Just finished modding my Enfield Woodsman

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by Tarka, Jul 19, 2009.

  1. Tarka

    Tarka Doesn't wave back.

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    I`ve just finished making a few changes to my Enfield 500 Woodsman and thought some of you may enjoy seeing what I`ve done.

    Here`s the bike in brand new,stock condition.

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    Nothing wrong per se....I`ve loved the bike from day one...but at a recent Watsonian Squire Open Day I noticed that despite being built in limited numbers,the several Woodsman models there were all exactly the same bar the colour schemes.
    I wanted to personalise mine.
    Also,look at the excessive gap betwixt front tyre and mudguard due to the lowish profile road tyres instead of the original spec tall profile ones they used to have.
    Additionally I thought the big rectangular tail light was a bit large.

    With the tyres,I was going to fit the tall profile Mitas ones I use on my Urals but I`m planning on taking the Enfield to Italy and exploring the military forts and tracks in the Stella Alpina area so I decided on some trials tyres....these would also be fine on the road...so nice Mister Watsonian Squire sent me a pair of Ensign Trials tyres (front and rear both 3.75x19).

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    These are quite a bit taller than the stock tyres,so I also decided to buy and fit a polished alloy trials front mudguard and a powder coated trials external mudguard.....gets away from the far too modern style of front mudguard anway,heh heh.

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    Pop the wheels out.....the Enfield is great when you remove the rear wheel as the chain and sprocket stay in place....and change the tyres.
    Unbolt the mudguard and bolt the external stay in its place.
    Decide on the best fore and aft position for the new alloy guard,mark and drill the holes then bolt it all up....with new shallow headed domed bolts as the original hex ones will foul the tyre on refitting the wheel (DAMHIK).

    Tyres and front end completed.

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    I didn`t re-route the speedo cable to use the mount that`s on the stay,as the cable would foul and melt on the wrap around header pipe fitted to the Woodsman.

    Now then....that massive red plastic box masquerading as a tail light.
    I bought a replica of the Miller lamp fitted to Vincents.....the round one with the word STOP across the upper bit.
    It`s a 2 bulb unit (one for tail/number plate and one for brake,natch) with nasty clamp terminals so I soldered some cables directly and fitted a dedicated earth wire rather than relying on the bolts.
    I traced around the chromed rear housing and made a curved topped plate to blank the space where the tail light was.....this was drilled to suit all the original mounting points,sprayed black and the new lamp unit was bolted to it.
    Additionally,I mounted the number plate bracket about 2" higher than it originally was...helps with wheel removal,gives a tad more ground clearance and...more to the point....it looks better,ahem.
    (Vain ? Moi ?? )

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    Then....the piece de resistance....
    At the Uttoxeter Classic show I found a brand new Bullet Classic petrol tank in chrome with gold lined black sections for £75....about half price.
    The headstock neck needed widening slightly and the front mounting holes had to be enlarged,but after that it dropped straight on and bolted up.
    Here`s the tank in an arty photo from this evening which I like.

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    The Classic tank is meant to have a rubber knee pad each side but they are very thick and don`t look right.....I`m just going to look for a small side badge or similar to use up the mounting bolt thread,and probably extend the pinstriping where it ends abruptly.
    A phonecall to Hitchcocks for a Classic filler cap and petrol tap,and the job was done.

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    I know this Thread`s a bit self indulgent but I`m very pleased with the results and thought someone else may enjoy reading about and seeing what I`ve done.
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  2. Uncle Ernie

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    Heck yeah!
    I was going to say you need an aluminium tank, but then the chrome job showed up. That'll do I guess :D I think it probably needed some light fitting because that's a different frame from the Bullet?

    Does that exhaust have that PAV rigamarol? I took mine off, took one airbox off, and put a pod on the 2nd (or is it the 1st?) airbox. That added about 1 1/2 HP right there! I think yours is based on what we in the 'Statres call the Electra-X, so you may not have the crazy 2 airbox system.

    How many miles on it now?

    I'm almost done with mine. Mind comparing notes in the same thread in about a week? (be honest now)

    If a Royal Enfield isn't Old School- I sure don't know what is.
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  3. Tarka

    Tarka Doesn't wave back.

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    Cheers Uncle Ernie.

    The Woodsman is indeed an Electra X 'leanburn' engine.

