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Bullet with the UCE engine / DIY service - is it worth it
« Last Post by mike_bike_kite on Yesterday at 10:17:58 am »
My bike (a 2018 500 classic with 3K miles) runs great and I was thinking of doing the service myself. I can do simple stuff like change the oil and filter plus check the air filter and spark plug. I tend to check the tyre pressures and the bolts once a month anyway. What else do I need to do? or should I really take it in to the garage?
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650 Twin - Interceptor/GT / Re: New Guy From Arizona
« Last Post by Bilgemaster on Yesterday at 09:22:17 am »
OK guys, I've been found out.......my first Dead show was 1966.

Indeed, Arizona is great for riding but I live in the central highlands at 5200 feet.  It gets COLD and it SNOWS which is the main reason I haven't bought the scooter yet.  I want to avoid the frustration of having a new bike and being faced with a couple of months of iffy conditions. Last March we got 21/2 feet in one dump. I'll be pulling the trigger in late March. I grew up in So Cal and I admit to being a complete sissy about cold, rain, and snow.


If you're thinking of pulling the trigger in March, this Revzilla article on the virtues of a February buy might convince you to move those plans up a bit: https://www.revzilla.com/common-tread/if-youre-buying-a-motorcycle-do-it-in-february.
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Continental GT Cafe Racer / Re: Ace GT Head Project
« Last Post by jez on Yesterday at 09:05:02 am »
If the bearings had worn surely the meshed gears couldn't be tight. However with new bearings and without adjustment of the eccentric spindles they could be. I've heard of the whole engine being seized and destroyed due to mechanics getting this wrong.
It's not something you generally have to do on pushrod singles, but the unit engine has the timing gears cut into the crank itself, not as as normal  a larger timing gear with more meshing teeth slotted over the crank.
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650 Twin - Interceptor/GT / Re: ECU smart enough to "learn"
« Last Post by twocoolgliders on Yesterday at 08:26:19 am »
I dunno.....4 is a bigger number than 1......I think I'll try a "5" next?

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If you had painted a 1 instead of a 4, that would have saved a bit of weight, and added to your top speed  :)
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650 Twin - Interceptor/GT / Re: Expected Maintenance
« Last Post by twocoolgliders on Yesterday at 08:24:29 am »
Wild Bill,

Again...great analysis from you below.

I've only owned Jap bikes.....(8 or 9 of 'em)...only problems I've had was from previous owners f-ing them up, not from the quality of the bike.  my suzuki, which is my "main" bike..has 55,000 miles (miles, not km's)...just routine maintenance.  I'm looking for a replacement for that suzuki....not that I will sell the Suzuki...I'll just ride it till it dies, because it has zero resale value now, but is still a great bike.  But I was looking for a new "main" bike.

I was really hoping the RE650 was going to fill the bill.  Reality....eh...RE looks like a continuous "project"...that it will need attention from time to time, especially as it ages....I would have no problem with this, if I considered the RE as my 'second" bike, or third bike...but as a main bike...I am having second thoughts.  Things like stuck ignition keys, failing wheel bearings, false neutrals, hard shifts...all stuff which is "fixable" and one could deal with....but causing me to loose my zeal....

Reminds me of guys who have Ural motorcycles...some say they are crap....some say, that if you don't mind "tinkering" all the time, they are fantastic!


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if you asked me could you go into a bike shop and buy a new bike say an enfield and get 150,000 km trouble free -my answer is short and sweet NO! I bet not many and I say not many have hit 50,000 trouble free! let alone add another 100,000 km to the numbers

now if it is possible i'd bet on the interceptor to do a good 50,000 km. if I get that out of mine trouble free or near trouble free I would be very happy indeed and if it sh// itself I would be prepared to scrap it and buy another and write it off as an interesting experience.

im actually riding this bike more than any other enfield I have owned  bar one- and we all know I have owned 15 of the rascals - just to see what I can get out of 650 twin before or if I have issues.

this bike may actually surprise me as I just clocked 4,000 km today and it is running extremely well...LOL

there may be lots who disagree but if you think 150k i'd honestly buy a honda cb500x as ive had two new-and they are very well made bikes and cheaper than an enfield too.

only real problem they are some-what boring to ride-no smile value on your face and no character .

last year I had 5 bikes at one stage including the 019 cb500x  and 3 were brand new. most would be happy with that but I use to walk out and look at the rubbish and think ……..what a waste of money. never rode them or very little

you'd be much better thinking something like this. I want a classic looking bike to re-live my youth which will start each time and run along easy at 60 or 70 mph. handles nice and has abs and fuel injection and is pretty safe to ride and can turn heads in a crowd of bikes.

well I think the interceptor can/will do all that. ….but you cant win them all so you may have to turn religious for that big ticket number!
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Hey Bill


Nice video..I like your comments, I listened carefully.  You say some interesting and honest things.  Like the bike runs pretty well in pure stock form to start with ....or after you make a change, you tend to get used to it, so it feels the norm....etc...


Just to beat the hornet's nest with a stick a bit: 

IF you read the manual from booster plug....It states that the booster plug is not "effective" during closed loop operation.  That is, during closed loop operation, the o2 sensor is doing the "final" judgement on Fuel Air mixture ratio...in effect overpowering the booster plug. (the booster plug enriches the mixture only during open loop operation.)


