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Royal Enfield Bullet trials

Posted: Mon Apr 08, 2019 6:48 pm
by David A

Re: Royal Enfield Bullet trials

Posted: Mon Apr 08, 2019 7:18 pm
by Richard Simpson Mark II

Re: Royal Enfield Bullet trials

Posted: Wed Apr 10, 2019 10:49 am
by FatFreddy
Richard Simpson Mark II wrote:
Mon Apr 08, 2019 7:18 pm
Build you own using bolt-on parts

http://accessories.hitchcocksmotorcycle ... trials-pre
Quite like this idea. If you could find a cheap donor bike, fairly affordable too.

Re: Royal Enfield Bullet trials

Posted: Wed Apr 10, 2019 11:20 am
by Richard Simpson Mark II
You can get reasonable used Bullets for less than £2k...so could be an affordable way to get a 1960s trials-style bike.

given the suspension remains stock, it would be more style than trial, though.

Re: Royal Enfield Bullet trials

Posted: Wed Apr 10, 2019 1:11 pm
by lancashirelad
The club I'm chairman of has had requests to ride "Indian" Enfields in our trials but it was deemed a step to far, even though we now have air cooled drum braked twinshock classes, which originally didn't go down to well to be honest but the entries on pre65 bikes was falling.
You don't get many Enfields these days as they are just uncompetive to be honest.
The "works replica" bit makes me smile though :D

Re: Royal Enfield Bullet trials

Posted: Wed Apr 10, 2019 5:03 pm
by Richard Simpson Mark II
The original Johnny Brittain works Enfield 350 Bullet is, I think, in the National Motorcycle Museum.

The rider passed away recently

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Brittain

Re: Royal Enfield Bullet trials

Posted: Fri Apr 12, 2019 7:05 pm
by ggp59
I keep fancying one of these for bimbiling about the B roads on, but only going on the way they look, sound and thier cheapness compared to more genuine stuff.

So if anyone has had or got one are they any good??
Not bothered by handling, performance or even finish that much as am realistic, but whats reliability likely to be like??

Re: Royal Enfield Bullet trials

Posted: Fri Apr 12, 2019 7:53 pm
by daveuprite
ggp59 wrote:
Fri Apr 12, 2019 7:05 pm

Not bothered by handling, performance or even finish that much as am realistic, but whats reliability likely to be like??
Hey GG, I genuinely don't mean to sound demeaning or flippant, but what is the point of riding a motorcycle if you're not interested in handling or performance? You'd might as well just climb in a car ?

Reliability is very nice, of course, but not at the expense of an experience. Biking is about an experience. Something different from mere transport from A to B. Isn't it?

Re: Royal Enfield Bullet trials

Posted: Fri Apr 12, 2019 8:48 pm
by ggp59
Thanks for the reply, but it looks like I didn't explain what I meant very well........

I've got other bikes that handle well and go like the clappers, but fancy something completely different for a bit of fun and a change of pace when the mood takes me

What I really should have said was - does anyone know if they are reliable, is the fuel injection better than the carbed ones and is the 500 considered preferable to the 350 also are late one's better or worse than early one's and if so in what ways??

I guess as with most thing 'suck it and see' the best way to really find out what suits, but was trying to dodge making some expensive mistakes :D

Re: Royal Enfield Bullet trials

Posted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 8:33 am
by Fried Egg Sandwich
Go talk to your local RE dealer.
Test ride some, they'll be only too happy to help.
Went out on a RE Classic 500 with the Mrs pillion yesterday. Great bimble bike, comfortable too and pulled us both to 60mph where needed. They're not about speed, it's about the ride and character. Something long forgotten it would seem in this age where "bang for your buck" just means outright performance.
And no, I won't be getting rid of the GS or DRZ, but a Royal Enfield is very tempting as an addition.
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