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Old 09-05-2004, 10:07 AM   #1
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What were you thinking buying a Royal Enfield in the first place? I've never ridden one, but I've reached a level of arrogance that allows me to comment just the same. BIKE hasn't given any of the Royal Enfields good marks and they're built in England right? I'm thinkin' you didn't get a lemon. They refuse to honor the warranty, par for the course.
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Old 09-05-2004, 10:21 AM   #2
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Actually they are built in India. I have ridden one and they definitely ride like a british bike from the 60's/70's. If you purchase one with the idea of it being trouble free, you'd be in for a surprise. From what I have read, they're pretty high maintenacne but simple to work on. Break in is apparently extremely important on these bikes.



I enjoyed my brief ride on the bike....it was just a neat little bike and I'd like to have one or something similar just to run around on some back roads. I suspect having a dealer who understands this type of bike is very important.
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Old 09-05-2004, 10:28 AM   #3
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Didn't MO have an article about a year or two ago where a guy took his family on a vacation in a Royal Enfield sidehack? From what I remember, the bike broke repeatedly. Why would you purchase such a hunk of ***** to begin with?
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Old 09-05-2004, 10:29 AM   #4
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England, India, all apart of the Empire at one time or another....
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Old 09-05-2004, 10:30 AM   #5
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I thought that was a Russian bike, an Ariel?
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Old 09-05-2004, 10:35 AM   #6
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As someone that actually owned and rode 60s era brit bikes I applaud India's efforts in giving those that are unfamiliar with the experience an undiluted, authentic chance to find out for themselves that we "old timers" aren't just blowing smoke when we recite the problems of the motorcycling of yore. VWW
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Old 09-05-2004, 10:37 AM   #7
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It was a Ural. VWW
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Old 09-05-2004, 10:38 AM   #8
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like the U.S. right? Is Harley the U.S. version of the Royal Enfield? In India, they hardly buy any Enfields. You'll see more Hondas, Kawasakis and Bajaj built bikes on the road.
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Old 09-05-2004, 11:36 AM   #9
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Right.
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Old 09-05-2004, 12:30 PM   #10
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Of course they don't buy many Enfields. Just because they're forgieners it doesn't make them stupid. VWW
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