Many thanks for both the swift delivery of the engine plates, and compliments on the plates themselves

Hi John

Re: Enfield Bullet Lower Engine Plates OEM (stainless)
Order #2128 27th June 2018

Many thanks for both the swift delivery of the engine plates, and compliments on the plates themselves – they are excellent, very nicely made.

As you welcome feedback the following may be worth bringing to your attention as it potentially affects other customers’ bikes as well as my own, so may be useful.

As you listed the plates as parts 801056 & 801057 and these are the corresponding numbers for my own bike, (Indian Bullet 500, 1993) I bought them straight off without studying them in minute detail, especially as I’ve yet to get down on the floor and remove my original plates. Your plates are no use to me as they are, but I accept full responsibility for purchasing them – they were well described with very clear photos which I should have made more effort to compare with the originals, rather than just relying on the cited parts numbers.

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It appears that a lot of the UK import Indian Enfield models both 350 and 500 require provision for at least one spring mount on the lower engine plates, and up to the early 2000s most of them seem to want one on both sides. The spring mount takes the form of a pin with a waist to retain the spring’s end hook, some images below which are self-explanatory. I had a bit of a trawl through the online parts books for models from 1991 to 2006 and have put my conclusions below which may be of interest.

Unfortunately, my own bike needs the pins both sides in order to retain the existing cente stand (my own plates are so badly worn the stand is unusable) and my gut feeling is that a lot of other bikes in the UK would require them too, assuming their owners wanted to keep their existing centre stands as well.

I don’t know how many sets of these plates you’ve already sold or if anyone else has raised this point – I’m by no means an expert on the bikes concerned, and a second opinion would be worth seeking – this wouldn’t be the first time parts confusion has arisen with these bikes and superseded parts numbers though the system generally works pretty well.

But, assuming the majority of Enfield 350 & 500 Indian-era Bullets use at least one spring pin on their plates and owners similarly want to keep the default centre stand arrangement, I would think your product might be able to corner a wider potential market of over a decade’s worth of machines produced.

I would certainly be interested in returning my stainless set to get it modified to include spring mounts.

Considerable force is needed to fit the centre stand springs which then remain under permanent tension whichever position the stand is in, hence the mounting pins look to be suitably robust. From looking at the images below I imagine the operations would need to include at miniumum:

– Fabrication of pins with a narrow waisted section to locate/retain the end hook of the spring each side.
– An additional hole each side to locate the pins.
– Welding of the pins in place each side to secure them.

Best regards –
Mark

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1987 Harris Bonneville for sale

1987 Triumph Harris Bonneville T140, matching numbers, 20,000 miles, nice bike

1987 Harris Bonneville for sale

£6950.00

For Sale is my 1987 Triumph Harris Bonneville T140 (750cc)
Lots of history and Receipts

1987 Triumph Harris Bonneville T140, matching numbers, 20,000 miles, nice bike

20.000 miles on the clock – 5 Speed gearbox – Kick Start
Fresh MOT (04/2019) with no advisories. This is a matching numbers bike – number 739 of 1250.
Over the winter she has had some money spent
New rear mudguard
New Reynold drive chain
New Exhaust downpipes complete with balance pipe
Many Stainless steel parts courtesy of JT Stainless
Brakes stripped, fresh brake fluid
Side panel badges gold plated
This is a really nice example and can only go up in value
Runs and rides really well
Any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask

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Brenda Fencott

66 Highgate Road

Walsall

West Midlands

WS13JE

United Kingdom

Phone: 07923516827

Email:brendafencott@gmail.com

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