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Royal Enfield......Why?......Educate me

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by 110Mike, Jan 24, 2012.

  1. England-Kev

    England-Kev Long timer

    Feb 5, 2007
    England. Somewhere on the Canal.
    If you are thinking of buying an Enfield, then you don't weigh it up against anything modern, it is 1960's design, and that is how you must see it.

    But they are great, and very capable bikes, as long as you keep in mind that they will need servicing, both at home and on the road. Ok they don't have loads of power, they are made for the little back lanes of life, but then where do you need to be in such a hurry anyway.

    Of course you could go out and buy a used CB500 hit the electric start and cruise the freeway, but where is the adventure in that?

  2. orangebear

    orangebear Long timer

    Aug 12, 2010
    dumfrie scotland
    my dad has a proper 1960 britsh endfield i tihnk its a 750cc and it has a right foot gear shift he got the bike as the 2rd owner and had the bike from the mid 1960,s and is never going to sell it.

    the new endfeild are fitted with a left foot shift.

    i would love to buy an endfeild but i think i would have trouble with the right foot shifter and the left foot brake.
  3. tkent02

    tkent02 Long timer

    Dec 6, 2008
    Littleton, CO
    Some people ride Turdleys, too.
  4. MIOB

    MIOB Long timer

    Feb 27, 2009
    A cold, wet, flat place
    I agree with most of the posts here.

    I own an Enfield, I've got it for about 5-6 months now. It's a '76 350. It has some trouble keeping up with modern traffic, but I have an oldtimer license plate (different color over here), so people instantly recognize it as an oldtimer and so far I had no problems with impatient cars.

    It does need more work than my BMW and CB7560, but for a '76 it's not that much more than you'd expect.

    It's great fun to ride and really is a go-anywhere bike that feels best at home at forest trails and back roads. I can chose between a '88 R80 caferacer, a '72 CB750 K2 and the Enfield. I've done the most miles on the Enfield this year.



  5. Beezer

    Beezer Long timer

    Oct 26, 2004
    Anchorage, formerly Spenard (hub of the universe)
    my first bike was an Enfield in 1968. not sure what year the bike was built... it was supposed to be a 500 but I always suspected it was smaller (350?) anyway, it had electrical problems & would not charge, I wasn't near as good at fixin' stuff then as now :rofl so I just charged the battery every day & rode it a couple hours tops.

    anyway, couple years ago I rode through India, Nepal & Bhutan on one. I was with a small group & my buddy's bike started hammering so....


    time to change the crank bearing. well, the guys we were with had a spare along.... why? because it wasn't the first time that had to change one in a parking lot. turns out in India they have laws about importing stuff... it costs a lot. domestic stuff is cheap, so all the parts are local manufacture. granted this bike is the old design, but the new ones still have all home mfg parts. the bike above had 12,000 miles since new.


    the good news... they had it apart & back together in about 2 hrs
  6. wmax351

    wmax351 Been here awhile

    Mar 13, 2011
    Marin County and Berkeley, CA

    Priceless. Haha.

    They are a different experience. A tu-250 may have similar power, but its delivery is not like an enfield. It thumps right along at sane speeds. Especially with a larger front sprocket. Crack the throttle, and there is a phut....phut...phut..phut.phutphutphutphut. Idle is a nice low thump.

    Especially with the pre unit engines, they really are a bike from the 50s. The tooling is from 1955. Keeping that in mind, they are truely fantastic bikes. They are a perfect sunday ride bike. If you don't need to be somewhere quick, they are just right. Cruise the twisties. 55-60 mph is very comfortable.
  7. Rango

    Rango Phaneropter

    Oct 30, 2012
    Kingdom of Belgium
    Ok, although this is more its natural habitat, for the sake of this thread -and to satisfy my own curiosity- I chose the highway today with a gps for correct data.

    Mods on the bike: technically none; large windscreen, heightened handle bars, front crash bar.
    Distance to travel on highway: 41km (25M) in both directions.
    Temperature 12°C (53.6°F); wind: 2 Beaufort; road surface dry.
    On the way up headwind, so tailwind on the return trip.

    GPS results:
    the way there: average speed 120kph (74.6mph); maxspeed 129.3kph (80.3mph)
    and back again: average speed 122kph (75.8mph); maxspeed 132.0kph (82.0mph).

    Combining earlier experience with these figures I can now with confidence say that my comfort cruising speed on the highway is 68-72mph (ca115kph). The term comfort cruise meaning our centaurian combo can sustain it for as long as the tank will allow, which is 3hrs (350km/217M).
    Not that that would be my route of choice, considering the fun one would be missing. I didn't take the blue pill for nothing.

    Average mileage for the last 10,000 miles: 63.5mpg (us gallons; 27kpl). It is not uncommon to hit 70+, providing one can stay clear from dirt roads and traffic lights. The official EUR3 test figure is 28.2kpl (66.33mpg).

    Power is 28bph@5250rpm (20.3kW)
    Torque: 41.3Nm@4000rpm
    Changing front sprocket will yield some power at a loss for torque. I prefer the torque for it's when the surface gets tough that the bullet comes in its element. One's got to let the horse do what it likes best.