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jack
2/3/2009 03:28:14 am

hi one and all its about time this flea circus was on line thanks to cedric
i live in suffolk england and have had my flea longer than the lady of the house ie bike 35+ years, wife 33+ years
will give a short history if required

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2/4/2009 04:14:47 pm

history of the bike or the missus?
heheh..hey ive added the full factory manual and spare parts manuals..i hope u all enjoy and get into them..
ced

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jack
2/5/2009 12:30:54 am

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jack
2/5/2009 12:31:54 am

hi thanks for the data sheets looks fine to me

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jack
4/2/2009 07:48:04 am

hi like the new picks on home page where did you find them

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Amaury
4/16/2009 07:50:28 am

Bonjour,
Je viens d'acheter une RE de 1952 complète moteur tournant et en bon état. Où peut on trouver des pièces de rechange.
Je suis de Belgique. Je fais traduire mes propos.
Avez vous des conseils à me donner

Hello,
I have just bought a RE of 1952 supplements driving turning and in good state. Where can one find spare parts.
I am of Belgium. I translate my remarks.
Have councils to be given to me

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jack
4/28/2009 08:04:11 am

hi amaury
its e-bay (?)
hitchcocks motorcycles (some bits)


CEDRIC YOU MAIL BOX IS FULL
Mailbox disk quota exceeded

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Hans Eberlein
5/2/2009 04:49:33 am

Hi Cedric,

Wonderful your website, and thank you for all the info. I´m owner of a RE 125 1946-7, and wish to share any information about this model with other owners around the world.
Best wishes,
Hans.

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jack
5/6/2009 12:52:12 am

hi hans velcomen to the flea site please send in a photo so we can see your bike

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5/13/2009 08:53:46 pm

Great website, very interesting too

I have just aquired a flying flea in many boxes, unfortunatly i do not know anythng about it or the year of manufacture, all i know is that it has telescopic front forks, i want to make it into a WD/RE version of the 1st Airborne division, i know that there are few differences such as girder forks, folding kick start and folding foot pegs and exhaut, but does anyone know of any major differences between the 2 that i will need to do

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cedric
5/13/2009 10:24:39 pm

if u look at the model identification page u will with careful comparison werk out the differences..they basically had the girder frount end until 49 from memory...telescopic after that..other than that and the differences u mention not a lot...most post war bikes were not changed a lot..no $$ to do so

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cedric
5/13/2009 10:27:33 pm

hi hans...welcome to the flea circus..wed love to see some pics and bit of the bikes history..all bikes pics sent in wil be published ..cedric
and if u can include the engine and frame numbers will help immensely in our model research project..
cedric...

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cedric
5/13/2009 10:28:31 pm

probably a 50+ model..re2 id guess..

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Roger Minshull
6/3/2009 04:00:40 am

My 1st bike was a flea in 1957
My dad had volunteered to be a Horsha glider pilot for Arnheim. As he had a small boy they refused. The gliders were massacred .
The flying flea was carried with the paratroopers in the gliders.. There is a pic. on the website of one being dug up at Arnheim.
I did not know as dad never mentioned.

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cedric
6/3/2009 11:19:32 pm

hi rodger thanks for droping us a line.always interested in hearing peoples experiences regarding fleas and horsa gliders etc.the post war fleas and even the wds were a popular 1st bike to learn on.if u have any photos of ya dads pls post em to us here at the site and wel publish them on here 4 u..cedric

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6/28/2009 05:06:58 am

Hi

According to Wikipedia, the Flying Flea was manufactured not in the main Royal Enfield factory in Redditch, but in a factory they had in Edinburgh. Does anyone know where in Edinburgh was the Royal Enfield factory located?

Great website!

Regards
Jorge

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Calton Hill factory in Edinburgh
6/28/2009 09:52:03 am

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jack
7/3/2009 07:14:30 am

i have read the Wikipedia site and i think they are refering to the drop cradles that the flea was droped in
see below
As well as surviving the drop, the cradles also had to be easy to remove on landing. The prototypes met neither requirement as they were too light and bent the wheels on impact but eventually a design was developed that worked with heavier tubing and increased bracing and in December 1942, went into production at the Enfield's Calton Hill factory in Edinburgh.

