I have the classic 500cc 1050's design Bullet iron engine not the "modern" unit construction FI model
Mine is fitted with a flowed cylinder head by the legendary Joe Mondello, high compression piston, cams, pipe, Mikuni 32 flatslide,
Boyer ignition, 5 speed box, and a disc brake. Probably has about 32 HP RWHP as opposed the the stock alleged 22 crank HP.
Mine is still RH shift, and while I learned that way a very long time ago, it has been over 35 years shifting on the left and makes for interesting times when one forgets in an emergency situation and shifts rather than brakes - not so bad as the old 4 speed albion box with down for an upshift when you are trying to slow down.
It rides, and handles like a late 50's or early 60's bike and while in stock form powerful enough for India, not enough for a modern countries traffic. It is very heavy for a 500 single, and while rugged, it has lots of character and pretty cool looking. That ruggedness makes it handle the crappy Indian road conditions with little problems.
It is not and never will be a dirt bike, although it is rugged enough to take a pounding on dirt roads. If you want a dirt bike, buy a modern one
Comparing to a modern bike like a Versys is like comparing an apple to a durian - IE there are no similarities other than both are motorcycles. One is a truly modern bike and the other an anachronism
I also have an old Bonnie, Harley TC, and BSA B31 so maybe I am the anachronisml
Pic attached in the old 4 speed box - 1 up, 3 down
Last edited by Hoghead; 01-12-2013 at 08:47 AM.