Open loop operation happens, typically during start, warm up, idle, acceleration, and deceleration.  These are the time you don't want to be too lean...so booster plug may be helpful in keeping the fuel on the rich side.

Close loop operation happens during steady state...like steady speed, steady RPM, steady throttle position.

Sooooo

During a long steady climb....the air fuel mixture is determined by the "stock" o2 sensor, not the booster plug.


Just sayin'

I've watched some videos of PCV install and testing on the road....the guy ran a baseline test, with the bike stock, ran in 3rd gear....3000 rpm....then WOT...up to 14,000.  Timed it.

Same test, but with slip on exhaust and PCV with a pre-packaged map for that set up.  Ran the same test, same road etc.

Got from 3000 to 14,000 in 0.9 seconds quicker...substantial improvement?  More scientific test?

Of course a true scientific test would make many, many runs, and graph them, or average them together, to eliminate outliers, etc.





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booster plug on very steep top gear pull  after completing the last 300 klm of my journey

https://youtu.be/wuEtXHJd668
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650 Twin - Interceptor/GT / Re: Expected Maintenance
« Last Post by wildbill on Yesterday at 08:04:01 am »
if you asked me could you go into a bike shop and buy a new bike say an enfield and get 150,000 km trouble free -my answer is short and sweet NO! I bet not many and I say not many have hit 50,000 trouble free! let alone add another 100,000 km to the numbers

now if it is possible i'd bet on the interceptor to do a good 50,000 km. if I get that out of mine trouble free or near trouble free I would be very happy indeed and if it sh// itself I would be prepared to scrap it and buy another and write it off as an interesting experience.

im actually riding this bike more than any other enfield I have owned  bar one- and we all know I have owned 15 of the rascals - just to see what I can get out of 650 twin before or if I have issues.

this bike may actually surprise me as I just clocked 4,000 km today and it is running extremely well...LOL

there may be lots who disagree but if you think 150k i'd honestly buy a honda cb500x as ive had two new-and they are very well made bikes and cheaper than an enfield too.

only real problem they are some-what boring to ride-no smile value on your face and no character .

last year I had 5 bikes at one stage including the 019 cb500x  and 3 were brand new. most would be happy with that but I use to walk out and look at the rubbish and think ……..what a waste of money. never rode them or very little

you'd be much better thinking something like this. I want a classic looking bike to re-live my youth which will start each time and run along easy at 60 or 70 mph. handles nice and has abs and fuel injection and is pretty safe to ride and can turn heads in a crowd of bikes.

well I think the interceptor can/will do all that. ….but you cant win them all so you may have to turn religious for that big ticket number!





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650 Twin - Interceptor/GT / Re: ECU smart enough to "learn"
« Last Post by twocoolgliders on Yesterday at 07:46:09 am »

OK...let's leave booster plug for a later discussion as I stated above...let's stick with ECU learning for now, OK?

Yes this is the typical answer I always get in these discussions.

Not even one fact.

It just works.....magic....

Did you read the manual from booster plug?...where it says ECU learning is impossible...that guy is a lot smarter than me....I have no reason to doubt him...because he gives facts...explains exactly how it works, and how ECU learning is impossible. 

BTW....I go into the local Catholic Church, and steal the Holy water....just a couple drops into the gas tank....works great.....LOL !  And don't even try to tell me otherwise!

OK...so let's continue my "search for the truth"....I say the ECU can't learn, the guy form booster plug says the ECU can't learn.....YOU say you don't care, but you'll go thru some baseless ritual, which you can't explain, "just in case".   OK.....you can do whatever you want....not my problem...but no closer to the truth, is it?


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JIMKU wrote:
"As far as the "learning", to me it's big discussion over absolutely nothing but 15 minutes of your time."
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booster plug on very steep top gear pull  after completing the last 300 klm of my journey

https://youtu.be/wuEtXHJd668
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650 Twin - Interceptor/GT / Re: Expected Maintenance
« Last Post by axman88 on Yesterday at 05:28:18 am »
I just reviewed the video where I found the info about the wheel bearings...seem as though they were replaced at 9000 km.

The bike sure looks fabulous though!

For folks who might not be able to convert kilometers into miles, the front and rear wheel bearings on this man's Interceptor were replaced at around 5625 miles.  He says that the bearings were cheap, I assume when he says "600 bucks" in the video, he is referring to Indian Rupees which would translate to about $8.50 US dollars.

One thing that might be something to consider is that this fellow says he booked his bike very early after introduction, so perhaps the bearing issue was worked out, or is an isolated incident.  This guy also talks about the head bearings being an issue, which, as I recall, was also an issue on the early Himalayans.

Going back a bit in history, Pete Snidal says in his book that the India made Bullets used low quality bearings and that they should be replaced when possible with good quality, Swedish, English or US made bearings.  I can say that I pulled a rear wheel bearing out of a 1999 Bullet with around 11,000 miles on it, that was toast.  To me, a wheel bearing isn't that big a deal, easy to get to, and likely to make it's demise known by various signals.  I'd be more concerned about the possibility that low grade bearings might be inside the engine casings, where they could possibly do some real nasty, expensive damage before being discovered.
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