Go Back   Team-BHP > BHP India > Motorbikes


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 5th January 2005, 16:05   #1
Senior - BHPian
 
amitoj's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Nashua, NH
Posts: 2,954
Thanked: 1,591 Times
Question Lean Burn Bullet500

Hey fellas

Any idea when RE will be launching the Lean Burn Bullet 500cc in India???
I checked the RE website but that doesnt mention anything about its launch in india. So if anyone out there knows anyone at Royal Enfield, could u please find out and lemme know??

Cheers
Amitoj
amitoj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 5th January 2005, 16:24   #2
Distinguished - BHPian
 
Technocrat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Mid West
Posts: 14,900
Thanked: 2,490 Times
Default

Donno abt the lean burn but they do have launched a new 500 with electric starter, gas filled shocks & the works
Technocrat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 5th January 2005, 16:32   #3
Senior - BHPian
 
amitoj's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Nashua, NH
Posts: 2,954
Thanked: 1,591 Times
Default

All those "improvements" are ok, but if one were planning to buy a new 500cc Enfield, do u think it would be worthwhile to wait for the launch of lean burn model?
amitoj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 5th January 2005, 17:42   #4
Senior - BHPian
 
shravan316's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 1,029
Thanked: 3 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by amitoj
All those "improvements" are ok, but if one were planning to buy a new 500cc Enfield, do u think it would be worthwhile to wait for the launch of lean burn model?
well amitoj,
IMO, that depends on whether if "one" is a die hard Bullet fan or an average bullet fan........ If he/she is a die hard bullet fan, then he/she would obviously go in for the cast-iron engined 500.... i.e. the old Bullet. The thump on the old bullet is to die for!! amazing thump....... raw basic engine design, but, troublesome and needs a lot of attention.
On the otherhand, an average Bullet fan, would prefer the new AVI engined Bullet, coz it is relatively maintainence free and more fuel efficient, but, the charm of the old bullet is lost....... the thump is no where close to the old Bullets which is what bullet is all about!

P.S: If you ask me to choose, i would pick the classic Bullet 500(cast iron engined) without even thinking twice!!
shravan316 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 5th January 2005, 17:58   #5
Senior - BHPian
 
amitoj's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Nashua, NH
Posts: 2,954
Thanked: 1,591 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by shravan316
On the otherhand, an average Bullet fan, would prefer the new AVI engined Bullet, coz it is relatively maintainence free and more fuel efficient, but, the charm of the old bullet is lost....... the thump is no where close to the old Bullets which is what bullet is all about!
hmmm... rumour has it that the lean burn engine is also more compliant with the emission norms

But i see ur point about being a die hard fan of a bullet. I guess if i were a die hard fan, then i would have been in posession of one already.
amitoj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 5th January 2005, 18:36   #6
Senior - BHPian
 
Psycho's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 1,042
Thanked: 95 Times
Default Old is Gold

Hi,

The old 500 is definitely a great buy... many of my friends who have the newer bullets always end up complaining of stuff more often than not but the old 500 was a definite exception to this case... The bike rocks.

I too have been a bullet fan for over 10 yrs now and own a 1970 model bullet and swear by it... As they say as far as bullet is concerned OLD is GOLD.

Go for the Iron anyday...

PS: Amitoj my bike has always sailed through the emmision checks beautifully.
Psycho is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 5th January 2005, 18:43   #7
Senior - BHPian
 
amitoj's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Nashua, NH
Posts: 2,954
Thanked: 1,591 Times
Default

Hey psycho

Wow... a 1970 model! That bike is way older than me!!!

So wot would u recommend for a wannabe bullet owner like me?

Amitoj
amitoj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 5th January 2005, 20:32   #8
Senior - BHPian
 
Psycho's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 1,042
Thanked: 95 Times
Default Depends

Hi Amitoj,

Here is a set of questions that could lead you to the right choice:

1) Have you ridden a bullet before? (if yes try answering the questions below)
a)Are you comfortable with the gears being on the right side? if yes you are eligible for a old bullet (including the 500)
If No : Please buy a new bullet with the left side gearshift.

