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Aus.GT

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on: March 21, 2021, 06:33:51 am
Almost 2 years ago on easter monday I crashed my RE535 much to my disgust. Stupid accident really just happened to hit some bumps that set up a tank slapper at 100 km/h which I was unable to control once my LH tommaselli clip on came loose. I was devestated at the time as I had just completed Hot Rodding the engine with great results. (A story for another time)

The damage was to the RH side of the bike mainly. The Steering stop had bent quite badly and had ground away the brake lever and M/Cylinder. Put a large dent in the fuel tank and gravel rashed the RH engine cover and wore a hole through the oil filter cover. And worst of all destroyed my brand new custom made exhaust system.

The bike languished in the garage for a year and a half. When a mate of mine suggested I fix it. He said it gave him a constant smile watching me ride the bike, so much so he purchased a new 650 Interceptor Royal Enfield on that basis. He offered to repair and re-paint the body work for me.

So I looked the bike over and decided it mightn't be that hard. First things first stripped the body work and Headlight etc and sent to the Frame straightening guy. He said the steering stop that was bent was really tough to straighten and that the frame needed a small tweak. He checked the front end and found the forks straight and the triple clamps straight. He a was amazed that the bottom triple clamp was steel and really heavy.

Next off to the Exhaust shop to get the new Exhaust repaired and remade. While I gave my mate the Tank and side covers. He found the dent in the tank very hard to pull, he reckons its made out of some very heavy material so much so he wasn't happy with his repair requiring so much filler and has offered to repaint again if I get a new tank. But its good enough for now so long as the filler doesn't fall out.

Refitted the original clip on bars ( not using the tommaselli ones again ) Purchased another RH engine cover and polished. And fitted a new M/Cylinder and front brake line. Replaced the front Axle that had been damaged. Repaired the rear brake lever as it had snapped the pin with the rubber on it.

Finally got registered again and have done a few short runs about the place due to the weather. Looking forward to a run in the hills.  ;D
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Reply #1 on: March 21, 2021, 07:19:53 am
Congrats on getting back on that horse that threw you. Frankly, I think it looks pretty goddamned fantastic. Welcome back to The Horde!
So badass my Enfield's actually illegal  in India.

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Reply #2 on: March 21, 2021, 01:02:20 pm
Great job getting it back on the road!
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Reply #3 on: March 21, 2021, 01:07:32 pm
Well at least it looks good as new, l would be sick as a pig if the happened to me, we don't have many bumps plenty of pot holes to dodge though, kind of keeps you on your toes and looking well a head.


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Reply #4 on: March 21, 2021, 09:42:20 pm
Welcome back to CGT, Murray!  8)
It'll be fun!
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Reply #5 on: March 21, 2021, 11:53:27 pm
Awesome


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Reply #6 on: March 23, 2021, 07:22:07 am
Thanks Guys for the encouragement.

Forgot to mention fitted a cheap steering damper as well as a bit of insurance.

Will be looking forward to the weekend to give it a decent test run in the hills. ;D
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Reply #7 on: March 31, 2021, 06:09:07 am
So finally got to go for a run in the mountains and Wow I forgot how much fun this bike was.
Forgot how much it vibrates too  ;D
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Reply #8 on: March 31, 2021, 11:44:57 am
The can looks useful, which one is it?
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Reply #9 on: March 31, 2021, 02:12:26 pm
Did they look that nice when they came out of the factory?
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Reply #10 on: April 01, 2021, 08:09:30 am
The can looks useful, which one is it?

I had the header and the Muffler custom made to tuck it up higher.
The Header is stepped from 1 1/2" OD to 1 5/8" and
the Muffler is a megaphone with a muffler built into the end of it.
1988 Gilera Saturno 500
2014 Continental GT
1985 Ducati Mille S2