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2003-06-18 2000 Royal Enfield Bullet Deluxe 500 Motorcycles View Listings

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I've owned my Deluxe 500 for 3.5 years now. It has 7,000 good miles on it. Admittedly, the first 150 miles were...er, uh, rough. Why? The fuel in India & England is not the same quality as our gas here stateside. So, upon firing of the engine, the carburator would "pop" off of the intake manifold. Secondly, the battery was crappy right out of the box. It never really held a charge to begin with. I had many confusing breakdowns the first 3 weeks of ownership. BUT...After I figured those two things out. Understood the machine better. I have had nothing but really positive, enjoyable cruises on it. It has taken me to the Oregon coast, up the mountains, the valley etc. This bike is soooo nimble. It handles extremely well. Not to mention, it IS the prettiest bike currently in production. It will get noticed. Whether you want it or not. It is a darling little bike. If you want a cookie cutter, run of the mill Japanese bike, don't BUY THIS. If you want to be like all the "trendy" down-boys, get a Guzzi, Ducatti or BMW. If you want to enjoy being a loner-Clint Eastwood style unique bike, BUY THIS ONE!
- andy, portland, Oregon

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2003-05-24 2000 Royal Enfield Bullet Deluxe 500 Motorcycles View Listings

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It doesn't snort and roar. It doesn't race. But it does putter comfortably around town with a certain gentle yet head-turning style. It doesn't leak oil either! The new Bullet is modernized in many ways, but it's still an old kick-start bike with that distinct vintage class. And it's a fun ride that brings a smile to your face. It can be a little grumpy during break-in, and since it's all-mechanical, it can demand a bit more work than a modern bike. But for riders looking for something different, the Bullet is a great choice.
- Ian Chadwick, Collingwood

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2003-05-10 2000 Royal Enfield Bullet Deluxe 500 Motorcycles View Listings

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This is essentially a 1950s motorcycle -- literally! The engine is purely mechanical, with pushrod, adjustable valves, manual point ignition, kickstarting, etc. Let me put it this way: if you are a true motorcycle enthusiast, and WANT to do ALL the repair work and maintenance yourself, then this is the bike for you! If you want to ride without any hassles and maintenance-free, then go for a Japanese bike. But if you enjoy motorcycle maintenance, then you cannot go wrong. This is a classic, British thumper -- 4 stroke, single cylinder 500cc engine. The compression and vibration are enormous. It is quite solid on turns, feeling like you are riding a brick. The drum brakes are MORE than adequate, and I am a large person. I have never found braking to be a problem, if you properly apply rear and front. I have had to jam on the brakes twice, and never found it to be a problem. The acceleration is very good for what you would think a single cylinder would be. Common problems are leaks (some call it the Royal Oilfield, though mine does not leak) and electrics getting vibrated out of place. Stock seat is ok, but many prefer the spring loaded solo seat. Pegs are in good place for cruising, and the bike will lean reasonably far before scraping. Gearing is pretty good..1-3 are fine in town, and 4th is a straight 1:1 gear for highway use. Top speed is supposedly 70m.p.h. although I would be...wary. The feel is totally 50s retro. Suspension is pretty good, with some nice Hagon upgrade shocks available. Chassis is stable, and engine is SUPER easy to work on with basic tools. Headlight is sufficient, though certainly not like a Goldwing or something. What else can I say? It is basically a single cylinder mounted to a chassis with a seat, with classic British styling (meaning quirky shapes and not much else). Imagine a seat on an engine with wheels, and you have the Enfield. Again, if you want a truly classic bike, not just a replica, that you can (and must) work on yourself and maintain at regular intervals, you will LOVE the Bullet as I do. If you are not interested in retro elements and do it yourself work, you will hate it. Oh, one last thing: people who ride these are enthusiasts, so there is no lack of support and advice on the internet, and parts and accessories are very readily available, and VERY cheap compared to other brands!
- Matt, Lafayette, Louisiana

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2000-06-06 2000 Royal Enfield Bullet Deluxe 500 Motorcycles View Listings

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History: The Enfield Bullet is a plain-looking air-cooled four-stroke single with a very traditional British-bike look. The original factory in Redditch, England went bankrupt back in 1971 but a subsidiary factory in the Indian city of Madras (now called Chennai) still builds about 20,000 Bullets per year. This motorcycle is essentially a 1955 Royal Enfield Bullet with some modest updates: 12 volt electrics, some modern electrical components, and the engine is available as a 350 or an optional 500 CC version. <P> Starting: When in good tune they're usually easy to kick-start, but occasionally can be difficult. (At one point in India I stalled the Enfield and it took ten minutes of fussing to restart it.) It's important to have a clean spark plug, a good charge on the battery - and a strong leg! Once you do get this big thumper started, it runs pretty decently. With my Enfield here, if the engine is left cold overnight it takes a good 3 or 4 kicks to get it to fire up - but with a warm engine it's easy to restart with just one kick. Speed: The lower three gears are adequate for riding in town. For local riding I usually short-shift up to 3rd gear and cruise along at 50 to 60 KPH. There's a big gap between 3rd and 4th gear; 4th is really more of an overdrive. On the open road 85 KPH (a whopping 50 MPH!) seems to be the sweet spot, and the engine doesn't sound or feel like it's straining too hard. For a stock Enfield 500 the top speed is realistically about 110 KPH - and the engine would be working hard to do that. Handling: I find the hand controls aren't hard to use, but the steering is a bit heavy and there isn't that much turning radius. The Bullet does lean nicely into wide sweeping corners so it's fun on quiet back roads. The Bullet does have a fair amount of vibration compared to a modern thumper, but I find the 500 reasonably comfortable for short day trips. <P> Transmission: I'm used to gearing 'down' as I brake, but with my Indian rental bike (British-style right-side shift), 1st gear was actually up' and 2-3-4 were all down. I kept accidentally shifting into a higher gear as I slowed. I eventually got used to braking with the left foot, but it was difficult to get used to the upside-down gear shift on the right side. My Canadian Bullet has a left-side shift like a Japanese bike, and I have to say I vastly prefer this. Brakes: If you're used to a modern disc brake you'll find the Enfield's front drum is next to useless. If I squeeze hard with all four fingers I find the Enfield starts to slow rather modestly.
- Bruce Clarke, Victoria, BC

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