The Royal Enfield

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Mon Aug 03, 2015 7:26 pm

Let's talk about the Royal Enfield 500. And of course, I mean the new one. Either the 2000+ model with the righthand shift or the 2010+ model with FI and no kick starter. Anyone have any experience with them, have read about them or just have a passing opinion?

Indian-made 500cc single. Based on a 50-year-old design. Not much speed, not-much rear brake, plenty of vibration. But a beautiful and timeless design. Why would I want one? The notion of getting back to riding for the sake of riding, for enjoying the back roads and avoiding the highway. For the experience, I suppose. What are your thoughts?

http://royalenfield.com/motorcycles/classic-500/

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Mon Aug 03, 2015 8:38 pm

I met a guy who has a diesel version. Older, but still very cool. Never heard a bike like it. Gets about 110 mpg from it and rides everywhere. Not really what you asked about but thought I'd share...

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Tue Aug 04, 2015 6:51 am

Definitely a classic design. I've got a local BMW dealer who carries them or at least has some used ones if he's not a new dealer. There's one guy on the advrider forum that was searching for "the perfect bike for him" and eventually after much discussion he bought a brand new Royal Enfield. So we got to hear about the pluses and minuses and other things that he had to do after he got it. It was pretty interesting.
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Tue Aug 04, 2015 8:14 am

The documentary Our Guy In India has Guy Martin riding around India on either this one or a similar model. As of now, that's about all I know about them.

I might add that it's a really fun show so far, and you get to play "What did Guy just say?"
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Tue Aug 04, 2015 7:44 pm

Hey Radare,

Sounding like you've been bitten by the British bike bug. This thread and the other about the Triumph. Next you'll be asking about BSAs, Vincents and Nortons. ;) Alas, motorcycles are a disease that can not be cured...at least in our case, we don't look for the cure. Just something (more bikes) to deal with the symptoms. Ha! Ha!

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Wed Sep 09, 2015 12:25 pm

I think they're fabulous. Owners use the term "quirky" more frequently than you'll hear it at a Saab convention, but it fits in the Royal's case.

You obviously have the wrenching ability, so if you have the garage space and the spare funds - I say go for it.

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Thu Oct 29, 2015 5:33 pm

the exhaust sounds nice - i had a ride on a 350 when i was getting back into bikes about 6 yrs ago i suppose but the engine is noisy - like a can of bolts being shaken around which was offputting. The main thing is that they are so horribly expensive for what they are. I also had a ride on the cafe racer version which did feel good, the exhaust makes such a row that it drowns out the engine and it backfired which i was told is the way they are, again, steep price.
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Sun Nov 15, 2015 1:26 am

That's the whole thing. They are horribly expensive here, but reasonably affordable in India. Didn't Guy buy his 500 for a thousand or so? Loved that series btw. Absolute must watch. Also to see a guy who is pretty down to earth for the achievements he has in motorcycle racing.
Would love to do that Enfield through the Himalayas thing. ;)

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Thu Jul 27, 2017 12:55 pm

So I went and did what is likely a really dumb thing. I bought one, sight unseen. A 2017 model with 2200 miles on the clock. It's out in Sturgis. My sister and mom are going to drive me out to get it and I'm going to ride it back to Denver. Paid $3400 out the door. It's a fuel injected chrome model with questionable reliability, a likely 55mph top-speed, and what I hope will rekindle a love of riding. More to come but for now, enjoy some dealership provided photos.

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Thu Jul 27, 2017 1:10 pm

Woot!

Can't wait for the trip story.

Sturgis, Michigan? :)
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