It's got dual spark plugs. That's different enough that I expect CMW would need to run it through whole EPA approval process before they could import it.
But doesn't it use the same UCE our imports use? Couldn't they bolt on the same EFI, emissions bits, and single-spark head and be good to go here in the US?Not that I care - I'm not a fan of the T-bird. But if there was a market for them here, and it would mean more sales, more riders, and a better network...
Interesting: This whole question was "thrashed" in a previous string I started when the T 500 first came out and it met with oddly very little enthusiasm. As far as the idea that RE would keep the T 500 in India only because it is marketing "tradition" to the rest of the world, I would point out that1) Their stated intention is to capture the international mid-size market 2) The T 500 is a vastly more practical bike in all respects than the GT 3) Other than the tank colour, there is nothing "traditional" about the GT to really link it back to the "continental GT 250 " of yore: it has completely different frame, displacement , brakes, fuel mgt and so on. But it is a sweet bike and they will do well with it. As they could with the T 500I said before and say again, that as a single machine to step into the international mid size real world commuting market, the T 500 ticks all the boxes right now. And if they can do for pricing on it what they have done in US across the rest of the range, think they would be quite competitive with other brands. I will add one quote from a previous string :"I don't have any idea what RE intends with the Electra G 5 model line, but I do think the Thunderbird is the way forward. And I don't really see any good reason that it would not do well here. It is modern with heritage, very practical, has astounding fuel economy and range, front and rear disc brakes on a light and nimble frame and a host of other practical features for the modern rider /commuter. I happen to think it looks pretty good too, without in any way being eiher a Harley Clone or a plastic Darth Vader transformer toy lookalike. I would buy one over a G 5 (and I would buy a G 5 over C 5 ).I think a new era of practical motorcyling is dawning driven by fuel costs, not unlike the golden era of workingman practical motorcyling that spawned all the 500 singles in the first place. And the bikes that thrived back then were the best, most modern and fully featured (practical featuresn not gimmicks) of their time. No reason to expect it to be different now. Factor in insurance costs per displacement, the market wide downsizing in dispaclement and the appearance of a lot of mid and small bikes with escellent features but devoid of character, and I believe the stage is set for a new era for RE . Just my opinion " Nigel Sorry that my spelling sucked --gets worse the more passionate I get
I DON'T LIKE THE THUNDERBIRD. ... It's a WANNA BE SOMETHING ELSE BIKE to me, that looks like it was designed by a committee, to be more "Hip, Now & With It" & completely misses the point of prolonging something already excellent, that does not at all need a garish facelift. Why pander to the uninformed? Let them buy their own rattle can of paint. If I offended anyone, I'm only a slightly sorry.
Riding with forward pegs is goofy & very hard on the back, handling suffers, & you look like your sitting on the toilet.
I am not so sure about that. I hear that comment a lot , and maybe for "superslab" freeways it is true, but where I am from , the max speed on our roads is 100 kph (62 mph) even on the multilane highway 401 through Toronto. This is well within the limits of any of the Enfield models. I seldom push above 70: for one thing I am just not in that much of a hurry, and for another , I don't need the tickets. So as to the difference between Indian roads and ours, I would say that by and large that has more to do with potholes, and an equal argument could be made that are are far better suspended bikes than RE's for potholes in India. The common factors globally are fuel prices, and human emotion.
Right on the money Gashousegorilla.Goes as well for Europe too, and I would dare to include Australia and New Zealand too. Because they lack the mystic of the vintage, as we know, csq knew, it.There is a parallel in both perceptions, though.
Oh, and you eat them with carbonades (stewed meat), and a decent beer (choice of over 200). Deli
Why not try one of these..My wife has the carb cruiser model..The new ones are FI, under 4k and have close to 30 HP at the rear....They get excellent gas mileage and come in a variety of configurations....http://www.hyosungmotorsusa.com/new_product/introduction.asp?Cat=StreetBike&model=GT250&year=2014
Fun link. An alternate version claims the term french does not refer to a nation but is an archaic term describing the method of slicing the potatoe (or potato). If you ever happen to be in Belgium skip the official museum frietmuseum in Bruges for the unofficial one in Antwerp. Probably the single Museum in the World where you are encouraged to take and enjoy your fries indoors. Oh, and you eat them with carbonades (stewed meat), and a decent beer (choice of over 200). Deli
French does refer to the cut of the potatoes, think French cut green beans, long thin pieces. And I believe Belgians are credited with developing the twice fried cooking method. There's a French fry museum??? There are two?? Two more things added to my bucket list Scott
Would be lovely to see a couple of Enfields in front of a frituur csq friterie. Even a Thunderbird would be acceptable.
So how about the rolling chassis/drive train of a a GT (535 spiffed up cams, lightened flywheel , front and rear discs, aluminum rims) with the body work fenders and "nacelle" of the venerable G 5 . A parts bin solution resulting in what I think , would arguably be the best retro bike available with practucality , functionality , style and vintage cachee. . Just saying is all............... Not trying to start a war.Nigel