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Old 10-03-10, 10:57 PM   #1376
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I am guessing you like Ducatis.
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Old 10-04-10, 09:09 AM   #1377
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Only a little bit . I've been told I like a certain color? It must be blue!
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Old 10-04-10, 10:02 AM   #1378
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'40's technology at year 2000 prices?
That's what my buddy calls Royal Enfields. But I still think they're retro awesome
You forgot to mention those are manufactured in India. Those are the English version of the Ural. The early ones needed to be rebuilt before they were sold, just like the English bikes of the 60's.
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Old 10-04-10, 10:08 PM   #1379
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I'm sorry if this is been posted already, but I'm not going to read 48 pages of motorcycle talk to check.

But this looks like it's only a few days old -- a movie made by two adult brothers who "stole" their father's non-functioning Norton Commando and had it restored as a surprise.

It's 15 minutes long, but well done --

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=b0a_1285968067
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Old 10-04-10, 10:36 PM   #1380
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Wow thanks for the link BB. That was sweet! Every man should have sons like those two.
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Old 10-05-10, 08:26 AM   #1381
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Does anyone around here have, or have you ridden, one of the "new" Enfields? Just wondering what the This is Fun:What the Hell!? quotient is.
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Old 10-05-10, 11:15 AM   #1382
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Does anyone around here have, or have you ridden, one of the "new" Enfields? Just wondering what the This is Fun:What the Hell!? quotient is.
I have.. I think it totally depends on what you are looking for and what else you are used to riding. There is an old philosophy about riding a bike to the max of its ability and how that relates to how you feel about the ride. Going around corners at 60mph is no issue and really not much of a challenge on any newer sport bike. The limit of your ride will be determined by the rider, not the bike for most of us. With an Enfield, or new Triumph Thruxton, or such, you can push the bike to its limit and feel like you are king. You will be going 1/2 the speed of a modern bike, but it doesnt feel that way. They are made of modern steel and I think the newest ones are even fuel injected, so you dont get those mid sweeper wobbles that can come with a true vintage bike. They are what they are, really cool looking replicas. IMHO YMMV
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Old 10-05-10, 11:26 AM   #1383
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OBTW here is my newest ride, I pick it up this Sunday.



It will go very nicely next to my other bike.


I seem to have a thing for one old, one new. I have a modern carbon Calfee and an 84 Pinarello for road bikes, and a new Goodall guitar to go along side my 20 year od Martin J-40.
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Old 10-06-10, 06:15 AM   #1384
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Nice rides, mrt10x! What year is the toaster? Recent restoration?
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Old 10-06-10, 06:25 AM   #1385
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It is a 73 LWB R75/5. It has had some recent cosmetic work done to it, but by no means a full restoration. The experts at "Olds Cool" at advrider.com have informed me that the petcocks are on backwards, an that someone has done a cheap repaint on it... so those things will be taken care of. With 53k miles on it, it probably needs some piston/ring work as well. Good news is that they are known to go well over 100k with no problems. I will probably get it repainted this winter as well. Might put lower European bars and a solo seat on it as well..not full blown cafe by anymeans.
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Old 10-06-10, 06:52 AM   #1386
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What's it doing to make you think it needs new rings?

It sure looks nice from that camera angle. Those bikes do lend themselves to the low-bar, bar-end mirror, euro look, don't they?
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Old 10-06-10, 05:52 PM   #1387
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Col., I like your tastes in watches and motorcycles.
That's just a work of art.
Jarhead with refined taste, huh, wonders never cease.
Bet you are not afraid to drink a white wine either.
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Old 10-06-10, 06:23 PM   #1388
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Motorcyclist fascination with antiquated bikes is puzzling.
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Old 10-06-10, 07:28 PM   #1389
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Well, if anybody would know about antiquated, it would be Pcad.
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Old 10-07-10, 06:12 AM   #1390
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Wow that San Jose bike has the seat I want.. event the R75 tag has been transplanted.. nice to know it can be done. I'm not sure I understand Pcadds comment.. Everyone is fascinated with antiques, muscle cars bringing $100k, desks worth $50k, hell the 84 Pinarello I own has a rear derailleur that is worth half what a decent modern gruppo costs. There are many that believe these airheads are the best motorcycles ever built, and that BMW has been living off their reputation for reliability for a decade or more now... I don’t know if that is true... I just think it looks cool, and it cost me peanuts compared to a new Bonneville or Norton or BMW for that matter. I have the full poseur kit coming too,


See if I can get some Starbucks rides in before it starts snowing on me.
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Old 10-07-10, 08:24 AM   #1391
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I'm not sure I understand Pcadds comment..
If you can understand a comment, it didn't come from Pcad.