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cedric
7/6/2009 11:36:14 am

ive been searching google earth and looking at the castle hill site in edinburgh there seems to be large industrial buildings still present...along the rds near the bottom..

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jack
7/13/2009 06:41:45 am

hi flea people take a look at

http://home.planet.nl/~schm0361/R.E.html

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Matt Lawrie
7/25/2009 02:08:52 am

Hello there,

I’m restoring a 1943 WD/RE Flying Flea at the moment and was wondering if someone out there would be able to supply me with a few photographs of some parts that I am having difficulty getting hold of. My email is “lemanlawrie (at) hotmail (dot) com” if you could get in contact via this and we can discuss what I require photos of.

Many thanks,

Matt

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Mike
7/25/2009 07:47:41 pm

Hi. I am starting restore on a 48? flying flea and could someone tell me which number is the engine number is it top back engine mount or is it on top of flywheel right hand crankcase. Thanks

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cedric
7/27/2009 09:21:44 pm

hi matt ive added u in msn..let me know what photos u require il do my best to source them 4 u,,cedric

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cedric
7/27/2009 09:35:49 pm

ok my bike has its engine number on top of rear engine mount lug..and frame number on rhs of the head stock down tube///

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cedric
7/27/2009 09:38:22 pm

ohh and jack flea enthusiasts are known as fleabags..hehhe

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Innes
8/21/2009 08:38:54 am

Hi. I have just been looking at the Factory Handbook you have on your site . I noticed page 24 & 25 are missing. Is there any chance you have them somewhere? I am trying to rebuild the front brakes on my Flea and would love to get a copy!! ps great website

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9/17/2009 02:16:37 am

Hi: My name is Lucas from Argentine, i'am have 32 years old, and this it's my RE 125cc. Thank's Any information about this machine (Manuals, Photos, etc). Sorry for my bad english, my lenguage its spanish!!!
http://royalenfield125.blogspot.com/

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jack
9/23/2009 04:17:22 am

hi any body got info as to gearbox parts as i need some HELP

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cedric
10/14/2009 10:33:52 am

what gearbox parts do u need jack..?

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cedric
10/14/2009 10:36:05 am

can anybody send me a video of thier bike running and being riden for the website?

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jack
10/30/2009 05:40:15 am

please see

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAsyh5bnK9c

it's alive (just)

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jack
11/5/2009 01:37:09 am

hi i need to know if villiers gearbox parts are the same as flea g/box and if so any conversion numbers

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Jamie
11/12/2009 08:09:40 am

Hi, just picked upa 1950 and need a magneto, carb, and cover for magneto side of case. Any body know where to go. I am new at this. Jamie

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Jamie
11/12/2009 02:05:36 pm

Also have new pistons/rings and new brake shoes to trade or sell. email @ jamie_lawlor@hotmail.com

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12/30/2009 06:33:21 pm

have a flea to restore but want to find history first number plate XWB632 any ideas as to how to find out about it thanks

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jack
1/4/2010 04:31:42 am

hi brian please give the frame number and engine number as this is better to find out about you bike i have conections to some re records

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jack
1/4/2010 04:35:24 am

brian hope this gives a link 2 me ???

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das
1/11/2010 01:47:21 pm

your engine numbers below the carb behind the air cleaner and frame numbers on headstock

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1/15/2010 09:14:49 pm

jack i think i have found engine no only thing is there are two angines one is a villiars no AAA26698A the other does not have side casing but has 2147 stamped into it in the same placeas theother engine as of yet have not been able to find anything on the frame

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1/15/2010 09:16:51 pm

das sorry mate forgot to say thank you for your input made things a bit easier

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Cam
1/28/2010 11:28:05 am

Hi, I am building a late 1944 Model WD/RE in Australia using a 1948 frame and an original late 1944 front fork assembly that’s still in Olive Drab. I need some help with modifying the frame to reposition the seat higher. Can anyone help me with dimensions and photos of the front seat mount for a Model WD/RE?

