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Title: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on January 16, 2016, 12:25:28 pm
Thought I start this one in the GT forum...

...fitted a steering damper.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Farmer_John on January 16, 2016, 01:47:52 pm
Otto. what'd you use to fill the fender mudflap holes?
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on January 16, 2016, 01:57:08 pm
Otto. what'd you use to fill the fender mudflap holes?

I used some hole caps. Since I did not find red, i pushed it in before spraying the fender.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Farmer_John on January 16, 2016, 02:44:37 pm
Now THAT'S a great idea that I never would have thought of!

Great hack (of the non hack variety)!

Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on January 16, 2016, 03:07:06 pm
Actually it is not so great if you going to paint over it. I should have epoxy glued the holes and sanded it before spraying. That way it would have been gone for good.

The steering damper is attached to the frame via a bicycle front derailleur clamp which I had around.  Happens to be the exact same dia.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Farmer_John on January 16, 2016, 03:22:49 pm
Dura-Ace or XTR?   :o
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on January 16, 2016, 03:26:56 pm
 Noname  ;D  31,8mm I think
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: KD5ITM on January 16, 2016, 07:29:52 pm
After I did my usual Saturday morning 40 mile bike shop hammerfest ride. I'm in the process of buffing the gas tank with a three-stage buffing compound and a nice power buffer.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mevocgt on January 16, 2016, 11:39:26 pm
I dropped mine off to be dynoed.....
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: SSdriver on January 20, 2016, 01:25:51 am
I used some hole caps. Since I did not find red, i pushed it in before spraying the fender.

Otto...I did the same thing. Found the caps at Lowes and installed and then sprayed.
After a year still look good.
...Jimmy
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on January 20, 2016, 01:08:43 pm
...got the barrel shortened today 0,9mm, it would run within of 0,03mm on the lathe before shortening, sleeve was little below the alu surface. now its flat, some pourosities in the alu popped up.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Guaire on February 05, 2016, 09:00:56 pm
I got it running. I charged the battery. Checked and touched up the tire pressure. Got it to fire and it quit. After that it wouldn't do much. I put the charger back on. It's a DEKA AGM battery. I took a ride on my 1982 Nighthawk 450. The temp had climbed to 41 degrees with the Sun out. Tried the GT again. Started and sounded good. Got gear on and re started. Back to normal. Got some gas, 89 octane, 1.59 Gallons. It was a good ride, about ten miles. After getting back I hit the fuel tank with 1 and a half + ounces of Seafo a m. Now they're bundled under Dowcos, having burned out the water from having two feet of snow drop last week.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: portisheadric on February 05, 2016, 11:00:18 pm
...got the barrel shortened today 0,9mm.

Hi, can the lifters compensate for that amount or will the push rods require some shortening?
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: George Baker on February 06, 2016, 12:28:27 am
Hi Guaire,
     I noticed that you have a sportster muffler mounted on your bike. Do you also have the upswept pipe section available from the site host, and did you need any sort of reducer/spacer kit to make the pipe fit. One more question, did you remove the baffle plate from the middle of the muffler? I have always thought that those sportster mufflers were a classic shape, and they can be found dirt cheap too.

GB
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on February 06, 2016, 04:25:56 am
I washed it and went over it to check for loose bolts. Found a few, too. Engine mount and head steady bolts. The steering head bearings had come loose as well.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on February 06, 2016, 08:15:46 am
Hi, can the lifters compensate for that amount or will the push rods require some shortening?

I don't know. I plan to put the ACE head on and that has adjustable screws in the rockers. With the stock head I would assume the pushrods need to be shortened as well.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on February 06, 2016, 01:52:14 pm
...made the attachment for my highly "tuned" exhaust.  :) This for sure will make the law enforcement and similar sort of good people happy.  ;D
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: ace.cafe on February 06, 2016, 02:03:33 pm
Hi, can the lifters compensate for that amount or will the push rods require some shortening?
3 options:
A) Preload the pushrods .9mm deeper into the hydraulic lifters.
B) Adjust the screw adjusters on the Ace rockers to get the preload you want.
C) Get different length pushrods.

Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Guaire on February 06, 2016, 03:45:31 pm
Hi Guaire,
     I noticed that you have a sportster muffler mounted on your bike. Do you also have the upswept pipe section available from the site host, and did you need any sort of reducer/spacer kit to make the pipe fit. One more question, did you remove the baffle plate from the middle of the muffler? I have always thought that those sportster mufflers were a classic shape, and they can be found dirt cheap too.

GB

Hi George - Yes, that's a Sportster muffler. I got a pair for free. I'm using the parts from CMW = the size adapter and the upswept fitting. Add an extra clamp. I have the 'cover' to hide the plumbing, but I haven't installed it yet. I had a welding job done to cover the hole for the balance tube on the muffler.
  I'm away from my home computer. I printed instructions from this forum on prepping the HD muffler with three 3/8" (?) holes in the baffle to open the flow a little bit. Otherwise, check the Search here. There was a long posting by one of our members here on adapting the Sportster muffler. I'll post it here after I get home.
  Eventually, as things become clear from dyno work and progress with Ace's Fireball, a best performance pipe will be sorted.
  This pipe is a bit of weight, probably lighter than stock though. As you know, it's thick and it is double baffled, so there's plenty of metal to make it heavy. It's not too loud, but it sounds good with some revs. It has excellent build quality with very good chrome. All in all it's a quality pipe.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Guaire on February 06, 2016, 05:09:10 pm
https://forum.classicmotorworks.com/index.php/topic,14714.msg156993.html#msg156993

Look for Arizoni's post on July 1, 2012. I followed his instructions. Here's what I saved in a document from my files from Arizoni's posts:

Harley Muffler Drill out

"After riding it a bit you might want to think about drilling the internal plug to free up the breathing.

I used a 3/8 inch "Aircraft length" drill bit and drilled one hole thru the plug. These aircraft length drill bits are about a foot long so reaching the plug to drill it was no problem.

Adding the hole thru the internal plug resulted in a noticeable gain in acceleration.

I also found a Harley wrecking yard and bought a chrome heat shield for about $10.  It came with stainless hose clamps that attach to the inside of it so it can be firmly clamped to the exhaust pipe without the clamps showing.

Covering up that Royal Enfield welded tab and silver paint improved the looks of the installation a lot.

The heat shield also keeps me from melting the bottom of my shoe.


https://forum.classicmotorworks.com/index.php/topic,21663.msg245508.html#msg245508

https://forum.classicmotorworks.com/index.php/topic,19830.msg217958.html#msg217958

I used my 3/8" aircraft length drill to poke a hole thru the baffle that separates the front and rear tubes.

Today on my ride I found that the old torque and acceleration was "almost" back to the pre-swap condition.
Still no sign of any backfiring on deceleration, even when I shift down a few gears to try to force a backfire.  

It still could use just a 'bit' more 'opening it up' so I'll look around and see if I can find a 1/4 or 5/16" diameter drill.
These "aircraft length" drill bits are about 12" long and not every store carries them.

Adding the 3/8" hole to the baffle did not add much noise to the sound at idle speed.

When cruising along at a constant speed of 45-50 mph where the old silencer was almost silent I can now hear the purr of the exhaust.  Far from loud but definitely more than the OEM.
  During acceleration however the loudness increased probably 20-25 percent.
Still not really loud but definitely louder than the OEM silencer while coming up to speed.  

https://forum.classicmotorworks.com/index.php/topic,14714.msg156857.html

The latest news on my new Harley muffler is I rode down to BOBs used Harley place and bought a slightly used heat shield.   It's about 8 inches long and covers up the discolored pipe and that ugly welded on RE heat shield retainer. 
The lady at BOBs must think these things are made of Platinum and charged me $20.  She said Harley parts are overpriced and a new Harley heat shield would be over $150.
At least I got one with the previous owners screw clamps still installed so I didn't have to buy those.

So far no signs of backfiring so rather than spending money for a 1/4" aircraft drill I got out my 1/8" version and added one 1/8" hole thru the center baffle.
Later this afternoon I'll take another ride and see what the effects are.
So far the total area of the two holes thru the baffle are equal to a single 0.395 hole.

My new used Harley muffler now has one 3/8" (9.5mm) and four 1/8" (3.17mm) holes thru the internal plug that separates the inlet and outlet.

All of the original low end power is restored.  In fact, it might have a little more than it did with the OEM torpedo.

The sound now is a quiet heavy thump at an idle and a healthy deep throated moderate roar when accelerating hard.

IMO, none of this loudness would be enough to upset the neighbors or the law and there is no reason for wearing ear plugs at all.  At least if your wearing a full face helmet.

There is no sign of backfiring when decelerating from any speed or while shifting gears.

I'm happy with the current situation so I think I'll stop frinkling with it (for now).

If you own a similar Harley muffler and want to modify it to get a similar performance and sound increase you could do as I did or you could save a few bucks by buying only one 12" long drill bit.

If you use a 1/4" (6.35mm) drill you will need to drill 3 holes.
If you use a 3/16" (4.77mm) drill you will need to drill 6 holes.
If you use a 1/8" (3.17mm) drill you will need to drill 13 holes.

I should mention again that this Harley muffler does not have a catalytic converter.  It is basically a straight thru design with a centrally located plug that forces the exhaust to pass thru a number of holes in the pipe into an outer cavity.  There are a smaller number of holes aft of the plug that allows the exhaust to pass from the outer cavity back into the tailpipe.

I have no idea what the internal structure of the catalytic mufflers looks like so I don't know if this modification will work with those or not."
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mevocgt on February 06, 2016, 10:04:15 pm
...made the attachment for my highly "tuned" exhaust.  :) This for sure will make the law enforcement and similar sort of good people happy.  ;D

What did you decide to use as a head pipe?
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on February 06, 2016, 10:13:28 pm
What did you decide to use as a head pipe?

I already had the motad header which is slightly bigger dia than the exhaust port. If I didn't have that, I would have considered carpys header. To improve mine I pushed a 3,5" sleeve in at the port and got it approved by Ace.   ;)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on February 12, 2016, 09:34:55 pm
Off topic:

Waiting for bits and pieces to arrive for my GT. And while the waiting is so boring I've made a cigar box guitar.

https://youtu.be/lOUlgYCX_Uw

God I love this guys skill, natural talent.   Until my GT head arrives I might be able to play it little bit.  ;)


Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mevocgt on February 12, 2016, 11:15:49 pm
If you get really board, make a pickup for it with some copper wire, a refrigerator magnet, and one of your wife's lipstick tubes....????
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Farmer_John on February 13, 2016, 12:18:27 am
Off topic:

Waiting for bits and pieces to arrive for my GT. And while the waiting is so boring I've made a cigar box guitar.

https://youtu.be/lOUlgYCX_Uw

God I love this guys skill, natural talent.   Until my GT head arrives I might be able to play it little bit.  ;)

Now that looks like fun!
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mattsz on February 13, 2016, 12:46:47 am
...I've made a cigar box guitar.

https://youtu.be/lOUlgYCX_Uw

God I love this guys skill, natural talent.

Continuing the hijack... that DOES look like fun - and sounds great, too!  I saw Richard Thompson play last night, a nice performance in a small local hall.  There was an opening act, a fiddler who ran her signal through electronics and looping boxes multiple times to create a wall of sound.  Richard came out and got the same amount of sound from his guitar, but without any of the looping - just unbelievable skill and dexterity!
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Farmer_John on February 13, 2016, 01:10:48 am
Continuing the hijack... that DOES look like fun - and sounds great, too!  I saw Richard Thompson play last night, a nice performance in a small local hall.  There was an opening act, a fiddler who ran her signal through electronics and looping boxes multiple times to create a wall of sound.  Richard came out and got the same amount of sound from his guitar, but without any of the looping - just unbelievable skill and dexterity!

Now I love Del's version and recently Robert Earl Keene's...but you can't beat the guy that wrote it.

http://youtu.be/j0kJdrfzjAg

I love the tonal variation and harmonics open tunings add.

Yes, I'm a music geek...

Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mattsz on February 13, 2016, 01:23:18 am
Now I love Del's version and recently Robert Earl Keene's...but you can't beat the guy that wrote it.

Agreed.  Although, I did hear a funky bluegrass version on the radio recently - I didn't catch the group's name.  I knew it was coming, and I was dreading hearing it, but I had to listen.  It wasn't bad - they made it work!
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: dginfw on February 13, 2016, 03:28:30 am
Otto, I've been putting off my build...hopefully I'll get to it soon
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on February 13, 2016, 07:36:36 am
Cool! Nice neck, hope to do some fretting to mine too...
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gashousegorilla on February 13, 2016, 07:32:35 pm
Off topic:



https://youtu.be/lOUlgYCX_Uw



 THAT..... lead me to this.  Got DAMN !    :-*

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kj4qSe5fiC8
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mevocgt on February 14, 2016, 12:47:36 am
I just play these when I get board.... : ;)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Farmer_John on February 14, 2016, 03:38:37 am
Very nice!

My last solid body, since 1980.

(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a124/Farmer_John/6a9059e2.jpg)

(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a124/Farmer_John/073a7d01.jpg)

Takes a "lickin'", keeps on...needs a fret dress and some new pots:..
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on February 14, 2016, 08:23:20 am
I may have to return to my regular guitar or fiddle on my cbg only in the garage. My wife complains that it sounds too "whiny"   ;D
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mevocgt on February 14, 2016, 04:21:12 pm
I just play these when I get board.... : ;)
Here's a pair of my solids....
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mattsz on February 14, 2016, 11:26:34 pm
So you guys are "rockers"!
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mattsz on February 17, 2016, 12:12:40 am

 THAT..... lead me to this.  Got DAMN !    :-*

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kj4qSe5fiC8

Better not watch this one, then...  ;)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaxiuanIy9E
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: dginfw on February 17, 2016, 03:43:33 am
Very nice!

My last solid body, since 1980.

(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a124/Farmer_John/6a9059e2.jpg)

(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a124/Farmer_John/073a7d01.jpg)

Takes a "lickin'", keeps on...needs a fret dress and some new pots:..

I was reading this on my phone, so the pics are small, but as I was scrolling down, I saw the 1st pic and thought " is that a Hamer?"  Then I saw the second pic. Lol
I have an '83 Special FM, given to me by my brother. It doesn't see much playing time,  mostly sits in a closet, hopefully appreciating in value.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Farmer_John on February 17, 2016, 07:23:18 am
I was reading this on my phone, so the pics are small, but as I was scrolling down, I saw the 1st pic and thought " is that a Hamer?"  Then I saw the second pic. Lol
I have an '83 Special FM, given to me by my brother. It doesn't see much playing time,  mostly sits in a closet, hopefully appreciating in value.

Unfortunately, the standards more so than the sunbursts.

The standards were all hand built, ours were production models, even though Paul and the crew still built them then.

Mine is a '79. Bought in 80. Replaced several melody makers and a nice LP jr.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: tooseevee on February 17, 2016, 12:37:28 pm
I just play these when I get board.... : ;)

                Board?   ???(http://)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gashousegorilla on February 17, 2016, 01:50:27 pm
Better not watch this one, then...  ;)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaxiuanIy9E


  Killin' me Matt......
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mevocgt on February 17, 2016, 09:27:15 pm
Ok.  Back to the topic......I took a little weight off the bike:
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on February 18, 2016, 04:02:05 pm
Ok.  Back to the topic......I took a little weight off the bike:

Ui, the ultimate weight saver. Flintstone bike?
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: malky on February 18, 2016, 04:35:28 pm

 THAT..... lead me to this.  Got DAMN !    :-*

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kj4qSe5fiC8
Her R.L. Burnside cover on the cigar box is excellent.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mevocgt on February 18, 2016, 05:04:23 pm
Ui, the ultimate weight saver. Flintstone bike?

I was told that less weight ment more power.  At 7 lbs per poney, I figure that is about a 10 horse gain....????
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on February 18, 2016, 05:15:28 pm
I was told that less weight ment more power.  At 7 lbs per poney, I figure that is about a 10 horse gain....????

Ya and the Body Mass Index will improve substantially too rather fast, couple of miles will be enough .... ;D
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mevocgt on February 18, 2016, 05:19:16 pm
Ya and the Body Mass Index will improve substantially too rather fast, couple of miles will be enough .... ;D

Well, I need to loose some weight anyway....
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gashousegorilla on February 18, 2016, 11:43:58 pm
Her R.L. Burnside cover on the cigar box is excellent.

   Yes definitely.   And even better as redhead.   Pity,  she just played here last weekend... missed it. :-\
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on February 20, 2016, 10:00:00 am
Back to topic...

Sprayed "MEGA GULP" with a plastic filler.
Did a test assembly on the bike.

...the space under the side panel is perfectly filled now.  ;D
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: KD5ITM on February 21, 2016, 12:40:08 am
Real musicians play drums 8)
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Post by: mattsz on February 21, 2016, 12:06:50 pm
Real musicians play drums 8)

Mm-hmm...

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Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mevocgt on February 21, 2016, 07:52:00 pm
Nice work Otto!  I want one and your handlebars too! ;)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on February 21, 2016, 07:58:35 pm
Nice work Otto!  I want one and your handlebars too! ;)

Thanks MeVo, I have one spare coming in, if needed. I think this one will be good. Good that FJ has been pushy on this subject otherwise I would have probably lived with the radius only. And it has Toms input  ... so it is a child of this forum..

My handle bars will unfortunately always be unaffordable, too low volumes to do a cast... and RE may not want to buy them from me... ;D

Found nice funnels too...they should be an exact match for the hole in the airbox. Hope they come soon.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on February 23, 2016, 06:22:09 pm
Damn funnels are about 0.5 mm too big, have to remove the airbox out again and make a bigger hole in it.  :'(

Starting to like the airbox layout though,  this will be pretty cool i think.  :D
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on February 23, 2016, 09:02:57 pm
Victory! Sucker went in.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: trimleyman on February 23, 2016, 10:27:22 pm
beautiful sunny day here in the SF Bay area and another day that my GT remains in the shop. Hopefully , soon , it will be home and working as it should. Still waiting on the sprag-clutch.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on February 24, 2016, 06:09:35 pm
Test assembled my "environmental friendly" devise  on the slaughtered Motad.   :D
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on February 28, 2016, 04:57:40 pm
finalised the work on the airbox.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Aus.GT on February 29, 2016, 06:49:40 am
finalised the work on the airbox.

Hey oTTo  looks like you opened up the throttle body entry?
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on February 29, 2016, 07:52:04 am
Hey oTTo  looks like you opened up the throttle body entry?

I made the hole in the airbox little bigger and pushed a bellmouth in which is same ID as the hole before. It is slightly longer and has a nice entry. Additionally it smoothens the transit to the rubber connector which goes to the throttle body.

Other than that there is no Airfilter infront of it as that will sit now in the MEGA GULP.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: KC1961 on March 03, 2016, 03:55:48 pm
It's been laid up since october and will be going for it's first service next week so I decided that I should get it running. Fitted the battery and the tank (it had been emptied and kept indoors) put fuel in it and fired it up. It started readily, however it was quite rattly. I'm guessing (I've no experience of OHV / hydraulic tappet motors) that this is a characteristic of hydraulic tappets?
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: ace.cafe on March 03, 2016, 11:15:50 pm
BOUGHT ONE!
 8)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Ice on March 04, 2016, 04:04:17 am
BOUGHT ONE!
 8)

 Pics aren't loading ?

 ;)  :D  ;D



 Very happy for you and at the same time,,, just a little envious.
Congrats
 8)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Aus.GT on March 04, 2016, 07:08:52 am
BOUGHT ONE!
 8)

Excellent, They are fun to ride.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mattsz on March 04, 2016, 09:54:58 am
Excellent, They are fun to ride.

And, for some, fun to take apart!  ;)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on March 04, 2016, 10:02:09 am
And, for some, fun to take apart!  ;)

The one complements the other. It's like yin and yang you see...  ;)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mevocgt on March 04, 2016, 03:56:58 pm
I paid mine a visit.  They finally got the new gaskets, piston, and some new fun toys!  As they say.....Baby steps...measure 200 times, cut once.....????

@ Ace:  Congrats, I think you will love that thing on the roads down there in Tennessee!  Go Vols!
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: ace.cafe on March 04, 2016, 04:05:49 pm
I paid mine a visit.  They finally got the new gaskets, piston, and some new fun toys!  As they say.....Baby steps...measure 200 times, cut once.....????

@ Ace:  Congrats, I think you will love that thing on the roads down there in Tennessee!  Go Vols!

I'm thinkin' that I might take a ride on the Tail of the Dragon this year when the weather is nice. It's only about an hour from where I live.
 :)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mevocgt on March 04, 2016, 05:29:12 pm
I'm thinkin' that I might take a ride on the Tail of the Dragon this year when the weather is nice. It's only about an hour from where I live.
 :)

I took mine up the gap this last summer.  Drove it from Danville, VA. Down the Blue Ridge, through Maggy Valley.  I had the most fun I ever have had on the gap with my GT.  You are only an hour away, then you are in the right place!
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on March 04, 2016, 05:38:33 pm
I paid mine a visit.  They finally got the new gaskets, piston, and some new fun toys!  As they say.....Baby steps...measure 200 times, cut once.....????

@ Ace:  Congrats, I think you will love that thing on the roads down there in Tennessee!  Go Vols!

What gaskets would that be? ???
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on March 04, 2016, 05:55:28 pm
K&N filter came today for the Mega Gulp. Seems to fit.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: ace.cafe on March 04, 2016, 06:33:53 pm
K&N filter came today for the Mega Gulp. Seems to fit.
Awesome!
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on March 04, 2016, 06:37:34 pm
Awesome!

Well it's your Input Tom.

Now, since you have a GT, I hope you figure the optimal intake runner length for me :)

I also realised that the Spectre filter is a bit bigger and will not fit my assembly. We will have to adjust for it so it can contain both filters.


Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mevocgt on March 04, 2016, 07:32:21 pm
What gaskets would that be? ???

I'm afraid to answer and mislead you in misspeaking.  I haven't done a great job in reporting these things correctly, but here we go.  I think we ordered a new side cover gasket to replace the drive chain with the 520 "kit"(chain and sprockets).  Also a new head pipe gasket, new valve cover gaskets(I think, Tom mentioned them to me previously), and injector gasket.  Then I think the base gasket is getting replaced when they drop the new piston in, if I'm correct anyway.  The new head only came with the redesigned head gasket. 
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on March 04, 2016, 07:55:31 pm
I'm afraid to answer and mislead you in misspeaking.  I haven't done a great job in reporting these things correctly, but here we go.  I think we ordered a new side cover gasket to replace the drive chain with the 520 "kit"(chain and sprockets).  Also a new head pipe gasket, new valve cover gaskets(I think, Tom mentioned them to me previously), and injector gasket.  Then I think the base gasket is getting replaced when they drop the new piston in, if I'm correct anyway.  The new head only came with the redesigned head gasket.

Thanks, makes sense.....I plan to have:

no base gasket (hylomar blue)
old rocker cover gaskets
new exhaust gasket

the 520 chain I won't install before I decide to change the cams I think.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Aus.GT on March 04, 2016, 08:09:00 pm
I'm thinkin' that I might take a ride on the Tail of the Dragon this year when the weather is nice. It's only about an hour from where I live.
 :)

That would be awesome, I've seen that road on youtube.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Aus.GT on March 04, 2016, 08:18:07 pm
K&N filter came today for the Mega Gulp. Seems to fit.

All looks good, Maybe up for one of these in the near future.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on March 04, 2016, 08:31:21 pm
All looks good, Maybe up for one of these in the near future.

I hope Tom won't mind if I say it. Work is ongoing to make this article available/affordable as an ACE component.   :)

...my proto became a bit costly.  :(
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Guaire on March 04, 2016, 08:43:00 pm
BOUGHT ONE!
 8)

Good deal, ACE. There's going to be a lot of benefits, mined from that bike.

I went out to the driveway and took some pictures this morning. The C GT is on the right, next over is my Nighthawk 450, and in back is my '97 VFR.
Now that it's the afternoon, the snow has melted.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mevocgt on March 05, 2016, 01:25:27 am
Was a pretty snow morning wasn't it?  I recognize the rear hub assembly of that there VFR....
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on March 05, 2016, 01:52:39 am
I fixed my trailer, so the CGT can have a ride in it. Going for a roadie next weekend. Driving Adelaide to Ballarat ( it's a boring ride, not worth wrecking a tyre and I have some aeroplane stuff to deliver anyway), ride Ballarat- Melbourne- Bright- Jindabyne- Lakes Entrance- Ballarat. Then trailer home again.
https://www.google.com.au/maps/@-37.301355,145.2966614,7z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!6m1!1sz2QXrIBrZBvI.kbEoJEDfWfVI
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Farmer_John on March 05, 2016, 07:48:07 am
I hope Tom won't mind if I say it. Work is ongoing to make this article available/affordable as an ACE component.   :)

...my proto became a bit costly.  :(

First in line (I'm pushing my way in)...
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: ace.cafe on March 05, 2016, 04:15:54 pm
First in line (I'm pushing my way in)...
I need to do a minimum order of 20 for more affordable manufacture. I will order that and stock some.
Currently,  the fit is for the K&N e-3120 filter, and the Spectre is a little bit bigger. If K&N is not an objection, we have a go for production.
Please contact me by email for details. I don't intend for this to be a sales thread.  :)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Farmer_John on March 05, 2016, 07:43:52 pm
I need to do a minimum order of 20 for more affordable manufacture. I will order that and stock some.
Currently,  the fit is for the K&N e-3120 filter, and the Spectre is a little bit bigger. If K&N is not an objection, we have a go for production.
Please contact me by email for details. I don't intend for this to be a sales thread.  :)

Agreed.

Sent to your yahoo list owner addy.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Farmer_John on March 07, 2016, 03:06:48 pm
I've had a small pile of dress up bits accumulating dust for a while now, just too much life going on and too damn cold to sit out in Mom's garage (Where I store in the winters...2 bikes now) and bolt them up.

(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a124/Farmer_John/Mobile%20Uploads/2016-02/9DE1E531-7CC3-4882-9410-128C4FD5FA86_zpsxwx50w2l.jpg)

Yesterday was the day to start.

Managed to get the back half done before my fingers decided it was time to quit.  Just a little color change...

(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a124/Farmer_John/Mobile%20Uploads/2016-03/6B6F14EF-377A-4BED-B6F6-755DC7DC026A_zps17hwag66.jpg)
(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a124/Farmer_John/Mobile%20Uploads/2016-03/0FE0A12B-45B6-4893-ABFC-1B915C16CA19_zpsmvazziqd.jpg)
(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a124/Farmer_John/Mobile%20Uploads/2016-03/343ED892-35E9-435A-9276-EBF87A63695B_zpsxrd3f8vp.jpg)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: ace.cafe on March 07, 2016, 03:14:08 pm
Black side panels are an interesting and traditional look.
(Perfect place for a gold ACE Fireball 535 sticker)  8)

I also like the dual seat with cowl, which has a very integrated fit and look.
Nice!
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: ThumperJeeves on March 07, 2016, 04:26:46 pm
Got into an accident on Friday. So hopefully the repairs will start this week and I will get my bike back soon.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on March 07, 2016, 05:04:57 pm
Got into an accident on Friday. So hopefully the repairs will start this week and I will get my bike back soon.

Glad not much seems to have happened to you.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Farmer_John on March 07, 2016, 05:10:48 pm
Black side panels are an interesting and traditional look.
(Perfect place for a gold ACE Fireball 535 sticker)  8)

We'll have to work on that some...AFTER I get done paying for a life changing event on 4-23...

You mentioned cams and such, don't remember seeing anything on your Yayhoo page about it.

Can you elaborate?
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on March 07, 2016, 05:43:55 pm
We'll have to work on that some...AFTER I get done paying for a life changing event on 4-23...

I have about ten years time to keep saving for that event  ;)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Farmer_John on March 07, 2016, 05:51:18 pm
I have about ten years time to keep saving for that event  ;)

Well, this one's been waiting for 35.  I don't suggest waiting that long.  She married a cop and I failed miserably at rock stardom...
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: malky on March 07, 2016, 05:57:16 pm
I see the marriage license fees can vary from as little as $10 to a whopping $115.  ;)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on March 07, 2016, 05:57:54 pm
Well, this one's been waiting for 35.  I don't suggest waiting that long.  She married a cop and I failed miserably at rock stardom...

at least you know whom to punch when you get the next parking ticket..
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: ace.cafe on March 07, 2016, 06:13:32 pm
We'll have to work on that some...AFTER I get done paying for a life changing event on 4-23...

You mentioned cams and such, don't remember seeing anything on your Yayhoo page about it.

Can you elaborate?
Not quite ready to announce yet, but it should be fairly soon.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Farmer_John on March 07, 2016, 06:14:30 pm
at least you know whom to punch when you get the next parking ticket..

Nope, he wasn't a bad guy.  I had worked with one of his brothers, a nephew and called on a store ran by a great niece for a while.  Small world, but we managed to be slightly unaware of each others presence for 30 of those years.

He passed late last year from the effects of early onset Alzheimer...
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Farmer_John on March 07, 2016, 06:17:47 pm
Not quite ready to announce yet, but it should be fairly soon.

Very well.  Nice to have an option to the Brits...
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on March 07, 2016, 06:22:10 pm
Nope, he wasn't a bad guy.  I had worked with one of his brothers, a nephew and called on a store ran by a great niece for a while.  Small world, but we managed to be slightly unaware of each others presence for 30 of those years.

He passed late last year from the effects of early onset Alzheimer...

Oh dear, sorry to hear that.

I have the Jehovah's witnesses throwing adds in my mail all the time which says "Why bad things happen to good people", maybe these guys should get punched.... and I have NO ADDS written on the mail box, really annoying additionally I have to subsidize them too so they can keep printing this blackmail sort of adds.

Hope I don't offend anybody on the forum.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: krusty on March 07, 2016, 08:43:10 pm
Took mine in for it's 1st service..... once I'd re-attached the HT lead to the plug cap!
The local RE dealers are now fitting NGK plugs and caps at PDI. So mine will be treated to the same upgrade.
Krusty
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mevocgt on March 08, 2016, 01:22:16 am
Black side panels are an interesting and traditional look.
(Perfect place for a gold ACE Fireball 535 sticker)  8)

I also like the dual seat with cowl, which has a very integrated fit and look.
Nice!

What?  There's a sticker?
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: ace.cafe on March 08, 2016, 02:13:36 am
What?  There's a sticker?
There are stickers.
If you want some, you may have them.
 :)

Here's what they look like on an Ace Air Canister.

(https://forum.classicmotorworks.com/gallery/1119_02_06_10_2_48_26.JPG)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on March 08, 2016, 02:06:58 pm
Gold on Black very nice combination, always think of the JPS Lotus F1 when I see it.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: ace.cafe on March 08, 2016, 07:02:17 pm
Unloaded it from my truck, got the registration papers and license plate, and started cleaning it up. 2014 model, 6680.2 miles on it.
Cleans up pretty nice!

I removed that black stripe made of Plasti-Dip, removed the K&N sticker and the Dynojet sticker, cleaned off most of the grunge and dirt and chain lube so far.
Still have to clean the engine.

Also, I will be ordering the white tank lettering that the previous owner peeled off. It doesn't look too bad with just "nfield", and it's a bit unique, but I think I would rather have it the way it was intended. So, I will order new letters.

This is the first time that I have really seen one of these bikes up close and personal. It has a very nice set of features and bits on it. The Excel rims and stainless spokes are really nice!
I like this bike!
 :)

Here's a pic after about an hour or two of cleaning so far.

(https://forum.classicmotorworks.com/gallery/medium_1119-080316125533.jpeg)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on March 08, 2016, 07:07:43 pm

Cool! Looks much better now! ... I thought the lettering is under the clear coat?
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: ace.cafe on March 08, 2016, 07:44:40 pm
Cool! Looks much better now! ... I thought the lettering is under the clear coat?

Apparently the lettering is applied while the clear coat is still soft, and there are imprints of the missing letters still in the clear coat. So, it is very easy to see where the replacement letters need to go. I think it will be no problem.

Going down to get some aluminum polish and some exhaust header paint to cover that grungy exhaust system.

So far, so good!
 :)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: ace.cafe on March 08, 2016, 09:19:25 pm
Other side.
Exhaust system painted flat black with VHT Ceramic Header Paint.
I had options of flat black or dull silver, and I felt that the flat black would be the better choice because the dull silver wouldn't look like chrome anyway.

So, it is what it is. I had to do something with it because it was all scrubbed bare with ScotchBrite, and it was getting surface rust, and it just looked grungy.
I think it looks okay.

(https://forum.classicmotorworks.com/gallery/medium_1119-080316151536.jpeg)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: ace.cafe on March 08, 2016, 10:46:02 pm
Just took the GT out for about a half hour ride.
First time that I have ridden it, and my first ride on any Enfield  UCE.

First impressions.
Loved it!
Riding position good, and I could stand it lower, so I might try putting the clip-ons below the top fork clamp and see how I like that. But quite fine as it is stock, and I had no complaint about it. Rearsets were fine too. Basically felt good.

Vibration not a problem on this bike. I only hit about 75-80 mph a few times, and I did think it was getting near the top, so I didn't go faster. It did do 80 indicated, and it was okay.

It is faster than a moderately modded Iron Barrel, and that pleasantly surprised me. It's not a rocket, but it could be fast enough for some applications . I wouldn't say it's a slug. Some people would feel that it is fast enough for them in this Stage One tune.
 I liked it.

Handling was very good. Took throttle through the corners well, wasn't twitchy or unstable. Solid on higher speed straights. Braking was very good IMO, especially after being accustomed to the drums on the Iron Barrel Bullet.

The map on the Power Commander worked flawless with the sports exhaust, started on one push, idled steady without touching the throttle all thru warm up. No hesitation on throttle, and had brisk acceleration for what it is. No complaints.

Overall, I really like the bike. The break-in period is over, the Power Commander and Sports exhaust and K&N are already on the bike and working like a champ. Tires are the Pirelli Sport Demon and the front is like new, and the rear is brand new. An extra brand new front came along with the bike.
I feel like I got the bike with the break-in complete and the necessary mods already done, so I could just hop on and ride.

And for looks, I think it is the best looking new bike that we can buy today. They got the looks right!

Happy camper!
 ;D
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: malky on March 08, 2016, 10:50:04 pm
Other side.
Exhaust system painted flat black with VHT Ceramic Header Paint.
I had options of flat black or dull silver, and I felt that the flat black would be the better choice because the dull silver wouldn't look like chrome anyway.

So, it is what it is. I had to do something with it because it was all scrubbed bare with ScotchBrite, and it was getting surface rust, and it just looked grungy.
I think it looks okay.

(https://forum.classicmotorworks.com/gallery/medium_1119-080316151536.jpeg)
Looks good in black, I'm assuming the muffler will be getting the heave ho in the not to distant future?
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: ace.cafe on March 08, 2016, 10:56:50 pm
Looks good in black, I'm assuming the muffler will be getting the heave ho in the not to distant future?

When money permits, I will replace the exhaust with a Carpy's header and a Emgo megaphone. This exhaust will do fine for the time being.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gavinfdavies on March 08, 2016, 11:03:38 pm
Ace: If you drop the bars, you might also want to drop the forks through the clamps until they're level with the top of the yokes. It helps with stability quite a bit, plus also means that you're effectively only dropping the bars 1", buy getting a much cleaner look up top.

Is this poor thing going to become your tuning mule from now on?
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: ace.cafe on March 08, 2016, 11:07:41 pm
Ace: If you drop the bars, you might also want to drop the forks through the clamps until they're level with the top of the yokes. It helps with stability quite a bit, plus also means that you're effectively only dropping the bars 1", buy getting a much cleaner look up top.

Is this poor thing going to become your tuning mule from now on?

I'm afraid so!
 8)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on March 08, 2016, 11:29:13 pm
HA, I think it will be a very happy machine.  ;D Lucky she is already.

I agree, it's bit of a lame slug in stock condition.  ;)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Guaire on March 09, 2016, 12:16:54 am
We got to over 60 degrees today. The motor started without the lever pulled. Warmed up a few minutes and took off. Got about three blocks and the motor died like I lost spark.. or something.  Couldn't re start. Got it home. Pulled the plug. It was wet. I plugged it in and the ignition was sparking. Screwed it back in. The GT started and ran. Felt vague at low RPM. I got back in the driveway and the GT idled fine at 1000 rpm. Go figure!
   I charged the battery.
I have the stock ECU and the eBay from Greece o2 reader blanking bolt and plug for the o2 sensor wiring. I have a Power Commander 5 from CMW. I think it's time to put the PCV on.
  Going to install my Carpy header soon.
I'm running the HD Sportser muffler.
Looking forward to ACE's development of his GT.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Guaire on March 09, 2016, 12:19:18 am
DUH. Pics on March 8, 2016 Tuesday.
I'm getting in the mood to pull off the fin rubbers.
ACE here's how my panel cover decal looks. Parked at curb after the run.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: retro-rex on March 09, 2016, 01:27:00 am
Ace: Do you think it is possible to compound the outlines of the old letters in the clearcoat so they match the rest of the tank? I always wanted to get rid of the "new style Enfield logo" and put the old style on without having to repaint the whole tank. I know you can buy several different old style decals.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: ace.cafe on March 09, 2016, 08:25:56 am
Ace: Do you think it is possible to compound the outlines of the old letters in the clearcoat so they match the rest of the tank? I always wanted to get rid of the "new style Enfield logo" and put the old style on without having to repaint the whole tank. I know you can buy several different old style decals.
It may be possible,  but it would be risky that you could go thru the clear coat  There are distinct reliefs from the lettering remaining on the tank, but I can't tell how thin the clearcoat is underneath them. Also, with Enfield,  there is no telling if they changed the way they did things from one tank to another.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mevocgt on March 09, 2016, 12:58:06 pm
Ya, I think the consistency was not there.  It's been a few weeks since I looked at my tank, but it looks like the sticker is just sitting on top of the paint on my tank.  My bike is the 2015 yellow model, so I don't know if that matters. 
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: KC1961 on March 09, 2016, 08:34:31 pm
Had a (very) brief shot on it, first time since october. Looking forward now to getting it serviced, racking up a few more miles and then start to modify it.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: retro-rex on March 10, 2016, 10:43:31 pm
Thanks Ace, I guess it's not worth taking the chance of ruining the tank by taking the letters off. I think you're right about the consistency varying from bike to bike. My letters seem like they may have some clear coat over the top of them but that could just be an illusion. I did try blowing up your pictures to see if I could see the outlines of the letters but it was too blurry. Maybe someday I'll have the whole thing painted but I really hate to do that.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on March 11, 2016, 01:31:55 pm
Polished my ACE - Rocker Covers.  8)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: ace.cafe on March 11, 2016, 01:47:29 pm
Polished my ACE - Rocker Covers.  8)
Nice!
 8)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Guaire on March 11, 2016, 06:12:29 pm
  Yesterday I got my real Conti GT back. It's running well again.
  Covers, seat and tank were off. I noticed the hose clamp on the fuel line at the injector was loose. That may have been a problem. My fueling was awful. Idle was hit and miss, mostly around 1000 rpm. It would be idling, then poof. It was like the plug was pulled, stopped. The fueling would surge and buck, and cut out.
  I put the PCV box in the tool bag box and ran all the wiring up from there. I got everything snapped together. I organized the maze of routings, injector cables, fuel line, all of it. Put in a zip tie here and there. There is no rat nest visible.
  The stock header is gone, replaced by the Carpy header I bought months ago. The angled Sportster muffler has been melting boot bottoms and my synthetic cloth cuffs of my pants. I added some exhaust wrap around it, using the stuff that came with the bike when I bought it. The Carpy header has no lower bracket for attachment to the frame lower. After the whole exhaust was bolted in, I wrapped a hose clamp around the pipe and the frame tube to replace the added stability of the lower bracket. I finished it off with one of those chrome covers from CMW to cover the plumbing at the header/muffler joint.
  I adjusted the idle up. Thanks, Arizoni, for posting that anti-clockwise raises the idle speed! I kicked it over, starting on the second kick. Raised the idle again. Took off for a test ride. Excellent fueling and idling at 1200 rpm. The motorcycle I bought is back, thumping like a clock. I feel much better now.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: ace.cafe on March 11, 2016, 07:15:51 pm
Awesome.
Now is the beginning of the riding season!
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on March 12, 2016, 10:14:10 am
I rode mine 1000km to Jindabyne in new south Wales. Some freakin' awesome roads up here  8)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: ace.cafe on March 12, 2016, 12:14:21 pm
Riding my GT into work today.

