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Now for something totally different.

I'm looking at this raging beast! A Royal Enfield Bullet Classic C5


All of 21HP at the rear wheel but it sure looks sweet! Of course it'd be a "Toy" bike not a "Working" bike like the Versys and KLR are. Only for Sunday afternoon rides on summer days. Who knows I might even get a Sidecar to mount on it not That would be CLASSY! and Lord knows I need all the help there I can get!

Or was that look THEN leap?
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I'm looking at this raging beast! A Royal Enfield Bullet Classic C5


All of 21HP at the rear wheel but it sure looks sweet! Of course it'd be a "Toy" bike not a "Working" bike like the Versys and KLR are. Only for Sunday afternoon rides on summer days. Who knows I might even get a Sidecar to mount on it not That would be CLASSY! and Lord knows I need all the help there I can get!
Beautiful Bike! How is the reliability of the Royal Enfield? I know they are made in India but thats all I know. I love a lot of their retro looking bikes.
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Retro Looks? You Sir misunderstand. They are NOT Retro at all...they have been building them like THAT nonstop since 1933. They just never got around to restyling them!

From what I can find from reading and the Enfield board they are fairly stout little beast these days. The motor is more or less a new design, with FI and Hydraulic lifters. The upkeep is simple and low cost, if you can do it yourself. I'd say close to a KLR BUT I also feel that they will wear out at about 1/2 the mileage of a Kawasaki.

They are 1933 fast...about 80, downhill WITH a tail wind. The Enfields were never the fastest of the Brit 500 singles BUT they won more off road events than any other mark did...over 350 But that's not what I want it for anyway, I just want to putt around the local back roads on it.

Going to be a bit, more than likely spring, before I order one. I still am working of the hospital bills from my last stay and when there are all paid this will be MY reward to ME for being a "Goodboy" and doing the right thing and paying them all off as fast as I could. There were other expenses in there for my parents but, hey they looked after me when I was growing up so I look after Mom now. My step dad passed away last spring.

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It actually is from Royal Enfield's "Retro Street" collection... How about the Classic Desert Storm?

http://royalenfield.com/motorcycles/...-specification
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IF you get the "Cafe Racer" TV show, watch for where they try to get a "Royal Oatmeal" to do the 'ton'. A local RE fellow told me that the steering is very unstable near any speed above 65 mph....
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