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Old 08-24-08, 01:21 PM   #1
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I've just bought a Royal Enfield Revolution.....

For those that don't know, it was Enfield's Raleigh 20 competitor, and some reckon the best of the 70's small wheelers. I paid 24! Very chuffed

Here's the bike

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...MEWA:IT&ih=018



And here's Tony Hadland's article

http://www.hadland.me.uk/revelation/10.htm
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Old 08-24-08, 02:49 PM   #2
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like to see a nice gusset
those small frames need them
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Old 08-24-08, 02:52 PM   #3
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Griftereck - did you used to go by another name? Alexw or something like that?
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Nice - looks like a good base frame for a Project™
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No. This one is Restoration Only. Opinions differ, but there might only have been 30 of these made. The only upgrade I'm likely to even consider is alloy rims.
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yeah I was Alecw35.
but couldnt log on with it after trouble with computer.
couldnt get this site to tell me my password.
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Nice one Sammyboy, you'll have to bring it to Hyde Park one of these sundays !

Is it my eyes or do those wheels have avery high spoke count ?

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I don't know! I'll be picking it up week after next, so more details then. I'll certainly bring it out to play, but it looks in the pictures as though it might need some love first. It's been hand painted, so repainting wouldn't be a crime, but where would I get the right decals, eh? Answer me that?
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Wow! Excellent score Sammyboy, given its rarity restoration would be the best option.
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....., but where would I get the right decals, eh? Answer me that?
Royal Enfield motorcycle decals would be no problem, there is a big market. Even if they are not the same, if you have or can get some kind of pattern, then getting someone to make a set up should not be difficult, dont know what a one off would cost though.
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Royal Enfield Revelation, not revolution, just so the 'search' function finds this thread!
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Congratulations, Sammyboy! I look forward to photos when everything's cleaned and polished! Looks like standard GB-style spoking, 32 front with 40 rear. Is that a dynohub on the front? If it's a standard one, it may burn bulbs a little more often than a big wheeled bike would....

I too got something on ebay recently, also a rarity with a 20" wheel, but not such an attractive price.

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Royal Enfield motorcycle decals would be no problem, there is a big market. Even if they are not the same, if you have or can get some kind of pattern, then getting someone to make a set up should not be difficult, dont know what a one off would cost though.
Experience on the C&V thread suggests lots, probably over 100, and then a long lead time. Motorcycle decals might be a good enough substitute. Of course, Enfield motorcycles are still manufactured new in India.
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Experience on the C&V thread suggests lots, probably over 100, and then a long lead time. Motorcycle decals might be a good enough substitute. Of course, Enfield motorcycles are still manufactured new in India.
No need to go to India, the Vintage Motor Cycle Club here in the UK, has a transfer service :-

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I am jealous when I see the ads in the UK for some of these bikes nd the prices you pay. Very cool. are you going to hot rod it?
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I know this is for the motorcycle but would it work for your bike?
http://store.royalenfieldusa.com/aft...ories/graphics
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You can get waterslide decal paper on which you print with a color printer, you know. Using the stuff is tricky; you have to spray the decal with a topcoat to waterproof it, and you may have to add opaque light colors by hand, but you have plenty of bikes to practice on, right? Looks like you need the words "Royal Enfield" and "Revelation" in a fancy cursive script, and though it'll be hard to find the right font, it'll be even harder to find someone who knows the difference.
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Sammyboy,
Congratulations on your new trophy bike.
You may recall that I have one too, Revelation ser.nr.150134. My family still enjoys riding it to the produce market and filling up the basket a couple of times each week. My Sturmey hubs are dated April 1964.Would be interested to know the ser nr of your Revelation and production year stamped on your rear hub. Tony Hadland may like to have these details for his archieves too.

www.flickr.com/photos/7649830@N07/446172042

I decided not to do too much restoration to the bike but to maintain it as close to original as possible.
I did remove the fenders and chainguard and placed them in safe storage, away from the usual wear and tear. Also changed the saddle to something a bit more comfortable while the original sits in the storage bin.

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Hi Sammy I bought a Revelation last week. Still to collect it. I would like find some 451 alloy rims but this has proved difficult also tyres that are 1 3/8 are also hard to come by. Do you have any leads on tyres and rims? Seatpost?

http://shop.vendio.com/benscycle/ite...935/index.html

These look good.

http://shop.vendio.com/benscycle/ite...060/index.html

Let me know if you can source anything.

Thanks Gary
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Is the seat post diameter 25.0 without using the shims?

If not what is the correct diameter for a replacement seat post?

Please anyone?
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