I'm sure Kevin Mahoney,(the owner of this site and importer of RE's to the USA) knows if he plans on importing any of the Thunderbirds but I rather doubt that he will.There are several other brands of 650 cc cruiser motorcycles available in the US that are priced at or below what I think a Thunderbird would sell for.I think Royal Enfield and Harley corners the market for pre '70's style bikes and that is their main selling point.The new Triumph's don't ride, feel or look like the old bikes and the new Norton is priced so high it doesn't have a chance of competing in the old bike market.That said, I think if RE would offer a FI 650 or 700cc twin, styled like the big RE twins from the '50's (with disk brakes?) it would be a winner in this country.
If they went with the UCE top ends would they also go with hydraulic lifters? Would you want to?Kinda makes me want to by a cheap sportster and stuff one of those bad boys in there just to mess with people "But... I thought... What is that?!?"Scott
Will the UCE top end give any major boost in power? I did see a couple of AVLs here with UCE top end and also an Iron barrel G2 350 with UCE Top end. I didn't have that much guts to experiment that on mine