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Scotter



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Y'all,

I luv luv luv my Chetak and have no intentions of ever selling it. I've always got my eyes peeled for another one if mine ever decides to follow the light. Last week I saw an Ad for one of our local motorcycle shops featuring the new Royal Enfields. I've had a soft spot for them ever since spying one of my neighbor's back when we lived in "The 'Scon" but had given up on them since learning that they weren't available in California. But, alas, that changed sometime this year and I find myself obsessing over the idea of getting one.

My neighbor back in Madison had several including a vintage one, an Indian made one Brit style with all the controls reversed, and several old Yammies. Obviously he spent a lot of time wrenching and did much less riding than I did on my Chetak. To be honest, I'm not much of a wrencher. I just don't have the time for it and have learned to let Motorsport Scooters do most of the work so I can concentrate on riding and other hobbies. I've heard a little talk that the more recent Enfields (09 and later) are much more reliable than earlier Indian versions but I don't really know anyone who's got one. Any of you got one or know someone who does?

I've come close to buying a T100 a few times but keep coming back to the lighter more fuel efficient Enfield. What say ye?

Don't hold back. I can take it, I think.
Tue Jul 12, 2011 9:28 pm View user's profile Send private message
rufusswan



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I have no expertise on Enfields 'cept that they are British in origin and like Vespa's are now made in India. First I think they were clones then certain technological advances were made with newer models. Since then certain "deficiencies" have been corrected and the later models are (hate to use the word) better or fixed.

I got to meet one last year ridden down from STL to a get together. Lovely 'old school' style, not meant to be race bikes but great for riding around including long distance, not real fast but that ain't where it's at, ya know. The worst complaint I remember reading about was certain models the kick start would go defunct. I think the newer ones have a bit more modern stuff (like non points ignition), not sure about kick start, etc. and are still kind of a modern cult bike. You can surely find some stuff on the inter-stupid, and I'd google "Enfield site:www.advrider.com" for other opinions.

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It sure is quiet over here. Anyhoo, since I started a similar post on another scooter forum I thought I'd post a link in case anyone else is interested in the new Royal Enfields: http://modernvespa.com/forum/topic85330

Incidentally, I've recognized no less than three former Chetak owners over on the Royal Enfield forums. I want one! But I ain't a sellin' my 'Tak though.
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I've been threatening to test ride the new C5 at the local dealer but am now leanin' towards the new Moto Guzzi V7 Classic.
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I hate to say it, but if I had the chance to get a C5 my Tak would be out the door quicker than shit. You just cant beat how sexy they are and 500cc? Perfect size for what I use bike for, touring and exploring.

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those Moto Guzzi V7 Classics give me a woody. I guess I miss my old BMW 75/5.
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Scotter



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donarntz wrote:
those Moto Guzzi V7 Classics give me a woody.


Me too.

donarntz wrote:
I guess I miss my old BMW 75/5.


I love those too. Have you checked out the new Ural Soloist? You might get a kick out of the comparison found on the Ural website: http://www.imz-ural.com/downloads/brochures/2010.Ural-sT_comparison.pdf

That pdf pretty much explains why I want the Guzzi V7 but will likely explain why others might want any one of the others. Those Urals are awesome looking and its cool that you can order one the way you want.
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The American motorcycle market seems to revolve around classic looking bikes, is that right? Anyways the Bullet C5 is just an amazing machine. Even I'm thinking of getting one whenever I get the money. Then Ill go on a trip to the Himalayas Razz

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rufusswan



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knightrous21 wrote:
The American motorcycle market seems to revolve around classic looking bikes, is that right?

Not really, as the majority of MC's are of the more modern variety and Japanese. But the baby boomers remember when all we had to choose from were Harleys or some sort of Brit bike, maybe an airhead BMW or the occasional Vespa.

Being older and more affluent they appreciate classic MC styling and there are lots of older bikes sitting in sheds and barns to be restored and ridden and maintained, so there is a growing niche for machines that are (for the most part) no longer made ... 'cept for them old/new Enfields.

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Oh Okay, what about the Harleys and all? Are they as popular in their homeland as we all like to believe?

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Harleys are popular, but cruiser bikes in general are popular. Japanese cruisers are seen just as often or more often than Harleys, I'd wager. Most US riders seem to polarize into either sportbike, cruiser, touring, or dual-sport/offroad types. (or scooter riders) Not many people have been going for the all-around standard motorcycle in the US. However, bikes like the SV650 have been selling well as a relative standard and the retro-classics (including the new Enfields) seem to be a growing part of the market.

