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Re: Royal Enfield 650's US bound - motorcycledaily
« Reply #60 on: December 12, 2018, 08:09:07 AM »
I really like the looks of them, and for me anyways the dealer network seems stronger then MG!!  Im "pretty" confident that the QC will be OK.. the singles have some time in the US, and seem to be holding up ok.. and they look well put together.. Im also thinking that RE will be putting its best bikes over here because they seem to want the US market..  That being said, the gamble to me is if the brand will stay in the US...  But thats why your paying less then 7k... its the unknown..  I cant wait to see one, and maybe Ill take a run to my local dealer come spring, and see how they compare to the MG..
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Re: Royal Enfield 650's US bound - motorcycledaily
« Reply #61 on: December 12, 2018, 09:59:52 AM »
I already have 2 in the garage....opps, they are those non authentic Bloor Bonnevilles.... :wink:




 


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Those "non authentic" Bloor Bonnevilles are good machines, whether a 790 or 865cc model.  I found my 2003 Centennial Edition to be good around town or on the road.  BTW - is the one in the pic with the blue fender a 2002/2003 model, with the lovely blue and white paint on the tank separated by a tasteful red pinstripe?

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Re: Royal Enfield 650's US bound - motorcycledaily
« Reply #62 on: December 12, 2018, 10:30:41 AM »
Those "non authentic" Bloor Bonnevilles are good machines, whether a 790 or 865cc model.  I found my 2003 Centennial Edition to be good around town or on the road.  BTW - is the one in the pic with the blue fender a 2002/2003 model, with the lovely blue and white paint on the tank separated by a tasteful red pinstripe?

Bob

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Re: Royal Enfield 650's US bound - motorcycledaily
« Reply #63 on: December 12, 2018, 03:15:07 PM »
I saw the Continental GT and Interceptor last Saturday at an open house at Windy City Triumph in St Charles, IL. They're a multi line dealer, Piaggio group, Triumph, and recently picked up BMW and Royal Enfield. RE brought the two models down from their US headquarters in Milwaukee. They look great and sound great too. They fired up the Interceptor and it had that loping sound I love.

The fit and finish is good; better than I thought it would be considering the price. Apparently, because of their close proximity to S&S cycles, they have been working with them and are developing some aftermarket goodies. All in all, a nice bike. I also took a good look at the Himalayan, and it's nice too. They had a white one for $3999. Geez!

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Re: Royal Enfield 650's US bound - motorcycledaily
« Reply #64 on: December 12, 2018, 04:57:03 PM »
I can't speak to the new 650 but I do own a Royal Enfield Himalayan. I also own a new Honda Africa Twin DCT. If I was to choose between the two which one to take on an around the world trip the Himalayan would win hands down. It's simple, easy to work on, and handles twice as good as the African Twin off road, even through the Africa Twin has Ohlins suspension :shocked:. If the speed limit is 65 or below, the Himalayan is the way to go. If there is any off-roading the Himalayan is the way to go. If all the miles are going to be on the interstate the Africa Twin beats the Himalayan silly, as the AT just eats miles with ease.
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Re: Royal Enfield 650's US bound - motorcycledaily
« Reply #65 on: December 13, 2018, 04:31:09 AM »
The BS4 model of the Himalayan is the version released in the UK (and probably the USA).  It has apparently fixed the initial reliability issues with the earlier versions, which were only released in India.

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Re: Royal Enfield 650's US bound - motorcycledaily
« Reply #67 on: March 09, 2019, 06:11:22 AM »
THAT was very interesting.
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Re: Royal Enfield 650's US bound - motorcycledaily
« Reply #68 on: March 09, 2019, 07:22:04 AM »
RE twins, V7 Guzzis, all sorts of really great bikes.

I do not think motorcycling is dying.

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Re: Royal Enfield 650's US bound - motorcycledaily
« Reply #69 on: March 09, 2019, 07:26:15 AM »
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Re: Royal Enfield 650's US bound - motorcycledaily
« Reply #70 on: March 09, 2019, 07:52:49 AM »
RE twins, V7 Guzzis, all sorts of really great bikes.

I do not think motorcycling is dying.
Hopefully  :bike-037:but not dying just going in a different direction. Affordable fun bikes.
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Re: Royal Enfield 650's US bound - motorcycledaily
« Reply #71 on: March 09, 2019, 08:44:44 AM »
I saw them at the Toronto Bike Show up here in Canuckistan.  I thought they were a good looking bike until I asked the sales rep what one was worth.  So much for the $7000 bike that I heard all the hype about.   They were talking $8500 plus tax for the Roadster and even more for the Continental.  Sorry but you can get a brand new Suzuki SV650X up here for $7800 any day of the week.  May not have the funky styling but in the long run a much better bike with an actual dealer network and support. 

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Re: Royal Enfield 650's US bound - motorcycledaily
« Reply #72 on: March 09, 2019, 04:46:56 PM »
The BS4 model of the Himalayan is the version released in the UK (and probably the USA).  It has apparently fixed the initial reliability issues with the earlier versions, which were only released in India.
I am keeping my eye out for a secondhand Himalayan, it could be the right bike for fire roads in Nor-Cal. Hopefully someone buys a new one, gets bored, and lets ot go cheap. I have a fondness for simple low-powered singles. Just not all the time.
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Re: Royal Enfield 650's US bound - motorcycledaily
« Reply #73 on: March 09, 2019, 09:51:53 PM »
I saw/sat on both styles-same ones as in the test (first two in the US).  Both models were present at the Winter Cycletherapy in Hammondsport NY at the Curtiss Museum. They feel good, wish there was a bit more power but if under stressed plenty of hop up potential.  Build quality was nice.  Not top heavy, plenty of curb appeal ( more than an SV650).
I'm into mostly vintage stuff so it's a bit new for me. Wouldn't take the place of my old Triumph.

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Re: Royal Enfield 650's US bound - motorcycledaily
« Reply #75 on: March 10, 2019, 03:43:09 PM »
Stopped at the Royal Enfield dealer in the Scottsdale Airpark yesterday...a few left-over 500cc Bullets, one Himalayan...and no 650 INT's yet. They said the 650's were coming sometime in June.  Two left-over MOTUS bikes, also... :thumb: :cool: :wink:







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Re: Royal Enfield 650's US bound - motorcycledaily
« Reply #76 on: March 20, 2019, 10:20:00 AM »
Vintage Royal Enfield..."Made Like A Gun!"  :thumb: :cool: :smiley:



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Re: Royal Enfield 650's US bound - motorcycledaily
« Reply #77 on: March 20, 2019, 08:13:38 PM »
I like the original one

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And the new one looks pretty good as well
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