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650 Twin - Interceptor/GT / Re: Bike lock
« Last Post by Ton1959 on Today at 12:36:07 pm »
You can get a backpack for them, now. Handy for putting your gloves, scarf etc. when the lock is in use.
the lock in the pack is about 360mm (14") in diameter and weights 2.9kg (6.4lb).
Nice but not for me. Nothing on my back when I am riding. If I ever do fall off it which might not happen that lock will do more harm to my bad back.
350 Meteor/Classic Reborn / Re: 1st service.
« Last Post by johnakay on Today at 12:30:15 pm »
put my bike boots on and it appears to be fine.
they've most of moved it up a notch.
went to start the bike up. bleeding battery is flat.
what do these mechanics do on these bikes.
leave the light on while servicing. ??????
what a shore just getting the battery out ,everything is just wedged in.
put some cables in so that I don't have to take the battery out to charge it,
350 Meteor/Classic Reborn / Re: 1st service.
« Last Post by michiel on Today at 12:25:57 pm »
There are definitely some copies of the Meteor that have problems with the gearbox. And it's not because of the shoes or the feet.
I, for example, have been riding two-wheelers of all kinds for 56 years.
And believe me, I know how to change gears. With or without paddle shifters
Thank you for that I’ve found a link there to some books that will help
When I read the various posts on here, it does seem that these two bikes, the classic and the meteor are plagued with problems. A casual reader of these might come to the conclusion that these bikes are pretty poor and not really useful for anything.
My own experience could not be more different. The bike has been faultless, with excellent reliability over 4000 miles of gentle bimbles to long distance touring up and down the whole length of the country, carrying me and my camping gear for 10 days without any trouble and still turning in between 90 and 110 mpg (uk gallon)
The ride and handling are excellent, especially considering the price and the fit and finish of my classic in halcyon green is superb and at least a match for my Honda.
Cheer up people, you’ve landed on a real bargain, rare in this modern world, enjoy what you’ve got and get out riding, all year, the bike’s well up to it.

Honestly, my meteor has been a beacon of light In these gloomy times. We are so geared to looking at the negatives that we forget how lucky we are to live in these times.
Back to the 350's, these bikes are so much more than the sum of their parts. I have reignited my passion for riding again, something I haven't had in a fair while. This bike is just one of the many things that I'm trying not to take for granted. It's so easy to become complacent when you have such a wonderful little machine just like all our/my other pleasures such as a gym membership, coffee machine and Liverpool fc😉.
 Most importantly though, remembering my wife & kids are so much more valuable than any of the other things, especially passing fads and material things.
I'm no life coach and certainly have had my ups and downs, perhaps more than most but certainly less than others in recent years but I refuse to let all the crap going on around me try and drag me down.
I am the richest man I know in so many ways. Sorry for sounding preachy, just important to believe in goodness and have hope.
Bullet Iron Barrel / Re: Crankshaft weight
« Last Post by richard211 on Today at 11:54:51 am »
 A brand new 500cc IB crankshaft (electric start) weighed under 11.5 kg when it was shipped to me. I believe the crankshaft weighed around 10.5 kg. Unfortunately I no longer have that crankshaft with me to confirm it. I do have a photo that crankshaft in its box.

 What I do know is that the Redditch G2 350's sold in India had the 9.5kg crankshafts and the 1970's indian 350's had a 9.0 kg crankshaft and later on it dropped down to 8kg on the IB 350.
 When weighing the crankshafts sometimes people weighed then with the thrust washers and the inner races of roller bearings installed and that adds around 250 grams to the total weight.
When I read the various posts on here, it does seem that these two bikes, the classic and the meteor are plagued with problems. A casual reader of these might come to the conclusion that these bikes are pretty poor and not really useful for anything.     

          There are never any headlines about the planes that just land with no problem. Only the plane crashes are written & blabbered about ad nauseum.
Bullet Iron Barrel / Re: Earls / Leading Link front end?
« Last Post by Paul W on Today at 11:09:05 am »
We used to own a Honda C70 “step through” with leading link forks.

A strange characteristic makes itself known if you ever locked up the front  wheel. Rather than just sliding, the wheel “skipped” violently across the road surface, which was literally very unsettling, tbh.
Bullet with the UCE engine / Replacement front foot pegs
« Last Post by Matt_Sykes on Today at 11:07:15 am »
Hi all!

I am new here, but was wondering if there are replacement front foot pegs for the Classic 500 EFI which fold up.  I have a habit of touching the tarmac with the pedals and dont want to have an off because of it.

Thanks for any help!
350 Meteor/Classic Reborn / Re: So many problems….how about some good news
« Last Post by Ivy on Today at 10:56:54 am »
It's easy to only see problems, but don't forget thousands of people are riding around not thinking, "I must tell the world I have no problems".
I think these bikes are a top seller in the UK

Lovely photo. I was in two minds about the Classic or Meteor. I'm still not sure which I prefer, but got Meteor in the end.
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