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Old 19th July 2009, 11:45   #1
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Thumbs up Finally got a Bullet Machismo 500LB "La Poderosa"

Just picked this beauty a week back, i named it the "La Poderosa" (The Mighty One) in the same tradition as Ernesto "Che" Guevara named his Norton 500.

The bull has clocked 23K on the odo.

Its a 10/2007 500LB with a Special RTO Registration No. i.e. 5555

The previous owner had really decked it with crap (See the before and after pics). I managed to salvage some pride for the thumper.

Still needs some more refinement and chrome ... chrome would be post monsoon. I have replaced the silencer with the GoldStar replica for a better thump. I will be upgrading the carbs with a BS-30 or simply upjet the current one. The Scrag Clutch is about to give up, so i guess that will come in next with the delay circuit to prevent blowout. Also plan to add a rear disc (havent figured out how though).

Will keep everyone posted on the developments.

Meanwhile can people please suggest ideas/improvements/mods that i should undertake.
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Old 19th July 2009, 20:49   #2
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Congratulations mate

What you have is a two wheeled LOCOMOTIVE

Its the country's only half litre bike, and quite simple the king of the road.

Guess the legend has met its rightful owner now. I'm glad you took it off the previous guy. Reminds me of a story where the ROLLS ROYCE company bought back a car sold to a Jaipur Maharaja because he had painted it gaudily or something like that

Wish you many happy miles of happy riding
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Glad you got the bike and restored it. It looks great and is an awesome machine.
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Old 19th July 2009, 21:43   #4
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Congratulations mate
Thanks Man ...
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Its the country's only half litre bike, and quite simple the king of the road.

Guess the legend has met its rightful owner now. I'm glad you took it off the previous guy. Reminds me of a story where the ROLLS ROYCE company bought back a car sold to a Jaipur Maharaja because he had painted it gaudily or something like that
Doing up a bike tastefully is an art ... some people just decorate their steed like a truck

I have been an RD 350 owner earlier and always loved the experience of riding one, though i always missed my Norton 350 Girder fork which i had picked up during my college days ... but sadly could never restore due to lack of funds ... had to sell it to a collector

I have always hated the so called "Anti Rust" especially when people apply this everywhere including "Blinkers"

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Glad you got the bike and restored it. It looks great and is an awesome machine.
Yeah i always love that original look of the machismo ... the primary reason i opted for it. Thanks to you too PatienceWins ...

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Old 19th July 2009, 23:17   #5
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Wow! easy on the smileys! The police will be here soon!

Congrats on the buy. How much did you pay for Indian 2 wheel loco?
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Old 20th July 2009, 08:30   #6
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Wow! easy on the smileys! The police will be here soon!
LOL. ok will take care of that in my future posts.

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Old 20th July 2009, 08:55   #7
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is that MadCat's bike by any chance?
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Congratulations on your new monster - the mighty one. Have fun and drive safe.
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is that MadCat's bike by any chance?
No, it belonged to a lawyer
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Congratulations! I got mine in Oct 2007, and it is still as new in looks. The great thing about it is that RE has managed to make this one pretty well leak proof. So no seepages at the primary chain cover, or anywhere else. It pulls like a loco, and is great on the open roads. I haven't changed the pipe yet, and I am not sure I want to, because of upsetting the balance of the system, but I am continuously tempted! I think the first thing you got to do is to have it look the way it rolled out of RE, they got the looks right on this one. One thing I havent gotten round to doing is to get the RE letters on the tank in the manner they are on the Electra, the raised gold letters. The stickered things on the 500 look cheap.

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I am really interested in buying a Bullet , but I believe there were(are) issues with a new Bike Carb.
Can anyone confirm or deny it ?
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Not really. But a Bullet owner has to be good friends with a mechanic, it goes with the ownership. Or you have to be one yourself. It is called a bike with character - builds yours too at the same time. Great fun, and you will learn a lot about engines using it.
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Congratulations! I got mine in Oct 2007, and it is still as new in looks. The great thing about it is that RE has managed to make this one pretty well leak proof. So no seepages at the primary chain cover, or anywhere else. It pulls like a loco, and is great on the open roads. I haven't changed the pipe yet, and I am not sure I want to, because of upsetting the balance of the system, but I am continuously tempted! I think the first thing you got to do is to have it look the way it rolled out of RE, they got the looks right on this one. One thing I havent gotten round to doing is to get the RE letters on the tank in the manner they are on the Electra, the raised gold letters. The stickered things on the 500 look cheap.
I absolutely love the machismo look. I have to say that it does have the power of the freight loco's. The Sticker is really cheap as compared to the electra sticker, i have to see how the electra raised sticker will look on the Machismo chrome tank.

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Not really. But a Bullet owner has to be good friends with a mechanic, it goes with the ownership. Or you have to be one yourself. It is called a bike with character - builds yours too at the same time. Great fun, and you will learn a lot about engines using it.
Thanks for your replies Sawyer. I totally agree to that.
The carb is just fine, the only issue is the scrag clutch blowout, which has been taken care of in the newer 500lb's with a delay circuit. I Plan to add that bit with the new scrag clutch to my bike. But i feel knowing how to KS your bike comes as a part of the bullet ownership pride.
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The electra has individual gold letters, I can assure you they will look great. I have just been lazy to go back to the showroom...also they need to be fixed exactly right, one at a time, and I am not sure they will do this.
You are right on about the KS - what it also does is let you know if your bike is in a perfect state of tune. Only then will the KS be effortless.
Also, you will find the US official RE website to be of great help. Lot of DIY bikers there, and many very knowledgeable ones. I go there often, and learn a lot. The Indian site is less on maintenance content.
Enjoy the Bullet, and ride safe, use a helmet at all times!

And get rid of the safety bar. It does nothing for safety. If you want to know more about why, I will be happy to write.

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Just picked this beauty a week back
Awesome bike and a good deal. Hope you better the previous owner when it comes to riding the bike.

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Not really. But a Bullet owner has to be good friends with a mechanic, it goes with the ownership. Or you have to be one yourself. It is called a bike with character - builds yours too at the same time. Great fun, and you will learn a lot about engines using it.
Such lines always bring a smile to my face.
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