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Old 11th August 2008, 10:37   #1
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Friends,

Let me openly admit that I have NO knowhow of RE-Bullets and their intricacies.

However; have wanted to own one and experience the RE first hand. I am not a big fan of the recent bullets and had always decided that it is going to be an old bullet for me.

Saw this one for sale. Owner says that it is a 1961 model and is completely restored. Asking for 55K.

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Need inputs on:

- How to know if this is really a 61 model?
- Is the price OK?
- What to check for in a 61 model bullet?


I will find out from the forum how to live with a bullet once i buy it, if I manage to buy it.

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Old 11th August 2008, 11:57   #2
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Khan_Sultan, this particular 61 model is not worth the asking price of 55k.

It might have been rebuilt & overhauled but it's definitely not 'restored'. A few details that i have noticed are:-
1)Side boxes are not correct. 2)The air filter box is not right. 3)Speedo meter and amp meter is not correct. 4)The left side switch cluster is not correct. 5)The left clutch lever is wrong. 6)The points housing is wrong, there should've been a magneto (or a smaller type points housing as found on some models of this viintage. 7)The rear mudguard end looks a bit high, it should end a bit more lower. 8)Handlebar obviously is not the correct one.

But the frame is genuine item. Take a note of the engine and frame number and cross reference it with some Enfield authority that will answer your model year question.
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Sankar,

Thanks for the inputs buddy. I had a feeling while looking at the pictures that conveyed that something was wrong here.

I will give it a pass. Am looking for a 'restored' and not a 'rebuilt' one.

BTW, what would you think would be the ok price for this and how much effort/price to 'restore' it.

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Old 11th August 2008, 12:26   #4
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I can't put a price on that 61 model Khan, but 55k is too much for that that i know. I have seen some fully restored with all the right parts early 60 model go for 65 thousand bucks. The bike was a Kerala bike and belonged to Kiran of Sandhya Spares. And i don't know whether 65k is the right or inflated price. One of our vintage specialists would be able to advise you on the price correctly.
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i think the price quoted by him is a bit high ,my brother sold his bike jus 10 days ago for 21k it was a 1991 make
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I thought the earlier bullets had a single level seating instead of the multi level being shown here.

Also filter box is all wrong.

Check the image below.

http://www.royal-enfield.net/old_bul...350_Bullet.jpg
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@Khan_sultan: I agree with Sankar. It looks like that this bike got few assorted parts.

Especially Speedo, Amp meter and left hand switches appears to be 80's vintage. I doubt whether its new head (engine head) as well.

Which part of Bangalore do you live? PM me and i can personally take you to my reliable mechanic and will get the bike evaluated. I own a 500 since 4 years and know few things about bullets.

Good to know that while i am trying to cross over to 4X4 world, you are trying to get into the world of Bullets. I can promise one thing, be patient either while purchasing the bike or after you bought. You wont be disappointed.

@nithz: Older bullets go for highier price. I even know few bikes sold for 1.5laks (much like 40's vintage). Post 90 bikes wont fetch that much (relatively).

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Which part of Bangalore do you live? PM me and i can personally take you to my reliable mechanic and will get the bike evaluated. I own a 500 since 4 years and know few things about bullets.

Good to know that while i am trying to cross over to 4X4 world, you are trying to get into the world of Bullets. I can promise one thing, be patient either while purchasing the bike or after you bought. You wont be disappointed.
Not going with this one. Giving it a pass. Am in hurry to buy one. will buy the one that screams 'this is the one' .

will ping you vaspro when i zero down on the bullet.
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Buy an old Bullet at these prices only if it is close to original. Else it makes no sense and you are better off getting and newer model. This one screams out loud that 'I'm not original', so you took a good decision.
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why don't you go in for a brand new standard 350? 79k on road and its 100% genuine for sure!! besides by middle 2009, the cast iron blocks will be off the line. so now just might be the right time to buy a brand new cast iron engine bullet.
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why don't you go in for a brand new standard 350? 79k on road and its 100% genuine for sure!! besides by middle 2009, the cast iron blocks will be off the line. so now just might be the right time to buy a brand new cast iron engine bullet.
The bullet will not be my daily ride and will be used just once or twice a month on weekends. I want to own a vintage bullet with all it's 'quirks' and 'non-perfections' associated with bullets of those days.

I know modern bullets may be very reliable, but for me it is the 'experience' that i want of owning a bullet and for that i believe I need to look for early 60's bullet (or around the same era).
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Shanawaz,

I am a diehard bulleteer and have a 98 500 for the very same purpose.If you want to ride one till you find yours you are welcome to ride mine around. You know where I live

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Hi Shahnawaz,
Good to see your interest towards vintage Bullets also. Although, a very reasonable suggestion turned down by you of buying a new one is still a thought away!
Nevertheless, Sankar has already pointed out most of the unoriginalities on the machine. I am in agreement with him and can see that this bike has just a tag of being from 60s' and not actually having those vintage parts.
I am uploading a few pics of a bike from the same era, which was brought for servicing owned by a farmer. You will notice the engine including the carb and levers on the bike are original.
Sankar will be able to tell us about the authenticity of this bike. The rear shockers had imprint of 'Made in England'. Plus I believe that the bikes that genre had etching of Royal Enfield on the engine.(Sankar, request authenticate)
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...If you want to ride one till you find yours you are welcome to ride mine around....
Thanks for the offer Vijay. You know it may sound strange but I have never EVER had a ride on a bullet. Not even pillion. Was just thinking about it.

The irony is that lots of my friends own one and even in jeep_thrills lots of folks own one but somehow haven't got to riding one ever.
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Susan3004 what a great find! That bikes looks authenticate, only the air filter, battery box and meters looks out of place but all the important hardware looks genuine. Even the fork cover's aluminium bush is there and that is one part which gets lost or stolen from many all original bikes. I see that it's a G2 engine (as per the engine number) That air filter box has to go, it's possible to make a replica in the original oval shape. Royal Enfield was not etched on to the timing cover instead some engines had a plate with the Royal Enfield written on it riveted to the timing cover.

Is that bike for grabs?
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