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Reply #15 on: May 18, 2020, 09:16:31 pm
Sounds great, don't hold back on the details when you get it done. There are plenty of basket cases out there dying to register. Maybe even write a book on it  ;)
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Reply #16 on: May 18, 2020, 10:18:57 pm
Well...I'll be dipped!
I asked Bob what year he thought it was and he pointed me to the build thread while it was in India: https://advrider.com/f/threads/1972-royal-enfield-cafe-racer-project.514041/
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Reply #17 on: May 18, 2020, 10:35:43 pm
There were many self-imported Bullets brought into the US using the antique provision for importing. Most were modern Bullets with paperwork from the 1970s.

The main thing is that it is now here, and got thru customs. That is the main thing.
Now you just have to get some state to issue a title, and then re-register in your own state.
Could be a headache, but I think it can be done.
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Reply #18 on: May 18, 2020, 11:00:51 pm
My 2 are fully titled and registered.  Not without lots of effort though.  I had no idea what I was getting into, but I got it done.  Funny, that last sentence pretty much describes my life.
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Reply #19 on: May 19, 2020, 03:03:01 am
Does anyone have a trick to getting the foot peg rubbers off without cutting them? The rearset is a actually made from a heated and bent rear peg holder. It is bent, jamming the linkage rod against the trans so it won't shift. I'll need to heat it up and bend it back but want to save the rubber so it has to come off first.
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Reply #20 on: May 19, 2020, 11:59:00 am
Try heating them up, either boiling water or a hot-air gun (perhaps a hairdryer!).

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Reply #21 on: May 19, 2020, 07:41:46 pm
I think boiling them in water is the best option. If you try with a heat gun there’s a chance the outside will be crispy before the inside is hot enough.
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Reply #22 on: May 20, 2020, 10:45:52 am
This mob in the U.K. can date your Enfield (British or Indian) -  www.royalenfields.com
On the front page is a banner titled "How Old Is My Royal Enfield" with and email address to contact.
They confirmed my "1970" Bullet as 1995.

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Reply #23 on: May 20, 2020, 11:28:10 am
The first video in what I hope to be a series. If you don't want to listen to my ramblings zip ahead to about the halfway mark to where I show the carb. I'd like experienced opinions on the condition of the slide.
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Reply #24 on: May 20, 2020, 01:10:53 pm
Spaco carburettors!

https://spaco.co.in/carburettor.php

You might want to consider a carb upgrade though, plenty of options.

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Reply #25 on: May 20, 2020, 01:50:55 pm
With the warning that I'm an annoying half-full type guy, I think she looks cool!  I guess it's hard to evaluate whether it's worth fixing until you get to the bottom of what's wrong and what the effort/cost is to get it going.

But, it looks cool and I can imagine a blast to ride with those rear controls.

Nice vid man.

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Reply #26 on: May 20, 2020, 02:47:21 pm
I'm skeptical about the carb. Plug is pretty sooty. But I am also reluctant to change anything before trying to fire it because it did run.

The cafe thing isn't my style but it is a pretty cool bike. If it were mine (and it could be though I don't really want TWO IB's) I'd change a couple things like the speedo; the one in it looks too modern. The original owner had wanted to put a Smiths type in it but was put off by the cost. He also wanted to put a bomber nose art girl on the gas tank which I actually could see being cool but it has the decals on it now.

The conundrum is how much money to I/we spend on it vs what it may bring in a sale. Plus I'm still navigating the thorny issue of the paperwork which is a real deterrent to investing much in it.
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Reply #27 on: May 20, 2020, 11:03:45 pm
Oh well, just give that Spaco a fanatical clean as shown elsewhere and see if you can sort it well enough to run normally. A patch of worn off green stuff on the slide won't be enough to stop it running, you can think about upgrades once you have a title under your belt.

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Reply #28 on: May 20, 2020, 11:25:38 pm
Why is it a PIA to get a bike titled, what are the complexities?


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Reply #29 on: May 21, 2020, 09:30:49 am
Why is it a PIA to get a bike titled, what are the complexities?

"Grey Market", or illegally/privately imported vehicles, do not conform to U.S. Department of Transportation or Environmental Protection Agency standards, making them impossible or at least very difficult to register for on road use. One exception is antique vehicles, or at least those purporting to be so, which explains why this 1995 Bullet in question is pretending to be a model from the '70s.

Frankly, if this bike had no stateside title yet, I wouldn't sink another nickel into it until it did. One possible workaround is the "Vermont Title Gambit" already alluded to in this thread and described here: http://www.chinonthetank.com/2014/04/get-a-title-with-a-vermont-registration/ . It can also useful in situations where a vehicle is sold with a Bill of Sale only.
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