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