Actually, Maturin, the announcement that RE-ALLY got my attention was neither the twin nor the multifuel (though both are interesting) but the 600 cc single. With power to weight ratios , cost of operation, cost to purchase and everything else taken into account plus the whole tradition and SOUND FACTOR (which I understand is a very big selling point in India) I think a 600 cc single which shares most of its parts with the familiar 500, and which streetcorner repair guys are already very familiar with, will be a lot more popular with the mass market there than a twin. And from the international market point of view, I would be very excited about a 600 single here: This in itself solves any highway limitations of the 500, and also puts you in the sidecar pulling league without fear of speed loss in headwinds and on hills. So what I want to know is, is the 600 single a) going to be available across thr current range of styles/frames , and b) will it be going international and c) will it be basically just a bore and sleeve\piston upgrade from the current 500, and if so d) will the upgrade be available as a manufacturer supported upgrade aftermarket package for current UCE 500 owners : That would be huge. .These singles are amazing. They sound great. A twin, (unless they do it at a crank angle like the Triumph America to get the Harley like "blurble") just doesn't sound as interesting as the big singles, and I doubt, when weight is taken into consideration, that they will perform much better than a well tuned 600 songle. If it anin't broke , don't fix it. The basic Bullet has survived this long because it is great. An extra 100 cc would just make it that much better for our roads without losing it's trademeark character. Thoughts anyone, and does anyone have the answers to those questions? Nigel
You heard it here ...The two new bikes we introduced are the "Classic Chrome" on a C5 platform and the Bullet 500 on the old Bullet frame. ... The Bullet 500 (Bullet Black as we call it in house) is the old 350 Bullet with the UCE powerplant in it. It will be our entry level bike and will only be available in black. ...
Wow!Hitting "The Ton"!That's going to be interesting.After having been down that road, all I can say is it's alot harder to do it, than it is to say it.
The Bullet 500 is on the old Bullet frame and not the much newer Electra frame. The sheet metal is also old, old old. (this is not necessarily a bad thing). This bike is less expensive to produce because it uses old dies and older equipment. On the other hand the engine, transmission and disk brake are the same in all of the other bikes. ...
I have read the Italian and UK modifications on UCE bikes, but no one has reported a ton - to my knowledge. So, where is the hamstring holding it back ?
@Tom:I am quite enthusiastic about these UCE bikes as you know - and also about your Fireball which is just unbeatable. The rock steady idle of Chumma's bike still rings in my ears - What a sound !I need some insight from you on this one - Do you think my enthusiasm is misplaced to think that these 500 cc UCE bikes have the potential to hit a ton as many stock UCE engines, without any modification have touched 80 - 85 mph by GPS (not speedo). Is it that much harder to add another 15 mph to its speed ? I have read the Italian and UK modifications on UCE bikes, but no one has reported a ton - to my knowledge. So, where is the hamstring holding it back ?
Hi Singh,But it can be done, if enough effort is put into the job.If it was easy, everybody would be doing it.
Thanks for your straight to the point, clear and concise answer.
To Singh, some of your performance questions may be answered in ACE's contributions to the thread 'Announcement of 48 hp Bullet" Thanks, Nigel.
Gearing? I'm writing this from memory without referring back to facts but I think that the G5 gearing could be raised to about 90mph tops going one tooth up on the front sprocket. I have almost certainly decided though that I will fit a Power Commander and K&N, (already have the open pipe) and raise the gearing once the bike is out of warranty. A real 90mph will probably show a ton on the clock and that's enough for me!