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Old 31st December 2007, 15:27   #1
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Thumbs up Revamping my fatfati!

My Bullet Lightning 500 (popularly referred to as 'Citibike') is going through a much needed revamp.

Things that are going to be added/changed:

1. A disc-brake kit, pretty essential on a Bull when riding high speeds and a doggy/rogue driver tries to play foul
2. Replacing the stock 4-plate clutch assembly with an Endurance 5-plate clutch assembly (Royal Enfield has been using Endurance clutch assemblies for almost three years now)
3. Changing the old rubber for new one.
4. Replacing the mag-wheels with good old spoked rims (The mag-wheels do not hold good at high speeds, the ride is pretty jumpy and treacherous)
5. The wide handle-bar gets replaced by a RD 350 handle-bar
6. Re-tuning the bike for better performance

Can't wait to get my hands on the revamped 'Bull'. Yeah, the riding bug has bitten me once again
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Old 11th February 2008, 16:11   #2
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How's the renovation going? Did you find a good mechanic? You had promised to post some pics in another thread... I hope we'll get to see them soon!
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Isnt the lightening was a 535? afaik it is known as city lightening. i may be wrong though.

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Isnt the lightening was a 535? afaik it is known as city lightening. i may be wrong though.

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And Machismo 346cc.
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?????
What is it you want to say?

btw, the 535 is no longer in production.

kchat, bblost, gordon,.... or any bullet lovers need your assistance here.

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Old 12th February 2008, 17:33   #6
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Correct. It went out of production long back.

The links by gendarmee are the Machismo series, completely different from the Lightning 535.

EDIT: I owned a Machismo 350 (the one showcased on the second linky) till 2 days back.

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Well, wanderlust? we're waiting for the pics.
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one thing here, at least when choosing rubber why not go for radials this time around, at least i am done watching the bias ply on these bullets, its about time they are switched to radials, what are your opinions on this guys?

and more over get gas filled shocks for the rear they give you comfort!
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Lightening's are 535s if I remember right. Came in dual tone paint job.

rider60; gas shocks are a good idea.

Can someone enlighten about radials?
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Lightening's are 535s if I remember right. Came in dual tone paint job.
Yes JK you are correct, most common was red & golden combo. The reportedly had lot of issues & was hence discontinued.

@Wanderlust: A drum brake with dual calipers is as good as disk brake in braking power have witnessed a test on this myself. Yes spoke wheel are better suited on the Enfield. rest all looks fine, what performance tuning are you planning?
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post some pics of this vintage beauty
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