To the OP:

I am in India and ride a 2010 Enfield 350. Like the bike, and the new Unit Construction Engine models are a lot less quirky than their predecessors and are even built to have the shifter and brake positioned where a modern rider would expect. They're still made to a lower standard of quality control and finish than international major-make bikes out there, but if you're looking for an Enfield the bug is probably going to get you.

I am actually looking to find an older-model Enfield right now that I can import to the US when I'm through working here in a few years. The new one can't meet our transpo and epa regs and is going to be underpowered as a stock 350 for US use. Older ones, while far more troublesome machines than the new, have a lot more aftermarket available for them. And I want to do something fun and very custom with it. It'll cost like $1000 equivalent so it's just a lark.

Cosmetically, you could mod one of the newer enfields easily, but the engine doesn't have a lot of aftermarket (and in Enfield's case, that typically means much higher-quality) support.


Anyhow, just joined this forum because I picked up an old Chetak 2-stroke that I likewise hope to import to the US. It's old enough to be beholden to no regulations. Fun little beast and cost me around $200 in reasonably and recently restored condition, with $10 last night to a local mechanic to replace a transmission bit. (House call, even!) Of course, his technique was appalling, but you gotta make do with what you've got. (Came here to try and find a repair manual of my own.)

So I'm an Enfielder who just expanded to Chetaks. Thought seeing your post was encouraging for me! Did you end up testing one out?


Edit to add: http://www.enfieldmotorcycles.com/forum/ is the place to go if you wanna talk Enfields to a few guys who know their stuff.
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Scotter



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AgentX wrote:
Harleys are popular, but cruiser bikes in general are popular. Japanese cruisers are seen just as often or more often than Harleys, I'd wager. Most US riders seem to polarize into either sportbike, cruiser, touring, or dual-sport/offroad types. (or scooter riders) Not many people have been going for the all-around standard motorcycle in the US. However, bikes like the SV650 have been selling well as a relative standard and the retro-classics (including the new Enfields) seem to be a growing part of the market.

To the OP:

I am in India and ride a 2010 Enfield 350. Like the bike, and the new Unit Construction Engine models are a lot less quirky than their predecessors and are even built to have the shifter and brake positioned where a modern rider would expect. They're still made to a lower standard of quality control and finish than international major-make bikes out there, but if you're looking for an Enfield the bug is probably going to get you.

I am actually looking to find an older-model Enfield right now that I can import to the US when I'm through working here in a few years. The new one can't meet our transpo and epa regs and is going to be underpowered as a stock 350 for US use. Older ones, while far more troublesome machines than the new, have a lot more aftermarket available for them. And I want to do something fun and very custom with it. It'll cost like $1000 equivalent so it's just a lark.

Cosmetically, you could mod one of the newer enfields easily, but the engine doesn't have a lot of aftermarket (and in Enfield's case, that typically means much higher-quality) support.


Anyhow, just joined this forum because I picked up an old Chetak 2-stroke that I likewise hope to import to the US. It's old enough to be beholden to no regulations. Fun little beast and cost me around $200 in reasonably and recently restored condition, with $10 last night to a local mechanic to replace a transmission bit. (House call, even!) Of course, his technique was appalling, but you gotta make do with what you've got. (Came here to try and find a repair manual of my own.)

So I'm an Enfielder who just expanded to Chetaks. Thought seeing your post was encouraging for me! Did you end up testing one out?


Edit to add: http://www.enfieldmotorcycles.com/forum/ is the place to go if you wanna talk Enfields to a few guys who know their stuff.


Thanks for sharing. I ended up sitting on a few but never actually took one for a test ride. Currently, I think I'd prefer a Guzzi V7C over one but have decided to wait a bit before purchasing another bike.
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rufusswan wrote:
I have no expertise on Enfields 'cept that they are British in origin and like Vespa's are now made in India. First I think they were clones then certain technological advances were made with newer models. Since then certain "deficiencies" have been corrected and the later models are (hate to use the word) better or fixed.

I got to meet one last year ridden down from STL to a get together. Lovely 'old school' style, not meant to be race bikes but great for riding around including long distance, not real fast but that ain't where it's at, ya know. The worst complaint I remember reading about was certain models the kick start would go defunct. I think the newer ones have a bit more modern stuff (like non points ignition), not sure about kick start, etc. and are still kind of a modern cult bike. You can surely find some stuff on the inter-stupid, and I'd google "Enfield site:www.advrider.com" for other opinions.


I've thought about getting one too. Money is keeping me from possesing one. From what I understand from the history Royal Enfield was made in England then moved the manufacturing to India. The Royal Enfield company in England went under and the company manufacturing them in India bought the naming rights and continued to make them.
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