6 reasons why I would never buy a Royal Enfield!

By | March 22, 2014

Recently I came across an old article by Yogesh Sarkar, where he discussed why he would NEVER go for a Bullet in his life. In my 60,000 kms of riding, I have mounted a Royal Enfield on very few occasions. I have ridden all of their creations, except the Continental GT, although my combined distance on the 500, 350 and Thunderbird would be nothing more than 50 kms.

I was born and brought up in the unofficial capital of Royal Enfields – Punjab. People here know only 2 kinds of bikes, the Bullets, and everything else. I have seen them, lived among them, and hated them since I can remember. So when I read that article by Yogesh, it brought back all of those memories. Here’s my take on why I would never go for a Royal Enfield, even if they were the last 2 wheeler manufacturer in the universe. In this article when I say Bullet, I mean all of them – 350, 500, Classic, Electra, Thunderbird 350 and 500 and whatever else there is.

1. Bullets are fucking slow

Never thought you heard “Bullet” and “slow” in the same sentence? Welcome to India. I have heard quite a few Royal Enfield riders, and RE officials explain this:

Bullets are not about speed, they are about the feel of riding.

Bullshit! What the hell does that even mean? They might as well have said this:

Bullets are not about speed, or agility, or braking, or acceleration, or leaning, or comfort, or stability, or fun, or safety, they are about the feel of riding.

Let me give you an example. During the India Bike Week, Goa – 2014, I was riding from Mumbai and had reached about 50 kms off Vagator beach. I had ridden alone the past 400 kms, and was a bit bored. Looking for some company, I found 2 guys on Bullets. I had always wanted to feel what it’s like to ride like a Bullet-eer does, so I started following them.

The worst hour of my life! These guys never went above 65 kmph, a speed where I am barely able to shift into 6th. The road in front of them was wide open, no traffic, nothing to stop them, but their top speed for the entire section was 69 kmph. How can someone ride like this? Why would someone ride like this?

Some people might argue that these guys were good riders and were following the speed limit. I beg to differ. In my experience, it is much safer to ride a bike above speed limit in India than it is below it. It’s like they say, when in Rome do as the Romans do. No one in India rides on the speed limit, so if you are below it, you are likely to get something jammed up from your behind. Yes, we must do what we expect others to and all of that shit, but I am talking real world practical stuff here, not imaginary goodwill and random quotations.

I also strongly believe that speed limit should be a matter of good judgement, not some bureaucratic rule. If you can see the road is wide open, nothing should stop you from riding at a comfortable speed, above the specified limit.

2. Royal Enfields are unreliable

This is something everyone knows, but the fanatic bull riders chose to make it heroic. Ever met one of those Royal Enfield riders who brag about how their 200 kg piece of metal got stuck somewhere away from civilization and how they got their hands dirty and used jugaad to limp it back valiantly to a mechanic?

Royal Enfields belong to a museum. They might be fun to drive if the highways are happy and luck is on your side, but on a rainy day they can throw up quite a tantrum. Using old technology and hand-crafted parts on a machine that is expected to take you safely to the end of the world, just in the name of tradition and charm, doesn’t work well with me.

When I was coming back from Khardungla in Ladakh, I met a couple from France who were going up on their Bullet 350. They were stranded on the side of the road, their chain had come off the rear sprocket and was stuck between the rim and the swing arm. A taxi driver had stopped to help, but with his tools he wasn’t able to reach the rear axle nut.

With nothing more than human power, we 3 guys wrenched the chain out from there and put it on the sprocket, but it was too loose. Since we weren’t able to loosen the axle nut we couldn’t tighten the chain up. It was 2 in the afternoon, so I advised them to go back and get the bike repaired, because going to the world’s highest motorable road on that bike was just plain stupid.

It is possible that the rental bike these French people had taken was badly maintained, and I have seen the chain acting up like this on Pulsars and Unicorns. The problem was that the bike’s design didn’t allow this simple problem to be rectified easily.

3. Bullets are noisy – and the bad kind of noisy

I am not talking about the stock exhaust note of any Royal Enfield bike, I like them all. The problem is, very rare people let their Bullets have that sweet burbling sound. If you are in Punjab, REs will have that explosive, crackling noise due to exhaust modification. In Maharashtra, Bullets have that irritating high pitched noise due to some stupid rubber attachment.

Add to that the crazy amount of vibrations at the handlebars and foot pegs, and you might feel like you are on a tractor. The instrument console vibrated so much I was afraid it was going to fall off. My hands are feet were completely numb after riding a Thunderbird for about 20 minutes, I have no idea how these Bull riders continue going for hours.

Thumpers have a characteristic bassey sound that you can feel on your heart, but people want to make their presence well known, even if you would rather not. A high capacity engine like the Bullet is bound to make a hell lot of noise even if the least bit of tinkering is done with the stock setup. It’s exactly like the Harley riders in US, they think with their big V twins and loud exhausts that they are king of the highways. In reality, they are loathed and considered attention whores. If you have a Royal Enfield, do me the favor to keep it the way it was born.

4. Bullets have really bad brakes

Things have improved since Royal Enfield started putting disc brakes, but they haven’t improved as much as I would like them to. The disc brake improvement has come way too late also, at a time when ABS is starting to become standard. The older versions that I drove simply refused to stop when told to. With their huge bulk and shitty tires, the bad brakes are the last nail in the rolling coffin.

It’s a good thing that Bullets are so fucking slow, otherwise you would have found a Bull kissing the pavement every second day. For something that is supposed to be a mile muncher, Bullets sure do manage NOT to tick all the right boxes.

5. Bullets give shitty mileage

When was the last time you ever spoke to a Bull rider who was getting more than 35 kilometers to the liter? I never have. Even the most well maintained RE will not cross 40. And they don’t have extraordinarily big fuel tanks either, so what you end up with is a small range on full tank.

I ride a Duke 390 that gives barely 230 kms on full tank, so I know how much pain small range can be. But you know what? The Duke gives you massive amount of fun with whatever fuel you give it. Again, all I am trying to say here is that for a bike whose purpose is supposed to be tripping 365 days a year, the engineers didn’t care much about how far you could go with how less fuel. There appears to be no aim to the bike, just old-style charm bullshit.

6.Bullets are unnecessarily heavy

Bull riders very proudly proclaim that all of their bike is made of metal, no plastic like the Duke or the Pulsar. I personally feel that if you are more concerned about what your bike is made of as opposed to where and how it will take you, you need to seriously reconsider your biking ideology.

Bullet riders have an explanation for this as well:

The heavy weight of the bike keeps it stable on highways.

Excellent! If that is your logic, why not tie 25 kg dumbbells all over the bike until there is no space left? I bet even Zeus will not be able to throw you off balance then. Jokes aside, this explanation breaks up even further in when you consider it for Indian circumstances – what highways? How many highways did you ride on during your Ladakh ride? What about central India? East India? India has roads with no roads, random off-roading spots and overall unimaginably horrible road infrastructure. A heavy bike is nothing more than a pain in the ass, especially when you have a break down.

Sometimes when I look at a Royal Enfield, all I can see is a big blob of metal shaped into the approximate form of a bike. Tomorrow if they invent a bike made of cheese and spaghetti that goes smoother and corners better than my Duke, I wouldn’t waste 2 seconds to get on its saddle. What would a Bull rider do? He would probably grate the cheese on the spaghetti, eat it in a metal bowl and keep praising how awesome REs are.

So there you have it, my reasons for never buying a Bullet, ever. It is possible that you might not agree with what I have said here, but that’s OK. This is my perception, yours might be completely different. I am happy on my Duke as of now, and looking for something bigger in the future. Until then, ride safe and have fun!

UPDATE: In the 1 month this article has been live, it has become the most read post on my blog. Some people agree with it, some people don’t, and some people just hate what I have said! All I can say is, I respect your opinion, even if you don’t respect mine.

In the discussions, I found one more reason why not to go for an RE. So here’s a bonus 7th reason why I would never buy a Royal Enfield.

7. Bullets have spoked wheels

Say what again? Why do Bullets have spoked wheels? Spokes are generally considered good for hardcore off-roading activities, because even if they do bend a bit, they can be repaired with ease. I don’t think you can do a dime worth of off-roading with an RE, at least not comfortably, so why then have they not got alloy wheels and tubeless tires?

Because alloys are an update on spokes, and Royal Enfield doesn’t believe in going for newer things. Anything piece of tech or engineering that isn’t at least a decade old, doesn’t fit the criteria to be used in a Bullet. Some people say spokes ride better and softer than alloys, but I have never felt that difference. Many Bull riders update to alloys, but that’s not what the company thinks is best for them.

The biggest nightmare with spokes is that you can’t use tubeless tires on them. In a world where almost everybody is moving away from tube tires, RE is still giving them the thumbs up. It is so hard to fix a tube puncture! You gotta remove the rear wheel, deflate the tyre, take the tyre off, find the damned nail, find the damage to the tube, rub it with sandpaper, apply that gluey thing, press it, put it back in, put back the tire, inflate it, and put the wheel back in its place.

All of this become so much more difficult because of the added bulk of an RE. For a tubeless tire, all you need to do is remove the nail, push in the sealant strip and voila! End of story. You can even go for Slime, that immediately plugs any holes and keeps your tires puncture free. But that is too easy for the hard-core bikers that ride Royal Enfields. Oh, and tubeless tires can be ridden even with a puncture, all you need to do is keep pushing some air in over small distances. Because tubeless tires lose air very slowly, you can go a long way before any damage will happen.

Tube tires just blast away like a party balloon, sometimes putting you off-balance. Imagine you are riding to Ladakh, next to a 1000 foot drop, and your front tire suddenly goes bam! Your steering veers to the left, right towards a long and painful death, and there’s nothing you can do to stop it. For a normal guy, this would be strict no-no. For a Bull rider, this seems like another part of their so-called adventure.

UPDATE 2: How could I have missed this? I have no idea why this isn’t the number 1 reason not to go for a Bullet, but here it is at number 8

8: Bullets have a fucking long waiting period

Why do Bullets have such a long waiting period? Oh yes, I remember, they are “hand-made”. Awesome, cool. All Bullets are hand made, and all of them look the same. What’s the point of a hand-made machine if it is not unique? Again a bunch of that tradition bullshit. Why don’t you go for a 1970’s color TV? Or a Pentium 4 computer? Why not just become an Amish and stop the debate once and for all?

My roommate had to wait 4 months for a Thunderbird 350. The waiting period for some specific colors goes over a year. 6 months is a generally agreed time frame required to own a Royal Enfield these days. Why the hell? In today’s motorcycle market, people are getting new, better, cheaper options every other day. How can someone wait for 6 months to own a giant piece of metal?

I don’t understand the point of this, do RE people think this makes their bikes kind of exclusive? Like only the people stupid enough to wait for so long should get to buy one? Have they not heard of a production line? Machines? Automation? I bet you a 1000 dead fetuses, if RE bikes are made quicker and with less manual intervention, their reliability will increase. But no! That’s not cool with the Bull riders.

But I guess it’s OK. People who care to wait for such a long time to own an inferior machine deserve it all. Royal Enfield is a company that survives on mass idiocy today, I mean no guy with half a brain will even consider going for an RE in the present scenario. Yes, 20 yrs ago Bullets were the best, but time goes on! A Bullet is kind of at an awkward stage right now, not old enough to be an antique, and not young enough to be useful. It’s kind of like a living fossil, an obsolete craze, a useless necessity.

UPDATE 3: Recently I’ve had a few deep conversation with loyal Royal Enfield owners about why they continue to support such a brand that produces sub-standard motorcycles. Apart from that, I’ve noticed a lot of Bullet owners facing problems with their bikes and getting the middle finger from RE. This brings me to the 9th reason why I would never buy a Royal Enfield, and perhaps the most important one!

9. Royal Enfield doesn’t give a shit about its customers:

We hate the company, but we love the bikes. 

This is the gist of every talk I had with most of these Enfield owners, something that I have to admit I don’t really understand. If you have reasonably good enough number of biking friends on Facebook, it’s a daily routine to find some RE owner hopelessly bitching about his bike, swearing against the company, begging for help.

Somebody destroyed the chassis, someone else lost all their authorized service points, some dude went to the service center to get 1 problem fixed and came back with 11 more. If you are in warranty, you are in luck, if not, you are fucked. I’ve seen so many complaints falling on deaf ears, and it’s really easy to understand why.

Royal Enfield’s revenue model is different from most other manufacturers, it appears skewed heavily towards service and spares. Think of it like this, when you buy a Honda, it’s like converting to Buddhism. You get something, and then you are left alone to find your way with it. When you buy an RE, it’s like converting to Christianity. You get something, and then you pay to stay with it, pay to keep it happy, pay to find some use for it. Also like Christianity, the real fun begins with death.

Another thing that can give you an idea of the arrogance of this company is the Rider Mania. Royal Enfield hosts something of its own at Goa, while the groups do something of their own with the BOBMC RM. The biggest defining feature of the Royal Enfield “brotherhood” in India is the maddening number of riding groups that can be found in every nook and crannie all over the country. If that fact that riders prefer to host an event on their own rather than associating with the manufacturer doesn’t tell you how much Bullet owners hate RE, I don’t know what will.

  • Baba Seigal

    Do you know how illogical and unlucky you sound when you are really disrespecting a bike which is more than worth. When there were no Bike Manufacturers, it was Royal Enfield who saved the asses during the world war. It was not Ur goddamn sucker bike which can ride efficiently on off roads and on loose grippings. Whatever you just posted, I challenge you with my RE classic Thunder Storm. Do post next time by going through the techs in deep. And yes, I suggest, never ever review a bike if you have not taken it for a ride not even for 100 Kms on mixed terrain ( note: straight Highways + muddy roads + hilly stony roads). Do let me know if any of your superbike does wonders in the Himalayan terrain. In the end, what matters is a person’s need and ability to ride. Bikes doesn’t decide a rider. Attitude does.
    Enjoy.

  • TUNA4U

    BITCH WHINNER ! GO SUCK ON YOUR GRANNIES TITS SMH ⚠️

  • Shashank Naidu

    No updates ?? Interesting read every damn time

  • rajnish

    Bullet sucks. i loathe its look. Generally fat people ride bullets and the bike clearly seems as lazy as their riders.. the most funny part is riders think they r some sort of gods when riding that fat ugly piece f shit . in reality it just irritates the people around with that tractor like sound..

  • Skipper

    I owned Yamaha R6 my dad owns RE Bullet 350,
    I love them both in different ways, Yes I agree the Bullet needs a lot more maintenance, but i love crusing on a highway with bullet. But Bullet don’t lift my soul like the R6 does. maybe due to the fact that I’m more of a sports bike person.
    My point is every person have their taste of riding, For me bullet is bit sluggish, throttle response is not good enough and i can’t do hard braking before turns. these are my problem on it because im more of a Sport rider type. So sport bikes are good for me, but for someone who likes the character and behaviour of bullet , it’s a very good ride.
    So one cannot Say that Cruiser or Sports or Tourer is bad. It Depends on Your personal taste and how the motorcycle match that taste of yours.
    Peace out.

  • Shikhar Raj

    It can be termed as sabse sasti Harley Davidson of cheap quality

  • Kumari Murugesan

    I can’t agree more. Particularly the noise part!!
    They just give heart attacks to the elderly ppl passing by or co-travelling!

