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had to happen eventually

Well it finally happened. After 170,000 miles on 2 Vulcan 750s (92,000 on my current one) the stator finally failed. I am not going to replace it due to the high mileage, and I have been hearing what sounds like cam chain noise for the past few thousand miles. The TOC adjusters don't stop it. It would be just my luck to replace the stator and then have a cam chain break. I put it in the shed out back with a cover on it, until I decide what to do. Probably Craigslist.

Fortunately not very long before this happened, I had just bought a brand new 2013 Royal Enfield. It came with EFI. I am saving up for a carb conversion kit which costs almost $600. But it comes with a genuine Amal concentric MK1 carb.



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Why in the world would you go put a carb on a bike if it had fuel injection? I'm hoping t save up for a 2007 or better sportster so I can HAVE fuel injection.

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92k is a pretty good run.

Maybe save for the kit, but I wouldn't fix it until it's broke, may never break.

Surely the power and mpg are better with EFI, and ethanol isn't such a problem.

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Jerry doesn't like them new fangled fuel squirters. He didn't like having two discs on his front wheel so he took one off.
He's just different that way....

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Jerry doesn't like them new fangled fuel squirters. He didn't like having two discs on his front wheel so he took one off.
He's just different that way....
I will be putting the brakes back before it goes on Craigslist. But with just one disc, it has several times more braking ability then the Enfield. The EFI serves no purpose. Carbed Enfields get better mileage and run better. It is strictly there for the EPA. According to the plug, it is running on the lean side. But unlike a carb, I can't just upjet. You have to buy a $400 Power Commander to tune the FI. For less than $200 more, I can get a carb setup and be done with it. The reason for buying such a bike is partly so you can tinker with it anyway.

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If I ever get a new bike, it better be right or it's going back.

Is it even broken in yet? It's going to make more heat during break-in, "lean side" may be about right. Does look like a lot of blue on the headpipe. Is that rust or shadow on the muffler?

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I had Amals on 2 different bikes....the Trumpet and the Beezer...my only gripe was when ya hit the primer button, they pissed on yer leg....otherwise were good carbs....



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I had Amals on 2 different bikes....the Trumpet and the Beezer...my only gripe was when ya hit the primer button, they pissed on yer leg....otherwise were good carbs....
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Ya, I guess so....but I always smelled like gas wherever i went, lol....



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