32 years I was in India (kerala,& TN)1977-1981 Finally had enough $ so I bought 09 g5 now thinking about older iron barrel
About 10 minutes. Always wanted a British thumper but with prices on old AJS / Matchless, (my personal favorite is an 18M), climbing, 6-volt systems, parts hassles etc, I never got around to it. As soon as I read about the REs, I grabbed one. Ace, I had an opposing exerience. I wanted a Benelli Sei - until I owned a Guzzi. Now I want a BMW boxer. The Italians be damned.
The gauges never worked right, but at least they rode reliably, and didn't fail me.
About 30 years.And I still had to buy the bike on my credit card.