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  • Gibu Reji

    You dont like it…piss off! Im pretty sure the owners do…which is the mahority…its the rawness that people love….!

  • Karthikeya Ud

    kalsh kalsh kalsh it seems​ like u are hater thats all . . love Riding . . . Don’t criticize . . . Its our choice to ride a piece of junk as u say it . . . We love to ride it . . . I own both Kraftfahrzeug Trunkenpolz Mattighofen and the old enfield . . . You are just an egoistic punk . What can i say its the choices . . . Ur personal opinion is filled with hatred towards a brand thats all

  • indraptor

    I agree too people here in rural areas think the royal Enfield are powerful. Once a classic 500 wanted to race my rc 390 since his bike is 110cc bigger than mine…. The rest is history.

  • Shashi Kumar

    Whoever has written it I think he has his feet rode on it. Well all the examples are shitty “Tie dumbell to your two wheeler”?? Seriously? Do you know something called as Aerodynamics? Oh may be you tie to two wheeler. Like it or not Royal Enfiled is indeed a legendary bikes. If you say so, Harley, Ducati are also heavy so your words implies to that as well. Boy grow up. Here’s a tip : Go ram your bike to any Royal Enfiled face to face and talk. No time or patience to type any more. Bye

  • Raj Kiran

    Bla bla …..Duke lover bla bla…..Are u 60kilo chicken that’s y u feeling bullet is heavy metal peice… Hahaha do you ever heard Duke exhaust sounds it’s like toy ……Kiddo game….Hahaha ….Ad vry funny comparison with religion and bikes….Senseless review waste of time……NXT time b real not creative

  • Archak Purakayastha

    You fuck off
    Bullet bike is not made for ladies……..
    All rubbish

  • Adhiraj Singh Rana

    Man u pussies don’t know s**t about Bullet so don’t comment about it. The Beast can be driven fast bit we don’t like to because as u said “feel the ride”. But u guys wont’t understand only Bullet guys can understand what i mean. I agree it gets stuck sometimes somewhere from where it is hell difficult to bring it back but that is the fun which u guys will nvr understand… There is a huge lot of diff b/w riding a metal n a plastic which u should know.. So just don’t just write s** t about the bullet please because we too don’t say anything about ur plastic junks..

  • Sourav

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a2047fd9b3679e85464c9edbe9085022204264bf8d33363657f176d7b95aaab9.jpg
    You are talking worthless
    Ktm and bullet is like comparing of God fo war and God of speed. No one is able to defeat the other one
    Both brands are good enough
    Ktm is god of speed
    Where as bullet is just for riding lilon distances

  • Sujit Sharma

    I no longer even ride bikes. But have owned RE, Yezdi and a Pulsar. Yes the performance of a Pulsar is better, but there is some serious Personality in a RE or Yezdi that the other bikes can simply not match.
    Yes RE has reliability issues, but it was never meant to a city daily commute bike. It was built for the rider who is willing to deal with niggles but just loves the bullet’s personality.
    Even today, as I sit in my car looking at different modern bikes, when that Bullet rider comes along its just a different feeling. The Japanese bikes can’t match that.

  • Sujit Sharma

    RE is for those with something you lack….Testosterone

  • finish your school first.. Then have a life… then only start writing reviews… But for a start, try CHOTTA BHEEM”.

  • Sandeep Chowdhury

    I am surprise to see the first comment “Bullet is slow”. I have Desert Storm (500cc) and I can easily cruise on 100km/h on highway all day long. Yes compare to the engine size RE has low top speed but that is understandable as RE produces all it power on very low RPM. One thing also keep in mind these are Retro bikes with all those Pro and Cons, what you can get from a vintage bike.

    For other points like “spoke wheels”, “unreliable”, etc… RE is meant to be simple, anyone can repair RE with very little training, knowledge and equipment. Which make this bike so popular world wide. Imaging a situation, “You are going on your bike (Harley 883, Benelli 660i, etc.) somewhere in mountain ranges or desert and something goes wrong (should not happen to anyone) and bike refuse to go further”, how difficult it would be to get it repair. You will require an entire fleet of equipments (which you can’t carry with you) and highly trained mechanic (what you can’t get on country side) to get the bike fixed.

    Answer for long waiting period is “High demand”, RE gets 400,000 unit orders per year but they can only produce 302,500 unit per year. Now one should say, RE should open more manufacturing plans but RE thinks in different way. They purposefully wants rider to wait for his/her bike, in that way only the real RE lovers will go for it.

    If someone is looking for performance bike please look somewhere else but if someone wants to own and ride a vintage bike than RE is the best choice.

  • Jobin Abraham

    I don’t even have bullet but still I admire the old model( left gear) bullet. Wen I lb finncly stable..my first desr is to buy a royal enfld..
    Bullet is not for speed.. Its an hors for calm prince… To rid on it

  • Vijay Kishore

    You’re just talking against RE bro… And you’re not ready to accept any positive statement about RE…
    You get to go till 100 Kmph speed. Probably 100 is a better speed…
    I’m using my RE for 3 years.. And had no problems…
    We are proud owners of RE… Don’t care about kids.. As kids ride toys, Men ride ROYAL ENFIELD….. 🙂

  • Funkyfingerz

    RE belongs to museum! or low speed or poor break or watever u say! after 20 or 50 years our RE will be the same !! hope ur bike will last atleast for a 10 years !! brother !

  • Mushtanda

    Royal Enfield and RE Lovers
    “Ram milaye jodi. Ek andha ek kodi.”

    Let me explain:-
    1. RE: Contradicts its own name.
    “Bullet” are you serious?
    Even my dad’s bajaj M can cross 110kmps mark.

    2. RE lovers: Dont understand the difference between music and noise.
    Every time they are questioned, their answer is : Its classic, its Peace of mind and all that.
    Again, are you serious?? Peace of mind… With that noise coming off your ass??
    Hero splender sound better after exaust stuff.

    Here in punjab haryana region, most of the people riding RE are either teens or over 50.

    Because you need balls to ride at 150 or above on India roads.

  • Alan

    Hii guys…….well this is a good article which shows the cons of bullets…but stop fighting, bcoz every bikes are designed for a single purpose.. the power may vary or weight, acceleration, comfort…..it may vary but bikes are for riding…..So all I have got to say is No bikes are bad..every bikes has its own pros and cons……Iam a man who likes the old school charm and I have booked a bullet 500…All I have to say is no bikes are bad…..And of course bullets are good machines and people love to ride the old fucker….and the new bullets are loved because of the old bullets….#Akhil kalsh is right about the service RE provides…the quality of the parts are so poor……However guys there is no need to die for a #Machine…. 😉

  • Deb

    This is a nonsensical comparative pointers. A bullet is just not a ride but an experience, each ride in fact. Either one wants a bullet……or a bike, rightly said by your friend that there are bullets and other bikes in Punjab, indeed in India 🙂

  • 11111 21111

    i drove 12 k kms in 12 months. You should drive hero puch or hero iSmart.. Very light and lots of mileage. Good luck! Most of the enfield owners have cars but they choose to keep this bike too..

  • Pru Holgate

    I have read all of your comments….. and despite your eloquence (haha) I LOVE MY CLASSIC 350….. It easily keeps up with the traffic in the populated areas and on the rural roads I’m happy going at less than the maximum posted speeds (110 kph) due to the poor road conditions….. kangaroos and other hazards etc…… Yes, a DO agree with some of your points BUT, you’re either A Royal Enfield person or you’re not…. 🙂

  • Abhishek Verma

    Guys, its a pity thing to fight over which bike is best. All bullet haters,RE is not asking you to buy their bike so please stop wasting your time over this (anyways they are undulated by the demand so they care less).Ride what you like the main thing is it should connect with you.So happy riding to all folks !!

  • PBS

    I m planning on buying thunderbird 500, in a few days. wat do guys think about the latest thunderbird 500. plz want ur reviews.

    • Akhil Kalsh

      It’s shit.

    • Reeto

      I own a Bullet 500 Twinspark and have ridden the TB500 too. Honestly its not worth the money. Stay away from RE if you like anything that’s quality.

  • Ashish Purohit

    after reading a lot..i am still not sure which bike to get for city-use
    as well as for touring at times…i was thinking of ktm 390…but i have
    a problem regarding the pillion seat..since i will be travelling with
    another person, wouldnt it be uncomfortable for the person seated at the
    back? also you can hardly see places to carry stuff on the duke 390
    unlike RE help a brother out.. plz

  • AKSO

    Thoroughly enjoyed reading your article Akhil. As a writer you have achieved to provoke a reaction from your readers and from the reams penned down post the article, you have met with astounding results.

    The only experience that I have had to ride an Enfield was when I switched bikes with the number of friends who ride Enfields, who by the way also had a good laugh when they read your article. Anyway, the bike switching experience was horrible to say the least in every single aspect that has been discussed here. On one occasion my friend took off on my R15 and kind of refused to give it back for the day. I am wiser now especially with my current Ninja.

    Yes, it is true that many RE riders have a complex when it comes to their bikes and believe it is the best thing on two wheels, which is probably why one doesnt see them mixing with the other riders at stops. For example, it is very rare to see Enfield riders hanging out with the fifty odd biking guys & gals at the Lavasa gate tapri on a Sunday where the only conversation is about bikes, touring places etc. Off late why does one see packs of Enfield bikes, especially the new ones adorned with all those lights and trying to look and ride like the Harley boys?

    By and large I do not ride with my Enfield friends because it is too slow and usually ends up with an Enfield breaking down and where a short 3 hour morning ride turns out to be a full day event with one twiddling fingers by the side of the road whilst the bike is fixed. Ugh!

    A few memorable instances that I recall on the few occasions that I have been out with the Enfields was once when an Enfield suffered 3 punctures on an overnight ride and each time it turned out to be one of the spokes digging into the tube. On another occasion, a K&N filter flew off when this particular rider mentioned he was now going to go fast, which was at a mind numbing speed of around 90-100 kmph on a straight stretch of tarmac. The same rider earlier on a run to Lonavala had a piston flying off whilst demonstrating how high speeds are done. How does it take eight hours to reach Kolhapur from Pune and roughly the same the following day to reach Goa? (Three bikes broke down that trip, off which two were on Chorla ghat).

    I am very fortunate that my Enfield rider friends are passionate about their bikes but are not pig-headed when it comes to appreciating other motorcycles.

    • Akhil Kalsh

      🙂 Fortunate indeed.

  • manmath sahu

    I agree with the writer for the most part. Very poetic style too. All his points are bang on, if he’s referring to the model and the contemporary ones of the one in the picture at beginning of the post. Newer models (models after 2015) are not that bad though. Of course, even new models are not that mean and nimble like duke.

    Case in point, I bought one this June from Mahipalpur showroom, Delhi. I got delivered the same day, with allow wheels, tubeless tyres and disc brakes on both wheels. It was not the default factory fitted option. They charged extra. To each his own.

  • Shadab

    Let us talk about
    1. Technology
    2. Average fuel consumption
    3. Top speed
    4. Smoothness
    5.Liquid Cooling
    6. Valves per cylinder
    7. Power to weight ratio
    What do U have Bullet lovers ?

    • Reeto

      Bullet lovers have a metal vibrator, not needed ego massage since they have paid more for less. Most importantly Bullet lovers have mechanics who have fleeced them enough and continue to do so today

  • Kapil Dogra

    What is happening here? Why you guyz are comparing different bikes built for different purpose? Its all about our choice we find in a machine.

    What kind of riders you are who do not respect each other. Shame on us comparing our machines here and abusing each others. Why it is so important here to win over an argument? Is that really necessary to force your opinion on another? Take a deep breath guyz and think peacefully. If I want to buy a KTM then I must be a speedy rider and if I want to buy a RE then I must be looking for something else other than speed. It depends on our like or dislike. And which motorcycle never get damage or need repair? Is there any ? So end this discussion… Enjoy what you have and make the most of it. Hare Rama..

  • Saugat Chhetri

    The term Bullet in this bike dosen’t refers to speed but sound of bullet from rifles thats why they say “made like gun” and they do sound like bullet.
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    About speed yes, it is slow but its cruiser with long stroke bore and for the shake of that famous bullet sound or thump it sacrifices the Horse Power. Plus its old school vintage motorbike so what you expect man ? its not ultra charged monster super bike. Its the old school British origin bike with traditional old Redditch engine. And Thats what it is, its upto personal preference whether they like vintage ride or modern sports bike or any other genre of motorbike.
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    About the quality its upto Indian manufacturer what they will provide for customer satisfaction. Even though its now made in India it still carry the heritage, DNA and soul of Great Britain as the oldie ride. she indeed is beauty from past, which is immortal in term of that retro look.

  • pankaj

    I agree
    1. Bad sound ok loud you want listen to my after market Yamaha r15 exhaust
    2. Okay CC! What about power? 350 CC with shity 17 bhp kind of joke?
    3. Comfort ! No that not really with bullet
    4. Technology na no ABS with bike worth 1.3 lakh INR
    5. Totally waste atleast i feel

  • Satyendra

    Ohh dear, I wish could give you some advise. Clearly you had your experience with royal einfield, But I guess it’s with some 2nd or 3rd or may be 7-10th hand royal einfield motorcycle. Currently I own a Royal Einfield classic and believe me when I say this, only expense/repairs my bike asked for in last 7 months is regular service and 2 parking bulbs. Other than that I didn’t even checked for tyre pressure from the date of purchase to till now. Royal Einfields are not known for their mileage, mine’s giving between 32-45. What else can you expect from a 350 CC bike with 28 NM of torque. Speed is definitely not good, even I am not satisfied with it. But few things REs are known for are simplicity, longevity and endurance. Other than REs, how many 50 years old bikes can you find running on the roads right now?

    • Reeto

      Dude I am a RE owner too and the hard truth is we own a “piece of shit”

  • Amit

    Your can ride bullet only when u have passion for it. And for the passionate people your point does not make any sense.

  • Rahul M

    Haters would hate.. ! The person who has written this rotten article should go for a hero honda splendor.. LoL.. ! Such a looser you are mothafucka.. LoL.. !

  • Partha Saikia

    Bullet=Slow don’t sum up……
    also
    heavy
    unreliable
    PITA…
    Bicycle like tires
    metallic blob
    Hoax cult
    Hoax Royalty
    A** hole uses them, argues pointlessly about them.

    Bullet = 350cc = only 19 puny horses (matured people)
    Duke 390= 374cc= 43 horses (immature kids)
    XD XD

    Bullet rear tire=110/90 x 18 (bicycle like tyre)

    ktm front tire=110/70 x 17
    ktm rear tire=150/60 x 17

    Bullet = air cooled
    Ktm d390= liquid cooled

    Bullet= no ABS
    Ktm D390= Standard ABS

    …………..end……………

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  • Jaspreet Khalsa

    Dude u r a gay type person who cant understand a mans feeling hahaahaaa

  • G Singh

    YOU ARE TOO HARSH ON BULLET BIKES.
    1. Bullets are fucking slow
    Well some people can not drive fast. But want to ride a bike. It may well be bad for you. But have pity on all those Macho pretending dudes who are too afraid to drive fast Have heart.

