Buy a Kawasaki Ninja 300 for $4700 and go rip. It weighs 385 lbs 40HP with a full tank. It will not disappoint you. Or wait for the new soon to arrive Yamaha FZ-07 at $6500 and 395 lbs 75HP. Rips more. The RE is what it is and thank God for that. Enjoy it for what it is. The secret of life is knowing what something is, and more important, what it is not. Limits frustration.
Even a Honda Rebel 250 (yes I used to own one) will completely blow the Bullet away on the highway. But it sounds and feels like a sewing machine.
Firstly congrats! Another Enfield owner from Australia. Where you from? Perth here.
Having said all of the above though, I'll likely wait until the two year warranty is up and then start it on a bobber project journey.
Ace (a forum member) is working on developing parts that will greatly increase the horsepower but it comes with a large price and a complete rebuild of the engine (whenever he finally gets it ready for release).
Thanks for the tips Arizoni, I've been following Ace's work on the Fireball but know there are somethings to sort out for the EFI. Also, given i'm not that experienced on the mechanics I think the chance of doing the work or finding someone in Australia that can do the Fireball mod could be a long time coming yet and cost me through the teeth. All in at this stage is more about researching ideas for what could be on the to do list.
If I were looking to lower weight on mine I'd start by dieting, I love the bike for what it is.
Unless RE has changed its policy since I sold my C5 last year, the factory warranty is not transferable....
However, this person managed to lose some lbs. from his bike, you might find some suggestions there....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwhmluI2E60
In the US, the warranty is not transferable. In other countries it might be.
Gashousegorilla has done a spectacular job of weight reduction and you may want to look at his build in this section. I have the lighter front fender and a plastic Triumph Thruxton seat on mine. Have fun with your C5!
Hi There,I recently bought a RE Bullet, C5 Classic 2012. UCE EFI.Chance encounter to be honest, I had my scooter stolen and after a few months of searching for alternatives I came across a Bullet. I didn't think we had a distributor in Australia and bought it next day. It's an amazing bike, alot of fun to ride.I was thinking about future plans and looking at performance. Since I'm a massive rookie at all this, I wasn't looking to mess with the engine and the first place I was looking at was weight reductions on the bike.For example, the front and rear wheel guards feel like plate steel. Also removing some of the tool boxes and moving the wiring / filters under seat.If there is someone with experience with this could you let me know where a good place to start would be? What weight reduction can safely be made and what impact that will have on overall performance.I'm new to all this so any advice here would be helpful.Cheers,Pedro
I'm confused..........a recent article on the UCE showed a rear wheel horsepower on the dyno of 18 horsepower. If you want more, why would you buy an RE in the first place???It is what it is....leave it alone and ride. . Two more horse won't get you there faster.Like the guy said....20 horsepower will get you anywhere in the world....the rest is just "wheel spin" !!
Everyone telling Pedrocas that it is what it is and leave it alone, lighten up! Just because someone else's mods don't suit your tastes doesn't make them completely null and void. If you want to keep the stock look but shed some weight, look at getting aluminum fenders and an aftermarket exhaust. You can get batteries that are much lighter and smaller, maybe even relocate it and ditch the stock battery box. You can remove the tool boxes as long as you find somewhere else to put what's inside. As already mentioned, some intake and exhaust work will give you a bit more power but not that much. You can also look into relacing the wheels onto aluminum rims. Lightening rotating mass gives big gains. And anyone who says a C5 can't be fast, take a look at Gorilla's bike. Not easy but it ain't slow either. Scott
Everyone telling Pedrocas that it is what it is and leave it alone, lighten up! Scott
I think if a guy wants to modify his own property within reasonable limits, that's his choice. Besides power there's a plethora of reasons to choose a bullet over other stronger bikes. It has a charm lacking in most other bikes available for the last 30+ years. To get the same kind of charm you need to look at other British bikes of a similar heritage. I'd love a Norton, or gold star, but for less, I've got a Fireball, and I don't feel bad about chopping it up and making it my own!Will be firing the fireball up in a day or two for the first time btw
I understand completely, Having taken the whole thing to bits this last week, I have seen for myself how fragile it is!What I see myself doing here though is replacing some of the less than seller Indian parts with those more akin to the original redditch ones (or better, in most cases)The design isn't inherently weak, it's just a handmade machine that's made to a standard befitting it's lower price bracket. I think we are lucky to be able to still buy a bike that hasn't changed much since the 50's. Though buying a brand new bike and modifying it heavily from the outset doesnt neccesary make sense. Mine was already 10 years old. I have just decided to fix some of the new Indian ideas I didn't agree with (i.e remove electric start) and embrace others like the 5 speed box and LH shift. I've also taken a metric tonne of iron away!And Ace, I'm looking forward to what you and Paul have come up with for this racer!Respect to all no matter how they want their steed to be
I'm confused..........a recent article on the UCE showed a rear wheel horsepower on the dyno of 18 horsepower. If you want more, why would you buy an RE in the first place???It is what it is....leave it alone and ride. . Two more horse won't get you there faster.
I think if a guy wants to modify his own property within reasonable limits, that's his choice. Besides power there's a plethora of reasons to choose a bullet over other stronger bikes. It has a charm lacking in most other bikes available for the last 30+ years. To get the same kind of charm you need to look at other British bikes of a similar heritage.
But I also see the Bullet as a fairly fragile bike, one that requires a lot of maintenance and needs to be ridden carefully to prevent it from breaking down. I mean, I've decided not to exceed 60 mph on mine.
And I also think there comes a point, when practically speaking , for OUR highways anyway. They're may just be going TOO light. Before you get blown all over the highway....
I've traded up from scooters so used to it a little. Nothing like riding over Sydney Harbour bridge on a windy day on a 110kg windsail with tiny wheels and getting pushed around in the lane ... Also, do you have a photo or a link for details of your machine?
The one exception is 2 strokes. I would love to have a '70s Kawasaki H2 triple.
Here you go......http://www.enfieldmotorcycles.com/forum/index.php?topic=16128.0
Wow, super.So much attention to detail: museum quality, and yet it lives. I'm intrigued by the emblemata: what and who, if possible?
Those bikes were a terrbile combination of an extremely powerful motor mated to a chassis with, at best, marginal handling. They just weren't quite as good with steering geometry back in the day. The idea of those large 2 stroke motors on a street bike seems so weird to me since they've got such a peaky powerband. It made for some really exciting Moto GP racing to watch but I can't imagine it was easy to ride on the street.Scott
Mate, nice work. That is something to be proud of.
Do whatever you want to that thing. Chop it, cut it, paint it like a rainbow. It's yours. If you have a question, someone will answer it. Good guys here.Bullets are in the eye of the beholder.Good luck man! -Boggy
If you ask me, Agent's bike looks lighter - Even if it just "looks" lighter.http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y218/MikesBikes/DSC_0042_zps7f50528b.jpg
Does it look 'shorter' too? Maybe the Classic seat just make mine look like the rear wheel is way back there.