FAQ  •  Register  •  Login

royal enfield bikes

Moderators: Curt!, Pa

<<

sourdoughsmitty

Posts: 26

Joined: Wed Nov 23, 2005 4:39 pm

Post Thu Feb 08, 2007 6:10 am

royal enfield bikes

does anyone here have any experience with royal enfield? i am curious about their quality.the yuppies have driven even the price of a 45 basket case to unreasonable levels and the enfield looks quite affordable
thanx smitty :roll:
<<

Chris Haynes

Posts: 2637

Joined: Wed Jul 05, 2000 12:01 am

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Post Thu Feb 08, 2007 11:31 am

Are you talking about the original RE's or the new ones?
<<

steph

User avatar

Posts: 630

Joined: Fri Feb 21, 2003 1:01 am

Location: belgium

Post Fri Feb 09, 2007 12:16 am

The India Enfields still have a lousy reputation.
You buy one new and rebuild it to non Indian standards(they have difficultys to understand what's a thou off an inch) with good quality bearings all around...and you can go riding.
Otherwise they are just a pain in the butt!
Stéph
P.S. the Kawa 650W is a good looking cheap machine with a kickstart!
<<

sourdoughsmitty

Posts: 26

Joined: Wed Nov 23, 2005 4:39 pm

Post Fri Feb 09, 2007 4:37 am

thanx for the info to steph r/e kawi 650 is this the new w model or the old one that looked like a bsa?? :?:
<<

Pa

Site Admin

Posts: 4756

Joined: Sun Mar 12, 2000 1:01 am

Location: Ohio USA

Post Fri Feb 09, 2007 6:25 am

Local Bro buddy of mine bought one of the new ones. Made in India. Bike looks nice, gets tremendous fuel milage, but has all kinds of problems as he puts on the miles. Problems have ranged so far as, parts falling off of the scoot to never be found again and loosing of fasteners all over consistantly and electrical shorting here and there. No engine related or tranny mechanical failures as of yet. BIke has less than 4000 miles on it so far. We will see how additional miles will affect it as ime goes by.
<<

steph

User avatar

Posts: 630

Joined: Fri Feb 21, 2003 1:01 am

Location: belgium

Post Sat Feb 10, 2007 2:06 am

sourdoughsmitty I think Kawa only makes 1 model W650 and yes it looks like a...BSA/Triumph... but with a better finish than the last ones replica imo.
Stéph
<<

sourdoughsmitty

Posts: 26

Joined: Wed Nov 23, 2005 4:39 pm

Post Sat Feb 10, 2007 4:52 am

hi steph,
the one i was thinking of goes back to the late 60's or so as the w1 and then the w2 kawi copied and reengineered a bsa to do this but i have seen the other one you mention as well in a dealer wasnt aware they were still produced i'll give em a look see. right now after a 20 yr absence from the road due to life and family etc. i am looking at something economical once i have that then i will start building flatties again than smitty
<<

Dusty-Dave

Posts: 889

Joined: Tue Oct 12, 1999 12:01 am

Location: Ojo Caliente,NM,USA

Post Sat Feb 10, 2007 7:48 am

Pa.
I thought parts falling off and electrical problems were normal for any British bike.
Dusty
<<

Pa

Site Admin

Posts: 4756

Joined: Sun Mar 12, 2000 1:01 am

Location: Ohio USA

Post Sat Feb 10, 2007 8:07 am

:lol: Some HD's as well. :wink: Pa
<<

Chris Haynes

Posts: 2637

Joined: Wed Jul 05, 2000 12:01 am

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Post Sat Feb 10, 2007 10:57 am

Pa wrote::lol: Some HD's as well. :wink: Pa


Thats right PA. Used H-D's with owners who don't take care of them may have a problem. But not nearly as bad as those limey bikes.
<<

Pa

Site Admin

Posts: 4756

Joined: Sun Mar 12, 2000 1:01 am

Location: Ohio USA

Post Sat Feb 10, 2007 12:54 pm

No argument there Chris. Pa

Return to Shoot The Bull

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests

Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2012 phpBB Group.