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Old 28th October 2008, 19:43   #1
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Default Is this the end of the great CI bullet era?

Here is an article on xBHP linked to a blog which says that 2008 is going to be the year when Royal Enfield will stop production of the CI Electra, including the 5S.
Death of the Cast Iron - xBhp.com : The Global Indian Biking Community
Hot Air Cold Love: Death of the Cast Iron
I tried to call up the Royal Enfield brand store in Bangalore to clarify but they were closed for the Deepavali festivities.
Hoping that the CI lives on atleast for a year more.
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Hoping that the CI lives on atleast for a year more.
Why do you want it to live for a year more? If you love Bullets go for a mid 70 model and restore it sensibly. For God's sake don't modernise it. It will be better than the new ones.
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change is the only constant.
let them go ahead and change it.
if one is old-school and wants it the way it was, be prepared to buy an old one and restore it cheers:
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So will CI Std stop too or is it just the CI Electra ?
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Old 30th October 2008, 11:40   #5
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Yeah, heard this a long time bike. On orkut there is this guy called Rajesh. He works for the R&D department of Royal Enfield; even he mentioned that 2010 is going to see the last original BULLET rolled out. They can't take the technology any further to meet norms and still make a profit
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i guess thats right 2010 should see the last CI
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uce bullet is the successor.bull std production will stop with the end of CI engines.
but we may get a reliable cruiser with UCE royal enfield motorcycles(not bullets).
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i guess thats right 2010 should see the last CI
The Std 350 Bullet has survived everything for a long time now, but probably its future is also bleak.

People love the Std 350 for its original CI engine which makes it different from today plastic bikes.
I own a Electra, which is also a CI engine.

Sadly i can see the end of a grt bike.
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Old 30th October 2008, 14:30   #9
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why would it be the end??
production is stopped does not mean the end right??

there are so many bullets around that they would survive for more than a few years. cheers:
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uce bullet is the successor.bull std production will stop with the end of CI engines.
but we may get a reliable cruiser with UCE royal enfield motorcycles(not bullets).
yes you would at last get a reliable cruiser from the RE stable without the oil leaks and nightmarish starting troubles and last but nost the least without the Charm of a standard Bullet.
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Its either a 70s CI model OR the latest trouble free version from RE. Why are we mourning the death of what has been dead for a while?
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insider information suggests that its the avl 350cc aluminium engines that will be phased out first. the only bike that carries it, the 350 machismo will soon sport the tbts uce engine.

the ci engine i am told will live on till end 2009.
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They say nothing realy dies in India!Just because enfield stops producing the traditional engine dosen't mean its the end of the ci era, it just means you might not be able to buy them new.

There is always restoration. and buying good condititon second hand bikes.

I am a royal enfield fan and have a deep rooted connection to the traditional engine.

For me a motorcycle has to be pure, a machine.No fancy stuff .the more rugged the better and easily repairable.

beauty in simplicity if you like.

I am in the process of building a purpose built drag bike using a std 500.It will go like a rocket in a straight line and hopefully will cross the 200kmh mark in the quarter mile.

you can check my blog monster dog

I will be updating it as the bike progresses.
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