    2. Royal Enfields are unreliable
    Fir wohi baat? For some people it relates to their man-hood. Unless the jeans are dirty with oil.The parking areas are marked as oil-soils,
    (Abe tujhe pata nahin yahan meri bike park hoti hai,jaise sher sussu ka nishan chhodta hai, meri bullet oil kenishan chhodti hai}
    and most importantly unless they spend that quality time at the workshop listening to poetry about bullets and also smelling engine oil and rust the bike ownership is not complete. What is this Japanese Nonsense of bikes. Fill it and go work. Are workshop to jyada baar janna hota hai.Kaisi bikes banate hain Japani, kharab hi nahin hoti?
    Bullet is a reliable bike to be unreliable.

    4. Bullets are noisy – and the bad kind of noisy
    Kya baat karrahe ho?
    Listen to the thump of that 150cc auto-tempo. Just like bullet. Its sweet Re. Just to think how much tourque that tempo makes and kabhi kabhi to ittakes 2 tonnes of weight. To have that much power sound to niklega hi na? Think about torque. Bulleteers even go to shops to alter exhausts to make it horrible.Agar log darenge nahin to kaise pata chalega ki macho kisawari hai?

    5. Bullets are unnecessarily heavy
    See you are missing the point. Given that you will have to drag a bullet often. If it is not heavy, how will you show your power of dragging something heavy? Hulki cheeze to koibhi kheench lega. Tabhi to bullet main reserve nahin hota aur tubeless tyres nahin hote. Poochho Kun? Beacause they want to give you max opportunity to drag it. And show how much of a man you are.

    6. Bullets have really bad brakes
    Uff. Breaks are not bad. This bike can not drive fast and suppose you pushed it rickety rickety enjoying free vibration massage, there is a danger the bike may pull apart or you may fall. Particularly of you apply brakes in emergency. Its not bad breaks, no no no no
    its adequate breaks to keep you in between 20 and 35 KMPH. See when it was made in 1950, this was quite a speed. And bullet has sworn to not to change the original set up. It is their legacy. Forget about Triumph and all, they have lost their mind by keeping old looks and adopting modern tech. What do they know? Bullet is proudly as old as it was new in 1950. For a change,they do change colours. And see they even use hand brush to mark that golden line. Cute.So Please if you want a massage, go to a massage parlour. Do not take advantage of the fact that it vibrates so much. And of course drive in between 20 and 35 and see how beautiful breaks work.

    7. Bullets have spoked wheels
    This is because of their legendary legacy. See wheels are not for good support, but good looks. They even give you skiny tyres. Why? so that you do not forget to loose weight. Thats why. Intead of thanking …….And with alloy wheels tubeless tyres are possible. Tell me how will you drag a punctured bike with tubeless tyres . Huh? You want to have alloy wheels and tubeless tyres and suffer them the impossibility of dragging. Bullet riders are men. They like dragging heavy objects once in a while or twice thrice….

    8. Bullets have a fucking long waiting period.
    Again you do not seem to appreciative of the fact that ‘Jo intezaar main maza hai. wo pyar main nahin” How will you worry about whether you took the right decision in booking a bullet. You see when someone books a bullet, he may panic after an hour for hat he has done. Then he will go and buy some magazines surf net and hear folk lore about the battles and read about scary places in Himalayas and thump of a tempo and bullet (How load bearing both are).
    But the real reason is that when you buy a bullet, you will need to know it engineering construction chain cleaning wagerah wagerah. The waiting period is there to let yourself acquaint with nitty grity of things to come. And you blame them for THIS?? THIS? THIS?? Echo please

    9. Royal Enfield doesn’t give a shit about its customers
    Now this is too much. Bullet is not for boys or girls. Na na na na Munna na!!! It is for men and women. It wants you to be independent. If they start caring for customers, how will they find their own solutions? How will tey become men or women?
    You should be nice han?

    I hope you will never complain about a bullet.
    Net time you see a tempo thump thumping NATMASTAK ho jana. Bow your head in admiration for bullet. For a heavy bullet and only bullet can thump likea load pulling struggling tempo like a Bollywood Hero. Dishummm

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  • Shashank Naidu

    Royal Enfield should be banned from the automobile industry , they could use their “all-iron” experience in the gymnasium industry

  • Dhayalan P

    The difference is RE owner marries it and rest just loves it. RE bond lives forever across varies trouble but the other sucks every year passes and breaks and starts whole again. Grow up boys and become Man and get married!!!

  • Kuldeep Singh

    tum chutiya ho bhsd k.. bullet is king of all bykes

  • Mayank Gupta

    Well I read this article in its earlier days, and still went for a Thunderbird 350cc knowing the fact of high maintenance. I had upgraded from Avenger 180(1st Gen.), intial days were charm. I felt having made the best decision. But then the running period got over and I tired to push the bike as much as I could, still could not manage over 120kmph, in that too it was more of a body massager than a bike where from head to toe every part of my body was vibrating as hell. 70Kmph is the max speed it can go without any vibrations, my avenger could do 80+ easily and had tested to 100 max. I am very particular to my bike’s maintenance, even the smallest issue would be resolved the same day, due to this I had to visit the service station over 50 times in less than 17 months of ownership, it practically made me hate the bike. 17 months earlier or even say 12 months earlier I would laugh at the ones who made fun of an Enfield, but now I know who was the real loser out there. I have finally sold it off and I couldn’t be any happier. Planning to go back to my trusted brand Bajaj, but this time going in for Pulsar AS200. I believe peace of mind is more important than to have a cult status of owning an Enfield.

  • sunny

    I have read many comments here. how they are talking about RE, Pulsar and KTM. All these bikes are made for different kind of purpose. I heard Someone wrote, KTM is nothing compare to RE. KTM is 15 times Dakar rally champion (If RE guys know about DAKAR then they know what KTM can do). RE none, Never participated. so don’t boast. Talk about riding exp. RE can’t chase KTM pulsar(Above 200 models) even RE tries. because it is not made for it. Riding comfort is not as compare to pulsar. Performance of RE is not greater then these bike at all. KTM and pulsar are fast, handling is good and fully utilizes the HP when it needed. One said, once he shifted to top gear and speed is 80Km. no one can chase him, Kidding 80 km lol. you are too slow buddy. I have RE and KTM both and I know the differences. if I think only about bike, KTM and pulsar are better than RE. but they all are made for different purpose. so can’t compare. Still RE for long ride is really uncomfortable then other two. Last and not least KTM and pulsar can do better than RE in long route with minimum technical issues. Can say about KTM it is way better than both Pulsar and RE. my bike is RE classic 350 2013 FYI. total riding Exp bike only more than 70k KM. I really love to ride bikes any day.

  • Bharath Sourav

    honest truth…its fucking unreliable…i was gonna buy a RE a week before a was going to book…my cousin got a desert storm…after 8months (approx) in that one week he complained…something was not working(electric start i think…it wasnt clear…i hered..my cousins talking about it)i didnt care much …one day before i was gonna book that my cousin told nt to buy RE….(exactly the probs what you described in the post)…..nw after so many testdrives..nd research am gonna buy a RC390

  • Rohith J Nair

    One year late but thua being my fisrt comment in thia site I think I can be pardoned.Coming to the point, Oh man!! We could be best friends!! This piece is up there Joe motocross’s ladakh travelogue on advrider site aptly named as “India: Delhi through Kashmir on a Royal piece of …. “. Link for everyone’s entertainment http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/india-delhi-through-kashmir-on-a-royal-piece-of.649091/

  • Mangesh Kshirsagar

    I have RE Electra, I have travelled Sangamner- Bhopal distance 3 time in one day almost 670km in a day. Never had pain in back or any body pain. I have covered Jammu Leh Manali Chandigarh trip, after 2.5 years and 25000km my bike is still not punctured. Mileage is 42km/litre. I usually drive at speed of 70 to 80kmph. I don’t think I can drive so long on Pulser i.e. 670 km.

    After one year my battery got down and bike makes cracking sound while kick or button start.

    I have done only first serving in Authorized Centre all others with different local mechanics. But I think its not good practice.

  • teja

    Hello people,

    I am a bulleteer since 18 years of age( bike’s my dads) and it is of 1952 model. The point here is the passion towards it. I know that its heavy and costs a lot to maintain but once you understand the classic beat of the bike you will for sure forget the bad times that you have had wid the bike and for the people who are passionate about it enjoy the ride rather than criticising the bike.

    Respect the bull bro!!! As we respect your bike.at the end of the day we are all riders!!!

    Have a safe ride

  • himanshu

    i think u just made a big deal out of it….. so u hate bullets, get over it. maybe i hate u, mmmmmmmmm yea ill make a bloody blog out of it. its a fine genius peice of work , not like any other out on the road. and its not for u. go buy a ktm or smthn.

  • Satya

    yes, bullets are heavy,
    yes, they are slow,
    yes, its got long waiting period,
    yes, it has shitty breaks.
    yes, its noisy,
    yes, it has got a bad customer relation.

    But still i own it, I LOVE riding it… its thump is music for me . i service & repair my bike myself…

    You or even ur dad have a problem with that?? you know ppl like u r called fucking sadist.. can stand by others happiness… u creepy asshole.!!

  • Vaibhav Kaushik

    There is no comparison here. I cannot ride a bullet because I love fast bikes. I have done 500kms in 8 hrs as well on an uncomfortable bike. That doesn’t mean bullets and cruisers are bad. This is just your opinion mate nothing else. I can give you a link of the article which says 250 reasons why you should not ride a sports bike but that wont change shit. You love what you love. And let’s not divide our biking community like this fellas. We are above this. Even if you ride on your activa for 500km you will find me riding with you. That’s what this community is all about. Just riding. Don’t divide us jerks.

  • sajwan p

    Dude all you said is about the old models the new bullet models now a days have great speed ,my classic 350 goes upto 130+km/HR with ease and also have plenty of pickup and loads of torque besides milage is also great around 40km per Lt even more on highways ,bullet is heavy that’s it’s beauty and personality it’s all metal body not a plastic or carbon fibre junk like other bikes ,bullet is not having bad noise it’s just because people change there exaust to the much more noisy one, bullet is having long waiting period because it’s in great demand and RE is doing very well as compared to other bike companies in india it’s sale is much much higher these days that too without any shitty and false advertising or propoganda ,bullets are very reliable and most comfortable bike for long distance and challenging roads you won’t even feel the pain in your back and the only thing which I agree with you is about the wheels and tyres but that problem is also solved just by switching to alloy wheels and making the tyres tubeless . So don’t complain and own one and then feel the beauty of this beast it’s the most strongest bikes in india you can not feel such great thump and enjoyment even on harley davidson for indian roads royal enfields are best and they can survive with ease upto long long years you will buy one today and your kids will be usi g it after 30 years with great comfort and reliability.

  • Love Gambler

    It’s the cult following that has kept RE alive till now. They have stone age tech in cyber tech world. They do have a deep feeling of Nostalgia but now we do need some tech updates on the bike. No wonder people are braging about KTM, it’s the best thing out there to buy to for that orice tag specially the grin you have when you ride one. Royal Enfield is not made to ride fast. It’s made to ride slowly and enjoy the journey, while KTM is for new Gen peeps who lobes everything blazing fast. Even I want a KTM but buying an Enfield just for that dug dug dug wali feel

  • ejnibs

    are you an idiot by birth or are you acting as if u r a fucking idiot???
    Royal Enfield Bullet has the class and style which a dumb dickhead like you cannot understand i believe.
    u say shitty noice?? unnecessarily heavy??spoked wheels??shitty mileage??fucking slow??
    u fucking asshole,, it shows the royal image its not the demerits its the advantage of having a bullet?
    then the best thing fo you is to take you bicycle on top of a hill and jump from there, u’l get good speed and mileage too bitch..
    u call urslf “riderzone”, you must b riding your dick into ur nostrils ,,next time try to ride a bike and then write a blog about it…

  • vimalenduuniyal

    ohh yeah, one more thing. I guess on Indian roads and highway traffic it’s almost impossible to reach more than 120 or something though I’ve done it on my 500 CC. Desert storm and 100 km/h on 350 cc, but that was one of the best routes some parts of Bangalore to Chennai Highway.

  • vimalenduuniyal

    Omg, such a long article and then fighting in msgs. Lol… no need to convince anyone to ride any type of bike; rather it’s a personal choice. Some people like not too fast but steady journey so choose RE and others who like fast choose KTM, Pulsar etc. Obviously, RE ain’t a racing bike but with my little knowledge and experience about bikes, RE is not meant for all but I myself don’t like light bikes. KTM and its kind look good on college goers but RE is like a more matured rider’s bike (especially in price, if u compare it with other same segment bikes i.e. Harley, Truimph etc.). As far as technical problems on the journey is concerned, it can happen to any riding machine but true, if it happens with RE then due to its more weight a lil problematic but again weak guys hardly own RE.
    P.S. I’ve ridden variety of bikes that includes 100- 1200 cc bikes.

  • Alok RE

    Bruhh!! You gotta personal take on RE.
    You probably haven’t met the real Bullet riders. You won’t believe you will have an awesome balance even if you CROSS the speed of 100KMPH. Proud owner of RE and would never think of anything else even if I buy an Indian branded two wheeler thousand times. Compare anywhere, the modern Classic have unbelievable pick up speed than any other bikes in this range. You might probably be left behind on Pluto!!School boys.. Enjoy your Toys!!

  • Daman Mohan

    The fact that kids riding KTMs are talking about what motorcycling is about is as funny as shit gets.
    A KTM is a sports bike that was designed for speed. A Royal Enfield was designed to navigate through almost all kinds of terrain.
    No one is saying KTMs suck. Ride a KTM when you want the thrill of speed.

    And when you want to enjoy your ride, your journey, ride a cruiser. A Royal Enfield, a Harley Davidson, a Triumph. Whatever.

    KTM has nothing to do with the ‘spirit of Motorcycling’. It’s about speed. That’s it.

    The heavy bikes aren’t designed for speed and wouldn’t be what they are if they had been. It’s all about what each person wants in life, wants from his bike.

    I’m not even going to acknowledge the imbeciles asking people to walk if they want to enjoy their journey. Not everything is about speed. Not everyone wants to ride for pleasure.

    You don’t like an Enfield, say it doesn’t suit your taste. And fuck off.
    You don’t like a KTM, say it doesn’t suit your taste. And fuck off.

    I personally ride for the pleasure of riding. I ride so I can enjoy every moment of the ride. Royal Enfields work for me. Triumphs work for me.

    I’ve ridden KTMs and enjoyed riding them. They’re class-A machines. I enjoy the adrenaline rush I get when it accelerates like a rocket. But it doesn’t make me ache to come back to it. And that doesn’t mean I bad-mouth KTMs.

    KTMs rule. For what they do.
    Triumphs rule. For what they do,
    Harleys rule. For what they do.
    Enfields rule. For what they do.

    What cruisers do talks to me. Connects with me. And hence, they mean more to me that the rest.

    Grow up. See the world. Do what you want to do. Live.
    STOP being dim-witted assholes, trying to burn people with jokes you read on the internet.

  • Math Genius

    There’s no fuel gauge on 350s

  • Palash Awasthi ੴ

    Hi Akhil Kalsh..
    First of all these bikes are not meant to be compared ..
    They stand in two different leagues!
    But still if you want to know why we love ROYAL ENFIELD watch this … https://youtu.be/O-JwZfLKX1U you might get an answer!

