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Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by Scooterdoodler, Mar 10, 2017.
Looks like a beetlands can!
From what I have been reading in ADV, owners are sure loving the Himalayan so I reckon that will have to fill the small displacement niche here in the states. I need to ride one of those someday.
Must be an American? thing is it? I looked the word up and it seems to be a company the makes tin? toys?
Thanks for looking, all the best
I reckon it's a play on words Brooklands Can , Beet-lands can.
Brooklands can for reference
I like the idea of the Himalayan though the small displacement gives me pause.
However when I finally sat on one it felt really cramped for my 5' 10" self. The baby Versys was far more comfortable (but even fewer cc's).
The demise of the 500 is sad. Not at all surprising from a business standpoint after the introduction of the 650 twin, but still sad. Big singles just don’t compete well against multicylinder bikes in places with higher road speeds.
A model run of over 70 years?
Be hard to top.
I guess it depends on what kind of originality/purity tests a person decides to use, but the Harley Davidson Sportster has been in production in some iteration or other since 1957. A pretty good run also, albeit with major upgrades along the way.
The 500cc displacement has been an on and off thing with the Bullet since it began in 1931 but the 350cc size has always been the main displacement in the Bullet.
Both the Bullet and the Sportster have stayed true to original forms and there's been enough parts interchange from one update to the next that have both rightfully earned the bragging rights of continuously made since 1932 and 1957.
A rider of 1957 Sportster wouldn't recognise a 2010 Sporty, I don't believe that's true of the RE.
Just my take on it.
Although, I would be very happy to own/ride an early sporty, always liked the appearance compared to the more modern versions, they strike me as cramped up in comparison to the earlier ones.
But then I always preferred the look of the similar era Corvettes too.
None of which matters, it's just opinion.
Did ya'all know I had a few pre unit Bullets for woods bikes in the past and Mrs. Mudd rides an EFI ? Well, now there's a second EFI Bullet in the shed. You guys are a bad influence.
I snagged a copy of this book at a good price from an ebay seller:
What it is not: a 'story' about RE in a casual reading sense. It has a chapter on the Indian Enfields but it is brief. There is virtually no mention of the Indian USA branding during the 50s/60s. I don't consider it a great value at current retail but at the $27 shipped I paid it is a good purchase.
What it is: a strong education into all the models and their technical specifications. A bit dry reading at times I did learn quite a lot and my appreciation and respect for the innovation, quality and design of RE's as a whole increased mightily. A lot of books like this I get, read and pass on. This one is a 'keeper' as I can see myself referring back to it.
I got this the other day. I like it.
All back together and running nice. No test ride as yet.
On my iron barrel rebuild I used an American made Composite head gasket. Do you recon I should retention head? If so at what hours/kilometres/mileage?
Thanks in advance.
Republic day parade in India today.
Your question was intriguing so I did some searching on Brit bike forums and came up with this: "the composite type with the metal band around the cylinder(flame ring) type first heat cycle, 100 miles and 500 miles. Always do on a cold engine be sure to check the valve clearances as they will change with the retorque."
And as usual, one guy said that wasn't necessary.
Personally, I would follow the torquing advice. I can't see that it would cause any harm plus it would provide peace of mind. Please let us know if you find any new informations, such as "I am sure glad I did the re-torquing!"
Best regards to all-
Although I can't find it, that agrees with the info that I have!