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2/11/2010 07:21:47 pm

Hi anyone got a spare wd air filter/choke fitting ,chain guard ,front mudguard ,headlamp shell for wd Flea..Please?. Regards
Andy

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3/1/2010 03:44:20 am

hello is there anyone there

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jack
4/18/2010 07:52:07 am

if the photos are still required of the flea seat mount cam please email jack dot begg at ntlworld dot com

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Rob
7/4/2010 01:24:16 am

I have a restored Flying Flea. I am curious what it is worth? I can email pictures if I had a place to send them too?
Thanks,
Rob

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8/29/2010 07:23:44 am

Hi

I was able to find remnants of the factory in Edinburgh where the Flying Flea crates were manufactured. See,
http://myroyalenfields.blogspot.com/2010/08/where-in-edinburgh-part-iii.html


Regards
Jorge

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Ruan
12/1/2010 09:26:22 pm

Hi there my fellow Fleabags,

I have recently acquired a Flea, and with that I mean I have it in 400 different parts. Haha!

I was wondering if someone could supply me with any information on my model (like the year etc...)

There are two numbers stamped into the engine. One ontop: V1291 and one on the bottom (repeated twice next to each other): 8252

The frame number is 4059.

Any information would be greatly appreciated.

My e-mail address is ruandewitt@yournamehere.co.za

Kindest Regards

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ced
12/2/2010 11:02:34 am

hi m8 sounds like u could have a 41 or earlier there..nice find..any chance u could email us some pics to help in the identification..? email to zaphodhornblower514@hotmail.com
thanks Ced

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Ruan
12/2/2010 01:38:17 pm

Sure... Will e-mail in a bit...
Have to warn you, like I said, it's in 400 pieces. Haha! Probably the tank and the frame would be the best things to date it by?

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Ruan
12/3/2010 06:04:20 am

Hey Cid,

I did send an e-mail with a couple of pics. Let me know if you find anything out pls.

Thanks a million.

Kindest Regards.

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Ruan
12/3/2010 07:21:36 pm

Sorry, Ced, not Cid... :$

Hope you all have a super weekend!!!

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cedric
12/26/2010 02:12:22 pm

headlight switch and often can be the most identifiable part to date it from..

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jack
7/11/2011 06:13:36 am

hi anybody looking after this site anymore

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Shane
11/25/2011 09:27:27 pm

Hello all, my father recently gave me his 1948 Flea in many bits. I've never restored anything before but I have wanted this bike since I was a small boy. I plan to do it as authentically as possible. I am a machinist so I can make some bits as needed but I am missing some bits. Such as, chainguard, luggage rack, all the fender braces, the top element to my magneto (got the two on the sides) and the decompressor cable. Any advice? Love this site, nice to learn the history. I'll send pictures of the process as soon as I figure out how. I will also send any serial numbers I can find.

Shane

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Shane
11/25/2011 10:37:56 pm

Also missing the tool kit, and I will need to get new rubber bands for the fork suspension. Also, rear wheel is in rough shape. Anyone know who can re spoke a wheel in North America. And tires! Just a few bits (sigh)

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12/14/2011 10:44:55 am

Hi all.
Very nice website.
Im currently TRYING to restore a Flying Flea (missing a bunch of parts including engine). The thing is im needing any help as i can get. mail: p.irigoyeng@hotmail.com

thanks a lot

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3/20/2012 10:08:44 am

Hi Guys Anyone know how to test a coil and condenser to see if they are working OK ?
Regards
Andy

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7/20/2012 10:43:52 am

I like it and also suggesting it to my friends for visiting you really show your thinking nicely so keep it up dear for us.Thanks for the marvelous posting!

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7/20/2012 10:47:27 am

Good to know about this interesting blog which i have read from this site.it's very hard to find something similar. I really like this website.

