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Apart from Hitchcocks becoming your 2nd best friend I also found this manual and parts list extremely useful.
THE PETE SNIDAL ENFIELD BULLET MANUAL
2007 UK DELUXE EDITION


I can't remember where it came from. I think it was recommended on one of the Enfield forums. It may have been a download or it may have been a CD in the post. There are plenty of references to it on Google.
It covers the UK models as well as the Indian ones.
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in edinburgh it would probably be a ball ache for the first little while, but you'd learn lots and make it reliable. Hitchcock's would be on speed dial for you. to be honest, get the manual (it's way better than any modern bikes manual, it has humour!) and ask. a bike maintenance course would probably not cover Enfield's faults (mainly wiring/earthing), though would be generally useful. especially if they cover electrics. did I mention electrics ?

if you need a hand just ask. my enfield was mechanically reliable for 16,000 km over west africa. it only needed a new clutch cable, chain and sprockets.

(sorry to hijack-ish the thread: we're doing an Ausin Vince night in Edinburgh on 24th Feb. Matt's coming, and he's an Edinburgh Enfield Expert, I'm sure he'd pass on his knowledge)
Ausin Vince night? If yours could get round Africa, I'm sure one could manage me around Europe

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Apart from Hitchcocks becoming your 2nd best friend I also found this manual and parts list extremely useful.
THE PETE SNIDAL ENFIELD BULLET MANUAL
2007 UK DELUXE EDITION


I can't remember where it came from. I think it was recommended on one of the Enfield forums. It may have been a download or it may have been a CD in the post. There are plenty of references to it on Google.
It covers the UK models as well as the Indian ones.
Yeah, I heard that Hitchcocks would be where all my pennies would be getting spent - Been having a look and rather fancy the army panniers they have - heard about a manual too, will have to try and find that
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the add-ons are laughably cheap, or were for me. £27 for engine guards...

Hitchcocks do some really good replacement mod's, such as the kick start spring. and the guys on their forum are helpful.


up in Ethiopia (from edinburgh)..


austin vince of mondo enduro in edinburgh | get lost

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Ah cheers - Think I may try and pop along to that, be nice to met up and get some advice!
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Apart from Hitchcocks becoming your 2nd best friend I also found this manual and parts list extremely useful.
THE PETE SNIDAL ENFIELD BULLET MANUAL
2007 UK DELUXE EDITION


I can't remember where it came from. I think it was recommended on one of the Enfield forums. It may have been a download or it may have been a CD in the post. There are plenty of references to it on Google.
It covers the UK models as well as the Indian ones.

Hello All,
I have seen the pete snidal manual. Its good and covers most of what one may need in usual bike maintenance.
I have finally found a bike of 1972 make. Documents seems to be in place. The bike will need an overhaul. and my time is running out!
Happy new year to all...
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the add-ons are laughably cheap, or were for me. £27 for engine guards...

Hitchcocks do some really good replacement mod's, such as the kick start spring. and the guys on their forum are helpful.


up in Ethiopia (from edinburgh)..


austin vince of mondo enduro in edinburgh | get lost

cheers,
Doug
Hello DougieB,
some questions on the image you posted!..I cant figure out the circular dial near the front wheel hub...whats that?
and how did the tyres of the bike play...they have lo of knobs(off road) compared to regular tyres. Is it better to have them even if 30-40% of the riding may be on tarmac?
great pic by the way.
Thanks in advance.
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Hi Pare, I'll be leaving Dubai more or less at the same time, I'm riding my Enfield back home (France) but because I have a friend living in south sudan I draw my itinerary like this

Long way home - Google Maps

As of now, I have very little knowledge about mechanic and I don't really know how to acquire it, but I can't see myself leaving this place without my bike, so I'll take my chances

I'm looking for 5-day course intensive mechanic and maintenance training, but I don't know exactly where to get that, especially in dubai... do you know if it's possible in india?

I'll be happy to meet you on the road!

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Hello Clemclem,
How is your planning coming along? I am keeping my fingers crossed on the situation in sudan. Hope it turns out good and peaceful both for us and the people of sudan.
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From what I hear, Royal Enfield, Baja Scooter, Vespa Scooter, and auto rickshaw mechanics and parts can be found just about everywhere... and dirt cheap. Probably one of the better choices for a trip like this.
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From what I hear, Royal Enfield, Baja Scooter, Vespa Scooter, and auto rickshaw mechanics and parts can be found just about everywhere... and dirt cheap. Probably one of the better choices for a trip like this.
Hello Wheelie,
I hope you are right. I dont know about the spare parts of enfield's in Africa. But I am sure it can take a lot of parts from other bikes and autos. I have some times used the auto clutch cables in India (clipped to length with a stopper attached at one end).
For me the choice was driven more by cost and ease of repairing (I am not much of a mechanic) of the Enfield.
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