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Old 10-09-2010, 08:17 PM   #61
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Great conversion - I wanna do one!!

But,

Any suggestions for an separate transmission, other than an Enfield, to use for a diesel motorcycle project?

Here, in Thailand, there are few Enfields for sale and if there running examples the prices are quite high. Yet around me bike shops abound with endless availability of frames and such; and also I have meet fabulously talented fabricators that work at rates that are hard to beat.

Over a year of dedicated searching, the only thing close is a few Chinese manufactured ATV's - and they are only available new or as horrible abused as ex rental units.

One choice is to plan a tour of India, buying the cheapest Enfield reasonable, and ship it back with me. With this choice though there is little chance of having a properly registered bike as the cost to do so is $$$.

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Old 10-10-2010, 05:23 AM   #62
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Suzuki gs550 there a guy whom sells a cd on how to covert one if I remember right.
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Great conversion - I wanna do one!!

But,

Any suggestions for an separate transmission, other than an Enfield, to use for a diesel motorcycle project?

Here, in Thailand, there are few Enfields for sale and if there running examples the prices are quite high. Yet around me bike shops abound with endless availability of frames and such; and also I have meet fabulously talented fabricators that work at rates that are hard to beat.

Over a year of dedicated searching, the only thing close is a few Chinese manufactured ATV's - and they are only available new or as horrible abused as ex rental units.

One choice is to plan a tour of India, buying the cheapest Enfield reasonable, and ship it back with me. With this choice though there is little chance of having a properly registered bike as the cost to do so is $$$.

Cheers
Suzuki gs550 is another bike. there a guy whom sells a cd on how to covert one if I remember right. Best way to find out about doing it is to google for forums were guys are building there own. Harley is suppost to be a good choose to due to all the space for the engine and the fact you can use an hd tranny.
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Old 10-11-2010, 12:24 AM   #63
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If you really want to upset people use a BMW or Norton Commando.
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Old 10-11-2010, 02:15 AM   #64
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Bike should have been undergoing testing but the Enfield box refuses to downshift. Apart from that it's all good.
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Old 10-11-2010, 02:36 AM   #65
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If you really want to upset people use a BMW or Norton Commando.
Or a Vincent?!
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Old 10-11-2010, 02:37 AM   #66
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Or a Vincent?!
Yup that would do the job

(upsetting people, that is...)

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Old 10-11-2010, 08:37 AM   #67
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I'm going to do conversion as soon as I can find a suitable bike. I have found several on CL but no title.
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Old 10-18-2010, 03:03 AM   #68
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Snoop hows the bike goin?


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I'm going to do conversion as soon as I can find a suitable bike. I have found several on CL but no title.

barnone have a look at the RHS of this site. If you want an Enfield theres plenty

http://www.royalenfields.com/2009/06...ad-bullet.html
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Old 10-18-2010, 06:22 PM   #69
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Thanks for the ideas for donor bikes but I'd hate to do the conversion on a nice RE.
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Old 10-19-2010, 12:49 AM   #70
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Thanks for the ideas for donor bikes but I'd hate to do the conversion on a nice RE.
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dont worry i had the same thought, then again its not made in England.

IMO The gas motor ain't good, there's plenty of problems with em.

Its the simplest bike to do a diesel conversion on plus its the cheapest.

Parts are plentiful and low cost.

just do it and you'll have a bike thats even more unique than the gas 350s and 500s.
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Old 10-19-2010, 03:34 AM   #71
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dont worry i had the same thought, then again its not made in England.

IMO The gas motor ain't good, there's plenty of problems with em.

Its the simplest bike to do a diesel conversion on plus its the cheapest.

Parts are plentiful and low cost.

just do it and you'll have a bike thats even more unique than the gas 350s and 500s.
Dan post a few of your conversion to show the folks - its impressive.
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Old 10-20-2010, 04:06 AM   #72
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Dan post a few of your conversion to show the folks - its impressive.
Hey Dave
thanks i thought they might click on the sig line that links to it :)



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Old 10-21-2010, 05:38 AM   #73
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Danielson,
Yes, your RE looks right and proper with the diesel. I'll keep looking for one. There was a late model one with a blown engine on the RE USA forum that went for $1500 asking. I guess the guy was pissed.
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Old 10-22-2010, 06:40 AM   #74
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I've noted a few things from my first trial run...

1. The air filter hits the knee and is really, really annoying.

2. The engine has limited rev range but will put-put-put along and is nearly impossible to stall. It's difficult to tell when to change gear and I'm looking at installing a tacho onto the flywheel and some point.

3. Noise from the stock exhaust if fine on the road, in fact it's quite quiet.

Unfortunately my gearbox needs attention, the front brake doesn't work either so I'm overhauling to a 21" front.
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Old 10-25-2010, 03:16 AM   #75
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Snoop

You can change the filter by connecting the inlet to the original airbox by a pipe.

That'd cut down the bulk

Check the pic


How good is the engine, it wouldn't stall in deep water crossings

As for the GB whats wrong with it i remember you said does not downshift only up.

Get Snidals manual, there are three mechanisms that need to work in unison in order for good shifts. The lever requires firm prods to miss the false neutrals.

The Albion box IMO is a very good one, when setup well is simple and reliable just like the 418cc Diesel engine.
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