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Charro

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on: February 13, 2021, 08:33:26 pm
Want to buy an Iron Barrel Royal Enfield Bullet. Looking for one in decent mechanical condition, not interested in basket cases or project bikes. I'm located in New Mexico and have cash in hand.

Let's see what you have.

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Reply #1 on: February 13, 2021, 11:39:43 pm
Although they are out there they seem to be available in ever decreasing numbers. In Oz they are often not for sale on the regular sites (ebay, etc). Hope you find a nice one. They are fun bikes.
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Reply #2 on: February 14, 2021, 02:22:36 am
David Blasco's website lists several Craigslist machines, as well as having interesting & informative articles. Craigslist is a good resource to search. Right now running Pre-Unit (IB, CI) Bullets seem to be found in the $2500 - $4000 range. Most US bullets are from 1970's to 2008, when they were superseded by the new UCE (Unit Construction) machines. If you plan on some distance rides and want to spend more time riding than wrenching the UCE is perhaps a better choice. It already has a steel rod, needle con rod bearing and better piston, as well as hydraulic valves, 5-speed transmission, front disc brake and fuel injection, all for about the same money.

https://www.royalenfields.com/

What's your experience level? What are you hoping to do with an Iron Barrel Bullet? They are basically a 1940's design that were manufactured in India for nearly fifty years. Once sorted out they are reasonably reliable, ridden within their parameters. Pushrods, carburettors & points are pretty user friendly. They run reliably on flat ground about 50-55ish, so are better suited for back road excursions. Unless you pump in about $2500 - $3500 for a better bottom end with steel con rod, forged piston & alloy barrel it'll just grenade if you abuse it. A stock machine requires a "mechanically sympathetic" owner handy with tools, or you'd best be closely related to Jay Leno. Parts, tools and manuals are readily available from Hitchcocks Royal Enfield (https://accessories.hitchcocksmotorcycles.com/) in Solihul, England. Royal Post / Fedex is 4 - 10 days out and they give excellent, knowledgeable service.

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Reply #3 on: February 14, 2021, 09:35:12 am
Right now it looks like mostly UCE's and a bit of drive time. Availability changes all the time. Again, the UCE has more power, less maintenance, factory disc brakes & a 5-speed, same "thump" experience and a bazillion bolt-on accessories. You can bolt on an Amal if that's a necessity for you, Hitchcocks has the kits. I like my Pre-Units, but there is a lot more necessary fiddling. The 4 speed and low power means every hill will be taken at whatever speed the machine wants to "run free" at. Lugging them or buzzing them will soon get you acquainted with AAA in someplace inconvenient. They are an old design built in India. They can be made fast, but it's a $3000 - $4000 labor of love. Lots of low maintenance big Japanese shaft drive V-twins around for $2k - $3K that run 80+ all day if that's your desire. The Pre-Unit is a window back into 1940's motorcycling, warts & all, but fun in their own way.

https://tucson.craigslist.org/mcy/d/tucson-2016-royal-enfield-classic-500/7276599266.html
( UCE ) 2016 Royal Enfield Classic 500 Chrome - $4,500 (Eastside)

https://ventura.craigslist.org/mpo/d/simi-valley-2011-royal-enfield-500/7266051484.html
( UCE )2011 Royal Enfield 500 - $2,600 (Simi)

https://losangeles.craigslist.org/wst/mcy/d/los-angeles-2017-royal-enfield/7266173638.html
(UCE) 2017 Royal Enfield - $3,800

https://sandiego.craigslist.org/csd/mcy/d/san-diego-2014-royal-enfield-gt/7274300613.html
(UCE) 2014 Royal Enfield GT Continental - $3,000 (San Diego)

https://losangeles.craigslist.org/wst/mcy/d/san-pedro-2006-royal-enfield-500/7266039013.html
(Iron Barrel) 2006 Royal Enfield 500 - $4,500 (San Pedro)

https://houston.craigslist.org/mcy/d/houston-2010-royal-enfield-bullet-only/7274481180.html
( UCE ) 2010 Royal Enfield Bullet 500 - only 1400 miles! - $3,400 (59 @ Bellaire)
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Reply #4 on: February 14, 2021, 09:40:27 am
AzCal, by the look of his list of bikes I think Charro is pretty sure of what he wants and what he’d be getting with an iron barrel.
And he already has a UCE Enfield.

