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Purchasing a ROYAL ENFIELD from the ARMY

Hello all,

I am looking at purchasing a second hand bullet and looking to purchase it from the Indian army. I have been searching the internet for a while trying to get the right procedure for purchasing the above. Some sites say that there are auctions, some say that one has to know someone in the army.


Also once I purchase the bike, is it easy to get it registered? i have read that its close to impossible to get an 80’s model registered in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu but not so for the rest of India. I would need to have it registered in Mumbai. I am aware that registering the bike in Mumbai will not be a piece of cake either but am willing to go through the painful process.

Re: purchasing a ROYAL ENFIELD from the ARMY

Hi godwind2884

Following is strictly my opinion, but formed out of working in Govt service for 19 years and I have seen and ridden many many bullets. I was thinking of giving this post a miss but couln’t help it. Nobody took the bait in two days.

I am irritated with the idea that army/Govt auctioned bullet is the best option.

As a person working in a law enforcement agency, I know the way some of our staff treat the bullets and other department vehicles. The speedometer cable in most vehicles are deliberately removed so as to pilfer petrol by showing low mileage..They are never actually serviced and oil change etc are carried out only on paper.

The procedure for auctioning the motor vehicles in Govt Departments are somewhat like this:

The vehicle should have run the stipulated kms. In case of bike most bikes in my office have to run more than 2 lakh kms on the odometer or have completed 10 years after procurement to make it eligible for condemnation. The vehicle is then condemned as unserviceable and the jurisdictional RTO is called for inspection and he values the vehicle as per the valuation adopted by most insurance companies. for example, for a 15-20 year old Standard, the typical price could be Rs. 4K

The vehicle are auctioned without anybody knowing the same. Even in my office, we never had no previous info on the bikes auctioned. We usually come to know about it only after the same is auctioned.

These bikes are procured by touts/mechanics at throw away prices and refurbished and offered for sale at very high price to the first available bakra . Most of the fancy parts like crank and other fancy items are removed and substituted with local parts.

I wont recommend my worst enemy to take one of the bikes of my dept through auction.

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Nowadays these auction practices actually over with mandatory e-auction in most Govt departments and most departments have purchased fuel efficient 100cc bikes and rented four wheelers; which are cheaper option. However the conditions of remaining bullets in Govt. stable are pitiable.

Go for a recent/less-than-five-year-old Bullet..Do not buy bullet for the sake of riding low speed in high gear. It is all nonsense.

Regarding registration of the bike, it all depends on what condition the bike is auctioned. If it is sold as scrap . you will find it difficult to register it. Most of the Military bullets are nowadays sold as scrap only.

If the bike is sold as a bike on as is where is condition, then it can be registered. the auction officer issues necessary forms to RTO to register the bike in the successful bidder’s name after payment.

Btw, the myth of OLD is GOLD is propagated by some shrewd mechanics and others who had fallen into the trap. They can’t admit they were wrong.

I do not mean that Standard CI is an inferior bike. But it is very complicated to maintain. I brought a new Standard CI in 2009 and was fully aware that it is being taken off the shelf. It was in my dreams for sometime and I don’t want to miss the bus. I had my share of motorcycling and have consciously decided to cut down speed as well.

I have ridden 18000 kms for last two years and even took it to Ladakh last month. I like it and would like to hold on to it till I could ride and would like to give it to my son. He already likes it, but who knows, time will tell whether the next generation will have the time and patience to run a vintage motorcycle.

regards ride safe

Last edited by ramamoorthyh; 21-08-11 at 02:30 PM .

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