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Author Topic: Overall reliability of the new C5s  (Read 3415 times)

BRADEY

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Re: Overall reliability of the new C5s
« Reply #15 on: February 27, 2013, 03:02:39 PM »
If you ride the C5/G5 over open roads rather than city, the engine breaks in better, and lasts a long time. however you must respect her limits. She will delight you with an occassional 90 plus MPH but she is sweet around 65 MPH.
« Last Edit: February 28, 2013, 07:10:41 AM by BRADEY »

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Re: Overall reliability of the new C5s
« Reply #16 on: February 27, 2013, 04:52:47 PM »
......She will delight you with an occassional 90 plus MPH .......

snicker, snicker ....   I want your bike.
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Re: Overall reliability of the new C5s
« Reply #17 on: February 27, 2013, 05:05:25 PM »

Gonna spend it's life puttin' around SF and Oakland.

BTW any Bullet owners in the Bay Area that would be willing to chat would be just grand.
I love riding my C5 2011( purchased June 2012 ) Bike from Stockton to Murphys and Big trees, I frequently take the back roads to Angels camp and mokelumne hill, and love taking the back roads to Tahoe. I also get to Dublin and Livermore over the Altamont occassionally. Im a beginner with absolutely no Mechanical skills and can say with the help of this forum Ive become quite proficent, this bike and forum is making me quite the tinkerer & Im loving every second of it. If you would like to connect drop me a line.
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Re: Overall reliability of the new C5s
« Reply #18 on: February 27, 2013, 05:39:19 PM »
snicker, snicker ....   I want your bike.
Thats because it weighs only 300 lbs.  LOL
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Re: Overall reliability of the new C5s
« Reply #19 on: February 27, 2013, 05:57:32 PM »
.........I had mine indicating 91 mph one day.........

Let me guess ....  coming down Cajon Pass just after the Oak Hills summit, fully tucked in -and- WOT !
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Re: Overall reliability of the new C5s
« Reply #20 on: February 28, 2013, 02:01:07 AM »
c5 military edition OD Green. That is the best model made. :-D  ok matter of opinion. I got new stuff for my bike, a Serbian rucksack (small) for one side of the Airfly crash guard and that Gas mask bag for the other side. Wonderful to hang bags on a airfly on long rides. Ok so the C5 is well worth buying. I would cry if something ever happened to mine even though I have full coverage. I have been riding it in the cold 33F so if that is any indication as to how well the bikes are built. We are talking below 32F some times in snow and ice. Oh yeah for real. I rode it in 100+ degree weather right after getting it. I have 300+ mile days and put 3000 miles on it the first three months. Hmm I hit rain a few times and that is never good on bikes but like champ it pulled through. The C5 is as good, no it is great! (In a Tony the Tiger voice).  It sips gasoline by the way not at all like my 1982 Yamaha Maxim XJ650 (YICS) with a carbed inline 4. Well it gets fairly decent considering what it is (52mpg tops 45mpg when riding balls out) and does like 130ish miles per hour. So I ride my C5 all the time now the XJ may have the HP and like a pound more torque then my C5 but its also a 100 pounds heavier so on long rides it matters.

Yup C5 is my daily ride. Soon I am selling my car so it is becoming my primary ride. I wouldn't do this if I really didn't think it could handle it.
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Re: Overall reliability of the new C5s
« Reply #21 on: February 28, 2013, 03:04:44 AM »
I'm at just over 1500 miles on my 2011 C5 and no issues to date.  It's a great bike for 60mph and less; not enough guts for much over that and due to the light weight its not much fun over 60mph.  Great bike for around town and back roads, I prefer to keep it off the highway for my own sanity.

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Re: Overall reliability of the new C5s
« Reply #22 on: February 28, 2013, 03:40:26 AM »
Hopefully the OP noticed that I'm riding a G5.
As the original post was about a C5 I guess I should mention that it does not share the same frame or front forks.

Many of the 2009-2011 C5's did have a problem with riding at high speeds.
They became rather unstable at speeds of 65mph and higher.
Some found that running a low, by modern standards, front tire pressure of 18 psi helped but did not totally fix the condition.

The 2012 models got the front forks redesigned so the front axle is in line with the center of the fork tubes and this may have fixed the problem.
I know I've been looking for some of the 2012 model RE's to complain about high speed wobbles but I haven't seen anyone mention them yet.
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Re: Overall reliability of the new C5s
« Reply #23 on: February 28, 2013, 04:23:31 AM »
Well, I have a 2012 C5 that came with the old style forks (the axle ahead of the fork C/L) and I have absolutely no handling issues at any speed....nada. I keep my tires at 18 front and 24 rear.

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Re: Overall reliability of the new C5s
« Reply #24 on: February 28, 2013, 05:15:02 AM »
The tire pressure issue keeps coming up on C5's, I run 18f and 28r because that's what the owners manual calls for.  Yes, if the road is extremely rough or has rain grooves in it, the bike will probably become unstable.  I have seen 80 mph (indicated) on my bike many times with no problems, the bike and me are happiest around 65 - 70 (indicated).
I just don't think these bikes do well if they are run at high speed for long periods of time.

Just my thoughts.

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Re: Overall reliability of the new C5s
« Reply #25 on: March 01, 2013, 02:23:33 AM »
On my C5 I run the tires around 28-32PSI, which gives a great ride and crisp handling up to around 60 mph without feeling sluggish at slower speeds.  I had my ST1300 out the other day, at 760 lbs. and 125hp it is effortless and smooth as glass at highway speeds.  I enjoy my Royal Enfield immensely, but its not a bike for the interstates regardless of whether some choose to take it there.

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Re: Overall reliability of the new C5s
« Reply #26 on: March 01, 2013, 04:31:40 PM »
I am glad to see this posting and the responses. I too am closely considering an RE, likely either a G5 or B5. I have mulled over the highway speed issue (and have read thorough several very helpful threads on this site) and am fairly convinced that with proper break-in of the engine all will be well. I live in Portland, Oregon, and intend countryside rides for the most part. And, I too have been lightly dissuaded from RE by a Triumph dealer - nothing against Triumph, of course. I may still go that route, but I incline more and more to RE. Have a good and safe day, everyone.
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Re: Overall reliability of the new C5s
« Reply #27 on: March 01, 2013, 05:56:47 PM »
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Let me guess ....  coming down Cajon Pass just after the Oak Hills summit, fully tucked in -and- WOT !

Actually it was on the 15 on a fairly flat road by Lake Elsinore. It surprised me, but the beast was running good that day! I had just put on the Pirelli MT66s and they were a bit smaller in diameter than the K70s, so that obviously could have some effect on that although my speedo checks showed the speed to be quite accurate. Anyway it did look nice!
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Re: Overall reliability of the new C5s
« Reply #28 on: March 03, 2013, 12:00:30 AM »
My battery died out pretty quick. I kept it hooked up to a battery tender and was still having some issues.

Fortunately, I found replacement batteries for $49 on Amazon.
« Last Edit: May 19, 2013, 12:37:38 AM by monkey »

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Re: Overall reliability of the new C5s
« Reply #29 on: March 04, 2013, 12:17:44 AM »
2010 C5. Absolutely no reliability issues. A few tweaks sorted out the high speed wobble.

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