Royal Enfield Electra Trial

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by FrenchOnionSoup, Mar 25, 2007.

  1. FrenchOnionSoup

    FrenchOnionSoup Confirmed lunatic

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    The RE 500 T looks the part. Does anyone have any info on this bike? No I don't want to hear it's a piece of crap or anything like that. A lot of people out there love these bikes, so there's gotta be a good reawson for it. Also, Overdrive mag apparently had a story about a brand new engine for the bullet, a single but it doesn't share any parts with the Classic or the Electra.
    Here's a link to the Trial articles;
    http://www.realclassic.co.uk/electra05100400.html

    http://www.inter-bike.co.uk/roadtest_arch.asp?id=43
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  2. bmwblake

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    this is the prettiest enfield in their new line for sure. i wouldn't mind having one around, or at least giving one a test ride.



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  3. s10rat

    s10rat Long timer

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    I'd love one too...:stoned
    I bet in india U can get one for a 1000 $:cry
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  4. bmwblake

    bmwblake upside down parker

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    just did the conversion. 3995 GBP is around 7800 USD.
    that's just not gonna happen for many people.
    if they were around 4-5k they might sell a few.



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  5. slaw

    slaw not me gov!

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    if you dont want to go anywhere quick, the trials club i belong to, some of the guys still use original british made versions from the 40's 50's and 60's and they reckon they havent changed externaly. they dont go fast which is good cos they dont go round corners very well either, but they will get as far as any other motorcycle of road, and some fantastic mpg....
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    Pic from UKGSer
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  7. s10rat

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    eventually u can transplant the diesel engine in there:rofl
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  8. slaw

    slaw not me gov!

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    looks purposefull, dont it!!!
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  9. datchew

    datchew Don't buy from Brad

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    man those new ones look really really cool.
    However, if I only went for looks, I'd probably own a harley.

    ...er, wait a sec... i said go by looks... nevermind. :lol3
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  10. slaw

    slaw not me gov!

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    give me a harley flat tracker any day, they are cool
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  11. Tim McKittrick

    Tim McKittrick Long timer

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    The Enfield trials kit is appealing to me-

    http://www.enfieldmotorcycles.com/custom_trials.html

    But I would have to find a pretty cheap donor bike for it to be worthwhile. It looks like there are enough upgrades available to make it decently roadworthy and reliable, but it would cost a lot and take some time.... the stage 2 engine is good for about 30 hp and would make highway cruising possible, for example, but requires changing a lot of bits. I could see it making a fun city and back road enduro, and a fun rock crawler.

    On the other hand, last fall I bought a 250 Scorpa that makes more power, weighs half of what the Enfield would, and only set me back $600. It isn't street legal though- I'm considering removing the tub from my sidecar and replacing it with a tiedown rail to carry the scorpa to the riding areas.
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  12. slaw

    slaw not me gov!

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    most of the trial bike from years ago were developed from road going machines. and its suprising how a set of knobblys, some renthals and different mudgaurds can change the purpose of a machine...
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  13. Cordless

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    I have the opportunity to work in India for a while next year. Might be fun to obtain a new or used recent Royal Enfield and tootle about a bit. Only problems I can see are the suicidal driving of the average Indian, the crowded roads, the heat, and the fact that I am much too tall (at 197 cm, 6' 6") for the smaller Royal Enfields.

    Still, might be fun to take some basic riding gear along and rent one for a long weekend.

    Anyone know what the licensing requirements are for a foreigner riding in India?
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  14. slaw

    slaw not me gov!

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    is there any driving laws over there:rofl
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    datchew Don't buy from Brad

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    You have to like curry and be able to live without meat for awhile. :lol3
    I have a good friend here at work from India. I'll ask him and let you know.
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    datchew Don't buy from Brad

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    He says:

    "if he has a license in the US, he'll be ok. If you want to rent, you can only ride it in certain states according to rental agreement.

    There's a treaty between US and India that their drivers licenses and ours are reciprocal. "

    :thumb
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  17. FrenchOnionSoup

    FrenchOnionSoup Confirmed lunatic

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    The new Electra bike has now a 5 speed conventional gearbox, and a new engine designed by AVL in Austria. Sounds like the engine is now very good, especially with the Highway kit that make cruising on the highway possible. I'd like to hear from Royal Enfield owners, so they can tell if it's a load of crap, or if the reliability of the new bike is really on par with more modern motorcycles. Anything about that new engine? Sorry to dig in, but I love brit bikes and wish to learn more about them.
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  19. FrenchOnionSoup

    FrenchOnionSoup Confirmed lunatic

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    yup, it's the one, but in Trial trim, which I tink is gorgeous. The rear section of the bullet s a bit weird, especially the seat. And the bars on the bullet are a little low. The trial cleans up all that, plus ads a faid bit of off road abilities (for trail riding, not MX).​
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  20. Cordless

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    Thanks for the info. I will take along some gear and have an adventure.

    I suspect the traffic laws in India are similar to those I learned driving in Lebanon, where there are really only two rules:

    1. You can go if there's room.

    2. There's always room.


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