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Ratz

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on: January 07, 2022, 07:27:18 am
Hi there, my name is Ralf, 53 years old, from Germany and the proud owner of two Enfields. A 2006 Bullet and a 2014 Continental GT 535.
I own the Bullet since 13 years, she has 64k on the clock. The only major issue during this time was the inlet valve seat popping out at 30k. On this occasion (I accidently received a big tax return a couple of days earlier ;)) I decided to do more than just a fix. I increased the bore, ordered a new piston, Alpha crankshaft, Mikuni carb, bigger oilpumps, tuning cylinderhead and electric ignition- all english breakfast THE LOT  :D
She's a good, reliable runner ever since!
Cheers
Ralf
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Reply #1 on: January 07, 2022, 09:39:22 am
Welcome, Ralf. Mine's a 2014 CGT too  8) 55,000km on mine, so far.
simon from south Australia
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Reply #2 on: January 07, 2022, 09:56:28 am
Hi Simon, thanks for the welcome!
You're from South Australia!! I lived in Adelaide/Glandore for 3 1/2 years  8)  I often took my Bullet for a ride in the Adelaide hills or Barossa Valley,  Victor Harbor... I even rode the Great Ocean Road to Melbourne on my Bullet - those were the days !
Sometimes I regret I went back to Germany 5 years ago. Aussies are more laid back than the Krauts...
and the weather is better, too  ;)
Cheers
Ralf
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Reply #3 on: January 07, 2022, 11:00:36 am
Hi Simon, thanks for the welcome!
You're from South Australia!! I lived in Adelaide/Glandore for 3 1/2 years  8)  I often took my Bullet for a ride in the Adelaide hills or Barossa Valley,  Victor Harbor... I even rode the Great Ocean Road to Melbourne on my Bullet - those were the days !
Sometimes I regret I went back to Germany 5 years ago. Aussies are more laid back than the Krauts...
and the weather is better, too  ;)
Cheers
Ralf
Nice! I'm at Seaton, 15 minutes from Glandore. I bet you have the most regrets about moving back in the winter, though. Ride all year, here (but in winter, I'm more about surfing down Victor Harbor way). I rode my CGT to Jindabyne a couple of times. That's an epic trip on the thumper. Did the Great Ocean Road on my TRX850 but a trip on the GT is on the cards.
Cheers,s
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Reply #4 on: January 07, 2022, 02:14:17 pm
Very nice, Ratz. I love the looks of your 2006 Bullet. Very classic and traditional.  :)
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Reply #5 on: January 07, 2022, 03:11:28 pm
 8)Thanks Richard :)
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Reply #6 on: January 07, 2022, 09:07:22 pm
Welcome Ralf  ! Cheers from France  :)

I own a slightly modified and tuned 2017 535 GT  ;)

I also own a small plastic and aluminium English car I use to frequently drive on a track in your country... In the Eiffel Hills south of Köln. You probably heard about it  ;D


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Reply #7 on: January 07, 2022, 09:57:51 pm
Hi Ralf, welcome. I'm in Scotland and I've owned my GT for just over 6 years and about 13,000 miles.


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Reply #8 on: January 07, 2022, 10:09:54 pm
Welcome aboard! That's a fine-looking and clearly hardworking Bullet. It's also interesting to see an '06 with a 4-speed gearbox--and a righthand shifter at that! Lovely...
So badass my Enfield's actually illegal  in India. Yet it squeaks by here in Virginia.

 


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Reply #9 on: January 07, 2022, 11:20:06 pm
What size is that VM Mikuni on the 2006? That bike looks like it has been seriously used.

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Reply #10 on: January 07, 2022, 11:55:18 pm
God that bullet looks like it just belongs in Germany, so classic.


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Reply #11 on: January 07, 2022, 11:58:55 pm
Seems like we got people from all over the world! Im in the states, only had this bike for a few weeks. Just 1200 miles on it.


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Reply #12 on: January 08, 2022, 02:15:46 am
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simon from south Australia
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Reply #13 on: January 08, 2022, 08:23:23 am
Hi all,
thank you so much for the warm welcome! People from all other the world are here, that's really cool!!
The Mikuni is a VM32, I ran it with a K&N in the beginning. Then I altered the original airbox to suit the bigger carb and installed an less restrictive airfilter. The silencer is produced in Germany by Sommer. The bore is increased from 84 to 87mm, that equals 535cc.I don't know the jetting by heart but will look it up on the next ocassion if somebody is intrested.
I'm going to try that carby on my GT as well. I'm not convienced by the fuel injection, the bike is hardly doing 120km/h...
And yes, I know that place called Nürburgring  ;)
So, now I have to get rid of that snow, the wife's complaining  ;D
Cheers,
Ralf
 
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Reply #14 on: January 08, 2022, 04:02:39 pm
Much as I am enjoying this little iron barrel Bullet incursion into CGT535 territory  ;) , it probably doesn't advance your quest for helping your CGT along its path to perfection..

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I'm going to try that carby on my GT as well. I'm not convinced by the fuel injection, the bike is hardly doing 120km/h...
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It seems you have a choice, Taurim's own CGT has managed 160km/h + with fuel injection, others have also had good results with a VM Mikuni of some description, though a VM34 or even a VM36 could be a better idea. ISTRC the CGT has a larger bore throttle body than the other EFI Bullets. Maybe try a Dell'Orto PHF? In the UK Paul Henshaw has tuned a number of carburettor-fitted CGT535s with some success, have a look on his You Tube channel.

If that wasn't enough, you can fit a custom solid billet alloy cylinder head kit from Ace Cafe, and Hitchcocks' will at some stage want to release their 4-valve cylinder head kits onto the market. If not, that's a lot of investment sitting un-sold on their shelves.

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