The Pete Snidal Motorcycle Manuals
LOST in Enfieldland?
Are you the proud owner of a cast-iron (cylinder barrel) 1949-~2008 Royal Enfield Bullet which offers up (or still offers up) some "mysteries?" Having trouble finding a dealer or mechanic who seems to know anything about it? Well, take heart, dear reader, help is (still) at hand! Following are excerpts from the original pitch, first written in 2002, but still applicable today:
1. The Classic Burger Plate - Pre-2010 Royal Enfield Bullets
|First written in 2002/3, and revised many times
since, this is a
CD-mounted manual for the Royal Enfield Bullet Series - Standard,
Classic, Military, and now - as of Sep 2015 - in its latest incarnation, covering all
models of cast-iron Bullets, - AVL models as well. It has sold many copies the world
over. and is available to you in the latest updated edition.
It's An Owner's Manual - And A Shop Manual!
These manuals have been written with all possible owners in
mind, from the brand new motorcyclist to the seasoned tuner/mechanic.
It begins with starting drill and the basics of learning to ride. From
there, it covers troubleshooting, (including push-starting) going through
engaging first gear and moving off, halting, panic stops, and changing
gears. It continues
all the way to the full intracacies of total repair and replacement
- rebuilding of engine, gearbox, and chassis elements and even speed-tuning.
Comprising over 200 pages of original text, it is a complete service and
operation manual, of value to every owner, from the brand-new BAB
(Born-Again Biker) to the already-competent mechanic in search of occasional
The author has done his best to cover all the possible motorcycle maintenance
and tuning questions , with particular attention paid to the specifics of the Enfield Bullet. He looks back to over 50 years of motorcycle riding and
wrenching experience, and, as well, draws on specific Enfield knowledge
shared by personal correspondence and forum membership with similarly
experienced Enfield mechanics all over the world through the internet.
You'll find this manul pays for itself every time from the first time you use
it - since the purchase price is a fraction of that of the minimum hour
of shoptime in most places!
Although all the text is completely original, the book and CD contain
some time-tested drawings and diagrams from previous factory manuals,
supplemented by many photographs and custom drawingsin cses in which the author
thought more clarification was required.
You Too May Attain "Bulletsatvana!"
This is a divine state of grace in which you become totally comfortable
with your Enfield Bullet in all conditions, and at all times.
Although _everyone_ doesn't have to be a mechanic, just because they
ride a classy "old" motorcycle (there's no disgrace in taking your
ride into a shop to have things done; I always wished I could afford
it myself!), even if you live close to a good shop, and can afford to
have your machine worked on, it's still nice to know what's
going on in there - whether "there" is the dark reaches of the rear
regions of benchland, or inside your engine on a dark lonely road.
This manual is for these lucky folk as well! - and, even if you _don't_ intend to do a lot (or any) of your own work, doing some reading of this
manual will help you become one with your Bullet! - to attain
Do People Like It?
Let me quote Kevin Mahoney, of Classic Motorworks, the US Distributor
for Royal Enfield, in his April, '03 Newletter ( the month after the
manual was released), on the release of the intial CD Version:
Shortly after this was written, production was expanded to include an
optional hard-copy printed book. Unfortunately this hard-copy version is no
longer printed in (or shipped from) North America. The true diehards may, however, order
one from Royalenfield Books, in The UK. More on this later..
The CD version, however, is still available direct from this site!
Since inception, we have been filling orders from all over Europe, North
America, The UK, Australia, and New Zealand, and have had many favourable
comments from the many satisfied owners.
If you are dissatisfied in any way with your CD-ROM Bullet
manual, a refund will be despatched on receipt of return. (This has yet
to happen, as of Sap, 2015)
What It's NOT!
This is NOT a collection of scans of other manuals - such as the early
Redditch manuals or the Indian Factory Manual. It is completely
original text written by Pete Snidal in 2002/3, and since revised
regularly as newer and different models were introduced.
The latest version now covers:
- The Regular 4-Speed Bullets - 350 and 500cc
- The Regular 5-Speed Bullets - 350 and 500cc
- AVL Lean-Burns: Thunderbird, Machismo,
- And, yes, the original Brit-made Redditch Bullets, 1949-1961
"If It's A Pre-Unit Construction Enfield Bullet, It's Covered!"
AVL Top End With CV Carb
Coverage For These Features:
- Electric Start, Kickstart, CDI, TCI, and Points ignitions
- AVL Lean-Burn (Aluminum Cylinder and Late Cylinder Head) Models
- All carburetors - Miks, Mikunis, Amals, and CV
- Gear-Pump Timing Cover (AVLs)
- Lucas Magneto and Dynamo - as on pre-~'58 Bullets
A Sample Look..
|Your Classic Iron-Barrel 4-Speed Bullet
For a look at the Index and some sample pages of the actual CD Manual:
Classics - Click Here.
- Mounted on a CD - written in html, reads just like a giant website, but it's all in your computer!
- CD Shipped in format compatible with PC or MAC computers
- Pages are intensively cross-linked - no leafing through pages
looking for things as with a hard-copy book.
- CD Owners: Need Hard Copy? Any page or pages may easily be printed - get 'em
as greasy as you want! They magically become shop cleanup towels when
you're through! (Plenty more where they came from!)
| The Disk
Newtech Update: What If Your Computer Has No CD Drive?
Tempus Fugit, and time marches on, too! I'm starting to get enqiries from folk who are looking for a web-based
download, or at best something for the ol' USB port, since they have no CD/DVD drive into which to insert their
new disc when it arrives. I've thought this one over, and would like to suggest these considerations:
- Many agree that there is something physically satisfying about a bookshelf containing your personal library of
pick-me-up-and-touch-me actual books, whether they read them every day or not. Could not the same sort of
satisfaction be had by possession of your personal copy of a Snidal CD Manual for your Classic Enfield? Of
Course it could!
- Although your personal computer/ipad/tablet has no disc drive, all that's necessary is to get a COPY of the
manual directory/folder into your hard drive, just once, and it's there forever! (figuratively speaking, of course!
-We've all lost hard drives and/or computers/ipads/tablets, insert name of device here.)
- And. In the event of such loss to which I have alluded previously, wouldn't a nice back-up on something solid
go down well for the Next device? Of Course it would!
- And finally: even though your unit may not have a CD Drive, you must have access to a computer
somewhere that does - at work or school, at a friend's or neighbours, or even your local public library. So why not
just order up a disk, and experience that pride of ownership of a physical object, that security of having backup
for succeeding crises, and copy the main file on the disc onto your personal flash drive, and thence into your
How to Purchase:If this low-pressure presentation has motivated you to become a new
owner of a copy of either format of this manual, please
Click Here For Purchasing Information
Thank you for your interest,
Peter K. Snidal,
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