We all love our Bullets more than the sleekest, fastest
bike we ever owned or now own. There is something unique
about the majestic, stable, time-defying piece of history
that endears a Bullet to it's owner, and it is no less
traumatic than an illness in the family to see their
Bullet not in perfect condition.
It is a rare owner who will leave his Bullet in a workshop
without undergoing acute distress! But leave it he must,
unless he is going to repair it himself. The Bullet
is a surprizingly simple machine which is easily repaired
by the owner, but this rarely happens.
The tools, skills, parts are not at all difficult to
acquire. But the knowledge and confidence are. The owners
manual as well as the workshop manual for Bullet are
very casual books that do not inspire any confidence.
And the deep-rooted myth (perhaps fabricated by the
mechanics) that a Bullet is difficult to service, does
un-nerve a novice. Some of us were lucky to learn the
ropes from our parents, elder siblings, etc. But a vast
majority of us have to learn it the hard way, or suffer
the pain of being dependant on mechanics and not being
able to ride cross-country without at least a small fear
within of breakdown in a lonely spot.
The aim of this series is to enable the average Bullet-eer to understand exactly what goes on inside his machine,
and thus be in a position to diagnose problems or even tackle repairs himself.
Observation-explanation route has been taken rather
than giving spoon-fed-methods for replacing this part
or that. It is felt that the person who does not have
the patience/time to read the principles is better off
leaving the repairs to a good mechanic. It would be
such a waste of time and money to change clutch-plates
when it was the cable that was the cause of trouble !!!