My new helmet came in the mail yesterday!
I also have Sunday off!
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: krusty on March 12, 2016, 01:26:44 pm
I also took my GT to work for the first time. 26 miles each way.
Sat at 55-60 mph, the bike felt totally solid and comfortable.  :D
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on March 12, 2016, 01:56:20 pm
Glad I don't have to work today.   ;D

Looked at it in the garage.   :)  Weather and bike are not there yet.  :'(
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: KC1961 on March 12, 2016, 06:29:11 pm
Took it for 1st service (in a van). Will tax the bike in April, hopefully before then we can have a monsoon or two to wash the salt from the roads. I'm possibly being a tad optimistic here as it very rarely rains in Scotland. ::)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Farmer_John on March 12, 2016, 08:59:45 pm
Took it for 1st service (in a van). Will tax the bike in April, hopefully before then we can have a monsoon or two to wash the salt from the roads. I'm possibly being a tad optimistic here as it very rarely rains in Scotland. ::)

I'm hoping to tax mine tomorrow.  As in taxing the limits of adhesion on a few backroads after finishing a couple spring projects on her...
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Guaire on March 12, 2016, 09:59:33 pm
Got out for a second ride today. Still running good. Here's pics of the muffler wrap and chrome cover. And one of the ram mount, wrist watch...
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gavinfdavies on March 13, 2016, 12:09:30 am
Got out for a second ride today. Still running good. Here's pics of the muffler wrap and chrome cover. And one of the ram mount, wrist watch...

I had the same issue with the sports exhaust... first day with new pipe, second day with bike and brand new goretex textiles.... and I melted a damned great hole in the leg! I've got the same heat shield now, but set a little further back so that I don't need the wrap. And I wear leather trousers when I can. Also, I've gotten into the habit of keeping my leg resting on the end of the peg when standing, so I KNOW it's not touching the pipe! :)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Guaire on March 13, 2016, 12:38:27 am
  Yeah, Gavin, it's kind of creepy to get off the bike and ask, what happened to my pants?! I'll take a look at the chrome guard. Maybe two will work? I don't like the raggedy thing, but I need to keep my boots and pants on. Plus, after the rubber/plastic melts it leaves itself on the pipe and muffler.
  I'll do some more pics. The Carpy header is looking better than the old stock header. The stock one had been wrapped in that ragged stuff. It turned the header dark.
  I believe I can ride on highways here. There are so many roads here, that you don't want to have a break down: interstates, parkway this and that. There's no 'pulling over'. We ain't got 'over' any where. But the motor is giving me a good feeling now.
  In certain ways, this bike is smooth, and I love it. I've ridden lots of machines. KAHLUNK would go my /7 BMW trans. Snick would go the notchy Japanese gear boxes. The GTs clutch and trans is invisible a lot of the time. Silent, no effort neutral finding. I can clutch and shift at times with no perception of any mechanical event. Sometimes the motor has a big vibe and sometimes it's remarkably smooth. I've got to get out and about at some of my old roads and see how it goes.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gavinfdavies on March 13, 2016, 02:37:51 pm
I've done nothing to my RE today :( It's still in hibernation at home 150 miles away. Been out twice over winter on it, enjoyed both trip. I was amazed that it started via the electric boot first time having only been run once in the previous 4 months! The worst bit is that the weather is glorious today, gutted I can't get out and about on Lola (my GT - s/he looks like a woman but talks like a man!), but after I get back from my HONEYMOON on good Friday, I'll have a couple of days to play on her. I've got a new custom map to try out, can't wait.

Can't do too many miles, as she's due a service in the not too distant future.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: malky on March 14, 2016, 09:55:19 am
Off topic:

Waiting for bits and pieces to arrive for my GT. And while the waiting is so boring I've made a cigar box guitar.

https://youtu.be/lOUlgYCX_Uw

God I love this guys skill, natural talent.   Until my GT head arrives I might be able to play it little bit.  ;)
https://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=UzeuJEKWwnQ
Hope you're practicing. :)

Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on March 14, 2016, 10:21:50 am
https://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=UzeuJEKWwnQ
Hope you're practicing. :)

So far I am more likely to be paid for NOT playing it...  ;D

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-T5t4NWJ_s

...this one is fairly easy.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: ace.cafe on March 14, 2016, 08:26:37 pm
Today I did some more cleaning, and installed the 7" headlight kit with a halogen bulb that I had laying around from my Iron Barrel Bullet. Looks good on there, and it wasn't doing any good sitting in the closet.
 :)
Edit:
While I was in there, I pulled the headlight jumper, so that I can turn off the headlight at the switch when I want to.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: KC1961 on March 14, 2016, 09:18:29 pm
Took it for 1st service (in a van). Will tax the bike in April, hopefully before then we can have a monsoon or two to wash the salt from the roads. I'm possibly being a tad optimistic here as it very rarely rains in Scotland. ::)
Changed mind about April, taxed it today. Removed oe horns and fitted a smaller horn under the tank
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Guaire on March 14, 2016, 10:30:09 pm
KC  - If the weather brightens up, you're riding!

ACE - I'm considering using velcro to stash a spare bulb in my seat cowling. There's a lot of space in there. I'm waiting for the rain to stop here.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: ace.cafe on March 14, 2016, 10:38:35 pm
A guy and his wife just came over to me at the restaurant,  asking questions about the GT.
He knew what it was, and had read some reviews about it. He's mostly an ADV rider with a DR650, but he's intrigued with vintage type bikes. We talked about a half hour or so. Nice people.
Everyone asks about Royal Enfields. Great conversation starters!
 :)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mattsz on March 15, 2016, 08:10:13 pm
Today I did some more cleaning, and installed the 7" headlight kit with a halogen bulb that I had laying around from my Iron Barrel Bullet. Looks good on there, and it wasn't doing any good sitting in the closet.
 :)
Edit:
While I was in there, I pulled the headlight jumper, so that I can turn off the headlight at the switch when I want to.

Don't take this wrong Ace - but I just think it's wonderful the way you're talking about this bike with the same "honeymoon" enthusiasm we noobs did when we first bought ours...   ;D

But as we all know, it can hardly be said you're a noob when it comes to RE...  ;)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: krusty on March 15, 2016, 08:39:45 pm
I stopped at a red light today, nothing unusual about that.
Then I heard the unmistakable sound of a "yoof" playing "toonz" through a rather loud car stereo. He pulled up alongside, the music was then heard to be distinctly "Bhangra".
The young Indian driver couldn't get his mobile phone out quick enough to snap my GT.
This made me smile. I gave him a thumbs up then proceeded with a bhangra sound track playing in my head for the rest of my ride.
These bikes really do spread a deep joy to many people, not just us lucky owners.
Krusty
 
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: ace.cafe on March 15, 2016, 09:00:21 pm
Don't take this wrong Ace - but I just think it's wonderful the way you're talking about this bike with the same "honeymoon" enthusiasm we noobs did when we first bought ours...   ;D

But as we all know, it can hardly be said you're a noob when it comes to RE...  ;)
Yes,  I get just as much excitement over  getting a bike as anyone else does. Even after all these years, and all that Enfield work!
 ;D
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: singhg5 on March 15, 2016, 10:34:02 pm
Don't take this wrong Ace - but I just think it's wonderful the way you're talking about this bike with the same "honeymoon" enthusiasm we noobs did when we first bought ours...   ;D

But as we all know, it can hardly be said you're a noob when it comes to RE...  ;)

Yes,  I get just as much excitement over  getting a bike as anyone else does. Even after all these years, and all that Enfield work!
 ;D

It is a bug, that has no cure  ;D. 

Who wants to be treated anyway  ;)!

CONGRATULATIONS TOM !   

PS - Ducati Scotty is always on this site - pinning for it too  :)!
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on March 16, 2016, 03:23:41 am
Gave it a good clean after an epic ride (4 days, 2300 km) and found a broken spoke and muffler bracket.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: ace.cafe on March 16, 2016, 04:47:34 am

Thanks guys!
 :)

I ordered the replacement tank lettering today from CMW.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: KC1961 on March 16, 2016, 04:03:27 pm
Fitted the RE "sports muffler", thought it felt heavy until I held it side by side with the oe silencer, that thing weighs a ton! Anyway, I spent the PCV money on a pair of silencers for my Bonnie so for the moment the bike will be as stock plus the new muffler, can anyone confirm that I'm right in thinking that the bike will be okay without any fuelling mods?
thanks.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on March 16, 2016, 05:02:00 pm
Fitted the RE "sports muffler", thought it felt heavy until I held it side by side with the oe silencer, that thing weighs a ton! Anyway, I spent the PCV money on a pair of silencers for my Bonnie so for the moment the bike will be as stock plus the new muffler, can anyone confirm that I'm right in thinking that the bike will be okay without any fuelling mods?
thanks.

It may pop occasionally on deceleration.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Guaire on March 17, 2016, 12:29:24 am
I bought a Honda brand H4 headlight bulb. It comes on a box. I put it in a baggie. Taped it around to make it waterproof. Velcroed it into the rear seat's cowling. Now I carry a spare headlight bulb.
  I weighed the stock silencer at 13.8 lbs. That's just about 1 stone.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: krusty on March 17, 2016, 09:22:46 am
I tightened the spokes on the rear of my GT a few days ago. Checked the front today and had 1 very loose spoke so tightened that. The pulsing I was getting through the front brake at almost stop has now gone, so I guess I fixed that too!
Krusty
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: ace.cafe on March 17, 2016, 12:32:35 pm
I bought a Honda brand H4 headlight bulb. It comes on a box. I put it in a baggie. Taped it around to make it waterproof. Velcroed it into the rear seat's cowling. Now I carry a spare headlight bulb.
  I weighed the stock silencer at 13.8 lbs. That's just about 1 stone.
HAve you had an issue with headlights going bad?
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Guaire on March 18, 2016, 02:02:31 am
ACE - No problems. My GT has the 7" unit. My VFR has 2 lights = 4 filaments. I just consider it a good idea to keep a spare, especially with a single bulb with 2 filaments. Plus, it's so easy to get the spare to fit into the seat cowl. I'm thinking of adding a rear light spare.
  I removed the rubber sound plugs from the head fins.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mevocgt on March 18, 2016, 12:47:56 pm
Ya, extra brake light bulbs is a a good thing to carry.  I have changed more brake light bulbs in my GT than any of my other bikes combined.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: SSdriver on March 18, 2016, 01:34:11 pm
Ya, extra brake light bulbs is a a good thing to carry.  I have changed more brake light bulbs in my GT than any of my other bikes combined.
NO problems with taillight since changing to LED bulb. Vibrations don't bother it and it's brighter too.
Had to change the headlight, but only because I caught a rock.
...Jimmy
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: KC1961 on March 19, 2016, 05:25:44 pm
It was an uncharacteristically nice morning here so I managed to sneak in my first half decent outing on the bike this year. Happy with the sound from the "sports exhaust" but will hopefully get a short megaphone sometime.
(http://i1260.photobucket.com/albums/ii571/kc1961/bike005.jpg) (http://s1260.photobucket.com/user/kc1961/media/bike005.jpg.html)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Farmer_John on March 19, 2016, 06:59:21 pm
It was an uncharacteristically nice morning here so I managed to sneak in my first half decent outing on the bike this year. Happy with the sound from the "sports exhaust" but will hopefully get a short megaphone sometime.
(http://i1260.photobucket.com/albums/ii571/kc1961/bike005.jpg) (http://s1260.photobucket.com/user/kc1961/media/bike005.jpg.html)

I'm going FROM A shorty mega TO the sports muffler.  I found the 17" Emgo harsh sounding and too loud, no matter how much or what I packed it with.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on March 25, 2016, 01:38:08 pm
Reshaped my chain guard... something was odd in the contour.

Does anyone have experience with Hydrochrome?
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mevocgt on March 25, 2016, 09:26:08 pm
Paid mine a visit at the shop.  It's beginning final assembly!
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Aus.GT on March 26, 2016, 03:32:36 am
Paid mine a visit at the shop.  It's beginning final assembly!

Excellent, Can't wait to see it going.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Farmer_John on March 27, 2016, 11:49:25 pm
I dreamed of being out on my favorite 2 lanes, squirting corner to corner with effortless precision.

But, I'm stuck in Ripon CA and far far away. Besides, the rest of the family was over for dinner and I'd have been feasting with them anyway...
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gavinfdavies on March 30, 2016, 11:44:56 pm
I finally bit the bullet (groan  ::) ) and did a top end strip. Loads of carbon (surprise surprise) almost to the point of flaking off (8,000 miles)! Plug looked in good condition, if a touch pale.

The main purpose of this little expedition is to sort out the squish gap (or excess of). Measured at 2.2mm. Also discovered that a) the gaps in my two compression rings were both on the left side (great.... ) cue lots of carbon all down the left side of the piston and b) that F*ck me are these valves shrouded! Given that as stock we only get about 0.2" lift to play with (is that correct?) it seems crazy that about 1/4 of the circumference of each valve has a 2-3mm lip around it in the head! That job will have to wait for another day, as I don't have a valve spring compressor here, nor a dremmel etc to do the fettling with. One change at a time me thinks.

I'd also recommend that people regularly crack off, loosen, grease, and re-torque tighten the two exposed head fasteners. The one by the spark plug in particular was seized pretty bad, and require judicious application of a hammer and a drift to shock it enough to allow me to undo it.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Ice on March 31, 2016, 01:25:04 am
 Have you considered using Seafoam or the like in the fuel to keep the carbon down ? 

 
 
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: ace.cafe on March 31, 2016, 02:22:12 am
I finally bit the bullet (groan  ::) ) and did a top end strip. Loads of carbon (surprise surprise) almost to the point of flaking off (8,000 miles)! Plug looked in good condition, if a touch pale.

The main purpose of this little expedition is to sort out the squish gap (or excess of). Measured at 2.2mm. Also discovered that a) the gaps in my two compression rings were both on the left side (great.... ) cue lots of carbon all down the left side of the piston and b) that F*ck me are these valves shrouded! Given that as stock we only get about 0.2" lift to play with (is that correct?) it seems crazy that about 1/4 of the circumference of each valve has a 2-3mm lip around it in the head! That job will have to wait for another day, as I don't have a valve spring compressor here, nor a dremmel etc to do the fettling with. One change at a time me thinks.

I'd also recommend that people regularly crack off, loosen, grease, and re-torque tighten the two exposed head fasteners. The one by the spark plug in particular was seized pretty bad, and require judicious application of a hammer and a drift to shock it enough to allow me to undo it.

Don't worry about location of the ring gaps. They rotate during use, and could be at any random location when you take it apart. Just use opposite alignment, with no gaps on either thrust face, when you assemble. This helps avoid a bore scratch when first starting up, if it takes a while for oil to get up there.. After it runs, the gaps will be moving around all over the place.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on March 31, 2016, 12:12:02 pm
Be interested to hear the outcome of the squish project.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on March 31, 2016, 01:18:20 pm
I finally bit the bullet (groan  ::) ) and did a top end strip. Loads of carbon (surprise surprise) almost to the point of flaking off (8,000 miles)! Plug looked in good condition, if a touch pale.

The main purpose of this little expedition is to sort out the squish gap (or excess of). Measured at 2.2mm. Also discovered that a) the gaps in my two compression rings were both on the left side (great.... ) cue lots of carbon all down the left side of the piston and b) that F*ck me are these valves shrouded! Given that as stock we only get about 0.2" lift to play with (is that correct?) it seems crazy that about 1/4 of the circumference of each valve has a 2-3mm lip around it in the head! That job will have to wait for another day, as I don't have a valve spring compressor here, nor a dremmel etc to do the fettling with. One change at a time me thinks.

I'd also recommend that people regularly crack off, loosen, grease, and re-torque tighten the two exposed head fasteners. The one by the spark plug in particular was seized pretty bad, and require judicious application of a hammer and a drift to shock it enough to allow me to undo it.

2.2 mm is fairly close to what I've found in my engine. Maybe if you scrape down the carbon you will be at same value as I have measuered.  ;) ;D
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: malky on March 31, 2016, 01:24:54 pm
It was an uncharacteristically nice morning here so I managed to sneak in my first half decent outing on the bike this year. Happy with the sound from the "sports exhaust" but will hopefully get a short megaphone sometime.
(http://i1260.photobucket.com/albums/ii571/kc1961/bike005.jpg) (http://s1260.photobucket.com/user/kc1961/media/bike005.jpg.html)
Weather in South Queensferry looks good. 8)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: ace.cafe on March 31, 2016, 01:33:16 pm
Gavin,
That's why we are doing this chamber on our billet heads.

(https://forum.classicmotorworks.com/gallery/medium_1119-220316143203.jpeg)

Regarding lift, the stock cams are .300" inlet, .280" exhaust.
The rockers have some ratio, but it seems to vary from one to the next. Maybe 1.15:1 to 1.2:1 might be the range.

The chamber does shroud the inlet particularly,  and it could be relieved a bit, and the compression restored by doing your squish mod.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Guaire on March 31, 2016, 10:23:17 pm
On Saturday I rode down the George Washington Parkway to Mt Vernon and turned around then stopped at Hunting Creek Park. That's my Harley Sportster muffler and a Carpy header.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gavinfdavies on March 31, 2016, 11:52:20 pm
Wasn't expecting to be able to do any anti-shrouding activity due to lack of dremel and valve spring compressor. But then I did a brief test of using a countersinking tool in a drill, and it seemed to work ok, if slowly. Very delicated touch needed to avoid chatter due to the widely spaced straight cutting edges. I've now remove a fair bit of material around both intake and exhaust ports on the sides nearest the barrel, and also on the side of the intake furthest from the spark plug. Made everything as smooth as poss. Also matched the head inlet to the head/intake-spacer diameter, and blended the transition. Need to check the t-b/intake-spacer  joint as well.

Also have decoked everything, and prepared a new 0,2mm thin head gasket. I attempted to use my expensive new 0,1mm copper sheet, but due to lack of suitable cutting tools, I couldn't cut the bolt holes out. Fail. So I followed GHG's advice and split down the existing head gasket. The middle layer is clean and shiny, and quite thin. I've got some head sealer to help things along too.

Also ordered a couple of new exhaust port copper gaskets, and a special thin base gasket from Hitchcocks. Keen to see what it's like. If I don't like it, I'll just make a paper one.

And on that note it's almost midnight, so I'm off to bed! :)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gavinfdavies on April 03, 2016, 12:58:12 am
Well my bike is back together now, and I've been out on a 30min test ride on a variety of roads. And it's all working great.

Starting state:
Massive pod filter, Wild Bore exhaust and open header pipe, Power Commander 5 with my own custom map. Problem is 'pinging under medium to heavy loads at medium rpm. In that area of the map I was running roughly +16% fuel and -4deg ignition. Piston and chamber full of thick flaky carbon after 8,000 miles. Squish band at about 2.2-2.4mm. Multi-layer steel head gasket roughly 1mm thick, composite base gasket roughly 0.8mm thick.

Modifications:
A small area of powder coat was files off the lower end of the top frame member under the ECU, and a small peice of the top fin on the outside intake edge on the spar plug side, close to the plug (I hope that makes sense!). This allowed the intake rocker cover to be remove with the engine in the frame. It was only about 1mm away anyway, so other bikes might be ok. Chamber and piston decoked. The was head material making shrouded areas on wall-side of each valve, presumably from when the bore was for a 500. This material was removed as much as possible. There was a step in the intake passage in the head coming from the inlet spacer. This step was chamfered and rounded to try to smooth the flow a bit. The base gasket was replaced with porous (non glossy) paper from an envelope (the kind bribes usually come it! :) ), which was roughly 0.2mm thick. This was then coated with engine oil to stop it bonding to the alloy. I HATE scraping off old paper OEM gaskets! I took GHG's advice and drilled out the rivets from the stock head gasket, and used the middle layer as my new head gasket, this being the cleanest layer and only about 0.1-0.2mm thick. I applied a very thin line of red hylomar around the sealing faces, only about as thick as a small paperclip wire. This was flattened out with the applicator to be about 2mm wide. Care was take to avoid getting too close to the oil way. Everything cleaned up ready for reassembly. When refitting the rocker boxes, the hydraulic followers will have taken up all the 'slack' from the missing pushrods. So when you tighten down the rocker boxes the 'high' followers will actually open the valves a bit. Tip: take a picture of the valve without the boxes, from a view point level with the rocker cover mating face. This will give you a reference of the closed position. Once you've tightened them down the followers will take atleast 15 mins to relax and close the valves. Before replacing the covers, compare the valves to your photo to check they've closed. I didn't have a camera, so I turned the engine over by hand, watching the rockers, and made sure I gots compression with no escaping hiss of air. Another method I've seen is to check you can just about twist the push rods by hand, this only worked on my exhaust rod. The intake rod refused to turn, even though I confirmed that the valve was indeed shut. Before refitting the covers I also remove any loose silicone sealant from where the factory had bonded the gaskets in place. Generally I also make sure all external thread were greased, and all internal thread were oiled with engine oil (I don't want any grease contaminating my clutch, call me paranoid!). Most were dry out the factor, and some were a nightmate to undo, even the rocker boxes, which are inside the engine! Their threads were bone dry, as the oil must have been added later. I'd strongly advise people to regularly undo, grease, and re-torque (25Nm) the two head nuts that are external (next to spark plug, and another opposite). Thee can get plastered with crap form the great outdoors, and seize up. My spark plug side one was REALLY bad, and needed well over double the force to undo compared to when I re-torqued it afterwards. It nearly cancelled my whole project, yet it's very easy to avoid this problem. Lastly I made a new custom map (this is my 17th iteration) using dynojets own map for the 500 UCE engine (which was much richer and more advance than mine in the midrange) for my low and midrange, and for my top end I used my existing map, because I know my pod filter requires far more fuel up top than stock airbox + K&N filter (when testing this change last autumn I had to go from +16% fuel to about +24% fuel because it actually began to nip up on me was doing high speed runs!).

Results:
The bike started first time (yay!), and ran fine. Low and midrange power is immense. Full throttle over 4,000rpm feels a little fluffy, and not an 'clean' and the midrange grunt. I suspect it's a bit too rich (I'm curently running +26% fuel up there!), but at least it's safe for now. After a good run, I did the pinging challenge. I took her up a long steep hill at in 5th gear and below 2000rpm, then opened the throttle wide to almost lug the engine. She grunted a bit, but pulled hard up towards 50mph without a hinting of pinging. Last week I wouldn't have dared this, as she would have instantly begun to ping.

Final test:
Tomorrow (or should I say today, as it's 1am my time!) I'll be going on a long ride out with several other GTs. Cue acceleration tests! :)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on April 06, 2016, 01:00:48 pm
Well... test assembled my "Shot-Balls"

small is good for 1/2 pound lead shot
big is good for 1 pound lead shot

 ;D ...kind of like the small balls, the big one are too big.  :o

Looking forward to test both for vibs.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: ace.cafe on April 06, 2016, 03:20:44 pm
Very unique design!

Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gavinfdavies on April 06, 2016, 04:15:35 pm
Well... test assembled my "Shot-Balls"

small is good for 1/2 pound lead shot
big is good for 1 pound lead shot

 ;D ...kind of like the small balls, the big one are too big.  :o

Looking forward to test both for vibs.

Did you make these, or are they shop bought? Why not have a small on one side and a large on the other?
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on April 06, 2016, 05:25:37 pm
Did you make these, or are they shop bought? Why not have a small on one side and a large on the other?

 ;D

..primarily they are ment for testing the effectiveness of "lead shot" in damping vibrations at the bars. Shape does not really matter, although I kind of start liking the smaller balls.

A company nearby specializes in making hollow stainless balls of all sizes, even a few feet if required, which is why i have them readily available.

Maybe if I polish them up, I can skip the mirrors?!  ;) ;D
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mevocgt on April 07, 2016, 02:18:23 pm
Ya, will work better than stock mirrors, anyway....????
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on April 07, 2016, 02:24:40 pm
Ya, will work better than stock mirrors, anyway....????

Ya, and will cover a very wide angle....like a fisheye lens... :P
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gavinfdavies on April 08, 2016, 11:00:08 am
Swapped back from the big-bore stainless header to the stock narrow-bore item.

Result: throttle feel at low revs poor, especially when cold when it's atrocious, but I think that it down to it running just a bit too rich now. If was hunting a bit with the big pipe on it, now it's barely manageable. Once hot it's not too bad. Will tweak the map later. At middle and high rpms though, it's a different story. It seems to pull better and for longer, and had no hesitation when running up to higher speeds (80mph+) where with the bigger pipe is would be going all fluffy and horrible by about 75mph. It was also much happier cruising at 75mph.

All in all, a big improvement. Just a little map tweaking now to help things along.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gavinfdavies on April 11, 2016, 07:52:22 pm
Swapped back from the big-bore stainless header to the stock narrow-bore item.

Result: throttle feel at low revs poor, especially when cold when it's atrocious, but I think that it down to it running just a bit too rich now. If was hunting a bit with the big pipe on it, now it's barely manageable. Once hot it's not too bad. Will tweak the map later. At middle and high rpms though, it's a different story. It seems to pull better and for longer, and had no hesitation when running up to higher speeds (80mph+) where with the bigger pipe is would be going all fluffy and horrible by about 75mph. It was also much happier cruising at 75mph.

All in all, a big improvement. Just a little map tweaking now to help things along.

Remapped it on Sunday afternoon. Leaned it out -10% around the idle setting, and retarded the ignition 2degs. Now it will start on the button and hold its own idle (850rm) when cold, and settle to about 1,200rpm when hot. Excellent.

I've also leaned the low-end out a couple of %, which has sorted out the hunting, and I've ironed out the fuelling at the top end of the map and added 2degs more advance (so now 6degs across the whole top end). A couple of little smoothing points lower down too.

Result: starts on the button and idles 'hands-free' when cold, no hunting in the low end, and at the top end the throttle response at 100% throttle is more like the rest of the map, much crisper. On my long run home of the motorway, it was cruising at 75mph for over and hour, at about 70% throttle, so not ringing its neck too much. All in all, very pleased.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gashousegorilla on April 12, 2016, 01:02:22 am
  Still running the stock Cams Gavin, correct ?
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gavinfdavies on April 12, 2016, 03:59:38 pm
  Still running the stock Cams Gavin, correct ?

Yeah, spending money is short at the moment. She'll run up to about 4,500rpm no problems, but slows down after that.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on April 12, 2016, 05:44:13 pm
Yeah, spending money is short at the moment. She'll run up to about 4,500rpm no problems, but slows down after that.

Tuned stack of correct length may help the top end for a small buck.  ;)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: DenverGT on April 14, 2016, 02:35:50 am
Today I added a 7 inch headlight, the Ace Derottone Big Gulp and I blew the headlight fuse by leaving it all connected and on placing it back in.

For some reason I can't seem to find the fuse box... It has been a long day...
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: DenverGT on April 14, 2016, 05:16:18 am
Today I added a 7 inch headlight, the Ace Derottone Big Gulp and I blew the headlight fuse by leaving it all connected and on placing it back in.

For some reason I can't seem to find the fuse box... It has been a long day...

Replaced the fuse and took the bike out to Autozone to get materials for my velocity stack.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Jellyroll on April 18, 2016, 10:33:09 pm
As I did for the past several days. I went out to the garage and stared at it for a while, listening to the buckets of rain coming down. :( Then to upset the crappy weather apple cart I micro-adjusted the play in the throttle cables to my liking. Unsatisfied, I grabbed a grease rag, spit on it and ground away the (literally) hundreds of gnats off my headlight glass. Some inconsiderate avian shit on my totally cool seat before I parked it so I scrubbed it off. I checked for oil leaks. I checked my chain slack. I inspected the instrument mounts. I discovered how to adjust the position of my shifter and brake pedal. I checked the brake fluid levels. It's still raining. They say it's going to 'still raining' till Saturday, when the suns' supposed to make an appearance. Right now it's Monday. Cheese and Rice.... >:(
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: DenverGT on April 18, 2016, 10:45:18 pm
As I did for the past several days. I went out to the garage and stared at it for a while, listening to the buckets of rain coming down. :( Then to upset the crappy weather apple cart I micro-adjusted the play in the throttle cables to my liking. Unsatisfied, I grabbed a grease rag, spit on it and ground away the (literally) hundreds of gnats off my headlight glass. Some inconsiderate avian shit on my totally cool seat before I parked it so I scrubbed it off. I checked for oil leaks. I checked my chain slack. I inspected the instrument mounts. I discovered how to adjust the position of my shifter and brake pedal. I checked the brake fluid levels. It's still raining. They say it's going to 'still raining' till Saturday, when the suns' supposed to make an appearance. Right now it's Monday. Cheese and Rice.... >:(

I almost feel bad for you, but it snowed a foot or so here this weekend...
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mattsz on April 18, 2016, 10:48:11 pm
I almost feel bad for you, but it snowed a foot or so here this weekend...

I was wondering how you guys made out.  Usually, I'm the one crying about too much snow...
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Farmer_John on April 18, 2016, 11:17:08 pm
I almost feel bad for you, but it snowed a foot or so here this weekend...

I delayed leaving Portland OR for Memphis TN for a day for that storm. Made it to Wyoming yesterday just in time for all the I80 restrictions to be lifted. Got a little snotty around Rawlings and again after Laramie, but at least it wasn't closed.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on April 19, 2016, 12:47:24 am
I did a 230km ride through the twisties with my mate on his 900SS. A great afternoon out  :D
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mevocgt on April 19, 2016, 03:15:08 am
I thought fondly of it, while I did 170 mile ride on my ST1300....I did get to ride the GT up the street and back on Saturday though ;D
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Jellyroll on April 20, 2016, 05:52:45 am
Hah! What do they know, they just guess anyway. The weather broke yesterday afternoon, today was decreasing clouds after heavy fog and dry streets, so I fired her up, rolled across town and got a barbecued chicken, german noodles, fried okra, cucumber salad and banana puddin' and crammed it all into my garbage bag lined ALICE(Army rucksack) and rolled back to the house. One admiring compliment from a feller in the parking lot. Sunshine. Scooter. Barbecue. Good day, Tater 8)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on April 21, 2016, 02:11:04 pm
I rode mine 700km to check out a 18km stretch of twisties that came highly recommended. Turned out to be over rated but was a nice day out with a good mate.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mevocgt on April 21, 2016, 03:26:22 pm
I rode mine 700km to check out a 18km stretch of twisties that came highly recommended. Turned out to be over rated but was a nice day out with a good mate.

It's the journey, not the destination.  Right?  A long ride with a good mate can beat the best roads alone most days.  Glad it was a good day for you!
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mattsz on April 21, 2016, 05:20:39 pm
I rode mine 700km to check out a 18km stretch of twisties that came highly recommended. Turned out to be over rated but was a nice day out with a good mate.

One day?!?  I hope that 700km was round-trip!
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Farmer_John on April 21, 2016, 05:48:19 pm
...I rode her home.  Summer now officially begins.

(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a124/Farmer_John/Mobile%20Uploads/2016-04/1F4CA174-A827-4DB3-9675-9D890C087CE2_zps1aiyjvv5.jpg)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on April 21, 2016, 06:58:35 pm
The black side panels looking really good.  8)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Farmer_John on April 21, 2016, 07:25:03 pm
The black side panels looking really good.  8)

Thanks, I'm quite happy with that too!  I also installed a Dart flyscreen that I think is a really nicely made piece, with mounting specifically for the GT.  CMW has them!
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: SSdriver on April 21, 2016, 09:18:38 pm
FJ...I like the side panels in black (wouldn't have thought so, till I saw them). I was also visualizing that rear fender in black...it would almost disappear under the red seat, and maybe add a little more vintage profile. Anyone have any thoughts?
...Jimmy
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on April 21, 2016, 09:46:28 pm
FJ...I like the side panels in black (wouldn't have thought so, till I saw them). I was also visualizing that rear fender in black...it would almost disappear under the red seat, and maybe add a little more vintage profile. Anyone have any thoughts?
...Jimmy

Interesting Idea...photoshoped it for you on FJ bike.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: SSdriver on April 21, 2016, 11:24:14 pm
Okay Otto I like it...now how about that weld seam across the bottom of the tank?
...Jimmy
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Arizoni on April 21, 2016, 11:26:55 pm
If the weld seam is really a bother, with a strip of masking or painters tape to protect the red paint where the fillet radius starts, it could be painted flat black.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on April 21, 2016, 11:56:53 pm
One day?!?  I hope that 700km was round-trip!
Yep, a round trip  ;D. I'm not tough enough to do 1400 in a day, for sure.
I recorded my worst ever fuel consumption on one leg of this trip: 200km at 70-75mph into a stiff headwind returned 4.6 litres/100km, or 50mpg.

Have a great summer, FJ!
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: SSdriver on April 22, 2016, 03:05:20 pm
Not sure...I kinda like it.
Hope FJ don't mind us modifying his machine!
Cheers...Jimmy
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mevocgt on April 22, 2016, 03:35:47 pm
One day?!?  I hope that 700km was round-trip!
It's under 500 miles.  That's a good day trip..????????
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mattsz on April 22, 2016, 05:26:26 pm
It's under 500 miles.  That's a good day trip..????????

Agreed... for a round-trip!  ;)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on May 04, 2016, 06:16:35 pm
Put beastie together and took her for a spin....

....need to lift up that exhaust somehow.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: ace.cafe on May 04, 2016, 06:34:21 pm
Put beastie together and took her for a spin....

....need to lift up that exhaust somehow.

Shot balls look pretty natural on there.
 :)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on May 04, 2016, 06:52:17 pm
Shot balls look pretty natural on there.
 :)

I like the shot balls, they seem to be doing something.

Any clue how to bend the end of the header couple of degrees up?

Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: ace.cafe on May 04, 2016, 07:01:41 pm
I like the shot balls, they seem to be doing something.

Any clue how to bend the end of the header couple of degrees up?
You need an adapter. Attempting to bend a chrome pipe will crack the chrome immediately.
There might be one available at CMW or Hitchcock for the trials bikes.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on May 04, 2016, 07:03:10 pm
You need an adapter. Attempting to bend a chrome pipe will crack the chrome immediately.
There might be one available at CMW or Hitchcock for the trials bikes.

It's stainless. I want to avoid the adapter... maybe I weld something on the Megaphone.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: ace.cafe on May 04, 2016, 07:18:03 pm
It's stainless. I want to avoid the adapter... maybe I weld something on the Megaphone.

If it is stainless, you can take it to a muffler shop and have them make a slight bend on it.
If it is very slight, it may not even make a distortion on the pipe shape.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on May 05, 2016, 11:24:32 pm
Made some videos,  ;)

1. Shows the mod's done to the bike. Sorry about the music but the little camera's sound was very noisy and I had to put something in there.

https://youtu.be/WbSyjsVGoJI

2. Tried to capture 0-60...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCZfm4aw6FY

3. Fast run on a straight...reaching some 88-89 mph.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqKRWqvTRMQ
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: REvs on May 06, 2016, 02:12:13 am
Great videos! Impressive!

Thanks for sharing!
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Farmer_John on May 06, 2016, 03:44:42 am
Made some videos,  ;)

1. Shows the mod's done to the bike. Sorry about the music but the little camera's sound was very noisy and I had to put something in there.

https://youtu.be/WbSyjsVGoJI

2. Tried to capture 0-60...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCZfm4aw6FY

3. Fast run on a straight...reaching some 88-89 mph.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqKRWqvTRMQ

The music makes that first video!  Great tune.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: ace.cafe on May 06, 2016, 11:59:55 am
Cool!
 8)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: singhg5 on May 06, 2016, 09:21:29 pm
Made some videos,  ;)   

3. Fast run on a straight...reaching some 88-89 mph.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqKRWqvTRMQ

Very nice :).

Seems there were not too much handlebar vibrations - at least not like mine ;).
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on May 06, 2016, 09:35:49 pm
Very nice :).

Seems there were not too much handlebar vibrations - at least not like mine ;).

I paid today more attention to the shot balls, my conclusion is they work excellent. When I removed my hand from the handle the clutch lever would rattle, with the shot ball - nothing.

The bike is pretty stable at any speeds it can ever reach.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on May 07, 2016, 07:06:50 pm
Riding all day long ... group of 7 ... no issues to keep up.

(https://forum.classicmotorworks.com/gallery/14695-070516130056.jpeg)

...like this Guzzi, she had really good sound and is so nimble that the GT looks almost like a heavy iron comparatively.

(https://forum.classicmotorworks.com/gallery/14695-070516130134.jpeg)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Guaire on May 07, 2016, 09:17:30 pm
Best run ever with the new air box and new filter. The engine feels better than ever. After start up, just a few minutes to idle at 1000 rpm. After driving the idle is sometimes up to 1200 and steady. Shift point at 4000 felt good. At 60 mph the air lifts my chest so the stress on my wrists is relieved, autobahn style!
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Jellyroll on May 09, 2016, 10:25:13 pm
Howdy fellas, first picture post on the forum. I got a GoPro Hero a good while back, and thought I'd make use of it. I'm still having to refer to the cheat card for operating instructions; I know it ain't hard, but I'm used to REAL cameras-SLRs, and not the digital type either, mine use film(dates my old ass). Anyhoo, since I help out my neighbors if and when I can, mow other peoples' lawns, take care of my invalid wife and maintain the meager lifestyle the countrys' leadership has brought us to(another story, another time) I figure I deserve some sort of vacation away from it all. You know, where you can be alone: in the quietude, silently meditating...birds chirping....Once a year I give myself a much needed two days out of reality, and now my GT is a part of it.
  And so, I took a quick shot of the bike in an environment most suited to its heritage, the Cold War era. This is what I do to have fun: Since '08 I've volunteered at this prestigious local event.
  I will say this: Over 18,000 people walked by 'Thumper' and there were many, many photos taken of it.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: malky on May 09, 2016, 10:32:16 pm
Howdy fellas, first picture post on the forum. I got a GoPro Hero a good while back, and thought I'd make use of it. I'm still having to refer to the cheat card for operating instructions; I know it ain't hard, but I'm used to REAL cameras-SLRs, and not the digital type either, mine use film(dates my old ass). Anyhoo, since I help out my neighbors if and when I can, mow other peoples' lawns, take care of my invalid wife and maintain the meager lifestyle the countrys' leadership has brought us to(another story, another time) I figure I deserve some sort of vacation away from it all. You know, where you can be alone: in the quietude, silently meditating...birds chirping....Once a year I give myself a much needed two days out of reality, and now my GT is a part of it.
  And so, I took a quick shot of the bike in an environment most suited to its heritage, the Cold War era. This is what I do to have fun: Since '08 I've volunteered at this prestigious local event.
  I will say this: Over 18,000 people walked by 'Thumper' and there were many, many photos taken of it.
Motorcycles should be on prescription. (Which in Scotland is free)  :)

Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on May 09, 2016, 11:20:13 pm
Respect to you, jellyroll. That's a lot to take on board. 2 days doesn't seem enough compensation for that commitment. What's the event? Local airshow?
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Jellyroll on May 10, 2016, 07:04:53 am
Oh, sorry 'bout that-Yes, the Central Texas Airshow just happened this last weekend. The plane, a MiG-17F (Fresco) flown by David Bell was this years' headliner/poster plane. What an awesome show. I've volunteered at it since 2008, and this year was the shows' 30th Anniversary where any Veteran, active, retiree, or just did a tour got in free as well as their immediate families. For those that dig planes, I shall unashamedly list them here for my own amusement, nyuk-nyuk-nyuk ;
    P-51 Mustang,P-39 Airacobra,P-40 Warhawk,A-26 Invader, PBJ(Navy B-25J)Mitchell Gunship, B-17 Flying Fortress, Westland Lysander, Fouga Magister, Pitcairn Autogyro, T-6 Texan, T-26 Trojan, L19, PT-17, PT-19, Extra 500, Pitts Specials, Matt Younkins' Beech-18, UH-1 Huey, AH-1 Cobra, Cessna Skymaster, the ToraToraTora! show and a Vietnam reenactment, along with Huey rides for 60US and a ride in the B-17 for 400-1400US.
   Back on the GT-I am, and was again, assigned the main ticket entrance and I rode Thumper past the people and through the gate and parked it just inside while I was working. If someone digs bikes they were drawn to it-the first cool thing everyone saw was this bike, and cameras/phones popped out for a shot. The photo above is at the hangar where all the volunteers, pilots, groundcrews and CAF officials gather for a free feed, drink beer, and rub elbows with Aviation Greats. It's also where ALL spectators have to walk by to get to the exit. More admirers came up to look at the bike, as well as the MiG. After the meal/show synopsis we(several of the senior volunteers, me too) cleared out the tables and chairs, swept and mopped the hangar, then the MiG was put inside and tucked in. A freakin' awesome time and not only do I get the bike shown, I get sunburn, hot sweaty sore feet, a free volunteer T shirt and my face stuffed, it's all free; almost like they did this show for me.
Re: the commitment is what it is. I figure that after all the 'bad shit' I've done in my life it was a good idea to get some good karma rolling in, and perhaps by the time I get all corpsified it won't be too bad come Judgement Day. Just hedging my bets.... ;)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on May 10, 2016, 09:12:50 am
I dig aeroplanes.... 8)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: SSdriver on May 10, 2016, 06:34:24 pm
Re: the commitment is what it is. I figure that after all the 'bad shit' I've done in my life it was a good idea to get some good karma rolling in, and perhaps by the time I get all corpsified it won't be too bad come Judgement Day. Just hedging my bets....  :)
Jellyroll...I don't know you personally, but I think we could be friends....Jimmy ;)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Jellyroll on May 10, 2016, 07:38:55 pm
Jellyroll...I don't know you personally, but I think we could be friends....Jimmy ;)
We already are, brother 8)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on May 12, 2016, 08:06:18 pm
Busy, busy ... not much time for the bike.

