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mangizmo

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on: April 01, 2021, 07:56:34 am
     Very impressed with this so far, only completed 300 miles though but finish and build quality seems good, my first Enfield and I was expecting vibration going by reviews I have read but its fine, I didnt look at it or test ride it, I just bought it blind, seems great to me.....PS the topbox is stainless steel and is a keeper but I may have to think of another way of mounting it......but it does work well as it is (looks aside)


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Reply #1 on: April 01, 2021, 01:33:56 pm
Great looking bike. One of those is on my short list. :)


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Reply #2 on: April 01, 2021, 02:08:17 pm
That is pretty cool! Best of luck with it and may it bring a smile to your face every time you ride it. I catch myself grinning when riding my Chrome 500, and sometimes just looking at her in the garage.
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Reply #3 on: April 01, 2021, 06:25:17 pm
 ;) :)Good looking bike! Good luck with it.
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Reply #4 on: April 01, 2021, 07:22:00 pm
have fun! they are not as bad as made out to be.


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Reply #5 on: April 01, 2021, 07:56:00 pm
There's considerably more trail traction to be had fitting a 4.00x19 Trials universal on the front. Overall height mimics a 3.00x21 for a net gain in rake & trail numbers, plus more cross sectional area to deal with 400+ pounds of trail bike on loose surfaces. You'd likely need to raise the front fender, but that's easily doable. But all in all, a very nice rig you've acquired.
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Reply #6 on: April 01, 2021, 08:13:18 pm
have fun! they are not as bad as made out to be.
I haven't really heard anything bad about them - apart from people expecting a serious 'off road' or even 'Trials' machine. If you want either of those you will be disappointed as it's really only an off road machine cosmetically and apart from the semi-knobly tyres it's not really any more capable off road than a standard Bullet or Classic model. Fine for gentle green laneing if you want, but not serious rough stuff. They are just as capable as those other models on the road though - I have one and they are great fun!
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Reply #7 on: April 02, 2021, 06:15:36 am
   Didnt buy it for off roading, but I just think it looks great, having said that, I live in a VERY rural area (North Devon) with very few roads that even allow 60MPH, I also use a Ural outfit so top speed is irrelevant to me living here, it is better on our potholed rural windy narrow lanes than many bikes though which is a bonus
     So far, I love it :-)


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Reply #8 on: April 02, 2021, 12:48:38 pm
   Didnt buy it for off roading, but I just think it looks great, having said that, I live in a VERY rural area (North Devon) with very few roads that even allow 60MPH, I also use a Ural outfit so top speed is irrelevant to me living here, it is better on our potholed rural windy narrow lanes than many bikes though which is a bonus
     So far, I love it :-)

Sounds like the PERFECT bike for you! You will have so much fun.......enjoy!
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Reply #9 on: April 02, 2021, 01:44:13 pm
   Didnt buy it for off roading, but I just think it looks great, having said that, I live in a VERY rural area (North Devon) with very few roads that even allow 60MPH, I also use a Ural outfit so top speed is irrelevant to me living here, it is better on our potholed rural windy narrow lanes than many bikes though which is a bonus
     So far, I love it :-)
I reckon a Himalayan would handle potholes a lot better with it's longer suspension, but I think they are on the ugly side and I agree the Bullet Trials looks great and they are brilliant on twisty country roads. Fun to ride and they have so much character.  :)
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Reply #10 on: April 02, 2021, 08:14:43 pm
These bikes are by now collectibles. Also, they are a fine vintage wine that only a few initiates can actually appreciate. If you started riding on old school thumpers many years ago, you know what I mean. People that look for "performance" in these bikes miss the point, completely.


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Reply #11 on: April 02, 2021, 11:08:43 pm
Welcome. Perfect bike for the Devon lanes. I think you'll appreciate those tyres, good on tarmac, but really good when you come across cow#×*t on the apex of a bend!

Have fun. :)


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Reply #12 on: April 03, 2021, 07:01:55 am
I reckon a Himalayan would handle potholes a lot better with it's longer suspension, but I think they are on the ugly side and I agree the Bullet Trials looks great and they are brilliant on twisty country roads. Fun to ride and they have so much character.  :)
    Himalayan is very good and I agree and may have been even better in some respects , but I just don,t like the look of them so much which after all, does matter to us bikers :-)   The Bullet has charm, I think it looks great
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Reply #13 on: April 03, 2021, 07:27:44 am
Hi mangizmo, great looking bike. I hope you have a lot of fun with it. If you like top boxes and luggage, check out the Royal Enfield Service on Wheels boxes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwMtXMQ7EoA

Not sure how you would get some but they look awesome.


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Reply #14 on: April 03, 2021, 07:34:29 am
Hi mangizmo, great looking bike. I hope you have a lot of fun with it. If you like top boxes and luggage, check out the Royal Enfield Service on Wheels boxes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwMtXMQ7EoA

Not sure how you would get some but they look awesome.
    For me a topbox is essential, the one fitted may not be to everybodys taste but its a sturdy stainless steel box that will easily take helmet gloves and more, thanks for the link, it looks great