Basically what I want is best vintage experience, breakdown's, riding qualities, something to wrench on?
Is there going to be any major difference these areas between a 2002 and a 2010. l have not been able to ride them as they are dealer bikes but wanted a opinion.
Another option is - buy both - one to ride and the other to tinker with .
Thank you everybody for the words of wisdom. I am definitely going to get the 2002, its what I want, the full vintage experience. The price is going to be higher here in California because it has a legal title. Not a lot of RE's made it here legally. As for the modifications. Pull the thing apart for a full in house repaint/powdercoat, increase the CC', better brake pad material (make on cnc), make leather rear bags, springer front end, make exhaust and jet coat. I took another look at the local bike, it needs some work though, new lights, new generator stuff like that so I offered them ~1800$ its got 8800 miles. No go on there part. So I am bck to buying on eBay I guess.
There is an RE listed for 2200 in the LA area. It is an older bike but redone, bobbed, painted with a newer motor. check out www.royalenfields.com for the listing.
If anybody else see's this. The one in Denver is sold The one in California was improperly registered at one point so it will have to leave the state.
I would be willing to part with my speedo if you need one, it has over 8k miles on the clock and it would give me an excuse to get another Smiths replica... I have a spare sitting on my bench with 2k on it also...
The on in LA has 7900 miles on it. That should be good enough to register. What is wrong with it ? I have a buddy who is interested in it. Can you share what is wrong. Thanks.