The Royal Enfield

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Fri Aug 11, 2017 7:43 pm

radare wrote:
Mon Aug 03, 2015 7:26 pm
Let's talk about the Royal Enfield 500. And of course, I mean the new one. Either the 2000+ model with the righthand shift or the 2010+ model with FI and no kick starter. Anyone have any experience with them, have read about them or just have a passing opinion?

Indian-made 500cc single. Based on a 50-year-old design. Not much speed, not-much rear brake, plenty of vibration. But a beautiful and timeless design. Why would I want one? The notion of getting back to riding for the sake of riding, for enjoying the back roads and avoiding the highway. For the experience, I suppose. What are your thoughts?

http://royalenfield.com/motorcycles/classic-500/

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A local dealership here (that only deals in RE and Hyosung) has the Continental GT's for sale. I've been oozing over one since they debuted. Aside from an actual, time appropriate cafe racer, they're the only ones I respect. You also cannot beat that classic engine design. NOTHING on earth sounds like a Royal Enfield single.
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Fri Aug 18, 2017 1:29 pm

Check this out. I bought a set of used Willie and Max bags on eBay for cheap and started work to mount them on the Enfield. I've used these same brand bags on the Scrambler and decided to get them for the Enfield, mostly because you can get them really cheap in used condition and they've been good for what they are.

For these, I bought some leather strips and made some straps to snap them to the rear rack. I was able to get the top straps made but ran out of leather and so I wasn't able to finish. I expect to add two additional straps to the bottom and secure it to the lower fender stay. This should keep it tight and out of the wheels and off the shock. More on that later.

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Sat Aug 19, 2017 9:33 pm

Those look absolutely amazing on it.
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Sun Aug 20, 2017 7:38 pm

I finished the leather mounts for the Willie and Max bags and dyed them black. When I get back from travel, I'll take the bike out and see how they do.

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Tue Aug 22, 2017 4:17 pm

I'm sure you already know this given your penchant for doing a job right, but make sure to get a few good layers of finish on those. I like Eco-Flo SuperShene. I do at least 3 coats for anything seeing weather or wear, and then liberal buffing with a wool rag full of hard beeswax.
Go soothingly on the grease mud, as there lurks the skid demon.

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Tue Aug 22, 2017 4:46 pm

fateddy wrote:
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I'm sure you already know this given your penchant for doing a job right, but make sure to get a few good layers of finish on those. I like Eco-Flo SuperShene. I do at least 3 coats for anything seeing weather or wear, and then liberal buffing with a wool rag full of hard beeswax.
Thanks for the recommendation. I wasn't sure how to finish then. Is there a good place to get that locally or is it a better thing for Amazon?

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Wed Aug 23, 2017 1:52 am

That looks nice. Did you already pick up a pair of leather pants and a long leather overcoat, open visor helmet and goggles? It looks like it can use some of that. ;)

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Wed Aug 23, 2017 9:38 am

arnehulstein wrote:
Wed Aug 23, 2017 1:52 am
That looks nice. Did you already pick up a pair of leather pants and a long leather overcoat, open visor helmet and goggles? It looks like it can use some of that. ;)
Allow me to help with that puddinbowl...: https://www.davida-helmets.us/collectio ... ic-helmets :thumbsup:
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Wed Aug 23, 2017 9:57 am

radare wrote:
Tue Aug 22, 2017 4:46 pm
fateddy wrote:
Tue Aug 22, 2017 4:17 pm
I'm sure you already know this given your penchant for doing a job right, but make sure to get a few good layers of finish on those. I like Eco-Flo SuperShene. I do at least 3 coats for anything seeing weather or wear, and then liberal buffing with a wool rag full of hard beeswax.
Thanks for the recommendation. I wasn't sure how to finish then. Is there a good place to get that locally or is it a better thing for Amazon?
Pretty much any place that carries leatherworking supplies will have both (search for known sellers of Tandy Leather products). I know Michael's and Hobby Lobby both carry the SuperShene. I prefer Michael's over Hobby Lobby. Same for the chunk of hard wax. It's usually used for waxing thread, so it should be in the leather section as well. And of course there's always Amazon.
Go soothingly on the grease mud, as there lurks the skid demon.

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Wed Aug 23, 2017 9:59 am

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Wed Aug 23, 2017 9:38 am
puddinbowl
This will be my new favorite synonym for skid lid.

For that authentic Henry Cole look.
Go soothingly on the grease mud, as there lurks the skid demon.

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