C5 Classic grin factor Review of Royal Enfield Bullet Classic C5 EFI by Paddy02

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Royal Enfield Bullet C5 Classic EFI

Royal Enfield Bullet Classic C5 EFI review by Paddy02

Royal Enfield is now proud to present the all-new Bullet Classic C5: a modern reworking of the old legend, taking its styling cues from the simplicity of our earliest 1950’s machines and combining that celebrated design and heritage with all the advantages of today’s EFI technology.

C5 Classic grin factor

— Good

Paddy02 posted this on Apr 24, 2012

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Royal Enfield have maintained the classic 1955 power characteristics in the C5, heavy flywheel crank, low to midrange torque engine and slow gear change experience, a bit like a Kenworth to change. The ride is not overly exciting but very enjoyable and the bike easy to handle and manoeuvre. 80 to 100 kph is the happy range but it will go faster under a bit of stress. Back country roads are home to this bike and this is the territory that it delivers is most pleasure.

Quality of the bike is in line with the price tag with drive chain and control cables showing up the true metallurgy. Starting is easy and gear changes are generally predictable with the odd missed gear occasionally but this is not to much of a problem if the box is used appropriately with this in the back of the riders mind. Maintenance is quite simple with electronic ignition and hydraulic cam followers.

The long term reliability of the electronic fuel injection is yet to be proved but will probably be ok with correct routine maintenance. Brakes are good on the front and the back wheel contributes to around 15% braking affect which is ok if braking is done affectively with the heavy reliance on the front wheel for stopping power.

Engine vibration is there but only minimally due to the small displacement however routine checking of nut and bolt tension is advised, but that’s part of the pleasure of owning a motorcycle, isn’t it. Not everything needs to be done at 220kph to get satisfaction from a C5. Life in the slow lane can be a blast.

These bikes are definitely ideal for riding in the hill country and rural roads of the motorcycle island of Tasmania.

Fuel consumption is almost something one can forget about and the range is around 370 Km from a tank.

Royal Enfield Bullet C5 Classic EFI

Earlier Iron Indian Enfield’s pop up for sale on the Net with around 35,000 km on the clock advertised as running well, so durability should be at least similar for the C5 if ridden and maintained appropriately.

Grin factor, these bikes give genuine grin factor which is hard to resist as you race along a country lane at 90 kph and the balance sensation of a single track vehicle that makes all motorbike riders come back for more is there to be enjoyed to the fullest. These bikes don’t do anything particularly great but everything that is done on one is great fun.

Note to the converted, enjoy your Enfield to the maximum even if it is only at 80 kph.

I’m loving it.

Paddy.

+ Ride sensation and experience

— Cable and chain quality

Royal Enfield Bullet C5 Classic EFI
Royal Enfield Bullet C5 Classic EFI


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