Go Back   Team-BHP > BHP India > Motorbikes


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 13th November 2007, 12:50   #106
BHPian
 
prabhuav's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 670
Thanked: 112 Times
Default Coz it does something to you..

It is easy to pick out the lacunae of a 50 year old design and bash it. But for a small company with virtually no resources at their disposal, RE has done a commendable job in ironing out the issues with the Bullet and giving it some level of " user friendliness". Owning and riding one is definitely not logical - it is magical. I have been riding these for the last 18 years. Owned one for 10 years..

Before you think I have not ridden better bikes, I also own a Honda CB919. But there are times that I need a Bullet "fix". An enrichment of the soul that only the bull gives me.

Long live the bull - I will definitely buy my son one when he is old enough
prabhuav is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14th November 2007, 11:41   #107
BHPian
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 158
Thanked: 68 Times
Default My Bullet

Since my adolscent years i was fascinated with the bullet. I used to hear the occasional thumping of bullet during the college days and was amazed by the bike going on the highways. Thats when i decided to own one sometime in my life.

When i landed in a job in Bangalore i wanted to buy a Bullet, nothing else. I carefully observed various models and finalised on Bullet electra. I asked a colleague of mine (who owns a bullet for 9 years) to help me finalize the bike. I was discouraged by his response. He asked me why i want a bullet, he instead asked me to consider other bikes in market. In his words "owning bullet is like getting married, you need to learn about it , you need to get used to it and more than anything else you need to have lot of patience".

Finally i convinced him that i am a serious bullet lover and then he took me to the showroom. However after looking at standard, electra, thunder bird and machismo...my eyes fell on this one parked in the obscure corner of the showroom. And i immediately liked the bike more than any other model. Its Bullet 500. I bought it in January 2004.

Well, i had many problems during the first 6months. The Over head valves(OHV) used to get struck and bike wouldn't move an inch. After so many trouble shooting sessions, Dealer finally changed the head-block (in warranty). After that i didnt face any serious problems. Yes there are niggnling troubles here and there..thats part and parcel of owning a bullet. Over time i got used the bike. Now i became more knowledgeble about the bike and appreciate its qualities and requirements.

Well, coming to how much i loved or enjoyed the bike...boy! nothing else can give you the joy of riding on a bullet. Its damn reliable (if you know how to maintain it), it rode me and my wife back home safely during the heaviest of rains, bad roads and mud etc. It never once failed me when i am on road. Even in severe wheather/road conditions, i always felt safe and in control. Now, even my wife acknowledges this fact, after riding pillion for 3 years on this bike.

And its something i am gonna keep it for life.Now my 2.5 year old daughter is competing with me for the bullet So i will pass it on to her when she is old enough to drive.

Thanks
-Vaspro
vaspro is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14th November 2007, 12:58   #108
BHPian
 
Torque-ative's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Gurgaon
Posts: 487
Thanked: 54 Times
Default

I owned a new Machismo 350 with discs (red wine color). Its a great bike with plenty of aura. However its not a modern machine and has been bested in all facets (Performance, Relaibility, Build quality). This is a bulky machine with not enough power to classfy as a Hot ride !!

To put that in prespective the Triumph Bonneville, another timeless classic
weighed about the same as the Enfield, and had twice the power.
Even the Bonnie has moved to OHC and now produces almost 3 times the power of an enfield.

Both belonged to the same era of classic british motoring. The reason the enfield is so popular is because neither BSA, Matchless, Triumph or Nortan set up shop in India !!
Torque-ative is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 21st November 2007, 18:36   #109
Newbie
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Dubai
Posts: 7
Thanked: 0 Times
Default

I love an Enfeild Bullet because it is the closest anyone can come of owning a Bike that has a "classic British Bike" look to it,infact I dont think that the shape has been changed since the 40's!
Pakua4581 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 21st November 2007, 20:13   #110
Senior - BHPian
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 1,240
Thanked: 226 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by GTO View Post
A very distant parallel. But it is similar to the Harley Davidson craze in the USA, isnt it? There are surely bikes which make more power, handle better, are more comfortable and efficient than the Harley.

But to some....they do not match up to the aura and feel of a Harley.
Hi GTO,

Comparison of bullet to harley isn't fair. I know a few who wanted to ride harleys on their visit to US and rented them out for a week. But, they returned the bike in a day or two saying, ride quality is much better in bullet.

Dwarak
dwaraka is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 21st November 2007, 21:19   #111
BHPian
 
devil_in_flesh's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: mumbai
Posts: 89
Thanked: 3 Times
Default

Once you've ridden a bullet, u'd not want to ride anything else.all others(bikes) seem inferior.It gives one a sense of freedom n power at the same time.also one feels thus truly riding in a royal ishtyle!

Bullets are meant to taken care of and pampered just like a woman.The minute u ingore it,it'll avenge u by immobilizing itself.Also there is no limit to accessorizing

Many say that the real 'shaan' of a bullet is the trail of oil it leaves behind! When one rides a royal enfield, the individual is obliged by it.
devil_in_flesh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 21st November 2007, 22:17   #112
Team-BHP Support
 
bblost's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Hyderabad
Posts: 9,650
Thanked: 6,662 Times
Default

4+ years and some 60 ~ 70k (odo console removed a long time back) Kms on my bike.
and she still shines for me.

and I am sure she is gonna cross 40+ years and 700k kms.
she is forever.

my dream is that when I get to 50, I travel India with her.
bblost is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd November 2007, 20:00   #113
BHPian
 
soumobakshi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 275
Thanked: 450 Times
Default

I have a small question. I have an Electra 4S 96 model. Recently I changed the ordinary OE bulb of my headlamp to a Halogen Bulb. The light throw has definately increased but the prob is, @ low beam the light scatters to much and travels upwards. I approached the RE Brandstore workshop in Bangalore and they said it is like this and cannot be changed. It was very hard for me to accept this. Does any one of you have a solution for this?
soumobakshi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 23rd November 2007, 00:06   #114
kph
BHPian
 
kph's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 147
Thanked: 2 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by soumobakshi View Post
I have an Electra 4S 96 model.
Was there electra in 96!

