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Author Topic: About to bite the Bullet  (Read 2151 times)

noontime

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About to bite the Bullet
« on: June 10, 2011, 11:04:33 PM »
I've been following the Enfields since 2000 when I first heard a british racing green iron barrel bullet kick started...I fell in love.  I am finally going to get one, but I have a few questions about them.  I've searched the forums and my questions are these:

1. Do the new C-5 models really have a kick start or is that just rumor?
2. If I had the dealer order one, how long would it take to get to Georgia and for me to be riding it?
3. Is is kosher to make a dealer order the exact bike I have with a kick start or should I buy one off the floor that does not have it?
4. My local dealer told me that they are phasing out kick starts on bikes now that they put the electric starts on them and that the teal green color of the 2010 C-5 he has (which is what I want) is a limited color and is not continued on the newer bikes.  How do I tell him he is a fool with out hurting his feelings?
5. How does one deal with the anticipation and excitement of potentially fulfilling an 11 year dream?


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Re: About to bite the Bullet
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2011, 11:18:27 PM »
Get the color you want and yes, the 2011 does have a kick start.  If you can get a really good deal on the 2010 Teal, then there really isn't much to be gained by the 2011, unless you have your heart set on the kickstart.
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Re: About to bite the Bullet
« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2011, 11:42:49 PM »
1) The 2011 C5 does have a kick start. 

2) Ask the dealer how long it would take.

3) Yes, you can ask your dealer to order theexact bike you want.  He doesn't have to do it and I'm sure he'd rather sell you what he already has.  You can either insist on the bike you really want or use this as leverage to make a deal on the one he has.  Be nice, if he knows you're going to be back for parts and service he's more inclined to help you.

4) Don't tell him he's anything, just ask him to call CMW and ask for what you want.  If he won't then call yourself and get the info.  Certain bikes/colors can be in limited supply at times.  The factory is running at full capacity to keep up with demand.

5) Patiently ;)  Be nice to your dealer and patient enough to get what you really want.  Don't let the anticipation force you into a decision you don't really want to make.

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noontime

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Re: About to bite the Bullet
« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2011, 05:59:35 PM »
Thanks guys.  I really do want the kick start, it was part of what I loved about the bikes in the first place.  I really wanted an iron barrel but now I have lust for the C-5.  It seems the longer I have waited the more beautiful the bikes have become!

I also need a seat for the lady, any suggestions on a comfy rear pillion seat?

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Re: About to bite the Bullet
« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2011, 07:22:36 AM »
5. How does one deal with the anticipation and excitement of potentially fulfilling an 11 year dream?

With as much patience as you can muster would be my advice.

 Taking a MSF riders course would be fantastic use of the time between order and delivery,,,,,brush up those old skills and learn some new tactics in the process.

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Re: About to bite the Bullet
« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2011, 12:51:28 PM »

 Taking a MSF riders course would be fantastic use of the time between order and delivery,,,,,brush up those old skills and learn some new tactics in the process.


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noontime

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Re: About to bite the Bullet
« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2011, 10:51:54 PM »
Ya, it will be good to get back in the saddle.  I sold my last bike a little under 2 years ago for a down payment on a Bullet. About a week later I showed up shiny faced at the dealer cash in hand ready for my Royal Enfield, they informed me that the day before I arrived they sent all their inventory to auction and closed the motorcycle portion of the store.  I was devastated. 
I suppose it was a blessing in disguise considering how much I like the C5's.  I didn't even have to convince my little lady to let me have one, she WANTS me to get one.  Gotta love that.
Thanks for the responses.  Good to see such an active forum of people who love these bikes!

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Re: About to bite the Bullet
« Reply #7 on: June 12, 2011, 11:27:15 PM »
I have a 2011 Teal C-5 - kick start but perhaps they are not available to the US ?
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Re: About to bite the Bullet
« Reply #8 on: June 12, 2011, 11:54:28 PM »
I also need a seat for the lady, any suggestions on a comfy rear pillion seat?

The accessory pillion from RE is very nice, goes on and off in minutes, and is really sturdy.  Can't comment on the comfort yet, my wife still hasn't gone for a spin with me.

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Re: About to bite the Bullet
« Reply #9 on: June 13, 2011, 12:03:41 AM »
So this dealer tells you they are phasing out kickstarters when in fact they are bringing them back.

He tells you that teal is a limited color. It is not.

Does he really not know or is he not telling the truth?

Is there another dealer nearby?

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Re: About to bite the Bullet
« Reply #10 on: June 13, 2011, 02:25:37 AM »
Sounds to me like the dealer is trying to unload the 2010 on you. Be aware that not all dealers keep up with the latest and greatest news and tech in the RE world, thats where this website and its forums are stellar. I've been able to show my dealer a thing or two that I learned from the fine folk here.   Don't let that dealer push you where you dont want to go, if he cant cater to your exact needs, then look for another dealer. You may have to travel a bit, but customer service, product knowledge and professionalism from a good dealer are worth the extra drive.
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Re: About to bite the Bullet
« Reply #11 on: June 13, 2011, 05:34:18 AM »
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Re: About to bite the Bullet
« Reply #12 on: June 13, 2011, 06:00:47 AM »
It sounds like the kickstarter is really what you WANT so you should let the dealer know nicely that that is one of your selling points. True, you may not get as good a deal on the 2011 but you will get exactly what you wanted in the first place. I would have liked to wait, but I knew the dealer in my town from years back and he knocked 700 dollars off the 2010 on the show room floor. I couldnt say no. You can. I wish my C5 had a kick but it doesnt. Dont be too hard on your dealer. In this economic environment, a bike on the showroom floor is just killing his bottom line. Dealers WILL try and sell you what they have, that is one of the things they have to do to stay in business. But if you explain why you would rather order what you want they should comply and will start trying to SELL someone else. You sound like your already sold so just let him know. Be nice and dont take it personal. Selling motorcycles nowdays is a hard business to turn a buck.

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Re: About to bite the Bullet
« Reply #13 on: June 15, 2011, 02:08:12 AM »
Ya, I'm sure he is trying to push his inventory.  I'll speak with him about it and see if he is willing to get the bike I want.  If not, that is ok, I'll find some place that will but I have a feeling he'll work with me. 

So the pillion seat bolts on and off quickly and won't scratch the fender?  Also has anyone put the deluxe front number plate on the C5?  I'd like to see what it looks like on this bike or if it fits at all.

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Re: About to bite the Bullet
« Reply #14 on: June 15, 2011, 02:38:46 AM »
 Also has anyone put the deluxe front number plate on the C5?  I'd like to see what it looks like on this bike or if it fits at all.
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