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Now if you were talking DIESEL Enfield..... youd have my full support......


I have a Fuji robin Enfield, does that mean I can be your friend

or just have your support ?
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I have a Fuji robin Enfield, does that mean I can be your friend

or just have your support ?
You mean my athletic support? or My friendship and cameraderie?
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You mean my athletic support? or My friendship and cameraderie?
athletic support or caminando ? dylexics rule k.o!
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athletic support or caminando ? dylexics rule k.o!
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I hired an Enfield in India and suffered major problems.....

Kickstart kept falling off.
Kept jumping out of third gear.
Serious brake fade.
Fork seals popping out.
Tappets working loose every 100Km.
Air Box fell off.
Upon fitting the Air Box back on it shorted out the electrics leaving a molten mess in three places.

Being niave at the time I trusted the hirer and took the ONLY tool he said i would need, an Adjustable spanner. I repaired everything with this spanner, a knife, some tape and rocks beside the road. Any time i needed anything else i found it at local roadside repair shops.
My advice,
...Adjustable spanners - small and large
...Spanners of common sizes i.e. for tappets and frame fixings
...Screwdriver
...Electrical tape
...Multimeter

Buy it all local for a few pounds. Use roadside repair shops, they are good and cheap. Let them do the chain adjustments, oil changes etc...
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I hired an Enfield in India and suffered major problems.....

Kickstart kept falling off.
Kept jumping out of third gear.
Serious brake fade.
Fork seals popping out.
Tappets working loose every 100Km.
Air Box fell off.
Upon fitting the Air Box back on it shorted out the electrics leaving a molten mess in three places.

Being niave at the time I trusted the hirer and took the ONLY tool he said i would need, an Adjustable spanner. I repaired everything with this spanner, a knife, some tape and rocks beside the road. Any time i needed anything else i found it at local roadside repair shops.
My advice,
...Adjustable spanners - small and large
...Spanners of common sizes i.e. for tappets and frame fixings
...Screwdriver
...Electrical tape
...Multimeter

Buy it all local for a few pounds. Use roadside repair shops, they are good and cheap. Let them do the chain adjustments, oil changes etc...
There are basically 3 types of Enfield, Ones sold in Britain, that are put together half reasonable, Ones in India, as you hired, and ones wher the engine is junked in favour of a Diesel

By the sound of the one you hired, you got a reliable one!
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Even though the bike gave me hell I was reluctant to give it back, it never left me stranded. I was amazed at how it just kept going even though it was falling apart.

To your tool kit add some tire levers and puncture kit, I could have repaired a tube with my Knife and Tape but I think it would be have been difficult.
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Its worth the money......

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Even though the bike gave me hell I was reluctant to give it back, it never left me stranded. I was amazed at how it just kept going even though it was falling apart.

To your tool kit add some tire levers and puncture kit, I could have repaired a tube with my Knife and Tape but I think it would be have been difficult.
Honestly....... even on a Hire bike if you are doing a LONG ride... its worth banging some ULTRASEAL in the Tyres/Tubes.
want to wrestle with changing a tyre in 40 degree plus heat? Not Me!
I would rather pay $30 for the ULTRASEAL and not have that worry


Ultraseal Tire Sealant

PS, I know, you think I have some connection with them.... I dont.
I just think its a DAMN FINE PRODUCT!

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ULTRASEAL would be so boring........

Its not an adventure unless you get a puncture in the middle of nowhere without the means to repair it, hoping someone will come along to rescue you, rationing your last litre of water then deciding your only option is to push the bike 200Km to the nearest repair shop.

Or you could use your clothing as an emergency inner tube. Why make life safe when it can be exciting.

I will be using Ultraseal on my next RTW trip.
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Ultraseal has saved my ass loads

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ULTRASEAL would be so boring........

Its not an adventure unless you get a puncture in the middle of nowhere without the means to repair it, hoping someone will come along to rescue you, rationing your last litre of water then deciding your only option is to push the bike 200Km to the nearest repair shop.

Or you could use your clothing as an emergency inner tube. Why make life safe when it can be exciting.

I will be using Ultraseal on my next RTW trip.
I have used said product on EVERY bike I have ever had, well, in the last 10 years, slime before that.
OK Tyrefitters HATE it, but I find a couple of quid for a Pint pressed into palm of fitters hand and the explanation, " sorry mate, didn't know it was in there" usually works....
I had an XV1600 Wildstar in the UK and discovered that i had ran over at some time a box of spilled Carpet Tacks..... 8 in the Tyre and it still held Air!

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It really depends on the bike itself. If it's from the mid nineties or before then it will be hung together with a mixture of pre metric fasteners in various thread forms. Later than that and there are more and more metric fasteners, plus of course older bikes may have had metric fasteners fitted during their lifetimes.

As for specific tools - not a great deal required. On later metric bikes 2x 13mm and 1x 10mm spanners will be needed for adjusting the tappets, and an 8mm spanner for adjusting the timing. A test lamp and a couple of jumper wires comes in very handy for checking and adjusting the timing, plus fault finding. Whether this will be a 6v or 12v system is open to a wild guess. Would certainly recommend a quality pair of tyre levers as the ones supplied in the tool kit are zinc plated cheese. A god quality repair kit also goes a long way to easing some problems.

Spares might be a more interesting question, but if you're in India I shouldn't think it would be too much difficulty to source them as and when.
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Is everyone loving everyone else again now? So good to see.

That Enfield manual looks pretty good - just got a photocopy of the standard Indian workshop manual to keep mine going. Might be worth taking an electronic copy of that new - some of manual. The Indian workshops would like a copy I'm sure.

Basically the bike is going to go wrong (mine did every day for 6 months) and you will very quickly learn how it works. You've had bikes before so no worries. It seemed that cleaning the plugs and points was a common task as was setting the valve clearances.

There was a standard Enfield toolcase that came in a plastic wallet - it did pretty much everything. I made the mistake of bringing a comprehensive set of tools and it was just unnecessary.

The workshops there are cheap. Take it in and watch them work - it's amazing what you'll soon learn.

All the best with your trip.

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There are basically 3 types of Enfield, Ones sold in Britain, that are put together half reasonable, Ones in India, as you hired, and ones wher the engine is junked in favour of a Diesel

Err make that

3 types of Enfield,
Ones exported to foreign places (Britain, Australia, USA to name some),
Ones in India, and
ones where the engine is junked in favour of a Diesel.
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The toolkit you get with a new Bullet is pretty good. If you don't get one of these I'd suggest:

On top of your various spanner sizes, a quality adjustable is useful.
A spark plug socket
A small multimeter as suggested is useful, or failing that, make yourelf a little test lamp out of a dashboard light and some wire.
Some good pliers.
Zip ties
Duct tape
Electrical tape
Spare wire and fuses
Jubilee clips
Tyre levers, puncture kit, spare tubes.

It's a good idea to have a quick look over your bike at the end of each day to make sure everything is tight.

Enfields keep going with absurd mechanical failures, it seems to be electrical failures that stop them altogether quite often. Enfield mechanics is often about bodging a repair, rather than fitting anew part or whatever. Hence the zip ties and tape etc!

Have fun!


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Read through this and tried using the link but it's not working (might be my laptop) anyhoo, me n a few other females (different forum) need an answer to the question.... spoon feeding preferred!! Literally a list (i'm 21 never owned and enfield, rtw 1st tour, but i am good with fixing classic cars) that i can give to my dad and then have him go through everything with me.
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