Got a bow comming, this is how I hope it to play out.

(https://forum.classicmotorworks.com/gallery/14695-120516140433.jpeg)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: ace.cafe on May 12, 2016, 08:11:39 pm
Going to the shop to see the billet progress, and drop off some other heads and parts, on Saturday.
 ;D
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: KC1961 on May 13, 2016, 11:35:23 am
Finally got around to removing the sidestand switch.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gavinfdavies on May 13, 2016, 03:45:20 pm
Finished rebuild after a 12 thou barrel skim to tighten the squish one last bit.

Probably should have done a proper shakedown ride first before embarking on a 150 mile motorway trip home. Oh well, it was all fine.

Oddly, tightening the squish and slightly increasing the compression seems to make it run richer. I would have thought that slightly increased volumetric efficiency due to increased CR would have made it a little leaner. I suppose it's because the tighter squish makes the fuel burn more efficiently, then as a result more fuel is burnt efficiently! ;) Will have to tweak the map down (again!).
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on May 14, 2016, 11:42:11 am
Looking into the possibility of attaching little mirrors to my shot balls. Thanks for the idea Tom.  :)

(https://forum.classicmotorworks.com/gallery/14695-140516114837.jpeg)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on May 14, 2016, 05:45:59 pm
Modified my baffle to give the gas more area to excape the can.

...let's see what it does, looks like a pipe ... hope the bike won't start playing "Condor el Pasa" now.  ::)  ;D

(https://forum.classicmotorworks.com/gallery/14695-140516114248.jpeg)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gavinfdavies on May 16, 2016, 09:36:30 pm
Finally broke the 90mph barrier! Albeit with the assistance of a gentle slope on the motorway ;)

I nearly came, not sure if from the vibrations or from the general excitement!  ::)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on May 18, 2016, 09:56:39 am
filled the petrol tank: for 93 mpg (ok it's imperial gallons, so 77 us gallons or 33 km/litre or 3.03 l/100km)!. Yeah I got nothing better to do... ::)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on May 18, 2016, 01:07:48 pm
filled the petrol tank: for 93 mpg (ok it's imperial gallons, so 77 us gallons or 33 km/litre or 3.03 l/100km)!. Yeah I got nothing better to do... ::)

That's low. I've been that low on consumption only once during the run in.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on May 18, 2016, 01:46:32 pm
Pretty good, huh? This bike gets better mileage being thrashed around the hills than riding sedately through town to work.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on May 18, 2016, 08:21:57 pm
This may not be worth a dime, did it anyway as it makes things fit better together.

I've replaced the slightly bend airbox rubber connector with a straight silicon hose to make the stack perfectly concentric and without a gap to the throttle body.

(https://forum.classicmotorworks.com/gallery/14695-180516141457.jpeg)

(https://forum.classicmotorworks.com/gallery/14695-180516141548.jpeg)

Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: L4V on May 21, 2016, 04:07:35 am
Finally got around to removing the sidestand switch.
My next move.
Those switches are a product of Liberal lawyers' attempt to protect us all from being eaten up with the dumb ass.  We need to be taken care of, you know.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mevocgt on May 23, 2016, 03:02:37 am
I Went to the Brittish & European Bike Show to help my buddies' shop.  I stood next to mine in the rain in ankle deep mud, and talked about RE bikes to anyone who stopped by.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on May 24, 2016, 07:17:01 pm
Today I finally did the lifting surgery. Little bit of stainless welding, polishing and all was done....

....happy with the result, bit like a G50.  8)

(https://forum.classicmotorworks.com/gallery/14695-240516131218.jpeg)



(https://forum.classicmotorworks.com/gallery/14695-240516131248.jpeg)

Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: ace.cafe on May 24, 2016, 07:38:41 pm
Looks great!
 8)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: iRideRoyalnVA on May 26, 2016, 02:10:55 pm
I got it running. I charged the battery. Checked and touched up the tire pressure. Got it to fire and it quit. After that it wouldn't do much. I put the charger back on. It's a DEKA AGM battery. I took a ride on my 1982 Nighthawk 450. The temp had climbed to 41 degrees with the Sun out. Tried the GT again. Started and sounded good. Got gear on and re started. Back to normal. Got some gas, 89 octane, 1.59 Gallons. It was a good ride, about ten miles. After getting back I hit the fuel tank with 1 and a half + ounces of Seafo a m. Now they're bundled under Dowcos, having burned out the water from having two feet of snow drop last week.

Where did you find the ball mounts that are screwed into you standard rear view mirror locations?  I've been trying to find them since I saw this pic love the idea
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: iRideRoyalnVA on May 28, 2016, 04:52:13 am
got the tail light lens sorted.  Also, put on some new blinkers.  Don't like the look of the red though.  They were cheap ($6.50 on ebay) but the red dollar tree xmas ornament plastic looks sh*ty.  I ordered some black ones that will look alot better but i might go with some the same as the black i ordered but they're chrome coloured plastic.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: pornoheft on May 30, 2016, 01:36:53 am
Just got back from a 750km ride. My tail light (and signal light?) broke from the mount itself.

Not my luck.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Farmer_John on May 30, 2016, 01:38:48 am
Today, I went straight to
(http://www.amandakjones.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/pinckneysign.jpeg)

Actually, it's where I stopped for some water. Pinckney, MI...

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But I did ride through Hell today, it was just too damn hot to stop...
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on May 30, 2016, 08:40:39 pm
Rode it to work (almost hell  ;D) and back, than I fixed my flat on the bicycle.  8)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: DenverGT on May 31, 2016, 03:06:15 am
Hit the mountain roads today. Love the low center of gravity when I am on a dirt road! I also love passing folks on adventure touring bikes.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Farmer_John on May 31, 2016, 04:08:07 am
Hit the mountain roads today. Love the low center of gravity when I am on a dirt road! I also love passing folks on adventure touring bikes.

15% grade??  DAMN!!
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on May 31, 2016, 04:49:45 am
went to the local steel merchant to buy some grinding wheels. A guy came out of the office there (so presumably he can read) to ask me if my bike was a Ducati.  ::)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: DenverGT on May 31, 2016, 04:52:12 am
went to the local steel merchant to buy some grinding wheels. A guy came out of the office there (so presumably he can read) to ask me if my bike was a Ducati.  ::)

I get that all the time, "Is that a Norton?" "Is that a Ducati?" "What kind of bike is that?". I alway end up pointing to the logo on the tank.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Farmer_John on May 31, 2016, 06:09:42 am
went to the local steel merchant to buy some grinding wheels. A guy came out of the office there (so presumably he can read) to ask me if my bike was a Ducati.  ::)

In your case, it could have been!
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: SSdriver on May 31, 2016, 02:58:50 pm
The guy at my insurance company (State Farm) couldn't give me insurance right away because RE wasn't in the computer. He said they sometimes don't have the newer brands in there yet. Took the company a couple of days to get me covered. Then they miss spelled Royal Enfield on the notice.
...Jimmy
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on May 31, 2016, 03:05:38 pm
The guy at my insurance company (State Farm) couldn't give me insurance right away because RE wasn't in the computer. He said they sometimes don't have the newer brands in there yet. Took the company a couple of days to get me covered. Then they miss spelled Royal Enfield on the notice.
...Jimmy

...and I thought it was a damn old brand.  :P
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: L4V on May 31, 2016, 10:20:06 pm
I took mine out around midnight recently...on an expressway an SUV kept blinking its headlights behind me.  At the next red light, the gent and his wife pulled up beside me and asked, "What year is your cafe bike?"  I said, "2014".  He said.  "Wow! it looks like it's straight out of the '50's."  "Who makes that, where did you get it?"...etc.  I was saved by the green light.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: DenverGT on May 31, 2016, 11:46:32 pm
It certainly isn't the bike to own if you don't want to be talking about it. It is definitely my favorite part about the bike.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mevocgt on June 01, 2016, 02:03:31 pm
I get that all the time, "Is that a Norton?" "Is that a Ducati?" "What kind of bike is that?". I alway end up pointing to the logo on the tank.

I've pointed to the sticker on the tank, and got a response of, "I thought you put the sticker on there yourself." 

I was filling up at some country gas station/bbq joint, when an Indian gentleman ran up and exclaimed, "Hay, that's made in India!  That's My country!  What a great bike!"  I guess he knew what he was talking about....????
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on June 01, 2016, 05:21:55 pm
Yeah I get a lot of thumbs ups from turbaned bus drivers, riding through the city. They seem to dig it. And my Indian mate at work loves it too.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gavinfdavies on June 02, 2016, 10:24:40 pm
Did (another!) top end strip last night, still trying to fix that damned top end oil leak. Only manifests at prolonged high rpm, so really only when cruising at 75mph... hence it gets moved all over the place by the wind! It's definitely coming from the head or base gasket joint, but damned if I know where exactly!

Having tried red hylomar and steel shim head gasket up top, and oiled paper gasket below twice now, I'm reverting to a method used on my old 125/215cc race-spec engine (another air-cooled 2-valver), which used no gaskets, just blue hylomar. Ran fine for thousands of miles. In this case I'm forced to keep the steel shim head gasket at least, due to the already narrow squish measurement. Loosing both gaskets would knock 0.2mm of the squish, taking me to about 0.7mm, which is a bit close for comfort. Just loosing the base gives my 0.8mm which I'm more comfortable with.

Just bolted the head down, giving it an hour or so to settle before re-torqueing.



Oh, and I also learned that the two tiny machine screws that hold the lock together for the left-side panel are M2.5 threads. If one falls out, then the latch on the lock is free to rotate, and your panel tries to make a bid for freedom.... as I discovered a few weeks ago. Caught panel, but only just got round to finding new screws. This time I'm bond the buggers in place!
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: DenverGT on June 03, 2016, 05:01:27 am

Oh, and I also learned that the two tiny machine screws that hold the lock together for the left-side panel are M2.5 threads. If one falls out, then the latch on the lock is free to rotate, and your panel tries to make a bid for freedom.... as I discovered a few weeks ago. Caught panel, but only just got round to finding new screws. This time I'm bond the buggers in place!

I am surprised more people haven't had issues with this!
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: L4V on June 03, 2016, 05:48:40 am
I dabbed a bit of industrial adhesive on the threads just next to the nuts the first day I owned the bike.
On the front side are just flat washers...no lock washers and the nuts are not lock nuts. 
Lots of this style of assembly on this rumbling GT - not so good.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on June 03, 2016, 09:46:00 am
It's only leaked since the squish mod though, gavin, right? Sounds like a good enough reason to have the barrel machined and use proper gaskets, if that's the case
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on June 03, 2016, 09:52:21 am
It's only leaked since the squish mod though, gavin, right? Sounds like a good enough reason to have the barrel machined and use proper gaskets, if that's the case

I've got no leaks. I put the barrel on the lathe and made sure the top surface is as parallel to to bottom as possible, I would argue it's better than it was stock.

My would bleed from the rocker cover screws however - before the squish mod - which is why I applied bit silicone there.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gavinfdavies on June 03, 2016, 02:13:02 pm
I've had the top of the barrel skimmed, so I know that one's ok. I'm just hoping the blue hylomar does the trick elsewhere. The red stuff, despite being advertised as oil and fuel resistant to 250degC, just seems so weak and non-adhesive, it just wipes off.

This time I keyed and degreased the surfaces and used the sticky-as-feck blue hylomar that has worked in the past. Fingers crossed.

I'll find out once I've solved the newly appeared starting problem. The problem being that it doesn't!
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: ace.cafe on June 03, 2016, 02:20:17 pm
Blue will work fine. We use it all the time.

Be sre that your breather is clear. High crankcase pressure causes leaks.
Also on that same subject, if your rings are not fully bedded,  that can cause higher than normal crankcase pressure which could go away as the running in process completes.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gavinfdavies on June 03, 2016, 02:23:23 pm
Blue will work fine. We use it all the time.

Be sure that your breather is clear. High crankcase pressure causes leaks.
Also on that same subject, if your rings are not fully bedded,  that can cause higher than normal crankcase pressure which could go away as the running in process completes.

Breather clear (pointing onto chain).

Rings very well bedded in after 9,000 miles. A recent top-end measurement session showed that both piston and rings are within spec, but just over the half way point. Could be a small amount of blow by, but new OEM items might be just as bad.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: malky on June 05, 2016, 02:23:08 pm
Got the T shirt.

On the bargain rail in a local store.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on June 05, 2016, 07:20:07 pm
Got the T shirt.

On the bargain rail in a local store.

That's a fine T shirt there!

I've spent some time today cleaning and oiling the bike since I've been caught by a thunderstorm on friday. Almost hit a rabbit crossing the road few meters infront of me and a lightning struck just some hundred yeards on the side. Dramatic.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mevocgt on June 05, 2016, 07:56:27 pm
I am surprised more people haven't had issues with this!

I had it too, but lock tight seemed to work for me.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: krusty on June 05, 2016, 10:11:35 pm
Gave the bike a good wash and polish today. I also decided to sort out a long standing bugbear. The brake and clutch lever were different colours, brake was silver and clutch was greyish. Both poor castings...this madness has to stop.
Some stripping, wet sanding, a bit of time at the buffing wheel...
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Post by: krusty on June 05, 2016, 10:13:32 pm
And a nice panoramic shot of the garage...
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Jellyroll on June 05, 2016, 10:54:01 pm
I did the unthinkable and rolled my neighbors' lawn mower into the garage to replace the shaft key. I think I may have insulted the GT. I did say out loud, 'it's just here to get fixed'. I may have to pull the bike out, put on Mr. Head and get some ice cream. Nice weather, time for an oil change and some adjustments.  Guys, I think, as one of the first-run owners, I may have the lowest mileage-1,868 miles. Bought Feb 2014.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mrbreeze on June 06, 2016, 01:51:02 pm
Replaced handle bars.  Great ride this morning!
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Guaire on June 06, 2016, 02:13:36 pm
What parts are you using for the bar risers?
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mrbreeze on June 06, 2016, 02:34:11 pm
HCM 93136 and one of there recommended handle bars. 
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: krusty on June 06, 2016, 09:17:58 pm
Bike looks good with those bars mrbreeze. Makes me wonder why RE didn't offer the Conti GT with flat bars and the dual seat as a factory option. I think for some it would have been a better option than the cafe style.
I like my clip-ons but I know some people struggle with the riding position.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gavinfdavies on June 06, 2016, 09:19:11 pm
It's only leaked since the squish mod though, gavin, right? Sounds like a good enough reason to have the barrel machined and use proper gaskets, if that's the case

Still 'leaking' oil, but a more prolonged investigation has noted that the tyre right-side wall is getting plenty of oil fling on it at a similar rate to the engine cases getting oily (but only on the right side)... "How are these linked though?" I hear you cry! (go on, cry it out ;D )

Well, due to no longer having an air box, my crankcase vent is pointed directly onto my chain, so that any blow-by at least oils my chain on the way out! Both the chain and vent are oily, despite me not having lubed my chain for some time (ahem)

So I think I might have fallen into the old 'over oiling' trap. Had it before. Oil level is low, so I fill it up to max mark on sight glass. Oil keeps dropping (oh no!) towards the min mark, so I keep topping up. Then one week I forget, and it stops dropping close to the min mark. Seems it doesn't like high oil levels. But doing the top end strips dumps what seems like loads of oil onto the floor, so of course I do the logical thing... and top it back up again! Hmmm I wonder what the problem might be... me!

So this week I'm not going to top up the oil, but just clean down the outside of the bike, and wait for things to settle down.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Farmer_John on June 07, 2016, 03:06:09 am
Bike looks good with those bars mrbreeze. Makes me wonder why RE didn't offer the Conti GT with flat bars and the dual seat as a factory option. I think for some it would have been a better option than the cafe style.
I like my clip-ons but I know some people struggle with the riding position.

The bars aren't as much a problem as the rear sets. Specially when they're used with higher pull back bars.

To do it well ergonomically, you need to not only install the bars, but also lower and move forward the pegs and foot controls.

Think about it. With the bars higher you need to rotate your torso vertically to remain balanced in the cockpit.

For cyclists, it's like the difference in seating between a road bike and a mountain bike. Both are performance oriented, but you sit more upright on a mtn bike.

I'd love to see Enfield do a more "roadsterish" version of the GT. 
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on June 07, 2016, 03:41:41 am
That would be cool. Street scrambler?
FWIW and IMNSHO the "clip ons" and "rear sets" are in a pretty tame position and good for a long ride. I have wished it was possible to use clubman bars instead of the clip ons. These clamps make it look doable.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gavinfdavies on June 07, 2016, 11:15:46 pm
I think RE are going to release a 410cc Scrambler on a similar basis to the new Himalayan.

Regarding clip ons, I too find the café crouch ok on longer trips, but only at higher speeds when the wind takes a bit of the weight off your wrists.

Rather than ace or clubman bars, why not just fit a set of aftermarket alloy clip ons below the top yoke, and drop the forks 25mm (flush with yoke) while your at it. On mine it stopped the GT shaking its head violently when going over ridges in the road, like grooves or lines between lanes on the motorway. Much more stable now.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on June 08, 2016, 09:30:24 am
I just really like the look of clubman bars, is all. So it behaves well with the forks dropped down level with the clamp? That would get some extra ground clearance around bends. That'd be nice.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gavinfdavies on June 08, 2016, 05:35:56 pm
I just really like the look of clubman bars, is all. So it behaves well with the forks dropped down level with the clamp? That would get some extra ground clearance around bends. That'd be nice.

It slows the steering down enough to take away the instability that's all.

Normally racers do the opposite, raise the forks through the yokes to speed up the steering, but you can risk massive tankslappers on uneven road.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Farmer_John on June 08, 2016, 06:36:29 pm
It slows the steering down enough to take away the instability that's all.

Normally racers do the opposite, raise the forks through the yokes to speed up the steering, but you can risk massive tankslappers on uneven road.

I find that interesting,as I find the steering to be very neutral and stable.

Could it be a case of your fork not set up correctly? Or your riding style?

I do find it beneficial to get most of my braking done early and back on the throttle to get the front end some room. Old school, yes. But it works.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: malky on June 08, 2016, 08:24:00 pm
If you have the time, this is an interesting read regarding handling.
http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/4125/mngr/rake-and-trail-explained.aspx
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mickey on June 08, 2016, 09:18:59 pm
If you have the time, this is an interesting read regarding handling.
http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/4125/mngr/rake-and-trail-explained.aspx

Thank you for sharing this informative article.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gavinfdavies on June 08, 2016, 10:20:57 pm
I find that interesting,as I find the steering to be very neutral and stable.

Could it be a case of your fork not set up correctly? Or your riding style?

I do find it beneficial to get most of my braking done early and back on the throttle to get the front end some room. Old school, yes. But it works.

I ride the same way. I mainly dropped the forks to stop her shaking her head violently when going over thick white lines when changing lanes. It was even worse if there was a groove between the strips of tarmac.

Given the natural variation in REs, I wouldn't be surprised to find that the steering angles vary a degree or two between bikes.

I've also notice my forks are quite sticky. When I get on and start the motor the vibrations allow the forks to settle to the correct height... talk about 'stiction'!
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on June 09, 2016, 12:56:08 am
I like the way mine steers and don't really need to slow it down. That trick did work wonders for my DR250 which was a frightful thing off road until I let the forks down through the clamp as much as possible. not as good as an XR250 but at least not unsafe.
My GT has started to wallow going through fast bumpy bends. I'm hoping it's the squared off tyre's fault and not the rear shocks worn out already. Almost due for another new tyre so will find out soon.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mevocgt on June 09, 2016, 02:47:51 am
I like the way mine steers and don't really need to slow it down. That trick did work wonders for my DR250 which was a frightful thing off road until I let the forks down through the clamp as much as possible. not as good as an XR250 but at least not unsafe.
My GT has started to wallow going through fast bumpy bends. I'm hoping it's the squared off tyre's fault and not the rear shocks worn out already. Almost due for another new tyre so will find out soon.

As much as you ride, I would put my money on the tire.... ;)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: krusty on June 14, 2016, 06:03:30 am
Just replaced my stop/tail bulb, 1st bulb I think I've replaced on a motorbike in about 50,000 miles. Modern Jap bikes don't tend to blow bulbs. Only 2,500 miles on the RE and one down already! The fun never really ends ::)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: KC1961 on June 14, 2016, 12:51:46 pm
Replaced my stop/tail bulb last week, 2nd time in 1500 miles. Will fit L.E.D. type next time.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: krusty on June 14, 2016, 09:21:34 pm
I think I'll keep some spare bulbs in my locker just to be safe. The ride home yesterday in pouring rain was a bit dodgy with no tail light.
Still, it's much better than doing the trip by car. 25-30 minutes by bike or 50 minutes - 2 hours by car...hmm...let me think. ;)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Booger on June 17, 2016, 03:53:26 pm
Put it all back together after covering the red with lime green plastidip.  I am planning to paint the fenders black soon.

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Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on June 18, 2016, 04:57:50 am
Fitted rear tyre no. 3. Getting about 9k km per tyre
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on June 18, 2016, 12:21:50 pm
...put sticker on my side panels which I though look representative.  ;D
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: KD5ITM on June 19, 2016, 01:11:11 am
Sylvania makes a replacement 1157 LED bulb. I tried it and compared it with the standard 1157 and came to the conclusion the 1157 standard bulb was brighter.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: iRideRoyalnVA on June 28, 2016, 05:42:30 am
...put sticker on my side panels which I though look representative.  ;D

The Isle of Man
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mevocgt on June 28, 2016, 07:15:46 pm
The Isle of Man
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Guaire on June 28, 2016, 09:58:40 pm
Waited for a Dynatek coil and plug wire. Maybe Thursday.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: iRideRoyalnVA on June 29, 2016, 05:50:22 am
Anyone know what the thread pitch is on the stock mirror mounts?  I know it's a M10 but don't know if it's 1.25 or 1.5 pitch?  Want to get those ram mount balls like in the photos several posts back!
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: portisheadric on June 29, 2016, 03:11:48 pm
The B5 are 1.25tpi
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: tooseevee on June 29, 2016, 05:51:06 pm
Sylvania makes a replacement 1157 LED bulb. I tried it and compared it with the standard 1157 and came to the conclusion the 1157 standard bulb was brighter.

           I'm still perfectly happy with the old incandescent bulbs myself; none on the bikes, no eyelashes on my car (there must be hundreds of design guys having meetings about yet another cuter set of eyebrows or eyelashes) BUT

            Even though I agree they don't seem much brighter in the daylight, aren't they a little more "brilliant" (like for a tail light) at Oh dark 30?

            (I don't ride at night any more so I don't really "care"; it's just a question.   
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mevocgt on June 29, 2016, 07:11:37 pm
I drove mine home today on a trailer....
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on June 29, 2016, 07:54:07 pm
I drove mine home today on a trailer....

...is that all info we get today?   ;D
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mevocgt on June 29, 2016, 08:59:39 pm
Yup...I'm a tease.  ????



I figure Ace should have first look...
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: ace.cafe on June 29, 2016, 09:11:06 pm
He sent me the chart, so I  could see it before posting it.

I am posting it on the Santa Came Early thread.

It hit my targets right on the nose that I  projected for the head on the basic bike platform.
 :)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on June 29, 2016, 10:11:07 pm
Rode to work in torrential rain yet again. So tired of rain :'(. At least its just water and we don't get salt on our roads thank Christ.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on June 29, 2016, 10:17:12 pm
Rode to work in torrential rain yet again. So tired of rain :'(. At least its just water and we don't get salt on our roads thank Christ.

Oh ja, it's winter in oz.  ;D. ..that's like Summer here.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Aus.GT on June 30, 2016, 08:37:51 am
I drove mine home today on a trailer....

You should be very pleased when you ride it.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: iRideRoyalnVA on June 30, 2016, 03:37:16 pm
The B5 are 1.25tpi

Thanks portisheadric!  My mechanic I think should have a die I can thread in to match it I just figured I'd ask on here since that pic was posted!
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mrbreeze on July 10, 2016, 02:56:37 am
Got the bike back from Cycle or Silver Springs with a new set of tires. I was able to get 8579 miles on the original set.  New tires are the K761 Dual Sport - Smooth ride home and great service.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mevocgt on July 10, 2016, 03:55:29 am
If you saw the yellow one there, that's mine!
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on July 10, 2016, 07:50:38 am
That's pretty good mileage for the tyres. I only got 5500 miles on the pirellis, the same on the rear Dunlop Arrowmax but I think I might get 2 rears to the one front Dunlop. Maybe.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: KC1961 on July 30, 2016, 03:48:11 pm
Clocked up 2000 miles. When I got the bike I wondered if the novelty wood soon wear off, well I'm still thoroughly enjoying every outing on it.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: krusty on August 04, 2016, 07:42:35 pm
Adjusted my TPS today, checked it first at .53 volts. Adjusted it up to .7 volts.
The engine has a much crisper pick up from idle without the need to blip the throttle before letting the clutch out. Throttle movement seems more precise and much more direct. Plug colour has improved considerably, before it was very lean. Increased popping on over run was noticed after 1st run, but reduced after 2nd run.
I may yet back off the TPS voltage a little to maybe .67 volts. I'll be taking it to work tomorrow so that will be a 44 mile round trip and a good chance fully see the difference.
I'll pull the spark plug again tomorrow.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: serpico on August 06, 2016, 10:31:08 pm
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I changed tail lamp and indicators.
Cut and re-paint the mudguard
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: serpico on August 06, 2016, 10:55:06 pm
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Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on August 07, 2016, 04:31:34 pm
Took the GT to the big event around here in Linköping.

Pic's at FB: Some magnificent machines were present.  ;D

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.167766020311774.1073741826.100012351300714&type=1&l=ed14f3dcb1

Back than the "poor men" would use the Jawa Speedway engine to build their Manx killer.  ;D
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mevocgt on August 09, 2016, 10:38:32 pm
I have brought the GTR home....
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: thecarpenter on August 12, 2016, 12:36:47 pm
Well I finally got her ready for a Himalayan tour.  It is so painful trying to get anything done here in India. 
Here is a list of the stuff I can remember:
Custom seat
Hagon Enduro 390mm shocks
KTM Duke clamp and bars
102 pitch chain
38 tooth rear sprocket
Hitchcock's pipe
Indimotard silencer
Thruster grips
Hitchcock pegs  ( I would never trust standing on the stock ones after seeing how easy they snap.)
Power Commander  (Just finished tweaking my own map this morning.)  So smooth!
Shinko 244s  4.10 Front,  5.10 Rear  I will down size the rear to a 4.6 when I replace it.

Now I hope this link to the pic works.


Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: phoenixt on August 12, 2016, 04:26:32 pm
Well I finally got her ready for a Himalayan tour.  It is so painful trying to get anything done here in India. 
Here is a list of the stuff I can remember:
Custom seat
Hagon Enduro 390mm shocks
KTM Duke clamp and bars
102 pitch chain
38 tooth rear sprocket
Hitchcock's pipe
Indimotard silencer
Thruster grips
Hitchcock pegs  ( I would never trust standing on the stock ones after seeing how easy they snap.)
Power Commander  (Just finished tweaking my own map this morning.)  So smooth!
Shinko 244s  4.10 Front,  5.10 Rear  I will down size the rear to a 4.6 when I replace it.

Now I hope this link to the pic works.

Looks really good. RE should do this as a scrambler model.

Steve
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on August 12, 2016, 04:48:52 pm
+1, looks so far the best scrambled GT
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on August 12, 2016, 09:51:02 pm
put a new chain on the bike....

....now the yellow springs disturb.  ::)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mevocgt on August 13, 2016, 02:40:44 am
I put mine up on it's dolly and pushed it over so I could make room for my buddy's bike in the garage.
Hope to ride it soon...

Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: thecarpenter on August 13, 2016, 03:19:58 am
Another thing I did was move the horns up out of the mud.  This was easy to do a the Indian model has a PAV mounted behind the head tube.  Removing the PAV involves plugging the hole in the head with a suitable bolt and blocking off the holes in the air box and EFI manifold. If you use the bracket and bolts from the PAV and horns then you have everything you need.  I think it looks cool and I use the horn more to get the attention of the riders and drivers beside me anyway.  Riding in India is mental!  And DIRTY!
I can post pics of what I did if any one is interested.

Craig
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: KC1961 on August 16, 2016, 05:04:11 pm
Replaced my stop/tail bulb last week, 2nd time in 1500 miles. Will fit L.E.D. type next time.

The next time has come. Went to take the bike out last night, no tail light. Fitted L.E.D. bulb.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: SSdriver on August 16, 2016, 08:22:05 pm
KC...You did the right thing by going with the LED. I put in a Sylvania LED about a year ago, and still going strong. Vibes don't bother it.
...Jimmy
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Aus.GT on August 20, 2016, 09:03:28 am
Fitted some new Continental Road Attack 2 tyres and scrubbed in.
Will try them out tomorrow.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on August 20, 2016, 06:00:39 pm
Fitted some new Continental Road Attack 2 tyres and scrubbed in.
Will try them out tomorrow.

My rear tire is gone now, only slightly over 4000 miles.  :(
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Aus.GT on August 20, 2016, 07:51:14 pm
My rear tire is gone now, only slightly over 4000 miles.  :(

I've been getting the same out of the rears, I just had to wait until both tyres were worn out together. the front tyres last longer.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: krusty on August 20, 2016, 10:56:41 pm
Dropped my clip-ons under the top yoke this afternoon. They sit 20mm down from the top yoke and I've swung them forward about 30mm at the bar end.
The riding position feels much more neutral now, before it felt halfway between upright and leaning into the bars. I'm 6'1" and now I can actually get right down onto the tank without feeling awkward. I can also sit nearer the tank which places my legs and feet in a better position. All a little counter intuitive, but the results are a much more comfortable riding position.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Aus.GT on August 22, 2016, 08:49:04 am
Fitted some new Continental Road Attack 2 tyres and scrubbed in.
Will try them out tomorrow.

Tried out the tyres they were fantastic, also geared the bike taller with a 130/80 rear.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mickey on August 25, 2016, 11:03:23 am
Dropped my clip-ons under the top yoke this afternoon. They sit 20mm down from the top yoke and I've swung them forward about 30mm at the bar end.
The riding position feels much more neutral now, before it felt halfway between upright and leaning into the bars. I'm 6'1" and now I can actually get right down onto the tank without feeling awkward. I can also sit nearer the tank which places my legs and feet in a better position. All a little counter intuitive, but the results are a much more comfortable riding position.

I have done the same and concur Krusty!
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mevocgt on August 25, 2016, 04:38:42 pm
I may have to try that too.  I did end up putting a LED 1157 bulb in the break light...
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on August 25, 2016, 05:20:19 pm
I may have to try that too.  I did end up putting a LED 1157 bulb in the break light...

I've put a LED now in the back too. Have an issue with the BA9s socket in the headlight though. It keeps loosing contact which makes the instrument panel illumination go off as well. Got to get a new socket.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mevocgt on August 28, 2016, 01:36:43 am
Road my bike up to the Charm City Mods v Rockers show, and helped run my buddy's booth.  On a whim, I entered the bike in the Cafe Racer class and took 3rd.  That' even with all the oil splattered on the pipe....Another oil leak. 
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mickey on August 28, 2016, 10:55:46 am
Over two days I completed a few modifications. The clip-on bars were lowered, a Motad stainless steel exhaust was installed, Carpy's gorgeous indicators, and a licence plate bracket was fabricated to compliment the POSH vintage round tail light. Overall, this was phase one that I called the tidy up, much more to come.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: O50R Paul on August 30, 2016, 04:51:39 pm
Nowhere near as many mods as that mate but in my defence the bike only has 200 miles on it and isn't run in yet. Having said that the factory airbrake has had to go already. Replaced with a smaller more suitable period looking numberplate
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Mad dog on September 04, 2016, 05:54:44 pm
Installed Classic Motor Works Phase1 kit,  Lubed my chain!
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: ThumperJeeves on September 04, 2016, 07:14:36 pm
Installed Classic Motor Works Phase1 kit,  Lubed my chain!

Maddog..what exhaust did you get? the sports one or the shorty..
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on September 05, 2016, 05:23:12 pm
Finally got a FF helmet. So maybe I won't get tinitus.  ;D
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mevocgt on September 05, 2016, 06:33:07 pm
Finally got a FF helmet. So maybe I won't get tinitus.  ;D
I wear ear plugs too. 
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Farmer_John on September 05, 2016, 06:39:02 pm
Y'all can still hear?
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mevocgt on September 05, 2016, 06:45:01 pm
Ya, I'm a musician, so I try really hard to protect my ears.  I have a set of electronic earplugs, that attinuate the sound without any distortion or loss of tonal quality...i.e. It sounds just like it would without protection, just quieter :)

I did clean the oil off my new exhaust pipe.  It was burnt on there....
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Farmer_John on September 05, 2016, 06:47:21 pm
Y'all can still hear?

I cleaned her up yesterday. First time this season. Tough to do, since I'm in an apartment with no way to hook up a hose, so she got a sponge bath. Wifey's still jealous...

Noticed my tail light had popped. Hoped I could find an LED local, but could only find a silverstar set, so at least I have an extra.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Guaire on September 07, 2016, 01:10:18 am
Mickey - On the Carpy turn signals, are those one wire only?

  Replaced the horns. The stock ones were pretty bad on sound. These are Chris Products brand. $5.99 each. Sharp loud tone.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: KC1961 on September 07, 2016, 11:56:29 am
More a case of what it did to me, ie it let me down. I had an hour or so to pass so decided to have a quick shot on the RE. It started as usual then was idling as I locked the garage and put on my helmet and gloves when it cut out. I pressed the starter - nothing, I kicked it over - no sign of life. I'll have a look at it later / tomorrow, hopefully it's something simple and I avoid the hassle of having to transport it to the dealers and having it looked at under warranty.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: kennwa on September 07, 2016, 12:55:49 pm
Carpy turn signals are one wire. I had problems getting proper ground so gave up for now.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Guaire on September 07, 2016, 02:34:48 pm
Carpy turn signals are one wire. I had problems getting proper ground so gave up for now.

  I bought a Power Probe 3 to easily identify my wiring. I'll install them when the weather isn't 90 degrees. The one wire needs a pos/hot wire for connection. That's was my question, which ones are hot to make my search easier. The base, bolted to the bike is the ground. The Power Probe can identify pos and neg wires.
  The previous owner had the wire connected to ground wires.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nrtq23XQxA

power probe.com

Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on September 08, 2016, 09:43:48 pm
Tested a paint remover on the rear bracket. Worked out well, looks soo much better.

Takes lots of time though. Need to hire someone to do the polishing on the forks and triple tree I think.  ;D

Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: VanHalenMan on September 11, 2016, 02:01:36 am
Tested a paint remover on the rear bracket. Worked out well, looks soo much better.

Takes lots of time though. Need to hire someone to do the polishing on the forks and triple tree I think.  ;D

Wow! That looks awesome!

Mind if I ask how you went about this? I'm considering it for the forks/trees too. Winter project possibly. Looks awesome Otto!
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on September 11, 2016, 07:51:31 am
Wow! That looks awesome!

Mind if I ask how you went about this? I'm considering it for the forks/trees too. Winter project possibly. Looks awesome Otto!

Oh thanks. It's fairly easy, paint it with a paint remover from the supermarket, you can wrap it in a plastic foil and let it sit over night. Next day you scrub down everything with a steel wool and the polishing can start.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: chuychacon on September 12, 2016, 12:52:04 am
ahha!  you got plastic foil from Area 51!!!
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: thecarpenter on September 12, 2016, 03:25:37 am
Finished a 2000 Km tour in the Himalaya. The bike ran like a champ.  Even at over 18,000 feet I was leaving KTMs, RE Himalayans and Bullets in my dust.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on September 12, 2016, 08:10:56 am
Wow congrats! The bike looks badass, too  8)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mickey on September 12, 2016, 12:07:38 pm
Finished a 2000 Km tour in the Himalaya. The bike ran like a champ.  Even at over 18,000 feet I was leaving KTMs, RE Himalayans and Bullets in my dust.

Awesome!
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on September 12, 2016, 01:49:09 pm
ahha!  you got plastic foil from Area 51!!!

Tinfoil should do the job as well.  ;D

It's just so that the paint remover doesn't dry off before it has done it's job.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on September 12, 2016, 01:53:55 pm
Finished a 2000 Km tour in the Himalaya. The bike ran like a champ.  Even at over 18,000 feet I was leaving KTMs, RE Himalayans and Bullets in my dust.

Cool, that's really high up. Some people might need oxygen supply.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: thecarpenter on September 12, 2016, 02:43:05 pm
Cool, that's really high up. Some people might need oxygen supply.

My wife's bike could have used a little more Oxygen.  She had the smallest available jet and the air filter had to be removed just to keep it running.  Full throttle and paddling was needed on some of the steep sections.  She is a gamer.  That is her in the pic.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: O50R Paul on September 13, 2016, 09:59:28 am
Much respect to you and your Mrs mate
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: thecarpenter on September 13, 2016, 01:39:30 pm
Much respect to you and your Mrs mate

Thanks.  We have bicycle toured all over Europe and this was one of our best tours ever. Even if there were motors involved.  My wife borrowed a motorcycle to learn how to ride 2 months ago.  She did great!
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on September 14, 2016, 07:17:34 pm
..still waiting for a new tire to arrive.  :'(

Maybe its time to do some burnouts.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Farmer_John on September 14, 2016, 08:53:12 pm
AHHHYEEEEEESH!  There's nothing left to burn!
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on September 14, 2016, 09:09:24 pm
AHHHYEEEEEESH!  There's nothing left to burn!

Ya, such a waste of rubber, the sides are like new.  ;D

I think it's impossible to take this rear tire to the edge. Well, maybe Rossi could...?
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on September 14, 2016, 10:39:06 pm
Its same for me, Otto. Bits of the frame and/or rider drags still with plenty of tyre to go. Same for the hero knobs. They only touch when the bike is on its side then they snap off. But +1, maybe Rossi can do it :)
How many km from that tyre? 
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on September 14, 2016, 10:46:03 pm
Exact 7300km.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on September 15, 2016, 06:28:47 pm
Removed the tire and found 2 broken spokes. They didn't last too long.

Got to wonder though, how all this garbage found it's way inside the rim.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on September 15, 2016, 10:29:58 pm
My back tyres have lasted 9500 and 10,000 km. I didn't do burnouts though  ;).
Have also had 2 spokes break. My tyre shop can make new spokes on the spot at tyre time. What's the garbage inside the rim? That white corrosion crap?
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on September 16, 2016, 08:15:17 pm
No burnouts...7300km that's it. I suspect it's got to do something with my body weight maybe?  :o ::) ;D

New tire is on, incl. 2 custom spokes. Funnily on the front wheel they've made the effort to design the hub to fit straight spokes. Wish they would have done it on the rear hub too.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: portisheadric on September 16, 2016, 10:51:35 pm
Not so much if you compensate additional weight with additional tyre pressure :)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on September 17, 2016, 02:48:36 pm
Today after a 150 miles trip with the new tire one more spoke snapped. Consider replacing them all as this doesn't feel too  good. Any one knows if the spokes sold from Hitchcocks are of better quality?
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Farmer_John on September 17, 2016, 10:28:46 pm
Today after a 150 miles trip with the new tire one more spoke snapped. Consider replacing them all as this doesn't feel too  good. Any one knows if the spokes sold from Hitchcocks are of better quality?

That's scary.

Just as I go to a specialist for bicycle spokes and nipples (DT Swiss), I'd say to contact a spoked wheel specialty company.  In thew US, we have Buchanon's.

Whoever you go with, if you're going to lace, tension and true..take your time.  Check the hubs for sharp or rough edges at the hubs (cause stress risers), pull them up slow and even, destress as you go and be patient!

I now feel comelled to go check my wheels for damage!
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Aus.GT on September 18, 2016, 12:20:07 am
Today after a 150 miles trip with the new tire one more spoke snapped. Consider replacing them all as this doesn't feel too  good. Any one knows if the spokes sold from Hitchcocks are of better quality?

