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Rusty

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Another Brit homes in on a C5
« on: April 10, 2009, 02:41:46 PM »
Hello Guys first time poster here, and another Brit. Itís nice to find a RE forum which is so active and enthusiastic about these bikes.

My own circumstances are that for the past year Iíve been wondering whether a Bullet could be my only bike, I canít justify two and currently own a TíBird Sport. My local dealer has been really helpful and Iíve been able to test ride most of the iron engine and lean burn models. Whilst theyíve been great fun thereís always been things about them which I havenít liked (never the engine though), practical stuff which would make it a pain to own so Iíve kept the TíBird.

All that changed when I tried the 2009 Classic (C5?). How theyíve managed to iron out the niggles and yet retain the character of a Brit 500 single is beyond me. Itís a quite fantastic bike, everything does what it should do properly so you donít find that youíre having to accommodate quirks. You can just sit back and really enjoy the engine which in my opinion is what the Bulletís all about, even the exhaust note is just about right through the torpedo exhaust.

The TíBird has a new owner and I have a large wad of cash which my RE dealer will soon have. He has the black and turquoise bikes in stock and will be getting the red one next week, Iím leaning towards the red but need to see it in the flesh before I decide.

Yes Iíll be trading down in terms of horsepower but trading up in terms of enjoyment. It's a different kind of motorcycling and I'm looking forward to riding Oxfordshire's back roads and country lanes at a more sedate pace. The TíBird had more power than I ever needed.

If you havenít test ridden the C5 yet you are in for a real treat.

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Re: Another Brit homes in on a C5
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2009, 03:03:08 PM »
Welcome!

Please do keep us apprised of your progress toward purchase, and your impressions and enjoyment of your new bike!
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Re: Another Brit homes in on a C5
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2009, 03:21:23 PM »
Welcome, Br. Rusty!  And, yes, please keep those letters and postcards coming, as well as pictures... in particular of the red "in the flesh" under natural light conditions if at all possible!
Long live the Bullets and those who ride them!

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Re: Another Brit homes in on a C5
« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2009, 03:32:46 PM »
Oh how enjoyable to be wheeling round those leafy lanes of Oxfordshire.
Take care not to overdo (underdo) the running in though, I'm still in the process, and I am finding it a might tedious. Dont forget the REOC.
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Re: Another Brit homes in on a C5
« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2009, 08:21:00 PM »
Let me add my welcome Rusty, and congratulations on your impending purchase. I too will be ordering soon.  ;)
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Re: Another Brit homes in on a C5
« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2009, 09:24:24 PM »
Rusty, Congratulations. I agree with you on trading up and down at the same time, I sold a '05 Bonneville to buy a C5, can't wait till it gets here. Let us know when you get it.
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Re: Another Brit homes in on a C5
« Reply #6 on: April 10, 2009, 10:11:51 PM »
Where are you located in Arkansas,  r80rt?
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Re: Another Brit homes in on a C5
« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2009, 10:39:48 PM »
 I'm in north central Arkansas, near Hardy on Spring river.
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Re: Another Brit homes in on a C5
« Reply #8 on: April 10, 2009, 10:49:41 PM »
I'm not too far away...Lake of the Ozarks. We may have to get together when I get my C5.
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Re: Another Brit homes in on a C5
« Reply #9 on: April 10, 2009, 11:06:56 PM »
You bet, we both have some great roads for these bikes. Maybe one day this summer we'll find a spot to meet up.
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Re: Another Brit homes in on a C5
« Reply #10 on: April 10, 2009, 11:19:42 PM »
Works for me...I'll keep in touch.
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Re: Another Brit homes in on a C5
« Reply #11 on: April 11, 2009, 12:50:15 AM »
 you guys arn't too far from the rally on the river hint hint.
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Re: Another Brit homes in on a C5
« Reply #12 on: April 11, 2009, 12:57:50 AM »
Yeah, I've been thinking about that, I did order my C5 from Interstate Motorcycles.
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Re: Another Brit homes in on a C5
« Reply #13 on: April 11, 2009, 01:05:19 AM »
Yeah, I've been thinking about that, I did order my C5 from Interstate Motorcycles.

That's where I'm ordering mine from. they're 45 miles from me.

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you guys arn't too far from the rally on the river hint hint.

I'm planning on it!  ;)
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Re: Another Brit homes in on a C5
« Reply #14 on: April 11, 2009, 01:16:11 AM »
They are about 150 miles from me, so my first ride on the C5 will be a nice one.
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Re: Another Brit homes in on a C5
« Reply #15 on: April 11, 2009, 01:23:42 AM »
They are about 150 miles from me, so my first ride on the C5 will be a nice one.

Through some real pretty country, too.
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Re: Another Brit homes in on a C5
« Reply #16 on: April 11, 2009, 01:51:24 AM »
Yeah, I'll take HWY 72 down to Salem then hit 19 on to the Arkansas line, last time I went through there the traffic was lite and the roads were pretty nice, I hope they still are.
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Re: Another Brit homes in on a C5
« Reply #17 on: April 11, 2009, 12:25:23 PM »
Rusty, sorry for h-ijacking your thread, please keep us informed on your C5.
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Re: Another Brit homes in on a C5
« Reply #18 on: April 13, 2009, 08:09:57 AM »
Rusty - welcome from another Brit, I guess your local dealer must be Bruce, a very helpful & knoweldgable dealer if it is!
I've been away for a bit & was wondering if they had the blue C5 in, I'll wait till he gets the red in & compare together - I've only seen the black one up to now.
If not I'll be at the 29th Classic bike show in Stafford in a couple of weeks time - I think RE will have a stand there!
Cheers & keep us posted on the C5 progress
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Re: Another Brit homes in on a C5
« Reply #19 on: April 13, 2009, 04:02:44 PM »
Rusty - welcome from another Brit, I guess your local dealer must be Bruce, a very helpful & knoweldgable dealer if it is!

Yes it is Bruce and he's been very patient with me. I know dealers need to accomodate potential customers but there aren't many who'd gladly let you out on anything you wanted to ride.

I spoke to him last Saturday and apparently he'll have a red bike at the end of the month, not this week :( He does have the blue and black ones in stock.

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Re: Another Brit homes in on a C5
« Reply #20 on: April 13, 2009, 04:04:29 PM »
Rusty, when you get that red bike put up some pictures!
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Re: Another Brit homes in on a C5
« Reply #21 on: April 13, 2009, 04:10:29 PM »
"Rusty, when you get that red bike put up some pictures!"  r80rt

Yes, please, Br. Rusty, do post some pictures of the red and green (blue) bikes and, if at all possible, under natural light... thanks!   :)
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Re: Another Brit homes in on a C5
« Reply #22 on: April 14, 2009, 06:41:05 PM »
I'll third that! Looking forward to seeing a red in person.

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Re: Another Brit homes in on a C5
« Reply #23 on: April 14, 2009, 07:09:02 PM »
Br. James, that's a really puuuurty C5!!!  And, you took the picture under natural light, which is the only way to tell what a color looks like out in the real world.
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Re: Another Brit homes in on a C5
« Reply #24 on: April 14, 2009, 09:59:33 PM »
James, that bike is Beautiful! The black is very nice on these bikes.
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