45 miles each way?At 80mi/day, you're facing some serious maintenance requirements for the bike you choose.I think for the distance you are traveling, the question isn't can you do it on a C5, it's should you. For me, the answer would most definitely be no. I am not an RE owner yet, but I plan to continue using my beater KLR650 to commute. It's already ugly, it gets pretty decent mileage - the difference between the KLR and C5 on a week-to-week basis is pretty negligible - and the general cost to maintain is probably lower than almost any other motorcycle. It also has an obscenely huge aftermarket for things to make the ride a bit more comfortable. Look at it this way. KLR (or some other long-lived cheap Jap bike):Dirt cheapFastUglyC5Expensive - relatively speaking, and for what it isSlowPrettyI don't see the point in riding a nice bike like the C5 into the ground, in the long run. Personally, I'd rather see over traffic and go head to head with the big bads riding into Philly on something that, past general mechanical soundness, I don't really care about.
I personally feel, people are underestimating C5 and it's workability.
Second that.... For the better part of my childhood, I spent every summer in a hot and dusty little village in south India that had no real roads. I saw the Bullet used more or less the way people used their ox-carts (which was typically the other vehicle in the household) including carrying produce (every morning) to market in the nearest town (big baskets piled high and strapped to the rear seat) etc, over rutted dirt paths. It seems like the C5 will live up to the standard of ruggedness of its ancestors, if RE expects them to retain their place in the Indian market.
I am quite interested in the "new" Bullet Black (frumpy fender one based on Bullet 350) Seems to me that it is the one with the decades long endurance legacy (on the chassis) and now that it is upgraded with disc brake and UCE engine/5speed etc, it is perfect. I wonder, (SB) if thre are any other repects besides body panels in which it differs from new G 5s /C 5s . For instance, swing arm bushings vs bearings, , wheel bearings, steering column bearings etc. In other words, what other "modernization" would you miss by buying the Bullet Black. thanks, Nigel.
Nigel - I haven't been lucky enough to get my grubby paws on one of these yet - but here what I'm BETTING on for that bike since it is the hands down favourite of the IDM:o-ring chain for durability (confirmed with engineers)Delrin swing arm bushes for durability (shares the "lowers" with G5 I think ...)Steering bearings will still be loose balls - they WORK and they are cheap to serviceStiffer frame - the result of re-engineering the "lowers" to accept the UCEMODERN wiring harness with weather tight connectors for critical functionsplus all the things that make that bike "truck worthy" that have BEEN there for 60 years. As I've said before - this is EXACTLY the bike that I'd build for myself if I had the run of the Royal Enfield India parts bins. Mine would be Parrot Green or Peacock Blue, of course ......
Hmmm....You might need to take off the polished aluminum engine side covers and have them bead blasted. I don't know if all that shinyness suits the character of the Bullet Black. Scott
LOL. All I know is I rode the *&^% out of my C5 last year. I was not gentle. There was no gradual engineer-approved break-in. It still runs.