Don't know about Hitchcocks spokes, but I had my rear wheel re-laced with some good quality US spokes. I don't know the brand but the Spoke Wheel Shop here in Australia uses them, So good so far.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on September 18, 2016, 08:14:33 am
That's scary.

Just as I go to a specialist for bicycle spokes and nipples (DT Swiss), I'd say to contact a spoked wheel specialty company.  In thew US, we have Buchanon's.

Whoever you go with, if you're going to lace, tension and true..take your time.  Check the hubs for sharp or rough edges at the hubs (cause stress risers), pull them up slow and even, destress as you go and be patient!

I now feel comelled to go check my wheels for damage!

Ya it's anoying, I've had many spoke wheels but not many snappy spokes.

DT Swiss were my prefered wheels on bicycles too.

The rim runs however still well, less than 1mm radial and axial. Even with one spoke missing now.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mevocgt on September 18, 2016, 09:29:05 pm
Doesn't DT make spokes for moto wheels too?  I seem to remember a box of them laying around the old motorcycles shop.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on September 18, 2016, 09:43:03 pm
Doesn't DT make spokes for moto wheels too?  I seem to remember a box of them laying around the old motorcycles shop.

I do know them only from bicycles, maybe they  do moto wheels too?
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mevocgt on September 18, 2016, 09:45:44 pm
I've worked at both kinds of shops, moto and push.  So it may just be old age and overlapping memories..
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on September 20, 2016, 01:35:56 pm
Just dived that golden steering damper of mine in caustic soda one minute....

...this is what happend.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: adamGT on September 20, 2016, 03:03:03 pm
Figured out the three 3 relays and changed the fuel pump one! Whoot!

Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Farmer_John on September 20, 2016, 04:03:45 pm
I started sweating the thought of doing an oil change this weekend. I have nightmares of stripping the cases out...
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on September 20, 2016, 04:12:09 pm
I started sweating the thought of doing an oil change this weekend. I have nightmares of stripping the cases out...

If that happens there are helicoils.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: portisheadric on September 20, 2016, 10:21:17 pm
Suitable location for a Fumoto drain valve?
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Arizoni on September 20, 2016, 10:54:58 pm
I started sweating the thought of doing an oil change this weekend. I have nightmares of stripping the cases out...
Nothing to fear if you have a small torque wrench and the right sized sockets and screw in the bolts/plugs all the way to snug with your fingers.  (If they screw in with finger pressure you know they are not cross threaded).

Torque the main drain plug towards the rear of the engine to 13-15 lb/ft.

Torque all of the small head bolts on the oil pump inlet cover and filter cover to 3 1/2-4 lb/ft.

I don't know what the torque value is for the forward drain on the bottom of the crankcase is but you can safely use the values in the chart attached.
Note:  The metric sizes in the chart are the actual thread size.  They are not the size of the wrench you use to loosen/tighten the bolt.
 Use the lubricated aluminum values.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: L4V on September 20, 2016, 11:41:52 pm
That's scary.

 In thew US, we have Buchanon's.

Buchanan's sells worldwide and one of, if not, the most repsected Spoke/Wheel companies.
Mail them a spoke and they'll send you a new/better one.
I've been a customer a few times.  I live in the US (Arizona).
.
http://www.buchananspokes.com/
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Farmer_John on September 21, 2016, 08:59:59 am
Nothing to fear if you have a small torque wrench and the right sized sockets and screw in the bolts/plugs all the way to snug with your fingers.  (If they screw in with finger pressure you know they are not cross threaded).

Torque the main drain plug towards the rear of the engine to 13-15 lb/ft.

Torque all of the small head bolts on the oil pump inlet cover and filter cover to 3 1/2-4 lb/ft.

I don't know what the torque value is for the forward drain on the bottom of the crankcase is but you can safely use the values in the chart attached.
Note:  The metric sizes in the chart are the actual thread size.  They are not the size of the wrench you use to loosen/tighten the bolt.
 Use the lubricated aluminum values.

And that's the thing. Where in the world do you find a torque wrench that reads down to 3.5-4lbs.

I mean if Harbor Freight doesn't carry them...
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on September 21, 2016, 09:09:41 am
And that's the thing. Where in the world do you find a torque wrench that reads down to 3.5-4lbs.

I mean if Harbor Freight doesn't carry them...

Ebay will have it, here some HQ example:

Wera:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Wera-7000-A-Torque-Wrench-1-25-Nm-Reversible-Ratchet-1-4-Drive-/161994190204?hash=item25b79b2d7c:g:1XIAAOSwezVW1g~v

HAZET:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/HAZET-DREHMOMENTSCHLUSSEL-5108-2CT-UMSCHALTKNARRE-2-5-25-NM-1-4-KNARRE-RATSCHE-/391450243167?hash=item5b2440b05f:g:uecAAOSw2x1XLKCv

...or you can get a 25$ one from China, which may be good enough for this job. I like good tools though.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: ace.cafe on September 21, 2016, 01:42:02 pm
I use a small one that reads in inch-pounds.
Flex pointer type. Not expensive.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on September 21, 2016, 04:27:22 pm
I got mine from a bicycle shop.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Arizoni on September 21, 2016, 10:39:40 pm
Farmer John:  Are you thinking of a 1/2" drive wrench?  If so, you may be right in saying it can't be set that low.

I have a 3/8 drive, ratchet type spring "click" torque wrench.

It's torque settings start at 1/2 lb/ft so setting it at 4 lb/ft is just a matter of twisting and locking the adjustment handle.

Mine is a Snap-On but I would be surprised if the Harbor Freight 3/8 drive click style torque wrench would not have similar settings.

By the way, the Harbor Freight click torque wrenches are supposed to be accurate to ±5% which is actually pretty accurate.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Farmer_John on September 22, 2016, 02:12:25 am
Ebay will have it, here some HQ example:

Wera:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Wera-7000-A-Torque-Wrench-1-25-Nm-Reversible-Ratchet-1-4-Drive-/161994190204?hash=item25b79b2d7c:g:1XIAAOSwezVW1g~v

HAZET:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/HAZET-DREHMOMENTSCHLUSSEL-5108-2CT-UMSCHALTKNARRE-2-5-25-NM-1-4-KNARRE-RATSCHE-/391450243167?hash=item5b2440b05f:g:uecAAOSw2x1XLKCv

...or you can get a 25$ one from China, which may be good enough for this job. I like good tools though.

Nice. But OUCHIE IN THE POCKETBOOK!
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mevocgt on September 22, 2016, 03:27:44 am
Sears craftsman......
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Farmer_John on September 22, 2016, 06:33:56 am
Sears craftsman......

Unless I skipped over it, there isn't one...????
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on September 22, 2016, 06:39:59 am
Unless I skipped over it, there isn't one...????

Wallmart or Autozone won't have it?
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Guaire on September 22, 2016, 10:35:04 am
Sears has it.
http://www.sears.com/capri-tools-20-200-inch-point-torque-wrench/p-SPM10121217720?plpSellerId=Sears&prdNo=3&blockNo=3&blockType=G3#
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mevocgt on September 22, 2016, 01:44:37 pm
Unless I skipped over it, there isn't one...????

Well, they use to.  I bought mine a couple of years ago, and paid 30 bucks for it.  Good luck on the search though......
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: KC1961 on September 22, 2016, 02:45:32 pm
Took it for a wee run over the Lowther Hills (A702) and back (B797). The roads were mostly wet but it was still enjoyable. Unfortunately the bike could now be doing with a wash, this will be it's first wash since new, 337 days and 2900 miles ago.
(http://i1260.photobucket.com/albums/ii571/kc1961/bike273.jpg) (http://s1260.photobucket.com/user/kc1961/media/bike273.jpg.html)
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Post by: ace.cafe on September 22, 2016, 03:49:36 pm
Took it for a wee run over the Lowther Hills (A702) and back (B797). The roads were mostly wet but it was still enjoyable. Unfortunately the bike could now be doing with a wash, this will be it's first wash since new, 337 days and 2900 miles ago.
(http://i1260.photobucket.com/albums/ii571/kc1961/bike273.jpg) (http://s1260.photobucket.com/user/kc1961/media/bike273.jpg.html)
Looks great!
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Farmer_John on September 22, 2016, 05:27:20 pm
Sears has it.
http://www.sears.com/capri-tools-20-200-inch-point-torque-wrench/p-SPM10121217720?plpSellerId=Sears&prdNo=3&blockNo=3&blockType=G3#

Sweet!  Ok guys who know more than I, how does inch/lbs, compare to foot/lbs?  Will this do what I need it to?
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on September 22, 2016, 05:30:01 pm
Sweet!  Ok guys who know more than I, how does inch/lbs, compare to foot/lbs?  Will this do what I need it to?

1 ft-lbs = 12 in-lbs
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Arizoni on September 22, 2016, 07:41:07 pm
FJ
The 245 lb/in max torque of that 1/4" drive wrench will give a torque of 20.4 lb/ft which is more than enough for doing a oil change.

The only fly in the ointment is, the large sockets needed for the main oil drain and the forward oil drain under the crankshaft almost always have a 3/8" drive.

For just a few bucks you can buy an adapter so the 1/4" drive wrench will work with 3/8" drive sockets.

http://www.harborfreight.com/hand-tools/sockets-ratchets/4-pc-high-visibility-socket-adapter-set-62851.html

There are higher priced sets of these intended for use with an impact wrench but for what your doing, these are more than good enough.

While I'm here, this is HF's 1/4" drive torque wrench.
Although its max torque is 200 inch pounds that still gives a torque max of about 17 foot pounds which is more than the drain plug needs.

http://www.harborfreight.com/1-4-quarter-inch-drive-click-type-torque-wrench-2696.html

PS:  There is nothing wrong with the bar type torque wrenches and they are cheaper than the "click" style but for use on draining the oil they would be a total pain in the ass.
You have to see the scale where the pointer is showing the torque and with the wrench being under the bottom of the motorcycle you would have to figure out a way of seeing the scale.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Farmer_John on September 22, 2016, 09:27:26 pm
I think ultimately I have been confusing the whole inch pound thing. I've never really had the NEED of a torque wrench before, though there have been times working on push bikes that I know I've muscled too much.

Thanks Arizoni for finding the proper piece at my favorite tool store!
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on September 23, 2016, 02:18:13 pm
My GT clocked over to 20,000km this afternoon  8)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on September 26, 2016, 08:51:24 pm
Added the missing spoke to my rear wheel, centred it, went through all the spokes to ensure equal tension. Than I balanced the wheel too, it needed 30g. Now let's see when the next spoke snaps... ;D
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Guaire on September 27, 2016, 08:34:47 am
There's nothing like a balanced wheel.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Aus.GT on September 27, 2016, 08:37:51 am
Added the missing spoke to my rear wheel, centred it, went through all the spokes to ensure equal tension. Than I balanced the wheel too, it needed 30g. Now let's see when the next spoke snaps... ;D


About 6 months time I'd reckon ( Been there done that )
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Guaire on September 27, 2016, 09:20:23 am
I ordered a new rear tire, Pirelli Sports Demon. Bought 2 qts. of Shell full synthetic 15w50.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on October 01, 2016, 05:00:19 pm
Went for a long ride today, maybe the last for this season. Spokes are holding up so far.

We had a prominent guest.  :)

Mr. V has not been moved for 30 years, even the tires are 30 years old.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Farmer_John on October 01, 2016, 05:41:08 pm
Vincent HRD.  Beautifully fast in their simplicity.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: KC1961 on October 01, 2016, 07:06:47 pm
Always good to see a picture of a Vincent, That engine is a thing of beauty, especially from the other side.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on October 01, 2016, 07:21:30 pm
This Vincent was standing covered for 30 years in a garage, never touched, never ridden . The owner started it this year for the first time after all that years. Unbelievable...
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: L4V on October 01, 2016, 11:18:00 pm
Vincent HRD.  Beautifully fast in their simplicity.
Well put.  ;)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: iRideRoyalnVA on October 02, 2016, 06:54:41 pm
Added the missing spoke to my rear wheel, centred it, went through all the spokes to ensure equal tension. Than I balanced the wheel too, it needed 30g. Now let's see when the next spoke snaps... ;D

Where did you find extra spokes?  Also just generally has anyone had experience with balancing beads?
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on October 02, 2016, 07:29:35 pm
Where did you find extra spokes?  Also just generally has anyone had experience with balancing beads?

Hitchcocks have spokes. I balanced that wheel but honestly below the ton you won't feel any difference if there is a small unbalance like 30 grams. This is the rule of thumb even for speeds like 160mph, it should be less than 30 grams.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: iRideRoyalnVA on October 02, 2016, 07:55:53 pm
Hitchcocks have spokes. I balanced that wheel but honestly below the ton you won't feel any difference if there is a small unbalance like 30 grams. This is the rule of thumb even for speeds like 160mph, it should be less than 30 grams.
Ok why I ask is because I had a weight fall off my front wheel at the beginning of the summer and now the front tyre on the opposite side of the tyre where the weight was!  I was thinking it was because the weight came off not sure how much it was tho?  I don't know if that makes sense I'll try to upload some pics
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: ace.cafe on October 02, 2016, 07:59:39 pm
Wrap some wire solder around the spoke nipple where the weight came off. Cut length to give desired weight.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mevocgt on October 02, 2016, 10:38:25 pm
I took the bike out for a spin.  It pulls hard!  Still chasing down oil leaks...
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on October 02, 2016, 10:54:45 pm
I took the bike out for a spin.  It pulls hard!  Still chasing down oil leaks...

Royal Oilfield?  ;D ...should be possible to get it tight.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mevocgt on October 02, 2016, 11:00:08 pm
It may just be getting the new head seated...It is fun to ride though. 
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: ace.cafe on October 02, 2016, 11:07:46 pm
It may just be getting the new head seated...It is fun to ride though.
Do you have a GoPro or something like that for a ride video?
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mevocgt on October 03, 2016, 12:51:39 am
I don't, but maybe I can barrow one. 
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: iRideRoyalnVA on October 03, 2016, 01:53:49 pm
Wrap some wire solder around the spoke nipple where the weight came off. Cut length to give desired weight.
Wish I had asked earlier now!  The tyre is too far gone now but that's a good trick for next time thanks ACE!  The beads would definitely eliminate that issue if they work like they say!?
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on October 03, 2016, 02:09:30 pm
Wish I had asked earlier now!  The tyre is too far gone now but that's a good trick for next time thanks ACE!  The beads would definitely eliminate that issue if they work like they say!?

I've got to admit i hear about the beads for the first time. I don't understand however how it is supposed to work, wont they collect at the furthest distance to centre due to centrifugal force and even increase the unbalance? That's what I would have thought should happen.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: iRideRoyalnVA on October 05, 2016, 02:36:40 pm
I've got to admit i hear about the beads for the first time. I don't understand however how it is supposed to work, wont they collect at the furthest distance to centre due to centrifugal force and even increase the unbalance? That's what I would have thought should happen.
Idk exactly I'm still looking into it but somethings I've read and a coup,e people I've talked to said its the best especially for bikes for tyre life and all!  I'm going to see what more I can find out!
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: portisheadric on October 05, 2016, 07:54:46 pm
The heaviest part of the tyre tries to accelerate faster away from the centre than the lightest point which causes vibration. The vibration forces the beads away from the heaviest point thus adding their weight to the lightest point and balancing the tyre.
Surplus beads gather together elsewhere and do some kind of Conga Conga everybody Conga.
I'm not sure how accurate this explanation is, but it sure answers that age old question of why do tyres can sometimes make a singing noise ;)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: KC1961 on October 06, 2016, 08:41:36 pm
Took it for a wee run to my local Norton dealer (961 Commando looks great) and on the return journey clocked up 3000 miles. Still enjoying it, before picking it up I thought that maybe I would soon get bored with it, no signs of that yet.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Guaire on October 06, 2016, 11:27:23 pm
Got the new Pirellis out for a test ride… early testing on the Classic Sports pipe. The GT likes to rev now.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on October 13, 2016, 03:36:43 pm
Took mine to the dyno to get a base line before I install the ACE head @ Cams.

It gives a clue about my Stage 1 XXL:

- ACE.derottone Airbox with Velocitystack
- Free flow silencer
- Squish mod

Result:

26 rwhp @ 4720 rpm
31 ft*lbs @ 3820 rpm

The positive effect of the Intake tuning for 5000rpm can be clearly seen as the power stays above 25 hp until the rev limiter kicks in.

(https://forum.classicmotorworks.com/gallery/14695-131016093536.jpeg)
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Post by: ace.cafe on October 13, 2016, 09:10:56 pm
Yes,  clearly noticeable.

MeVoCGT's "before" dyno test was close to that, but yours with the ACE/Derottone kit and stack holds on longer on the top end.
He had a K&N in the stock airbox on his "before " test.

The kit and squish seem to combine for an added ft-lb of torque and almost one added hp at the rear wheel, compared to his similar before test. Hard to be definitive between 2 different bikes and dynos, but it did have some apparent benefits.

Nice!
 8)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on October 13, 2016, 09:32:14 pm
I had the K&N in it before and I can tell you the difference. Its best seen at the drop off behind the peak. To compare the absolute values of two different dynos is a fools game of course.

My subjective on the road feeling is that the squish benefitted most the lower rpms 2500-3500. Regarding the hp figure, I've seen couple of charts with the K&N by now and my best approximation is 2 added hp's at the peak.

Anyway, this is over 6hp above a stock GT. Should be acceptable.  ;D
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mevocgt on October 13, 2016, 09:52:01 pm
Took mine to the dyno to get a base line before I install the ACE head @ Cams.

It gives a clue about my Stage 1 XXL:

- ACE.derottone Airbox with Velocitystack
- Free flow silencer
- Squish mod

Result:

26 rwhp @ 4720 rpm
31 ft*lbs @ 3820 rpm

The positive effect of the Intake tuning for 5000rpm can be clearly seen as the power stays above 25 hp until the rev limiter kicks in.

(https://forum.classicmotorworks.com/gallery/14695-131016093536.jpeg)
How long is your stack?  We've been thinking about changing the length of mine..
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on October 13, 2016, 09:58:08 pm
My stack, and those I sell are made to stick 2,5" out of the airbox hole. The calculation says that if you want to tune for 6000rpm with the "stock" cams it shoul be shortened by about 2". So much to theory, now it would need to be tested.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: ace.cafe on October 14, 2016, 02:22:38 pm
The key here is to raise up the right hand side of the torque curve,  so that it doesn't slope down as much.

Without serious breathing work, that isn't going to happen with the stock cams.

Notice on the Ace Billet GT head, the torque curve stays up high into a higher rpm range, and thus the rpm factor gives more hp. Also, the lowest point in the Ace torque curve is about as high as the peak torque of the Otto torque curve(scaled in in newton meters), and in the MeVoCGT "before" torque curve.
Same cams and piston. Same throttle body. Same EFI. Same exhaust. Different head.
This is how it is done.
 8)

(https://forum.classicmotorworks.com/gallery/1119-290616150709.jpeg)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on October 14, 2016, 05:17:03 pm
To make a long story short, all seams to work out as per expectation which feels confidence inspiring. Now only the Santa has to come, winter already started. I was freezing my ass off riding the bike to that dyno.  :)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Guaire on October 15, 2016, 12:36:29 am
Checked the mileage = 68 mpg. I'll see if that's consistent.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Farmer_John on October 15, 2016, 06:07:26 pm
I started sweating the thought of doing an oil change this weekend. I have nightmares of stripping the cases out...

Which I still haven't accomplished...
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on October 15, 2016, 06:33:32 pm
Which I still haven't accomplished...

There are times when nothing works out....

...forgot to ask the guy at the dyno shop to measure the gbx losses, so that we have a figure :'(
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mevocgt on October 15, 2016, 08:30:35 pm
What's gbx loss?
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on October 15, 2016, 08:40:44 pm
What's gbx loss?

Losses in the gearbox (gbx), basically transmission losses. It is possible to measure that on the dyno. The Ducatis typically lose 10 hp's in the transmission.

The transmission losses in the GT gearbox are more or less independent of the engaged gear because the bikes transmission does not have a direct drive like a manual car transmission (typically the last gear for economy). The torque in a bike transmission goes always through a pair of gears and never from the clutch directly to the sprocket...
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: ace.cafe on October 15, 2016, 08:53:59 pm
It would be interesting to test.

We have empirically estimated it by noting the manufacturer's hp claim, and then comparing that to stock user dyno test hp.
The difference was estimated to be drive train loss.

In most cases, this has typically been observed to be around 7 hp.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on October 15, 2016, 08:58:33 pm
It would be interesting to test.

We have empirically estimated it by noting the manufacturer's hp claim, and then comparing that to stock user dyno test hp.
The difference was estimated to be drive train loss.

In most cases, this has typically been observed to be around 7 hp.

I've found this chart online and it corresponds to what most bike magazines have measured on the stock GT. This would point to a loss of 10 hp however if the 29.1 hp provided by the manufacturer are accurate. I suspect that the 29.1 hp figure is overstated.

The second pic is what a german bike magazine has measured at the clutch.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: ace.cafe on October 15, 2016, 10:09:10 pm
Interesting.

I thought that I  remembered seeing some tests of 21 hp somewhere.

But apparently it puts out about the same as a 500 in stock form.

So, if that is the case, the "stage one" type mods are good for about 25% increase over stock.
The "stage one" with Ace/Derottone airbox kit is good for about 30% over stock.

And the "stage one kit" with Ace billet head and Ace/Derottone airbox kit is good for about 62.5% over stock.

And the effects of cams and piston with the Ace head are yet to be determined.
 :)

Good info!
Thanks!
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on October 15, 2016, 10:47:08 pm
When I bought my GT, the mechanic there told me that I'm an idiot buying the GT because even the C 500 goes better. The factory really screwed it, if the GT had atleast the 26rwhp's like mine stock it would do much better i bet.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: ace.cafe on October 16, 2016, 12:12:23 am
When I bought my GT, the mechanic there told me that I'm an idiot buying the GT because even the C 500 goes better. The factory really screwed it, if the GT had atleast the 26rwhp's like mine stock it would do much better i bet.

As it turned out, you made a very good decision!

Your mechanic, on the other hand, was making an opinion based on what the factory equipment was. And like most people, they just take the bike as it comes.

However,  those of us who have been around a while have known for years that RE has no clue about how to make power. We have always had to do it ourselves.

But,... they could hire out a good frame design, and mass-buy a bunch of relatively good components to equip it with, and they did just that. So, we got a good rolling bike with a weak engine, just as expected. No surprise.

Then, we did as we have always done, and made the right power improvements to the engine, so that it goes as well as a vintage sports single road bike from the glory days.

It has been the same recipe for 50 years. Still have to do it with the UCE and the GT. Except that Ace takes it to a more advanced development level.

All the cafe racers wrenched their own machines to make them quick,  and they often used aftermarket parts from Dunstall, or various other outlets. Still the same today, but Dunstall, etc al, are no longer around. But, Ace is.

The most common response from our owners is, "This is how it should have come from the factory". Even right up to MeVoCGT's mechanic saying those same words when he was giving the Ace Billet GT Head bike it's break-in rides.

Unfortunately,  it doesn't come from the factory like this,  but that doesn't stop us from having what we want.

And even to this day, we have never got even one contact from the factory about what we do, or anything. They totally ignore us. And when it came time to go to Bonneville for a factory sponsored effort, they acted like we are not even here.
It's very disappointing, but has come to be expected.

But, we still push along on our own anyway, and we are doing better all the time,  even if we don't make money because it all gets used up in R&D.
 :)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on October 22, 2016, 03:46:01 pm
Took the front end appart....ready for polishing.  :)

Now I have a problem though. The bottom tripple tree is made out of some bloody cast iron and weighs atlest 10 pound.  >:(  I'll have to do something about it...
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: waltr on October 22, 2016, 06:05:49 pm
Hitchcocks has you covered.
CNC Machined Yokes  Part Number   93132   $450.00 Pounds

stock 4.67 kilo's 2.55 kilos
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on October 22, 2016, 06:09:29 pm
Hitchcocks has you covered.
CNC Machined Yokes  Part Number   93132   $450.00 Pounds

stock 4.67 kilo's 2.55 kilos

450£ :'(  I see if i can press out that axle and mill myself something or maybe hcm will be willing to sell me just the aluminum piece.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mickey on October 23, 2016, 12:33:10 am
Finally removed a horn and changed its location.  8)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on October 23, 2016, 05:33:20 pm
Abraka dabra, ugly paint be gone!

This is how the aluminum looks under the paint.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: KC1961 on October 24, 2016, 06:51:06 pm
Didn't do anything to it but bought a new pair of tyres (Avon road riders) for it. Shocked that after 3200 miles on a 19bhp wonder, the oe rear is gone and the front down to 1.1mm. However, still love the bike although I don't think that the Scottish weather will allow me to get too much use out of it over the coming 5 months or so. Hopefully It'll have a bit more go come next year.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: VinnieREGT on October 25, 2016, 07:50:47 am
Only just found this forum, would have been extremely useful over the last 6 months. still need to fit a power commander, change bar grips, find a half decent chain guard (every pair of jeans I have now had oil up the back of the right leg) and change the battery. Will have a troll through previous posts and look for some pointers. Vin
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on October 25, 2016, 07:51:30 am
Only just found this forum, would have been extremely useful over the last 6 months. still need to fit a power commander, change bar grips, find a half decent chain guard (every pair of jeans I have now had oil up the back of the right leg) and change the battery. Will have a troll through previous posts and look for some pointers. Vin

Welcome, and nice saddle!  8)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: KC1961 on October 25, 2016, 11:29:30 am
VinnieREGT, has your silencer got any baffle etc in it. How many miles have you done with this silencer and no PCV? Does your bike run fine as is?
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on October 25, 2016, 11:40:31 am
Welcome aboard. I lie the seat too. What's it from  8)? And how does it ride with the vintage treads?
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: VinnieREGT on October 25, 2016, 06:02:40 pm
VinnieREGT, has your silencer got any baffle etc in it. How many miles have you done with this silencer and no PCV? Does your bike run fine as is?

Hey, no baffles - straight through. Sounds great, runs ok. Pops & bangs on decelerating and can suddenly drop the revs at the lights but I think that's more to do with the fuel injection (hence the need for a power commander). Its got the K&N filter too which isn't helping the old fuel injection. As for mileage, probably 500miles with this exhaust.
Vin
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: VinnieREGT on October 25, 2016, 06:10:55 pm
Welcome aboard. I lie the seat too. What's it from  8)? And how does it ride with the vintage treads?
Hi Simon,
Thanks. The seat unit isn't off of anything particular. It was a random (but correct size for frame rails) fibreglass hump I found on ebay and then modified to take the old seat base so that the seat release still works. I shortened the frame by 5inches to make it look tidier.
The tyres, hmmm. Look great but can make some corners a bit hairier than they need to be. Unfortunately there isn't much choice in the vintage style due to the RE rim sizes.
Vin
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: VanHalenMan on October 25, 2016, 09:14:41 pm
Abraka dabra, ugly paint be gone!

This is how the aluminum looks under the paint.
oooooh! What'd you do to get the paint off?

I dig how they look as is! I may have to do this!
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on October 25, 2016, 09:25:40 pm
oooooh! What'd you do to get the paint off?

I dig how they look as is! I may have to do this!

Just put it in plastic foil, use a paint remover, wrap it and let it sit 24h. The paint turns into a gelly like substance, than you wash it of and scrub the rest of with steel wool. Very easy...

...the polishing is going to take more time.

