Building a list of spares that you need to carry with a motorcycle from the Royal Enfield Classic series. This list can be used by not only the Classics, but other models like Classic 350, Classic 500, Classic Chrome, Classic Desert Storm, Classic Battle Green and all of the Bullet series.
On a longer ride, you’ll need everything that you carry on a short ride as listed below. More than that, you may need spares like clutch plates or something else. But, given that the UCE engined motorcycles are still in production, any thing major can be fixed by heading to the nearest RE workshop. If you’re the true DIY type of person, here’s a list.
Spares for Royal Enfield Classic
- Short Rides
- Longer Rides
No list of spares for Royal Enfield Classic can be complete without these little fuses. Always carry spare fuses for this series, since the motorcycle just won’t run without a fuse. There’s space to keep spare fuses on the bike, but its small (and light) enough to store some extra in your bag. Everyone has a friend who does not turn up with spares and gets stranded.
A classic owner who’s injector hasn’t crapped out on them is a lucky one. Usually, you’d put this as a spare for longer rides, but given the reputation that these units have, its on this short rides list. So, if you have a Classic that’s more than 2 years old, get this (Thanks @harshmanrai) Also, its a part you may not find just about anywhere, so its a little up on the list.
The stock MRF Zappers are decent tyres. But, they are not really great on bad roads. Take the tubes that you require along. The Royal Enfields have a 19″ front and a 18″ rear tyre. Ideally, you’ll need to take both sizes, but in a crunch situation, the 19″ tube can be stuffed into the 18″ tyre.
The usual accelerator and clutch cables. Keeping these in good condition is the best way around it. If you have a doubt about the condition of the cables on your motorcycle, just change it before you leave. Its worth the time you will save on the road.
You’d want all the bulbs to work on your motorcycle for utmost safety. But, having a functional headlight is a minimum. Don’t skimp, if one of the beams of your bulb is shot, change the bulb. Don’t wait till the other one also goes away and you’re stuck changing this on the highway. I won’t suggest a rating, since you know what bulb is on your motorcycle. Keep a spare of the same rating.
You’ll need everything that you carry on a short ride as listed above. Everything in this list may seem like overkill and I would suggest that you carry them if your motorcycle has a history of failing. You can pick these on the road if you’re stuck, but out of the main routes, you may have trouble finding exactly what you need.
Does not occupy too much space. Keep a set in the spares kit, but if you’re the type that burns more clutch plates than rubber, you may need it. I have seen people burning clutches in steep hills and muddy tracks.
You know this. Standard stuff.
If you decide to change them, learn how to bleed front brakes before you begin doing this. Light enough to leave a set in the bag.
UCE motorcycles will not run without juice in your battery. Keep wires to jump start it from someone else’s battery if push comes to shove.
The days of the leaking, oil guzzling engines are not completely gone away, but its definitely reduced. If you are a stickler for the type of oil you use in the engine, its best to carry your own. I used to top up with engine oil on the road on the older motorcycles with oil cans that you can buy from any petrol pump or oil stores on the way. This is another thing you can do.
Bearings go with some warning. So if you are a discerning rider, you will be forewarned before it lets go completely. Once it starts disintegrating in your wheel, it becomes really uncomfortable to ride. Change it or get it changed at a puncture repair shop if you do not find a mechanic.
What are the spares that you people carry on your Classic/ Bullet series motorcycles? Do post in the comments below, so that I can improve upon this list.