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    Icon8 Re: Choosing a Royal Enfield? Ask here...

    Hello all,

    I am planning to buy RE Himalayan. I went to Whitefield showroom in Bangalore during the week of Diwali and got a quote of 2.32 for Sleet.
    I went home, took couple of weeks to get my ducks in a row, and when I went back to the showroom (in the week when 650 twins were launched) they are now quoting me 2.35 for Sleet.

    I asked them what happened, and they just said prices changed.

    Its just 1% increase, but is it fair? How do I negotiate with them on the final price?

    Its the 1st time I am buying a bike on my own. Would really appreciate any suggestions or pointers.

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    Default Re: Choosing a Royal Enfield? Ask here...

    RE people are stuborn they won't lower the price no matter what you do, if you really want it then go for it without thinking.
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    Vivek Aka VivekRj.Dieselhead

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    Default Re: Choosing a Royal Enfield? Ask here...

    Hello folks,

    My first post here! So please be gentle if I am sounding dumb

    Want to get back on a bike after perhaps 10 long years. To be honest none of the bikes I have seen videos of interest me except the classic ones - the new Jawa & Enfields.

    Want to start taking test rides of the Enfields. Which model(s) would you all suggest for someone getting back to the groove? Would the Interceptor be too much for me after such a long break?

    Don't think I am bent upon or dependent on using this to commute to office daily, just want to enjoy biking whenever I use it.

    Apologies if this is too little information, but appreciate any early thoughts.

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    Default Re: Choosing a Royal Enfield? Ask here...

    Quote Originally Posted by cesare_in View Post
    Hello folks,

    My first post here! So please be gentle if I am sounding dumb

    Want to get back on a bike after perhaps 10 long years. To be honest none of the bikes I have seen videos of interest me except the classic ones - the new Jawa & Enfields.

    Want to start taking test rides of the Enfields. Which model(s) would you all suggest for someone getting back to the groove? Would the Interceptor be too much for me after such a long break?

    Don't think I am bent upon or dependent on using this to commute to office daily, just want to enjoy biking whenever I use it.

    Apologies if this is too little information, but appreciate any early thoughts.
    Welcome to the community brother!

    If I read you correctly, this is more of a passion than practicality based decision? If so then go for it. Every bike will have a learning curve and so will the interceptor. Fortunately the 650 interceptor is not a 650 ninja so there will be no sudden frantic acceleration to take you by surprise. From all accounts it has a very linear response. Further its one of the best from the RE stable so if the budget is right I think you would enjoy it more than its bullet brethren.

    Could you buy easier to ride, more practical bikes? Sure you could. But I think here the right question is, would you be able to love them as you would an interceptor?

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    Default Re: Choosing a Royal Enfield? Ask here...

    Thanks brother!! And yes you got that absolutely correct - it's more passion that practicality.

    Having said that I was going through the Himalayan ownership thread and boy!! Doesn't RE expect crazy amount of technical know how from its customers. I guess lots of DIY / figure it yourself expected if something fails. Hope that's not a deal breaker for someone like me who's been off motorcycling for a while..

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    Default Re: Choosing a Royal Enfield? Ask here...

    RE has a history of niggly bikes. Some call it "character" but to each his own . That said the 650 twins are the best of the bunch it seems so far. Haven't heard any horror stories there yet. But yes usually RE requires third party (local garage) support for the best ownership experience. The 650 and Himalayan don't have anywhere near the level of 3rd party support the bullets do. If this is a major concern then I don't know what to tell you. But all said and done, I'd just buy it and not think too much about it. With REs, the more time you spend thinking, the scarier it seems. But do consider that the support will probably be more available and cheaper than any other supplier of retro bikes (HD, Triumph etc.)

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    Default Re: Choosing a Royal Enfield? Ask here...

    Thanks! Had the same dilemma when I bought a car from Fiat stable too! I have it now for 10 years, and it's been an amazing experience! So will.just go and book an Enfield, just want to figure out if its the interceptor or something else.

    Would anyone know which would be an ideal Enfield showroom in Mumbai?

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    Default Re: Choosing a Royal Enfield? Ask here...

    Took a test ride of the following:

    1. Jawa
    2. Interceptor
    3. Continue GT

    Oh boy, the 650 twins are a league apart and for less than a lac!

    1. Surprisingly, Continue GT posture isn't bad at all. Was really apprehensive but for my height (5' 10") though not very upright, was fairly comfortable.
    2. Felt a little vibration on the Conti vs the Interceptor. Maybe just this bike.
    3. Rode in traffic with multiple signals, but not even once did I feel that the foot peg was coming in the way when I was planting my leg on the ground.
    4. Felt minor heat inside of my thighs only on the Interceptor, mostly from the tank. Not sure why.

    And for someone who's driving a bike after a decade, thev650 twins felt more comfortable than the Jawa.

    Finally,
    1. 8-9 months waiting for Jawa
    2. 2-2.5 months for the 650 twins

    Dilemma is now tonde use between the Interceptor or the Continental GT.

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    Default Re: Choosing a Royal Enfield? Ask here...

    Hey guys need a suggestion from you, can you tell me whether Royal Enfield is suitable for person with average height like 5ft 4 inch. Is it recommended for this height?

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    Default Re: Choosing a Royal Enfield? Ask here...

    Quote Originally Posted by cesare_in View Post

    Dilemma is now tonde use between the Interceptor or the Continental GT.
    From my perspective, it'll be the Interceptor. It's got the modern vintage charm that the GT doesn't.

    But then again, it's just my perspective of things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abhijit Jadhav View Post
    Hey guys need a suggestion from you, can you tell me whether Royal Enfield is suitable for person with average height like 5ft 4 inch. Is it recommended for this height?
    Height issue comes when you're thinking of purchasing bikes where the seat heights are 850+. In the case of RE, the seat height will be 800. And on top of that, the suspension also plays a role, such as REH, where the whole bike lowers down a bit once you sit, cause the suspension is that good.

    So, yeah, it'll be very much suitable for you brother!

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