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Author Topic: What have you heard or experienced of the B5  (Read 1823 times)

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Re: What have you heard or experienced of the B5
« Reply #15 on: June 23, 2011, 11:42:24 AM »
Enjoying my B5.  Still haven't spent the $1000 difference on upgrades (EFI silencer, 7" headlight, Cramster bags) but getting close. I initially viewed it as a starter bike for getting back into bikes and I think it will suit 99% of my wants and desires. It will definitely make me seek out the backroads to get to where I want to go.

If I do add a bike to my stable I think it will be something completely different and likely italian.

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Re: What have you heard or experienced of the B5
« Reply #16 on: June 23, 2011, 05:55:45 PM »
If I do add a bike to my stable I think it will be something completely different and likely italian.

Let´s come to something Italian, completely different   ;D

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Re: What have you heard or experienced of the B5
« Reply #17 on: June 23, 2011, 09:37:37 PM »
The B5 at Seattle Ducati/RE is almost ready for a demo ride.  Saturday, I was told.


Looks like the B5 uses the C5 style forks.  Can't easily change fork oil.  Darn.






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The toolbox and battery box are bolted in.  Flat black metal boxes look nice.
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Re: What have you heard or experienced of the B5
« Reply #18 on: June 24, 2011, 05:23:39 PM »
I didn't realize that was a tank badge.  From the picture, I thought it was just a big decal.  Great!  So it's only missing pinstripes on the fenders? I can live with that.

Will the metal panniers from the Military fit it?  I wouldn't care about the color.  Black paint is readily available.

I would still like to see some kind of curvy Sportster-type fiberglass panniers on there, though.

I think that back fender's growing on me.  I was sort of leaning toward black, anyway.  It's not like I'd ever see another RE around here anyway.

Isn't it more difficult to find 19" tires?  I would want to consider some tires well-suited for dirt and gravel roads.

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Re: What have you heard or experienced of the B5
« Reply #19 on: June 24, 2011, 05:30:46 PM »
The tanks badge is cool but it's thin stamped metal.  I believe it's the oldest style badge there is.  I've seen old school solid brass ones somewhere, maybe NFieldGear?  If the mounting holes line up they'd be a nice upgrade.

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Re: What have you heard or experienced of the B5
« Reply #20 on: June 24, 2011, 06:33:41 PM »
I just realized it's got the sidecovers I like as well.  This is getting better & better.

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Re: What have you heard or experienced of the B5
« Reply #21 on: June 24, 2011, 06:44:10 PM »
The air filter looks completely different now. They aren´t using  these round filters anymore, do  they?

Just noticed the fork leg: it has ears for the mudguard stays!
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Re: What have you heard or experienced of the B5
« Reply #22 on: June 24, 2011, 06:45:56 PM »
Isn't it more difficult to find 19" tires?  I would want to consider some tires well-suited for dirt and gravel roads.

Look here:
http://www.enfieldmotorcycles.com/forum/index.php/topic,10916.0.html

These new Ensigns or the Mitas  seems to be best suited for light offroad work.
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Re: What have you heard or experienced of the B5
« Reply #23 on: June 24, 2011, 10:07:01 PM »
Thanks!

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Re: What have you heard or experienced of the B5
« Reply #24 on: June 24, 2011, 10:30:28 PM »
Thanks for that tire post.  I want to see what other modern style 18" tires there are for the C5, especially stuff that's good in the rain.  I wich I could get Michelin Pilot Roads for the Enfield.  I could wheelie my Ducati in a downpur with those tires, they were awesome!

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Re: What have you heard or experienced of the B5
« Reply #25 on: June 24, 2011, 10:50:14 PM »
Hehe, I had Michelin Pilot Roads on my Duc aswell. After all other strong points the most oustanding feature of these rubbers are their adhesion in weat conditions. I dearly miss that.
Theoretically there should be more modern 18´ than 19´. I´ll have a look  ;)
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Re: What have you heard or experienced of the B5
« Reply #26 on: June 24, 2011, 11:53:26 PM »
I'm seeing some but it's often tough to find a matched set of something I want.  They make a front or rear in the size I want but not other.  I may just take a large front and mount it backwards on the rear.  That way the tread will shed water the right way and the rubber is overlapped in the right direction.

There are plenty of matched sets but I what I want is a modern tire, matched set in the sizes I want, and really good wet weather performance.  I don't want to squeeze anything too big on the front either.  Performance suffers whey you do that.

Ok, what I really want is a set of Pilot Roads in the size I want :)

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Re: What have you heard or experienced of the B5
« Reply #27 on: June 28, 2011, 01:57:34 PM »
Here's another question.  Is the B5 simply reminiscent of the originals or does it actually use some of the same parts?

I ask because I wonder if any of the accessories in the current RE catalog will ft.  Like luggage racks, etc.

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Re: What have you heard or experienced of the B5
« Reply #28 on: June 29, 2011, 08:33:14 PM »
I am going to be getting a B5 from the new RE dealer here in Savannah, GA in the next few weeks.  I've already spoken with the dealer about adding the Old Fashioned Solo Seat and the Old Fashioned Pillion.

And no RE would be complete without the Deluxe Front Number Plate

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Re: What have you heard or experienced of the B5
« Reply #29 on: June 29, 2011, 08:46:32 PM »
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Here's another question.  Is the B5 simply reminiscent of the originals or does it actually use some of the same parts?

The B5 is the most original of the bunch. This is the old 350 frame, etc. All the stuff should fit.
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