  • Sujeet Nair

    I loved reading your article Akhil, though I’m an ardent RE fan. I was smiling and laughing at all the analogies and skillful writing and spot on humor! Thoroughly enjoyed the read. Keep writing….

  • Subrat senapati

    Guys for 5k one can one can get a nice classy Oxford style shoes or a great sporty nike running shoes… But fools will be the ones who compare these 2 shoes… You cant run with Oxford shoes, actually u can hardly brisk walk… But then one cant appreciate less of the smartness of the shoes.

    But when its time to hit the track nike is your savior…the design, the engineering behind the curves, shape and traction of the shoes are simply awesome…

    Now tell me would you take out nike for business meeting or Oxford shoes for sprint session.. Not to mention that you habe to polish oxford ones every single day…

    But thats the charm and beauty of both the shoes…

    This is India and many cant even think of getting either oxford shoes or nike and they do everything from walking to running with flip-flops. Given an option to buy only one, it boils down to personal taste. Whether gets that retro classy black shiny oxford shoes but just walks around and has to clean and shine it every morning or gets the jazzy flashy hip nike shoes and runs till he is out of air in lungs plus just washes it once a month. ☺
    But lucky is the man who has both and uses them as per his mood and requirements.
    I hope every one understands the analogy.

    Friends, we are all matured guys. I read the comments below. They are funny, no doubt. But we can always show more respect and humbleness to our fellowmates. Abusive language not just ruins the whole discussion but also points out our frustration.

    Happy riding

    Peace

  • Giridhar K.

    Personally I respect your opinions as they are your own,

    Yet I am trying to give my opinion on points you raised.

    • Bullets are fucking slow: Because elephant always walk slow, but if he start to run jungles will be ruined.

    • Royal Enfield’s are unreliable: That is the case of any Machine if not maintained properly.

    • Bullets are noisy – So does Dukes, Hondas, Yamahas or any other Bike if the original Silencers tweaked.

    • Bullets have really bad brakes. At least better than all the bikes available in India

    • Bullets give shitty mileage: Don’t ask average to guy driving Bullet, because average guy cannot afford to drive a Bullet. ( yet for your knowledge my Classic 350 (2015) gives 53 on highways and 40 to 43 in Mumbai City)

    • 6.Bullets are unnecessarily heavy: After all its an elephant in Bikes, must be heavy. After all Mercedes never towed, it’s get picked up. Same is the case of Bullet

    • Bullets have spoked wheels: That’s Heritage, that’s Tradition. That’s USP.

    • 8: Bullets have a fucking long waiting period: after all these negative points you are still interested in buying one. That’s Great.

    • Royal Enfield doesn’t give a shit about its customers: This can also happen with other manufacturers as well as buyers of other bikes.

    Happy riding….

  • Daddy

    Alright, this definitely give a dent to my RE Classic 500 dreams. Heres a little intro about myself. 30 year-old married guy, uses ‘Hero Honda Passion 2002 Model (lets call this bike HH)’ for every day commute to office (around 70 kms everyday – Rohini, Delhi to Gurgaon). Important to note that my HH has sure scaled ~500 kms (Delhi- Jaipur- Delhi) within a day. HH has been with me since long 14 years now without any complaints (school to college to work years) until last year, when for the first time in its life, the engine piston had to be changed due to ‘white smoke emission’ from the muffler. However, it was only then I did wake-up to realize, I need to change it to a better one. Obviously, I did think of RE Classic 350, first coz of the invincible hype of RE and second the immense ‘masculine’ factor attached to it, say, by media or the owners or whoever you name it. After spending a good time reading this and the comments (funny ones too) that followed, I really did get confused. Before reading this, I really did like the RE brand (I couldn’t just settle for Bajaj’s Avenger, coz of its poor quality spares that come with bike or wot you call ‘stock’ – Have experienced it on my cousin’s Avenger). With Avenger kind of a ‘cruiser’ eliminated, theres hardly any ‘old school’ machine available. Lets please not riff on Yamaha’s enticer – Thats plain bad taste to me. Shelling out around INR 1L for a Bajaj Pulsar or a Honda Hornet or Hero Karizma is just too much waste of money I think. Though I think REs are overtly priced as well, yet, the demand seems to be soaring too high with too many little champs (yes, am referring to the funnier lot of kids with blown out silencers and pressure horns following rickshaws with chicks on them). Classic 500 today sells at INR 1.9k which is a big amount for me. Moment I was getting down to a decision to it, I did read this mammoth of an article with its comments. Too confused, yet inclined for RE. Could some GENUINE OWNER of RE help with their TRUE experience. Please.

    • Jayesh Sangle

      Hello Daddy,

      I am owner of Thunderbird 350 from past 2 years and used hero passion previously. I daily travel 60kms on my bullet. if u compare ktm and RE, ktm’s are faster and has high torque than RE. But as u used passion for many years and want upgrade just because of piston then definately speed is not your concern. Any RE bike can go to 80km/h easily without vibrations. After 90km/h u can feel vibrations. But for 70kms daily travel RE is comfortable even in the traffic as well. Initially u feel its heavier in traffic but after one week things will be normal. If u go for duke then u will face problem of its hard clutch in the traffic and it leads to frustration. These bikes are good for long trip where u want to cover distance in short period. Also for pillion its too difficult to sit on ktms for long time. While on Bullets pillion can sit for long time. Nowdays bullets are less noisy if u stick to original silencer. If speed is not ur concern then definately go for it if fits in ur budget.

      Jayesh

      • Daddy

        Thanks Jayesh. This is definitely a breather for me. You are right in saying “speed is not your concern”. Yet reliability is. With some more hands-on reviews on reliability, I did ask many of RE owners (fresh ones and old) about it. And many of them did tell me about the issues with battery which wears off in 4-5 months of the first year. Apart from that CL350/ 500 and Thunderbird 350/ 500 were not so troublesome amongst the population. Few of the owners did complain about a significant drop in ‘mileage’ right after replacing the muffler (silencer). For the weight bit, I guess, when it RE, such weight is bound to come. Few of the owners did ask me not to buy alloy wheels which turn out weaker as compared to spokes. This, however, was not a problem for me coz am a fan of the machine-styled look of the RE. For the speed, I am not a speed racer, and prefer riding at a speed comfortable to me (like any biker/ cruiser). For a KTM or a Ninja, the speed is all what it is about. Yet with the kind of traffic I usually face (Delhi to Gurgaon and back)… Any KTM owner looks rather funny in that traffic. For the sound, yes, REs with changed mufflers are too noisy (the bad kind). Anyway, its a personal choice to be moron with all the noise and calling it thump or the bike talking to you or melancholy of life. Yet, (not comparing to REs with stock (original) mufflers), the KTMs sound like some ‘tullu pump’ running which is rather funnier. For the pricing, yes, BOTH KTMs and REs are overpriced and are NOT value for your money. Yet, its a personal choice to have that additional masculine feeling with RE or the extra speed with KTMs.

  • Anirudh Ghoshal

    When your bike cant do speeds….learn to admit it instead of becoming a saint

  • mayank dobhal

    shit man!!!
    I was writing a similar article…
    never knew one already existed…

  • Tony

    50kms of riding a bullet, the author has given a page long negative opinion about a legend. Before I write any further, let me tell you a bit about myself. I am 37 years old and have been a rider since 1996. I rode more than 3.5 lac km across India (except eastern india) including 3 trips to Leh via Khardungla and a recent one to Bangkok. More than 80% of my riding has been on Enfield(s) and the longest I have done in a
    day is 800 kms. I currently ride a Royal Enfield – Desert Storm 500 (REDS). Your
    basis of comparison is biased.

    Royal Enfield makes motor cycles and not bikes. It’s like men vs boys. I cannot compare an Enfield with a Honda, Pulsar, Yamaha or a KTM. That would be an insult to the legend. However, I do believe they’re all good and we ultimately decide to buy one basis our preferences.

    I will debate on your points below:

    “RIDING IS AN ART’’: If you don’t agree with me on this then you may not read this from hereon. It will not make sense to you. There is a difference between ‘biking’ and ‘riding’. Riding is not about reaching from point A to point B in a recorded time. That’s called
    ‘biking’. Enfield is a cruiser and you will enjoy riding it at 80 kmh much more than you would enjoy biking at that speed. If you wish to ride at greater speeds than that, get yourself a jet dude. Think of loved ones before biking above that speed on
    Indian city roads. Jeez, grow up boy!

    “Comfort”: Don’t tell me Enfield is uncomfortable. Are you comparing it to a Harley? In our club, even those guys who don’t have Enfield’s agree with its riding comfort. 30-40 mins of biking a Duke gives me a backache. Moreover, it cannot be a negative point as seats are customizable and one can choose to put any sort of seat he likes. It’s all about customizing as per your liking buddy.

    “Unreliable – The French Couple”: This is the most hilarious of all. Did you check which year model Enfield they were riding? I am a member of a riding club (not a biking club) with more than 1400 riders & the last time I heard an Enfield have a chain problem was in 1999. I am sure the French couple had rented the Enfield from from manali/kasol/bashisht/old manali enroute to leh. Let me tell you the locals there are cheaters. They would typically refurbish 80’s or 90’s bullets and rent them out to firangs. That’s like 30 years old bikes. Can you tell me if a hero honda or a Yamaha or a whatever could even think of crossing khardungla in those days? Pl don’t compare a 1980’s Enfield with a 2000’s shitty bike, that’s unfair.

    “Bad Brakes” – No comments. If you are biking on speeds more than 100kmh on city roads, not even good brakes can save you in times of an accident. God Bless you mate.

    “Noisy, shitty mileage” – It’s not a noise mate. It’s a tiger roaring while on the kill. You will never ever ever ever and forever understand what it is to ride a bullet. 30-35 kmpl is reasonable for a beast of that size/weight. If you can’t afford it, do not even think about an Enfield forget writing about it.

    “Long Waiting Periods” – Does that not conclude the debate? J. And still you compare the legend with jokers. Just to give you a perspective, I migrated to Australia in 2014 but came back early this year as I did not like it there. I took my RE-DS with me. From day one, guys in the neighborhood had their eyes on the beast. Within a week an aussie offered to exchange it with his HD Fat boy (2011 model, 9500kms done) and 2000 dollars in cash. I refused the offer since I was not hands on with a Harley. And just a few days before I was to return to India, I sold it off to the same guy for 8k dollars (4 lac INR approx). That’s the value this beast has in other parts of the world. I bought a new one within a week of being back in Mumbai 🙂

    “Don’t give a shit about its customers”: Yes, maintenance of RE is expensive as compared to bikes. However, I have never faced a problem with them in 20 years. I have sound technical knowledge of my RE-DS and the service guy is never able to take me for a ride. I know what I need and that’s exactly what I get. Enfield is for motorcycle lovers who understand the ‘Art of Riding’ and are passionate about learning and enjoying more and more of it every day of their life. It’s not a bike which you take to get veggies from the supermarket or withdraw cash from an ATM or got for your tuitions. If you value your bike on those parameters, RE is not your game.

    @Kanhay Athalye you shit head, do you even know what you are writing? Keep your below par technical knowledge with you man. Do you even know that punctures are not technical faults and can happen to any bike? Go get some life dude. I guess you are one of those intellect deficient loud mouthed modern day youths who grew up getting bullied by the big Enfield riders and never got a chance to ride one yourself.

    Do not compare Paneer with Chicken, if you know what I mean. I like both but I still don’t compare. A Royal Enfield will eat Honda for breakfast, Pulsar for Lunch, Hero for dinner and probably fart out a KTM next morning…. Burrrrrp!

    • Anirudh Ghoshal

      Please contact me dickhead. MY CELLPHONE NUMBER IS +91-9571250697….. bcoz u know nothing about “The Art and Joy of Riding”. Your experience of so many years has simply gone waste….God bless your mind.

  • Satyendra

    I belong to middle class family, so I never had a bike more than 150 CC in past. But still I managed to complete more than 3,50,000 KMs on my various two wheelers(Bajaj Super 1990, Bajaj Wind 125 2003, Bajaj Calibre 115 2003, Bajaj Pulsor 2006, Yamaha FZ 2009) and finally the ROYAL EINFIELD. Believe it or not, it’s true, You can not compare the feeling of riding an RE bike with any other Indian bike. This time I could have gone for some sports bike like R15, CBR250 , RC200 or a duke. And I am happy to end up with an RE machine. Still looking for a sports bike cheaper than 4 Lakhs, but I don’t think there is any good sports bike available in India in my budget. They all are craps. I would love to have a bike like Aprilia RS 125. Can you suggest any???

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  • Batman117

    1. Bullets are fucking slow

    becoz these bikes are mostly cruiser bikes even though RE puts them under street bikes category. Cruiser bikes are meant to be slower than sports bike.

    2. Royal Enfields are unreliable

    Totally agree. The build quality of bullet is shitty. most of the bikes has manufacturing defects. even one of my friend got his engine replaced under warranty. I own a thunderbird 500 stone and its also has some camshaft problem and its yet to be fixed.
    Its been 6 months since i owned this bike and i am visiting RE service station after every 15-20 days for some reason.

    3. Bullets are noisy – and the bad kind of noisy
    enfield sounds better than most of bikes in the same price range plus its all about customization. you can get variety of sounds based on exaust you choose though i admit there are some very bad sounding exausts available too. When ever i start my thunderbird with heavy thumper exaust while the signal is about to turn green, people turn back to look at he bike and keep it admiring.

    4. Bullets have really bad brakes
    bullet and classic have bad brakes bust most bikes with rear drum brake have inefficient braking. Though thunderbird and GT both are excellent in braking and road grip.

    5. Bullets give shitty mileage
    My thunderbird 500 gives a mileage of 40-50 on highways bul its shitty in city traffic of bangalore with just 15 kmpl. But thunderbird is meant to be driven on long trips and highway cruising.

    6.Bullets are unnecessarily heavy
    Well its not a weak plastic and fiber body. These retro bikes are meant to be heavy.
    again these are not sports bike so they did not optimize it for speeding.

    7. Bullets have spoked wheels
    coz bullet is all about customization. company provides you with basic wheels,handles and seats but you have the option to customize even the nuts and bolt on a enfield and that not even heavy on your pocket.

    8: Bullets have a fucking long waiting period
    everybody wants a bullet that is why! I think you didn’t get yours on time. 😛

    9. Royal Enfield doesn’t give a shit about its customers:
    well it has not happened with me yet . They have treated me well till now but i admit they dont give a shit. i also agree i hate the company but love the bikes (personally i hate classic the most coz of poor build quality and over price tag).

    finally its upto you which category of bikes you like. If you want a long driving cruiser or heavy bike then RE is the cheapest and value for money after HD, Hyosung. oh! there is bajaj avenger too the cheapest one!

    Moral of the story: Don’t compare Duke and thunderbird coz they are priced almost the same. Theese bikes are completely opposite to each other in speed and comfort.

