Author Topic: I have a 1999 Bullet that I just bought. How Reliable are they ?  (Read 4636 times)

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magyarmoto

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Curious about RE dependability. I over-maintain my  toys but how do these RE Bullets measure up ?


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They are decently reliable, not as good as the UCE bikes. They won't stand up to high speed cruising, keep it done to about 55. An occasional shot into the upper speed ranges won't hurt it though.
Maintenance is on par with any classic '50s/'60s Brit bike. Treated well, they will run for a long time. Mistreated, not so long.
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I also have a '99.  My bike is very reliable over the 23000 miles I have run it.  Keep a spare clutch cable, throttle cable, points, headlight bulb, tube of blue thread locker, and miscellaneous nuts in the tool box and you should be set.


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Sounds like a marriage made in heaven 'I over-maintain my  toys' The Enfield will love attention, but the pay back is huge. I have a 2004 Sixty-5 and getting to know the quirks whilst enjoying the riding is all part of the fun.... As long as you have a 'recovery card' handy at all times for a sense of peace. That being said, I have not had to ask for recovery support, and have managed to overcome the trips and falls at the roadside by myself (usually operator error lol)
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I think they are quite reliable as long as they have not had the ass thacked off them probably same as a 60s 70s Brit single.


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I bought one of these pre-unit construction models used with 8000miles a few years ago which I then used mainly for my daily commute of just 20 miles each way for two years.  It would start on 2nd or 3rd kick each morning and quickly settle down to a steady thump-thump and returned 80mpg (U.K) with maybe 65mph top speed although much happier at 50-55mph.  It was fun and usually a pleasure to ride.
 
Over that two year period, and in all weathers it was pretty reliable, although it did require more regular weekend maintenance and general tinkering than a modern bike and a regular engine oil top-up.  Rust was always an issue with the chrome wheel-rims and seems to be a common cosmetic problem.  I had a throttle-cable snap, partly due to the rather sloppy O.E arrangement,  kickstart-spring lose its tension - a simple and cheap home replacement,  and the rear registration plate fell off somewhere and was lost. 

Occasional longer weekend camping rides, sometimes of a couple of hundred miles or so (remembering to carry some oil!) presented no real issues although it was slow and not really up to tackling modern traffic conditions in towns with its weak clutch and crunchy gearbox and on fast motorways it would have been a liability really.

I then bought an early C5 efi model and ran them both together for a while.  There was really no comparison, as the C5 was so much better put together, fit and finish, a stronger and more fuel-efficient engine (100mpg U.K) and a gearbox and clutch designed for the 21st century.  It still had a similar character and 'feel' in many ways as the earlier model and a home mechanic would still be happy, but was just that bit more easier and pleasurable to ride.