As someone new to motorcycling, I'm wondering what the main differences are between owning an Electra and a Classic Bullet ES 5 Speed.I understand that the Electra engines are generally more reliable, but how much so? The bike would be used for daily commuting (+/- 15 miles each way, rain or shine) and a couple of 500-mile trips in the Summer.From a maintenance perspective, are the Classic and Electra really all that different?I would appreciate any insight you might have, especially from anyone who has owned both.Thanks,Jeff
Thanks for all these responses so far. While I understand the mechanical differences between the two models, what I'm really wondering about is how the experience of owning them would differ. In other words, is the Classic motor more likely to break down? To need more daily/weekly/monthly adjustments than the AVL? Are there differences in the types of regular maintenance tasks I would need to perform?I understand that both models need a fair amount of DIY maintenance -- which is what I want. I was just trying to get an idea of just how much less the AVL might require, which by all accounts doesn't seem to be much less than the Classic (which is fine by me).Dewjantim's comment on the AVL overheating at low speeds, if true, tells me that the Classic motor might actually be better suited to what the majority of my riding style will be. I live in Brooklyn, NY, where I commute to places in Brooklyn and Manhattan by bicycle just about every day. I'm almost always traveling faster than vehicle traffic (which rarely exceeds 25 mph), and in fact it's quicker for me to bike to any given place than to take public transportation. The motorcycle is more for fun and recreation (and the reward for finishing my dissertation), though it will occasionally be used for practical commuting and traveling to Summer conferences.And hey, if it's got the romance of drum brakes and a carburator, I can live with that.I'm curious as to how aesthetically authentic this new unit construction Enfield will be. If it turns out to be a modern fuel injected engine in a G model (or similar) body, as suggested once by Kevin, that would be pretty amazing, but it would also be more "forced," since the G hasn't been in continual production like the Bullet. That's where the Bullet has its authenticity in the face of other brands that simply resurrect or try to approximate a past style for nostalgiac (or marketing) reasons. I can't wait for the reports of the Birmingham bike show this Fall.
The feeling here seems to be that the AVL engine is better.
Theres a very cool video on youtube.com of a guy with a great looking blue Classic Bullet talking about it and then gong on a ride. Jon in Puyallup, Wa. USA
Hello Prof_Stack. We seem to keep running into each other. I am also a RE Bullet fan. You must be reffering to Vinces in Olympia? I want to go test ride a Bullet but its going to be tough as I have Sundays and Mondays off. Theres a very cool video on youtube.com of a guy with a great looking blue Classic Bullet talking about it and then gong on a ride. Don't watch it because if you do you may run out and buy one. It would be really interesting if I got a Bullet and rode it to work at the HD/Buell dealership I work at. Wish there were a few more dealers around and they were opened more days. Jon in Puyallup, Wa. USA
I knbow Ive seen something about a "Bike in your driveway" program. I have no idea what it means or what it costs.
Quote from: justin_o_guy on August 12, 2007, 11:23:51 PMI knbow Ive seen something about a "Bike in your driveway" program. I have no idea what it means or what it costs. It is a delivery program. CMW will get you with a dealer that will, for a fee, arrange to deliver you a motorcycle. Haven't heard of too many that have done this, maybe someone with experience will speak up.--Leonard
That's how I purchased my first Enfield, over the phone with a credit card. The closest dealer to me is 2.5hrs away. Called CMW's to inquire about the program, they said to make the arrangements through the closest dealer. That dealer delivered it on the date, and at the time I requested. He was very prompt. The paper work came along with the delivery and we did the transaction in my garage. I was very pleased with how everthing went. The cost from that dealer was an extra $100.00 for the delivery. I though that the cost was reasonable, considering that with the transaction time, it took them 6hrs round trip at minimum.
I just priced a new Electra from my dealer here in MI and it was $5200 plus tax,title and setup. He also has a 2006 left for $4995. Hutch
True-as of 2007 all HDs are fuel injected.The Sportster line was the last hold out for the carb'd Harleys. jon
I ordered a parts manual which should show the parts for the lean burn setup and the Classic. I should be getting it in a week or two. I want to find out just what parts are interchangeable between the two types. They look so similar I have a feeling that many of the parts are.
From the last set of 'rumours' I recall; The AVL lean burn will continue but will come with a Japanese fuel injection system, to enable it to meet anticipated emission laws. - N.B. Considering The UK will need its new Electras supplied with fuel injection in only 4 months time I'm surprised not to have seen or heard anything further on this yet - although please note last paragraph. [Having seen the new bike ...http://royalenfieldlesite.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1649&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=165It looks like fitting FI to the electra was perhaps just rumour- they've called the new engined model the Bullet electra EFI