Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 16

Thread: 1950 Royal Enfield 500 Twin guidance...

  1. #1
    Join Date
    27th June 2020 - 23:53
    Bike
    Honda CB900f Hornet
    Location
    Whitby
    Posts
    5

    1950 Royal Enfield 500 Twin guidance...

    I inherited a 1950 Royal Enfield 500 twin from my late father and Iím hoping to find someone in the Wellington region who can get it up and running for me and who can introduce me to how to care for a 70 year old bike. I suspect itís quite different to my CB900.

    It looks to be complete, other than that it is missing a battery and the rear light and cover has come off at some point. The side stand is a bit dicky too. But it turns over ok, although I donít think Iíve ever seen it run.

    My father was very passionate about classic bikes and had a garage full of them before he passed away from cancer a few years ago. He allegedly got the RE when he was 12, and whilst it wasnít as rare as some of the other bikes he had (several Velocettes and a Rudge he never got to finish), I am hoping to get this up and running and try and keep the memory going.

    Cheers

  2. #2
    Join Date
    24th September 2004 - 06:46
    Bike
    '76 CB550 Super Sport
    Location
    On the road to nowhere...
    Posts
    6,854
    Welcome to KB. Look forward to the replies on this topic.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    25th January 2008 - 17:56
    Bike
    Nonda A Frecking Twin DCT
    Location
    Dorkland
    Posts
    4,038
    Ditto to Bonez above, those are noice old bikes, reasonably simply to maintain and honest about what ails them, take your time, as you are doing, ask around there will be a rider out there who knows em backwards and will be more than happy to share that knowledge, this is KB you know, read on!
    Every day above ground is a good day!:

  4. #4
    Join Date
    28th May 2006 - 19:35
    Bike
    suzuki
    Location
    lower hutt
    Posts
    7,237
    Quote Originally Posted by Light bulb View Post
    I inherited a 1950 Royal Enfield 500 twin from my late father and Iím hoping to find someone in the Wellington region who can get it up and running for me and who can introduce me to how to care for a 70 year old bike. I suspect itís quite different to my CB900.

    It looks to be complete, other than that it is missing a battery and the rear light and cover has come off at some point. The side stand is a bit dicky too. But it turns over ok, although I donít think Iíve ever seen it run.

    My father was very passionate about classic bikes and had a garage full of them before he passed away from cancer a few years ago. He allegedly got the RE when he was 12, and whilst it wasnít as rare as some of the other bikes he had (several Velocettes and a Rudge he never got to finish), I am hoping to get this up and running and try and keep the memory going.

    Cheers
    what part of town are you in?

  5. #5
    Join Date
    27th June 2020 - 23:53
    Bike
    Honda CB900f Hornet
    Location
    Whitby
    Posts
    5
    Quote Originally Posted by jellywrestler View Post
    what part of town are you in?
    I'm in Whitby

  6. #6
    Join Date
    3rd February 2004 - 08:11
    Bike
    1982 Suzuki GS1100GK, 2008 KLR650
    Location
    Wallaceville, Upper hutt
    Posts
    4,397
    Ignition will be via magneto, so no worries about the missing battery. I had a Matchless G9 of similar vintage and i got very familiar with the mag so could possibly help if needed. I'm in the Hutt valley
    it's not a bad thing till you throw a KLR into the mix.
    those cheap ass bitches can do anything with ductape.
    (PostalDave on ADVrider)

  7. #7
    Join Date
    28th May 2006 - 19:35
    Bike
    suzuki
    Location
    lower hutt
    Posts
    7,237
    Quote Originally Posted by Light bulb View Post
    I'm in Whitby
    post piccies, it would be interesting to see the overall condition, that would help with an idea on how much work is there

  8. #8
    Join Date
    27th June 2020 - 23:53
    Bike
    Honda CB900f Hornet
    Location
    Whitby
    Posts
    5
    https://imgur.com/a/9gTFvF2

    Hereís a few photos.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    27th June 2020 - 23:53
    Bike
    Honda CB900f Hornet
    Location
    Whitby
    Posts
    5
    I've uploaded some photos here: https://imgur.com/a/9gTFvF2

  10. #10
    Join Date
    3rd February 2004 - 08:11
    Bike
    1982 Suzuki GS1100GK, 2008 KLR650
    Location
    Wallaceville, Upper hutt
    Posts
    4,397
    It would appear I was wrong about the magneto , so the battery will be required - "The original charging and ignition unit fitted to early 1950's 500 Twins was a 65 watt Lucas dynamo with points and a car-type distributor mounted on top. Sparks were provided by a coil. This was an unusual set-up in the day, with only the 1000cc Ariel Square Fours sharing the technology. The 6 Volts lighting it ran was never very strong, especially at low revs. Bennet Longman of Iron Horse Spares has developed an upgrade for Square Fours using a Japanese motorcycle alternator putting out up to 300 Watts. He was able to modify one for the Royal Enfield engine, so I now have great 12 Volt lighting, LED spotlights and even heated grips for when I'm north of the Arctic Circle!" http://www.nordkapptocapetown.com/technology-1.html

    Having said that, battery and coil ignition, even without the charging system working, is pretty straight forward.
    it's not a bad thing till you throw a KLR into the mix.
    those cheap ass bitches can do anything with ductape.
    (PostalDave on ADVrider)

  11. #11
    Join Date
    24th September 2004 - 06:46
    Bike
    '76 CB550 Super Sport
    Location
    On the road to nowhere...
    Posts
    6,854
    That is a nice looking motorcycle.

  12. #12
    Join Date
    27th June 2020 - 23:53
    Bike
    Honda CB900f Hornet
    Location
    Whitby
    Posts
    5
    Sweet. If there's a service manual around then I might be able to get it running myself, but otherwise I don't really know enough personally to be confident in what I'm doing - I'd much rather find someone with the skills to assist.

  13. #13
    Join Date
    28th May 2006 - 19:35
    Bike
    suzuki
    Location
    lower hutt
    Posts
    7,237
    contact the local classic club, that's there game, they may have even known ya old man. either way it doesn't look deteriorated so will likely be a simple job but one done by someone with a few clues. i'd look at new tyres and tubes, those things aren't a lot of coin and make things safer too

  14. #14
    Join Date
    24th September 2004 - 06:46
    Bike
    '76 CB550 Super Sport
    Location
    On the road to nowhere...
    Posts
    6,854
    I'd image online there will be a ton of info about these as well.

  15. #15
    Join Date
    3rd February 2004 - 08:11
    Bike
    1982 Suzuki GS1100GK, 2008 KLR650
    Location
    Wallaceville, Upper hutt
    Posts
    4,397
    Because my first bike was an old RE250 this thread got my attention. I've been looking around and there isn't much published about this model. I did contact a RE specialist in UK who came back with useful stuff like points gap, ignition timing, cam timing, valve clearance specs.

    Things were a lot less stressed in those days so virtually nothing is critical. If it can get a spark at the plugs at more or less the right time, and there is fuel in the carb and the jets are not blocked, it should run.

    The 500 Meteor became a 600, then 700 Constellation, and finally the 750 Interceptor. The last Interceptor Mk II was a nice looking bike. Rickman also got a supply of 750 engines when another deal fell through and produced the Rickman Interceptor. I could live with one of those, too
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Click image for larger version. 

Name:	download.jpg 
Views:	21 
Size:	13.2 KB 
ID:	346300  
    it's not a bad thing till you throw a KLR into the mix.
    those cheap ass bitches can do anything with ductape.
    (PostalDave on ADVrider)

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •