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PartsPrice machine appraisal.

Postby Invictaview » Sun Aug 27, 2017 3:14 pm

Hi,

Can anyone here give me a review of a Parts Price 486cc Diesel RE conversion!
I'm tempted on splashing out, but is it good for cruising at our (UK) truck speeds minimum? I can see the mpg benefit on long and middle distance touring, but I really want to keep up with our traffic and get to the other end in a reasonable time! Enjoying the plodding about on back roads ect, at the other end is good, its just how long to get there I'm thinking of!

Regards from Sunny Kent (UK)... 8)
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Re: Parts Price machine appraisal.

Postby sbrumby » Tue Aug 29, 2017 11:43 am

Cant tell you exactly what you want to know, because I have never driven the enfield conversion. But been driving diesels for 10 years. The engine in the priceparts is 456 not 486 and I would take 13hp with a pinch of salt. That said most people driving on normal roads do 50mph, I know this because my big bike vibrates most at this speed. Trucks are limited to 40mph on normal roads and 56mph on motorways. I see you are based in Kent, how much time will you need to spend on motorways ? and how much of that time is the motorway actually going faster than that or for that matter going at all ? If you like zooming about on a jap road legal racing machine that is one thing but at fast speeds you get an adrenalin rush but you don't see the countryside or scenery. All you see is brake lights and maybe overtaking opportunities. So if you like speed and power you will be disappointed, but if you like riding a motorcycle, using it for shopping with panniers, only filling with fuel occasionally as apposed to most bikes 100m range. Then you will enjoy the experience.
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Re: Parts Price machine appraisal.

Postby gilburton » Tue Aug 29, 2017 5:13 pm

Just an update on truck speeds. They are now allowed to do 50mph on all roads and technically they can do 60 mph on motorways and dual carriageways but are actually limited to 56mph as said.
One tip from an ex driver of 35yrs is to stick at 50 mph on motorways and dual carriageways.
The reason for this is as they are limited to 56 mph that is the speed they will do although some are actually limited to 50/52mph by the operators for fuel economy.
If you stick at 50 they will be able to get past but if you are floating around at 55 you will just be in the way on motorways/dual carriageways.
I did read a few years ago that the larger engine was breaking cranks but that may have been a one off or has been sorted by now.
If it will do an honest 60 you should have no problem but will have to accept planning an overtake just as you would on a 350 Enfield.
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Re: Parts Price machine appraisal.

Postby sbrumby » Wed Aug 30, 2017 5:07 pm

I stand corrected on the speed of trucks on normal roads I hadn't noticed they had altered the limit, interestingly not in Scotland.
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Re: PartsPrice machine appraisal.

Postby Invictaview » Wed Sep 06, 2017 7:31 pm

Thanks for the comments and advice.
I'm undecided on this route, cost, and little value being a factor.
The 'homegrown' conversions I've seen are where it's at, especially the bikes with larger engines and higher cruising speeds. Just a case of getting a project started.
I wonder too if diesel bikes will be banned in the future! :roll:
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Re: PartsPrice machine appraisal.

Postby gilburton » Wed Sep 06, 2017 7:49 pm

Plenty of info on the site re building your own.
First thing would be to obtain an engine and decide on manual or cvt.
Measure it all up and then search for a bike/frame that will take it. There will be a lot of things to make up so you will need some engineering experience to get it all together.
It's not the big stuff like mounting the engine it tends to be the small brackets etc. and working out solutions to problems.
Manufacturers don't just turn bikes out overnight.
As for the Price Parts conversion you can DIY as they will sell you all the bits and will also convert your own frame. On their own conversions they go over the complete bike and replace parts so that it is essentially new hence the price. They hold their values well.
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