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Royal Enfield 500

Postby GrahamW » Sat Nov 04, 2017 10:44 am

Anyone had any experience of these I have had a bee in my bonnet about getting one of the early 2000 models before they started modernising them and keep looking at them on ebay. I love the idea of the simplicity and think the engines look great in them. Just for pottering around the b roads on sunny days. Its been a bit of a pipe dream while both my bikes have been broken and off the road as a bike I could have just bought quite cheap.

Heres an example of one and if one came up local I would be tempted.

https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre ... 2429082080
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Re: Royal Enfield 500

Postby BigBob » Sat Nov 04, 2017 12:08 pm

You could get a decent Big for that sort of money
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Re: Royal Enfield 500

Postby Chris1215 » Sat Nov 04, 2017 12:47 pm

My dad had one until a month or so ago. Great fun as long as you are not in a rush.i would have one tomorrow but at 6ft3 the seat hight is to low for me.
Bob I wish I could find a decent big for that type of money. There only two on eBay one been on fire and the other one I would expect to get two for £3500
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Re: Royal Enfield 500

Postby GrahamW » Sat Nov 04, 2017 1:13 pm

I am 6 foot 5 so the size of one of those might be a problem but a mate of mine knows a guy who rode all around india on one. If I bought a big for that money I would be worried it would might need the same again spent on a new top end. Parts are just so expensive now they are getting on. The Enfield parts are pretty cheap.
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Re: Royal Enfield 500

Postby Mick75 » Sat Nov 04, 2017 1:18 pm

You'll need one of these to buy petrol for that Enfield
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Re: Royal Enfield 500

Postby GrahamW » Sat Nov 04, 2017 1:47 pm

Lol I have my Grandad's old ration book somewhere. ;)
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Re: Royal Enfield 500

Postby nug » Sat Nov 04, 2017 6:49 pm

I can see the appeal in them but not sure my fillings would stay in for long if I rode one. I reckon a stripped down one(not bobbed or chopped) done in a vintage trials style would be nice.
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Re: Royal Enfield 500

Postby GrahamW » Sun Nov 05, 2017 9:32 am

The is a company who imports them and makes them into a scrambler version called the Woodsman.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Royal-Enfiel ... 2875169831
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Re: Royal Enfield 500

Postby Mick75 » Sun Nov 05, 2017 12:16 pm

If I had to have one I'd go for the Himilan model, could be fun, you could probably make one from a standard 500 for a lot less
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Re: Royal Enfield 500

Postby GrahamW » Sun Nov 05, 2017 3:46 pm

I think those have a newer engine which is a bit of a redesign and uses fuel injection. I like the idea of the classic design then I can keep it for years and years and then when I am an old man be a bit like Hanibal Lecter making my own pistons and the like. ;)
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