2005 Royal Enfield Bullet Deluxe
A bike to enjoy on the road and in the shop
Snapped throttle cable (twice).
Replaced main 20-amp fuse holder.
No rear running lights, though made for US market. I installed after-market lights.
Replaced breather assembly with K&N style.
Replaced silencer to get less back pressure.
Re-jetted carb, originally jetted too lean.
Greatest problem has been metal fatigue due to vibration.
-- Vibration backed the screw out of my right footrest, making it fall off the bike.
-- Fatigue caused the exhaust bracket at the silencer/exhaust pipe junction to break, then one of the bolts on the silencer to snap off, then caused the header pipe mounting bracket to break, which meant that, having lost three of the four connections, the exhaust pipe fell out of the exhaust manifold at 45 mph. Quite a shock.
-- Vibration also caused the rear brake pedal to work loose and drop onto the road, also at 45 mph. Another nasty shock.
Loses about a quart of oil for every tank of gas. Believe the leak to be at the bottom of the rocker oil pipe. But when I tried to tighten the bottom banjo bolt, as soon as I put pressure to it, it sheared. I am waiting for a new oil pipe, with a compression fitting at the bottom.
Look, this bike is not for the faint-hearted. I knew what I was getting into when I bought it; I was looking for a simple engine absent all the electronics, that I could enjoy on the road and working on in my garage. Parts are inexpensive and readily available, although many ship from India. Most replacement parts are upgrades to the original part (like the rocker oil pipe). There is a good deal of satisfaction in encountering and overcoming these problems. Installation of rubber grommets, for instance, has solved many of the vibration issues. Lock washers have solved many other vibration problems.
And on the road, she's a dream. Light and nimble, the bike is at her best on the twists and turns down country roads. My footpegs are beveled from dragging. And when I ride with friends, no one asks about their Harleys. But everyone wants to know about my Royal Enfield.
I give her mediocre acceleration remarks because the bike is carb-fed. Absent fuel injectors, this is to be expected. But there is good roll-on power, it just isn't immediately available.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 25th October, 2010