  • Zu’Ba Ir Me’Er

    -_- Itz Really Not About Speed , Itz About Class 🙂 ITZ all about the attention u get when u r riding a enfield ,
    U say itz fuckin noisy yah baby itz noisy thatz the reason it gives uh a thrill everytime u ride ua enfield 🙂
    Itz Heavy ,Bitch Pease itz a manly thing n it should be heavy 🙂
    Itz Not Fast even harley davidson 500 is not fast
    BOYS RIDE TOYS MEN RIDE ENFIELD
    U Can Just ride a bike full of plastic shit 🙂
    n u say long waitin yah bro these bikes deserve this waitin period when a person can wait for a ktm or pulsar shit for 1 month ha ha ha ha

    • Anirudh Ghoshal

      Ghanta…..you freakin attention whore….. roaming around the city on a marriage venue generator….

  • jay masurkar

    thunderbird is great it is totally different from the standard bullet or classic it is just awesome acceleration is mind boggling sound is just perfect handling is great and it comes packed with modern features like rear discs projector headlamps digital instrument cluster etc go for it

  • Sriramprasath Manivannan

    I’m buying a new Desert storm 500. I came across this random article. My oh my, so much hate? Lol! If the bike doesn’t make sense to you, you don’t have to be a cry baby and whine like this here. A true biker will know what cruising is and will respect people who like to go slow, from what you speak you sound more like a punk school kid than a mature rider. We bull riders have our own reason to ride it. We don’t ride it for economy or making time or to get attention. The guy riding a bike with orange wheels and the florescent body work is the real attention whore, we don’t give a shit. We ride it because we like it, no reason for anyone else to feel this butt hurt.

  • ashvin singh

    Hahaha a guy who doesn’t understand what is “feel of riding” , is reviewing Bullet. Enough said.

    • Anirudh Ghoshal

      Generator from a marriage fixed into a metal frame.. and then people try to ride on that frame after attaching 2 wheels…..oh wait….i think that was Royal Enfield….

  • Bhak I don’t like plastic

    To all the Royal Enfield haters……. Our bike is made of steel not plastic…. so u think plastic is stronger than steel…. bhakwass kids do ur homework and shits… stop talking nonsense here cause I knw…. what u guys want ride fast reach the destination and get bored…. where is the fun in that

    • Anirudh Ghoshal

      Tre lohe m jitna dum ho na….dikha lena…..just like u get a jugad by attaching generator to a cart and transfer passengers…same is bullet….only difference is 2 wheels less and iron frame instead of cart

  • Sandeep Gabhale

    Royal Enfield is seriously a jugaad motorcycle. we are manly with our personality/attitude not with this metal shit. Someone in comments wrote that I’m using bullet since 30 years.. it simply contributing to pollute environment. Royal Enfield is just a hype created by lonely idiots to show-off their failure with the noisy metal thrash.

  • terraccan

    Everything you said about bullet makes sense. Afterall, it’s just a bike, but dude where did you get this very funny information about Christianity??!! I’m not a religious fanatic but what you said is crap. It’s obvious that you have no idea what it is and just making some stupid comments to get attention. Who has ever told you that you have to pay to stay with it and to get some use of it?

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  • Rajarshi Banerjee

    If you “bullet peepal” enjoy the journey so much, why not just walk. God gave you feet right? If not, then use a wheel chair to get places. The fact that you brought a vehicle means you want to get there fast. If it wasn’t as I said, People would never have invented vehicles. Let alone the bullet. Stop thinking you have the worlds best bike. Its “A” bike not “THE” bike. Learn to admit defeat like a man rather than whining like a baby who thinks his mickey mouse watch is better than a every other watch out there.

    • Anirudh Ghoshal

      The best reply……luv u bro…..fuck these re owners and lovers

  • Sarthak Singh

    @Akhil. Holy Shit bro, I go out to sea for a few months and THIS is what I come back to? I laughed so fucking hard you have no idea man! Manginas and peanut dicks?? Really?
    Anyway, I’m in India for a while. Will be in Mumbai in Feb. Hit me on Facebook, let me know your plans, let’s chat.
    Ciao man, take care and ride hard!

  • Rao Mohit

    Helllll…….. Real mens ride enfield….this is true…..
    ride bullet chest automatically pump up…..

    No bike beat RE …..

    • Anirudh Ghoshal

      No bikes beats re

      Bcoz they are already faaaaaaaaar ahead

  • i liked the humor in your article. The only reason i wont buy an RE is that i if the bullet falls there is no way i can make it stand by myself.. i cant imagine everyone laughing at me trying to pull that thing up

  • Abhishek

    Best part about bullet is that you just need to cruise at 40-50kmph to enjoy it. I can’t enjoy any other bike at that speed (among bikes less than 400k). That makes it much safer bike. Otherwise the brakes are not good at all and that means that it’s not meant to be ridden fast.
    It’s also not exclusive anymore (atleast in metros)
    I think it’s overpriced, but then, there’s no competition so it’s expected.
    Milage(fuel efficiency) is not an issue, most of the lifestyle bikes willl give lesser milage. The biggest problem is reliability as far as i know.

  • Ashley Thomas Thekkolil

    A narrow minded, sub standard mind can be the only source for articles like the above..
    1) Bullets are indeed fast.. They can keep cruising at and above 80 comfortably without any strain on the engine for hours and hours continously. And it is true that bullets are not owned and run for the speed they offer.It is the feel . And thats enoyed by people with some sort of maturity. This article as well as the fact that the author does not like a bullet exposes his immaturity.. I dont even need to say that
    2) Reliability – partly true.. Enfield is not as reliable as a Honda or similar technology. Although reliability has improved a lot since the new UCE engines came into existence.
    3) Bullets are not at all noisy.. Its the users choice to cchange the exhaust note. BUt the same can be done on all bikes. There are hundreds of bulleteers who prefer the standard exhaust note. and thousands with slight modification. Of course some guys do make it ugly.
    4) Bullet brakes are not bad at all. except standard 350, all models have a front disc brake and bank drums. For people who know how to accelerate and deccelerate properly this is more than enough.
    5) Not at all. Bullets give very good mileage. For all 350 cc bikes you get 45 average and for 500 cc vehicles you get between 35 – 40.. or even 42 – 43
    6) Bullets are heavy – Yes, indeed and it gives more stability. If you dont like heavy bikes, go for something else.,
    7) Tubeless tyres -Yes there are many more things that an RE does not have, Maybe they will make their appearance soon. Or owners can always get it done
    8) Waiting period – so do other premium bikes. Even An activa with state of the art assembly like has a waiting period.
    9) customer service – correct. customer service is bad

    • Anirudh Ghoshal

      Whoever you are…. you thinking the author to be immature for hating bullet shows your own immaturity

  • ADI-D

    If I find you anywhere near me I’ll kick ur ass straight up to ur mouth. Saale pehle gaadi chalana seekh phir baath kar. kabhi bullet chalaya bhi hai? Bas bakwaas kare ja raha hai aur gaali likhta social site hai is liye chup hu. Tu Bas LUNA-TVS XL chala.

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      Generator

  • nirmal

    fuck offff……!!!!!! i hate this editor and those guys who complain about an enfield. just get an enfield and complain about it. have u guys ever driven an enfield.
    even initialy i am a sports bike lover. i was planning to buy duke 200. but when i rode a royal enfield thunderbird 350 in a hilly road, i just went crazy on it. it was realy a thing to be kept in a museum because it had that much of perfection in it. yeah ofcourse it has got vibrations but its the thump that is given to the rider. you can never experience that thump in a sports bike like duke or something else. well it is extremely slow when compared to duke. but it has got enough acceleration and torque for these indian roads. well we travel in just 70kmph, that is the cruising speed. it would be great to ride in that speed only in an enfield. u can never enjoy it in a duke. Enfield is a torque monster not a race bike. come on i bet with u guys… u cant even catch the smoke of an enfield in hilly roads. and the brakes are not bad as u guys complain. it has got more than enough stopping power. they have got tones of stopping power. I am an proud owner of ROYAL ENFIELD THUNDERBIRD 350. and there is nothing like u guys complain. first ride and then say it as a worst one.
    my frnd owns a 1972 bullet and still now shines as a new one and engines stay perfect as they are new. andnot as ur pulsars and karizmas. i still love my enfield. u ride and u will also love it. and if ur still complaining abt it… fuck off guys…!!!!!!!

    • Anirudh Ghoshal

      You can ride a re at 70kmph continously bcoz it feels riding at a considerable speed…given the old tech….u wont be able to do on any 150+cc bike in India apart from bullet bcoz after riding forcefully at 70kmph for max 10min you would simply get bored….and simply twitch the throttle….oh sorry I forgot u guys cant accelerate much….your bike becomes a vibrating dildo of a pornstar after it crosses 110-115kmph….

  • Gill Jatt

    Too little knowledge is a dangerous thing, my friend. I very very rarely comment on the Internet but your bigotry and flawed reasoning got the better of me.

    Let us discuss your points one by one:

    1. They are slow

    Oh! are they? You seem to me the ‘frog of the well’ kinds. The Old cast iron ones reach 100 easily (how do I know? I have owned two) and the UCE ones reach more and C5 reaches 130 (reaches 60 in 3.6 seconds and 100 within 10 seconds)
    I am not saying that the plastic things are not faster, it’s just that there is no need for faster bikes on Indian roads. You may have to ride your bike on Auto Bahn to go faster than that and anyway motor bike speeds above 100 on Indian roads are for those with suicidal tendencies.

    Food for thought: Maximum speed for a two wheeler on any Indian road is 70 km hr and they are not allowed on expressways.
    And yes, according to you, almost everyone over speeds in India, so you want to do it too, but then 60% of India defecates in the open, too (626 million defecate in the open in India alone and 150 million in rest of the world combined)

    Why RE owners go slow:
    They are men with character and follow respect the speed limits.
    They want to enjoy the ride and each and every thump.
    You being a punjabi must be aware of the phrase:
    “Do paer ghat turna par turna madak de naal”
    (I walk two steps less but whatever I do, I do it with a swag, pride and dignity)

    (Do – Two
    Paer – Steps
    Ghar – less
    Turna – walk
    Madak – combination of pride, dignity and swag.
    De naal – with)

    Yes that is what the bulleteers believe in.

    One thing more, they may go slow but they command a following and that is the precise reason why you followed the bull, even though admittedly, there was a wide open road in front of you.

    2. Are unreliable

    You seem to be kidding! You are talking about the bikes that have been on the frontline and have been parachuted into war zones (RE flying flea) and still have plenty of shit left after being auctioned to civilians as ex army bikes. I have seen plastic jap crap falling from its stand, even when stationary and cracking at least 3-4 plastic parts.

    You are calling RE unreliable on the basis of a badly maintained rental bike being ridden on one of the most testing terrains in the world.
    I and my RE have been to Ladakh and even I have seen the plastic Japanese things broken down.

    3. They are noisy

    Yes, only the ones which have been fiddled with, too much. But you shouldn’t have a problem as you yourself admit that you like the sound made by the stock exhaust and it is the noise made by the modified ones that you abhor and no one’s putting a loaded gun on your head and forcing you to change the stock exhaust.
    So you are free not to make any modifications to the stock exhaust and enjoy the sound you like.

    Just because someone else modified his thing is no reason to hate the original thing. Your bigotry comes to the fore here.

    4. Bad brakes

    IMO disc brakes are enough for a stable long wheel base bike made of metal, with a power of 350-500 cc for which max speed is 130. (There is no need to carry an umbrella when it is not raining.)

    5. Mileage
    Mileage is not bad for a 350 cc or 500 cc bikes (especially with the newer ones). Bigger tanks are available just in case you want bigger range while going to remote areas like Leh Ladakh.

    6. They are heavy

    Yes, manhood is a bit heavy. RE separates the men from the boys. Just like some boys shave off their beards just because they can’t stand the weight of their manhood and want to resemble women as closely as possible (sometimes even shave against the grain and cut themselves for the closest girlie look)

    Metal is meant to be heavy, my friend, just as a muscular guy is heavier than a skinny one.

    It is no secret that the Royal Enfields have been on almost all kinds of terrain in India while in service of the army and here goes your off roading talk out of the window.
    And If you want hard core off roading from an on roader then may God help you.

    You say that:
    “Sometimes when I look at a Royal Enfield, all I can see is a big blob of metal shaped into the approximate form of a bike. Tomorrow if they invent a bike made of cheese and spaghetti that goes smoother and corners better than my Duke, I wouldn’t waste 2 seconds to get on its saddle.”
    First of all the plastic toys do not have saddles, they only have seats and it’s the classic bikes that come with the saddles (just like they had saddles on vehicles of yesteryears – the horses; and you do not seem to like anything old. I hope you like your old grandparents)

    Secondly, you seem to me to be very fickle minded. So, if in the future your better half gets a bit old and on the heavier side after child birth, and you stumble upon a size zero girl which is little younger and better looking; then will you abandon the earlier one? I do not know about you but here lies the difference between RE owners, who are men of character and who are loyal not only to the Royal thing but to others close to them, as well.

    7. They have spokes and not alloys

    Yes they do have spokes. Gotta problem with that.
    I used to often think people with what kind of mentality wear sneakers with a suit and tie? Now my thoughts have been put to rest.

    As you seem to be worried about the flat tyres and prefer tubeless tyres, so you may go for alloys on your one, as anyways, you often wear white sneakers with a suit.
    You don’t like classic things then, please, never buy oxford brougues or derbies and never ever wear a tweed jacket or a leather jacket or aviators or wayfarers or the likes.

    8. The waiting period

    You will never buy a RE because of the waiting period?
    Seems to me ‘the grapes are sour’ for you.
    If you are a bird brain and still don’t get it: The answer to it is simple economics: demand and supply.

    And yes, they are carefully made and not mass produced like the jap crap. It’s like they are raised by mothers and not nannies.
    You want everything to happen in a hurry, but please after hurried 2 minute noodle thingy please do not force your partner to produce an off spring before 9 months. Also please do not buy handmade Italian leather shoes go buy some cheap ones from a flea market.

    9. The company doesn’t care about its customers

    Each to his own but I consider my experience with them to be all right. I have seen plenty of guys having problems with the producers of the frail plastic thingies.

    Remember you are talking about the bikes that have been everywhere and have stood the test of time. The grandfathers have ridden the same RE’s which now their grand kids ride. These bikes have a character and a legacy. Ever seen a Ford Mustang, the 1960’s models fetch double and triple the price of modern day mustang; that’s legacy.

    Enough said, already, but may common sense become more common and I may be spared such lengthy arguments in the future.

    Shergill

    • Anirudh Ghoshal

      This is the first time I am commenting on public forums today
      ….I used to read only….but reading things from lamers like you could help me….. net pe qa bt krta h…. masculine bahit baar likha h tune….lets talk marda mardi then…… on our rides…..ek tera terrain ek mera…

  • Gill Jatt

    Too little knowledge is a dangerous thing, my friend. I very very rarely comment on the Internet but your bigotry and flawed reasoning got the better of me.

    Let us discuss your points one by one:

    1. They are slow

    Oh! are they? You seem to me the ‘frog of the well’ kinds. The Old cast iron ones reach 100 easily (how do I know? I have owned two) and the UCE ones reach more and C5 reaches 130 (reaches 60 in 3.6 seconds and 100 within 10 seconds)
    I am not saying that the plastic things are not faster, it’s just that there is no need for faster bikes on Indian roads. You may have to ride your bike on Auto Bahn to go faster than that and anyway motor bike speeds above 100 on Indian roads are for those with suicidal tendencies.