2) Are you looking for speed? (500)

3) Are you going to cruise? (350)

4) Milage is an issue? (go for the new bullet : AVl)

5) Like the chopper style (lightning or thunderbird)

6) Classic Looks (all the other bikes)

7) Dont mind the RTO hassels (Go for a really old bullet preferably single owner and well maintained)

8) Modded looks: look for the Iranians

But the golden rule the perfect bullet is one that idles with no vibrations, exhaust note and engine sound and it should rev to give you a slight whine on the engine and a good load of thumps behind you.
Psycho is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 5th January 2005, 20:36   #9
Senior - BHPian
 
shravan316's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 1,029
Thanked: 3 Times
Default

psycho.... is the 500 good for cruising or is 350 better??
shravan316 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 5th January 2005, 20:43   #10
Senior - BHPian
 
Psycho's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 1,042
Thanked: 95 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by shravan316
psycho.... is the 500 good for cruising or is 350 better??
While cruising you tend to also think milage would be an added benefit but this varies from person to person.
Psycho is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 5th January 2005, 20:57   #11
Senior - BHPian
 
amitoj's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Nashua, NH
Posts: 2,954
Thanked: 1,591 Times
Default

Hey psycho.
Thanks for putting up the questionnaire. Well, firstly, i dont want any hassles with the RTO and i'd rather stick to the very original, so i guess the last two are not really my cup of tea.... or shot of whiskey... or pint of beer...
As for mileage, i am surprised u'd even ask!! Do bullet lovers really care about the mileage??
Between cruising and speeding, is there any way i can have both??
And i did ride a bullet once... found its gear on the right a bit awkward but thats not much of a problem... i can handle that. But if its on the left side, i'll gladly take it!
I more or less have my sights set on the 500cc one... but jus wanted to know if its worthwhile to wait for the lean burn one....

And if mileage is the only reason why a cruiser would take 350cc, then i'd rather stick to 500

Last edited by amitoj : 5th January 2005 at 21:00.
amitoj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 5th January 2005, 21:20   #12
Senior - BHPian
 
shravan316's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 1,029
Thanked: 3 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by amitoj
I more or less have my sights set on the 500cc one... but jus wanted to know if its worthwhile to wait for the lean burn one....
If u r gonna wait, i suggest u wait for atleast a year......... get to know if any problems exist in the bike and then maybe go in for one. But, i can tell you one thing....... the old 500 is a tried and tested machine........... u may have a few niggles here and there........( thats what bullet owning experience is all about..........taking care of it) but, at the end of the day, most of the classic 500 owners swear by their machines.
shravan316 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 5th January 2005, 23:05   #13
Senior - BHPian
 
amitoj's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Nashua, NH
Posts: 2,954
Thanked: 1,591 Times
Default

yeah i have heard bullet owners talk about even the nagging problems with immense joy and pride
Someone even said somewhere that RE dont bother about 1 year or 2 year warranties... instead they guarantee a lifetime of oil leak!! He was so proud of it!
So if the beast (bike seems too puny a word for bullet, somehow) is gonna have teeny weeny probs anyways, then why wait a year? I think I'd like to be one of the first to get those probs!! the first to get to know the character of the new bullet first hand! Wot do u think?
amitoj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 5th January 2005, 23:11   #14
Senior - BHPian
 
aadix's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: hyderabad
Posts: 1,594
Thanked: 9 Times
Default

hey physco
u talking like me dad!!!!
was thinking for a sec wheter my dad joined the forum!
aadix is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 6th January 2005, 09:08   #15
BHPian
 
vinsanity's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Patna
Posts: 610
Thanked: 2 Times
Unhappy

Hey guys,
I too am a die hard bullet fan!!!!
I mailed to this guy in the UK Royal Enfield site asking him if the 500cc Lean Burn bullet would come to India.. This is wat he wrote..
***************************
DEAR SIR

AS FAR AS WE ARE AWARE, THE 500 LEAN BURN WILL BE UNAVAILABLE IN INDIA,
THERE IS NO MARKET FOR 500CC BIKES IN INDIA, AND EVEN THE CLASSIC 500CC
ENGINE IS HARD TO SOURCE

PRICE IN THE UK IS #3495 FOR THE ELECTRA X (500 LEAN BURN), DONT CONFUSE
THIS WITH THE INDIAN ELECTRA WHICH IS A 350 WITH ELECTRONIC IGNITION

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE A BIKE, PLEASE SEND YOUR POSTAL ADDRESS & WE WILL
SEND A BROCHURE & DEALER LIST. SOME HAVE ELECTRA'S AS DEMO BIKES

REGARDS

ALAN COLLINS
***********************************
So that means it is not going to come here.. Thats not fair....
_CHaO_
vinsanity 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
Is it normal for a car to lean on one side? vebmetal Technical Stuff 31 23rd May 2016 13:24
What Bike? Ninja650 vs HD Superlow vs Duke390 vs Bullet500. Edit: HD Superlow it is ! dkaile Motorbikes 153 5th September 2013 19:08
TVS Victor Lean Mixture santocg Motorbikes 9 9th December 2008 17:51
Lean Manufacturing in Indian Automotive Industry amitpunjani The Indian Car Scene 10 21st August 2007 15:27
lean fuel mixture = hotter engine? why? techn0l0gist Technical Stuff 12 4th April 2006 10:29


All times are GMT +5.5. The time now is 04:44.

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