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skip Royal Enfield... treasure

Postby mr_tricolore » Mon Jun 25, 2007 20:41 pm

I found this tonight: http://www.tincandesigns.com/royal_enfield/
Extracted from skip and dragged it home, only to be laughted at by wife and brother... please someone tell me that it is both rare and valuable!!!

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Postby The Endorser » Mon Jun 25, 2007 20:42 pm

Dunno about valuable, but it's probably quite rare by now. any ideas how old it might be? What are your plans for it?

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Postby mr_tricolore » Mon Jun 25, 2007 20:46 pm

right now there is quite a lot going through my mind. First of all, I love the bars, and they will probably end up on my fixed Harry Quinn, but I'll also thinking about l'Eroica, and how my H.Q. may be a little too modern for it (especially with the brand new front caliper bought to keep me alive). Howqever, with a baby on the way an too little space for nother bike, it will probably end up on eBay after a quick clean up.

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Postby peejay78 » Mon Jun 25, 2007 20:52 pm

i like the lugs, they're lovely.

it looks mightily battered though.



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Postby mr_tricolore » Mon Jun 25, 2007 20:57 pm

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it looks mightily battered though.

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nah! WD40, a bit of paint restorer... will look like new!

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Postby mr_tricolore » Mon Jun 25, 2007 21:38 pm

it's not quite as rotten as it looks! I think I might sell it to some londoner!

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Postby Gavin Gilbert » Tue Jun 26, 2007 05:34 am

<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by mr_tricolore</i>

it's not quite as rotten as it looks! I think I might sell it to some londoner!

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You may well be right (but not me if the GF is reading!)

From the kit it looks like a 48 to 51 model - nice South of France handlebars[:)]

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Postby mr_tricolore » Tue Jun 26, 2007 08:52 am

I love the bars, and the more I look at that thing, the more I love the idea of doing it up as a proper restoration project. The only problem will be the wheel. I have a set of Mavic GP4s in the attic, but if this frame is as old as you say Gavin, the rims will clash awfully.

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Postby thomasb » Tue Jun 26, 2007 08:53 am

<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote">nice South of France handlebars<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"></blockquote id="quote"></font id="quote">

Mmmm, they struck me, too. Why did they ever go out of vogue?

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Postby bonk man » Tue Jun 26, 2007 08:57 am

I'd ride it[:D]

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Postby peejay78 » Tue Jun 26, 2007 09:02 am

take it in, get the frame blasted and repainted, that's the best bet.

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Postby frustruck » Tue Jun 26, 2007 09:39 am

It might be restorable if the seatpost and stem aren't corroded into the frame. Good luck with it!

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Postby NervexProf » Tue Jun 26, 2007 09:46 am

deleted - wrong marque!

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Postby Uncle Phil » Tue Jun 26, 2007 12:19 pm

Get it bead blasted.

Then have a good, long, close look at it before deciding what to do next.

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Postby plusgourmande » Tue Jun 26, 2007 12:52 pm

Throw that bike away, it's more trouble than it's worth.

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Postby mr_tricolore » Tue Jun 26, 2007 12:56 pm

<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote">Get it bead blasted.

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Any idea what I would expect to pay for bead blasting frame?

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Postby hubgearfreak » Tue Jun 26, 2007 13:29 pm

<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by mr_tricolore</i>
Any idea what I would expect to pay for bead blasting frame?
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dave yates quotes œ20, and i think that that includes checking over for structural integrity.
well worth it IMHO.
here's his details if you wish, i've found him to be helpful and honest :)

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Postby Leoncp » Tue Jun 26, 2007 21:22 pm

That frame looks no worse than my flying scot when I got it. Get it shot blasted and powder coat and spray the insides of the tubes with gt 85. Ditch those brake calipers as they look rotten. If the bars are alloy be careful bout using them again, inspect them for scratches and gouges particularly where the stem clamps to them. Have a look at the royal enfield owners club site. Royal enfield made motorcycles up to 1970 in the uk and up to the present day in India. They also made lawn mowers, guns and generators, all of which are catered for by the owners club. Its kind of nice to bring a dead bike that everybody says you should chuck away back to life just dont go down the original route as it could be a money pit. Good luck

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