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Reply #5 on: February 14, 2021, 10:03:15 am
Good Point!  ;D ;D ;D  I didn't look down there before - sorry.

"There's no substitute for cubic dollars..." With that fleet for an example, it'd have to be pristine, eh?
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Reply #6 on: February 14, 2021, 01:34:28 pm
OP has a Ural. He's well-versed in antiquated design and mechanical sympathy.  ;D
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Reply #7 on: February 14, 2021, 02:26:24 pm
How far are you willing to travel?
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Reply #8 on: February 14, 2021, 04:09:55 pm
Hello,
Thank you for everyone's concern about an iron barrel. I know their characters, I've owned a kickstart only 2004 4speed and a 2007 military 5speed and foolishly sold them. I currently own a C5, but I miss the old ones. That's why I'm looking for another.

Andy
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Reply #9 on: February 14, 2021, 06:02:38 pm
Just up on David Blasco's superb site is what looks like a real bargain in Utah, which in the big scheme of things is practically next door to you in that Land of Enchantment in which you dwell: https://stgeorge.craigslist.org/mcy/d/orderville-2001-royal-enfield-bullet-500/7276569448.html

She's a flashy pretty little thing--hardly a "project bike" or "basket case", though she may need a little wrenching love to button down a reported oil leak. I'd also be hoping that he or she held onto the OEM exhaust, but otherwise...If it were fewer than several time zones away, I might go look it over.



2001 Royal Enfield Bullet 500 - $1,400 (Kanab)

This is the legendary Royal Enfield Bullet 500. As you can see, it looks like it was built in the 60's. That's because the design hasn't changed over the years so it has retained that classic British motorcycle look (even though it was made in India...if you aren't aware of the story, Google it).
It has a new battery and new tires and the brakes work great. It starts and runs great, but as with a lot of British bikes, it has an oil leak that I never got around to addressing because I stopped riding it (I have another motorcycle I ride).
I really hate to see it go, but I also really hate to see it sit in my shed (covered) and not be ridden and enjoyed by someone.
Call, text or email for info.
« Last Edit: February 14, 2021, 06:13:00 pm by Bilgemaster »
So badass my Enfield's actually illegal  in India.

(Legal enough to pass muster if they don't look too closely in Woodbridge, Virginia, where the buses don't run at night, holidays or weekends and I'm a contender for 'Village Idiot')


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Reply #10 on: February 15, 2021, 07:38:07 pm
What’s the name of that color? I wouldn’t have thought that orange would go so well with chrome. I really love it. The sport bike muffler doesn’t even bother me on it either and I’m not one to like mixing new and old aesthetics. 


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Reply #11 on: February 19, 2021, 03:36:17 am
Here you go..........Just some gas and a night in a motel away.

2001 Royal Enfield Bullet 500 - $1,400 (Kanab)
https://stgeorge.craigslist.org/mcy/d/orderville-2001-royal-enfield-bullet-500/7276569448.html
This is the legendary Royal Enfield Bullet 500. As you can see, it looks like it was built in the 60's. That's because the design hasn't changed over the years so it has retained that classic British motorcycle look (even though it was made in India...if you aren't aware of the story, Google it).
It has a new battery and new tires and the brakes work great. It starts and runs great, but as with a lot of British bikes, it has an oil leak that I never got around to addressing because I stopped riding it (I have another motorcycle I ride).
I really hate to see it go, but I also really hate to see it sit in my shed (covered) and not be ridden and enjoyed by someone.
Call, text or email for info.



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Reply #12 on: February 19, 2021, 12:34:11 pm
I've been to Kanab. I think you'll want to trailer it home from there.  ;D
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Reply #13 on: March 03, 2021, 01:21:30 am
How's that new-to-me Bullet hunt going? Any pictures yet?
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Reply #14 on: March 03, 2021, 04:50:36 pm
Nothing as of yet. Cyrub offered his but its in Long Island, and the shipping would be expensive, especially during winter. But he's in no hurry, so maybe.
So the hunt is still on,

Andy
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