What is also important is the price point. As such the new RE's are overpriced. After all it is a 500 cc engine with limited performance abilities. The quality of construction is also always a question. CMW and this forum has done an outstanding job, but the fact is, if you are stranded in a town, not every mechanic is going to be willing or able to put their hands on an RE.
I personally don't think that "cheap bike" is a good reputation for a company to have.The sooner they can dump the "cheap bike" designation, the better.
I would disagree. A brand new Yamaha V star 950 cc on sale for 7000.00, is just a tad more than the UCE. A lot more power, reliability and good styling. Sure they dont look retro. Besides, the UCE is available for almost half the price in India, which makes it overpriced, under reliable , but good looking bike.
My bike is utterly reliable, and if I need to explain the riding experience you'll never understand.
What do you ride?
Yes on sale it's that price..what does it normally list for? I found a price of 8100-8300 hundred on it. Kind of an unfair comparison. You could throw lots of machines into that price range. But at list you'd have to use the 650 Yamaha. A lot of this bikes allure is it's history. If you want Japanese/European reliability you have to go that way. I have a rock solid '81 Honda Silverwing with 45000 plus miles on it. Love the bike but it's still a plastic laden, uninspired model, cookie cutter from Honda. And every manufacturer has it's growing pains..ever hear the saying never buy ANYTHING the first year it's produced? I say give Enfield the time to work out the bugs on the Uce. Have to admit they did the right thing when the transmission had a problem..didn't wait to be forced into a recall. They just did it..no media hype..no delays.I know Yamaha was having valve train problems a few years back, can't say they were quite as responsive as Enfield. Vmax owners were not happy. Guess it's all in what you want out of life. I know the limitations of all the ponies in my corral..from the Sachs Moped to my 1500CC Drifter. I still prefer the relative simplicity of the Enfield. Will it ever be a Honda Silverwing?..No. Is that what I wanted?..No. Will.
Forget what the head says sometimes..use your Zen here. Karma man, karma. I can't wait to have the funds set aside for a G5 military. Does trrue passion make sense? In any situation you can think of 100 negatives to 1 positive, go with that the rest is a non-issue. Will.