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Old 10-23-2013, 07:52 AM   #16
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I'd recommend against an RE if you ride A LOT. If it is an occasional rider, then go for it. My roommate had a 2009 and puts fairly substantial mileage on his bikes. The RE just didn't hold up like a TU250 would. The performance is also very underwhelming for a 500.
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Old 10-23-2013, 10:26 AM   #17
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benefits of RE ownership

My buddy Johnboy was riding his Enfield down in Arkansas years ago, it was one of the earlier imports and less reliable that today's. A muffler bracket broke and a nice local girl escorted him to a welding shop. While they were waiting for the job to be finished she said, "There's a motel right across the road there".
They ended up happily married, still ride the old Enfield.
So be careful making this decision.
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Old 10-23-2013, 02:27 PM   #18
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Do yourself a huge favor and get a Suzuki TU250 . It has the vintage look (people always ask what year it is or what a great restoration job I did). It is faster than a RE,handles better,gets super gas mileage,and is bullet proof . There is a ton of folks from all around the world on the TU250RIDERS web site that may convince you.
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Old 10-23-2013, 02:30 PM   #19
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Do yourself a huge favor and get a Suzuki TU250 . It has the vintage look (people always ask what year it is or what a great restoration job I did). It is faster than a RE,handles better,gets super gas mileage,and is bullet proof . There is a ton of folks from all around the world on the TU250RIDERS web site that may convince you.
That looks vintage to you?
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Old 10-23-2013, 03:06 PM   #20
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Do yourself a huge favor and get a Suzuki TU250 . It has the vintage look (people always ask what year it is or what a great restoration job I did). It is faster than a RE,handles better,gets super gas mileage,and is bullet proof . There is a ton of folks from all around the world on the TU250RIDERS web site that may convince you.
You're missing the point!

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Old 10-23-2013, 08:35 PM   #21
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You're missing the point!

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The point being that not only does the Enfield "look" vintage (so does that Suzuki, sorta), it's also a direct descendant of the original Royal Enfield Bullet, which dates back to the 1930's, built in a factory that Royal Enfield set up in 1954 to build bikes for the Indian Army, which coninued making the same 1954 Bullets straight through after the demise of the parent company in 1970 to today.
There's some real heritage involved in these, and Royal Enfield is, and will always be, the only motorcycle company to have built motorcycles within three distinct centuries, having started building motorcycles in 1898, and never stopped.
BTW, there are several companies in England and Europe (Egli, of Egli Vincent fame, being one of them) doing development work to bring the performance of the 500 Bullets up to the levels achieved by the UK made "big head" models, which were competetive with the BSA Goldstars.

Take a look at www.hitchcocksmotorcycles.com for some interesting mods and accessories.
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Old 10-24-2013, 05:01 AM   #22
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If you do a search on the web, "touring on an Enfield" there is loads of great information.

I came across this... http://www.royalenfieldmotorcycles.net/index.html

They really are great fun bikes
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Old 10-24-2013, 08:33 PM   #23
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You know I always wanted a vintage or vintage looking bike. I have had all kinds of modern bikes through the years. I have always done my own basic maintenance. I was out kicking tires at one of my local dealers last week and noticed they had 2 leftover or maybe demo Royal Enfields both with low miles. One was an 07, the other an 04, both were priced less than $3K. I have researched these bikes a little and know they are vibey, low speed, non highway short distance bikes that require a good bit of maintenace to run properly. These are the cast iron barreled carburated bikes. I have read about the sprag clutch issues and know the e-start will not work for very long if used often so I would accept that it is a kick start only bike with the well documented starting procedure. What I don't want is a catastrophic failure of some kind and repair work that requires a dealer or more mechanical skills than I have.

I have considered Honda CB350s and some other Japanese vintage bikes but they just don't have that classic Brit bike look like the RE bullets have.
Yes I know I would be much better off with a modern reto like a triumph bonneville, but then the cost factor goes up.

What does the asylum say?
Did you ride one of these Enfields? If you just plan to look at a bike and not ride it, I'd say the Enfield would be perfect.

Seriously, though if it's just a "vintage look" and you want something to ride with no reliability headaches, the Suzuki TU250 fits the bill. But ride one of those, too.

I'd make a suggestion of a Bonneville, too.