Anyway, regarding the headlight setting... you can loosen the headlight rim holding screws and try adjusting it. still the issue with the scattered beam cannot be resolved.
Why don't you change the doom itself with an H4 (the same used in omni, ambi, trucks etc) it costs only around 120 bucks. And an H4 halogen bulb is only rs. 60. I'm using the same and pretty impressed.
kph is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 23rd November 2007, 10:45   #115
BHPian
 
four_tire's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 211
Thanked: 21 Times
Default

My story goes like this..

I own a Suzuki fiero 2002 model Red color. Great pickup and till today the glossy shine of the bike never dies..

I dont know if it is infactuation or love, but get pulled towards a Enfield bullet. This feelings I have shared with the my family. My brother says if you like that buy it no point in avoiding what u like. So in the last one year i have gone 3-4 times to Bullet showroom near CMH road to get the quote and admire the Royale. In fact a Red Bullet or a green bullet is what i like

What seems to be stopping me is .. according to me its a great bike except for 3 problems..
a) the big thick gearbox kind of scares me and i dont personally feel its any great design. May be because i have owned Japanese cars and bike .. which dont show too much of muscle outside.
b) I heard from many about complaints of oil leaks and Cast-Iron engine.
c) I am kinda of shy person, I usually dont like getting unnecessary attention. So Riding a Muscle Bike like bullet, which could give me lots of pleasure but may look like a showoff for others..

So there is this mix of pshycological and over cautious attitude that is not allowing me get near to this bike.. But in my heart i want to ride that Bike.

Last edited by four_tire : 23rd November 2007 at 10:46.
four_tire is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 23rd November 2007, 11:05   #116
v&v
Senior - BHPian
 
v&v's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Delhi
Posts: 1,538
Thanked: 1,068 Times
Default

Quote:
What brings you so close to a Bull..?
Is it its thump?
Is it the Power?
Is it the Size?
Is it because itís heavy?
Is it because itís a Legend??
Is it the overall beauty?
Is it because itís a nonstop rider?
Is it individuality you feel when you ride it?
Or is there any other interesting reason?
For me its the thump and legacy for fourties and fifties. While buying i will prefer the new bread of sports bikes the ninjas or the r1s...
v&v is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 23rd November 2007, 11:23   #117
kph
BHPian
 
kph's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 147
Thanked: 2 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by four_tire View Post
So there is this mix of pshycological and over cautious attitude that is not allowing me get near to this bike.. But in my heart i want to ride that Bike.
One of my friends used to keep this signature on his email... It read "Just shut up and ride".
Rudeness or any attitude not intended...
The point is... Just get your hands on it and ride. Then you post here. Lets see what you think then.
PS: You should be ready to live with the niggling issues bullet gives.
kph is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 23rd November 2007, 11:30   #118
BHPian
 
four_tire's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 211
Thanked: 21 Times
Default

Kph, thanks for the advice. I see that you are right. But the same thing happened even when i Sold my M800 and went in for another car (the OHC vtec). Iam not comparing M800 with OHC Vtec but I was dealing with giving up my M800. But now that i have a vtec. i hardly remember the driving of M800.. So i believe i will upgrade and soon this feeling of big bike will go away naturally

I heard that they are going to replace this Gearbox with a single-block one. Is that true. If thats true then what will be changes in the ride and performance of the Bullet. Please let me know.. I am ready to wait for it...
four_tire is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 23rd November 2007, 12:11   #119
GTO
Team-BHP Support
 
GTO's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Bombay
Posts: 47,729
Thanked: 89,212 Times
Default

Interesting replies from Enfield-heads. Here is another analogy:

When someone asks me why I still have interest in my 10 year old creaky Jeep, I just tell them "Its a Jeep thing. You'll never understand".
GTO is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 23rd November 2007, 13:45   #120
BHPian
 
four_tire's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 211
Thanked: 21 Times
Default

I agree with GTO, But still why one loves his/her bike or car over and over again . May be those owner who have taken time to tune and accessorize it will feel like having raised those babies themselves. So it become a part of them. On the other hand owners who just wanna use and change the vehicle would not understand this. For them its like candle which eventually burns itself out and need to buy a new one.

The fondness and care we attach to things around us makes them special and they by themselves are only dust on earth
four_tire is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
The story of another Green Bullet in my life - My Enfield Bullet 500 arjithin Motorbikes 35 20th February 2016 20:26
Which current RE UCE Bullet to buy? Or should I go for a used CI Bullet? swami69 Motorbikes 77 14th September 2015 17:50
All Bullet Gurus:: Need your Suggestion : Planning to Modify Bullet-Project Wanderer Shubhendra Motorbikes 56 6th October 2014 11:18


All times are GMT +5.5. The time now is 19:57.

Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Team-BHP.com
Proudly powered by E2E Networks