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Old 01-04-2013, 12:44 PM   #61
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Something cool about that big single.
Plus, you can probably fix anything that breaks with plumber's tape and bailing wire.
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Old 01-04-2013, 05:16 PM   #62
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Something cool about that big single.
Plus, you can probably fix anything that breaks with plumber's tape and bailing wire.
+1 on both counts. This is a bike that I think would be a joy to wrench on myself.
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Old 09-19-2013, 11:31 AM   #63
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I got a chance to see the new Royal Enfiled Cafe Racers at the Ace Cafe, the quality looks good.

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Old 09-19-2013, 01:39 PM   #64
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Beautiful bike!!



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I got a chance to see the new Royal Enfiled Cafe Racers at the Ace Cafe, the quality looks good.

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Old 09-19-2013, 05:26 PM   #65
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The bike is indeed gorgeous, (as are several others in the RE line.) The limited HP doesn't bother me at all. If it can achieve 75 MPH on a highway to get to the good roads where I can putter at 40-50, then I'm content. Oddly, I even have a dealer within 3 mi. of my house ('tho I suspect his parts inventory consists of a phone number to Mumbai). I don't even expect 21st century reliability. I do expect reliability at least equal to my '72 CL350 & I am not convinced that RE have quite achieved that watermark. I hate to sound snarky, but like many here, I need to commute (at least in summer) & take weekend rides, but I also take at least a few week long tours every summer. This involves at least one or 1.5 days of highway droning to get to the destination, then a week of exploring an area, then the same 8 hour days on the slab to get home. I'm not convinced this machine can sustain 8 hours of 60 - 70 MPH droning without breaking down in ways that can't be fixed with duct tape & baling wire.
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Old 09-19-2013, 11:25 PM   #66
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What a lovely looking bike! Reminds me of the Honda XBR500 I owned back in the late eighties, early nineties. I bought that bike mainly because I loved the look of it, yes I'm shallow.

The XBR was quoted as putting out 33.2kw@ 7000 and 43nm@ 6000,weight was 157kg dry and had a 19l tank. She would indicate 170kph with me flat on the tank, it can be a lot of fun wringing the neck on a modestly powered bike, especially when they handle okay.

I rode the XBR everywhere at 120kph, the only trouble I had in 40,000 k's or so of ownership was a noisy cam chain which was replaced at I think 32,000k's. She had a lovely sound to her and plenty of character. I still wish I could have afforded to keep her when I traded up to something bigger I could load up and tour more comfortably on (CB750).

I really look forward to the chance to check out this new cafe racer from Royal Enfield, or Rolling Oilfield as they were known as back in the day.
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Old 09-20-2013, 02:00 AM   #67
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That's the kind of bike I could offer my son . He just made 18, now he is allowed to drive bikes bigger than 125 cc.
We ( me and my son ) love the way the bike looks, not much power ( I like that he needs to get more experience ) and it is going to fit with my other ride W800

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Old 09-20-2013, 10:41 AM   #68
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Nice
That's the kind of bike I could offer my son . He just made 18, now he is allowed to drive bikes bigger than 125 cc.
We ( me and my son ) love the way the bike looks, not much power ( I like that he needs to get more experience ) and it is going to fit with my other ride W800
Sounds like a great combo.

The Enfield just got a very good review from MCN (UK), against their expectation.

Also, they hint that there are more models to come for the 535cc engine, and a bigger push from Enfield for market-share outside India.

They sell 200,000 bikes a year.
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Old 09-20-2013, 02:34 PM   #69
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That's the kind of bike I could offer my son . He just made 18, now he is allowed to drive bikes bigger than 125 cc.
We ( me and my son ) love the way the bike looks, not much power ( I like that he needs to get more experience ) and it is going to fit with my other ride W800
The more I look at that W800, the more I like it. Very nice.
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