The oil-in-frame Meriden 750 from 1974 (shifts on the "wrong side" for real vintage appeal) or 1975 up (shifts on the "right side" and has an electric leg). It's vintage enough, has good power, very good handling and some vintage maintenance to perform. Again, ride one.



The asylum has spoken, what do you think, OP?
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Old 10-24-2013, 10:23 PM   #24
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Ah, my 2003 350 Bullet and its girlfriend:



With its sisters:



And my 1951 350 Bullet racer, in 2 guises:





And my 500 Bullet with friends:



Yeah, I like them well enough...
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Old 10-25-2013, 12:42 AM   #25
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It's a really bad idea. No where near as practical as a Toyota Corrola, which are much more reliable and have seating for 4.

Here's mine :)

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Old 10-25-2013, 02:54 AM   #26
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It's a really bad idea. No where near as practical as a Toyota Corrola, which are much more reliable and have seating for 4.

Here's mine :)

That's my old bike !! You got a nice one there . I recognise the mark on the side panel . A very useable bike . I have done thousands of miles in the Himalayas on the Bullet , and you form a real atatchment to them . They have stopped making the Woodsman now . Enjoy your bike
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Old 10-25-2013, 04:07 AM   #27
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Don't totally rule out an SR500. They're fun, reliable, great parts availability, and can be made to look like most anything you want. Here's my '80. Last winter I laced up the wire wheels and fitted the Dyna muffler. This winter I hope to dial in a Goldstar "silencer" I've picked up for her.



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Old 10-25-2013, 07:29 AM   #28
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Lots of choices for a lot less money.
Not the same style (very old) as the RE.

Quality is likely much better now, but I hear getting parts are an issue, and the price of the bike seems high for what it is, and sure to loose value quickly.

There is nothing else like them for sale, and if that is what you are looking for, give it a try.
I would get a B5 classic if I had extra money, as I do not mind working on bikes.
I would go through the bike before riding it, replace all the fluids, repplace hardware with self locking stuff, protect the wire harness, check all bolt tightness, replace the battery, then service it early and often and look for signs of problems.

I still do not think it would be a high speed bike (70+ mph) but I could live with that.
They do sound really cool going down the road.

You would think Harley would make a vintage single cylinder 500cc bike in a vintage format for new riders to train on, they used to use a Buel blast which was modern and funky looking.
When those are gone, what are they going to use?
The sportsters are 600 pounds....
I do not think they would want to use TU250's....
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Old 10-25-2013, 08:40 AM   #29
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Id like to chime in.. I was in the same boat.. Wanted an older bike with out any hassles... I like the look and style of Brit singles and twins from the 40's 50's and 60's but having two young ones and an abbreviated riding season- the onus was on the bike to start when I wanted it too and run without hassle (and yeah new bikes have hassles but the odds are in my favour)
So I opted for a Hinckley Bonnie...Ive had two and am keeping my last one... Its only let me down once and the fix was easy.
Now on to the RE
I love the look, the history is there, It has a kicker, FI is ok for new ones.. So I would definatlly look at it..The TU is nice I suppose but it doesnt get me going like the RE does.. RE as Highway bike, I had a Ural... Enough said.. Just pick different roads but its doable..
Old Iron barrels are hard to find around these parts... Unless I get a good example at a smoking deal, Id opt for a newer one..
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Old 10-25-2013, 08:59 AM   #30
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i have two 1992 india bullets
i ran a enfield bullet as a daily transport for a couple of years doing 20.000 km/year, without major breakdowns.
the 1992 bullets had bad main bearings, but as the topic starter is looking at a 2007 that shouldnt be a issue.
Even the older ones are not as bad as their reputation,
some left the factory half finished, and needed a rebuild out of the crate, no problem ,
once properly rebuilt even the older ones are pretty reliable.

Basically as long as you are not in a hurry they are simple , reliable an slow bikes.
parts are dirt cheap and easy to find.
dont expect an enfield to be maintenance free like modern honda's or yamaha's, you will get your hands dirty
but if you dont mind getting your hands dirty they are fun.

The iron barrel bullets can overheat , so thrashing them is not recommended .
after 2000 the quality was vastly improved , so i wouldnt hesitate using one as a daily transport

but best advice i can give is to do a test ride , and decide if you can live with something that slow....
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