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ChaseKenyon
12-08-2010, 08:08 AM
Are they any good?


2010 ROYAL ENFIELD BULLET C5 CLASSIC
$6,395.00
0 miles

http://www.nationalpowersports.net/IMS/auctionFiles/5109/IMG_0063.jpg

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Here is what Royal Enfield has to say about this model: "Experience one of the greatest traditions in motorcycling history in a whole new way. Royal Enfield is now proud to present the all-new Bullet Classic C5: a modern reworking of the old legend, taking its styling cues from the simplicity of our earliest 1950’s machines and combining that celebrated design and heritage with all the advantages of today’s EFI technology."

Its striking two-tone style, body colored frame, rubber knee pads and solo spring seating pops with vintage authenticity. This is not your fathers bullet. The fully-integrated unit construction engine offers unprecedented fuel economy, higher cruising speeds, and the latest emissions standards.

Here are some basic specs;
- 500cc single cylinder engine with 27.5bhp @4,000rpm
- EFI and electronic ignition
- 80mpg fuel economy
- 80mph top speed
- 280mm front brake disc
- 152mm rear drum brake
- 412lb dry weight
- 31.75" seat height


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TomF
12-08-2010, 08:10 AM
I've always wanted one.

It almost doesn't matter if the bike doesn't run.

ChaseKenyon
12-08-2010, 08:17 AM
2010 ROYAL ENFIELD BULLET C5 MILITARY
$6,395.00
0 miles

http://www.nationalpowersports.net/IMS/auctionFiles/5114/IMG_1457.jpg

Just for you Tom as I know how cold it can get in Brunzwiki. Oor even NS for that matter. :D

PEI does not count. ;)

Dad told me so at my first Highland games there in '61, and that it was because it was part of Scotland not Canada.Y>

2009 ROYAL ENFIELD BULLET G5 CLASSIC WITH COZY SIDECAR
$8,495.00
0 miles

http://www.nationalpowersports.net/IMS/auctionFiles/4927/DSCF1713.jpg

TomF
12-08-2010, 08:57 AM
Lovely indeed.

Never having driven a bike with a sidecar, I wonder how weird that feels. Looks wonderful, and would be a good place to put the groceries ... or the dog. I doubt I could convince Sasha to hop in though... she didn't much like the little Yamaha I drove back in the day.

ChaseKenyon
12-08-2010, 09:05 AM
THis is nice and would be good enough for me and the Mrs.

http://images.psndealer.com/dealersite%2Fimages%2Fnewvehicles%2F2010_8_183240_ carnivalred.jpg

Engine DOHC, parallel-twin, 270 firing interval
Horsepower 85 bhp @ 4,850 rpm
Displacement 1597 cc
Bore x Stroke 103.8 x 94.3 mm
Torque 108 ft. lbs. @ 2,750 rpm
Compression Ratio 9.7:1
Fuel System Multi-point sequential electronic fuel injection, progressive linkage on throttle


What I really want:
http://cdn-6.psndealer.com/e2/dealersite/images/secondwindbmw/vp1823136_1_large.jpg

but with the high mount speedo and tach like the

roadster version.

http://www.triumph.co.uk/images/RIIIRoadster_2010_gallery2M_534x309.jpg

Hoping my VA video hearing next Monday goes well and my lawyer gets me the full two years of back pay on my back as full disability to the Social Security finding Date of Dec. 2006 as my start of fully disabled status. THe courts have already set precedent in cases just like mine against the VA and even awarded penalties in one case for damages caused in terms of physical and mental pain caused by the non pay of the VA.

So keep your fingers crossed for me guys and gals.

seanz
12-08-2010, 02:37 PM
Good Luck, Chase.


It seems Enfields are fine for a while but your head can be turned by flashy German bikes.
;)

I like the one with the chair but it probably doesn't have enough power for modern traffic.

Have you got a Ural dealer nearby?
:D

Bobcat
12-08-2010, 02:48 PM
Lovely indeed.

Never having driven a bike with a sidecar, I wonder how weird that feels. Looks wonderful, and would be a good place to put the groceries ... or the dog. I doubt I could convince Sasha to hop in though... she didn't much like the little Yamaha I drove back in the day.

Sidecars look like motorcycles, but they're not. They are a complete different vehicle: two track and assymetrical. It takes a different skill set to operate one. That being said, they're not hard to learn to operate and are a blast to drive. Sidecar rigs are made for kids, dogs and groceries.

Someone said that sidecars are best suited for the old, the disabled and the colorful. Put in less polite terms: geezers, gimps and the weird.