If you can't find a paint remover, wallpaper glue mixed with caustic soda works well.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: L4V on October 26, 2016, 05:18:57 am
Only just found this forum, would have been extremely useful over the last 6 months. still need to fit a power commander, change bar grips, find a half decent chain guard (every pair of jeans I have now had oil up the back of the right leg) and change the battery. Will have a troll through previous posts and look for some pointers. Vin
Obviously an enthusiast!  Well done.
I'm not diggin' the heavy tires, but.....Hey!, I'm a "weight weenie"...that's just me.
Gonna relocate those horns?  That'll clean up that area for you.
Edit: I took off my chain guard as I was going to buy Hitchcock's SS guard...decided to not.  Won't put stock one back on...I don't use wet lube (oils, etc.), I use Chain Wax.  It's much cleaner.  But you have to thoroughly clean the old gunk off, then apply.  YouTube has demonstrations.
Again, well done!
~~~~~~~~
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on October 26, 2016, 06:47:15 pm
This is how the fork looks polished... :)
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Post by: ace.cafe on October 26, 2016, 07:38:55 pm
This is how the fork looks polished... :)
8)
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Post by: Otto_Ing on October 30, 2016, 12:20:10 pm
not perfect but good enogh...

...and all the beer I had to consume doing the polishing.  ;D
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Post by: ace.cafe on October 30, 2016, 12:45:33 pm
not perfect but good enogh...

...and all the beer I had to consume doing the polishing.  ;D

 8)
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Post by: Aus.GT on October 31, 2016, 07:21:36 am
not perfect but good enogh...

...and all the beer I had to consume doing the polishing.  ;D

Nice work, looks like a few smokes as well.
I like the look but don't like having to continually keep polishing.
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Post by: Otto_Ing on October 31, 2016, 08:06:11 am
Nice work, looks like a few smokes as well.
I like the look but don't like having to continually keep polishing.

...ya, i've got to reduce the smokes. The forks are better quality alu, very hard and will keep up well I think. They polished to mirror finish quick and easy. The upper tripple tree looks like a pressure die cast and the alu is a bit soft, anoying to polish but came out fine in the end too.
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Post by: KC1961 on October 31, 2016, 05:22:19 pm
not perfect but good enogh...

...and all the beer I had to consume doing the polishing.  ;D

Impressive, I think I'll be getting the paint stripper out during the winter months.
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Post by: Otto_Ing on November 01, 2016, 04:28:57 pm
Put 10 tons today at the axle of the bottom tripple tree and it didn't come out even a tiny bit.  >:( I'll have to make it as well as it seams to be welded togeather.
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Post by: Otto_Ing on November 02, 2016, 06:47:36 pm
Put 10 tons today at the axle of the bottom tripple tree and it didn't come out even a tiny bit.  >:( I'll have to make it as well as it seams to be welded togeather.


Anyone got a clue what thread size it is on the stearing stem?

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Post by: gizzo on November 03, 2016, 02:44:33 am
Not to, but on. Last weekend went riding in the hills and hosed a R1 and a BMW S1000R in the twisties  8)
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Post by: Aus.GT on November 03, 2016, 07:42:20 am

Anyone got a clue what thread size it is on the stearing stem?

I did check it when I had mine apart but can't remember what it was.
If you check the OD with verniers that will tell you the size and I think the pitch was 1mm. It is a metric size.
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Post by: Aus.GT on November 03, 2016, 07:43:38 am
Not to, but on. Last weekend went riding in the hills and hosed a R1 and a BMW S1000R in the twisties  8)

Nice, It's fun when you hose something you shouldn't.
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Post by: gizzo on November 03, 2016, 09:53:20 am
Oooh errr... ;)
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Post by: Otto_Ing on November 03, 2016, 05:19:52 pm
Painted up the lower triple tree. It is 2kg (4.4 lbs) lighter. It was a M24 x 1 thread on the stem.
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Post by: Otto_Ing on November 06, 2016, 09:36:58 pm
It may work good enough, nevertheless the surface roughness of headstock bearing shells is astounding.  ;D
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Post by: L4V on November 06, 2016, 10:34:23 pm
Is that a bearing race?
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Post by: Otto_Ing on November 07, 2016, 11:31:35 am
Is that a bearing race?

Yes!  :)
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Post by: Guaire on November 07, 2016, 01:47:34 pm
I wonder if there is a bearing replacement kit that would fit.
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Post by: Otto_Ing on November 07, 2016, 01:50:47 pm
I wonder if there is a bearing replacement kit that would fit.

Yes, Hitchcocks have it..... I am keeping the stock bearing though.

92608  TAPER ROLLER BEARING CONVERSION (535 CONTINENTAL GT)  £139.00

....unfortunatelly they do not want to sell me "only" the lower triple tree as they only sell it as a compleate assy. So I've got to make it myself.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Farmer_John on November 08, 2016, 12:16:37 am
You may want to check with all balls racing. They make a huge assortment of good quality tapered roller bearing headsets.

MUCH cheaper than what Hitchy is charging.
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Post by: mevocgt on November 08, 2016, 12:24:15 am
ALL BALLS!!!!!????????
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Post by: Guaire on November 10, 2016, 10:08:43 pm
On my left foot rest/shifter - Even when bolted tight, it could wobble. I shimmed it with a washer. Now it's steady. Used Loctite blue.
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Post by: Otto_Ing on November 17, 2016, 04:18:58 pm
Today I did press the stem in my new triple tree.  :)

...time to polish.
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Post by: Otto_Ing on November 17, 2016, 05:40:46 pm
....and with the bearing on.  :)
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Post by: Farmer_John on November 17, 2016, 08:36:33 pm
Ought be pretty!
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Post by: mickey on November 22, 2016, 10:07:00 am
New Biltwell Ox Blood coloured bar grips.
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Post by: Otto_Ing on November 22, 2016, 10:24:41 am
New Biltwell Ox Blood coloured bar grips.

Nice.  :) Was it hard to get the old grips off the bar?
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mickey on November 22, 2016, 10:55:18 am
The utility knife made the job very easy. I am happy with the look and for how cheap grips are, it's great to give the motorcycle a little more character.
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Post by: L4V on November 23, 2016, 12:09:42 am
New Biltwell Ox Blood coloured bar grips.
They look good w/black.  Post a photo of your bike....I'd like to see it in full display.
 :)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: ace.cafe on November 24, 2016, 11:19:04 am
Rode it around to give it a little exercise.
 :)
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Post by: O50R Paul on November 24, 2016, 03:56:15 pm
Applied a few new decals to break the red up a bit. 535 for the front mudguard ( or fender as you lot incorrectly call it :)  )
Hitchcocks Continental for the tailpiece and a scaled up version for the sidepanels as I thought the Hitchcock ones looked a bit small on there. Still lovin the bike, still getting photographs taken when I park up
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on November 25, 2016, 05:47:33 pm
Rode it around to give it a little exercise.
 :)

It's gonna grow some muscles soon.  :)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on November 26, 2016, 04:20:14 pm
Polished the yoke and changed the oil in the forks.
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Post by: mickey on November 26, 2016, 10:57:30 pm
Polished the yoke and changed the oil in the forks.

This looks great!
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Post by: DirtyRooster on December 04, 2016, 02:04:23 am
(https://scontent-ort2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/14639871_1149029381832745_2602442545792504891_n.jpg?oh=32781400e6aee74afc98ef93ec6b79cb&oe=58B71122)
Added a number 5, bar end mirrors, removed the fender extensions, and some cheap eBay exhaust wrap. Up next is relocating the handlebars lower.
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Post by: Otto_Ing on December 04, 2016, 01:48:38 pm
...put the bike back together with the polished front end.  :)

(https://forum.classicmotorworks.com/gallery/14695-041216074607.jpeg)

(https://forum.classicmotorworks.com/gallery/14695-041216074535.jpeg)

(https://forum.classicmotorworks.com/gallery/14695-041216074514.jpeg)

(https://forum.classicmotorworks.com/gallery/14695-041216074446.jpeg)
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Post by: Guaire on December 04, 2016, 03:51:00 pm
Clean and shiny, nice.
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Post by: O50R Paul on December 04, 2016, 04:04:33 pm
Nice job. Where did the handlebar lowering brackets come from or have you made them yourself ?
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Post by: O50R Paul on December 04, 2016, 04:24:36 pm
After a quick  conversation with Otto I've bought and fitted the air filter conversion kit. Although there doesn't seem to be a big difference in performance over the K&N the  bike runs crisp and clean with no backfires off the throttle. The item itself is very good quality and dealing with Otto was a pleasure. Delivery was no problem and it arrived 3 days after shipping. I'm pleased with the whole thing and think its a good addition to the bike. Thanks for your help Otto
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Post by: Otto_Ing on December 04, 2016, 04:45:03 pm
Nice job. Where did the handlebar lowering brackets come from or have you made them yourself ?

Thanks guys.  :)

I've made the clip on's last winter already. Just polished them up now.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on December 04, 2016, 04:47:32 pm
After a quick  conversation with Otto I've bought and fitted the air filter conversion kit. Although there doesn't seem to be a big difference in performance over the K&N the  bike runs crisp and clean with no backfires off the throttle. The item itself is very good quality and dealing with Otto was a pleasure. Delivery was no problem and it arrived 3 days after shipping. I'm pleased with the whole thing and think its a good addition to the bike. Thanks for your help Otto

Glad I could help. What muffler and header are you running on your bike Paul? We have learned that the stainless Hitchcocks header is not the best performance wise. If everything is freeflowed there should be an improvement that can be noticed at least.
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Post by: O50R Paul on December 04, 2016, 06:20:59 pm
Hi Otto. I've worded the previous post badly, the bike was already fitted with PCV, Motad freeflow exhaust, standard header and K&N filter so I didn't really expect a significant gain.  For me, after reading the whole of the big gulp post I was impressed with the thought and work people had put in. As well as that the item looks factory fitted which I always like. l sold a K2 GSXR600 to buy this bike so performance was never high on the list but as others have quite rightly said before me, with these mods the bike now runs as it should have done out of the factory. I  would recommend this mod to anyone and prefer it to the K&N because it was developed by people who share my love of this bike. Thanks again
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Richard230 on December 15, 2016, 02:54:13 pm
A fellow that owns a new BMW R1200RS in Australia went for a test ride on a GT recently and posted this neat photo on the RS forum.  He liked the looks, handling and brakes, but had the usual reaction to the engine performance.
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Post by: Otto_Ing on December 15, 2016, 05:47:18 pm
Got some spare pistons. Anyone can decode the engravings? A, B...also no exhaust & intake side?

...i don't seem to measure any difference in them as far as I can say.
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Post by: portisheadric on December 15, 2016, 09:49:11 pm
Slightly easier to tell the difference between an A and a D piston than an A and B  ???
As for size difference, as far as I recall with my AVL, an 'A' barrel at room temperature would accept a 'D' piston straight from the fridge but only for a very limited amount of time.     
After honing I just fitted the new piston in the barrel with same orientation as the old one was using the position of the letter stamping as my reference point.   
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Post by: Otto_Ing on December 16, 2016, 05:08:21 pm
Slightly easier to tell the difference between an A and a D piston than an A and B  ???
As for size difference, as far as I recall with my AVL, an 'A' barrel at room temperature would accept a 'D' piston straight from the fridge but only for a very limited amount of time.     
After honing I just fitted the new piston in the barrel with same orientation as the old one was using the position of the letter stamping as my reference point.

Measured them to the micron and they are identical.  :o
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Post by: ace.cafe on December 16, 2016, 09:05:56 pm
As long as there is no offset in the pin location, they can be fitted either way around.

The bore clearance should be honed to suit. For the cast pistons, bore clearance would typically be much tighter than what we do for our forged pistons.
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Post by: Otto_Ing on December 16, 2016, 09:15:19 pm
They both are 86.960-86.970. I would think they ought to fit the same bore even one is A and the other B.

I don't have the book too look at now but clearance should be about 0.1mm. Service limit mentioned in it is 0.3mm which really is a huge gap.
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Post by: Otto_Ing on December 17, 2016, 01:25:23 pm
...thinking, something which would look bit manx like?
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Post by: Farmer_John on December 17, 2016, 06:03:57 pm
This would:

http://gftpstore.com/Norton-Flyscreen-NORFSB-NORFSB.htm
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: ace.cafe on December 17, 2016, 06:11:51 pm
I did it to my Iron Barrel.

(https://forum.classicmotorworks.com/gallery/1119_03_08_08_11_54_42.JPG)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on December 17, 2016, 06:40:07 pm
I did it to my Iron Barrel.

(https://forum.classicmotorworks.com/gallery/1119_03_08_08_11_54_42.JPG)

That does look very good on the iron barrel. The GTs huge instrumentation makes it look bit silly.
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Post by: mickey on December 22, 2016, 07:55:40 am
A few beers later and the fork gaiters were installed. Stoked!

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Post by: Guaire on December 22, 2016, 02:33:58 pm
Seriously nice, Mickey.
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Post by: Guaire on December 24, 2016, 12:48:59 am
I hadn't had a ride since mid October. Travelled in Europe, then my lower back and sciatic nerve went nuts.
  Rode the GT from one house to my newer residence, that has a garage. Now I can get my handlebar adapters and more upright bars on.
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Post by: Otto_Ing on December 25, 2016, 06:51:55 pm
..used the time and did cut out an alu plate, brushed and attached it. It looks bit Austin Powers like again - circular shape. Now I've got couple of months to look at it and decide whether I like it...
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Post by: gizzo on January 06, 2017, 02:18:56 am
Dragged mine out of hibernation today and rode it to work. Woo. Been off the road for the last 3 months while I rode Another Bike. Took a while to start it after the long rest.
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Post by: Otto_Ing on January 06, 2017, 11:24:02 am
...gave the sets one more thought, Simplified it as much as possible and rearranged a little. I think I start liking it.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Aus.GT on January 13, 2017, 11:35:07 am
Hey oTTo have you thought about using a hydraulic brake banjo brake light switch at the rear brake master cylinder? Then you won't have to worry about the normal brake light switch bracket and associated springs and things.
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Post by: Otto_Ing on January 13, 2017, 11:42:08 am
Hey oTTo have you thought about using a hydraulic brake banjo brake light switch at the rear brake master cylinder? Then you won't have to worry about the normal brake light switch bracket and associated springs and things.

Sounds like a good idea. The main issue with the sets is however the master cylinder itself. It sits far out because of the loops where the pillion pegs are attached to, don't want to chop them really.
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Post by: Aus.GT on January 13, 2017, 11:48:06 am
Sounds like a good idea. The main issue with the sets is however the master cylinder itself. It sits far out because of the loops where the pillion pegs are attached to, don't want to chop them really.

If your redesigning the mounts there is no reason you couldn't move the rear master cylinder inboard about 10mm and fit a rose joint to the brake pushrod to connect to the pedal.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on January 13, 2017, 12:10:01 pm
If your redesigning the mounts there is no reason you couldn't move the rear master cylinder inboard about 10mm and fit a rose joint to the brake pushrod to connect to the pedal.

I do not have plans to realize it imidiatelly, so some more thoughts will go into it. Moving the master inboard is however really not doable because it would colide with the frame. I've moved the bracked outboard instead with the idea of using non foldable racing style pegs, keeping the master where it is; this has reduced the offset already by a good margin.

Rose joint would be fine, but I want as small angle between the piston and pushrod as possible because the bigger the angle is the more radial force on the piston is created and that translates directly into less braking power. The other issue is the rigidity, the bracket where the master sits is very soft and keeps bending, this gives a spongy feeling.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on January 15, 2017, 08:00:44 pm
Made a bush for now to get rid of the 0.04" play.

Changed the cad sets for the use of a banjo switch. If using 4 distance bushings, the brackets may be simple enough to be home made. :)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Aus.GT on January 17, 2017, 08:13:43 am
Made a bush for now to get rid of the 0.04" play.

It makes a huge difference, I used metal backed Teflon bushes in mine so you don't have to lubricate very often.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on January 22, 2017, 05:16:00 pm
Today I've taken the motor apart. 5000km after the squish mod it looks a fair bit cleaner than what it looked after 3000km stock. Very thin crust on the piston comparatively. Squish band is however darker.

Haven't found any anomalites. Not much wear on the piston only the barrel is starting to shine a bit and the honing pattern is getting less prominent.
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Post by: tooseevee on January 22, 2017, 05:26:56 pm
Today I've taken the motor apart. 5000km after the squish mod it looks a fair bit cleaner than what it looked after 3000km stock. Very thin crust on the piston comparatively. Squish band is however darker.

Haven't found any anomalites. Not much wear on the piston only the barrel is starting to shine a bit and the honing pattern is getting less prominent.

              Otto, how many miles on that spark plug? and would you please comment about its color a bit?
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Post by: Otto_Ing on January 22, 2017, 05:33:35 pm
              Otto, how many miles on that spark plug? and would you please comment about its color a bit?

5000km that is a bit over 3000 miles, not much. It's the iridium plug. It's very light brownish colour. Should be ok i think.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: ace.cafe on January 22, 2017, 06:07:49 pm
Combustion looks better to me than the stock heads that I have seen.  I think the squish is doing the job, and the higher compression is probably helping too.
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Post by: Otto_Ing on January 22, 2017, 06:27:19 pm
Combustion looks better to me than the stock heads that I have seen.  I think the squish is doing the job, and the higher compression is probably helping too.

I think it's fair to say that it was a much happier motor than stock. More torque in the low range, revving freely till 5000 rpm, about 6 horses over stock and no pinging and knocking. I am happy with the result and I was beating it a lot this season as I was the least powerful bike in the gang.
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Post by: ace.cafe on January 22, 2017, 06:50:04 pm
I think it's fair to say that it was a much happier motor than stock. More torque in the low range, revving freely till 5000 rpm, about 6 horses over stock and no pinging and knocking. I am happy with the result and I was beating it a lot this season as I was the least powerful bike in the gang.
Sort of makes me wonder what is going on at the factory, when they can't even set up the engine properly during the build process.
It wouldn't even cost any more to do it.

This is just another example of things that make me think that they don't know what they are doing. There were numerous things like this in the Iron Barrel and AVL lines too. Eventually,  I just concluded that they farm out all design, and all they can do is assemble a lot of them, but they really can't recognize when something like this isn't right. They just keep making more bikes, and that's it.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on January 22, 2017, 07:21:53 pm
Sort of makes me wonder what is going on at the factory, when they can't even set up the engine properly during the build process.
It wouldn't even cost any more to do it.

This is just another example of things that make me think that they don't know what they are doing. There were numerous things like this in the Iron Barrel and AVL lines too. Eventually,  I just concluded that they farm out all design, and all they can do is assemble a lot of them, but they really can't recognize when something like this isn't right. They just keep making more bikes, and that's it.

I don't really want to know what's going on in that factory, I've got enough clue...

Probably they do not do much creative at all, they hire consultants to do the design, to implement it and to built their production line and facilities as well. That way they are flexible and do not have to fire all the engineers after they have done their work, neither have they to come up with new work for them. More and more mfrg's are like that, the know-how often doesn't sit where one would expect it.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Farmer_John on January 22, 2017, 09:26:36 pm
It's just sad that a product that we like so much is so poorly engineered, incompetently built, blindly distributed and so carelessly supported.

I mean really.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: dginfw on January 22, 2017, 11:39:17 pm
I think it's fair to say that it was a much happier motor than stock. More torque in the low range, revving freely till 5000 rpm, about 6 horses over stock and no pinging and knocking. I am happy with the result and I was beating it a lot this season as I was the least powerful bike in the gang.

Otto, what did you do to get the compression increase? I haven't checked in on the GT side of the forum much lately and didn't see what you did
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: ace.cafe on January 23, 2017, 04:46:36 am
Otto, what did you do to get the compression increase? I haven't checked in on the GT side of the forum much lately and didn't see what you did
I'm sure Otto won't mind me replying to your question.

During the discussions about modding the GT on the Ace head thread, setting the proper squish distance was addressed. To do this, the barrel needs to be shortened by a small amount, thus raising the piston higher in the bore, so it comes closer to the head.
This raises the compression because it reduces the volume of the combustion chamber at TDC.
The piston being close to the head at TDC at the proper squish distance causes more mixture motion during combustion which helps to stave off any detonation that might accompany the compression increase.

It is a serendipitous type of mod that raises compression and staves off detonation at the same time.
  :)
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Post by: dginfw on January 23, 2017, 05:16:19 am
Interesting stuff. I knew Hitchcocks sold a thinner base gasket that would give the same net effect to a lesser degree, but I can see how reworking the barrel would allow you better control of the situation
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Post by: gizzo on January 23, 2017, 06:02:58 am
Just had my first MIL light today. The engine gave a couple of shudders and picked up again but idled high. Was nice that I could ride home. Tested the code and I found it quite difficult to read the flashing sequence but I'm thinking it was 2 seperate codes, rollover sensor and fuel pump circuit malfunctions because they were the only sequences close to what I observed. Weirdly both problems should result in a bike that cranks but won't run, according to the manual. Unplugged the connectors and plugged them in again and the light has gone out and it idles nicely again. I'll see what happens on my way to work tomorrow.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on January 23, 2017, 06:37:38 am
Interesting stuff. I knew Hitchcocks sold a thinner base gasket that would give the same net effect to a lesser degree, but I can see how reworking the barrel would allow you better control of the situation

The barrel had to be reworked because even without a base gasket it would be still bit too long.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Guaire on January 23, 2017, 03:46:14 pm
Will that barrel mod be unnecessary with the Fireball head?
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on January 23, 2017, 03:55:39 pm
Will that barrel mod be unnecessary with the Fireball head?

I am already shortening a new barrel which I will use with the Fireball head, I would say it's necessary to achieve the correct squish and compression - ACE will sure confirm this. It's been done on MeVoCGT's bike as well at Cycles of Silver Spring. They can perform this mod.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Guaire on January 23, 2017, 07:12:13 pm
They're my guys. There are about noon on the Beltway. I'm about 9 o'clock. I'll call tomorrow. Raining like a faucet today, and they're closed Mondays.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on January 23, 2017, 08:11:51 pm
And here we go! In a world where the only loyalty one experiences is to money and power, this is an exceptional place to be.....glad I've found it!
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: ace.cafe on January 23, 2017, 11:32:20 pm
I am already shortening a new barrel which I will use with the Fireball head, I would say it's necessary to achieve the correct squish and compression - ACE will sure confirm this. It's been done on MeVoCGT's bike as well at Cycles of Silver Spring. They can perform this mod.
Confirmed.

And here we go! In a world where the only loyalty one experiences is to money and power, this is an exceptional place to be.....glad I've found it!
I will pick up the pushrods tomorrow at the Post Office.
Will ship your package this week when I go in to work on the afternoon shift. Probably Wednesday or Thursday.  I have to check the schedule when I go in tomorrow.

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Post by: Otto_Ing on January 24, 2017, 03:36:37 pm
Confirmed.
I will pick up the pushrods tomorrow at the Post Office.
Will ship your package this week when I go in to work on the afternoon shift. Probably Wednesday or Thursday.  I have to check the schedule when I go in tomorrow.

That sounds great. Time to start thinking of a name for the fireballing thread.  :)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Farmer_John on January 24, 2017, 03:59:45 pm
How about "pass the penicillin, I've got fireballs" ????...????...????

NURSE!  ELEVATE ME!!
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on January 24, 2017, 04:14:33 pm
How about "pass the penicillin, I've got fireballs" ????...????...????

NURSE!  ELEVATE ME!!

Many balls are on fire just now, considering what was going on the last couple of years.  ;)

I consider this project to be a ball calming one.  ;D
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: KC1961 on January 26, 2017, 08:57:20 pm
The next time has come. Went to take the bike out last night, no tail light. Fitted L.E.D. bulb.

After trying a few different L.E.D. bulbs I went back to a conventional bulb. This was because each L.E.D. bulb that I tried, there wasn't enough difference in brightness levels between the tail lamp and the stop light. After blowing a few more bulbs ( 4500rpm = blown bulb) I decided that there had to be a better way. So, I recently bought an e-marked L.E.D. tail light assy (connected it to a battery, much greater difference in brightness levels).  I am going to take the pcb from this and fit it inside the RE light unit.
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Post by: mevocgt on February 01, 2017, 03:39:00 am
We dropped new cams with longer duration in my bike, and fixed the oil leaks per Ace's advice.....
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Post by: Guaire on February 03, 2017, 02:44:52 am
  I got my Hitchcock handle bar risers on. The bars are Yamaha, part # 5VX-26111-11-00. They are a good fit. I had to drill holes myself. They are a good height and position. They get more of my body over my seat, reducing the possibility of back strain. I like the riding position, not like cafe bars, just a forward lean.
  Connie G pulls like mad up to 5K. I pulled in to the garage at 8PM this evening, 38 degrees F. I came down the hill with low revs not wanting to alarm anyone in the quiet neighborhood here.
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Post by: Otto_Ing on February 03, 2017, 06:22:30 am
Looking good Bill!  8) I like the raisers.
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Post by: Otto_Ing on February 03, 2017, 05:38:17 pm
Found some affordable set of pedals (from the Triumph guys) and a banjo switch which I'm going to adapt to the GT.  :)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Aus.GT on February 03, 2017, 07:29:01 pm
Found some affordable set of pedals (from the Triumph guys) and a banjo switch which I'm going to adapt to the GT.  :)

Looking good, I think you can get them with folding pegs also.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on February 04, 2017, 08:07:58 am
Looking good, I think you can get them with folding pegs also.

Yes, I want non folding. They will work as frame sliders as well.
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Post by: Narada on February 04, 2017, 06:07:50 pm
The folding pegs on my 2015 Bonnie are nice but they cost me a gear selector shaft R&R on a tip over. :o

  Made me appreciate the old world wisdom of solid pegs on my C5! :)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Guaire on February 05, 2017, 02:54:57 pm
I'm thinking about the rev limit.

"By the way, the rev limiter is set at 5500 rpm.  If the ECU sees this speed it shuts off the fuel injector." Quote from Arizoni.

 So is 5500rpm a safe red line for my GT?
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Post by: ace.cafe on February 05, 2017, 03:41:36 pm
I'm thinking about the rev limit.

"By the way, the rev limiter is set at 5500 rpm.  If the ECU sees this speed it shuts off the fuel injector." Quote from Arizoni.

 So is 5500rpm a safe red line for my GT?

Theoretically,  it should be fine or even higher,  provided the engine was built properly at the factory. It has the necessary equipment to go up to 6500rpm, IMO.

However, build consistency may vary. I think 5500 should be very safe.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Guaire on February 05, 2017, 05:01:05 pm
Thanks, ACE.
I screwed up. I have a Power Commander V. Short of a re-flash, I assume the profile and function are similar to the stock ECU?!
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Farmer_John on February 05, 2017, 08:43:13 pm
Unlike the stock ECU, you can contact Dynojet and they'll give you up to an extra 1000rpms.

Not sure the stock valve springs would take it, though I'm by no means even close to being an authority on that.  Only going by what I've been told by a tech that does my work.
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Post by: ace.cafe on February 05, 2017, 08:56:15 pm
Thanks, ACE.
I screwed up. I have a Power Commander V. Short of a re-flash, I assume the profile and function are similar to the stock ECU?!
Yes, without a rev limit change on your Power Commander,  the stock rev limiter will remain. It should be somewhere around 5500 rpm, but I have heard some varying reports about exactly what rpm it actually cuts off.

Since the stock valve springs appear to be from the AVL, they may exhibit instability around 5800 rpm like the AVL does. I suspect the EFI rev limit is set where it is so that it cuts off before the valves become unstable.

Typically,  increasing the rpm range much calls for changing to valve springs that can cope with it.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on February 05, 2017, 09:57:51 pm
Lightening the valve train would be the other way to do it, which I believe GHG successfully achieved on his engine.

Historically (as everybody knows) this led to development of OHC and DOHC engines... and now some ppl. experimenting with pneumatically operated valves, which would make things like throttle bodies and cam shafts obsolete because the lift, duration and timing could be electronically controlled.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2mTriy9oQM

Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Farmer_John on February 05, 2017, 10:24:58 pm
Lightening the valve train would be the other way to do it, which I believe GHG successfully achieved on his engine.

Historically (as everybody knows) this led to development of OHC and DOHC engines... and now some ppl. experimenting with pneumatically operated valves, which would make things like throttle bodies and cam shafts obsolete because the lift, duration and timing could be electronically controlled.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2mTriy9oQM

You left out desmodromic...valves can't flutter on their springs, if there ain't any!
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Arizoni on February 05, 2017, 11:28:35 pm
I can see it now !

"Royal Enfield Free Valve System (REFVS) brings F1 performance to the motorcycle world.

Electrical/pneumatic springless valve system eliminate old fashioned camshafts, valve springs and the clatter people have come to expect with the old engines.

Now, you too can own a big single that revs to 18,000 rpm."


 ;D 8)
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Post by: gizzo on February 06, 2017, 12:05:06 am
No way...They should build a new air cooled single with disc valve induction and sleeve valve exhaust. Just to be different.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on February 06, 2017, 01:59:08 pm
I can see it now !

"Royal Enfield Free Valve System (REFVS) brings F1 performance to the motorcycle world.

Electrical/pneumatic springless valve system eliminate old fashioned camshafts, valve springs and the clatter people have come to expect with the old engines.

Now, you too can own a big single that revs to 18,000 rpm."


 ;D 8)

 ;D ;D ;D ...that would be the ultimate hype!

Carbon fibre RE...

http://indianautosblog.com/2017/02/royal-enfield-dc2-carbon-shot-kit-gets-two-colour-options-256889
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Farmer_John on February 06, 2017, 03:20:10 pm
That is one ugly Enfield...
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: ace.cafe on February 06, 2017, 07:36:15 pm
The one main thing that these bikes need is some power, but everyone seems to want to change the looks instead.
 :o
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on February 06, 2017, 08:32:55 pm
From the RE carbon shot page "The circular battery box adds a touch of profoundness " what the f... Does that mean? Did the writer mean "roundness" and got autocorrected? That's an awkward looking bike despite the profoundly rounded battery can.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on February 07, 2017, 09:38:18 pm
I've had a bit of time away from the GT while I rode Something Else and just come back to it for daily duties. I've convinced myself that the valve clatter has been getting worse. It's probably just my imagination and being used to hearing less racket from desmodromic heads but still..I popped off the rocker covers to make sure the rocker blocks were screwed down tight, seeing other riders have reported them coming loose. No problem there. I did notice that while there is no backlash at the pushrods, they are free to turn when no spring load is applied. Any thoughts on that? I also noticed the design of the rocker covers themselves: The rockers don't take a huge amount of space. So the engine doesn't look out of proportion, the rocker covers are designed so that the rockers are sealed up inside their cover space, but the cover is much larger than the area the rockers occupy. This space is seperate to the engine interior and takes the form of large cavities, open to atmosphere at the bottom.  It got me thinking, these large air spaces could be acting as "sound boxes"like a guitar body or subwoofer enclosure, complete with sound hole. Maybe these spaces, right next to the sound source, act to amplify the valve clatter and make it sound worse than it really is? Has this been discussed before? Be interesting to machine those bits off and see what happens.
Also, I found a piece of the wiring loom feeding into the ECU has worn through so that the the purple wire had exposed strands being able to contact the tank. Maybe that was the source of my MIL light the other week. Taped it up and raised the tank a little on some washers. The ECU mount is really stupidly designed.
Other than that, no loose fasteners inside or out and all is good.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gashousegorilla on February 07, 2017, 10:08:31 pm
I've had a bit of time away from the GT while I rode Something Else and just come back to it for daily duties. I've convinced myself that the valve clatter has been getting worse. It's probably just my imagination and being used to hearing less racket from desmodromic heads but still..I popped off the rocker covers to make sure the rocker blocks were screwed down tight, seeing other riders have reported them coming loose. No problem there. I did notice that while there is no backlash at the pushrods, they are free to turn when no spring load is applied. Any thoughts on that? I also noticed the design of the rocker covers themselves: The rockers don't take a huge amount of space. So the engine doesn't look out of proportion, the rocker covers are designed so that the rockers are sealed up inside their cover space, but the cover is much larger than the area the rockers occupy. This space is seperate to the engine interior and takes the form of large cavities, open to atmosphere at the bottom.  It got me thinking, these large air spaces could be acting as "sound boxes"like a guitar body or subwoofer enclosure, complete with sound hole. Maybe these spaces, right next to the sound source, act to amplify the valve clatter and make it sound worse than it really is? Has this been discussed before? Be interesting to machine those bits off and see what happens.
Also, I found a piece of the wiring loom feeding into the ECU has worn through so that the the purple wire had exposed strands being able to contact the tank. Maybe that was the source of my MIL light the other week. Taped it up and raised the tank a little on some washers. The ECU mount is really stupidly designed.
Other than that, no loose fasteners inside or out and all is good.


   If the bike was sitting for a while Gizzo, and you rotated the motor over and put it at or near TDC  or it just happened to be in that position when you pulled the cover off....  I think that is what you mean there with little or no valve spring pressure ?    Anyway...  it would be normal for you to be able to rotate or turn the push-rods between your finger's. The Hydraulic lifters will bleed down over time.  They will fill and pump up with oil pressure.  Either when you start the motor.  OR... even if you crank the motor over with the kick starter enough times.  You can also turn the motor over more slowly and in a more controlled fashion by having the bike up on the center stand with the back wheel off the ground.... a block of wood or some suchat the front wheel so you don't push the bike off of the center stand.  Then shift the bike into fifth gear , and slowly rotate the motor over by turning the back wheel.    It's easier with the spark plug out BTW.... as you wont be fighting the compression of the motor.

  A quick and down and dirty way to get you at or near TDC , would be to remove that front plug on top of the right side cover.  You know the one ? " The one that you don't use for anything ?"  Removing that plug will let you look in there at those bumps along the top surface of the rotor..... timing nodules I believe they are called.  Well .... there Is ONE nodule which is larger then all the rest.  When you rotate the motor around, and line up that ONE large nodule down in there, with the hole you are peering through, and looking at your rocker arm position's.... both rods UP and no valve lift !  Will put you at or near TDC of the compression stroke.

  Interesting with the voids and etc...... Long push rod tunnel and etc.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: ace.cafe on February 08, 2017, 01:52:10 pm
You could fill up those external cavities of the covers with RTV to stop the potential ringing. That would do it.

Regarding the pushrods spinning, there must be no lifting going on during the closed portion of the cycle.  Therefore they must be free to spin then. The lifters only take up free play.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on February 08, 2017, 02:00:13 pm
Thanks fellas. Its Ben a long time since I fooled about with a pushrod engine, so the litle deails like that have been forgotten. Re: the rtv, good idea but I think ill skip that. It would take a ton of it. The cavities are pretty big.
Something else: I pulled the iridium plug out after 20,000 km. Apart from a coating of that white crap, its good. Cleaned that off and put it back in. Runs fine.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Guaire on February 09, 2017, 12:35:55 am
Changed the brake fluid on the front. Feels great.
  Put on the bar ends. pics to follow.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on February 10, 2017, 01:17:21 pm
I put a new front brake rotor on my GT today. The original brake pulses something horrible and it had to go. I think I'd cooked it by stopping too long with the brake applied after a thrash, while I waited for my mate to catch up. It turns out, with some assistance from a very helpful sales rep at a local manufacturer, that the front disc from a Ducati Monster 695 is an exact match. It's also much easier to get hold of than trying to find someone willing to sell an Enfield part.
Maybe, if there isn't one already, the Tech Section could have a thread dedicated to other brands stuff that fits Enfield? Make it a sticky would be nice. 
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Guaire on February 10, 2017, 02:51:03 pm
I put a new front brake rotor on my GT today. The original brake pulses something horrible and it had to go. I think I'd cooked it by stopping too long with the brake applied after a thrash, while I waited for my mate to catch up. It turns out, with some assistance from a very helpful sales rep at a local manufacturer, that the front disc from a Ducati Monster 695 is an exact match. It's also much easier to get hold of than trying to find someone willing to sell an Enfield part.
Maybe, if there isn't one already, the Tech Section could have a thread dedicated to other brands stuff that fits Enfield? Make it a sticky would be nice.

I concur.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Guaire on February 13, 2017, 12:26:29 am
As promised, here are the bar ends that fit the Yamaha bars. I used some Loctite Blue. They have Allen ends. Hefty weight. It's a clean set up.
1-51J-26246-01-00 End Grip
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Post by: iRideRoyalnVA on February 13, 2017, 01:01:28 am
I concur.
????????????
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Post by: iRideRoyalnVA on February 13, 2017, 01:02:58 am
GUAIRE**. Awesome ???? ????
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mickey on February 14, 2017, 04:13:46 am
Today I flipped the shocks and applied exhaust wrap.  8)
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Post by: Aus.GT on February 14, 2017, 07:44:55 am
Today I flipped the shocks and applied exhaust wrap.  8)


Did you have to modify anything for clearance to flip the shocks?
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mickey on February 14, 2017, 08:31:33 am

Did you have to modify anything for clearance to flip the shocks?

Hi Aus.GT,

I did not have to modify anything, it was a ten minute job for both sides.
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Post by: Aus.GT on February 14, 2017, 09:57:22 am
Hi Aus.GT,

I did not have to modify anything, it was a ten minute job for both sides.

Cool, there must some differences to the frame mounts, I checked mine ages ago to do the same thing and I would've had to modify the shocks or frame for clearance.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: KC1961 on February 14, 2017, 03:52:01 pm
When I changed the shocks on my bike I had to use the oe bushes in my new shocks ( I bought them for my bonnie, but wasn't too impressed & thought they may work better on the RE) Upon measuring new shock bushes and oe bushes I found that the oe upper and lower bushes were slightly different internal diameter-about .5mm or thereabouts if I remember correctly.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mickey on February 15, 2017, 12:02:55 am
Cool, there must some differences to the frame mounts, I checked mine ages ago to do the same thing and I would've had to modify the shocks or frame for clearance.

You're spot on! There is a thread, and in particular, a topic regarding the flipping of the shocks and I am sure there were inconsistencies with the installation due to the frames and clearance for some members. Ultimately, requiring modification.

This is the thread: https://forum.classicmotorworks.com/index.php?topic=19607.0

I much prefer the look of the shocks flipped; it visually seems to slim the rear of the motorcycle, however, each to their own.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Guaire on February 16, 2017, 09:07:34 pm
First, I goobed up my clutch side switch.
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Post by: Guaire on February 16, 2017, 09:09:25 pm
Next, I got the Givi installed. Still need to do a test ride with it.
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Post by: safeer1980 on February 20, 2017, 07:30:02 pm
https://youtu.be/kLZQBHQmXPM
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Post by: gizzo on March 03, 2017, 06:07:19 am
Replaced the high pressure fuel hose from pump to injector. Mine somehow escaped the dreaded "kink" so was still the original. Yesterday it split, having perished and cracked over time. It sprayed a bit of fuel but luckily, no drama. Replaced it with some new stuff from the garage.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Guaire on March 03, 2017, 05:07:40 pm
gizmo - Make sure that line stuff will take the pressure!

  I got my after market turn signals working this week. The original wiring had been 'modified'. I used a Power Probe III to get the wiring sorted. I changed my muffler back to the XL HD stock. It's quieter. I wanted to make sure I would get through inspection.
  Yesterday, I got the GT through Virginia state inspection, for the first time. Now my papers are in order.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mcraigor on March 17, 2017, 03:48:37 am
I'm still having trouble wiring Carpy's tail lights.  I'm pretty basic at electronics and I'm not willing to start cutting wires for turn signals that work perfectly fine.  I emailed Carpy and his recommendation was to cut the factory wired turn signal connector, strip a wire, then wrap that wire around the signal.  I'm about to give that a try but so far I have blown a few circuit breakers trying to get the signals to work without chopping up the wiring.  Any help is appreciated!
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on March 17, 2017, 07:36:41 am
I'd be a bit sceptical about taking advice from someone who recommends twisting wires together. There's a better way. looks like the indicators have bullets attached so why not see if that's how the Enfield ones are connected. If not clip them and put  matching female bullets on those wires. Or get some 2 pin waterproof connectors and fit them. If they're incandescent lamps, it doesn't even matter which way they're hooked up. If it's only 1 wire from the indicator you need to hook it to the power wire from the bike and it must earth through the indicator body. Sadly, once you start modifying stuff, you need to be ok with cutting and shutting wires and other things. All the best.
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Post by: Guaire on March 17, 2017, 12:31:10 pm
I got my signals working last week. I shot photos. The Power Probe tool helped too. I will get pics and description up here. Don't cut yet.
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Post by: Guaire on March 17, 2017, 12:32:01 pm
Are yours a single or two wires?
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Post by: mcraigor on March 17, 2017, 06:25:44 pm
My bike has a two wire setup for the indicators.  The indicators I bought from Carpy are single wire setups.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Arizoni on March 17, 2017, 06:36:38 pm
You probably know this but the single wire lights are using the attachment bracket to the frame for the light's ground.

If the light is on something that insulates it from the frame (like a rubber stalk) it won't have the needed ground connection.

The metal chrome bullet turn signals I used to replace the Japanese looking things on my G5 did not have the ground wire either.
To add this, I bought some small eyelets and connected a wire to one.
I then located the eyelet on one of the bolts that attaches the light to the frame so it was making contact with the body of the light.  Problem #1 solved.

Problem #2 was due to the way the factory connected the original light.

I figured that the wire that was colored black (usually indicating ground) that was coming from the wiring harness was the ground wire, making the other wire the power wire.
The turn signals didn't work.

Getting my volt/ohm tester out I found that the wire I thought was the ground wire was actually the power supply and the wire I thought was the power supply was actually the ground.

Reversing the wiring connections on my lights fixed the problem and they started winking just like they are supposed to. :)
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Post by: Guaire on March 18, 2017, 12:24:07 am
The probe helped me identify the grounds and the hots. It made me look like a smart guy.
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Post by: mcraigor on March 18, 2017, 03:30:40 am
Hey, success.  Thanks for the help everyone.  Confusing stuff but I tried a few suggestions and the bloody lights popped on.  Funny the rear lights didn't need to be grounded but the front lights did.  Also, I got extremely lucky that I didn't blow any breakers this time and I always got the hot wire.  The only work I had to do was extend ground wires in the front because the grounds were too short to reach the flasher unit.  Once that was completed everything fell into place.  Now all I have to do is hide some of the exposed wires and I'm good to go. 

Now to figure out how to post pictures... 
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Post by: Guaire on March 18, 2017, 02:29:09 pm
Good job. Here's the link to the Power Probe demo.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdH-e4Q9p5k
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mcraigor on April 01, 2017, 04:07:16 am
I have had my eye on the aluminum engine plates on Hitchcocks website for a while but are the stock engine plates aluminum or steel?  If they are steel I am guessing I can take the plates to a shop and find someone that can cut out some aluminum plates locally.  I would like to polish them and replace the stock plates.  I just finished polishing the small aluminum bits and plan to shine up the front end during the fork oil change this summer.

