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Is a Royal Enfield a reliable bike for beginners? ?

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Old 12-22-2008   #1
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Hi, I'm an inexperienced motorcycle rider, and I'm looking into purchasing my first bike. I'm interested in a Royal Enfield, as they look great and have only a 500cc engine, which is a plus because I don't want to start with anything too powerful. However, a Triumph has also been suggested for me, though it has a 800+cc engine. Which of these two bikes is most reliable and better for a beginner?Cheers!
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If you're in the USA, then you'll probably notice that Royal Enfields don't sell well at all. Some dealers have liquidated them at pennies on the dollar, as they sat in the showroom for years.I'd avoid it like the plague, unless you want to also become a mechanic at the same time...
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They are very OLD SCHOOL,still using points i think. easy to work on but they may need lots of maintenance. If you cant wrench get a modern bike.
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I have heard them described as 1950s Brittish engineering combined with Indian quality control. They have lots of loyal fans, but I would never own one as my only bike. I have learned my lesson owning ironhead Sportsters. You never want to HAVE to wrench on a bike just to take it for a ride.Triumph is the only retro Brittish bike I would own. They may be a fairly large motorcycle, but they only have around 60 horsepower. That should be pretty easy for a new rider to manage, but it would never be a bike that felt underpowered (in a retro-standard sort of way).Besides, you are comparing a bike I would never own (Enfield) to a bike I have wanted since it came out (new Bonneville).Good luck!
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No. It is friendly for hands-on owners who like to do their own maintenance and repairs in any kind of weather day or night.Agree any Triumph is over the top for many beginners.Suggest Japanese dual sport in 400 cc class to learn more thanone ride surface area. ------
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