    Food for thought: Maximum speed for a two wheeler on any Indian road is 70 km hr and they are not allowed on expressways.
    And yes, according to you, almost everyone over speeds in India, so you want to do it too, but then 60% of India defecates in the open, too (626 million defecate in the open in India alone and 150 million in rest of the world combined)

    Why RE owners go slow:
    They are men with character and follow respect the speed limits.
    They want to enjoy the ride and each and every thump.
    You being a punjabi must be aware of the phrase:
    “Do paer ghat turna par turna madak de naal”
    (I walk two steps less but whatever I do, I do it with a swag, pride and dignity)

    (Do – Two
    Paer – Steps
    Ghar – less
    Turna – walk
    Madak – combination of pride, dignity and swag.
    De naal – with)

    Yes that is what the bulleteers believe in.

    One thing more, they may go slow but they command a following and that is the precise reason why you followed the bull, even though admittedly, there was a wide open road in front of you.

    2. Are unreliable

    You seem to be kidding! You are talking about the bikes that have been on the frontline and have been parachuted into war zones (RE flying flea) and still have plenty of shit left after being auctioned to civilians as ex army bikes. I have seen plastic jap crap falling from its stand, even when stationary and cracking at least 3-4 plastic parts.

    You are calling RE unreliable on the basis of a badly maintained rental bike being ridden on one of the most testing terrains in the world.
    I and my RE have been to Ladakh and even I have seen the plastic Japanese things broken down.

    3. They are noisy

    Yes, only the ones which have been fiddled with, too much. But you shouldn’t have a problem as you yourself admit that you like the sound made by the stock exhaust and it is the noise made by the modified ones that you abhor and no one’s putting a loaded gun on your head and forcing you to change the stock exhaust.
    So you are free not to make any modifications to the stock exhaust and enjoy the sound you like.

    Just because someone else modified his thing is no reason to hate the original thing. Your bigotry comes to the fore here.

    4. Bad brakes

    IMO disc brakes are enough for a stable long wheel base bike made of metal, with a power of 350-500 cc for which max speed is 130. (There is no need to carry an umbrella when it is not raining.)

    5. Mileage
    Mileage is not bad for a 350 cc or 500 cc bikes (especially with the newer ones). Bigger tanks are available just in case you want bigger range while going to remote areas like Leh Ladakh.

    6. They are heavy

    Yes, manhood is a bit heavy. RE separates the men from the boys. Just like some boys shave off their beards just because they can’t stand the weight of their manhood and want to resemble women as closely as possible (sometimes even shave against the grain and cut themselves for the closest girlie look)

    Metal is meant to be heavy, my friend, just as a muscular guy is heavier than a skinny one.

    It is no secret that the Royal Enfields have been on almost all kinds of terrain in India while in service of the army and here goes your off roading talk out of the window.
    And If you want hard core off roading from an on roader then may God help you.

    You say that:
    “Sometimes when I look at a Royal Enfield, all I can see is a big blob of metal shaped into the approximate form of a bike. Tomorrow if they invent a bike made of cheese and spaghetti that goes smoother and corners better than my Duke, I wouldn’t waste 2 seconds to get on its saddle.”
    First of all the plastic toys do not have saddles, they only have seats and it’s the classic bikes that come with the saddles (just like they had saddles on vehicles of yesteryears – the horses; and you do not seem to like anything old. I hope you like your old grandparents)

    Secondly, you seem to me to be very fickle minded. So, if in the future your better half gets a bit old and on the heavier side after child birth, and you stumble upon a size zero girl which is little younger and better looking; then will you abandon the earlier one? I do not know about you but here lies the difference between RE owners, who are men of character and who are loyal not only to the Royal thing but to others close to them, as well.

    7. They have spokes and not alloys

    Yes they do have spokes. Gotta problem with that.
    I used to often think people with what kind of mentality wear sneakers with a suit and tie? Now my thoughts have been put to rest.

    As you seem to be worried about the flat tyres and prefer tubeless tyres, so you may go for alloys on your one, as anyways, you often wear white sneakers with a suit.
    You don’t like classic things then, please, never buy oxford brougues or derbies and never ever wear a tweed jacket or a leather jacket or aviators or wayfarers or the likes.

    8. The waiting period

    You will never buy a RE because of the waiting period?
    Seems to me ‘the grapes are sour’ for you.
    If you are a bird brain and still don’t get it: The answer to it is simple economics: demand and supply.

    And yes, they are carefully made and not mass produced like the jap crap. It’s like they are raised by mothers and not nannies.
    You want everything to happen in a hurry, but please after hurried 2 minute noodle thingy please do not force your partner to produce an off spring before 9 months. Also please do not buy handmade Italian leather shoes go buy some cheap ones from a flea market.

    9. The company doesn’t care about its customers

    Each to his own but I consider my experience with them to be all right. I have seen plenty of guys having problems with the producers of the frail plastic thingies.

    Remember you are talking about the bikes that have been everywhere and have stood the test of time. The grandfathers have ridden the same RE’s which now their grand kids ride. These bikes have a character and a legacy. Ever seen a Ford Mustang, the 1960’s models fetch double and triple the price of modern day mustang; that’s legacy.

    Enough said, already, but may common sense become more common and I may be spared such lengthy arguments in the future.

    Shergill

  • clyde

    @akhil klash
    When you buy an RE, it’s like converting to Christianity. You get something, and then you pay to stay with it, pay to keep it happy, pay to find some use for it. Also like Christianity, the real fun begins with death………….
    this shows what an opinionated troll you are as you obviously dont know a shit about Christianity …. you are a real moron

  • Ansuman Baliarsingh

    Akhil…I never met a person who hates Bullets…and u touched all the correct points for not owning a garbage…I ride a CBR 250R and I for one, my hatred for bullets is worse than my arch enemy. I understand when u say wont ride one even if it was the last two wheeler in the universe. one guy asked me when I bought the CBR…”why do u need ABS anyways….” I replied “may be u don’t coz that heavy ass dragging piece of junk cant go more than 40”

  • Kanhay Athalye

    How happy am I to read this article…
    Royal Enfield are by far the worst bikes selling in the country right now…. every part, accesory etc is finalised without doing any R&D I guess.

    UNBIASED TECHNICAL DESCRIPTION
    In fact if you think of it …. what is a RE??
    It is a motorcycle that’s being sold for years without any R&D and significant changes that has barely any accleration, braking or handling, the bike has the most vibrations on any production motorcycle in the world allowing you to not really ride it above 80kmph while it’s gulping down fuel and spitting out oil of its engine from places it’s not supposed to , oh and yes it also has the worst power to weight ratio in the world and you can but this at just twice the price of any other motorcycle which is twice as much engineered, comfortable, performance oriented and that too with a waiting.

    RE FAN DESCRIPTION
    it is the best bike in the world and it’s so good that this specific model has been selling for over 60 years, it looks like from 1960’s and is so cool, and it has a loud noise which will make you the center of attention no matter where you go. It has a smooth and delayed braking so that you don’t skid and fall off like the other disc brake bikes, the bike is just 500cc and gives a badass 27bhp and it will propell this rocket from 0-100 just like that, the vibrations give you feedback from the bike and you know what, it’s a 500cc bike for just 2L the next option is a 650cc ninja for 6L so what a bargain!

    I think it’s just a matter of how people look at the bike….. personally if some one just loves a bike then you love it, I totally get that. I love my 220 even tough is a half engineered product and is not even the most high performance bike in its class, but I accept that.

    The problem comes when RE bikers start considering and talking of their bikes as a performance bike and something that will kick some bikes ass….

    My opinion :
    Every biker loves his bike and it’s all cool.

    Lekin bullet bas bullet hai baki Kuch nahi…. fukat dhoom!

  • Hardy

    Fuck this Shit blog !! Bullet is Legend 🙂

    • Amol Marwaha

      bullet is lund

    • Anirudh Ghoshal

      Chal chutiye

  • Suraj

    The very fact that the bike is manufactured in India is a big trade off. I have ridden on the Triumph Bonneville T100 and the Norton Commando 961 Sf which are meant to rekindle old world charm. However, these bikes have some serious engineering that has gone into it unlike the very pretentious Royal Enfield. The company has to consider the serious performance issues plaguing the bike which is otherwise very well designed. Progress cannot be stagnant and you have to innovate.

  • kmashr

    What’s this ‘rovering’ shit? And that too on a old bucket like the RE ‘Bull..’! But you must give credit to the company that they are able to sell people this gathering of bolts and nuts just on the basis of a ‘hoary’ ah don’t know what!!

  • Praneeth

    Haha, bro, stop whining like a kid, shitty mileage, spoked wheels, noisy! Lol..
    Bullets have a history, and it has many enthusiasts, people have different mindsets, they choose their bikes accordingly, and yes not everyone can handle this bull!

    • Anirudh Ghoshal

      And not every1 who has guts, looks, space and money would go for that generator jugad on 2 wheels

  • Rakesh Dash

    Ohhh the writer is just trying n protect his choice fr KTM duke …well I have rode duke 390 never rode anything shitter Dan that …ur arms n back vl start aching after 30km. .the Thunderbird 500 is way better with 35kmpl. Easy riding position n could tow as many as 5 toys like duke :p
    I easily reach 110kmph on highways n ride maintained rather Dan keep shifting gears on a duke …sorry boy ur duke ain’t my choice nor I like dat much speed fr Indian roads ….I always prefer muscle tospeed.

    • Anirudh Ghoshal

      Obviously Duke vibrates….bcoz its produces and its visible on the road too

      Bullet also produces but dont know where the power goes…maybe ised to loght lamps at home.

      If you just wanted a bike with power to tow 5 other bikes….why not get a tractor and trolley

  • amitwith3h

    Nice article and thank god you mentioned at the start that u haven’t tried Continental GT because in that case, you have to re-consider your points especially 1,4 and 6.

    • Anirudh Ghoshal

      Bring ur continental gt

  • Vignesh Marshall

    I have a word for Yhu…… can’t be offensive so I have to say Yhu…. go n kill uvaself…. Yhu may not like d bike…. it doesn’t mean tat Yhu can use it…. and it’s funny how Yhu compare bullet wid duke…. I have a question for Yhu…. are Yhu even a rider??? 🙂

  • Prabhudesai SS

    The article by Yogesh Sarkar had class , where as the above is cheap, hollow and is miserable in substance or standard. Neither the reasons have any credentials nor there is any convincing message. Its all cheap big mouth dialogues !!!!

  • Anup

    The point is “my combined distance on the 500, 350 and Thunderbird would be nothing more than 50 kms.”

  • Adityavir Singh

    Well haters gona hate

  • Anupam Singh

    Dude u dont even have an enfield experience how can u write all this trash? definitely have talent dude.. Look I know enfields have a few problems,but so do ur duke or a splendor or whatever. The thing is if u are not capable of owning and maintaining enfield u must not buy it. Ur duke might be fast but then it looks like a starving crab. Every bike is made with a purpose. duke is track oriented performance machine while enfields are charming classics meant to be driven by people who dont wish to cross 130,140 whatever. We look for a mild speed long ride in a cool breeze. some people value fast bikes and some like classics and if I am not defaming ur duke despite its uncountable problems then u must not point a finger at my classic. So dude grow up and stop vomiting shit like a mercurial 16 year old

    • Radriverron

      Absolutely correct ! Finally someone made sense out of all the BS. You can’t compare a bullet with a RC300 or a Ninja350. Yeah the Ktm will smoke the bullet in a track and will be smoked in turn by an Aprilia RSV or a Street Tripple but that’s not the point. Is the RC rider friendly? No off course not. It’s a track bike. It’s not meant to be driven like a cruiser. A bullet wasn’t meant to race on tracks. Ever seen people racing Harleys or Bolts? If anything It’s a cross between a cruiser and roadster and it’s got tons of character. The classic stance, the thump and the all that low end torque. Anyone comparing the RE bullet to a Triumph Bonneville or Thrux would have made more sense here. Does it need great resources on maintenance ? Yes it may and so does any Harley Davidson for 5 times the price of a RE. Is it easy to fix a bullet? Yes when compared to other bikes of the kind. I would suggest drive the Royal Enfield continental GT. the bullet has a fan base not because it’s a performance product but because it’s a legend like a Rolls-Royce and no one takes a Rolls-Royce to the tracks! I can do a 50 in gear one probably on a Street770 but won’t on a Ktm. They are both great bikes but they don’t compete against each other. There are cruisers and racers and riders and you need to decide which one are you !

    • Anirudh Ghoshal

      Its all cool with us….why would we riders bother about iron frames with generators roaming on road that were started in old days.

      Problem arises when the idiots who are either owners and lovers of re start claiming it to be best bike….ok in your category of safe bike it may be best

      But when considering mascularity….go fuck yourselves

      • Anupam Singh

        Dear sir, then what the hell is a masculine bike for u? masculinity doesn’t derive with just speed for ur kind fucking information. Now yeah in terms of british classics available it is indeed the oldest and the best choice at the price. Triumphs are way too costly as they are completely built units sold in india and have hell lot of taxes on them. So any prudent classic lover would buy an enfield. I did not say it is the best bike in all facets of motorcycling but as a classic it serves perfectly. And yes it is perfectly safe too 🙂 and i don’t think that is a bad thing either. If you think ur bikes are not safe then ur manufacturer has done a serious blunder dude. Ask them to shut down immediately. I love classics and love my bike. If I would ever consider buying a sports bike I would buy something better than cheap KTM stuff. And yeah even when i do buy a sports bike i would still love my enfield as both bike have different purposes and enfield serves perfectly fine in its purpose. don’t know about ur bike. Buzz off don’t bother to give any impulsive defensive response, I have had many of them and probably urs would add to that worthless lot 🙂 cheers

        • Anirudh Ghoshal

          Thats the reason there is no point discussing (arguing) any thing with re lovers (idiots)

          Go fuck urself on ur generator

          • Anupam Singh

            reasoning is an art son. Don’t do it if u can’t. U need knowledge to discuss or argue. hence u do not qualify for any. bye i won’t tell u to fuck urself on ur bike coz u are already pretty fucked up 🙂 bye

  • kumar .s

    a typical example of a dog barking at an elephant passing by!

    • Anirudh Ghoshal

      Elephant which cant even move its ass….just roaming like whore

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  • Jaberjeet Randhawa

    u need a doctor simply ! THey are very comfortable , their weight gives bullet a above normal grip over road , they never slipped over road ! And the most important part their engine sounds tooooooo good !