I converted the bike to a 520 chain a few days ago and replaced the kick start seals while I had the right hand case off.  I installed a 17t up front and a 38t in the rear and found the bike to be a bit slightly quicker off the line with a slight increase in RPM at city speeds.  The bike mimics the shifting of my first 250cc motorcycle but otherwise a small price to pay for a tiny increase in acceleration for stop and go traffic. 

Sadly, my EarthX ETX18B battery decided to call it quits yesterday after only five months of use.  I'm waiting for the warranty replacement to show up on Monday.  Man this bike runs awful when the battery decides to call it quits.  I was sweating bullets after the second kick start attempt failed. (no pun intended)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: ace.cafe on April 02, 2017, 02:07:27 pm
They are steel with metallic silver powder coating.

FWIW, I would leave them alone.  Aluminum would have to be thicker to be as strong, and aluminium is much more likely to fatigue crack from vibrations.

Just my 2 cents.
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Post by: Otto_Ing on April 02, 2017, 02:29:26 pm
...I would go ss.

Although SS can in accelerate galvanic corrosion if in direct contact with aluminum and some moisture gets there. It might be well best leaving it alone as ACE says  or paint it in your favourite color.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mcraigor on April 04, 2017, 02:19:35 am
Thanks for the information about the engine plates!  Took the kickstand and centerstand off today.  I cleaned up both, installed chrome spings, and greased the movement points.  I took the kickstand kill switch off and I'm looking at considering the bypass switch mentioned here on the forums.



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Post by: Guaire on April 04, 2017, 01:10:40 pm
Nice. Is that a plexiglass cover on the push rods?
  I never saw the mount brackets of the Carpy turn signals. Now I know!
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mcraigor on April 04, 2017, 01:21:49 pm
Yes, plexiglass.  Hitchcocks website has the same one.  I went to the nearest shop in town and cut out the same setup. 

Anyone paint the kill switch yellow?  What would work best to adhere to the plastic?  Hobby paint?
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Post by: tooseevee on April 04, 2017, 05:44:23 pm

Anyone paint the kill switch yellow?  What would work best to adhere to the plastic?  Hobby paint?

             Here's one brand. There are others:

http://www.krylon.com/products/fusion-for-plastic/
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Post by: gizzo on April 05, 2017, 03:30:36 pm
I adjusted the chain for the first time since I fit it 15,000km ago. Woo.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: KC1961 on April 06, 2017, 05:11:29 pm
After trying a few different L.E.D. bulbs I went back to a conventional bulb. This was because each L.E.D. bulb that I tried, there wasn't enough difference in brightness levels between the tail lamp and the stop light. After blowing a few more bulbs ( 4500rpm = blown bulb) I decided that there had to be a better way. So, I recently bought an e-marked L.E.D. tail light assy (connected it to a battery, much greater difference in brightness levels).  I am going to take the pcb from this and fit it inside the RE light unit.
I have now done this and am pleased with the result. Hopefully never need looked at again.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mcraigor on April 07, 2017, 03:05:48 pm
Here is the painted kill switch.  I struggled waiting for the paint to dry and then gradually shaped the piece back into the plastic opening.  There's a slim gap on the far right side but nothing the untouched red stock switch did not have before.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mcraigor on April 07, 2017, 07:45:33 pm
I have now done this and am pleased with the result. Hopefully never need looked at again.

That light is pretty sick.  My plastic red lens snapped on my new motorcycle after about two weeks of riding in September.  Turns out RE contracts the lights to the cheapest bidder.  Sometimes the same models manufactured the same year have different shaped tailight lenses.  I submitted the bike for a warranty claim and the dealer ordered an entire new mount and setup because RE doesnt maintain parts after the contracted business fullfills the order requirements. 

The next time the light fails I will be changing the entire rear setup for something simple and easier to acquire.  Where did you pick up the LED board?

Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: KC1961 on April 07, 2017, 09:17:39 pm
That light is pretty sick.  My plastic red lens snapped on my new motorcycle after about two weeks of riding in September.  Turns out RE contracts the lights to the cheapest bidder.  Sometimes the same models manufactured the same year have different shaped tailight lenses.  I submitted the bike for a warranty claim and the dealer ordered an entire new mount and setup because RE doesnt maintain parts after the contracted business fullfills the order requirements. 

The next time the light fails I will be changing the entire rear setup for something simple and easier to acquire.  Where did you pick up the LED board?
I removed the led board from an LED lucas style light that I got on ebay.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: hpwaco on April 10, 2017, 04:26:27 pm
Filed off the lower front "corner" of the rh foot shield so I can get a hex wrench into the top bolt of the foot peg mounting bracket.  Now going to "notch" the under side of the brake lever for access to the lower bolt.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on April 19, 2017, 08:06:33 pm
Weather is still s!#&. Spun some aluminum frame plugs instead of going for a ride.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on April 21, 2017, 03:57:29 pm
Took it to work today and got caught in heavy cold rain on the way back home.  :( ...now I know atleast what to do tomorrow - clean it.  ;D
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mevocgt on May 01, 2017, 11:50:52 pm
I took my GT for a shake down.  We got the cams in, but were waiting for dyno time.  We gave up waiting for now.  But the bike is still pulling at 5500 rpms. 

I've been so busy with work and kids, the wife's been out of town a lot too.  So The motos have been a little neglected...  Glad to be back though...
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Guaire on May 08, 2017, 12:02:54 am
My CGT doesn't have a Fireball head. But, it's not bad.
  I used to have a Harley silencer. Then I got the Classic Sports muffler from CMW. The open pipe made a big difference. It was also a lot louder. I live around people. So, I did the 1 inch drill out of the HD XL stock muffler. Not as good as the louder pipe. But, there's a noticeable improvement from the stock HD.
  The motor revved to 5k, not as quickly as the more open pipe, but not bad. Amazing how a hole can improve your life.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mevocgt on May 08, 2017, 01:01:28 am
I managed a 'indicated' ton today.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on May 08, 2017, 01:35:59 am
Wooo!  8)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on May 08, 2017, 07:30:33 am
Finished up the squish mod. So far so good. No leaks, starts easy and seems to pull harder than before.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Guaire on May 09, 2017, 01:37:58 pm
I managed a 'indicated' ton today.

That's a milestone!
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: billyron on May 10, 2017, 11:42:47 am
Installed my new K&N filter, and cleaned my bike.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on May 10, 2017, 11:54:27 am
Welcome aboard, billyron
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on May 20, 2017, 03:23:57 pm
Went for a ride with my favorite gang. One guy lost his home made pipe after 10miles and had to return home to swap the bike and it wasn't me.  ;D

I might have inspired him to make that pipe though.  ::)  ;D
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mevocgt on May 21, 2017, 03:46:21 pm
LOL
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: KC1961 on May 21, 2017, 08:26:07 pm
Clocked up 4000 (happy) miles. A wee run up through Fife into Perthshire, unfortunately it rained all the way home. Still enjoyed it tho'.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Jellyroll on May 22, 2017, 07:30:05 am
Went out to the garage and stared at it till my doffee was cold.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Jako on May 29, 2017, 11:18:35 am
I'm sure Otto won't mind me replying to your question.

During the discussions about modding the GT on the Ace head thread, setting the proper squish distance was addressed. To do this, the barrel needs to be shortened by a small amount, thus raising the piston higher in the bore, so it comes closer to the head.
This raises the compression because it reduces the volume of the combustion chamber at TDC.
The piston being close to the head at TDC at the proper squish distance causes more mixture motion during combustion which helps to stave off any detonation that might accompany the compression increase.

It is a serendipitous type of mod that raises compression and staves off detonation at the same time.
  :)

  Hi,  Is it only the 535 GT barrels that are  out of  spec (squish distance) ?  do  the 500  UCE barrels  also require correction    ?
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: ace.cafe on May 29, 2017, 01:36:32 pm

  Hi,  Is it only the 535 GT barrels that are  out of  spec (squish distance) ?  do  the 500  UCE barrels  also require correction    ?

Yes, the 500 has the same issue, in the ones that I have seen.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: krusty on May 29, 2017, 07:16:58 pm
Raised my clip ons above the top yoke, as stock, in preparation for a two-up seat. I think this will be a nicer prospect for wifey, rather than me being crouched over the clocks and her with full on wind blast.
Hope to have the new seat in a week or so. £150 including tax from my local RE dealer.
I'm toying with some flat bars also, but more of that later.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Guaire on May 31, 2017, 07:23:35 pm
  I installed a blank plug cover on my air box. I attached a PCV valve on the right side crank case. I ran a length clear tube, pointing it down to the chain. Ace showed this set up on his bike. That's his pic last.
  After parking I noticed the tube had percolated some water out of the motor. It was warm, humid and I thought it might rain. That's been the weather here lately. Obviously, there must have been some water in the engine and the oil.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on June 04, 2017, 04:00:03 am
I took my GT to the track for a ride day. Mine was the only old school sort of bike there and of course was the slowest, but i still managed to get held up in the bends by riders on faster bikes going slow through the bends then flying off down the straights. Was good when those guys got far enough ahead that I didn't catch them by the next corner. The GT handled the thrashing just fine. Was a lot of fun taking good lines and playing with lean angles without worrying about there being gravel on the road or a car coming the other way on the wrong side. i'd do it again, for sure.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: krusty on June 04, 2017, 05:34:30 pm
Now the pillion seat has been fitted, I decided me and the mrs should give it a whirl. We headed out for a 60-70 mile round trip to a local transport cafe between Ashford and Sellinge in Kent. The wife isn't a good pillion rider...prefers her own bike. But we soon settled into a groove and the ride was very pleasant. The CGT was quite at home two up. Performance was fine and the brakes still felt strong. Handling was as ever, predictable and taught...but never uncomfortable.  Only thing I did before the ride was put a few extra lbs in the rear tyre. I'm 6' 2" and 13st 7lbs, wifeys 5'1 and lightly padded.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Richard Ebersole on June 06, 2017, 04:58:27 am
I made a rack for mine....using some scrap metal ..
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on June 06, 2017, 05:09:45 am
be interesting to hear how it affects the handling when you have a load on board. I'm tipping it causes the bike to weave a bit at highway speed.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on June 06, 2017, 05:15:11 am
I pulled out the auto decompressor to see if it gets rid of the jingling clanking rattle my engine has always had. holy moly the rotor was on there tight. the nyloc nut was pretty loose but the rotor was glued to the tapered shaft withsome kind of thread locking compound. came off with a bang.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Guaire on June 06, 2017, 07:41:03 pm
I made a rack for mine....using some scrap metal ..

Good job on the rack. Probably won't do anything to the handling. A true handling machine will likely stay that way, barring some very out of balance load. I had big Givi rear cases on a VFR750 and a Yamaha FJR1300. I never knew they were back there.
  I've seen so many commuters with milk crates on the back. Butt ugly, but I guess it's practical and I never heard of any wipe outs.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: krusty on June 06, 2017, 09:47:49 pm
Hi Richard, nice rack... :o
I hope you've thought about what will happen when the rear end compresses over bumps.
I would think the connection between the frame and swing arm could lead to some iffy handling if it was allowed to bind up.
I hope not to offend with my comment...only I'd hate for something to go wrong.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on June 06, 2017, 10:10:44 pm
Oh snap! I didn't even notice that! Well spotted, krusty. Richard, take those struts a bit further forward and use the footpeg mounts as pickup points.
Guiare, no doubt you're right about it being fine most of the time and I'm certainly not hating on the rack. It's certainly mostly functional. But being so far behind the wheel, once there's a touring size load on there, it's going to affect it. a milk crate with a bit of shopping, popping around town, not so much. Speaking from experience, My GT weaved a bit at 120kph with a  full 40 (or was it 60?) litre bag and a friend's backpack and the load is closer to the back wheel on my bike. My Pantah does it too, it's a PITA. But reverse the bag so it's on the back seat (or grab a pillion) and the problem resolves itself. My touring bikes have all been a lot lighter than your VFR or FJ and more at the mercy of added weight and out of trim loads. Except my K75S. Could put as much on that thing as I liked. Your Givi cases would have had a bit of R&D gone into them to make them not affect the handling no doubt. Anyway, it won't be a worry unless Richard is hitting highway speeds with a  full load.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Guaire on June 09, 2017, 04:52:09 pm
Gizzo - Those Givi cases looked like Italian aerodynamic lumps back there. They probably were doing a good job of drawing the air flow.
  VFRs and FJRs are definitely heavyweights. For more 'normal' bikes, I prefer saddlebags. They put the weight lower and less likely to affect handling. You're right about a rear rack. I consider them extra space, hopefully without going to high and heavy. Maybe Richard will find an aerodynamic bag for back there.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on June 18, 2017, 12:44:09 pm
...now my turn to be loosing the tail light. Shall see if it can be epoxied or if it needs replacement.

Anyone who modded it and wants to sell the original?
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Richard Ebersole on June 19, 2017, 08:38:36 pm
Thanks for your advice on the rack...I ttok off those side braces...this weekend I wrapped the exhaust .  love it looks , sounds , and my foot doesn't get as hot ????and I fine tune my EJK ...which I also highly recommend
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Richard Ebersole on July 03, 2017, 02:57:04 am
My new seat came in....love it...
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: KC1961 on July 18, 2017, 01:25:40 pm
Took it for it's longest run yet, 183 miles. Especially enjoyed Aberfeldy to Kinloch Rannoch, perfect RE roads.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mcraigor on July 18, 2017, 01:39:47 pm
Oh no Otto!  Those tail lights are extremely tough to find.  Each year and sometimes multiple times a year the tail light assembly was contracted to different manufacturers.  I had the plastic snap where the screw meets the red portion and I had to replace the entire assembly.  They don't sell the red plastic or the metal portion.  You will need to buy the entire assembly unless you are lucky enough to find someone with the exact rear portion.  If you go online there are at least 4 or 5 version or rear GT tail light assemblies.  Some have a flat portion on the bottom, one is more square, one looks like more like homeplate on a baseball field- Pain in the bum

As soon as I resolve more pressing problems that's one item I'm going to modify to get away from the inability to replace the stock setup.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mcraigor on July 18, 2017, 01:43:06 pm
My new seat came in....love it...

Cool seat!  What's on the front lower portion of the engine?  oil cooler?
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on July 18, 2017, 01:47:53 pm
Oh no Otto!  Those tail lights are extremely tough to find.  Each year and sometimes multiple times a year the tail light assembly was contracted to different manufacturers.  I had the plastic snap where the screw meets the red portion and I had to replace the entire assembly.  They don't sell the red plastic or the metal portion.  You will need to buy the entire assembly unless you are lucky enough to find someone with the exact rear portion.  If you go online there are at least 4 or 5 version or rear GT tail light assemblies.  Some have a flat portion on the bottom, one is more square, one looks like more like homeplate on a baseball field- Pain in the bum

As soon as I resolve more pressing problems that's one item I'm going to modify to get away from the inability to replace the stock setup.

A member of another RE forum sent me his, so it's fixed for now. Nevertheless if this breaks again in some time I ll go the custom way too.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on July 22, 2017, 04:17:14 pm
Took it for a spin with a friend, not sure if I had a little tailwind but it hit easily over 170kmh (106mph), the speedo needle was pointed at the display.  ;D

Or maybe the new piston started moving little freer in there.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: ace.cafe on July 22, 2017, 07:32:01 pm
Took it for a spin with a friend, not sure if I had a little tailwind but it hit easily over 170kmh (106mph), the speedo needle was pointed at the display.  ;D

Or maybe the new piston started moving little freer in there.

Wow!
That's really good!

Our speed record for Fireball street machines is 111.2 mph on GPS .  That was the roller rocker Big Head Iron Barrel on the Isle of Shetland.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on July 22, 2017, 07:54:29 pm
Wow!
That's really good!

Our speed record for Fireball street machines is 111.2 mph on GPS .  That was the roller rocker Big Head Iron Barrel on the Isle of Shetland.

She ran really well today. With a fairing on it will likely hit the speed of the isle of shetland bullet or marginally better, but I don't carry gps around very often anymore try to enjoy more the ride instead.   8)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: ace.cafe on July 23, 2017, 12:04:37 am
She ran really well today. With a fairing on it will likely hit the speed of the isle of shetland bullet or marginally better, but I don't carry gps around very often anymore try to enjoy more the ride instead.   8)

I'm glad that you are enjoying the ride. That means more to me than any hp figure. I wanted the mods to make the bike feel exciting to ride, and meet the needs of real riders in the circumstances that real world riding demands.

Thanks!
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: KC1961 on July 23, 2017, 11:57:12 am
Removed the centre stand. Wasn't as heavy as I expected it to be. I had hoped that it would weigh about the same as the Forth Rail Bridge!
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Guaire on July 23, 2017, 02:28:30 pm
Cool seat!  What's on the front lower portion of the engine?  oil cooler?

McR - Good question. It has no cooling fins. I dunno. Maybe an evap canister??? We need to know!
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Guaire on July 23, 2017, 02:50:44 pm
She ran really well today. With a fairing on it will likely hit the speed of the isle of shetland bullet or marginally better, but I don't carry gps around very often anymore try to enjoy more the ride instead.   8)

Otto - Do you know anyone who shoot some video of you flying by, starting up, going around a turn?
Cheers,
Bill
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on July 23, 2017, 02:59:31 pm
McR - Good question. It has no cooling fins. I dunno. Maybe an evap canister??? We need to know!

The evap canister.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on July 23, 2017, 03:00:18 pm
Otto - Do you know anyone who shoot some video of you flying by, starting up, going around a turn?
Cheers,
Bill

I'll ask my wife to do it... :)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Guaire on July 23, 2017, 09:17:16 pm
Otto - That's good.
  After I moved, I'm putting my video/audio editing rig back on the map.
  Singh has excellent vid skills too.
We should be able to put together a decent video on this outstanding motorcycle build.
Bill
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on July 23, 2017, 11:01:55 pm
Otto - That's good.
  After I moved, I'm putting my video/audio editing rig back on the map.
  Singh has excellent vid skills too.
We should be able to put together a decent video on this outstanding motorcycle build.
Bill

That should be great. I see what I can do tomorrow about the fly by video.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on July 24, 2017, 05:25:40 pm
Otto - That's good.
  After I moved, I'm putting my video/audio editing rig back on the map.
  Singh has excellent vid skills too.
We should be able to put together a decent video on this outstanding motorcycle build.
Bill

I've got now little material......a sneek peek preview for download:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/gkcp097cbt8w0s9/Flyby_2.mp4?dl=0

Must have saved already many lives with that pipe.  ;D
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mcraigor on July 24, 2017, 07:15:53 pm
Replaced the fork oil.  I'm not sure what the original oil is supposed to look like or what it looked like when it was poured into the forks but the color that came out was gray/black.  The new oil seems to have smoothed out the front forks a little. 
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on July 24, 2017, 11:18:47 pm
I'm glad that you are enjoying the ride. That means more to me than any hp figure. I wanted the mods to make the bike feel exciting to ride, and meet the needs of real riders in the circumstances that real world riding demands.

Thanks!

The greatest real world advantage of these mods besides of the highway capabilities is while overtaking. It's much faster and safer. With the extended rev. range I don't need to shift during the overtake and can do it comfortably after heaving passed the car. Most cars do about 50-60mph on our country roads. Last year I had comperatively tough times following my gang buddies because they would overtake where I could not. This year it's easy peasi, don't feel any competitive disadvantage on the country roads.  8)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Guaire on July 25, 2017, 12:42:33 am
I've got now little material......a sneek peek preview for download:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/gkcp097cbt8w0s9/Flyby_2.mp4?dl=0

Must have saved already many lives with that pipe.  ;D

Sounds like my "Sports" pipe from our host. Roar tee for sure.
  You're going by so fast, the swish pan on one cam can't keep up with you! Can you get a second cam pointing down the road? Then use the one cam to get your approach and the swish pan. Then we cut to the second cam.
  Lots of REs sound fast, look fast, but this IS fast! There have been lots of words spoken of Royal Enfields, and lots of videos doing the same. But, FAST is not a word associated with our bikes. This changes everything. Not that RE will get it. There won't be factory changes. But, one by one we will Fireball. If I (and Singh5) have telling footage, we will make the point to those who can see. We got fast, good handling bikes!!!!!
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on July 25, 2017, 12:56:10 am
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/64pij4xet4ufrk4/AAAHB-fDwCEyzt97C1QAUU3Ua?dl=0

Here is what I've got so far...

...out of town for two weeks, ll do what I can after that.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Jellyroll on July 26, 2017, 03:07:05 am
I've got now little material......a sneek peek preview for download:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/gkcp097cbt8w0s9/Flyby_2.mp4?dl=0

Must have saved already many lives with that pipe.  ;D
Oh HELL YEAH! The tall trees funneling the tone was awesome! You were in fourth into third, then fourth, fifth and decel, I'm guessing...I'm gonna do the same so I can compare with my cocktail shaker. Your note is appreciably deeper and more authorative, and in your video when you come abreast of the camera even I was surprised at the overall smallness of the bike. Or you are one big dude. Just killer 8)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Jellyroll on July 26, 2017, 03:30:03 am
Gosh, I forgot to say what I did to my bike today...I rode the horse apples out of it through my favorite sweepers way out in the country, on small inconsequential errands. Tomorrow I must amble through town slowly on yet more inconsequential errands, then cool off by riding the coolest ride in town at high speeds through(yep)my favorite sweepers way out in the country. Hell, I got a looonng list of imaginary crap to 'go and get and/or look at' for the summer-worked on it all winter, y'know. I'm in an average size town, not big not small, but seems that just a run to Lowes or Target is about 75 miles. If I cared I'd think about it. Nah.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: KC1961 on July 30, 2017, 09:34:50 pm
A few days ago, I removed the two nuts that hold the exhaust pipe to the head and replaced them with domed stainless steel items.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on July 30, 2017, 09:41:48 pm
Oh HELL YEAH! The tall trees funneling the tone was awesome! You were in fourth into third, then fourth, fifth and decel, I'm guessing...I'm gonna do the same so I can compare with my cocktail shaker. Your note is appreciably deeper and more authorative, and in your video when you come abreast of the camera even I was surprised at the overall smallness of the bike. Or you are one big dude. Just killer 8)

The GT is very nimble bike and I am a fairly big guy. So yes it might look bit out of proportion but I can't see myself riding an modern harley though. Anyway it still does the ton even with me on it.  ;D
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mcraigor on August 01, 2017, 01:59:39 am
I finally took the plunge and installed an aftermarket shock mount rear light and side mounted license plate.  That priceless rear light and license plate bracket are in the parts bin.  I am hoping the bike will stop tearing up the plate with the new mount.  I took a hole saw to the rear brake mount and removed some unneeded material there.  I got around to making a permanent discrete mount for the Dynatek ignition coil using the original coil holes. 
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: SSdriver on August 01, 2017, 06:56:01 pm
I got around to making a permanent discrete mount for the Dynatek ignition coil using the original coil holes.

I'm still having trouble making the Dyna coil work.  I can't figure out what is causing the EFI fuse to blow. The only changes I have made to that system is the PC-V, which shouldn't make a difference. The stock coil works fine. Other than the coil, have you done anything different?
...Jimmy
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mcraigor on August 01, 2017, 09:44:00 pm
I'm still having trouble making the Dyna coil work.  I can't figure out what is causing the EFI fuse to blow. The only changes I have made to that system is the PC-V, which shouldn't make a difference. The stock coil works fine. Other than the coil, have you done anything different?
...Jimmy

Nothing that would change the ignition.  I changed the stock HT wire(spark plug wire) to a copper spiral wire made by Accel.  The plug I use is the NGK iridium BPR but initially I used a Autolite 63 copper core to keep the resistance low.  The only modification choice during the installation was where you splice the wires for the coil but that shouldn't make a difference.  I wired the coil after the original stock plug and not using the PCV split pug(and I spliced the wiring after the stock plug leaving that connection intact.)  For reference, I spliced a brown wire(might have had brown tracers) which was the positive and a white with red tracer wire which was the ground. 
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: SSdriver on August 01, 2017, 10:39:43 pm
Sounds like we have them hooked up the same. Dynatek support is trying to help, but so far they can't come up with anything I haven't already tried.
Thanks...Jimmy
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Guaire on August 06, 2017, 04:27:56 pm
You might want to try a call into cycles of Silver Spring. Ask for Rush.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Guaire on August 06, 2017, 04:46:41 pm
Having a break in the heat I got out for a ride. Later, I noticed my license mount plate had broken. My plate doesn't fit the mount bracket though. So, I drilled and threaded a hole in the mount bracket. Now the lower rubber bumper on the rear fender looks huge.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Guaire on August 06, 2017, 04:50:01 pm
Out on the road where the plate bracket broke.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on August 10, 2017, 06:56:08 pm
I think my electric start is toast. It run into backfire after that it spun 2 times now it does nothing. See tomorrow what happened..

EDIT: quick check reviled it's the relay.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on August 22, 2017, 04:33:02 pm
Long in planning the time has come to realize.

Got some ball joints with integrated seal, made some custom brackets and addapted some custom rear sets. This should be a nice kit and improve the shifting incl. braking capabilities of the bike to suit my fireball.  :)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: GLJ on August 22, 2017, 06:47:11 pm
Over the last couple of days I changed a few things. Put on bar end mirrors, replaced chain guard, put in Iridium plug and replaced muffler with a taper silencer from Hitchcocks. Mirrors work great, I did retain the original bar end weights. Mirrors clear as a bell up to 75 mph. Question: I've ordered a Power Commander V through a local independent bike repair shop (old racing buddy, he even has a Bullet he rides occasionally). Does anybody know where I can get a map just for the pipe mod? I have not changed the air intake, plan on doing that later. Bike seems to run OK, may have lost a couple MPH at top end.     
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: hpwaco on August 24, 2017, 09:29:16 pm
Installed a chrome license plate frame with red led strip wired into the brake light.   Thought about hooking it up as a running light first, but decided the brake light would be more attention getting.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: UncleBuck82 on August 25, 2017, 06:17:58 pm
Did my chain adjustment, and fitted my no-brand saddlebags from my days on a Honda 450 Nighthawk. Now under slloooow rotation, i get squeak from the wheel that disappears with any real rotational speed (e.g. actual riding).

Misaligned? Doesn't feel like it...
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Narada on August 26, 2017, 03:13:46 pm
Could the chain adjustment have affected the rear brake adjustment just enough to squeek?  ??? If so,  that may also overheat rear shoes / drum and cause greater problems...  :o
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on August 26, 2017, 03:23:37 pm
...changed oil, installed the rearsets and went for a ride.  :)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on August 26, 2017, 03:28:18 pm
Could the chain adjustment have affected the rear brake adjustment just enough to squeek?  ??? If so,  that may also overheat rear shoes / drum and cause greater problems...  :o

Mine squeeks sometimes too when the wheel turns slow enogh, I've not been able to identity the source. I suspect the bearing shaft seals of it.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: portisheadric on August 26, 2017, 08:11:10 pm
I found the only cure to a squeaky disc on one particular bike I had was to keep the brake applied before and while tightening things up.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Narada on August 27, 2017, 04:30:44 pm
Oops, I forgot you CGT guys have that new fangled disc brake thing... never mind.  :P
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on August 28, 2017, 05:30:07 pm
Installed the PCV valve as per ACE recommendation. Shall observe what it does...

...also shortened the lever at the gearbox for more direct shift.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Guaire on August 28, 2017, 06:47:27 pm
Plus 1 on the PCV as per ACE. My version.
Took the rubber air dam of the rear fender.
Got out for a ride yesterday. I test drove my new throat scarf from our host.
https://royalenfieldapparel.com/product-category/accessories/head-gear/
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: KC1961 on August 30, 2017, 01:20:48 pm
Rode it over the Queensferry Crossing (new Forth bridge). Horrendously long queues on approach roads in both directions and stop, start, crawl once on the bridge, doesn't seem like progress to me.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: UncleBuck82 on August 30, 2017, 04:18:15 pm
I used the "rope trick"http://www.motorcyclistonline.com/how-to/how-to-check-front-and-rear-motorcycle-wheel-alignment-mc-garage-tech-tips#page-3 (http://www.motorcyclistonline.com/how-to/how-to-check-front-and-rear-motorcycle-wheel-alignment-mc-garage-tech-tips#page-3) to see if it was out of whack. Sure enough if was ever so gently cocked to the left. So, I pulled the left block in about a turn and a half of the nut, and BEHOLD; the squeak was gone. I could feel the resistance in the wheel when I turned it slowly by hand; following the adjustment, no resistance.

So, naturally, I took it out for 800km last weekend.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on September 06, 2017, 09:23:29 pm
Finally installed the banjo brake switch. Don't have much experience with those but it looks definitely more reliable than the mechanical clump and no adjusting required.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: pdagar on September 06, 2017, 09:37:15 pm
I removed the rear mud guard. Next thing I will do is replace the tail light to a smaller one and possibly relocate the number plate to the side.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on September 09, 2017, 09:54:20 pm
Installed a LiPo battery. It was a significant weight difference, the bike feels almost like a bicycle now when i push it in the garage. Got to weigh it one of these days but I think it won't be more than 375 lbs (170kg). Now only I've got to go on a diet, would like to see the 6sec 0-60mph on it one day.  ;D
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mathewmerrin on September 10, 2017, 11:46:33 am
Fitted the RaceDynamics Powertronic piggyback ECU, didn't make much difference to the bike in terms of performance. My bike is stock with the exception of the factory sports silencer.

Maybe fitting a free flow filter, removing the cat con and adding an AEW exhaust make some difference. Can anybody compare the advantages and disadvantages between PC V  and powertronic
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on September 10, 2017, 11:47:26 am
Season is slowly comming to an close unfortunately, which is why I decided to do a test without any baffle and without the reverse cone. To my surprise it was about double as loud as with the little reverse cone on it. Clearly too much for any road even in the low populated area I stay and I met some angry people on road.  ;D

The torque between up to 4000 rpm clearly dropped, and it was pulling really well above 5000 rpm. Not entirely unexpected result. The sound is great however, it does sound like a manx. Unfortunately whatever I do to reduce the decibels  the sound character changes and the snarl is gone. That leaves me only with the option of a remotely controlled flap or a lollipop which can be opened on the track or for demonstration purpose. Will try to build it in the coming winter.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on September 10, 2017, 12:03:09 pm
Fitted the RaceDynamics Powertronic piggyback ECU, didn't make much difference to the bike in terms of performance. My bike is stock with the exception of the factory sports silencer.

Maybe fitting a free flow filter, removing the cat con and adding an AEW exhaust make some difference. Can anybody compare the advantages and disadvantages between PC V  and powertronic

PC-V controls the ignition timing, injection and rev. limit. As far as I'm aware powertronic does the same. None of these systems will improve the performance in an significant way. They are useful tools to fine tune or de-tune the engine behavior. Power and torque is an inherent character of the engine layout including intake and exhaust.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mathewmerrin on September 10, 2017, 12:07:21 pm
Oh ok. Then I guess ill just return the Ecu back to the seller :( Thanks Otto
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on September 10, 2017, 12:13:56 pm
Oh ok. Then I guess ill just return the Ecu back to the seller :( Thanks Otto

Why that? If you do changes to intake or exhaust the ECU is required to adjust fueling. If you prefer to keep your bike stock and there are no issues than the ECU may not be of much purpose to you. However up to 6hp can be gained with a good aftermarket silencer and the ACE/derottone Airbox kit over stock. Pretty good for the small modifications without touching the engine.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mathewmerrin on September 10, 2017, 01:31:08 pm
I thought there will be some improvement on the stock setup.

Any ways ill put a free flow exhaust and filter to see if it makes an improvement
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: ace.cafe on September 10, 2017, 02:01:32 pm
I thought there will be some improvement on the stock setup.

Any ways ill put a free flow exhaust and filter to see if it makes an improvement
Otto is correct.  These things are done together. You make changes to intake and exhaust for power,  and you need to correct the mixture adjustment to suit the changes.
A Power Commander alone can improve things a little bit on the stock engine because it is tuned quite restrictive by the factory for emission control. But when doing any power mods, you need to tune accordingly.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: RedCGT on September 10, 2017, 04:06:36 pm
Why that? If you do changes to intake or exhaust the ECU is required to adjust fueling. If you prefer to keep your bike stock and there are no issues than the ECU may not be of much purpose to you. However up to 6hp can be gained with a good aftermarket silencer and the ACE/derottone Airbox kit over stock. Pretty good for the small modifications without touching the engine.

Are the airbox kits back in production?
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on September 10, 2017, 04:13:17 pm
Are the airbox kits back in production?

No, I'm  sold out. If there is enough interest more can be made. It would need to be 20 at least.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Guaire on September 11, 2017, 02:24:03 pm
Don't forget the velocity stack.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mathewmerrin on September 16, 2017, 06:26:50 pm
After hearing horror stories of the primary chain breaking, took matters into my own hands and opened up the LHS engine cover.

The 17mm sprag bolt was not much tight, there was some black glue/loctite from the factory. Tightened it with blue loctite.

The 24mm nyloc clutch nut was much tighter, opened and tightened it with blue loctite.

The triangular metal tool from RE made life easy and prevented the clutch assembly from rotating, while tightening,  more convenient than wedging a piece of wood.

Changed the oil and wondered whether we can fit a oil drain valve to our bikes, will make oil change a breeze.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Arizoni on September 18, 2017, 01:00:23 am
Personally, I don't like the idea of something screwed into the bottom of my aluminum sump sticking out where a big rock kicked up by the front tire could hit.

If the drain was screwed into my engine and something hit it hard it could break the aluminum housing and leave me stranded.

I know.  " Worry wart!  Worry wart!  Worry wart! "  ;D
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: VanHalenMan on September 18, 2017, 03:22:24 am
I pulled out the auto decompressor to see if it gets rid of the jingling clanking rattle my engine has always had. holy moly the rotor was on there tight. the nyloc nut was pretty loose but the rotor was glued to the tapered shaft withsome kind of thread locking compound. came off with a bang.

Did it work?

I need to do this I think. My bike is embarrassing at idle.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on September 18, 2017, 06:30:46 am
Nah, it still jingles merrily. I'm thinking it's probably the hydraulic lifters. Clacks like an old Landcruiser at idle, goes away at some RPM's then comes and goes as it likes at different RPM's. Maybe I'll try a thinner shim under the rocker blocks to increase the preload on the lifters. When I had the barrel skimmed, I shimmed the rockers to avoid over preloading them but as Arizoni pointed out, the shims I made were probably twice as thick as they should have been. Anyway, taking out the decompressor hasn't made it start any differently, either so no loss there.

I also like the idea of the oil drain tap and thought about it a while back. But like Arizoni says, what if...it snapped off, vibrated open, got messed with by jerkoffs etc. I also wouldn't be allowed on the track with it.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on September 18, 2017, 11:12:28 am
Did it work?

I need to do this I think. My bike is embarrassing at idle.

It's to 99% the lash on those cam gears undless it's really a hammering noise. Than it would be the decomp.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: portisheadric on September 18, 2017, 06:18:46 pm
The Fumoto unit appears slightly less obtrusive and a lock clip is available to deter any enquiring fingers :) 
 (http://www.quickvalve.co.uk/Fumoto_valve1.jpg)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on September 18, 2017, 06:39:14 pm
The Fumoto unit appears slightly less obtrusive and a lock clip is available to deter any enquiring fingers :) 
 (http://www.quickvalve.co.uk/Fumoto_valve1.jpg)

Right but what about the crank case plug and that little filter down there. I'm missing the point somehow...
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: VanHalenMan on September 21, 2017, 02:47:53 am
It's to 99% the lash on those cam gears undless it's really a hammering noise. Than it would be the decomp.

It's a tick tick tick tick CLINK (normal idle for 20 seconds ) tick tick tick tick tick CLINK (normal idle for 10 seconds)

And, my bike kicks on the first try sometimes, but the starter has trouble getting it to start. Other than those minor hiccups - the bike is perfect.

I wish I could figure out the embarrassing idle issue. Unless the bike is hot, it does this at idle no matter what. Way worse when it's cold though.

Let me know if you have any ideas!
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Otto_Ing on September 23, 2017, 10:01:52 am
It's a tick tick tick tick CLINK (normal idle for 20 seconds ) tick tick tick tick tick CLINK (normal idle for 10 seconds)

And, my bike kicks on the first try sometimes, but the starter has trouble getting it to start. Other than those minor hiccups - the bike is perfect.

I wish I could figure out the embarrassing idle issue. Unless the bike is hot, it does this at idle no matter what. Way worse when it's cold though.

Let me know if you have any ideas!

That does sound like it could be the auto decomp. I've mine removed and since I put a powerful battery in there no issues, don't even need the manual decomp. anymore which I have installed. I run as you may know a compression of ~ 10:1 and with the stock battery the starter motor would sometimes get stuck in middle of the compression cycle.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mevocgt on October 01, 2017, 04:45:27 am
I've been riding mine.  So I haven't been posting much....
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on October 01, 2017, 10:11:01 am
did 400km on mine today. it sounded like maybe pinging at high rpm WOT , above 130ish, also feels lean at about 5% throttle, more so since the barrel skim. might try adding a bit more fuel there and see what happens. otherwise, a great day out . good times.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: KD5ITM on October 24, 2017, 09:14:49 pm
Finally mounted my high tone horn under the gas tank.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Guaire on October 25, 2017, 12:44:00 am
Finally mounted my high tone horn under the gas tank.

Got pictures?
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: KD5ITM on October 27, 2017, 01:33:08 am
I can.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: KD5ITM on November 03, 2017, 10:58:30 pm
Picture
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: phoenixt on November 04, 2017, 11:48:50 am
Picture

Is that a crack in the frame in the top left of the picture?

Steve
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mevocgt on November 04, 2017, 03:05:58 pm
Got some new shoes, so I'm gonna take a walk!????
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: KD5ITM on November 04, 2017, 06:57:58 pm
No, looks like a crack but I just went out and checked. I think in the picture it's part of the connection.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: KD5ITM on November 04, 2017, 07:05:18 pm
Heil makes a set of horns where the grill on the horn is red. Only bad thing is they are a bigger diameter. Won't fit. They are about 5 times louder then the horns on the GT. I've got a set of those Heil horns on my 61 Willys Jeep wagon.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on November 04, 2017, 09:49:42 pm
ride from Adelaide to Robe. about 400km. overnight in Robe, heading home today.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mevocgt on November 06, 2017, 03:44:12 pm
Just for a little nooner ride for me...just have to get a few more things done around the house!
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on November 06, 2017, 08:06:15 pm
ride from Adelaide to Robe. about 400km. overnight in Robe, heading home today.
And home again for a 915km total. A mix of back roads and highway, no worries. Bike went great and used 1/2 the fuel of my mate's virago. Every town, we stopped to fuel that pig up. Only Enfield drama was the fuel gauge stopped working properly. I guess I'll pull the sender out for a look, sometime.
The silver ball in the pic is a WW2 German mine that washed up on the beach near town in 1941, so they dragged it in and stuck it in the middle of town, as you do.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on November 18, 2017, 10:06:47 pm
Gave the GT a 28,000 km service (oil change and filter) and flipped the front sprocket around. It was becoming just a  little bit hooked so I thought I'd get some extra life out of it. While I had the side cover off the engine, I took the chance to try the 1 tooth retard on the inlet cam. The result seems worth the trouble. Bottom end power is a bit softer and that's fine. Idles really nicely at 1050 + or - 50 ish. My butt dyno tells me that it has boosted the midrange and top end. Feels like it pulls more strongly and hits the rev limiter more easily than before. My tacho is broken hence the occasional rev limit excursion. Another cheap and easy mod to add to the list of things to do to make the GT better: PC V, Otto/Ace airbox lid and trumpet, barrel skim and cam retard all gave little incremental gains. Needs to find a stock GT to see how mine shapes up. Had a super fun ride yesterday in the hills.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Arizoni on November 18, 2017, 10:11:19 pm
While your looking for things to do, you might want to find a new chain.

A worn, slightly stretched chain can cause the teeth of the sprockets to bend.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on November 19, 2017, 12:03:39 am
Thanks Jim. the chain is still fine. Back sprocket too. I put a new chain on at 10,000 km when the o rings in the enfield supplied chain started disintegrating. In my experience, front sprockets always wear out faster than rears or chains so I'm good with just flipping it and getting some more life out of it.
Haha got plenty to do, anyway: other half has me excavating the garden today. Lucky I got some fun yesterday  ;D
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Richard Ebersole on November 19, 2017, 06:44:02 am
Did anyone oil change , 19t front sprocket  , and turned my intake can 2 teeth counter clockwise...and boy does it really change the Enfield , idles lower , exhaust sounds different and the bike feels more pepp-ier...so far ????????
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on November 19, 2017, 12:16:41 pm
Good to know I'm not just imagining it or making it up  8) . Imagine how much better it could be with decent cams....
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: ace.cafe on November 19, 2017, 12:36:57 pm
I have some cams coming into production that are UCE compatible versions of the Ace Magnum Cams that we use in the Fireballs.

These have been prototyped and used in the 2 Ace Billet head CGT 535 bikes. Very streetable and mild mannered for in town, but roar when you get above 4500 rpm.
Both bikes registered around 43 hp (36 rwhp on the dyno)

Aus_GT will also be making some. GHG has been modifying some for several years now.

Retarding the intake cam 2 teeth is very extreme, and pushes the LCA out of the "normal range" for this figure. There will be some unwanted side effects.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Guaire on November 19, 2017, 03:04:09 pm
What’s the time table like for the cams?
  Should I wait for the Fireball head and do both?
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: ace.cafe on November 19, 2017, 07:42:53 pm
What’s the time table like for the cams?
  Should I wait for the Fireball head and do both?
I'm actually expecting them to be ready any time now. Just waiting for the grinder to say that they are ready to ship.

They will work on the existing head, and with the billet head.  You can go with either one first, or do them both at the same time.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: RedCGT on November 23, 2017, 05:18:32 pm
I finished roughing out how I want my CGT to look. Still some work to be done and some refinements. Then all I'll need is a Fireball head.(http://)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Guaire on December 15, 2017, 07:55:18 pm
I received an H4 LED bulb. It won't use 60/55 watts. When the temps get up a bit, I'll even see if it can fit in the nacelle! Fortunately, it has a wire to the plug socket, not a straight line.

https://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo/motorcycle-led-bulbs/motorcycle-led-headlight-conversion-kit-h4-led-headlight-bulb-conversion-kit-with-compact-heat-sink/3930/8566/
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Guaire on December 20, 2017, 12:30:47 am
  Tonight at 6 PM, 55 degrees F, I did a test ride with the SuperLED bulb. My light is a 7", with the dongle removed. That's the one that lets me turn the light off with the switch on the right handle bar pod. There was enough room in the light for the bulb, cooler, wire and three wire plug to fit in and close up.
  The alternator warning light stopped coming on. It used to come on at idle at stops. It never once came on, even with the high beam on. Probably because this bulb uses 18.6 watts of power.
  I could really see stuff. I will have to lower the angle on the nacelle. I was lighting up trees where they have grown over the road. It's a whiter light too.
  Next, I will lower the aim to get a better idea of what the new bulb is doing. So far, the light looks improved and there is no more alternator warning.
  I will try to match up the rear light with an LED and see if that can be improved too.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Guaire on January 12, 2018, 01:29:15 am
Yesterday I charged batteries of the whole fleet. All AGMs.
  Today I got out for a short ride. The idle quickly settled into a 1k rhythm. Running so nicely. Back in the garage I turned my new LED H4 upside down from what I had. Low beam is supposed to be aimed low right?! Dropped the aim lower.
  I removed the old wire screen from the front of the lens.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mevocgt on January 18, 2018, 01:06:57 pm
Sylvania makes a 1157(or is it the 1156?  I always get those backwards) LED replacement.  I picked one up at Napa and it's worked fine for 3 years now....
