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Author Topic: The EFI is now in the hands of a Brit!  (Read 8253 times)

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The EFI is now in the hands of a Brit!
« on: January 14, 2009, 04:32:30 PM »
Hi guys,

I was sent a pm by Nick if would start a thread in this section as it  appears I am the only EFI owner on this site at present.

well I've  had the bike for about a month,and it is a fantastic machine.
I have done nearly a thousand miles on it and not a single problem,so all the old jokes about royal oilfield and reliability problems have died.

The bike is very agile,and very stable at low speeds.
While not the best bike to take on a motorway,mainly because of riding position,it is capable of keeping up with traffic,infact lots of cars slow down to see what it is.

Most of time I ride across Dartmoor,where the superbikes and their lead wristed riders don;t venture very often.This is where the bike is in its element,as most of Devon and dartmoor within are narrow twisting roads and rolling hills.

Anyway nobody bothers looking at the superbikes when parked up,but the Bullet always has a crowd around it when parked up in Plymouth city center.

The real bonus though is the bike is great fun to ride and it's mine!

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Re: The EFI is now in the hands of a Brit!
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2009, 05:10:10 PM »
Thanks Mark for the report. It's good to hear for sure what, I think, most of us thought would be.

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Re: The EFI is now in the hands of a Brit!
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2009, 05:53:19 PM »
Mark,
Thanks for posting you update here.
Glad to hear the EFI is offering reliability and enjoyment Ė those roads & hills around Dartmoor/Devon are just made for a Brit single.

Iíve held off buying a Bullet for a good number of years now (main reason being my injuries meant I couldnít ride a bike) Ė Iíve seen the various improvements/changes in the models that have been introduced & followed RE developments.

Your enthusiasm has nudged me towards an EFI/UCE Ė I have a lot of expenses this year so may find it hard to justify spending on a brand new bike.
Iím waiting until they get the C5 in the dealers (hopefully mid Feb) & will go & take a look.

Were you the first to buy one from your dealer?
Are you going to join your local RE branch (for ride outs etc)?

Anyway - keep us updated on any run outs.
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Nick

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Re: The EFI is now in the hands of a Brit!
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2009, 06:23:24 PM »
Hi,

Yes I was the first to order,out of two bikes that were going to the dealer,and probably the only one who had never even sat on an enfield.

So I bought the bike blind,and it's the best four grand I have ever spent.

I will be going the plymouth ride this year which is any bike as for the local branch,there arn't any that I know of .

So that makes me the leader of  the pack,which means ill get all the girls!!
I'm sure the vibrations will be of their liking! ;)
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Re: The EFI is now in the hands of a Brit!
« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2009, 06:32:36 PM »
Congrats on your new bike!!
Now, we need to see some photos. 8)
Ours: 2006 Bullet Deluxe 500
Hers: 2007 Yamaha V Star 650
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Re: The EFI is now in the hands of a Brit!
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2009, 06:38:49 PM »
hi,

photo's have been on the site for 3 weeks or so!

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Re: The EFI is now in the hands of a Brit!
« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2009, 08:46:15 PM »
Mark, thanks for the report and Godspeed as you continue to enjoy the bike!
Long live the Bullets and those who ride them!

Keep the shiny side up, the boots on the pegs and best REgards,

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Re: The EFI is now in the hands of a Brit!
« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2009, 11:48:59 PM »
Its a great machine,but a 650 single would be even better!!
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Re: The EFI is now in the hands of a Brit!
« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2009, 01:06:14 AM »
Its a great machine,but a 650 single would be even better!!

Mark doesn't want to let a girl get away without a chance at vibration !  ;)

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Re: The EFI is now in the hands of a Brit!
« Reply #9 on: January 15, 2009, 01:18:31 AM »
"Mark doesn't want to let a girl get away without a chance at vibration !"  ;)  PhilJ

Phil, I hea' ya, Boss!  :D
Long live the Bullets and those who ride them!

Keep the shiny side up, the boots on the pegs and best REgards,

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Re: The EFI is now in the hands of a Brit!
« Reply #10 on: January 15, 2009, 08:18:05 AM »
Its a great machine,but a 650 single would be even better!!

I'm not sure 650 is necessarily better than a 500 single. I think 650/700 is pushing it for a single -from what I can remember  there were always more engine reliability problems in the larger singles than the 500's - Anyway, the balance should be just right with 500 - you are never going to blow off any of the jap boys anyway - just savior the vibrations!
As I say to the misses - 'bigger ain't always better'  ::)

Couldn't see your photos from the other thread - I'll check the photo gallery.

As for RE branches - think the nearest to you (if you are interested) is Torrington or Exminster:
http://www.royalenfield.org.uk/branches_south.php

By the way Mark - did your G5 come with the kickstart or had they removed it before you rode off?
« Last Edit: January 15, 2009, 09:52:29 AM by UK-Classics »
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Re: The EFI is now in the hands of a Brit!
« Reply #11 on: January 15, 2009, 01:39:59 PM »
Hi,

The kickstart had been removed,but I insisted on it back on.
where it is now.

Does anyone know why are removing them?
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Re: The EFI is now in the hands of a Brit!
« Reply #12 on: January 15, 2009, 02:16:40 PM »
Hi,

The kickstart had been removed,but I insisted on it back on.
where it is now.

Does anyone know why are removing them?

Mark - as I understand (from one of the UK dealers) - there was an issue with the first batch of kickstarts produced for the UCE G5 (or Electra EFI) - (I think they were prone to snapping). :-X

Anyway I was informed they were producing some improved levers - probably best check with your dealer if you have the right one fitted
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Re: The EFI is now in the hands of a Brit!
« Reply #13 on: January 15, 2009, 04:10:57 PM »
When the development of the UCE started Royal Enfield wanted to make it a 625-650. After quite a bit of fooling around they determined that the only way to produce a single of that size was to add counterbalancing shafts etc. This was against the design princi8ple of making it simple and easy for the customer to maintain so they opted for the tried and true 500cc size.

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Re: The EFI is now in the hands of a Brit!
« Reply #14 on: January 16, 2009, 04:43:42 PM »
When the development of the UCE started Royal Enfield wanted to make it a 625-650. After quite a bit of fooling around they determined that the only way to produce a single of that size was to add counterbalancing shafts etc. This was against the design princi8ple of making it simple and easy for the customer to maintain so they opted for the tried and true 500cc size.

Thatís interesting to hear Kevin Ė it indicates that they may have thought they would be able to compete with more manufacturers by producing a bigger single.

Iím really glad that they stuck with the tried & tested 500 Ė if it proves reliable there may be a whole new era (with new converts) about to start for RE.

Cheers
Nick