If you were totally into the tinkering and mechanics aspects you probably wouldn't have asked here.
I'm not sure why Lars says the iron barrels are easier to work on. They are essentially the same bike until you get into the bottom end of the engine. The electronics, I supposed could be considered harder to work on, or more possibly harder to troubleshoot.
Another consideration is that it is an air cooled bike. I, unfortunately live downtown in a very large city with much traffic and lots of idling - I am a little worried about over idling.
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Since I am after a newer bike (fuel injection ect.) what's the oldest year I should look at?
Hi ace.cafeNeed your help in understanding something. I bought my C5 in January this year. My bike from day 1 of purchase would never start using the self-start without a little bit of throttle input. Changing the idling within specified limits never helped. However, few people whom I met at RE authorized workshop, showed that their bikes started without any throttle input at all. One mechanic also told that all new bikes coming from factory start without any throttle input.Now few days back, I took my bike to RE workshop for the first time for cam noise issue. When the mechanic removed the RHS engine cover, he exclaimed that my bike has a specific set of cams which have been seen in few bikes and is prone to make noise and develop play. They replaced both the cams with different type ones and the noise which was there from more than last 6 months was gone.Now my bike also starts using self start without any throttle input at all. Is there any connection between this? But now I have started facing another issue, which is noise from auto decomp during cold starts. This kat-kat type of noise was never there on my bike. I have tried increasing idling RPM but this noise is prominent. If I give a bit of throttle input during cold starts for half-a-minute or so, this noise is gone. But without any throttle input this noise doesn't go away for a long time. It might be due to the winters here but it was not there during last winters. How do I get this noise fixed? One person told me that it has something to do with a spring in the auto decomp.On another note, are you aware of the multiple changes/improvements RE has done on Classic 500/UCE 500's. They are now supplying a third variant of the crank-shaft+con rod assembly where they have done something to save the con-rod from breaking in certain conditions. Earlier RE made the crank more balanced by digging some holes at certain places on the crank.
I would have to know exactly what they did, to make any comment about it.As for the balancing changes, this is something that normally would not need to be changed unless the moving parts were suddenly different. I don't know what they did.