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Guaire on January 18, 2018, 02:21:58 pm
I finished roughing out how I want my CGT to look. Still some work to be done and some refinements. Then all I'll need is a Fireball head.(http://)

  That’s a nice looking GT. Yes, all it needs is a Fireball!
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Guaire on January 21, 2018, 02:03:27 am
I started up. Then I noticed my new LED tail light wasn’t on. I re seated the bulb and it turned on. Then I got out for a short ride. The first place I went was the gas station. The guage was maybe a half tank?! I filled the tank with one gallon. 1.049G. At least I didn’t run out of fuel. When I got back I added a shot of Seafoam.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Donat Santowiak on February 07, 2018, 08:33:35 am
Long in planning the time has come to realize.

Got some ball joints with integrated seal, made some custom brackets and addapted some custom rear sets. This should be a nice kit and improve the shifting incl. braking capabilities of the bike to suit my fireball.  :)
Hi there
Would like to know how the rearset brackets were made, where the generic levers were bought?

Kind regards
Don
Australia
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: plogtintin on February 08, 2018, 03:46:05 am
Hi Gents,

My name is Tintin from Sweden but currently living and working in Thailand since a couple of years ago.

I have been riding the GT for a 1.5 years now and have done some customization to it. Great thing with Thailand is that there is a big RE custom scene here and the warranty has always been honored even when you start customizing your bike.

I can't find the attachment button for some pictures....
But you can see the bike via these links.

(https://preview.ibb.co/gJP9wH/20180114_085638.jpg) (https://ibb.co/jtiPVc)
(https://preview.ibb.co/j9wdqc/20180114_085646.jpg) (https://ibb.co/hq2Jqc)
(https://preview.ibb.co/g74bbH/20180117_135611.jpg) (https://ibb.co/eZT2GH)

BR,
Tintin
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Guaire on February 08, 2018, 02:24:32 pm
Wow, Tintin. Is there a L- ion battery hiding in that little box?
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Post by: plogtintin on February 08, 2018, 03:05:12 pm
Wow, Tintin. Is there a L- ion battery hiding in that little box?

Yes mate :) including the power commander.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: chuychacon on February 08, 2018, 03:11:13 pm
wow  beautiful job/ bike
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: plogtintin on February 08, 2018, 03:36:58 pm
wow  beautiful job/ bike

Thanks. Here are some pictures from 2 weeks ago. RE event in Bangkok.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: tooseevee on February 08, 2018, 05:51:28 pm
Hi Gents,

My name is Tintin from Sweden but currently living and working in Thailand since a couple of years ago.

I have been riding the GT for a 1.5 years now and have done some customization to it. Great thing with Thailand is that there is a big RE custom scene here and the warranty has always been honored even when you start customizing your bike.

I can't find the attachment button for some pictures....
But you can see the bike via these links.

Tintin
 
           Wow  :) Tintin! I am impressed. That's not my kind of Enfield, fershur, but that thing is gorgeous just to look at and see the work and the inszanouts that are there plus it's also ballsy and horny and gutsy at the same time. It's sort of cafe racer meets urban assault vehicle meets dirt bike meets scrambler. OIG what have I said ??? ???(http://) ??
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Bilgemaster on February 08, 2018, 07:32:19 pm
Yup.  That is one FINE looking scoot, and that Thai license plate makes it look like some kind of alien babe magnet that Captain Kirk might have on Rigel 9, the planet of the inebriated dental hygienists.

Allvarligt är det en vacker motorcykel!
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Guaire on February 08, 2018, 10:19:37 pm
Yes mate :) including the power commander.
Good job.
Does the silencer say Jiben on the cone?
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Post by: mathewmerrin on February 08, 2018, 10:20:19 pm
Awesome bike...
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on February 08, 2018, 11:54:04 pm
Mate! That looks brilliant! The empty space and hidden electrical stuff looks so Right. Love it (apart from that hideous oversize number plate. Not much you can do about that, though).
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: plogtintin on February 09, 2018, 05:28:34 am
Good job.
Does the silencer say Jiben on the cone?

Hi mate, it says Libero Moto.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: plogtintin on February 09, 2018, 05:30:37 am
Mate! That looks brilliant! The empty space and hidden electrical stuff looks so Right. Love it (apart from that hideous oversize number plate. Not much you can do about that, though).

Thanks mate! A lot of work has been put into this bike and i'm quite happy with the outcome. Yeah, I agree with you the number plate is huge.

Some modifications that have been extremely useful are:

Attached some picture on how the bike looked when I first bought it vs now. Before and after :)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Guaire on February 11, 2018, 10:57:30 pm
I put a muffler shield on my HD XL muffler. It will cover the goop from the bottom of my boots. With an air gap under the shield, my boots should do less melting. It's a stock Harley shield for my muffler.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Guaire on February 14, 2018, 01:18:51 am
Got out for a 20 minute ride. It wasn't too cold and the ice had melted.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGVdIOCjAHM
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: KD5ITM on March 05, 2018, 11:57:43 pm
Friday I serviced the battery. Saturday was my rest day from my Triathlon training. Ended up going for a pre- Dawn 90 mile ride out of town and into the country.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: KD5ITM on March 17, 2018, 09:55:43 pm
I polished my Hitchcock's stainless steel header pipe with some Blue Magic.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on March 22, 2018, 05:09:50 am
Collected my repaired instruments from the clock fixing guy.  I have a rev counter again!
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gavinfdavies on March 22, 2018, 07:04:34 am
Thanks mate! A lot of work has been put into this bike and i'm quite happy with the outcome. Yeah, I agree with you the number plate is huge.

Some modifications that have been extremely useful are:
  • Changed all bulbs to LED (headlight, brake lamp, indicators). Great visibility
     during nights!
  • Adjustable brake and clutch levers. Night and day difference
  • Hydraulic brake lever
  • Custom seat. Fits two "thin" persons.
  • PC5, air filter setup, SS full exhaust and ngk sparkplug/cap. Much more responsive and better torque
  • Lowered handlebars and new triple clamp

Attached some picture on how the bike looked when I first bought it vs now. Before and after :)


Can I ask for some more details on your electrical box, as it's just what I'm planning on doing with mine.

Also, is the seat readily available to buy from some where? Does it use the original seat mounts?

cheers, Gavin.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Janel on March 26, 2018, 08:00:13 am
Heeey guys :) this (https://5-dragons-slot.com/)
 sunday afternoon 40 mile bike shop hammerfest ride. I'm in the process of buffing the gas tank with a three-stage buffing compound and a nice power buffer.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Guaire on March 30, 2018, 05:27:48 pm
I got my 2014 inspected, Arlington, VA, state inspection. It’s a yearly ritual here. My sticker was good through the end of March. I just made it.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: KD5ITM on April 04, 2018, 05:06:40 am
Speaking of inspection, I found out that my bike was due for one back in October of 2016. Unfortunately for some reason the state of Texas doesn't send you a notification when it's time for you to get it done. They do for your vehicle but I've never had one for my motorcycle. I noticed it was out of date when I noticed my license plate at about a 1 inch horizontal crack in it just below where the inspection sticker goes. Ended up having to drill a fine hole to stop the crack from growing.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Arizoni on April 04, 2018, 05:39:23 pm
You ought to check the Texas laws.

I did a quick check and found that Texas motorcycles don't have to go thru emission testing but they seem to have a  "safety inspection".

Here's a link to one thing I found

http://www.airchecktexas.com/

Emissions Testing Procedures
Is your vehicle required to be emissions tested?
All Texas registered vehicles are required to receive an annual inspection. All inspections include a comprehensive safety inspection; however, some vehicles are required to have an emissions test in addition to the safety inspection.

Which vehicles are required to have the emissions test?

Vehicles registered in designated counties. Designated counties include: Brazoria, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Montgomery, Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant, Travis, Williamson and El Paso counties.
Gasoline powered vehicles. Diesel powered vehicles and motorcycles are exempt from emissions testing, but are still required to have the annual safety inspection.
Vehicles 2 through 24 years old OR upon expiration of the two-year initial inspection sticker.


(Boldface added by me).

You might want to give them a call.
I know some of these regulations can be out of date and if your lucky, motorcycles might be exempted from the yearly safety check.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: RedCGT on April 04, 2018, 06:37:22 pm
Texas requires yearly safety inspections for motorcycles. It costs $7. When you get your registration renewal in the mail it is also a reminder to get it inspected first. It has to be inspected before you can renew your registration. You can sign up for reminder emails on the TX DPS site.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: hpwaco on April 04, 2018, 06:45:15 pm
Texas hasn't had inspection STICKERS for motorcycles (or cars) for at least 2 years now.  Its all in the computer.  If I remember correctly, the inspection has to be within 90 days of renewing registration.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: hpwaco on April 04, 2018, 06:51:25 pm
PS:  So did you not renew your GTs registration in 2017, or did the county renew it without checking for the inspection?
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: chuychacon on April 07, 2018, 11:38:15 pm
I removed the casting boss/zit next to the exhaust port and recut the fins back in then I trued the cly fins up
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: KD5ITM on April 08, 2018, 11:58:05 pm
Went to a local bike meet / show. About a hundred ducati's, Suzuki's, Hondas, a few Triumph triples.  a few dual sport bikes but 90% was crotch rockets / Superbikes. Great little event out in Katy Texas. Tons of door prizes. A hand full of vendors. Ended up taking home a $50 gift card for best cafe bike. The GT got its fair share of attention.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on April 26, 2018, 12:53:37 pm
Not today. The last 4 days. I did a trip with a couple of mates from Adelaide (south australia) to Halls Gap (victoria). Halls Gap is a cool little town in the Grampians, a sandstone mountain range surrounded by zillions of miles of flatland. Has a few nice twisty roads that were welcome after 500km of straightlining. Mates rode a Kawasaki VN800 and a new Road King. So I took the Enfield, of course. It kept up no worries and the only problem was the charge light occasionally coming on at random times. switching the headlight off or on seemed to make it go away.
Stayed at Halls Gap for 3 nights and did some nice bush walks, then went down the coast to Portland and across to Mt Gambier, which is also a place I go for track days. Stayed there the night with another mate and 450km back to Adelaide the next day in torrential rain. A bit of a change from the previous days which were warm with blue skies and light breezes. 1500km round trip.   
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gavinfdavies on April 26, 2018, 05:12:08 pm
Halls Gap is a cool little town in the Grampians, a sandstone mountain range surrounded by zillions of miles of flatland.

I love Halls Gap, I stayed there for a week or two back in 2006 over Easter. Lovely little place. Did you sample the custard slices (won 3rd best in all Australia!) and try out the crazy golf course a couple of miles down the road. Still the best one I've ever been too. Hopefully I'll visit again with the wife. The road down from the falls past the elephants hide was epic, even on a push bike. Ended up increasing my lead over a 4x4 that was following me!
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gavinfdavies on April 26, 2018, 05:18:25 pm
Last night I started playing with some parts, looking at a 17" allow wheel conversion. The aims are to reduce weight & rotational inertia, improve the true-ness of the wheels, and allow the use of low-profile modern rubber. I'm also trying to keep this mod needing only off-the-shelf parts and basic hand tools (like a hacksaw and a file) for non-precise fettling. So I'm swapping bearings to avoid making a new axle, buying stainless seamless tubing the right size for the inter-bearing spacer and just trimming it to length. Proposed wheels at from a KTM Duke/RC in 125/200/390 capacity. The early models have the same size disc too. These are pretty common and cheap in the UK, cost me £80 for a pair complete with discs, tyres, and sprocket.

So far the new from is 0.7kg lighter but also has the mass much closer to the hub, so should really improve matters.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on April 27, 2018, 01:33:38 am
I love Halls Gap, I stayed there for a week or two back in 2006 over Easter. Lovely little place. Did you sample the custard slices (won 3rd best in all Australia!) and try out the crazy golf course a couple of miles down the road. Still the best one I've ever been too. Hopefully I'll visit again with the wife. The road down from the falls past the elephants hide was epic, even on a push bike. Ended up increasing my lead over a 4x4 that was following me!

I'm not a huge fan of the Snot Block (custard slice) but I do love the ice cream and fresh made waffle cones at the ice cream shop on the corner. We didn't get to do the Adventure Golf this time, have done before with the kids another time. It's epic, yeah :) . That bit of the road would have been hilarious on a pushbike, nice work outrunning a 4x4! The Mt Victory road from Zumsteins to HG is all pretty fun and better since they fixed it after it was ruined by bushfires a few years ago. I'm looking forward to going back again too. Will try to get a long weekend with my wife and do a few of the longer walks. Beautiful place and only 5 hrs from home.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on April 27, 2018, 01:45:39 am
Last night I started playing with some parts, looking at a 17" allow wheel conversion. The aims are to reduce weight & rotational inertia, improve the true-ness of the wheels, and allow the use of low-profile modern rubber. I'm also trying to keep this mod needing only off-the-shelf parts and basic hand tools (like a hacksaw and a file) for non-precise fettling. So I'm swapping bearings to avoid making a new axle, buying stainless seamless tubing the right size for the inter-bearing spacer and just trimming it to length. Proposed wheels at from a KTM Duke/RC in 125/200/390 capacity. The early models have the same size disc too. These are pretty common and cheap in the UK, cost me £80 for a pair complete with discs, tyres, and sprocket.

So far the new from is 0.7kg lighter but also has the mass much closer to the hub, so should really improve matters.
Interesting project. Keep us updated on that one...
The cast wheels would look like a world of wrong to me but that's only my opinion. Got a pic with the wheels dummied up? You'll lose a bit of ground clearance with the smaller wheels so you might need to lose the side stand and raise the exhaust, or get longer shocks and lift the fork a bit. What you think?
Is the KTM disc a direct replacement for the Enfield one, or just the same size? I'm going to have to buy a new one soon. Disc no.2 has developed a shudder like the first one. This was a new one for a Ducati Monster 659 ( I think).
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gavinfdavies on April 28, 2018, 08:20:36 am
Yeah, don't doubt they'll look different, but I can't see them from the saddle but I'll be able to enjoy the better handling. Disc is different (non-floating), just same size. Both the disc and the chain are on the wrong side, but the wheel is symmetrical so can handle being flipped. Will have to flip the did around though.

Do you mean that your floating buttons are loose? I did look at getting a custom rigid disc made up, I've got prices some where at work. Other option is replacing the buttons. It depends which part has worn - if the disc or carrier is worn, then replacing the buttons won't help. There's a chap near me who sells 13mm replacement self-assemble buttons, which are close in size but don't know if they're exact without destroying my buttons in the process!
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: chuychacon on April 28, 2018, 03:27:14 pm
I think a Honda Ascot would look nice under those wheels ;)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: chuychacon on April 28, 2018, 03:38:47 pm
Tighten my clutch lever up with a washer,then I used a stainless steel .010 shim around the shifter shaft,it no longer moves in a 2 inch circle,then I checked primary chain ,looks good!
done with left side for now :)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on April 29, 2018, 06:49:09 am

Do you mean that your floating buttons are loose? I did look at getting a custom rigid disc made up, I've got prices some where at work. Other option is replacing the buttons. It depends which part has worn - if the disc or carrier is worn, then replacing the buttons won't help. There's a chap near me who sells 13mm replacement self-assemble buttons, which are close in size but don't know if they're exact without destroying my buttons in the process!
I think the bobbins are fine, it seems to be the disc itself.  This one has about .020" run-out at the edge as best I can measure it.  Was good when it was new.  I think I'll replace it and send this one back to the manufacturer. They expressed interest in having a look because it's not like their products to have problems (Metal Gear, good stuff and great service).
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: KC1961 on May 02, 2018, 05:25:20 pm
Filled it with fuel and took it out for the first time since last October. After using my (Hinckley) Bonnie for the last month the Enfield felt as light as a feather and really quick steering. I only managed about 20 miles but I really enjoyed it. Can't wait to get out some more. Only downside was the fuel gauge was reading empty, it was working when I put the bike away for the winter. I'll have a look at the sender some day. Does anyone know if the seal/gasket is re-usable?
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gavinfdavies on May 03, 2018, 12:50:57 am
don't know if it's re-usable, but I recall the sender is a floating arm pivoting around a variable resistor with something like 7-8 distinct values at different levels. It's all in the workshop manual from our hosts. Probably just stuck or gummed over the contacts.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gavinfdavies on May 03, 2018, 12:52:24 am
Ordered the new front bearings and internal spacer to make a start fitting up this KTM alloy wheel. Opted for some nice low-friction sealed bearings. Not as good in wet weather as fully sealed, but less drag. Won't make any speed difference, but should make tyre balancing more pleasant for me.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: KC1961 on May 05, 2018, 12:43:23 pm
don't know if it's re-usable, but I recall the sender is a floating arm pivoting around a variable resistor with something like 7-8 distinct values at different levels. It's all in the workshop manual from our hosts. Probably just stuck or gummed over the contacts.
Thanks for replying.
Right, I took the sensor out yesterday and sprayed some contact cleaner on the resister and wiper. I moved the float arm up and down a few times then put things back together. Fuel gauge now working again. The seal is made of rubber and is quite thick, I re-used it and am quite confident that it will be fine (famous last words!).
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: KD5ITM on May 15, 2018, 01:14:18 pm
A few days days ago I put half inch rubber spacers between my header Pipe & Muffler mounts. Somebody posted on here a while back that they cracked their stainless steel Muffler Mount. So I figured what the heck, I'll rubber Mount them and give it a try. So far with about four rides on it, it seems to be holding up quite nicely.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: KD5ITM on May 20, 2018, 08:43:41 pm
As described in the old topic, Big Gulp, I spent about an hour and a half standing the air Inlet for the throttle body inside of the airbox, got rid of that 90 degree Edge on the opening and rounded It Off. It's raining now so I'll have to wait for a test ride. Still have the stock size K&N filter in the Box along with the Hitchcock's aluminum Big Gulp cover that goes on the air Inlet on the box itself.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: thefastelephant94 on May 23, 2018, 09:20:32 am
Wanted to request someone a photo by photo installation/alteration to air-box on the GT for a Velocity Stack Installation. I also read someone used a Silicon Hose between the Airbox and Throttle body as the stock hose deforms in some machines, specially in the heat here in India.

Awaiting new stock for buying an Air-Box and the Velocity Stack... ;)

Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Guaire on May 23, 2018, 01:51:14 pm
No mod is necessary. Remove the side cover. Remember the screws holding the air box cover. Remove the air filter. Shove the velocity stack into the throttle body. Put it all back together.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: hpwaco on May 30, 2018, 07:02:24 pm
Changed the oil and filter in my 14gt for the 4th time.  Only 2600 miles on the clock in 4 years.  Was surprised by the amount of "fur" on the magnets.  Guess its still not really broken in.  No crud on the screen.  Used my last 2 guarts of Lucas synthetic 20w50.  Switching to Shell Rotella T in the future if "we" dont part company.    Cheers,  hp
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Devante on May 30, 2018, 10:49:05 pm
Changed the oil and filter in my 14gt for the 4th time.  Only 2600 miles on the clock in 4 years.  Was surprised by the amount of "fur" on the magnets.  Guess its still not really broken in.  No crud on the screen.  Used my last 2 guarts of Lucas synthetic 20w50.  Switching to Shell Rotella T in the future if "we" dont part company.    Cheers,  hp

Is it safe to use 20W50 when the manual states it uses 15W50?
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Arizoni on May 31, 2018, 12:07:59 am
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Is it safe to use 20W50 when the manual states it uses 15W50?

IMO, yes. 

The low number with the w behind it is the viscosity of the oil when the temperature is 0° C or 32°F.
Unless your riding at that freezing temperature the oil will be thinner than the number indicates.

At about 40° F oil temperature, the 20w oil will be about as thin as the 15w oil is at 32°F.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: hpwaco on May 31, 2018, 01:24:19 am
20w50 is what REFTW sells/uses.  Never have found 15w50 locally.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: KD5ITM on June 03, 2018, 04:56:46 pm
This is what I use, have always had good success with it. It's designed for air cooled engines
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Guaire on June 03, 2018, 06:40:40 pm
20w50 is what REFTW sells/uses.  Never have found 15w50 locally.

If you absolutely think you need 15w50, I can ship it. Shipping oil can be done, but not cheaply.
Bill
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: KD5ITM on June 03, 2018, 07:08:09 pm
So if you're using 20w 50 oil, how thin is the oil at 90 degrees or above like it's been here in Houston for the past month or so?
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on June 04, 2018, 03:18:49 pm
Today I fitted the instrument panel vibration damping mounts supplied by Hitchcocks. What do you know? They work.  The clocks bounce around a bit over bumps but that's OK. Hopefully I won't have to weld the bracket back together again.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Aus.GT on June 06, 2018, 08:01:48 am
Today I fitted the instrument panel vibration damping mounts supplied by Hitchcocks. What do you know? They work.  The clocks bounce around a bit over bumps but that's OK. Hopefully I won't have to weld the bracket back together again.



Amazing we both seem to be having the same problems. My Instrument bracket broke a while back so had it welded and strenghtened and mounted some rubbers between the bracket to the top Triple clamp. Now seems ok. Probably should order the Hitchcocks ones, that would be better.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: hpwaco on June 15, 2018, 08:27:21 pm
Installed an Ace Velocity Stack (from Guaire) in air box with previous Ace filter kit  (don't think stack would fit with stock or KN filter).  Without fuel and exhaust mods I don't expect to see any change in performance. 
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Guaire on June 15, 2018, 08:42:52 pm
Hpwaco - At this point, your motor is ‘sucking’ better. A free flowing muffler will allow it to blow out better.
  I went with more mods, so I’m not familiar with NOT using the PCV, DynaTek coil route.
Cheers,
Bill
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: ace.cafe on June 16, 2018, 02:10:28 pm
Installed an Ace Velocity Stack (from Guaire) in air box with previous Ace filter kit  (don't think stack would fit with stock or KN filter).  Without fuel and exhaust mods I don't expect to see any change in performance.
The stack is a tuning device. The length is added the the inlet tract length to set harmonic wave action activity in a certain rpm range. This wave action enhances ramming effects for cylinder filling. In this case it mainly affects the upper rpm range around 5000 and above.

Also, wave action from a stack is only really working right with the throttle wide open. On a partial throttle,  the throttle blade breaks up the moving wavefront,  stopping most of the effects. It's a WFO performance option which comes into play when you are really riding hard with the throttle twisted open a lot, or going for top speed.

It isn't something which will be noticed when tooling around the lake at 30mph, or going to the supermarket in town.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: hpwaco on June 17, 2018, 04:19:48 pm
Thanks Ace for the advice.   If/when I ever get fuel and exhaust updates I'll try to keep it redlined on my trips to the supermarket!   Cheers,  hp
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on June 24, 2018, 12:23:38 pm
Today I finally got around to fitting my new iwis primary chain, while I was doing a service.  Too easy.  The old one was fine, but no point taking chances. The tensioner was extended about double that the new chain took so I suppose there is a bit of wear there.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Guaire on June 24, 2018, 03:16:00 pm
Today I finally got around to fitting my new iwis primary chain, while I was doing a service.  Too easy.  The old one was fine, but no point taking chances. The tensioner was extended about double that the new chain took so I suppose there is a bit of wear there.

Gizzo - What’s an iwis chain and where did you get it?
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on June 24, 2018, 03:44:37 pm
Iwis is the brand name.  I got it from Hitchcock.they have the Indian made chain, the Iwis one and a Reynolds. Indian, cheapest, Reynolds quite expensive and the Iwis in between. It's supposed to be good quality and I remember Otto mentioning it favourably.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Arizoni on June 25, 2018, 02:01:26 am
I found Iwis has its corporate offices in Munich, Germany but I couldn't find anything on where their chains are actually made.

Sounds like it's chains are a good product
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: KD5ITM on June 29, 2018, 04:03:46 pm
Is it safe to use 20W50 when the manual states it uses 15W50?

I use Castrol actevo 20w 50 oil. On the Castro website it states that that Activa oil is designed for air cooled engines. I've got about 7,300 miles on the clock. Change my oil every 2000 miles. It's pretty typical to see "fur" on the magnet.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on June 29, 2018, 11:27:59 pm
Can't believe I missed a chance to argue about oil :P. Unless you're riding around in -20 deg C,  the difference between 15w50 and 20w50 is 0.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: chuychacon on June 30, 2018, 03:24:13 am
lol been using 20w50 for four years,usually run engine every 10 days or so during the winter,very hard to start at -15 c even harder to ride it snow 2-4 ft deep ..get skis out  :o ;D  gota love oil threads lol :D
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Guaire on July 02, 2018, 10:50:38 pm
 Inadvertently, I revved to 5500 rpm coming out of a turn. My tach bezel jumped off the tach. I caught it in my clutch hand. Looks like it's time for Gorilla Glue and the "Anti-vibration mounts".

http://accessories.hitchcocksmotorcycles.com/accessory-shop/instruments/34454?ext=F

Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: hpwaco on July 03, 2018, 01:36:20 am
Replaced the stock horns with a set of Subaru horns.  Larger and definitely louder!   $15 on eBay with free shipping.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Guaire on July 03, 2018, 01:49:08 pm
Replaced the stock horns with a set of Subaru horns.  Larger and definitely louder!   $15 on eBay with free shipping.

HP - Could you post the URL or item number of the horns?
  Are they stock or after market? My concern with some loud horns, is they will draw too much power from a not high charging electrical system of the GT.

Cheers,
Bill
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: tooseevee on July 03, 2018, 03:46:56 pm
HP - Could you post the URL or item number of the horns?
  Are they stock or after market? My concern with some loud horns, is they will draw too much power from a not high charging electrical system of the GT.

Cheers,
Bill

            Yabbut, you only blow a horn for micro-seconds or a couple seconds at worst. It's not like you have an LED, burn-a-hole-in-your-brain, flame-thrower headlight on all the time.

             Put a relay in the circuit between the horns and the button = be fine I think.

             I got tired of my super-loud dual horns real quick. Removed one of them. Plus it's pretty rare for me to even use a horn, but I can understand it for areas where you're surrounded by car lunacy (I love to see their heads jerk around :) ;)(http://) ) hopefully subluxating a couple of cervical vertebrae.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: hpwaco on July 03, 2018, 04:56:54 pm
Louder horns.  Guaire -  On eBay look for dual tone extra loud Subaru behind the grill 139db horns or something like that.  Prices run from $12 up & many include shipping.  A couple also included a relay.    They are 4 7/8" diameter vs stock
3 3/4",  have a reddish removable, paintable grill and are lower in tone then stock.  Thought about adding a relay, but as stock doesn't have one or a fuse,  will see if anything melts.  As tooseeve say they are only on for a second.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Arizoni on July 03, 2018, 07:12:27 pm
Good luck.

Royal Enfields are notorious for having wiring that is just a touch more robust than a low amp fuse and the insulation can rapidly melt and allow the wire to short out on a ground wire.
There are lots of ground wires running in the harness with all of the power wires so getting a total meltdown is easy to do.

If it's possible, install a small horn relay and run a separate, larger wire to provide the power for the horn.  Use the wire that powered the old horn to power the horn relay.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: hpwaco on July 03, 2018, 07:51:53 pm
Arizona - thanks, that was my intention when/if I get around to it.  In the meantime, I'll watch for smoke.  Time for a new bike anyway!
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: KD5ITM on July 05, 2018, 02:04:17 pm
Hile makes a set of dual tone horns that are Extremely Loud. I've got a set on my 61 Willys Jeep wagon. They come with a red painted Grill. They're a little bit larger diameter then the Continental GT stock horns. Last time I checked the cost was about 50 bucks. Even if you've only got room to install just one horn, it's still very much louder than the stock horns. I recently installed one of my horns underneath the front area of the gas tank. Without taking a measurement, it looks like the heil horn may fit.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: dawsonm on July 08, 2018, 09:45:41 pm
Ive down sized.  Idea stolen from someone on here.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Guaire on July 20, 2018, 11:08:13 pm
I installed Hitchcock’s rubber vibration insulators for the meters. They work well the instruments are absolutely steady at 5k rpm.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Paul_42 on July 23, 2018, 08:46:43 am
Ordered new clutch plates on flea bay this morning. Only 29.5k out of original. Stay tuned for pics when I pull her apart.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Jako on July 23, 2018, 10:43:44 am
Ordered new clutch plates on flea bay this morning. Only 29.5k out of original. Stay tuned for pics when I pull her apart.
     

     What symptoms is your original clutch showing ? Mine seems to momentarily slip on gear shifting when I'm flogging it.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Paul_42 on July 23, 2018, 11:13:18 am
from start up stone cold will slip in 1st,2nd,3rd with anything over 2 thousand rpm once warmed its more 2nd,3rd gear around the 2800,3000 mark and corrects itself at 4000rpm. Funny thing if i put it into 5th and drop speed down to 30 km per hour and crack the throttle wide open there is no slip. Oil is right grade and weight. Have actually changed to diesel oil and symptoms have improved a bit.Cable is adjusted correctly, i have even given it major slop so i know its engaged and will still slip. Once i get the new plates, both steel and friction AND the heavy duty springs i'll chuck them in and see what happens.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Paul_42 on August 04, 2018, 03:33:02 am
Hopes this works Devante. Just wrap and tie/clamp off either side of u-bracket. Ignore mine. Need to unwind and redo.lasted almost 30 thousand km.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Devante on August 06, 2018, 07:01:58 pm
Hopes this works Devante. Just wrap and tie/clamp off either side of u-bracket. Ignore mine. Need to unwind and redo.lasted almost 30 thousand km.


Perfect man. Didn't think about just stopping it at both sides.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Paul_42 on August 07, 2018, 12:24:00 am
Lol. Too easy. Dont make stuff any harder than it needs to be. Less work,more riding brother.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: chuychacon on August 07, 2018, 04:03:33 pm
built a rear cargo rack
ugh  welds match RE welds :-\
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: chuychacon on August 07, 2018, 04:07:18 pm
yep forgot to downsize pics ::)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: tooseevee on August 07, 2018, 04:31:47 pm
built a rear cargo rack
ugh  welds match RE welds :-\

            Your welds are fine  :)(http://) I'll bet the damn thing will last forever.

             I remember in 1949 when I was 11, my mom and I painted her '36 Chevy coupe Sky Blue with house paint using paint brushes and a minimum of masking tape. It lasted just fine; just long enough for her to trade it in on a brown and tan '47 Chevy Fleetline. The first thing she did to it was have a friend install dual thru-the-door spot lights.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Guaire on August 07, 2018, 04:46:20 pm
yep forgot to downsize pics ::)

The large size fits fine on my 27" 5K monitor.

  Good design on the rack and cross brace. Maybe you think the welds aren't pretty, but they look solid.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on August 08, 2018, 01:44:04 pm
Good job, man. Looks solid.
2CV, what are thru door spotlights? I have a stupid image of a driving light illuminating the footpath....
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: chuychacon on August 08, 2018, 02:24:47 pm
Thanks mates
2cv your mom was ahead of her time ;) now the 4x4 guys roll on bedliner paint on the outside of their 4x4
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: tooseevee on August 08, 2018, 02:38:51 pm
Good job, man. Looks solid.
2CV, what are thru door spotlights? I have a stupid image of a driving light illuminating the footpath....

https://www.google.com/search?q=1947+chevy+spotlights&client=firefox-b-1&tbm=isch&source=iu&ictx=1&fir=noeZJQFzCCsP-M%253A%252Csc5YxktNyOtrrM%252C_&usg=AFrqEzfCju81ijYSKvGYiwpUZP36USBbqA&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjX3_6Ayd3cAhXDhFQKHRgDCNcQ9QEwAnoECAYQBg#imgdii=eK2sZvqs-5bU8M:&imgrc=9Cg-qJdJ8OusIM:

          They were good for finding house numbers at night and for playing spotlight tag at the drive-in theater at intermission.

           You can look up spotlight tag yourself  :)(http://)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: tooseevee on August 08, 2018, 02:46:30 pm
Thanks mates
2cv your mom was ahead of her time ;) now the 4x4 guys roll on bedliner paint on the outside of their 4x4

           I've seen whole motorcycles painted with bedliner.

           I painted one for myself using vintage car frame restoration paint from Eastwood's; frame, gas tanks, fenders and oil tank. Cures very hard and lasts virtually forever.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on August 08, 2018, 03:05:23 pm
They would be great for doing a drive by.
We stick them through the roof over here.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: chuychacon on August 08, 2018, 04:28:05 pm
i used wrinkle paint to cover welds :)

any advice on tail pack !
something smaller than this :D
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Joe_535i on August 08, 2018, 11:08:28 pm
Hi there
Would like to know how the rearset brackets were made, where the generic levers were bought?

Kind regards
Don
Australia

Hi Donat

you can get the set from a guy in the uk.

https://shop.tecbikeparts.com/

He sells via eBay as well. All you need to do is chop out the adapter plates out of a 10mm alu plate and use distance bushings to locate it accordingly.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: UncleBuck82 on August 12, 2018, 07:15:32 pm
Finished adjusting some Tarozzi low-rise clipons in the undying search for short-armed comfort.

Defeated the nanny switch on the clutch so I could rotate the lever to a comfortable position.

Does anyone have suggestion on where to source a 13mm radial master? The brake is still not quite right.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: GLJ on August 23, 2018, 02:35:51 pm
Installed my Big Gulp. Should come with a warning that it increases too much power for for a stock GT chain. Cruising along at 50 the chain decided to give up. I had read that they weren't high quality, I never dreamed it would only last 1800 miles. In 40 plus years of riding and racing off road in my younger days I had never broke a side link. Let alone 2. After reading about the broken primary chains I have already replaced it. Looking at the pics of the broken exhaust valve I may put the Hitchcock valves in sooner than I had planned.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Guaire on August 24, 2018, 01:26:56 pm
I bought my 2014 used, around 4K miles. The first thing I did was toss the original chain and battery.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: GLJ on August 24, 2018, 02:41:18 pm
Wished I had. Picking up new one today. Still think the Ace Big Gulp should come with a warning "Not to be used with stock chain". LOL
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on August 24, 2018, 10:49:30 pm
Think it's like most things RE: the luck of the draw. You get one that fails in 1800 miles,  mine lasts 20,000. My primary chain was also fine but I changed it just in case.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Joe_535i on August 25, 2018, 11:25:36 am
In my forum absence I've been working on my let's say highly innovative  ;) muffler and I love it. It has about the right amount of loudness, isn't detrimental to performance at all, maintains the typical manx sound inclusive the decel snarl. It basically takes the pain in the ears high pitch noise away and looks just about right for the bike too.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: KC1961 on August 28, 2018, 12:10:05 pm
Took it for it's 1st MOT test. When I bought it I thought I was taking a risk and the novelty would soon wear off and it would've been a mistake. Wrong, still like it.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: khoihoangminh92 on September 04, 2018, 08:17:02 am
For me , this is my Royal Enfield (https://banxetv.vn/) Continental GT , hope you guys like this !
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Richard230 on September 04, 2018, 02:12:51 pm
Very nice! It looks like an RE version of the latest Triumph Thruxtron.  :)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: chuychacon on September 04, 2018, 04:53:44 pm
awesome :)
How are the old style tires on the road
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Joe_535i on September 08, 2018, 09:56:50 pm
Upgraded the clutch with some new heavy duty clutch plates as the mighty fireball made the clutch slip occasionally, at least I thought so. Than I discovered that a couple of the stock clutch plates were assembled without the steel plate in between and some steel plates were stuffed at the end of the stack.   ???

Also installed the Carberry plate, going to see tomorrow what it does.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on September 09, 2018, 08:38:58 am
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Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Paul_42 on September 09, 2018, 01:21:31 pm
oTTo, is that the ebc part code 90222 ?
Cheers
Paul.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Joe_535i on September 09, 2018, 01:31:00 pm
oTTo, is that the ebc part code 90222 ?
Cheers
Paul.

I don't know, Hitchcock's have it. 90222 is probably HMC's part code.

Carberry plate seems to be doing something; at around 4000rpm the bike is as good as vib. free. Most likely since it filters the higher frequency vibs. only (resulting from the bending of the crank) this will be easier noticed on the GT as it has relatively stiff clip'ons compered to the G5's. It can be felt in the footpegs too. Didn't notice much change at other rpm's.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: KC1961 on September 09, 2018, 08:51:47 pm
Ignored it due to typical Scottish weather. However, a couple of days ago I fitted my short reverse cone megaphone. Really happy with it, quite unobtrusive at idle and on a steady throttle but sounds lovely under load.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: KC1961 on September 15, 2018, 04:27:06 pm
New chain. oe chain was still fine, I'd only had to adjust it once in 8500 miles but after my primary chain starting to break up, coupled with thinking that a gold chain would be nice, that's what I did.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Joe_535i on September 20, 2018, 06:32:41 pm
Upgraded the clutch with some new heavy duty clutch plates as the mighty fireball made the clutch slip occasionally, at least I thought so. Than I discovered that a couple of the stock clutch plates were assembled without the steel plate in between and some steel plates were stuffed at the end of the stack.   ???


And the EBC plates still slip above 5000rpm... :(

Going to need to throw some stronger springs in the clutch too.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Guaire on September 20, 2018, 08:28:25 pm
The need for stronger springs on a clutch kit is not unusual.
  Some years ago on the Yahoo Radian (Yamaha YX600) group we would buy a kit. Derek Capito of MotoLab sold Barnett components, disks and springs with washers for even better holding power.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Aus.GT on September 20, 2018, 10:19:29 pm
And the EBC plates still slip above 5000rpm... :(

Going to need to throw some stronger springs in the clutch too.




I like the sound of that cause that means the engine makes so much torque. :P
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Joe_535i on September 21, 2018, 10:57:59 am



I like the sound of that cause that means the engine makes so much torque. :P

For some reason which I don't understand yet this must be rev., hp, or vib. related, the torque is higher or same at 4250rpm already and it doesn't slip there at all. It also stopps slipping when the oil is really hot.  ???

Experience beats theory I guess this time again.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Bert Remington on September 21, 2018, 11:15:16 pm
I suggest you choose a clutch-friendly oil (ie 4T, JASO MS-2) and then flush twice.  EBC specifically says oil choice matters.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Paul_42 on September 22, 2018, 07:15:44 am
oTTo, I went the 6 yellow heavy duty springs when I changed the clutch, no slipping and not much more lever pressure, very springy  ;D
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Joe_535i on September 22, 2018, 08:59:25 am
oTTo, I went the 6 yellow heavy duty springs when I changed the clutch, no slipping and not much more lever pressure, very springy  ;D


...ah, springy clutch will do.  8)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Joe_535i on September 22, 2018, 10:52:16 pm
I suggest you choose a clutch-friendly oil (ie 4T, JASO MS-2) and then flush twice.  EBC specifically says oil choice matters.

And that's exactly what's in there...

...different oil brand could help though, maybe.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: paulie on September 30, 2018, 07:42:33 am
I sold it.
As much as I would have loved to have kept it, I can't justify having two bikes. I'd had an RE 650 on order for a while, but got tired of waiting and bought a 2005 Triumph Bonneville, which I love. And, I have to say, the vibrations and cafe racer riding position was getting a bit hard on my 63 year old body. I did feel sad though, when the chap who bought it loaded it up on his trailer and drove off. It was a great bike for me to get back into motorcycling after a forty year break, but the Bonneville ticks a lot of boxes for me, and who knows when the RE 650s will actually be available.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on September 30, 2018, 07:46:21 am
Well it was a good gateway drug. Enjoy the Triumph.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: KD5ITM on September 30, 2018, 09:55:48 pm
I'm trying to perfect the Power Commander stock fuel map. I'm just wondering if my stalling issues on Idol and just as I cracked the throttle from 0% is an issue of the bike running lean.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: KC1961 on October 10, 2018, 01:00:09 pm
Put another 120 miles on it. Only a few miles away from 9000 now and still enjoying every mile that passes.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: SSdriver on October 10, 2018, 03:03:58 pm
I'm trying to perfect the Power Commander stock fuel map. I'm just wondering if my stalling issues on Idol and just as I cracked the throttle from 0% is an issue of the bike running lean.

KD...I am attaching my Map. I have never stalled since installing the PC-V. This is pretty much the stock GT Map. Compare yours to mine for differences. Hope it helps.
...Jimmy
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: KC1961 on October 23, 2018, 12:00:11 pm
Not so much today as 15 minutes here and there over the past 2 weeks. Polished heel plates.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: hpwaco on October 24, 2018, 06:37:46 pm
Finally installed the 1 1/8" digital led voltmeter ($10  from eBay China) on the "dashboard" of my emgo viper fairing.  Connected it to the switched grey tail light "hot" wire at the connector under the seat and ground.  Works great!
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Devante on October 24, 2018, 06:47:59 pm
Guys, I'm having a hard time here.

Looking for a 7 inch black headlight housing that I can put a black halo headlight into but Amazon and google aren't being exactly easy.

Any recommendations?

As for what I did with my CGT, I involuntarily took the exhaust heat shield off as I was driving down the road.

I hear a rattle then a TINGTINGTINGTINGTING getting ever fainter and look back to see metal in the road.
The bolts had come lose ha!
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mattsz on October 24, 2018, 09:47:22 pm
As for what I did with my CGT, I involuntarily took the exhaust heat shield off as I was driving down the road.

I hear a rattle then a TINGTINGTINGTINGTING getting ever fainter and look back to see metal in the road.
The bolts had come lose ha!

I'm shocked, shocked  I say!
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on October 25, 2018, 12:06:57 pm
I made a vibration absorbing muffler mount for the GT. Last road trip the footpeg/ exhaust hanger loop broke off. I had it welded back on but it needed something to absorb the shakes. I made this little top hat bush, bought a grommet to fit and asked my bro in law who drives a water jet cutting machine at a manufacturing place to cut the bracket and ring to my template. He did a stellar job.
The ring is to bulk out the bracket so I can have a decent size grommet but not lug around a 6mm thick exhaust bracket. It's just welded to the main bracket. I must have measured pretty well because it fit right on like a bought one!
The bush is bolted solidly to the frame loop and the bracket kind of floats in place on the grommet. Seems to work but I won't be able to test it for a while. I'm grounded with a broken clavicle.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on October 25, 2018, 12:18:33 pm
Guys, I'm having a hard time here.

Looking for a 7 inch black headlight housing that I can put a black halo headlight into but Amazon and google aren't being exactly easy.

Any recommendations?


Something like this?
https://www.dimecitycycles.com/7-gloss-black-modern-british-style-headlight-bucket.html
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Devante on October 25, 2018, 09:29:35 pm
Something like this?
https://www.dimecitycycles.com/7-gloss-black-modern-british-style-headlight-bucket.html

Looks good. I like this one even better!

https://www.dimecitycycles.com/7-inch-satin-black-modern-british-style-headlight-assembly.html

Would jump on it in a hurry but I want a halo headlight.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mattsz on October 25, 2018, 10:47:05 pm
I must have measured pretty well because it fit right on like a bought one!

You haven't tried to mount many RE-bought accessories, have you?
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Nasher on November 13, 2018, 08:45:21 am
Fitted dual seat & footrests - 10 whole minutes of my life used up????
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: KC1961 on November 13, 2018, 12:55:13 pm
Stripped and cleaned front caliper. The pads are the most evenly worn pair that I've ever seen on a sliding caliper set up. Usually one pad is much more worn than the other I find.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: bigstick32 on November 17, 2018, 09:41:45 am
So I changed the fork oil to Penrite 10w,  What a difference it makes. Doesn't plough like a mofo anymore. Haven't ridden it on the twisties yet as a storm here is brewing so hopefully tomorrow. I emptied out exactly 400ml each side. Doesn't the specs say 430ml? Plus it smelled pretty much like old engine oil to me with a viscosity of brake fluid. Maybe its a mix of engine oil and brake fluid, who knows.  Also installed fork gaiters while the forks were out.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: tooseevee on November 17, 2018, 01:27:02 pm
  Also installed fork gaiters while the forks were out.

   I've always liked the look of gaiters-nice job.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: KC1961 on November 27, 2018, 12:41:39 pm
Got these. Pity I won't get to try them for a few months (Scottish winter, a bit like our summer but even colder and salted roads!) Hopefully by then I'll also have the front end sorted, probably emulators unless I can be convinced that different springs and oil can make a worthwhile improvement.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: chuychacon on November 30, 2018, 01:00:15 am
putting my bike up for the winter,notice for the first time the underside of the lower triple clamp has 4 treaded holes what are they for ??
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Joe_535i on November 30, 2018, 04:40:37 pm
putting my bike up for the winter,notice for the first time the underside of the lower triple clamp has 4 treaded holes what are they for ??

In India they have a front registration plate attached to these holes.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: chuychacon on December 01, 2018, 12:52:11 am