Bobcat
12-08-2010, 02:51 PM
Royal Enfields are great for what they are: old technology with some upgrades and not a lot of power. The new ones are pretty reliable. If you want what the bike was designed to offer, you'll be happy with one

PeterSibley
12-08-2010, 04:07 PM
Royal Enfields are great for what they are: old technology with some upgrades and not a lot of power. The new ones are pretty reliable. If you want what the bike was designed to offer, you'll be happy with one

That's pretty accurate , I just sold mine because it was too slow for the freeway and I have to do a 100 mile freeway run to visit my daughters ...I regret the sale 'cos it was a lovely thing .What the Brits call a green laner , perfect for chuffing around the back roads .The electric start mechamism (the sprag clutch ) has a bad rep ,but the kick start is easy and kinda the whole point of the thing .Mine started first kick every time .

If you're used to power and expect it ...you will be disappointed , if not you will enjoy it .55 mph is a good cruising speed , remember its a 50s design with upgraded brakes .She will outhandle a Harley easily !

If you want a hack ,don't .Buy a Ural ,preferably their new 2 wheel drive job ...it's supposed to be very good on bad and icy roads .

Good Luck and enjoy !

Look here for hack info .http://www.advrider.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=56

The is a good US Royal Enfield forum too .

doorstop
12-09-2010, 02:47 AM
Might consider a real Enfiled again ( had a 350 Bullet many moons ago) but any Indian Enfield doesn't do it for me. Give me genuine unreliability not just the Asian version! ;)

PeterSibley
12-09-2010, 03:42 AM
You're wrong mate , the Indian Enfields are just as good as the originals ... they are the originals .

ChaseKenyon
12-09-2010, 03:49 AM
Followed the link to the sidecars and found this.

???
:confused:

http://www.knighthawk.smugmug.com/photos/27449903-M.jpg


And of course we all know that Jaguar started as Swallow Sidecar after WWI.

doorstop
12-09-2010, 04:01 AM
You're wrong mate , the Indian Enfields are just as good as the originals ... they are the originals .

WRONG! so very wrong! The originals were a respected and proven machine in their day. The current "Enfields" are just a mere shadow ( NOT Vincent Shadow of course!) of their glorious forebears. Hmmm... perhaps we should play God Save The Queen here...

PeterSibley
12-09-2010, 05:52 AM
You will of course point out the differences :D, not with the slightly Americanised version posted above but with mine here ,

http://pic40.picturetrail.com/VOL282/9443996/17245530/390289563.jpg

The other bike is Tilly , my new (to me ) R80 ST BMW .

The Bigfella
12-09-2010, 06:50 AM
I saw an SS100 on Sunday... it was in the same charity car run that I did. Yep... got a couple of photos, along with a Vincent Black Shadow and lots of others.... Manx Norton, Red Hunter Ariel, etc, etc. Cord, Hudson, Rolls, etc etc

Paul Pless
12-09-2010, 07:06 AM
She will outhandle a Harley easily !You really think that? http://forum.woodenboat.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=909&d=1278914811

Compare the forks and brakes and tires on this pretty close to entry level Harley. Take a close look at the size of the tubes used in each bikes' frames. The Sportster doesn't even weigh that much more. . .

http://www.raptorsandrockets.com/images/Harley-Davidson/2008_Harley_XR1200-side-onR.jpg

This is street stock racing series: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uF5ONfhhuAc&feature=related

PeterSibley
12-10-2010, 07:09 AM
Let's just say Paul , I have to slow down as I come up behind every Harley I pass in the twisties .I'm sure some of them can handle and some of the riders can ride , I just have seen them yet .:d

The Bigfella
12-10-2010, 04:12 PM
Do they actually sell many of the girls' bikes? We don't see many of them out here.... and Peter is right.... Harleys seem to be used as mobile speed limiting devices for other road users here.

bobbys
12-10-2010, 05:26 PM
Sidecars look like motorcycles, but they're not. They are a complete different vehicle: two track and assymetrical. It takes a different skill set to operate one. That being said, they're not hard to learn to operate and are a blast to drive. Sidecar rigs are made for kids, dogs and groceries.

Someone said that sidecars are best suited for the old, the disabled and the colorful. Put in less polite terms: geezers, gimps and the weird..

I had a sportster but found out going to the store was hard as i could not carry much, I would love a sidecar to carry packages and smaller items, How long does it take to put on a sidecar, Is it a easy on and off thing?

seanz
12-10-2010, 05:34 PM
Is it a easy on and off thing?


It could be, but it isn't.

