After much searching around this appears to be a form that doesn't have much tolerance for many threads on the same issue. Looking about I don't see any discussing the recent Royal Enfield models. I am a new user from Edmonton, AB, Canada interested in the Enfield... one of the classic military style ones to be specific. Now I understand in the recent past they were a really low quality horrid machine. I've seen previous advice in years past that your better off with a used Japanese motorcycle for $2500 than a new enfield. Or something to the tune of "The best "$2000 bike that $5000" can buy. However my understanding is they have now achieved pretty decent quality levels in the last few years. Also EFI and getting excellent fuel economy (85mpg imp?). They're supposed to be pretty durable to tackle the tough roads and conditions that India can throw at them. Any thoughts on this as an adventure bike, or doing some long haul, running down the odd fire trail...etc? I know they only make 27hp or so and have a top speed of 130km/h, but there has been round the world expeditions and such on bikes with similar abilities. I also know they're not designed to be an off road bike per say, but hell, every bike was deemed off road able back in the day (you just have to go slow enough I guess). To my knowledge there is a 535cc bore kit one could apply if they mange to burn out that 500, for a little extra boost. Are there any users here using one of these in what I'll call the "adventure spirit"? I'm also wondering how much the aerodynamics of hard panniers might effect the highway ability of the bike.