Some folks see an antiquated bike, some folks see a classic, loaded with character. Much as it hurts to say, while Pcad may or may not be a classic, he's certainly not short on character.
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Old 10-07-10, 03:18 PM   #1392
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Being lighter and more aerodynamic, you no doubt had an easier time of it than I did.

I've seen that, but I've actually been in the opposite situation as well. Drove the Miata up to San Francisco one day via Skyline. At one point, I was behind a BMW Z3, who was behind... a motorcycle doing 30-35 MPH.

Finally got to a place where it was safe to pass, and in the process of doing so the guy on the motorcycle flipped us both off!
I once got stuck behind a Maserati on 84. I was in the 4Runner.
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Old 10-07-10, 04:56 PM   #1393
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I once got stuck behind a Maserati on 84. I was in the 4Runner.
Oh hell if I had a Maserati I would drive it 5mph with the guy name Tony jogging along side with a baseball bat.
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Old 10-07-10, 07:42 PM   #1394
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It should be punishable up to six months in jail for taking a chopper or an RV on the Dragon's Tail.
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Old 10-25-10, 05:36 PM   #1395
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If it's got two wheels I love it. Had several bikes over the last 13 yrs. but only two remain. 2000 SV650 and 2007 Daytona 675. Most all my riding is on the track and a little in the mountains when I can get out there.
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Old 10-25-10, 11:16 PM   #1396
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I love being on 2 wheels, motor or not.







I've been a Yamaha guy so far, with an '07 V Star 1300 and '09 FJR1300. Both have power commanders and custom tunes, exhaust, and some other goodies. I just did a 450 mile ride up the 33, out to Santa Maria, and down the 101 this past Saturday. I paid for it the next day (and today, a bit) but during the ride I was comfortable.

I'll be purchasing a new bike early next year, I think. Triumph just announced official pics/specs on the 2011 Speed Triple and the new Daytona 675 R. I'll probably end up with the new Speed Triple, but the Daytona R is very sexy. I'm also looking at the new Duc Multistrada 1200S. Heck, I may keep the FJR and put a 2010 R1 in the garage, I don't know yet. I think the supersports are going to be too uncomfortable for long rides, though, but I've been told you get used to it.

I like cars too, though. You can see my red BMW behind my Roubaix Expert. It's getting replaced soon, probably with a Porsche Cayman S, which will be my daily driver.
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Old 10-26-10, 12:50 AM   #1397
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130 Miles in pouring rain through Santa Cruz mountains on Sunday. Roads fully covered in leaves, running streams across the road, standing water, pot holes big enough to almost bottom out my front suspension. Good times.
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Old 10-26-10, 12:47 PM   #1398
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What's it doing to make you think it needs new rings?

It sure looks nice from that camera angle. Those bikes do lend themselves to the low-bar, bar-end mirror, euro look, don't they?
Airheads usually need a ring and valve job every 50K, and a bottom end at 100K.
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Old 10-26-10, 02:14 PM   #1399
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Airheads usually need a ring and valve job every 50K, and a bottom end at 100K.
That hasn't been my experience at all. My '79 R100RS has over 100k and might need the valves done over the winter, but that's likely because of valve recession owing to unleaded gas. While it's opened up, it may get new rings but it doesn't smoke and still runs fine. The rest of the engine and drivetrain are solid, especially for a 30+ year old bike. From what others have said, that's fairly typical for old R-bikes.

The 50k top/100k bottom sounds more like what you'd expect from a Honda.
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That hasn't been my experience at all. My '79 R100RS has over 100k and might need the valves done over the winter, but that's likely because of valve recession owing to unleaded gas. While it's opened up, it may get new rings but it doesn't smoke and still runs fine. The rest of the engine and drivetrain are solid, especially for a 30+ year old bike. From what others have said, that's fairly typical for old R-bikes.

The 50k top/100k bottom sounds more like what you'd expect from a Honda.
My first bike was a 78 purchased with around 50K miles on it, and after I got enough experience to realize it was kind of slow even for a slow bike I kept hearing how they all need valves and rings then. Most of the many other owners I talked with back in the days before we used the interwebs so much fit right in with what I'd already heard. Yours may be unique, but the reasons the parts guys ask for mileage is because it tends to be so accurate. Haven't you figured it out yet that there's only 1 way to do things when it comes to BMW maintenance, and that's the way Fritz wants it? He knows we're all just lazy and stupid over here, and should be grateful he's looking out for us.

The /2s are different, 40K seems to work for them with cleaning out the oil slinger being mandatory.
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