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Author Topic: First ride on my Electra - first ride for 40 years!  (Read 722 times)

WillW

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First ride on my Electra - first ride for 40 years!
« on: March 27, 2010, 05:22:19 PM »
Thanks for welcoming me so warmly to this forum.
My bike arrived this morning, and I kind of shuffled around it for a while, hanging back, a bit overwhelmed I think. Forty years since I was on two wheels, a genteel Lambretta was the last time. Now here's this giant gleaming black and chrome machine standing in my garage  -  is this really mine...?
I live up a quiet lane, ideal for a practice run I thought, just to the end and back to get the feel of it. But I was like a duck to water - off I went into the sunlit day and didn't get back for two hours. Had a bit of lunch and went off again, bowling along the lanes and roads of south Devon like I'd done it all my life. OK a bit sticky on the gear changes, and never quite sure which gear I'm in, and some lumpy braking, and a couple of hairy moments hitting curves a bit quick, but lessons quickly learned.
I love this bike, and I think it loves me. The sound of this machine is sublime. It has amazing torque. Riding this motorbike is pure delight, and has put back something gone missing from this old man. Can't get enough of it, and I'm going out for more right now.
.......are my initial, somewhat emotional,  impressions.
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Re: First ride on my Electra - first ride for 40 years!
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2010, 05:49:45 PM »
OUTSTANDING! I know your life just got way better. You have a wonderful machine, enjoy it every chance you get.
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Re: First ride on my Electra - first ride for 40 years!
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2010, 06:31:44 PM »
Hello Will:

Great to see you back on the saddle of a Royal Enfield after so many years ! Enfield has a way of enhancing your life in many ways.  Wish you many happy miles on this bike.  How about putting a picture on this forum ? 

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Re: First ride on my Electra - first ride for 40 years!
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2010, 07:23:56 PM »
I will certainly post a picture just as soon as I can.

For a moment this afternoon I thought  "why on earth didn't I do this years ago". But of course this is nonsense, it came at the only time it possibly could. Right now.
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Re: First ride on my Electra - first ride for 40 years!
« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2010, 08:13:52 PM »
Loved reading your account! It certainly brought back memories of my first ride on my Clubman and that was little more than three months ago. It is certainly a very easy bike to ride straight away - everything feels right and natural. The great thing is that it actually it gets better. The motor will be a different beast in 500 miles time and better yet at 1000 while you'll get used to the handling and feel confident to throw it around more. Keep us informed!

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Re: First ride on my Electra - first ride for 40 years!
« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2010, 09:12:14 PM »
  From one Will to another.  Congratulations..and many happy miles.
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Re: First ride on my Electra - first ride for 40 years!
« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2010, 09:53:43 PM »
Br. Will, I was thoroughly happy for you, as I read your post.  It is proof that good things come to those who wait.  Lastly and from across the pond, I send you a warm WOWZAA, BABY!!!
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Re: First ride on my Electra - first ride for 40 years!
« Reply #7 on: March 27, 2010, 10:26:00 PM »
Makes me want t go for a ride right now.

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Re: First ride on my Electra - first ride for 40 years!
« Reply #8 on: March 29, 2010, 12:38:13 AM »
The only thing is Will, it only gets better  ;D

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Re: First ride on my Electra - first ride for 40 years!
« Reply #9 on: March 29, 2010, 05:25:16 AM »
Congratulations Will! Can't wait to see a picture of your new toy.  :)
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