  • Varun Thaur

    Bro, you say its heavy because probably you’re too weak to handle its weight.
    Secondly speaking of the built material(metal).
    Tell me one thing.
    Have you ever heard a RE’s parts sound when on a bumpy road?
    You talk of pulsar and duke. Dude ride those for an year or two and you’ll know the curse of plastic, especially on the Indian road conditions these plastic or carbon made bikes sound like a tractor travelling on a bumpy road.
    Talking of the speed,
    I think you have never tried racing a RE on a highway, you cannot even come close my friend because you carbon made bikes or so called sports bike give up on a certain speed, RE never gives up. Then now you criticized RE so much, tell me when did you last purchase a Duke for 1.3 lakh and sold it after 10 years for 1.3 lakh?
    Learn this carefully ask around, RE bought for 90 thousand ten years ago gets resaled for a lakh.
    Somethings just aren’t meant to speed up on the roads and brake vigorously when the turn comes. Try purchasing the spare parts of RE and you’ll know that you can so easily modify your RE and that too at amazingly low price.
    Next RE’s have such a long waiting period because of its huge demand, things with huge demand will always make you wait for purchasing them, moreover it takes time to build a RE as many parts in it are hand fitted.
    Talking of the huge wheels, there’s a reason people prefer taking RE’s to mountain areas not the sports bikes, large wheels provide large stability and power.
    Certainly bullets give ‘shitty’ mileage, you cannot get so much in a single bike, take an example of the cars. Which one of the BMW’s or AUDi’s have you heard that give 25km/l ?
    Last one the thing about reliability, bro you’re mistaken here.
    Bullet is one of the most reliable bikes in the world.
    I know there might be a few examples or incidences but that’s because people having zero knowledge about a RE take it for long rides. You might not have heard but it is recommended that if you’re planning on taking a bullet to Ladakh then you must first know your bullet.
    The sound everyone is so worried about, let me tell you a fact, you can actually control that sound. The sound you usually hear is made to come out like that by the rider because he likes it. Drive it with care and the sound will come out very soothingly.

    • Anirudh Ghoshal

      You knuckle head….the price would go down only if there was something to go capult

      The re dont do anything their entire lifetime bcoz of that low end motor and thus maintain price…..and well there are fools like you to do the honour

  • Akhil Kalsh

    Yep, totally.

  • Priyankka Dutta

    Also would love to add, brave of you and others voicing these opinions. I’ve heard and seen shit on some brands apart from RE and even they have the sense to admit limitations on a machine. Try that with an RE and the guys especially give me disgusted looks especially since I am a girl and was at the start of learning my biking skills. Apparently its a sin for me to even voice it all out. But when I posted some opinions on someone’s forum my Facebook friend request rate and message folder received an assault like no other. I was afraid to open and read most of them and was surprised to see only positive responses. SO there you go… Keep posting.

    • Akhil Kalsh

      Will do!

    • Anirudh Ghoshal

      Royal enfield sucks…and that all

  • Priyankka Dutta

    Although late to join the errr… party; Can I tell you how much I enjoyed reading your article and how much literally EVERY word resonated with me. I was piecing together something for my own blog but that would be gross injustice given it would lack the technical explanation and reasoning that you have so eloquently put together. In my comparatively brief experience with an RE piece of metal, I am also surprised at the number of closet haters of RE who refuse to be open about it but divulge and spew venom when I openly trash it. So I’d just appeal to those morons to come out and SAY THE OBVIOUS. If you hate it YOU HATE IT… Period. If you love it…. well then the article explains it ALL!!!!

    • Akhil Kalsh

      “Eloquently” may not be the word you are looking for, but thanks 🙂

  • Dhawal

    I really think it is safe to say that I got late to office because of Royal Enfield and their crappy motorcycles.
    Handle bars so wide, the rider has a difficult time riding it, let alone turning that piece of shit.
    Cant lane split as his crash guard is so wide.
    Cant take off from the green light and making others wait.
    Once shut, will take atleast 3 self-starts to start up.
    Fucking irritating exhaust note.

    Finally a dumbfuck riding it.

    I would push a TVS Scooty but ride a RE,

    • Varun Thaur

      Bro, you got late not because of RE.
      You got late because you’re too chicken shit to ride it properly, do not blame the handle bars. You have not maintained your RE if you’re telling all these.

      • Anirudh Ghoshal

        Oh really

  • Enfield Monk

    Hehehe! More than this article, the comments below amuse me. Everyone has their own opinion and choice. You all are riders, ride and have fun with peace. Whatever you ride, don’t give a fuck what others have to say 🙂 Cheers! Ride Safe!

  • BNRJ

    Interesting writeup up to the point where it got communal. Wonder what Bhuddism or Christianity had to do with anything here. Staying with the topic would make better reading!!!

    • Akhil Kalsh

      I suck at staying on topic.

  • japs

    Bullet k samne teri duke kya bechti hai?

    • Akhil Kalsh

      ??

    • Anirudh Ghoshal

      Teri bullet ko bech de…itna h duke m

  • japs

    Tujse bada chutiya maine nhe dekha

  • atul bindra

    Bullet 350 top speed is 110…is it less for u..? Wow…then u need a harley bro….ok if you drive harley…do you think it dont get noise…another joke….harley or any cruse bike which gives u ave More tn 35….if someone’s bike chain came out….and they where in bad situation…do you think it can never happen with other bikes…tell me i wanna buy that fuckin bike right now…u said bullet are unnecessarily heavy…yup company givs u extra weight with bike…hahaha…dude i have harley v rod…i have R1..i have bullet too…but obvious harley and R1 are costly bikes they are different from bullet…but cant say bullet is a shit bike….ok can you tell me which bike do you like….i mean which bike gives you best average and speed…like ave 75 and top speed 150…wow…and which bike dont get noise..bullet is a nice bike in a range of 1.5…and average is 35 plus…its not only about dug dug voise or feel…its about if you have 1.5 lac money..tn you have all the option in sports bike like pulser R15 ktm etc…so bullet is different tn them…thats why its very common in punjab…anyways gud buy for now…n have a fucking gud day.

    • Akhil Kalsh

      You too.

  • Joseph Sylvanus

    Is it me or something else lost in translarion here when this no piece of $hit talks abt christianity!! mister your 2000 year old pureley “reservation” based brahmins didnt create $hit!! all they did was screw your mothers and made to your widows and took your young kid girls to be ‘dancing girls’ as in temple priestess!! so what mockery are you making at christianity!! the real “DUKE” bike you are so craving about and praising is made in a christian land! I will tell you the greatest piece os secret not even your mammma could tell about your birth. do you know all north Indians are properly F*cked by persians, greeks, scythians and not to say the least but the mughals hence your complexion. so that is the reason why you people cannot like anything except for firangi stuff!!! not to say the least why do you follow your hindu religion in the first place when all your vedas are not in your hands but some D*ck called brahmin who would even make you worship C*nt and P*ssy (literally) shiv ka L*ing and Y*ni pooja and you talk $hit about christianity!! I am sure centuries if not eons worth of skull f**king all your granddmas made you so!! next time you talk $hit abt christianity dont follow anything frm CHRISTIAN LAND! understand you vermit head! wears firangi clothes and uses all their gadgets but prays to di*khead gods! shame on you @ss hole!!

    PS: who said we pay to be in christianity or we pay to keep it happy or we pay to so that there is some use for it! D*ck head jsut because our christianity says all is free that everyone is coming not some Linga dharma where you need to pay some brahmin to saya bout your future or to which direction you need to sleep! D*ck head. if you ever these things I would make sure that I would $kul F*ck all your women folk til they even dream ***LINGA even in their dream!!! understood you $cum!!

    • Joseph Sylvanus

      let some 1 dare reply to this!!

    • Akhil Kalsh

      I think you commented on the wrong article mate, go back to whatever religious fetish porn website you were at and Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V.

      • Joseph Sylvanus

        next time when you visit shiv ka ling…make sure I will paste my imprint so that you can worship with your mama and sis. BTW do “yoni” pooja that is cunt pooja…you would recieve great blessings!! More over visit khajuraho temple and see how to fuck inside of temple when you are worhsipping snakes or rats or even penis or cunt!! what a shame in 21 century using all white people’s knowledge and creation like comp and internet and still cussing the white man’s religion!! OHH BTW it was the church that opened up abuse cases inside the church not some police. Here in India ashrams are there for sex fantasies..wanna go visit sai baba of puttapartthi or nityananda or even kalki fellow!! How a person with even a sane mind can comment on christianiity that too from hindu religion background!! no wonder country is going to dogs!!

  • Gaurav Parashar

    Good! Good! Now the comparison is between bikes which are made to race.. like pulsar and Duke to bike which meant for cruising. I have a bullet 350 which my dad was using it and now we are using. Last month i bought a classic 350. Now, i did read these comments and all these cons for the thumper but i would not care.

    Who cares when any of these bikes race even at 130 km/h on a highway.
    Who cares when they are giving you more mileage or some sort of reliability.
    Who cares for these bikes after 5 years. They just cease to exist as bikes and you yourself will feel low when after 5 years the duke which you were once so proud of is a grand decommissioned model and still a 80′ bullets going dhuk! dhuk! dhuk!.

    Trust me, i dont care for this blogger as he does not care for passion. We buy bullet for passion. We feel arrogant because we care and we maintain and we treat it as a ‘Machine’ not a ‘bike’. Once you ride a bullet you are fucked for life bro.. you get your ultimate charming girlfriend whom people envy and people write blogs.

    The proof the bullet is astounding is this blog and so many comments. The bullet may not be the fastest, the most reliable or the most technically advanced. It may start with half a kick or it may take the life out of you kicking. But this is what makes it real, it gives it a personality. It feels real. not like modern bikes fill it, shut it and forget it. You care, you clean and polish the nickel, you go to the mechanic and he is just like your friend and you forget the world when you roar.

    Now a very important thing i wanted to tell why some people buy bullet and get some engine noise or some issues. Most of them are these pulsar riders. First gear, second gear and zoom.. racing attitude. They try to make their bull which is 350 cc race with pulsar in close traffic signals. This spoils their bikes. The truth is bullet goes like a elephant. Once it catches speed it will keep on going .. you can take it from here to ladhak… but there is a way you ride.

    Lastly… you buy a bullet not for need…but for passion… those who buy for need… will always want to compare… its beyond your capacity to explain why the royal enfield is growing… we all need a friend and we all need to see india..nothing better than bullet…

    • Akhil Kalsh

      I have to admit I don’t understand how RE is growing, or why. The company basically gives the middle finger to everyone, including their customers, all the time and that somehow makes people want it even more.

  • Viking rider

    Bullet is the mother engine in india …the cast iron 350cc aur 500cc no comparison with any other bike….royal enfield bullet is indian sweetheart from last 60 yrs if it was a shitt lyk u told abhi tak chal naa rhi hotii

    • Akhil Kalsh

      Sure.

  • Viking rider

    U talking bullshit….fuck u …r u out of ur mind…bullet jab thumhare pitaji nhi paida huye honge tabse indian army ragad ragad ke chala rhi hai bullet ki jarorat pakistan frontier pe bhot baaar use kiyaa gyaa hai kanyakumari se leke leh tak indian army ki fav hai royal enfield thumhari pulsar naa hi ktm kuch nhi airf bullet ….mere pass royal enfield 350cc g2 hai jo ki 38+ mileage de rhi aur uspe poora din 100 ki speed pe chalao koi dikkat nhi…isme koi shakk nhi punjab ne bullet ki authenticity ko barbad krne mein koi kasar nhi chodii…

    • Akhil Kalsh

      Ahan.

  • vggdvmkh

    You mother fucker.

  • vggdvmkh

    Teri maa ka boshda madarchod. Behen ke lode.teri bhen ka boshda

    • Akhil Kalsh

      Calm down before you have a heart attack or something!

  • Praneth Vikas

    guys i am not a automobile expert and i dnt know thing much than you guys know,,,………………..but still bullet is not the thing to compare its not a comedy for us ….but we love it from our hearts and we dnt mind mind money or milage simply the sond is enough for us…..bullet is somjething you should feellll……….tq

  • Atheeth K

    Just few words from me .In my person view the explanation given above Mostly are illogical . For eg to get balancing tie with dumbels to into it , such kind of arguments can be taken as just offensive . RE is not a supper bike , even I agree it but it’s a really good bike in terms of power , stability , mileage and a classy look . I had a bit of off-road experience , in that view all the under weight bikes where having high chance of falling off but RE score there .

    In terms of speed , please do not just by looking at two riders experiace ,May be they are not much experienced riders , that’s y u are seeing 60 speed maintained .
    It’s easy to cross 80 in highways and remains stables till 100 which is more than I need .

  • sudhir

    F**k u …u never understand … u shitty pulsar lover

    • Akhil Kalsh

      You made me smile.

  • sudhir

    stfu

  • batman

    http://riderzone.in/negatives-of-duke-390/ Guys follow the link and you will know within short span of time what all this duke owner has to experience.

    • Akhil Kalsh

      Thanks batman!

  • Aditya N Bharadwaj

    Having worked in a motorsport company for a while, I’ll just get down to the technicalities.

    Why choose a bullet over a sportbike?
    1. The pride of owning a bike with a ‘manly’ appeal (the looks and noise).
    2. The fat torque it makes in the low end is nice for cruising.
    3. Being a long-stroke motor, theoretically it should have a much greater life than an equivalent capacity short-stroke like the duke 390.

    Why choose a sportbike over a bullet?
    1. Sportbikes simply have better everything when it comes to the engine: Better castings, stronger pistons (semi-forged/forged), overhead cams (as opposed to the noisy and unreliable pushrods in bullets), machine-finished parts, reliable packing, low NVH levels, high volumetric and thermal efficiencies, etc etc etc.
    2. Sportbikes are lightweight, and even though one doesn’t have to lift any bike like some imbecile pointed out, bikes with low weight are agile and easy to manoeuvre, which becomes essential if sudden manoeuvres are required. The chassis on a sportbike is given rigorous attention to, since the stresses experienced by them is much higher than a cruiser.
    3. Although most sportbikes have short-stroke high-revving motors, they are built with high-quality parts which can withstand the stresses of high RPMs. No sportbike engine is put into production without prior software-simulation and prototype testing. Thus, passing of a ‘plastic’ bike as a ‘piece of shit’ is quite shallow and ignorant really.
    4. Sportbikes carry better equipment: be it braking systems, alloys, bar types, display units & their display functions, engine control units, fuel injection units, etc., which are clearly absent in the bullet. These little things do come in handy during a long-ride.
    5. Sportbikes are immense fun due to their short gearing and quick-revving engine characters. But then the ‘immense fun’ factor is subjective.

    These are the five most basic reasons why a sportbike or ‘plastic crap’ is TECHNOLOGICALLY better than a bullet or most cruisers for that matter (sport-cruisers excluded). But if I were made to ride a bullet for a long distance, what would I do? I would choose to ignore the shortcomings and enjoy doing what it does best. I personally, try to enjoy any bike I ride, be it a cycle, a splendor, a bullet or a sportbike. Yes, the thump and torque of a bullet is soothing and nice for a calm sunday getaway but that’s it. I can never choose anything other than my 50000 km old Pulsar 200 NS for serious touring. Just so I mention, my NS is running on a bunch of engine mods and has undergone further weight reduction. Makes ~26 Bhp, ~21 Nm and hits 0-100 km/h in a little less than 8 seconds and has been running like this for more than 75% of its life with near zero extra maintenance or niggles. A mod done on any bike, bullet or pulsar will run like a charm only if its done right.

    Dear bullet fanboys, if you can see, so many people are pointing out the flaws of a typical bullet. Instead of being cry-babies about it, take a good spin on a proper sport-bike and see what is being done right on that. Owning a bike makes you a motorcyclist. Attitude makes you a biker.

  • Vamsi Krishna

    1. If your food tastes bad, would you blame the chef or the stove ? A smart person would understand the comparision.

    2. Yes sir blame the bike brand instead of the bike rental company who rents to strangers every damn day who might or might not know shit about riding a bike without messing it up. That thing you mentioned can happen to any bike. I rented a brand new bullet when i was in Goa, Rode it for a week around 1000+ kms in and aroudn Goa without any issue.

