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Old 03-29-2008, 03:23 AM   #31
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There is not much Enfiled left on that orange bike. That is what I would call a true Enfield adventure bike.
is there ANY Enfield on there, other than the name on the tank?
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Old 03-29-2008, 10:22 PM   #32
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That is still a Royal Enfield engine-although its the new "lean burn", or AVL engine that replaces the older iron engine that I have in my 2007 500 Classic. Theres a third engine coming too that is a fuel injected unit consruction engine. Sad but true that the 50+ year old iron Royal Enfield engine is being dropped due to environmental laws world wide. I hear the last of the irons should be leaving the factory about now, and the US importer bought a bunch and had them badged with a special emblem on the tanks.
Heres another photo of one.If ever there was a classic looking motorcycle, this is it (in my humble opinion).
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Old 03-30-2008, 06:37 AM   #33
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I was out putting some break-in miles on my new Bullet DeLuxe yesterday-is there even such a thing as a "break-in" on modern bikes? I got passed by lots of pissed-off people in a hurry to go somewhere- 45 mph just doesn't get it anywhere around here. I suppose the only good thing is the fuel economy.
The parts catalog (a huge,209-paged book with everything you could possibly imagine) even shows an Indian-made "cosy' sidecar for it. I wonder what sort of speed you might eventually attain with THAT thing on the side? With this Bullet,and my Ural, I'm doomed to be in the slow lane.
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Old 03-30-2008, 08:41 AM   #34
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oh..your in Mi.

Ya, people here get pissed for no good reason.
Don't sweat the break-in, just don't overheat it or drone down the highway. Cool bike no doubt!
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Old 03-30-2008, 11:14 AM   #35
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The Bullet requires an even longer and more critical break in than the more modern motorcycles do.My dealer does the first oil chage (all three oils)/checkup/adjust everything at 300 miles.I was told to keep it under about 36 mph for the frist 300 miles, then under about 42 mph for the next 300.I rode by a road side electronic speed check gizmo and found that my speedo reads high.At an actual 34 mph, my speedo reads 30.
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Old 04-05-2008, 08:51 PM   #36
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Royal Enfield

I'm also very seriously considering purchasing one....fortunately,there's a RE dealer 90 miles north of me,and we've had much discussion lately. I want either the Trials or Scrambler kit,prefeably the latter. The UK dealers get a little different version,regarding both the exhaust and alloy tank style.
The reviews that I've read indicate that the new AVL engine is much more
of a revver than lugger,so I'll look for a clean used 500 with the old mill as the basis for a Scrambler.
There's a ton of historical info to be found on Wikipedia in regards to entire
background of RE....good stuff.
I suspect that they're much like the later built Urals,good quality for the $$$...

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Old 04-05-2008, 09:20 PM   #37
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love the looks

I like the RE and the Urals. How dependable have they been? What type of maintenence? How would these compare to the Chinese pre war model BMW clones that are being rebuilt and sold here?
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Old 04-06-2008, 01:18 AM   #38
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I like the RE and the Urals. How dependable have they been? What type of maintenence? How would these compare to the Chinese pre war model BMW clones that are being rebuilt and sold here?
far more reliable than those,but they are still basicly a 55 year old design so require a fair amount of regular maintenance but if you are a gearhead then they are great and being an old design they are simple.
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Old 04-06-2008, 08:53 AM   #39
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It's fair to say that there are more of these "old technology" "unreliable" "inferior Indian workmanship" "slow" motorcycles in use in actual adventure riding (doing something other than taking the Interstate across country while talking on your cellphone via Bluetooth on your $20,000 behemoth and sleeping in the Holiday Inn) than any other motorcycle on the planet. They are routinely ridden in hostile environments for tens of thousands of miles, maintained at the roadside and repaired with ingenuity by almost a million people all year round since the mid-50's.

They carry entire families at once (nullifying the question "are they suitable for two-up touring?", lug sidecars with their massive 22 hp engines, and are just the prettiest motorcycles going in my opinion. Buy it, ride it, fix it if it breaks, and be happy.
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Old 04-06-2008, 09:00 AM   #40
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http://www.royalenfieldaustralia.com/sidecars.php





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For sidecar use, the following modifications are recommended by Enfield and the "gurus": Change the counter shaft sprocket from 17 tooth to 16 tooth for more power and less strain on engine. Install the heavy duty clutch spring kit. Rather than oil, run "Type F" automatic transmission fluid in the clutch.
In Australia the Cosy sidecar features:
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80kg weight
Shock absorber
Rubber sidecar body suspension
19" (inch) spoked wheel
Rear carry rack
Four mount points
Lockable boot
Windscreen (now clear, no longer tinted)
Tonneau cover
Colours available: Black
They will fit other bikes, but will need modified mount kit (not supplied).
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Old 04-08-2008, 08:00 AM   #41
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It's fair to say that there are more of these "old technology" "unreliable" "inferior Indian workmanship" "slow" motorcycles in use in actual adventure riding (doing something other than taking the Interstate across country while talking on your cellphone via Bluetooth on your $20,000 behemoth and sleeping in the Holiday Inn) than any other motorcycle on the planet. They are routinely ridden in hostile environments for tens of thousands of miles, maintained at the roadside and repaired with ingenuity by almost a million people all year round since the mid-50's.

They carry entire families at once (nullifying the question "are they suitable for two-up touring?", lug sidecars with their massive 22 hp engines, and are just the prettiest motorcycles going in my opinion. Buy it, ride it, fix it if it breaks, and be happy.
And that my friends is exactly why the Enfield is a real adventure bike.
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Old 04-11-2008, 05:42 AM   #42
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RE:Enfield

Bought a new '07 leftover in OH yesterday....the Scrambler kit for it is on the way......

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Old 04-11-2008, 12:48 PM   #43
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bullet for sale in N. New Mexico

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Old 04-11-2008, 12:59 PM   #44
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And a '96 in K.C. for $2300.

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Old 04-11-2008, 01:00 PM   #45
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is there ANY Enfield on there, other than the name on the tank?
engine and frame... at the least!
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