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Rick
8/1/2012 05:31:03 pm

Hi guys, can anyone out there help me out.
I have a 1948 Flea that has been in the family for over 40 years. As a teenager I used to ride it daily. I dont think'it has been ridden since I left home in the early 80s''. I now have the bike in my posession again and have recently had the urge to restore it. There are a few minor parts that seem to have gone missing such as the Clutch and brake leavers and rubber bands for the suspension that I need to find however, when checking out the condition of the motor I have discovered that the big end is nocking a little. Can anyone tell me where I can find a Conrod Kit and a full gasket set for the motor. Any advice would be appreciated.

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Richard Merry
11/21/2012 07:21:37 pm

Hi all. Have just pick up a few baskets containing a Flying Flea which is about 95% complete. Frame no. REM 32034 Engine no.32034. Can any one please tell me the year & if it is a Military or Civilian Model. Any help would be appreciated.
Regards
Richard

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Richard Merry
11/21/2012 07:21:49 pm

Hi all. Have just pick up a few baskets containing a Flying Flea which is about 95% complete. Frame no. REM 32034 Engine no.32034. Can any one please tell me the year & if it is a Military or Civilian Model. Any help would be appreciated.
Regards
Richard

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Richard Merry
11/21/2012 07:22:32 pm

Hi all. Have just pick up a few baskets containing a Flying Flea which is about 95% complete. Frame no. REM 32034 Engine no.32034. Can any one please tell me the year & if it is a Military or Civilian Model. Any help would be appreciated.
Regards
Richard

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Richard Merry
11/21/2012 07:25:27 pm

Hi all. Have just pick up a few baskets containing a Flying Flea which is about 95% complete. Frame no. REM 32034 Engine no.32034. Can any one please tell me the year & if it is a Military or Civilian Model. Any help would be appreciated.
Regards
Richard

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Richard Merry
11/21/2012 07:25:48 pm

Hi all. Have just pick up a few baskets containing a Flying Flea which is about 95% complete. Frame no. REM 32034 Engine no.32034. Can any one please tell me the year & if it is a Military or Civilian Model. Any help would be appreciated.
Regards
Richard

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Richard Merry
11/21/2012 07:27:38 pm

Hi all. Have just pick up a few baskets containing a Flying Flea which is about 95% complete. Frame no. REM 32034 Engine no.32034. Can any one please tell me the year & if it is a Military or Civilian Model. Any help would be appreciated.
Regards
Richard

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R A Merry
12/4/2012 06:44:55 am

Hi. hoping some one can help. I bought the remains of a flea which is about 90% complete & I am trying to find out what year it is. The frame No. is REM2043 & the engine No. is 32034 not maching which is a pity. Any hel is appreciated

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Richard
12/5/2012 08:57:51 pm

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cedric
12/24/2012 07:24:27 am

hi Richard
you seem to have an early frame number 1940 maybe even engine prob early fifties..can u send me some pics? hitchcocks are the best known sorce of parts and ebay occasionally throws up a few bibs and bobs..regards cedric

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niel cheetham
11/1/2013 10:01:59 am

hi fleabags just restoring a1943 i think can anyone tell me where to locate frame number i cant find it on the headstock could also do to locate right hand side casing for engine i think the electrics are ok as the 1 ive got not right for the year thanks

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11/1/2013 10:14:30 am

hi restoring 1943 flea i was told it has had an engine change it has the villiers carb and air box could do with right hand side engine cover to match year and cant find engine number on headstock can anyone help

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her flick
11/2/2013 12:01:28 am

hi my name niel im looking for engine casing for right hand side were the electrics are thanks a lot niel

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jack
2/10/2014 05:50:25 am

anybody still using this site

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Eric
4/1/2014 01:48:04 am

Perhaps the more important question is "how is Cedric ?"

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Tony
9/11/2014 04:59:30 am

Can anyone tell me the differences between the 1944 through to the '48 flying flea. From what I can tell the only difference is the addition of an on off switch on the headlight and the addition of a speedo. I've just purchased a flying flea but I'm uncertain of the year. Its easy to see from the front forks it's a '48 or earlier

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10/5/2014 03:53:15 am

Hi
I have a 1948 flea but when I ride it the clutch activating rod wears away. Anybody got any ideas on why this may happen ?
Cheers
Dave

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