great help. Keep the ideas coming
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Old 24-09-2008, 02:05 PM
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I think the Enfield is eye candy for old buggers who can afford to buy it as a toy and take it for a short run on weekends, I would suggest that if you want to buy it because it is cheap "don't". They look nice because they look like an old English bike but, they will never be as reliable as a Japanese bike, they will never go as fast and they aren't really cheap anymore. But the most annoying thing is that they cost about a quarter of the price if an Indian buys one in India.... This is why when an Indian hits your bike, he thinks "what's the big deal? It's only a motorbike"...John
Enfield is a real british bike not always riden by "old Bugers",you ride the bike that suits.This bike however needs rider imput to keep it at its best,this happens to be my main transport all year round unlike all these Japanese weekend warriors who don't go out if it is raining
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Old 24-09-2008, 03:46 PM
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I've been looking at these myself, I like the idea of them being pretty simple to work on and maintain.

Are they physically quite small though??
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Old 24-09-2008, 05:35 PM
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well im 6ft2 and i have got no hassle with them
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Old 24-09-2008, 08:13 PM
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Which model have you got Richie??

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Old 25-09-2008, 08:50 AM
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ive got the 65 model it has a 5 speed box with left hand shift but there all the same size
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unlike all these Japanese weekend warriors who don't go out if it is raining
Oi you cheeky monkey! My jap crap goes out all year round!
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Old 25-09-2008, 10:04 AM
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unlike all these Japanese weekend warriors who don't go out if it is raining

a rather sweeping statement
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ive got the 65 model it has a 5 speed box with left hand shift but there all the same size

Hi Richie


Did your's come with a left shift as standard?
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Old 25-09-2008, 10:38 AM
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all the modern one's are on the left .
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Old 25-09-2008, 10:48 AM
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Enfield is a real british bike not always riden by "old Bugers",you ride the bike that suits.This bike however needs rider imput to keep it at its best,this happens to be my main transport all year round unlike all these Japanese weekend warriors who don't go out if it is raining
I must admit, one of the joys of riding my 1940 BSA around Northampton is the joys of riding as they did during the war.... The roads are so dire it is like being on a battlefield full of bomb crates and surface damage Old bikes do take some riding, especially with no mirrors or indicators, definately makes life interesting (and possibly shorter).
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I must admit, one of the joys of riding my 1940 BSA around Northampton is the joys of riding as they did during the war.... The roads are so dire it is like being on a battlefield full of bomb crates and surface damage Old bikes do take some riding, especially with no mirrors or indicators, definately makes life interesting (and possibly shorter).
what are these 'mirror and indicator' things you speak off
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Old 25-09-2008, 03:31 PM
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Oi you cheeky monkey! My jap crap goes out all year round!
So you have had it fixed then
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Old 27-09-2008, 12:44 AM
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what are these 'mirror and indicator' things you speak off
I hear some 'new fangled' bikes have them, but I don't 'cos I am not intimidated by an artic up the rear end....
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Old 27-09-2008, 11:32 AM
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Old 27-09-2008, 03:31 PM
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No ...I was refering to returning bikers who had a bike in the 60s and think an Enfield an Enfield, but the thing to remember is that as good as the original English Enfield was, the current one is made in India, and what I find surprising is the fact that they manage to make them so badly...They must have lousy quality control. But as I said earlier, they sell them by the pound over there...John
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Old 27-09-2008, 08:11 PM
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My understanding is that the pre 95 models were piss poor but after that export bikes were built on seperate production lines and things inproved.
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I Dont Post on hear much just look in from time to time but had to put my finger in this one having run them for years as cheap winter hack's hears some pic's of my lane bobber http://www.britchopper.co.uk/forum/v...hlight=enfield

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So you have had it fixed then
She was off the road for 24 hours, thats all, and thats only cos the bearings wouldnt budge. Still work to do, but perfectly rideable and about to go to work on her now.
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