Welcome Cyclepath!#4 - Forks are not gasI'm going to wait on the 2008 models and will likely be buying one of the first to hit the NW area.
hi all, well i don't have a RE yet but sure am interested in one. i rode nothing but british bikes back in "the day" hey... wait a minute, this is the day anyway i spent many years as a triumph, bsa mechanic and am again wanting something to tinker on. my v-strom and my wing are way to reliable. as a newbie i have some questions that i can't seem to find the answers to while i was lurking. so here goes......#1 i have seen reference to a bullet 65. what is the bullet 65? what does 65 refer to?#2 i have sent for all the info on the various bikes from RE but have not received it yet.in looking at the pics there seems to be a difference in the cylinder heads between the classic and the electra. the lean burn seems to look like a taller head. so did this require a different frame?#3 if the lean burn uses a different frame is one better then the other or handle differently ?#4 the electra has gas shocks. what about the forks. are they different in any way?#5 will the saddle bag mounts for the classic, like on the military model work on the electra.#6 will the crash bars on the military model work on the electra?#7 what year did the electra come out.as you can prolly see i am trying to decide on a classic or the electra.i like the looks of the classic better then the electra but i like the idea of the lean burn eng. and the cd ignition along with the better suspension in the rear and the disc brake up front but that disc does look out of place on a retro style bike.well, that's enough of a long winded post for my first one.hope you all can answer my questions.thanks in advance, cyclepath
justin..... that's a very good question about the cylinder liner. years ago kawasaki and i would imagine others used an aloy cylinder that was hard chrome plated. it didn't work out so good. so i too would like to know if the new engine has a steel or cast iron liner or not.cyclepath
The frames are similar but not interchangeable. The suspension is similar although the Electra has the high end "gas shocks". The rear sub-frame is different because the rear fenders mount differently. The gear box and rear brakes are the same. The Electra has an electronic ignition, CV carb, Alloy cylinder and a host of other new features. It sports 1hp more so the power is about the same. The front brakes on the Electra are disks as has been pointed out here previously.