1972 Royal Enfield Cafe' Racer Project

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by Chanderjeet, Oct 9, 2009.

  1. Chanderjeet

    Chanderjeet IndiYeah !!

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    About a week ago, I received a phone call from my trustworthy mechanic (www.pardesimotors.com) to let me know that an Enfield has shown up and was up for sale. Without blinking and thinking twice I jumped on my bike and rode down to the shop and within an hour, I was the owner of a classic (if not vintage) 1972 B-Model Royal Enfield. Sweet.

    Here it is.

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    And here's how the engine looks. Notice the kick start lever is non-foldable.
    I learned that after trying to fold it for a minute or so. First time I've ever seen it.

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  2. Chanderjeet

    Chanderjeet IndiYeah !!

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    Since I already have a AVL 500 so I was not really keen on going with the "original" looks. After much consideration and bike pr0n viewing two designs were finalilzed, a trials or a cafe.

    Trials

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    Or Cafe

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  3. FLYING EYEBALL

    FLYING EYEBALL out of step

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    Nice score CJ

    It's got great patina...

    What are the plans for caffing it?
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  4. Chanderjeet

    Chanderjeet IndiYeah !!

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    The plans for caffing (nice term) are really just in initial stages.

    So far the things that have been finalized are Chrome Tank..... and thats about it.

    I would love to get some advise on the color and the other parts that I don't know much about. So far this is what I thought about. Pardon the immature approach.

    - Smiths upside down speedo
    - Tachometer (?) - Is any available, where?
    - Gear and Brake lever to be moved backwards but how?
    - Rear Cowl designs (almost finalized)
    - Bar end mirrors (http://www.d2moto.com/Honda-Kawasaki-Suzuki-Yamaha-Bar-Ends-Mirrors-p/m040-chrome.htm)
    - K&N filter or regular filter (don't want it to look like a franken-bike.
    - Body Color - Black <strike>or Red?</strike>
    - Tank Chromed (BEST CHROME MONEY CAN BUY :D)
    - Tank Decal / monogram - Still to decide
    - Frame - Black <strike>/Red</strike>
    - Bend Pipe - 70' degree
    - Ace Stickers



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    - skid plate (??)
    - Brake Dress?
    - Chain - Would really like a pimped up gold chain. (o-ring or normal)
    - Exhaust - Something like this (Megaton)


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  5. Chanderjeet

    Chanderjeet IndiYeah !!

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    Next day, we started started stripping her apart.

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  6. FLYING EYEBALL

    FLYING EYEBALL out of step

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    Inverted levers is what your looking for...

    These are really cheap $$ wise here and I'm not sure about quality

    http://www.blitzbikes.com/id36.htm

    they are part way down on the right.

    or

    for more money...I've heard nothing but good things about them

    http://maundspeed.com/chopper_parts.html


    For tank and tail section you might want to check these guys out...

    They make really nice stuff and ship world wide

    http://www.airtech-streamlining.com/vintage/prodvintage.html

    These guys also do great stuff as well

    http://caferacingparts.com/

    not sure about a tach and speedo...maybe onre of the small Vapor units to keep it simple.

    I assume the big box off the carb is the airbox? Maybe a K&N little pod filter to clean it up.

    What is the red triagle box? Oil bag?

    I don't know much about the RE's :D
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  7. Chanderjeet

    Chanderjeet IndiYeah !!

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    That red triangle holds tools on one side and air filter on the other.
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  8. FLYING EYEBALL

    FLYING EYEBALL out of step

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    :D I see it now...thats what I get for taking too long to make up a post.:lol3
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  9. jeep44

    jeep44 junk collector

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    It's interesting to me how similar that bike is to my 2007. I'd go with the Trials version,myself, but either that or Cafe is going to look nice.
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  10. Chanderjeet

    Chanderjeet IndiYeah !!

