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Author Topic: Enfield Tracker: War Pig Rennaissance  (Read 62297 times)

Offline AgentX

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Re: Enfield Tracker: War Pig Rennaissance
« Reply #280 on: Feb 28, 2016, 16:47:15 »
Thanks, man!

I'm pretty sure the balance problem lies in the ridiculous MX tubes I'm running.  Michelin extra-heavy, allegedly 4mm thick.  Supposedly even normal MX tubes result in the high-speed wobble I've got going, so these have to be the problem.  Just gonna leave it as-is for now...packing out in April to get back stateside.  Once I'm back I'll put in regular tubes and true/balance everything out.

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Re: Enfield Tracker: War Pig Rennaissance
« Reply #281 on: Apr 19, 2016, 11:34:59 »
Standing by to crate it up for the slow boat home....

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Re: Enfield Tracker: War Pig Rennaissance
« Reply #282 on: Apr 19, 2016, 11:35:54 »
Crate her up well!
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Re: Enfield Tracker: War Pig Rennaissance
« Reply #283 on: Apr 19, 2016, 12:57:59 »
This is going plusungood.

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Re: Enfield Tracker: War Pig Rennaissance
« Reply #284 on: Sep 23, 2016, 22:49:50 »
So...finally...it's back in the US and with my engine guy for a few days.  I'm in a six-month intense training thing right now at work, and trying to get my Matchless running in my spare moments, so I was glad he was able to pick it up and give it a once-over, plus he's going to adjust the base gaskets for more compression w/ US premium fuel.  Was fun having him quiz me on a few things I did that are pretty unique to my bike (the cartridge emulators, taper bearings, disc brake, oil hosing, etc.).  The bike has definitely turned some heads with its weirdness.

He'll have it re-jetted for east coast weather, the timing re-checked (he's better at that by ear than me) and back in my hands in a few weeks.  Just in time for cold weather...but I should still be using it to commute the mile and a half to work through the winter.

(Again, "engine guy" is Sumanth "Chumma" Janardhan, one half of Ace Engineering.  If you have an Enfield, you need to see Ace to get it running right...)

Edit: Crating it back from Africa was a nightmare, btw.  They tried to "crate" it in a birdcage of rough wooden sticks, which I put a halt to right away.  Had to go to the moving lot where they eventually built a proper box, but had put the ratchet straps I gave them around the fork mid-front wheel height and wrapped it a few turns around the sliders, and chocked it in with some kind of Wile E. Coyote arrangement of wood blocks. After much fussing, I was able to get it sort of properly tied down at the bars and across the rear wheel, at which they shook their heads sadly, saying (best I can tell) "that'll never work, silly Toubab [white guy]."  However, it did make it home OK, so I'm pleased I made the effort to stave off disaster.
« Last Edit: Sep 23, 2016, 22:54:23 by AgentX »
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Re: Enfield Tracker: War Pig Rennaissance
« Reply #285 on: Sep 23, 2016, 23:39:22 »
Glad to hear both you and the war pig have made it back .

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Re: Enfield Tracker: War Pig Rennaissance
« Reply #286 on: Feb 10, 2018, 16:46:15 »
So it's been a while, and if anyone still cares, the pig has been back in the states and finally is running like a top.  Took its first long trip back in the late fall, ironed out most of the problems, and got the speed weaving eliminated...shock dampers were set full soft on one side and full firm on the other...duh.  (Went through Harper's Ferry on the way out to two weeks of training in WV, rode every day back and forth between the hotel and work; all beautiful back-road driving that left me in stark terror of being killed by a deer.)  Also got to camp out a night with Jussy and his Marylandish crew, which was a nice bonus.  Attached snap taken on that trip.


Still to do:  Got a stainless exhaust to be made sometime soon, toolboxes to be slimmed down and mounted, little alloy front fender I want to mount up,and a few other little things.  Plus I might mount a weird cold-air intake tube that Ace engineering prototyped and found very effective.  Looks bizarre, so they didn't get a lot of customer interest, but it's right up my alley.

The high tracker bars weren't the greatest on the highway stretches, so I decided to swap them out and see what it was like.  Had a set of clip-ons in the right size, so I went with them, but they lacked any rise or forward offset, so they didn't clear the tank at all well, and the low position left the empty fork clamp and weird upper crown just sticking up in a really ugly way.  Plus, pain in the ass to swap back for the dirt bars. 

So I tried out some clubmans; the $25 solution was perfect functionally and aesthetically, and will make swapping bars easy.  It's almost like they were made for that purpose...go figure.  I will ride them for a while as things warm up and see if they offer anything, but it's neat knowing I can get back to the old riding position in about 15 minutes total.
« Last Edit: Feb 10, 2018, 16:51:33 by AgentX »
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Re: Enfield Tracker: War Pig Rennaissance
« Reply #287 on: Feb 10, 2018, 18:59:39 »
Cool deal man. I bet it was sweet getting to ride it back in the US.

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Re: Enfield Tracker: War Pig Rennaissance
« Reply #288 on: Feb 10, 2018, 21:46:51 »
I don't know how I'm just now seeing this.

This thing is all sorts of badass. I love it.

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Re: Enfield Tracker: War Pig Rennaissance
« Reply #289 on: Feb 10, 2018, 22:38:03 »
Paint the seat jackass.