If you want to carry extra on a motorbike, get a trailer.

Motorcycle and sidecar should really be set up as an 'outfit'.

Or you could just buy a Ural.
:D

ian scott
12-10-2010, 05:36 PM
I had a short ride on one of the latest Enfields a few months ago. Nice and light neutral feel with good brakes. Didn't vibrate much. Adequate power to keep up with the traffic. I was totally under whelmed riding up Bulli Pass and along the highway. So I would say a nice commuter bike but not a satisfying weekend ride bike.

The Bigfella
12-10-2010, 06:00 PM
That's about my thinking with the BMW 650 single I've got. Its good as a commuter, but leave the highway alone - its good to about 140 and has enough grunt for overtaking, but it just feels under-done at the 110kph limit.

Robert Meyer
12-10-2010, 06:20 PM
Chase, why did you bring this up? I was minding my own business and all of a sudden I'm dreaming stupid dreams. In another life at a tender age I lived in Turkey and rode a BSA one banger named Muzzafer. I haven't had a motorcycle since. Friends bought BMWs and Harleys - but I couldn't get interested. Now I see this Royal Enfield and can't stop thinking about it. I've just lately got the funds together to start my boat and now this. How would Muzzafer look on a front fender sign?
http://lh6.ggpht.com/_AvIaww6GUxk/TQKyMKcj6oI/AAAAAAAAAYs/HuaLP6FOE00/RoyalEnfield.jpg

Bobcat
12-10-2010, 07:49 PM
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I had a sportster but found out going to the store was hard as i could not carry much, I would love a sidecar to carry packages and smaller items, How long does it take to put on a sidecar, Is it a easy on and off thing?

You can put a sidecar on and off a bike. It takes me about a hour each way, on and off. The problem is that what you do to the bike to make it a good sidecar puller degrades it as a solo motorcycle. You often change the front end geometry for example. The tires on a sidecar rig wear flat and then they're scary if you riding on two wheels and leaning over. Most people just leave the sidecar on the bike full time. My sidecar rig cannot be ridden as a solo bike. I have other solo bikes that I ride when I want to be on two wheels.

OconeePirate
12-10-2010, 08:01 PM
I remember reading something a few years back about them having issues with the frame welds cracking. That was 5+ years back though so it hopefully has been fixed now.

I want an Enfield with all the aluminum alloy racer bits and pieces, make believe I'm hanging out at the Ace Cafe and start a fights with the kid here in town that has a (f'n BEAUTIFUL) Vespa.

PeterSibley
12-11-2010, 01:47 AM
That's about my thinking with the BMW 650 single I've got. Its good as a commuter, but leave the highway alone - its good to about 140 and has enough grunt for overtaking, but it just feels under-done at the 110kph limit.

Interesting Ian ,the day I rode yours I was impressed with how well it fitted me , maybe I'm the size they had in mind on the drawing board ? I'd really like one as a dirt road adventure lite job .There have been some excellent ride report with them on ADV ,especially in Africa .

The Bigfella
12-11-2010, 02:00 AM
Yeah - I think its a sizing / airflow issue that got to me Peter. As I said, around town, no problem. The airflow in particular was very tiring.... far too much buffeting.

The KTM 950SE, on the other hand is much more my size. I don't think anyone under 6' would be able to touch the ground without climbing part way off. I need to raise the handlebars 2" though - for riding when standing. I did overtake a semi (18 wheeler) when standing at one stage.... and its pretty much eye-eye with the driver :d but I have to reach down for the controls too much. I've found a good supplier of risers in Canada... will order a set when I get Paypal working again. My billet aluminium sidestand has arrived... but it needs modification to fit - it overcomes a rather silly bit of design. The original sidestand mounts to the engine cases - a $4000 oops if bashed too hard.

PeterSibley
12-11-2010, 02:23 AM
A mate offered me a ride on his 990 ,I had to knock it back ,it just tooooooooo big for me .Battle Star Galactica big . I wouldn't be confident on it in any conditions ...ever !

The Bigfella
12-11-2010, 02:52 AM
Peter, you really should have a ride. Pull up alongside a gutter if you have to. Its a cliche, but every time I ride mine, I have a smile on my dial. I just did 3000+ km in the M5, including a day at the track and many of the Targa stages.... and I got the same smile about twice. With the KTM, I've got that smile every ride, without fail. They are fabulous. This from another owner on adv:



I liken the 950 to riding a freshly broken horse - its fun, its dangerous and when you get off the euphoria is huge.

PeterSibley
12-11-2010, 02:59 AM
Maybe ,maybe ....stilts ??? :d