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Old 04-11-2009, 07:03 AM   #1
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Can the new UCE Royal Enfield Bullet 500 cruise at 65-70mph?

Just wondering if anybody knows how the new UCE Royal Enfields run? I was curious if they could cruise at 65-70mph comfortably for long periods? I know they only put out something like 27.5 HP or so, but I've also heard they have better highway speed capabilities versus previous Enfields. What do you guys think?
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Old 04-11-2009, 01:00 PM   #2
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Just wondering if anybody knows how the new UCE Royal Enfields run? I was curious if they could cruise at 65-70mph comfortably for long periods? I know they only put out something like 27.5 HP or so, but I've also heard they have better highway speed capabilities versus previous Enfields. What do you guys think?


Supposedly.

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Old 04-11-2009, 01:54 PM   #3
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A recent visit to a NW dealer suggests that it's still not recommended. Given that 75 mph is very close to the top speed, the suggested 55-60 mph for a cruising speed is perhaps more realistic.
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Old 04-11-2009, 03:00 PM   #4
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Just got back from a longish ride cruising around 60 on my AVL. I did 65 some, and even hit 75- but I was a nervous wreck. Given that, I'd guess a constant 65mph should be doable. Stated horepowers are not what shows up at the rear wheel on a dyno, however.

One of the reasons I didn't get a UCE was they haven't been tested through long-term use. I'm waiting to see if that decision will be regretable, or a relief.
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Old 06-18-2010, 03:18 PM   #5
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Yes, they can. They top out around 85mph and were designed with 70mph cruising ability as a requisite. My brother has abotu 6000 miles on his G5 Bullet with the UCE motor and it has cruised long periods of 65-75mph without issue. I think that the vibration level is more pleasant at 60-65mph though.

I would bet that switching to the freer flowing exhaust and then going up one tooth on the gearbox sprocket would make 70mph even happier.

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Old 06-18-2010, 08:37 PM   #6
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Old 11-03-2012, 07:55 AM   #7
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Hm. - just joined - very confused...
I own an genuine 500 1953 RE "competition" -equipped with a quite rare 1954 "Short Circuit Comp" motor - with a somewhat "free" exhaust, together with a 30 mm Amal carb.
Its geared "for the road + some greenlaning" - with one toothe more on the outgoing gearbox sprocket.
Measured by a very precise GPS - this bike shifts at 130 Kmph - in fourth gear, with the motor turning over by 4900 revs.

Topspeed in the region of 140 Kmph.
When riding abroad (Swedwen - Germany) I often use "motorways" (speedlimit= 130 Kmph) - not because I like it, just because of convenience...
My bike can sit at 120 Kmph for hours - no sweat - and it still has the old valves and seats!
(I use "lead" substitute from "Castrol")

Gas mileage at "motorway speeds approx 17-18 Kilometer per liter 95 inleaded - at 80 Kmph approx 25 kilometers per litre.
July 2013 - I go to Italy, to drive in the Dolomite mountains.
Only planned "mod" - a set of "High powered" oil pumps from Hitchcock" in the UK, together with a valve grind, and a 0.5 mm head gasket, to increase compression a bit...

This bike has been SUPER reliant - but I hear that some of the Indian produced bikes dont like motorways - burn the valves?
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Old 11-05-2012, 04:57 AM   #8
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Why would anyone wanna ride something with so little power? Also how does a 500cc bike manage to produce such low power?
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Old 11-05-2012, 11:18 AM   #9
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Why would anyone wanna ride something with so little power? Also how does a 500cc bike manage to produce such low power?
6.5:1 compression ratio, low rpm.
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Old 11-05-2012, 07:38 PM   #10
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Coming from the iron barrel, 4 speed enfield,(1999) it was pretty solid. Its an old bike. But they will run well. It was smooth too. My triumph had annoying vibration. The enfield doesn't. Even at higher speeds (55-65). Its a well balanced single, that turns nice and slow.

Honestly, I never had any troubles with it. Just not enough power or brakes for bay area freeways.

I'm not sure about the newer ones. But you have to keep in mind you are buying a real classic bike, not a "Modern Classic." It may be made now, but its 50 years old.
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Old 11-23-2012, 11:42 AM   #11
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Old 11-23-2012, 05:15 PM   #12
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I you have ever seen " One Crazy Ride " or " Riding Solo to the top of the world "you will never forget the sound of the Enfields chugging up the mountian !!.
I currently ride a 07 DL1000 that I have put 50,000 miles on.I don't really trust it,I had alot of electrical issue with it a few years back.I built a sidecar rig awhile back based on a 82 GS850,air cooled,carbs,steel frame and dead simple to maintain.I ride year around,200 miles a week and want a air cooled,SIMPLE motorcycle that when it needs repair I CAN DO IT !!.As I get older,going fast isn't as important what is,is going far and being able to repair my bike anywhere.I will be in the position to sell the V and get something else in about 6 months so the Enfield is on my list as is a air head BMW and a Kawasaki W800 etc.





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Old 11-25-2012, 05:55 PM   #13
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As I found out with my Vstrom,all bikes mo matter what they cost or how high tech they are,ALL breakdown.So it's of matter of "can you fix it!!".The high tech ones need high tech tools and know how,both of which I don't have!!.


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Old 11-25-2012, 06:33 PM   #14
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If they made a S40 that looked looked like a Enfield I would buy one !!.


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Old 11-26-2012, 04:40 AM   #15
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If they made a S40 that looked looked like a Enfield I would buy one !!.


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They made one that has a destroked 400cc version of the s40's 650 single. It was so retro it even had drum brakes f/r. We never saw it state side.

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