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GlennF

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Reply #15 on: March 11, 2019, 06:37:18 pm
The only issue I ever had with the B5 (aside from the shopping trolley tyres that got scrapped for K70s) was the thin Bollywood tank badge that are an imitation of the heavy brass chromed badges on 50's enfields. Many people like them as they give the bike a distinct "Indian" flavor but I felt they looked cheap.  I replaced the flimsy OEM badges with a couple of brass aftermarket badges which with a lot of gentle bending and persuasion eventually fitted quite well. I had originally intended to chrome them but stayed with plain brass in the end.

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Reply #16 on: March 11, 2019, 06:43:29 pm
The only issue I ever had with the B5 (aside from the shopping trolley tyres that got scrapped for K70s) was the thin Bollywood tank badge that are an imitation of the heavy brass chromed badges on 50's enfields. Many people like them as they give the bike a distinct "Indian" flavor but I felt they looked cheap.  I replaced the flimsy OEM badges with a couple of brass aftermarket badges which with a lot of gentle bending and persuasion eventually fitted quite well. I had originally intended to chrome them but stayed with plain brass in the end.


I would love to know where you got those aftermarket badges from.


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Reply #17 on: March 11, 2019, 06:52:15 pm
I would love to know where you got those aftermarket badges from.

One of the Indian after market suppliers. Cannot recall  exactly which supplier They all have ebay shops. Generally they are slow but things eventually turn up. Watch out for low sell prices and stupidly high freight.

Here is a random example a quick google search turned up:
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Brand-New-Royal-Enfield-Brass-Petrol-Tank-Decal-Badge-/263924816245

Note that they are not precisely the right curvature for a B5 tank and need bending slightly. Brass is brittle when cold so if your not confident with metal work you may want to budget for having a local engineering shop heat them and bend them for you. I was able to bend mine cold with out applying heat but the general consensus is anneal brass by heating to to just red and let it cool before bending it. useful thread - http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthread.php?81225-Bending-brass
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Reply #18 on: March 11, 2019, 07:23:56 pm
Me, I'm a C5 man.  I can clearly remember my jaw hitting the table the first time I layed eyes on one back in 2009, resplendent in sky blue. Good Lord, I was in love.  Finally, a motorcycle that looked like a motorcycle!

My C5 is a late 2014 model and I've had no issues with cracked frames etc. That sprung saddle suits my fat American arse just fine for a reasonable day's riding.  I never once parked it up without turning my head back to have a look. I love the looks of a dark green B5 with a bench seat as well but for different reasons.  Maybe it's time for one of each?  ;D


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Reply #19 on: March 11, 2019, 07:57:39 pm
I put a sprung solo "Lycette" seat on my B5, not just for looks but because I found the B5 bench seat unbearable.  That solo seat turned it into an all-day rider for me.  I put a luggage rack on the back, which attached to the rear mounts for the bench seat, and some clamps around the fender stays at the front.  The rack worked a treat, and it came with a basic pillion pad, which I admit I never used.  If you end up with a B5 and want the rack, I'm not using it...



Just chiming in to say that that's a FINE looking little tourer you've cobbled together there. Is that Boothbay Harbor? That looks like the library there in the background, just a tad "off-season". That's some fine Enfield riding around there. Seriously though--sweet ride! I think I may have the same saddle on my "Iron Belly", with a sprung pillion one behind instead of the nice rack. I make do with the pannier rack and its single cross piece for toting biggish stuff.


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So badass my Enfield's actually illegal  in India.


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Reply #20 on: March 12, 2019, 03:36:10 am
So if you guys had a choice between a new, (old stock), 2017 B5 or a 2017 C5, and the cost was exactly the same, which would you lean towards?  I suppose it's mostly a choice of style since they are so similar.  The B5 has that 19 inch rear wheel helping to make the seat height 1 inch taller.  The banana double seat on the B vs the single seat on the C.  And the B has those beautiful hand-painted stripes vs the simple solid colors of the C.

Any thoughts?  I'm trying to decide.

Thanks.

Go with what your heart is inclined towards. Seems like you answered your query yourself to some extent.




Re. tyres, you can upgrade to the 19'' wheels on the C5 too if you wish.
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Reply #21 on: March 12, 2019, 04:32:47 pm
Hey JVS.

It's surprising how sleek no grab rail makes your B5 look in that pic. I might look at doing the same thing to mine :)


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Reply #22 on: March 12, 2019, 08:58:40 pm
Hey JVS.

It's surprising how sleek no grab rail makes your B5 look in that pic. I might look at doing the same thing to mine :)

Agreed.  Also, that's not the same seat as the one that came as OEM on my 2011 B5 - it's got a different profile, less of a step between rider and pillion position, and it just looks softer somehow...

JVS's:




One just like mine:



To say nothing of JVS's sexy curved header!   8)


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Reply #23 on: March 12, 2019, 10:05:42 pm
Yeah the straight header on newer Enfields is a bit modern, those curved headers are sort of reminiscent of earlier Enfields or a 50/60's Matchless or AJS. They do look better.






However if we had to have straight headers I would definitely go for the slanty headers commonly seen on the Manx rather than what we currently have.





ALSO ... with regard to the seat, you can lower the stock bench seat by almost an inch by modifying the mounts so it sits closer on the frame. Here is a photo of my B5 with a lowered stock seat (the photo predates the later change to a single seat).  The difference is subtle but noticeable. 





Another option would be to fit a 60's replica  flat dual seat.
https://www.britishbikebits.com/dual-seat-royal-enfield-250-350-750-1962-66




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Reply #24 on: March 13, 2019, 04:56:43 am
Hey JVS.

It's surprising how sleek no grab rail makes your B5 look in that pic. I might look at doing the same thing to mine :)

Hey CW. Yes, it certainly makes the difference  :D Do try it.

Agreed.  Also, that's not the same seat as the one that came as OEM on my 2011 B5 - it's got a different profile, less of a step between rider and pillion position, and it just looks softer somehow...

Yup, I bought this seat (for the old CI Bullets) which has a much smaller step from one of the E-bay sellers. It is somewhat softer but not by that much. Hitchcocks have a similar slim dual seat specially for the B5. But it is damn expensive.

Yeah the straight header on newer Enfields is a bit modern, those curved headers are sort of reminiscent of earlier Enfields or a 50/60's Matchless or AJS. They do look better.

Curves are good  ;)  ;D
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Reply #25 on: March 14, 2019, 05:51:30 pm
I prefer the B5,as the stock seat on the C5 is very uncomfortable,for me. Also I just like the looks of my B5. You can change the seat on either one.
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