I have got about 3,500 miles on my G5 so far.Only problems have been an exhaust leak that has been defeating me so far (but I will win someday) and a dodgy fuel injector connector. A small price to pay considering it was one of the first bikes off the line.Aside from that it's been push the button and go.CJ
Was the fuel injector connector the cause of the problem with it on your way back from the Rally?
Well, lets see...When we removed the piece of tape that was used to keep the air filter box closed while I was stuck out on the road, we saw the lacquer was actually pulled off. This is tape that doesn't even pull indoor paint off, incredible.10 days later, I still can't ride, the lock is on back order with no estimate of when it will arrive, and WS will not replace the lid as "he shouldn't have put tape on it". I guess I could say the lock shouldn't have shattered after only 6 months and popping open the air filter box while on the road. I've had enough!
Well the problem is I paid a good £1500 more than the previous bullet with the promise of modern reliability and have had bits snapping off all over the place. Getting stuck on Dartmoor with the air filter box dangling open I had to get home somehow, and now RE will not honour their warranty because I used a piece of tape to keep it closed until I got home!I figured at worst a bit of tape may leave a blob of adhesive on the finish that would need to be cleaned off, not that the bikes lacquer would prove less durable than the tape! If I had available zip ties or string and they cut into the lacquer with as much ease I'd still not be getting any help from RE UK, they simply expect customers to put up with the quality and fix / upgrade poor parts themselves. That is simply the opposite to what was promised with this "new" generation of RE's.
Don't paint all the new bikes with the same brush, mine's been an outstanding motorcycle!
It's a matter of using the appropriate venues for airing complaints.
Hi all,As you people in the States have access to the new models for a lot longer than us here down under, I was wondering what sort of mileages have been ridden and what if any issues regarding reliability etc, have been encountered in that time over the distances covered. I'm only just coming up to the 1000 km mark (Aprox. 600 miles) and have it all in front of me.Thanks for your time and imput.Cheers
Well I didn't mean to offend. From what I have heard and seen of the US Royal Enfield team I have no doubt that if I had purchased my bike there, I'd be a much happier person.Indeed I usually mention dealers and Watsonian Squire and my info states I'm in the UK, so poor service and complaints about dealers should be easy to note that I'm not trying to put any blame on RE US or even RE in general.However, the quality of my bike as a machine IS, in my opinion, sub-standard. Maybe I'm just the unlucky few, and the US C5's came out some time later than the early UK batch so maybe we early birds were just unlucky, but I've not made anything up or blown anything out of proportion on what has gone wrong.I listed all problems with the bike as was originally asked, and I don't even really mind about things like the seat and the silencer discolouration and I state thus, but when the problems add up and as of now, I'm without the ability to ride yet again, it does make one wonder whats going on.
Next few years , I would like to own a G/C-5. Just got to wear out my current Bullet.
I think some of it is just the nature of bikes. There is so much more exposure of parts to abuse, weather, vibration, etc that things are bound to go wrong. Even with new ones. I've had niggling shit happen with every bike so far, even new Yamahas. This bike is no different. It's a HELL of alot better than my Ural!! Today for instance, the lock for the airbox vibrated apart on the highway and dropped open. No harm done, and the bike actually sounded better . I had to use the duct tape fix as well (now I have to go check my paint, dammit!) and have to order a new lock (went bye-bye on the road...) just part of owning a bike to me. Any bike....
I haven't taken delivery of my Clubman yet - though watch this space! - so I'm not too familiar with this lock but I think I know what you're talking about. Is there any way of preventing this? Can anything be made more secure (with loctite or similar) without stopping the lock from turning?
Both of those incidents happened with a C5. The clubman is a G5/E5 which has a different airbox set-up. That doesn't mean it couldn't happen on a G5/E5. I have had no problems with the side cover locks on my G5. Post some pics of the Clubman when you get it.
Thanks to one and all for the good wishes and I'll definitely put pics up next week. It's already too dark for pics here and I've only just got back from my first ride on it. Well, it's good innit? Anyone here in the UK will know that the weather today is hardly the best for riding any bike, never mind a brand new one. I collected it about noon when the rain had eased for an hour and the roads were drying and while I was at the dealers it started raining again. Special mention for John Parker Motorcycles (is that allowed?) for offering to deliver it by van in the evening if I preferred. But I took it and rode the short distance home and then dried it and waited. By about three the roads were dry(ish) again and I put 20 miles on it. I haven't ridden a bike for ten years so it was slightly nerve wracking but overall really easy to ride and confidence inspiring. Ride was a good mix of roads and I had it up to 50 a few times but never held it at any constant throttle opening for too long. I know the handbook says 35-40 or something but 50 was achieved on only a whiff of throttle in top. I totally love the sound which is probably even better than standard with the upswept silencer. (Exhaust is probably a better description than silencer.) Very deep and throaty. Was also impressed with the gearbox and found changes very slick and neutral easy to find. Brakes feel great though were not particularly tested and handling and suspension were fine. The biggest problem I had was using the indicator switch without looking down to locate it but that is just a matter of time for sure. Also, I found the riding position very comfortable. Overall, an excellent bike and I'm sure there is a lot more to come from it. Weather forecast for the next two days is foul and I have other things to do so probably won't use it again until next week now but I have the week off and hope to get a few more miles on it between the showers and take pics too!
This isn't really helping me seeking the information I was after. Cheers
Welcome aboard Bullruder5775Congrats on all you bikes thanks ICE
Well, lets see...When we removed the piece of tape that was used to keep the air filter box closed while I was stuck out on the road, we saw the lacquer was actually pulled off. This is tape that doesn't even pull indoor paint off, incredible.10 days later, I still can't ride, the lock is on back order with no estimate of when it will arrive, and WS will not replace the lid as "he shouldn't have put tape on it". I guess I could say the lock shouldn't have shattered after only 6 months and popping open the air filter box while on the road. I've had enough! Hi James,Just read this and it disturbs me what I have read!James you have been treated poorly and RE dealers are at telling you lies.They are not acting within the law and fobbing you off hoping you'll just accept what they" say" as fact.You have several routes you can go down.Some nice,and some very powerful and nasty ones for RE dealers in the UK.(!1) If you paid the minimum of 100 pounds on a "credit" card you can claim your money(the price of the bike) back from the credit card company.They will want the money back from the dealer-ouch!Forget about warranties,extended warranties,they're are not worth the paper they're written on.Paying by credit card gives you "six "years guarantee against defective or faulty goods.Fact!. (2) Take to to the Ombudsmen who will 100% go in your favour!The dealer will have to cough up! another ouch!Now if you want to be nasty!!(3) You can ring the trading standards. Quoting section 14 of fit for pupose act.It is likely your bike is not fit for the purpose it was intended.Which means it would fail an MOT test.Therefore illegal,and illegal to be sold in the UK.The shit would then hit the fan for RE dealers-stock could be seized and big fines handed out! massive ouch!!The yanks have similar protection!The upside of this is my bikes value would shoot up,as it would be rare in the UK!!