Thanks oTTo  and I was thinking enduro fenders
 ;D
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Joe_535i on December 01, 2018, 12:14:16 pm
Thanks oTTo  and I was thinking enduro fenders
 ;D

That might be too useful...  ;)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: hpwaco on December 02, 2018, 12:43:32 am
75 here in central TX today, but really windy.   Fired up the GT and did a 30 mile "around the block",  stopping at Walmart/Murphys for a couple of gallons of alcohol free at $2.38 per gallon.   Regular down to $1.98!  Wish I had an extra tank in the back of the truck!
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: dickim on December 02, 2018, 01:56:09 am
In our dreams! here in Australia we pay  1:50 a Litre????
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on December 02, 2018, 05:54:30 am
But at least it doesn't have booze in it, unless you really want it.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: dickim on December 02, 2018, 11:38:26 am
Good Point - no melting fuel floats ????
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: tooseevee on December 02, 2018, 01:16:04 pm
Good Point - no melting fuel floats ????

      I drain the float bowl in my '08 AVL when I put it down for the winter for just that reason. So far so good. Whatever compound these particular TM-32 floats are made of seems to not be too affected (or infected) by the ethanol. They seem to feel the same as when new.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Joe_535i on December 06, 2018, 09:43:40 pm
Finally did something to the GT although not as exciting as fireballing it. Updated the windshield with an somewhat better looking hand crafted version...
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: chuychacon on December 18, 2018, 12:20:07 am
Built bash plate out of 5mm aluminum plate
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: chuychacon on December 18, 2018, 12:22:35 am
installed bash plate still working on attachment hardware
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on December 22, 2018, 10:23:58 pm
Bought some rego, threw a battery in it and it started first stab of the button. Not started for 3 months. Then rode it out to the Motard track to do some marshalling.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Guaire on December 24, 2018, 03:35:13 pm
I got out on a Christmas Eve eve ride yesterday. The office building on the upper right is called the Pentagon. Whenever you see a movie or TV show with a shot of DC/Pentagon, this is the marina you get to see included in the picture.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: kelsoo on January 04, 2019, 04:01:55 pm
A wee ride in to town to fill up then booked it in for it's first service.

Much as I love it the build quality sucks.

delivered 22 dec 2018 mileage 18.9
chrome missing on top yoke bolt

first fill to brim at 132.3 miles (UK miles)
132.3 mileage >  280.5 mileage. trip 148.2 miles. fuel 9.98lt.  67.5mpg slightly disappointed as read some great fuel figures

250 miles tailpipe heat sheild fell off on highway, not found!

Notice osr shock weeping at top

Intermitent starter issue when hot. Dead sometimes as if battery flat or starter issue

I notice my tail pipe is getting even more sooty
280.5 mileage > 358.2 mileage. trip 77.7miles  fuel 8.08lt  43.8mpg!

Rear silencer rusting. I expected this to be honest.

skitty handling. I investigate and find play in rear swingarm bushes.
358.2 mileage

Not a great start to my RE ownership. I was expecting issues on finish and general build quality tbh but very disappointed with the fuel figures. Here's hoping the dealer is good.  I could only find two in Scotland so picked the nearest Saltire Motorcycles. we shall see.

On a brighter note I've found this forum to be excellent and not really needed to post as it's such a wealth of info. I just thought I'd contribute my 2 penny's worth.

Cheers Kelsoo
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: KC1961 on January 04, 2019, 04:47:00 pm
Hi kelsoo,

Apart from buying some heated gloves I haven't had any dealings with Saltire but I seem to remember them doing well in "dealer of the year" polls. Definitely something amiss with your mpg figures.

Good luck.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on January 04, 2019, 07:44:42 pm
Damn,  maybe you got one that was built on Friday afternoon. Hope the dealer can sort it out for you. Good luck mate.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: kelsoo on January 04, 2019, 10:20:32 pm
Hi.
KC1961 good to know the dealer sounds reasonable. They sounded on the ball when I rang. It's going in Wednesday so I'll find out one way or another.

gizzo
Yeah. Friday afternoon or Monday morning. I'm really torn about putting it in to a dealer as one of the main appeals of RE was I could do all the work on it. I'll get this service done and chase them for any warranty work then play it by ear. I'm not sure where I'd stand if I do the servicing and I doubt I'll be able to keep my hands off it so I'll probably void any warranty anyway. 

Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on January 04, 2019, 10:32:56 pm
Yeah, something's not right there. You might as well hit them up for as much warranty work as you can. A brand new shock leaking for starters, and that dribbly exhaust condition for second. I'm feeling pretty lucky with my first batch 2014 GT being adequately well made compared with some. It still looks really nice, too.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: KD5ITM on January 06, 2019, 08:42:21 pm
Pulled the NGK spark plug after about 7700 miles on it. Plug looks nice. Just a little bit of carbon build-up. Took a wire brush to it and adjusted the gap.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Joe_535i on January 09, 2019, 06:51:29 pm
Finally installed the 1 1/8" digital led voltmeter ($10  from eBay China) on the "dashboard" of my emgo viper fairing.  Connected it to the switched grey tail light "hot" wire at the connector under the seat and ground.  Works great!

Hi hp, how does the emgo viper look on there? Got a pic? Like it on the old air heads...
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: hpwaco on January 10, 2019, 04:25:14 am
Otto, sorry no photo capability.  I really like it. Took a lot of sculpting to get it to fit.  Sunrise red good match.  Hole too small for 7" headlite.  GT vibes not kind.   Even with rubber washer spacers, number of cracks.  Need braces to mirror mounts.  Lots of super glue and more paint.

Nicer looking one from India on ebay, but 3x the price.   Cheers,  hp
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on January 10, 2019, 11:04:26 am
That viper fairing looks nice. Maybe it's a knockoff of the Dunstall 1/4 fairing?  Have a look at airtech streamlining website. The real thing isn't expensive and it's fibreglass not plastic crap so it shouldn't fall apart. The viper looks like it'd be pretty easy to flop a mold from if you're that way inclined.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: hpwaco on January 10, 2019, 06:52:58 pm
The emgo viper fairing has been around for quite a while.   In the early 90's I put one in my 73 H1
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on January 10, 2019, 07:37:29 pm
I realise Emgo is an old brand. What I was getting at is that it's not a premium product and you could do better. I've bought a few Emgo parts along the way and while they're OK, they're not great.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: KC1961 on January 14, 2019, 12:22:35 pm
Hi.
KC1961 good to know the dealer sounds reasonable. They sounded on the ball when I rang. It's going in Wednesday so I'll find out one way or another.

gizzo
Yeah. Friday afternoon or Monday morning. I'm really torn about putting it in to a dealer as one of the main appeals of RE was I could do all the work on it. I'll get this service done and chase them for any warranty work then play it by ear. I'm not sure where I'd stand if I do the servicing and I doubt I'll be able to keep my hands off it so I'll probably void any warranty anyway.

Any progress?
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: kelsoo on January 14, 2019, 07:15:38 pm
kc1961

I've been trying to post but getting a database error. I reported to user "admin" but no reply as yet. This is from another PC if it works I'll post an update.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Guaire on January 14, 2019, 08:05:11 pm
kc1961

I've been trying to post but getting a database error. I reported to user "admin" but no reply as yet. This is from another PC if it works I'll post an update.

I get 'data base error' on my iPhone and iPad.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: kelsoo on January 14, 2019, 08:14:28 pm
Just trying from my phone. I did one post the database error again. Tried another browser and accepted all cookies. Cleared cache.  My PC is Gnu/Linux  not windows if that helps Unix based.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: kelsoo on January 14, 2019, 08:19:47 pm
A quick test using UserAgent switcher  spoofing a Windows 7 32bit machine running Chrome. This is from my original PC
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Bert Remington on January 14, 2019, 09:58:52 pm
The "database error" is caused by any excursions outside the restricted character set (https://forum.classicmotorworks.com/index.php/topic,26507.msg303910.html#msg303910).  And if you think you entered an Apostrophe (accepted) it might actually be a Grave or Acute Accent (not accepted).  Keep it plain...very plain.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: kelsoo on January 15, 2019, 12:17:12 pm
Thanks Bert. I'm using UTF-8 iirc.  I tried removing any possibly offending characters yesterday but still had database error. will try again tonight.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: kelsoo on January 17, 2019, 08:05:11 am
I fitted a dual seat. RE one bought second-hand on eBay. Probably
sold because it wouldn't lock down until I added spacer washers under
the seat catch to get it to lock in place..

It had its first service wed and put in the warranty claims mentioned
above. 125 pounds

One the way in it started idling high 2000rpm. When I went to show the
reception it was back down to 1500 Typically after riding home it went
back up to 2000 and gradually increased until 3500rpm. It was
unrideable so I had a wee look today and the lock nut on the throttle
stop was half way up the thread. After finding a very deep 7mm spanner
and Allen key I backed the screw off and got it down to 1100rpm then
locked it off.

At the service on Wed they said it looked like it was lean and showed
me a photo of the plug. The header has changed colour to bright blue
so with that and the sooty exhaust Im a little bit baffled. Ill get my
laser thermometer on it as I did notice occasional weird smells and
the last thing I want is to burn the valves out.

Apparently the garage have to hire in the diagnostic kit so they
couldnt plug the thing in.

Latest fuel figures up to the dizzy height  of 66mpg UK. Im still
running in I was hoping at least 80mpg

Finger crossed they sort it soon.


next day

lowered clip ons under the top yoke and dropped the forks. Not sure if
I should have dropped them so much as renders the main stand obsolete.
If I keep them under the yoke Ill either drop the forks again or
remove the main stand. It was quite straight foreword remove yoke nut
and slacken clip ons and forks. Drop forks a bit and lift off clip ons
and top yoke slide on clip ons and refit. Note the clip ons can now
hit the tank on full lock so you need to be careful manoeuvring the
bike.

Fitted a add on tail pipe using a Kawasaki kz300 stainless steel
mid-pipe 36mm-50mm 13 pounds. It fitted perfectly on to the standard header.
It was a cheap stainless steel one 16 pounds. It fitted well after making a
hanger that ran from the tail pipe  to the foot rest mount. Very loud
to loud and performance was worse than stock pipe  so I fitted a short
baffle the sound was great but still to loud and performance was
better but I still felt it had lost a bit of grunt. I then added the
baffle end cap sound was lovely but it was restrictive so have ordered
2 longer baffles 7 pounds and will try a combination to see if I can get
that nice thump and have stock or better performance.

Edit. Changed the sign pounds to word pounds and got no database error.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Bert Remington on January 17, 2019, 04:38:49 pm
kelsoo -- definitely chase down the cause of that apparent lean condition.  Don't worry about burning the exhaust valve -- the head separates from the stem first. ;D

Seriously, get a compression gauge (I did but didn't use it).  And ask GasHouseGorilla for suggestions.  Among my various mistakes it appears I might have assembled the phenolic intake spacer upside down which interfered with fuel spray pattern.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: kelsoo on January 17, 2019, 11:06:53 pm
Bert - I'm working away for over a week so won't get around to looking at the GT until then. I do have a compression tester and will test it but suspect it will be fine. I am worried about the weird fuelling issues, making it sooty then weak. Before it spits the exhaust valve out the exhaust. ;D

otto -  I shall check the air filter but doubt it will be dirty after only 500 miles even though I ride on mostly wet and muddy Scottish b-roads. Poorly fitted maybe, we shall see.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: KC1961 on January 28, 2019, 05:24:50 pm
Removed left fork leg and drained the oil. About 380cc, initially green and new looking then the remainder was dirty grey. A bit surprised to find a progressive spring fitted, surely a linear spring would've been cheaper? Also, by my reckoning the spring was upside down, ie. tightly wound section was at the bottom. Does anyone know the oil level/air gap (spring removed, fork compressed)?
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: hpwaco on January 29, 2019, 12:26:56 am
Fork springs.   Service manual says " install with longer pitch up".   That's the way they are in my 14gt.  Whatever works for you.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: hpwaco on January 29, 2019, 12:44:21 am
PS :  Did you also do the right fork leg?
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on January 29, 2019, 01:12:01 am
I've seen that same instruction about spring orientation in other manuals. Can anyone who knows for sure explain why it makes any difference at all which way the spring goes in? I can't imagine it works any differently either way. I'd love to know why, if it does.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: kelsoo on January 29, 2019, 11:09:50 am
I can't imagine it works any differently either way. I'd love to know why, if it does.

The only reason I can think of is weight. Keeping the tighter windings at the bottom, lowers where the weight is. Assuming the spring is the same thickness?
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: KC1961 on January 29, 2019, 12:13:14 pm
To my way of thinking it's about "unsprung" weight. The tightly wound end of the spring is heavier than the other end so I would expect it to be at the top. Interesting that the manual says the other way. Not being Jorge Lorenzo I doubt that I'd notice any difference so I'll put it back as it was.

I removed the right leg today and drained out the oil. It was dirtier than the oil from the left leg (same quantity) but far from the worst I've ever seen. Hopefully I'll find an hour or so to put it all back together over the next few days.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: kelsoo on February 04, 2019, 04:56:14 pm
I went shopping again. Collared by 2 old men and had an enjoyable time talking bikes. Plus a lady who informed me her son had an Enfield that she thought bigger than mine and he always wore the T-shirt.

On the return journey the bike started to idle erratically. When I got home I had a quick look suspecting the throttle body screw had come loose again. All was good but I did see part of the inlet gasket hanging out. When I touched it it fell out. I'm wondering if this is the cause of the poor fuel consumption and bluing of the pipes. I wish Saltire had put it on a gas analyser when it was serviced, rather than saying they'd have to hire in RE kit.  I also checked the air-filter, super clean and fitted correctly and order some bits so as to fabricate a "big gulp" with a velocity stack.

I'd also bought a 6 wire "Hitachi plug" and wired up a cheap Chinese  LED rear lamp. I didn't want to cut the original plug or loom.  I wanted one that would fit snugly in the cut out on my dual seat cowl. It fitted and looked nice but was such a poor light I binned it and have ordered a Lucas 525. Fingers crossed it will fit and give better illumination.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: kelsoo on February 12, 2019, 08:22:33 pm
Over the weekend I made an alloy number plate mounting to fit my "Classic" but illegal  black number plate. wired up and fitted mini indicators and a lucas 525 rear lamp mounted in the hump of my rear seat. I also added an alloy phone holder. It worked really well and allowed me to check my speedo against the gps. It reads 4mph fast at 50 and 60 mph. What I liked about it is you can lift and swivel it, and it locks in to place. Undo the side screw fit your phone and when you swivel it back it rests over the top yoke and stops the screw undoing.

I fitted, a Wind-shield, a Puig 0869N. It looks like a givi A210 but less than half the price (less than $40 delivered). It's for bikes with 8" headlamps and though it would have fitted I'd have had to put the bars back on top in their original setting. Rather than do that. I extended the headlamp mounts and fitted it directly to the headlamp mounting bolts. No drilling of the wind-shield required. I like the look from the back and the front, but the side view looks mismatched. The chrome, silver and black don't quite look as I'd like. Either I need to spray the original headlamp bucket black, or the brackets. Maybe both.  Or replace with some after market versions. I really did like how well it worked for so such a small wind-shield.

The draft excluder I'd ordered arrived and after stealing a long bolt out of my bed frame! fitted my home-made big gulp (a modified SU air filter).  It looks and sounded great but like the straight through silencer (contradiction there somewhere) it will have to come off until the carb arrives. The reason for my blue exhaust was no doubt due to the failed throttle body gasket. It was noticeable that the blueing occurred after long motorway runs. I suspect the cruising at 60 on light throttle exasperated it. Currently it has fire cement sealing the joint and it's running better than it ever has (in it's admittedly short life). I gave the bike a quick run up the road though and it made a noticeable difference.

I was dithering between a EJK and the Mkuni TM34. I never heard back from EJK as to if it would be OK for my Euro4 CGT .  Then a TM34 came up that was half the price I was quoted for in the UK,  even after $51 import duty.   Using this forum to search for details has been great.  I've got Aces fireball setup as a base for jetting. I've ordered main and pilot and a P4 needle jet. I've also ordered a old bullet throttle cable and a fuel tap, but I'll have to fabricate the plate for it to mount on. Lets hope they all arrive and it works well. I'm a bit worried about it, it was a bit of an impulse buy and pulling all the bits together is a pain.  I also saw Hitchcocks have a Mikuni VM kit for the Euro4 CGT and it has dummy plugs? How dummy are they? are there resistors in them or some such, do I need the O2 Sensor Eliminator I read conflicting info on that.

When and if the carb all works. I shall look into a cam kit. Probably Hitchcock's unless anyone knows of a better option, maybe their valve kit. I'll wait and see if I can afford an ACE head first. No point in getting a new valve set then changing the head.

Other little jobs in the pipe are make a plate for under the rear seat now I've removed the mudguard. smaller sportier front mudguard, remount the rear indicators to the pannier mountings on the frame under the seat. They appear to be M7 threads? M6 and M8 don't fit.  Measure the throttle stud spacing so I can order the correct size throttle flange and spacer. Get the warranty  work done. Yes The Warranty claim that has been accepted includes: Swingarm bushes, top yolk chrome nut, rear shock absorber & Exhaust guard. I'm also waiting on conformation that of the leaking throttle body gasket will be replaced under warranty.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on February 13, 2019, 01:26:07 am
Good work but now your bed is going to squeak  ;D
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Joe_535i on February 13, 2019, 08:01:39 am
TM34 - totally open source and won't violate your privacy.  :)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: kelsoo on February 13, 2019, 08:40:56 am
Good work but now your bed is going to squeak  ;D

Don't worry a replacement bolt for the bed was found.  :) I just needed a really long bolt to prove what I thought would work actually would work. I'd cut the hole in the back plate and fitted the draft sealing,  tapped the securing bar and was desperate to see if it would actually fit. Bed bolt to the rescue!  8) 

TM34 - totally open source and won't violate your privacy.  :)

lol. Yes :-) ignition timing is on my mind  ;D
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Joe_535i on February 13, 2019, 04:51:30 pm

lol. Yes :-) ignition timing is on my mind  ;D

...now that stock timing is not perfect but good enough for most anything you may land up doing to that engine.

EDIT: The SU filter looks kinda cool on there.  8)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: KC1961 on February 16, 2019, 11:40:58 am
A few days ago I removed the rear wheel and then the tyre. Yesterday I fitted a new tyre. This  morning, I refitted the wheel, it was much more awkward/difficult than I remember it being the last time. It must be the worst setup of any of the bikes that I ever had. Ducati 916 the easiest!
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Rusted535 on February 16, 2019, 01:36:06 pm
Well a few days ago I fitted new bar-end mirrors. Getting the stock bar end weights out was not fun. One of them would not loosen so I had to pull/drive it out with a hammer and punch. Very nervous swinging a hammer near my brand new GT! But I got it done. They look great but I've yet to test them in traffic because of a flat front tire, from the dealer!!
It was flat when I bought it. They said they would fix it before I took it home. When I picked it up it looked and rode great. A few days later and it's lost 10psi. They obviously just pumped it up and never checked for a leak. So I'm putting in a new tube today. To be fair this is a multi line dealer and not exclusive Royal Enfield shop so I feel they just don't care much about the cheaper Indian made bikes. I will never use that shop again. Anyway, I'm also doing my 300 mile run-in oil change today so I'll be set for next week. As soon as the rain stops lol
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: hpwaco on February 16, 2019, 05:41:26 pm
Where are you located and what shop did you buy your 535 gt from?
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Rusted535 on February 17, 2019, 02:29:22 am
I'm in North Carolina. I bought mine at Team Powersports of Raleigh. The sales staff was great but I feel the service department was lacking. Of course this is just my opinion.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: kelsoo on February 19, 2019, 09:23:36 pm
Today I fitted the leaking throttle body gasket and O rings. Unfortunately the dealer sent the wrong size O rings even though I specifically told them they maybe larger. No doubt ones for a bullet . At least the old ones fitted and seem to be working fine.
I also made up a "belly pan" for the bottom of the wind shield to hide the chrome of the lamp. A bit of aluminium from an old caravan I'd "skinned" when it was scrapped. Sprayed it black and I much prefer the lines of  the bike now when viewed from the side.

The Mikuni TM34 arrived the same day as the 185 main jet and needle jet. Waiting on the and pilot jet and flange. FIXED: I ordered a VM32 -200 flange because the VM34-200 was not stocked and had no spigot size listed. Apart from that the only difference was the bore. VM34 has a bore of 36mm the VM32 35.5mm spigot spacing of 75mm as to 60mm.  I'd miss read. the VM34-200 is the correct flange. I was sent a VM32-454 by mistake and was just about to complain and noticed my own mistake.  :-[

Thinking of fuelling I saw a good video of a complete efi kit. It was on a Kawasaki twin but there is 2 kits for small engines. There's also a video of it on a DR650 iirc.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=NYsP2JYXbGs

If someone's feeling brave https://www.ecotrons.com/small_engine_fuel_injection_kit/
added: After a quick look I think the only difference is the throttle body size. 28mm or 38mm
https://www.ecotrons.com/small_engine_fuel_injection_kit/400cc_to_800cc_engine_fuel_injection_kit/
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on February 21, 2019, 08:37:03 pm
I had a weird one today. Started my bike and went to drop into gear. Bike lurched and started started moving like the clutch wasn't disengaged properly. Then, because the clutch was dragging,  I couldn't pop it back into neutral. Switched the engine off and gear pedal still felt stiff and didn't want to come out of gear without some rocking back and forth. Once back in neutral and started up again, everything went back to normal. How weird?
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: KD5ITM on March 23, 2019, 02:25:47 am
I ended up replacing the original battery in my 2014 GT. Went with the Batteries Plus Duracell maintenance-free battery. Found it odd that the battery is offered with the Positive post on the left and right hand side of the battery. Left hand side is made in Mexico and the right hand side is made in the Good Ole USA. Battery comes with a two-year warranty. Was hoping to get a lighter lithium battery option but for the life of me I can't seem to Source out a good match. The Duracell battery, $119 out the door.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on March 25, 2019, 10:19:34 pm
The stock battery lasted a long time then. The lithium I put in mine is a lot smaller than stock. More CCA's but a smaller and lighter package.  I made up the space with epp foam blocks. No problem. I should have recorded the part number before I put it in my bobber when I sold that one.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: chuychacon on March 26, 2019, 02:13:08 pm
My stock battery is past 5years old, might change it just because
Motorcyclist Mag mar/apr has articles on how easy it is to steal motorcycles and how to hot wire it, plus lots of pics showing tools and such
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: kelsoo on April 04, 2019, 09:23:36 pm
Today I took my GT in for it's warranty work. Checked the weather forecast, looked OK outside, then 15 minutes in it pissed down!
The good news was garage were on it as soon as I arrived. I had breakfast in their cafe and tried to dry out (great feature having a cafe in the bike shop) then went and looked at the showroom. The Enfield section had 2 classics 3 himalayans and a 650 GT.  After I returned to the cafe and waited. 

The reception came and found me and said there was an issue with my bike. Off I went to the workshop where my bike was meant to be getting swingarm bushes as the was movement in the swingarm. The swingarm was out and the technician showed me the cause. The bolt that goes through the swingarm has a metal sleeve on the nut end. It's meant to be a snug fit but either the pin or sleeve were poorly manufactured. There must have been 2-3mm slop in it. To cap it all the new rear shock only had one locking ring so that didn't get fitted either. I did get the exhaust heat shield and top yoke nut replaced though. Woopie.

I almost traded it in there and then. Quality control seems to be non existent. Shocking truly shocking.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: kelsoo on April 05, 2019, 09:31:42 pm
Today I converted a Himalayan pannier rack to fit my GT. 75 pound as opposed to 210 pound and I can take a passenger.
Cut down the larger Himalayan stays and after shortening them welded them back on. Cut out about an inch from the tie bar not, strictly necessary but I wanted to reduce the width as much as possible. Cut out an L shaped plate to mount from the top of the rear strut.

edit: also remove the indicator bracket
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: hpwaco on May 01, 2019, 03:26:19 am
Annual Spring oil change.  Switched from Lucas at $10 a quart to Shell Rotella T4 15w40 (JASO rated) @ $13 a gallon which has been suggested by several forum members.    Magical mystery sight glass seems to be ok with it!   Chain is next project.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on May 01, 2019, 05:07:29 am
will you use the standard size chain or go to the narrower 520?
What mileage did you get from the original?
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: hpwaco on May 02, 2019, 12:15:16 am
Gizzo,   I should have said " next project is to service the chain ".   It's still the original 530 at 4k miles.  Have considered the narrower sprokets and chain but can't justify the expense.  Probably be smarter to get a 650.  Bought the 14 GT for its looks, not performance.   cheers
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on May 02, 2019, 12:38:44 am
Ah.
Happy days.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: KC1961 on May 04, 2019, 07:36:59 pm
Fitted new shocks. Hopefully a worthwhile improvement. Also fitted a new seat in recent days.  Looking forward to getting out on bike with these and 2 new tyres and proper amount of (better quality?) oil in forks.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mevocgt on June 01, 2019, 09:57:22 pm
I rode mine!  It has been in the shop since last May when I dropped a valve seat.  We repaired the head, put new valves in, re-sleeved the cylinder, and replaced the piston.  We were so busy last summer, we didnt get to it till after Christmas.  Fairing kit is on the way!
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: hpwaco on June 14, 2019, 04:13:39 am
Took my 14gt in for its annual Texas inspection today.  Yup, looks like a motorcycle.  Lights and horn work?   Got your insurance card and $7.00?  OK passed!  Now I can renew the registration for another year!
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: UncleBuck82 on June 18, 2019, 08:28:21 pm
I slipped a Magura HC1 12mm master cylinder on there. Ridiculous upgrade? Somewhat; I've been tuning my ergonomics overtime and this lets me get my wrist into a more comfortable position.

Mind you, it now looks a mite bit silly with the black shorty lever on one side and the long silver lever on the other. Wonder if the stubby GP style clutch lever from DCC will fit?
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: hpwaco on June 19, 2019, 07:53:46 pm
Put in 2 gallons of ethanol free gasoline today which costs $2.73 per gallon at the only station here in Waco that sells it.  Regular is $2.31 a gallon.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on June 19, 2019, 10:45:53 pm
Put in 2 gallons of ethanol free gasoline today which costs $2.73 per gallon at the only station here in Waco that sells it.  Regular is $2.31 a gallon.

Wow.  Bargain. That's half the cost of fuel here.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: chuychacon on June 25, 2019, 04:11:21 pm
Is there an USA source for GT 34- 38 tooth rear sprockets ?
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mevocgt on June 25, 2019, 09:40:53 pm
Other than going through a dealer, I would order it from Hitchcocks. I would also suggest getting the 525 conversion sprockets from them instead of sticking with the stock 530.  It was a noticeable improvement with my bike. 
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on June 26, 2019, 01:01:15 am
I would also suggest getting the 525 conversion sprockets from them instead of sticking with the stock 530.  It was a noticeable improvement with my bike.

How so? Does it feel like the smaller chain saps less power?
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: chuychacon on June 26, 2019, 02:51:35 pm
Thanks
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mevocgt on July 01, 2019, 06:56:48 pm
525 chains are lighter than 530 and it is spun weight loss.  I was told once that 1 lb spun weight is equal to 3 lbs of static weight.  I noticed a quicker acceleration before the head was put on.  It felt a little smoother to me too. 
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Guaire on July 02, 2019, 04:12:27 pm
525 chains are lighter than 530 and it is spun weight loss.  I was told once that 1 lb spun weight is equal to 3 lbs of static weight.  I noticed a quicker acceleration before the head was put on.  It felt a little smoother to me too.

Matt - You made me order sprockets from Hitcocks today. I went for the 520 set. They were out of 525s. HeeHee.
I'll get a 100 or so 520 from my local peeps.
Bill
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: KC1961 on July 03, 2019, 12:08:41 pm
Turned over 10,000 (happy) miles.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: mevocgt on July 06, 2019, 06:34:52 pm
Matt - You made me order sprockets from Hitcocks today. I went for the 520 set. They were out of 525s. HeeHee.
I'll get a 100 or so 520 from my local peeps.
Bill
Even better than the 525....
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: chuychacon on July 11, 2019, 11:54:22 pm
received my 38 tooth sprocket today from Hitchcocks
FYI it took 12 days to PO Box
59 gbp + vat 12 gbp + 7 gbp shipping
about $100.
took 3 hours to install because everything went wrong!@#$%^&*( one of those days
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: kelsoo on July 23, 2019, 10:47:00 pm

Royal Enfield 535cc Continental GT Bike trip.

https://notabug.org/kelsoo/scribbles/wiki/Enfield+Continental+GT+trip (https://notabug.org/kelsoo/scribbles/wiki/Enfield+Continental+GT+trip)
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Post by: gizzo on July 24, 2019, 12:38:14 am
Sounds like you had fun even though the weather was vile.  Touring in Australia, rain is the exception, not the rule.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: KC1961 on July 24, 2019, 12:20:14 pm
I enjoyed reading that Kelsoo. I assume that erratic EML lamp aside, you're initial problems with the bike are long gone and it's running fine now.
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Post by: kelsoo on July 24, 2019, 12:25:34 pm
Yes it was fun despite the weather. 2 horrid days 2 really nice when camping and the rest mixed.

The riding was nice and I'm so glad I took the CGT over the Multistrada. It was almost the perfect bike for the roads and the limited fuel stations. I was stopped by a guy in Stornoway that had just bought a Bullet and I think that was his feeling to.

The bike is with out doubt loosening up a bit and improving with it. Sort of settling down. Fuel economy from the trip shows I'm obviously riding it harder when just running around. The warranty work is still not done and the battery failed a few weeks ago.  The garage have escalated it as Enfield are being really slow. 

I really like the bike in it's current setup. Dual seat and leather "Royal Enfield" panniers for day to day use.  I can switch to touring mode with the soft "Lomo's" in 10 minutes. Very versatile and I find I quite often pick the Enfield over the Ducati when I arrive at my bikes. The Enfield also has the benefit that my lady friend will ride on the back of the Enfield but not on the Ducati.   Giving me the choice of if I want her along  ;D

I have some crash bars to be fitted at some point but no urgency and still some concerns about Indian build quality but I think I'll always have those. 

I also had one emergency stop situation, my fault! Thought that I was about to tail end a stopped van in front of me. The brakes were superb and stopped me with a full 2 meters to spare. I was actually shocked and pleased just how well it pulled up. A combination of the ABS and sports demon tires perhaps. That said the tires white-line shockingly, tracking all over the place and make crossing white lines and tar lines a worrying affair.
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Post by: KC1961 on July 24, 2019, 07:47:50 pm
I find I quite often pick the Enfield over the Ducati when I arrive at my bikes.

Hmmm, years ago (1996 - 2000) I had an MZ Skorpion and a Ducati 916. Sometimes when things were quiet at work I would go home to take out the Ducati, I usually took out the MZ.
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Post by: gizzo on July 24, 2019, 10:56:26 pm
I'd love to have a Skorpion. So cool.  I'm the same with my CGT. There's a pantah and a monster waiting to be used but I usually take the Enfield instead. Except the last couple of months I've just been rocking the C90. Too much fun.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: kelsoo on July 25, 2019, 02:10:00 pm
I enjoyed reading that Kelsoo. I assume that erratic EML lamp aside, you're initial problems with the bike are long gone and it's running fine now.

Well the bikes running well but still waiting on the warranty work. The battery died so I informed the garage and will take it in when I get a date for the work. In the mean time I swapped it for the one off the pegaso and that's been fine.  My mate made up an old  "Scorpion" end can that was dented. re-rolled a new center section to the length I wanted and it sounds and works great.  Much less weight than the standard pipe,  straight through but with much better sound suppression than my cheapo stainless ones.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: chuychacon on October 30, 2019, 07:11:31 pm
Its 18 deg in the garage/barn but the GT started on the 5th kick.
The stock muffler/cat has been stored in the dry barn for 4 years or so , and somehow it had 1/2 pint of water in it!
Does a cat/muffler absorb water?
anyway all snowed in time to wax the skis
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Richard230 on October 30, 2019, 09:36:20 pm
Its 18 deg in the garage/barn but the GT started on the 5th kick.
The stock muffler/cat has been stored in the dry barn for 4 years or so , and somehow it had 1/2 pint of water in it!
Does a cat/muffler absorb water?
anyway all snowed in time to wax the skis

Condensation.  Your stored muffler is acting like a little still.  The changes in temperature and humidity cause the water in the air to condense on the inside of the muffler walls and settle to the bottom over time, giving you and your mouse family free drinking water.  If you want to prevent that moisture buildup, go to your local hardware store and buy some of that chemical that dries stuff out.  The hardware guys will know what to give you.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on October 31, 2019, 03:01:11 am
New lithium battery for my GT today.
It has a built in digital voltage display.. That's a bit cool. 
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Post by: hpwaco on December 11, 2019, 12:15:47 am
Record 82 F here in Waco yesterday so I took The GT out for its monthly spin.    Good thing too cause it's dropping into the 20's tonight!
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on December 11, 2019, 09:41:14 am
Ordered some new tyres today. After much deliberation and mind changing I decided to play it conservative and just go for the stock Sport Demons. They'll get the job done. Just waiting for the bt45 rear to wear out.  It seemed to flatten in the middle pretty quickly but now that it's down to a few mm of tread depth the bloody thing won't finish itself. The front's pretty bald on the sides but likewise, the middle won't go away. Been doing some long commutes lately so might as well use them up. While the rim is bare, I'll get a few broken spokes replaced.

FWIW the BT45 is fine but I just don't love how it looks, hence the change back to pirelli. Pretty shallow reason but they work well as well.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on January 03, 2020, 01:36:09 am
Made some swing arm spools for my GT.  The first one took ages but after I worked out the procedure and tools, the second took about 20 min. They seem to work OK and gets the back up nice and high. Getting the wheel out is a snap.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: EnfieldGuy on January 03, 2020, 05:10:40 pm
Made some swing arm spools for my GT.  The first one took ages but after I worked out the procedure and tools, the second took about 20 min. They seem to work OK and gets the back up nice and high. Getting the wheel out is a snap.

Nice job, they look really neat.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Balldrick on January 05, 2020, 01:54:04 am
Hello from Australia,
New to the Forum and Just purchased my GT 535 a month ago.
Spent the weekend making up brackets to fit this alloy half fairing. Liking the way its looking after a lot of fiddly work to get clearance on everything.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on January 05, 2020, 12:44:31 pm
Nice job, they look really neat.

Thanks!
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on January 05, 2020, 12:57:09 pm
Hello from Australia,
New to the Forum and Just purchased my GT 535 a month ago.
Spent the weekend making up brackets to fit this alloy half fairing. Liking the way its looking after a lot of fiddly work to get clearance on everything.
Welcome aboard.
The bike with fairing looks nice! How do you like ride position with the bars dropped below the top clamp?
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: ace.cafe on January 05, 2020, 02:34:19 pm
Made some swing arm spools for my GT.  The first one took ages but after I worked out the procedure and tools, the second took about 20 min. They seem to work OK and gets the back up nice and high. Getting the wheel out is a snap.
Nice job, Gizzo.

Hello from Australia,
New to the Forum and Just purchased my GT 535 a month ago.
Spent the weekend making up brackets to fit this alloy half fairing. Liking the way its looking after a lot of fiddly work to get clearance on everything.

Looks great!
I love alloy bodywork!
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: olhogrider on January 06, 2020, 01:30:23 am
Hello from Australia,
New to the Forum and Just purchased my GT 535 a month ago.
Spent the weekend making up brackets to fit this alloy half fairing. Liking the way its looking after a lot of fiddly work to get clearance on everything.

That fairing is perfect! What is it?
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on January 06, 2020, 09:42:04 pm
Nice job, Gizzo.


Thanks Tom. It's no cylinder head but I'm learning. Things have gone well since I stopped using cheap Chinese carbide tools and made my own HSS ones. Much nicer on my little machine.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Balldrick on January 09, 2020, 07:36:45 am
That fairing is perfect! What is it?
Its from https://www.omegaracer.com its made for a Yamaha SR but the support bracket can be modded to fit.
also needed to mod the gauge cluster bracket. 
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Balldrick on January 09, 2020, 07:39:44 am
Welcome aboard.
The bike with fairing looks nice! How do you like ride position with the bars dropped below the top clamp?
To be honest Im new to motorcycles and haven't done much riding....so its all new to me and I don't have much to compare with!
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: jez on January 13, 2020, 07:47:00 pm
 I took the lockable sidepanel round to a friend's to get it resprayed. It had fallen off. It appears to be made of a large lump of metal and loads of filler and is unfeasibly heavy.  One would imagine that having made the airbox out of plastic they might have had the technology to manufacture a  decent side panel. Japan managed it in the late 70s.



























Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: KC1961 on January 14, 2020, 07:13:59 pm
I could remove my side-panel when in the locked position. I made a longer movable tag (bit on the inside, don't know what you call it), if I remember correctly it's held on by 2 small screws. The panels do weigh a ton.
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Post by: gizzo on January 16, 2020, 07:02:08 am
Saw this on the clock  during my arvo commute. Here's to the next 10,000.
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Post by: Balldrick on February 03, 2020, 02:04:47 am
Today I finished making a tank guard/strap. to my anger and dismay I jumped of the bike yesterday and noticed the tank all scratched from a zipper on my Jacket!
Was going to make something anyway, so this became a priority.
 I will be getting the seat reupholstered next to mach the color. I also finished sanding and polishing the new guards and seat cowl, all coming along nicely...
next will be polishing the lower front forks, and fitting some Akront style rims and firestone tyres. Then a lightened alloy fork yoke. Want to get it in a local car/bike show by mid June.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Guaire on February 10, 2020, 07:10:19 pm
I changed over the sprockets and chain to a 520. I'll add weight saving stats later.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: hpwaco on February 10, 2020, 08:43:57 pm
Did you get the sprockets and chain from Hitchcocks?   I contacted Talon a few years ago but they replied that they didn't sell direct. 
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on February 11, 2020, 09:04:31 am
Got a flat tyre on the other side of town. I had to do a tour of all the servos on the way home to keep pumping it up.  Pulled the tyre off, there's a hole in the tube but nothing in the tyre. Think I better throw a new tube in there to be on the safe side.

Also, a dynojet autotune came for me in the post today.  Pretty keen to see how that goes. 
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Post by: kyla on February 11, 2020, 12:31:58 pm
Great info. Thanks for sharing. I will suggest some of the ideas to my team.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Guaire on February 13, 2020, 12:23:35 am
Did you get the sprockets and chain from Hitchcocks?   I contacted Talon a few years ago but they replied that they didn't sell direct.

I got the sprockets from Hitchcock’s. It’s a Talon.
  I get an employee discount at a local mega-dealer. That’s where I get common things like the chain, batteries, oil and the like.
  My local RE dealer is Cycles of Silver Spring (Maryland), a suburb of DC.
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Post by: hpwaco on February 13, 2020, 07:48:17 pm
Thanks Guaire.    Wouldn't mind getting rid of some dead weight on my GT.    However at 78 I believe the wife thinks that I'm mostly dead weight!
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Ove on February 14, 2020, 08:42:39 am
That's got nothing to do with age, in my experience  ;)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: hpwaco on February 18, 2020, 02:30:55 am
80° F here in Waco today.    Took the GT to Walmart/Murphy's and "topped up" with 2 gallons of alcohol free gas @ $2.19 per gallon (regular is $1.88!).   Temp supposed to be nearly 40° lower tomorrow!
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Post by: gizzo on February 18, 2020, 05:14:23 am
Woo! We still have alcohol free as a general rule, here. Thank goodness. I've been fooling about with the auto tune on the power commander. It's made some fairly obvious fuelling changes already and runs different. The 60 kph at 3000 rpm herky jerky seems to have cleared up.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: kelsoo on April 04, 2020, 07:05:59 pm
I went shopping!
What with covid-19 and all the self isolation I was having a need to feel alive. Put the mower away grabbed my helmet and headed for the hills. I figured I needed some supplies so stuffed some bags in my panniers and rode west. I think a lone person on a bike would not be infecting or getting infected by anyone. 
What a joy. Took me back to my youth with so few cars to hold me up. My wee trip down the road to the shops was becoming such fun. With empty roads  everywhere I really enjoyed the rolling hills and bend swinging and the air on my face. So much so I rode past quite a few shops and when I did finally pull in to a supermarket the queue was so long with all the 2 meter gaps it went clear round the building. One look and I rode straight back out and headed home. I stopped  at a village shop for my supplies. One out, one in,  got my food after working out the "How do you pay standing behind this line in front of the counter" protocol. Back on the bike for the final stretch home. Checked to trip 50 miles. Damn if only all shopping trips were as good.
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Post by: Richard230 on April 04, 2020, 10:09:23 pm
I am still amazed that people are willing to stand in a long queue outside the store, while being metered-in, in order to shop at a Safeway.   ::)
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Joe_535i on May 03, 2020, 02:49:43 pm
Great info. Thanks for sharing. I will suggest some of the ideas to my team.

Joker?
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: JerryGT on May 12, 2020, 06:27:47 pm
I had a new front tire fitted today and I used the situation that the front wheel was removed to change the fork oil.
Jesus, that was a smelly broth. Fork oil is usually odorless, but what RE filled in looked and smelled like radiator antifreeze. :o


Jerry
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Richard230 on May 12, 2020, 10:19:11 pm
I had a new front tire fitted today and I used the situation that the front wheel was removed to change the fork oil.
Jesus, that was a smelly broth. Fork oil is usually odorless, but what RE filled in looked and smelled like radiator antifreeze. :o


Jerry

When I changed the fork oil in my B5 I was pleasantly surprised that it didn't smell like fish oil and instead seemed to be real motor oil.   :)

I certainly didn't expect that.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on May 24, 2020, 03:34:46 am
Made some little feet for the centre stand. No-one else seems to have this problem: when my bike's on the centre stand and I push to roll it off,  the round feet usually slide along the ground instead of the stand folding up. It's really difficult on the shiny concrete floor of my shed.  The feet make it roll off nicely.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: Bannocksgt535 on May 25, 2020, 07:25:25 am
I fitted a new right hand  twist grip as I damaged the original putting some grip puppies on. Then took the GT out for a shake down ride after fitting a powertronic ecu.  60km round trip and what a change! The GT was much more responsive and had lots of get up and go. I have already got a Carberry plate on and the addition of the grip puppies meant that this is the very first time I have taken the bike out and not been troubled with numb fingers. Only the very faintest vibes present, as expected but nothing compared to when I last ran the bike. I reckon I could ride my GT for hours and not be bothered.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: OLD FELLA on May 26, 2020, 08:36:16 am
Just changed out the OEM suspension for Ikon fork springs and shocks - huge improvement for AUD$770. Not a lot of other things added to it; Power Commander, Airfilter goodies from Hitchcocks, reverse cone muffler, LED lighting to lessen the load on the alternator, fork pre-load adjusters, narrower clip-ons, shin shredder foot pegs from Hitchcocks, Bridgestone BT45's -140/70 rear to give it a little more rounded profile and lowered the front by 5mm because I know how to work steering geometry. The Ikon fork springs are much longer (and better) than the OEM so the spacer length requires reducing.
I am 72kg all kitted up and the bike works great for me! Enjoy the pics.
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: OLD FELLA on May 26, 2020, 08:39:07 am
From the previous post,
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: KC1961 on May 26, 2020, 05:40:29 pm
Hi OLD FELLA, can you tell me what make your kick-up pipe is and where you got it from?
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: OLD FELLA on May 27, 2020, 12:30:22 am
Hi KC
I purchased the muffler/silencer from Feked in the UK. It is only a silencer by name - no baffles, straight through with the obligatory perforated inner tube and packing. It ships with all the mounting hardware plus clamp and reduction sleeves.
It is a straight silencer and the upsweep is something I created from a BSA header pipe I found in a mates garage. The silencer is very light and quality is great!
I checked the Feked website but I cannot find it anymore.
I can go back through my purchase history and find tge part number and shoot a message to them with a part number if you want - but remember it is a noisy little sucker (but very nice).
Cheers
Chris
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Post by: OLD FELLA on May 27, 2020, 12:48:09 am
Found it KC - from Feked - part number fkunv42n.You will have to source the upsweep section. I was lucky enough to get the right angle so the silencer mounting point lined up with the OEM bolt hole on the loop!
Cheers
Chris
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: KC1961 on May 27, 2020, 04:46:05 pm
Hi OLD FELLA, thanks for replying. It's only the upswept part that I'm looking for. When I bought mine the only bend I could find was 15 degrees. Your set up looks much better.
Cheers
Kenny
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Post by: Gremlinsteve on May 30, 2020, 03:12:06 am
Bought it

I’m so happy
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: gizzo on May 30, 2020, 09:24:46 am
Bought it

I’m so happy

Congrats mate,  and welcome aboard
Title: Re: What did you do to your RE Continental GT today?
Post by: ace.cafe on May 30, 2020, 12:03:39 pm
Bought it

I’m so happy

Congrats!

I loved my '14 GT too.
I was gutted  when it was stolen.
Maybe one day I may be lucky enough to get another.

Best of luck to you.