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Hellllo again.

After owning an Enfield Continental GT (a very fine motorbike and the most fun I've had going that slow) and realizing that my knees and hips were not suited to the riding position it offered and that it sucked as a highway commuter, I bought a 2017 Triumph Street Twin. A fine bike. Built well, smooth, handled well, fairly fast, sounded great and I never really jelled with it.

Last fall Rumors started coming out of the Indian motor press that the 500cc bullet was to be dropped. hmmm. the around a month ago they made it official. It's going to be dead soon.

I started conjuring.

To put it short, I'm aiming for +-30 hp at the wheel, figure out suspension then make it pretty.

The bike isn't here yet, but some of the parts have started trickling in. Engine work will be done by a guy who has coaxed close to 40 at the wheel out of one of these unit construction OHV units.

This is going to be fun.
 

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That’s not such a far fetched idea. Hitchcock’s in the UK have a 4v in development.

But for my use, the standard head (with a little work) will do fine.
 

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Sad to hear the Bullets coming to an end.

I love the Classic as well but the entire ergonomics/seating position sucks erected horse cock compared to the bullet.....and I favor the looks better on the bullet.

I don't care if it only has 20 horsepower... I'd still love to own one just for leisure rides around wherever. There was one on eBay about a year ago that was really sorted out nicely. All the accessories...it looked awesome
 

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Only the 500 is being retired. The 350 will continue until it no longer can pass emissions. Only the 350 will never be imported to North America. It’s just too slow.

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Only the 500 is being retired. The 350 will continue until it no longer can pass emissions. Only the 350 will never be imported to North America. It’s just too slow.
 

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So, the bike hasn’t arrived yet, but my parts are tricking in.

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Had to assemble the damn light into the ring. See those clips? There are supposed to be 6. One zinged by my head and is headed back to India!

This IS minor fluff. Big box of Hitchcock’s goodness is sailing my way and things can get going.

And yes, that is an RC car body painted in (sort of) Team Repsol colors.
 

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And today, the big box arrived.
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And spat out a virgin moto
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Not shown are two largish boxes of bits from Hitchcock’s with enough stuff that should make her go better. Things I like. It has black bits. Things I don’t like, it has too many black bits. Work begins now.
 

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Work has started.
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The camplate at the bottom is being replaced by the top one, that not only supports the cams, but also the crank outboard of the crankcase, but inside the rotor. Should be a fairly significant reduction of vibration.

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The stock cams (on the bottom) themselves will go bubye and be replaced with the top ones. About the same lift, but longer duration and no sometimes irritating auto compression release.

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And the head is off to a specialist to install bronze valve guides and cut in Slightly larger valves.

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A Dynojet Power Commander has also been installed that has been mapped for the mods that are being done. Down the road, once I have 1000 or so miles on it, I'll have it remapped on a rolling road to better dial it in.

the fun has started!
 

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It is. It’s designed and manufactured by Carberry.

They also do these
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that’s a 1000cc twin based on the current Enfield top ends.
 

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So, chapter one is coming to a close. Engine work complete. Farkles are installed.

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I chose M bars. Even in the rise position, going to have to modify the steering stops a bit.
Then I ride.
 

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Looks good. I hate the seats stock... Looks like yours is an improvement

I was partial to yours till I saw this one.

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So, now that it's close to Winterization time, here's a bit of an update.

The bike has a bigger kick to it than my GT535 had and with the chassis change to fit the GT swingarm it is actually quite fun when the road swings it's own way.

The engine let loose and started really running at around 1800 miles and I'm Happy with what I've had done. Money well spent.

However

I'm an American and subscribe to our national moto, "if some is enough,,,more has got to be better"

I finally got my hands on one of these

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It's damn near too pretty to hide away, isn't it? It's 4mm larger and will nearly "square" the engine. Bit naturally I'll need to either buy a fitting jug or have the current jug bored.

Either way will per this little engine up nicely.

And that saddle? All day comfy. First fit this good since my '80 Suzuki GS.
 
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