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Old 11th December 2008, 16:55   #16
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Question Avg FE figures for various BULL versions?

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I know one should not be concerned about FE when going for a bull. But just out of curiosity, what are average FE figures for various RE BULL versions available in the market today?

Existing BULL owners, can you share your experiences/observations with FE?

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Making your RE bike sound different is not a huge deal. There are hajaar different varieties of after market exhaust pipes that would make yoru bike sound louder, deeper etc.

I'd suggest you buy whats you find more comfy.

-Machismo 500 has tons of pulling power and the traditional (classic) looks.
-TBird twinspark has a UCE engine, which is supposed to be more reliable and give good mileage.
- Electra has goodies like electric start, 5 gears and the old thumper engine
- STD 350 is the bare bones RE with the good old 4 speed gearbox(right shifter) and the classic CI engine. It is the cheapest of the lot too.

Take your pick.
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Old 11th December 2008, 17:00   #17
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From my experience: City riding

AVL350 - 35-40
CI 500 - 25-35

CI 350 should be btwn 30-35
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AVL 500 is a good choice. Good power , mileage comparable to 350 cc RE and fast too.
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Old 11th December 2008, 19:01   #19
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You guys have me convinced! The 500LB it is! As soon as 2009 sets in, I'm gonna go for it. Will the 4% reduction in excise reduce the price of the bike? It's not particularly cheap.

BTW, throttleking, you did 1.34 lakh kms in 5 years? That's awesome! Can you elaborate on what you mean by "simpler" RE? Do you mean easier to ride, maintain and live with?

Another set of questions:

1. Basic modifications to the Machismo 500 LB - good idea? I mean new (better?) air-filter (K&N anyone?) and free-flow exhaust. I've read elsewhere that it helps improve the bike further. Plus the FFE brings back the "thump" of the 50s apparently. Don't know how far that part is true.
Also checked with the guys over at Vardenchi for body modifications but their prices are steep! I don't know if I should quote them here but they're high enough to scare most enthusiasts away. Which leads me to the next question: if body mods are needed, are there reputed people in India for the same. I know a lot of you are thinking, "this guy is getting ahead of himself here", but I'm just accumulating this knowledge. I do not plan on buying the bike and immediately modifying it. However, it will be good to know for the future.

2. Pillion comfort - is that an issue? I know the bike is supremely comfortable (at least the Bull I rode was) for the rider but is it the same for the pillion?

3. Bangalore Dealers - any favorites? Any I should be wary of? The closest one to my place (Whitefield) is the one in BTM Layout so plan to go there. I think I read something about Teknik Motors being troublesome but cannot recall as of now.
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Teknik motors - no idea where it is, Agro pvt. ltd.-Lalbagh Road and RE - Jayanagar, 9th block

Do not go for any mods till you run in.

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Old 11th December 2008, 20:43   #21
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These are the three dealers listed on the website:

Royal Enfield Brand Store
Door No: 2067/1, 2068/2
East End 'A' Main
9th Block, Jayanagar
Bangalore - 560 069
Telephone: +91 - 80 - 41536488, 22440588 (Showroom), 22440587 (Workshop)
Mobile: +91 - 9901605004
Contact Person: Mr. Kalyan

HSR Services
No:18/8 G-3, Vishal Towers
Ist Main, Off mission road,
SR Nagar
Bangalore - 560 027
Contact Person: Mr. Mithun (Sales manager)
Mobile: 09845875611
Phone: 080 41534132 / 22711223

Teknik Motors
10/A, 17th 'E 'Cross,
Indiranagar 2nd stage,
Bangalore - 560 038
Telephone: +91 - 80 - 40910003, 40910004, 40910005
Mobile: +91 - 98450 26044
Contact Person: Mr. Jai Kumar

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Mr Bluu , can you let me know the on road price there ? I was quoted 1.20 for the 500lb , I also wanted bucket seats & crash guard added , the bucket seats will be done at the RE showroom itelsef , but what do you guys recommend on the crash guard ?
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Guys slightly off topic ,But I cant stop laughing
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You guys have me convinced! The 500LB it is! As soon as 2009 sets in, I'm gonna go for it. Will the 4% reduction in excise reduce the price of the bike? It's not particularly cheap.

Another set of questions:

1. Basic modifications to the Machismo 500 LB -

2. Pillion comfort -

3. Bangalore Dealers - .
dude, prices am told have dropped by 2k in bangalore so making it about 115k on road.

buy the bike, ride it for a few 1000 kms and then choose the mods you want.

pillion rider is most comfortable on the original seat, believe you me.

guess any dealer is ok. dont just go by one or two web posts of great or poor experience at any particular place. call for prices and availability and then choose. a visit to all 3 might be helpful in deciding where to buy.
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what do you guys recommend on the crash guard ?
You're asking the wrong guy dude. Wish I could help but I am a noob when it comes to Bullets. Did you try the Royal Enfield website? It might list these accessories. Otherwise, google the original UK website, they also stock lots of accessories.

Also, search on the forum for the bucket seats, IIRC some one was opposed to them for comfort reasons.

Hopefully one of the Bullet gurus will be able to answer these queries.
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@ vikrut: I would suggest you to go for the ' Quality Diamond ' Crash Bar mate. They look nice and are sturdy.
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One thing to spoil your mood.

Your 500LB won't give you the bullet thump, no matter what you do.
Plus its got a persisting clattering noise.
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what do you guys recommend on the crash guard ?
India's leading distributor of motorcycle parts. Specialists in Royal Enfield spares and accessories.
RCB 002 and RCB 006 are a very good.

Avoid the bar that is huge and curves inwards at 90 degrees.
That design can trap your foot against a hot engine in the event of a crash.
It will look something like the RCB 004 except the size is bigger.

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India's leading distributor of motorcycle parts. Specialists in Royal Enfield spares and accessories.
RCB 002 and RCB 006 are a very good.

Avoid the bar that is huge and curves inwards at 90 degrees.
That design can trap your foot against a hot engine in the event of a crash.
It will look something like the RCB 004 except the size is bigger.
thanks buddy , this shop is a goldmine for RE accessories.

[FONT=verdana][SIZE=1]zeroing in on RCB-002 [/SIZE][/FONT]
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You guys have me convinced! The 500LB it is! As soon as 2009 sets in, I'm gonna go for it. Will the 4% reduction in excise reduce the price of the bike? It's not particularly cheap.

BTW, throttleking, you did 1.34 lakh kms in 5 years? That's awesome! Can you elaborate on what you mean by "simpler" RE? Do you mean easier to ride, maintain and live with?

Another set of questions:

1. Basic modifications to the Machismo 500 LB - good idea? I mean new (better?) air-filter (K&N anyone?) and free-flow exhaust.

2. Pillion comfort - is that an issue? I know the bike is supremely comfortable (at least the Bull I rode was) for the rider but is it the same for the pillion?
Simpler means, Twinspark is modern, easy to start using Kick (just like Pulser, no offense to pulser guys as well as Twinspark owners) no need decomp and all, feels very light on handling.

Go for LB 500 for sure, but dont immediately jump on to modifications, well other than that go straight for Goldstar silencer, LB deserves that noise ride it for couple of thousand kilometers and then decide if you really need more power. LB is more than sufficiently equiped with power as compared other Bullets.

LB has very good suspension, and comfort for pillon on stock seat is very good. However you can get the seat customized as per your need.
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