Can the new UCE Royal Enfield Bullet 500 cruise at 65-70mph?

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by spddmn, Apr 11, 2009.

  1. Mista Vern

    Mista Vern Knows all - tells some.

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    No kidding - I have yet to get that thing running! :lol3
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  2. Uncle Ernie

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    I've been using that tubing along the fender to hang a tool roll and Christmas decorations.

    It also provides a place to cram shims when readjusting the rear fender on the UCE's. A couple of people have had trouble with a shimmiy that turned out to be an accidentally spring-loaded fender because of factory mis-alignment. (Only a few bikes, I think)
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  3. nskitts

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    Don't take it off, put a cloth saddlebag on there! Or a woman!
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  4. Meter Man

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    I would never have guessed. Thanks for the explanation. I have always liked the look of the Enfields.

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  5. MQracing

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    Very handsome bike. And nice countryside as well. Looks like some good areas to ride in.

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  6. carockwell

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    To answer the OP's question, absolutely not. Maintain a constant speed over 60 mph and you will be shedding more parts than my cat sheds hair. If you mean can you ride for 30 miles at 65 mph, the answer is yes. If you mean can you ride across the country on I80 and stay out of the way of the trucks, the answer is no. After a brief time at 65 MPH you will need to do some wrenching, tweaking, oil adding, etc. These machine are designed to accelerate to speeds over 60 mph and then slow down for something. Steady state cruising at 65-70 mph is not realistic or advisable. Just take a test ride and you will come to the same conclusion. Steady state cruising at 55 mph is wonderful and will quickly make a convert of you.
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  7. Blizzard Beast

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    I was actually thinking of putting hard panniers.


    Yup Shimla,where I live has plenty of nice places to ride to.Lots of nice twisty roads.

    I am not too sure .The new UCE engines are more reliable compared to the old cast iron ones.I have read accounts of people cruising at those speeds comfortably.But then again I have not experienced that myself,the place where I live doesn't have roads to do that.And I never feel the urge to take it to 60mph,I am more of a sedate rider,and thats the way to go on most Indian roads.
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  8. pm9654

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    I've been a fan for a while now, beautiful bikes...
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  9. Unstable Rider

    Unstable Rider Moto Fotografist

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    I test drove a couple recent models as there is a dealer near me. They are very cool looking bikes. I opted for a KLR instead, it's not comparing apples to apples to be sure, the KLR just suit my personality better.

    Question, do the recently produced Enfield's have the leaky-oil issue-- drip-drip-drip on the garage floor?

    I do think they are very cool looking and wonderfully retro for city cruising or secondary road-riding.
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  10. Blizzard Beast

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    Nope.Mine hasn't leaked in 2500 miles.And I know people who've ridden 10,000 miles without even a drop leaking.
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  11. Bar None

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    Very proper looking motorbike.
    I vote for the woman and keeping the saree guard.
    Has the military model been dropped for the UCE?
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  12. Blizzard Beast

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    Thanks,

    The C5 military is available outside of India in the US/UK etc.The Indian laws prohibit civilian vehicles sporting the military olive green color.
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  13. Uncle Ernie

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    Excuse me-
    For the iron barrels, that's true. I have an AVL and have done all day between 60-65 OK. The roads I travel, I end up dipping down a bit more- but I take it on I-40 some.

    The new UCE is really not the same engine at all. RE goes to great lengths to make the bike look old, but the engine is Unit Construction with elctronic ignition, fuel injection, hydraulic valve lifters, etc. Granted- it's really too new for huge maileage reviews, but it seems to be a very solid lump.

    That said- I'm glad I got my AVL. I don't really relish wrenching, but this bike needs me. Plus, it's light and handles well here in the mountains.
    I got to 10K this week and it runs great. It does drip oil everywhere- when I change the tranny oil. I simply can not get a handle on how to control where that stuff drains. No matter what I put under the bike- I always end up with a puddle under the bike.

    When I first got the bike, I was healthier and fancied the cafe look;

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    But I realized i was kidding myself. I found an old Indian tank and fixed it up. Seems to suit me better- mbut having some tanks around is cheaper than a whole new bike, too.

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  14. conchscooter

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    I want to like the Enfield unit construction motor but I think it will take a few more years to find out if it really is capable of a sustained 70mph. Reading the Royal Enfield forum it is clear there are issues with the bike that haven't yet been sorted out and factory reliability is not up to the standards I expect from a modern motorcycle manufacturer.
    From what I have read (here on advrider!) Indian roads are good for 45 mph with bursts to sixty on open roads if you are brave (foolhardy). If an Indian assembled bike is to work on US roads it has to be capable of higher speeds to be safe. US drivers are an impatient lot. And even though road maintenance is falling away in this prolonged "double dip" Depression we are still expected to do more than walking speed on main roads.
    I am not interested in wrenching to keep a bike roadworthy. Nuts and bolts falling off were a royal pain when I was a youngster and bikes vibrated. Broken electricals from wires snapping and bulbs breaking from vibrations are fun to recall but were no fun at the time. Vibration wrecks an engine faster and in more ways than youngsters reared on ultra smooth motorbikes can imagine. It doesn' do your fillings much good either.
    I am not feeling adventurous and would rather see others spend $6000+ on a motorcycle that is essentially unproven. Pretty as it is.
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  15. JustJack

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    I've taken a ride around these forums today, and I get a kick out of every one. Who would have thought I'd be listening in on a conversation about the Royal Enfield?
    I haven't even seen one on the road yet.
    I guess I need to get out more. I've been doing too much roofing and not enough riding.

    :rickyKeep ridin',
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  16. Bar None

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    Thanks, I went to the US RE site and saw the military UCE model but alas it's missing the metal panniers and engine guard of the old model.
    I need to do more more looking to see if the accessories are available.
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    I'm sure pleased to see that the one and only Uncle Ernie has taken the time to visit here.

    Hope all is swell with you UE!
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  19. Uncle Ernie

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  20. chazbird

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    In 2008/2009, when I lived in India, the 350cc Bullet was about $1700, and the "Machismo" 500cc (electric start, 5 speed unit, front disc brake) was about $2000. I don't know about now but at the time they were readily available off the dealer floors. For reasons I still can't understand a (western) friend custom ordered a Bullet in Army Green with panniers, getting it through the Chennai factory and he didn't have any trouble riding it on Indian roads. Neither of the bikes, 350/500cc was good for sustained 60 mph+ cruising....and if you're riding in India that's not highly reccomended. Also, if you are buying a bike in India as a foreigner its kind of difficult (I had work/resident permit).
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