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    My first choice was Trials but then I (wife) decided to get a cafe.
    Also, the problem with trials is getting good offroad tires here. Honestly the trials bike i posted above is the only bike I ever really wanted.

    But anyhow, the next one is definitely a trials :augie
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  11. datchew

    datchew Don't buy from Brad

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    AWESOME!!! I like that trials look bike picture. Clean it, grease and lube, add knobbies, and ride it.
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  13. Uncle Ernie

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    First- both of those tanks pictured are aluminium. The cafe tank goes for about $1300 USD (plus shipping). Chroming a stock tank might be cheaper in India? I was actually thinking a Crocker-style paint scheme might look nice? Old 30's-40's scallops kind of thing.

    Anyhoo- checking the on-line catalogues at Hitchocks and Classic Motor Works will display complete kits or just componants like tanks, rear-sets, headers/pipes, etc.

    I've never been to India, but from pictures I've seen, I'm surprised no one imports dirtbike tires. ?! Perhaps a business opportunity for you?

    Everyone has their own vision, but I kind of feel like the checkers and "Ace" decals are played out.
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  14. Chanderjeet

    Chanderjeet IndiYeah !!

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    I really really wanted to go with a Vintage look. Like REALLY VINTAGE but couldn't find girder forks :S

    I am checking the online catalogs but the quotes are insane (atleast to me)
    I can't be expected to pay more for a tank than what I paid for entire bike.

    So I checked around and turns out I can get a good tank make with chroming an all for 100 $.

    But deep inside I know, this is NOT my last enfield. :nod

    The first pic in this thread shows a blue enfield almost hidden behind mine.
    I'm eyeing that too.

    Maybe I should open a business about custom enfields. Your Choice of customs but indian prices.

    And about offroad tires - I can get a *few types of offroad tires but they aren't too good and most of my riding in on road. To do some offroad riding I would have to go way out of city. And since I don't have a trailer, I would've ended up riding tarmac with knobbies.


    But thanks for all your interest. Appreciate it a Lot.


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    Where can I get a monogram like this?

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  15. jeep44

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    I would have to guess someone like Hitchcocks in England for that sort of tank badge-I was parked next to a '67 RE Interceptor last weekend,and it had that exact tank and badge. My catalog from the US branch of RE,enfieldmotorcycles.com,has all sorts of stuff like patches with that emblem,but no actually tank badges of that sort.
    I'd grab all the old Enfields I could get my hands on.
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  16. Uncle Ernie

    Uncle Ernie Long timer

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    I have seen that tank badge, and another style made of brass, on eBay every now and then. You'll need to cut and file the screws on the back, but that's not a big deal.

    Google "BSA girder". I recently found someone offering them new. Don't know how they'd fit, though.
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  17. ddennis669

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    I think the picture above is not a trials bike, but a scrambles bike, or what we now call a motocrosser.

    Enfield was very succesful with it's trials models. An important point is that there were two types of trials. The name is commonly used today to refer to bikes used for observed trials. Like this one from this site

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    In the post WWII era Enfield was a dominate force with the other kind of trials, reliability trials like the International Six Day Trials. Today we generally call these enduro bikes. Below is Johnny Brittain with his 1958 ISDT bike from this site. A lot of ISDT pictures and history on this site.
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    A very cool Enfield ISDT twin can be seen on this site.
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  18. Chanderjeet

    Chanderjeet IndiYeah !!

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    I think I would agree with you. Looks more like an motorcross bike than a Trials.
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  19. Chanderjeet

    Chanderjeet IndiYeah !!

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    Hitchcocks in England is getting most of the part sourced out from here.
    I will try to look for the monogram here and hope that I get lucky.

    ~Chanderjeet
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  20. Chanderjeet

    Chanderjeet IndiYeah !!

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    Taking her out piece by piece.

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    Boxed up !!

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    350cc of Raw power ! Very Raw !!

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    Taking apart the tire. The hub stays but the Rim goes.

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