    However,the Woodsman exhaust is specially made and there`s no gubbins attached to it.

    One hidden benefit of the tyres is that the taller profile has raised the final gearing a tad and the bike is noticably more 'relaxed' and a bit smoother.

    I`ve only got 1800 miles on the Enfield up to now,due to using all the other bikes as well.....:D
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  4. bpeckm

    bpeckm Grin!

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    Yeah, man, Old School of the Brand New Vintage Line..... good looking bikes, and fun to see that the marketing people have caught on to the "what a bike should look like" theory.....:thumb

    Good looking ride, and hey, we're all a little "self indulgent" as you call it... we love our bikes, and that's that, so there.:dunno






    :D
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  5. Pezz_gs

    Pezz_gs Cant ride for crap

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    Oh my that looks nice

    Modern Classic . . . . well done
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  6. Mista Vern

    Mista Vern Knows all - tells some.

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    Indeed! :clap
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  7. jeep44

    jeep44 junk collector

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    Very tastefully done!:clap
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  8. Uncle Ernie

    Uncle Ernie Long timer

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    At 1800 mine was just getting good. Almost a milestone. 60-65mph will fel much better.


    Until the trees get in the way... :eek1 :lol3
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  9. Dolly Sod

    Dolly Sod I want to do right, but not right now

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    Those knobbies really change the character of the bike. Nice looking. :thumb
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  10. datchew

    datchew Don't buy from Brad

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    +1

    I love it.

    Please let us know how those perform on the road.
    Seriously, I have a /2 with plans for knobbies and am still shopping around.
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  11. Putts

    Putts Gettin' there.

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    Yeah, seems to me Enfields and Urals get a pass on the age requirement in here. Indulge away!

    I love the look of trials tires on a bike. They just look so "ready for anything."

    Tasteful indeed.

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  12. jellycow

    jellycow Back on track.. Oh, wait, new track found!

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  13. Airhead Wrangler

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    If it's got drums on it, I think it should be exempt from age requirements. ABS and FI should be automatic disqualifiers.
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  14. Putts

    Putts Gettin' there.

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    And computers. :boid

    Only good tool for computers on a bike is a hammer.
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  15. Ginger Beard

    Ginger Beard I have no soul

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    Very ,very cool bike man. :freaky
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  16. Rob Farmer

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    Looking good Tarka :clap

    Are you going to let me have a go on that sometime?
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  17. ghedo

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    I like it,
    a real GS...
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  18. England-Kev

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    Nicely done Tarka, but then it is no suprise, you came to the GS weekend in Devon, so you are obviously a man of exceedingly good taste:rofl :1drink
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  19. Inprogress

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    Just a question, these Enfields, are they the new ones that you can buy which are made in India? No offence at all, just trying to catch up to the developement of these new old bikes. I heard they are made in India now? Not that I have a problem. Some say they aren't as well built, but then, what I hear about the old Enfields was that the old BMW's could beat them from point at to point b cause the BM's, although slower could ride constantly where the Enfields had to stop and have oil leaks mended etc. Thats besides the point.

    Thing is, I want one, the Electric X I think, with the Union Jack painted over the Tank. I have a local bike mag with an add in it of one like that. It looks absolutely beautiful. But just wondering on the perceived built quality and reliability.

    Sweet ride with the Trials. I'm looking at those tyres for my R80 and my future Honda E-Storm for commuting to work and going on trips for the cheap. But would like to do it on these enfields....back when bikes looked like bikes and form followed function.

    You know, I'll post a thread on the Enfields, rather than hijacking this thread of a sweeeeet ride.

    Happy trails.
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  20. Tarka

    Tarka Doesn't wave back.

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    Hiya mate.

    Yes...my bike is a new build,manufactured in India last year.

    There`s much confusion over Enfields but mine is the Electa X 'lean burn' engine.
    It`s an all alloy construction,with a 5 speed left side change gearbox and both kick and electric start,plus electronic ignition.....rather than the 'Classic' range (still Indian built) which have iron barrels,4 speed right side change gearbox and points..some do have electric start though.

    The latest (mid `08 onwards) Enfields do include a 'Classic' model to further the confusion but the WHOLE NEW RANGE are unit constructed all alloy engines with fuel injection.

    Hope this helps you...and others.

    By the way...there`s already a Thread or two about Enfields...try a search first.
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