    3. Due to modification, due to rubber attachment — Aren’t you missing the point here ? That sound is because you/they/someone had interferred with the default bike with custom stuff.

    4. So the new bullets have Disc brakes!? Why do you worry about old ones NOW? Just cuz old ones didn’t have disc brakes won’t make RE a bad brand. It’s just that it’s catching up slow and they take their time to improve, in their own Pace.

    5. “But you know what? The Duke gives you massive amount of fun with whatever fuel you give it” You know why? Cuz you love your Duke. Same goes with Bullet owners bro. We love it and we love the fun it gives. You want mileage? Go for generic splendors and passions.

    6. You must be really drunk while putting this reason. How much of india did you explore for you to comment about highways of entire east, north, west, south, central india ? You should really get your facts straight. Yes. Bullets are heavy. SO is your Duke. That’s not the point. Bikes are designed by engineers and designers who are way ahead of you in their career and their designs are designed like that for a reason. You not being able to understand and comprehending just makes you look more stupid.

    7. Yes bullets have spoked wheels. Yes they perform well on off roading. Also ON roads. So what’s your point?

    8. Fucking long waiting period because it had only ONE plant. Now 2 plants. In Chennai. Catering to other parts of the world. “Royal Enfield is a company that survives on mass idiocy today”. Care to Support with a fact ?

    • Akhil Kalsh

      Nopes

  • hereformy2cents

    Why is there so much of judgement ? Why can we not be happy about something we like and write about that rather…? Or maybe negativity sells better….
    Anyhow, I am going for a spin 🙂

    • Akhil Kalsh

      Negativity does sell better.

  • GURU D

    bhai ldai band krooo .. and my budget is 2.0 lk i want a bike which is just good i dont want any races . or performence i want to cover long distances and i hate issues with my things which bike should i buy . if u goona say splendor it ok. i wont mind but please give a fair advise

    • Akhil Kalsh

      Buy a Duke 390.

  • Aron

    Imao! ! That bike supposed to be fast when they named as “bullet” and how could you even think of riding that bike more than 100kmph (can easily be done with all RE bikes) when that bike has single cylinder, 30+ horse power!! That bike configuration itself not made for speeding bro… cheers!

    • Akhil Kalsh

      Cheers!

  • Om Prakash
  • Piyush

    U forgot 1 more line buddy, u suck! asshole! keep on hating bullets n soon ull c me fucking ur gf on my bullet..

    • Akhil Kalsh

      Yep.

  • rocky

    this idiot is comparing Rolls Royce with Maruti 800, who will explain such stupids who dosent see diff between rolls royce (RE) and 800 (other byks),,,,,,,,, hahahhahahahahhaha hell man, stupidity, foll, uneducated about RE, bullshit.

    • Akhil Kalsh

      Yep.

  • rocky

    loosers always have excusees, n u r one of them ,….., after not even ryding 50 km u got in an out info of RE thats great, i must say u r GENIOUS or FOOL, dont comment negatve b4 riding, n btw u dnt deserve to be RE owner, just play wth your silly toys like kids, to ryde bullet u should be Man first….. name it self suggest its ROYAL riding byk, n nt death byk, just go n count as of nw hw manny people met wth ur duke in accident n died. n compare it with bullet n then speak, bullet is not about death rydidng but its all about royal ryding, n dont wory ull nvr b able to own RE, u r in black list.

    • Akhil Kalsh

      OK.

  • Dheeraj Rawat

    bruh wtever ! its still a “a BULLET”

    • Akhil Kalsh

      Of course.

  • Rayden

    To the author: Fact: ROYAL ENFIELD sells more bikes than Harley Davidson.
    Btw you need to work on your skills as a writer, you come across to readers as if you had no education and are rather small minded.

    • Akhil Kalsh

      I love how being able to sell more bikes than a totally different brand makes RE better.

      • Rayden

        I bet you do.

  • Alan Slocum

    If I may address all 9 reasons you don’t like RE in your article titled “6 Reasons…” and title it

    ” Why You Should Not Lend Credence To An Article Smearing Royal Enfield (when the reviewer has ridden fewer than 50Km total on their products).”

    1) What you’re saying is that the speed limit is a stupid law and motorcycles need to be able to maintain illegal speeds. And that you do not have the ability to safely ride at lower speeds.
    2) Your quote on RELIABILITY: “It is possible that the rental bike these French people had taken was badly maintained, and I have seen the chain acting up like this on Pulsars and Unicorns. The problem was that the bike’s design didn’t allow this simple problem to be rectified easily.” Please name one motorcycle that the the chain gets jammed between a rim and a frame member, IS easy to extract?
    3) Yes, aftermarket modifications can make motorcycles noisy. The key word here is aftermarket.
    4) The older bikes had bad brakes but now they sport front disc. So have many other venerable nameplates. Engineering evolves.
    5) The mileage is the same as your Duke which is okay for the Duke but not the RE??
    6) RE350 176Kg dry. Closest true street bike =Yamaha SR400, 158Kg dry. Heavier but not so much as to pitch a fit about it.
    7) You apparently simply do not like spokes. Others do.
    8) Oh yes, the long wait – Worldwide RE sells more motorcycles than Harley Davidson, and this is a fact. Supply and demand is also a fact. If you were to keep up on current events, you would know that RE is expanding their factory capability to meet increased demand for these Oh-So-Horrible motorcycles.
    9) If I ever have need to contact RE about my 5-year old, no breakdown, no problem Bullet, I will let you know then if there are any CS issues.

    And have a nice day.

    • Akhil Kalsh

      Have a nice day!

  • Amit Kumar

    The reason why I didn’t brought bullet nd preferred for pulsar200ns was refined of engine… Which u wont hear from RE bikes… A 350cc engine has an out top speed of 107kmph….from my experience of bike riding.. To reach till the proclaimed top speed of any bike manufacturer… Ur gear shifting has to be perfect… Very very perfect.. Nd worse part… When I went to check bullet in a showroom near Mumbai (mira road-bhayendar) they didn’t even had a bike for test drive….

    • Akhil Kalsh

      Yep, that’s RE for you.

  • Arthur Steele

    Saly I cant agree with this load of bullshit. I have owned and ridden Bullets all around this country and have never found anything wrong with them. I am ready to invite the writer of the above to accompany me on a trip and I will show him just how reliable and fast a Bullet really is..that’s if he can keep up with a 60 year old man on a 40 year old bike

    • Akhil Kalsh

      Sure, let’s do it.

      • Arthur Steele

        Any time in October/November/December. I live in Coimbatore…where are u???

        • Akhil Kalsh

          Hyderabad!

          • Joseph Sylvanus

            you are in telangana and you talk as if you are dravidian by birth you persian or some excreta like mamluks dynasty which properly F*cked your grandmas for hundreds of years hence your comments about christianity, tell me the address you live in HYD

  • Akash Baliyan

    abe chutiye 50 km bhi nhi chalayi aur RE ka review kar raha hai

    • Akhil Kalsh

      Haan bhai.

  • Bhal

    The article is full of myths and seems like written by person with agenda in mind against RE for whatever reason.

    Anyways, your personal opinion about the bike is fine, but I think your crossing the line by ridiculing people who purhase and own the bike. Like you, they have there opinion, reason to buy and use the bike. So, just one request, stick to your opinion; but don’t ridicule/point on other people.

    • Akhil Kalsh

      Will try.

  • Shreyansh Singh

    A shit blog..times are changing dude..my RE gives a mileage of around 45 on highways..i own a thunderbird 350..speed is gud enough to ride and we to enjoy, not to fly..but only an enfieldier can understand that..braking is awesome and unquestionable..ur reasons are incompetent dude..and btw..ladakh is full of enfields and no one is paying attention to ur blog i suppose..If u dont wanna, it hardly matters to us..thanks..

    • Akhil Kalsh

      Thanks!

  • jeet

    gud thinking by a man who jst drove RE for a mere 50kms….i own a RE and drove it for 50,000kms…it takes a real man to carry a beast….anybody can ride a duke or other bikes…but to handle a beast u have to have those balls of urs….and yup i didnot face any prblms in my RE till date……

    • Akhil Kalsh

      Keep riding.

  • Avyuday Naween Khaling

    Dear pulsar, duke, ri5 riders.. plz go and try to kick start an old bullet standard.. if u can, den u all are free to criticize the bull.

    • Akhil Kalsh

      OK?

  • Ramakar Choudhary

    In my opinion bike as well bullet both are good . It depends on one’s choice and likes and BTW Indian roads are simply not meant for racer bike or even a normal bike . If you drive 60 to 80 Km/h it’s okay but if u exceed the speed beyond 80 then u in danger . All Indian bikes and bullets have been made keeping these conditions of Indian roads in mind . Even pulsar 150 or 200 appears unsteady above 90 /100 while new Thunderbid 350 is more consistent at 80 to 90 km hour and vibration starts at speed beyond 95/100 .. But bullet classic 500 is all a different story , it has has tremendous power and it is quick in acceleration too … so saying that bullet is slow or takes pick up slowly is completely false .When I ride classic 500 on delhi road , there is a few guy who has capacity to overtake me .. Better , you once drive classic 500 or Bullet standard 500 you will know it.. Even my TBS 350 so quick that a normal 200 cc bikes rarely have ..

    • Akhil Kalsh

      Try riding the 150cc R15 sometime.

  • Ramakar Choudhary

    Hello Munna , you seem really fucked up by the bullets sound . Boy , bullet is meant for a man and not for a kid . One who drives bullets knows its qualities more than you kid who merely after riding 50 km started making all the craps .Although it’s true that bullet a bit heavier than conventional bike but that’s all coz of its metallic built .Unlike normal Indian bike where mudguards n side frames are made of plastic, in bullet it’s completely iron like things. In one way it makes bullet heavy but in another way , it makes bullet sturdy and gives a machismo looks too . By the principle of physics , a body with higher mass has higher inertia of motion so It is more consistent in driving . Pros and cons are the part of same coin . You equally get fucked up ,when In mid way your bike stops and resists all your attempt to restart n move . As much as it comes to service centre , yes , all mechanics are not well trained or may be too greedy to get your bullet out from trouble . If you are a man , you should be wise enough to handle such a nut but if you are a kid surely they will suck you blood badly . So , better choose a right mechanic outside service centre and if you have some time better you go and learn something about the machine you are gonna drive , coz these stuffs which you suppose to use are your friend so it’s better you learn something if not everythings about the machine and it’s working . I have a pulsar 150 and two bullets one Thunderbird 350 and one classic chrome 500 cc .. In true sense I never knew the joy of riding bike as it was just like my routine work to start pulsar and move for my destination but last year in July I bought new Thunderbird 350 and truly first time I got to know what is the joy of riding bullet at one day n Pulsar to other days .. These variability in ride was just awesome . Unfortunately my Thunderbird got stolen in just three months but I bought another TBS just a month later n one more bullet ( classic chrome ) just a month back .. Its all the passion that I got from my first tbs …

    • Akhil Kalsh

      Yay.

  • sukhpal

    haaa haa i think you need to buy a cycle its a better option for you mate

    • Akhil Kalsh

      Got one.

  • roentzen

    after selling my duke 200, using it for 1.5 yrs i recently purchased cl350
    its equally fun as the duke,(i dont know why)
    enjoyed the duke zipping past cars and bikes on narrow streets and now im enjoying following all the road rules and cruising..( im 21 though)
    enjoyed riding the duke as it caught so much road attention and now i enjoy cruising listening to the sound bullet makes.( i hated ktm’s sound though)
    i loved how advance the ktm’s speedo was with all the signals and the background orange lightning, however i also enjoy filling and predicting fuel on bullet.( it doesnt have a fuel gauge)
    sitting on the ktm made me feel so cool(omg girls), and now i feel more matured and fearless riding the bullet.( its prob the sound and the road presence)
    i enjoyed riding the ktm at 120km/hr (my max speed) however i also enjoy riding bullet at 60km/hr (speed doesnt describe fun).
    (although bullets are not for speed, new bullets with uce engines arent slow nor are unreliable, for the sound i dont know which bullet u rode, old ones had good thump whereas new ones dont)

    although i still remain the same, both bikes offered different kind of fun. the only valid point in ur article is the weight and the spoked wheels.( bullet is all metal,its engine is big and it has spoked wheels to retain the vintage look,u can always put aftermarket alloys)
    whatever the bike is, all of them would put a smile on my face, even if it would be a splendor i would be happy riding it..
    enjoy riding!!

    • Akhil Kalsh

      Have fun!

  • Dean Silva

    Dear Akhil,
    Thanks for that wonderfully ignorant post. Now before I begin dissing your post, I would like to tell you that it’s because of people like you, thousands of people die in road accidents every year in India. You mentioned, in your experience: ‘it’s better riding above the speed limit’. No my friend the speed limits are not made for fun, it’s for the riders safety. There’s no bravery in racing your bike above the speed limit. It’s stupidity. You wanna race or unleash your bikes power? Put on some gear and hit the tracks. Coming to your problems with the bullet which are, the bullet is slow, unreliable, “shitty brakes”, long waiting period, low mileage, spoked wheels and bad customer care. Now in India, you can buy a Hayabusa, a R1 or a FireBlade and you will still have to ride slowly cause let’s face it, none of our roads are built for speed plus the traffic and not forgetting the million potholes. I’ve done 120kms on a Bull and I won’t say that’s something great but you gotta remember these are touring vehicles not built for speed. They are comfortable and that’s something you can’t deny. Low mileage? The 350cc gives around 30kmpl in the city. Considering it a non fuel injected 350cc bike, it’s a good figure. You also spoke about them not having ABS and spoked wheels. Now let’s talk figures: Pulsar RS 1.50, KTM 390 2.4, CBR 250 2.50 and the Royal Enfield Classic 350: 1.36lakh. It’s not like Royal Enfield can’t afford to put alloys and ABS, but the Bullet was a masterpiece of British Motorcycling and that’s the reason even today thousands of foreigners tour India on Royal Enfields. The company wants the legacy to live. Very little has changed in its design in the last 75years. The Bullet is the cheapest 350cc and 500cc bike in India. You get what you pay for my friend, that’s life. Now talking about breaks, the older Bulls used drum breaks and the latest ones use discs(front and back) and I’ve never heard any complaint about them. You mentioned a French couple stranded on the road, now that can happen to any bike. No real biker can wake up in the morning and guarantee that his bike is gonna run without a problem. It’s a machine after all. I’ve seen many stalled pulsars, Dukes, R15s, should I go and write a biased review about the bike? No. Now coming to the waiting period for the bike, I know it’s a bit too much but fyi you can pay to get yours earlier. If it’s so urgent. Or you can always buy it from dealers like AliBhai Premji. Your last point about the customer service. I hate to agree but the customer care does have to improve. I won’t like to say anything more cause you aren’t any authority to decide wether or not the bullet is a good bike or not, you don’t own one nor have you ridden one for long enough. Your post was totally biased. Royal Enfield sold 3lakh bikes in India (2014) and the number is ever increasing. You can keep posting crap about the Bullet Nd we “Bulleteers” will still not give a single Fuck. A true rider will never criticise any bike cause he lives to Ride. Harley, Ducati, Yamaha, RE, KTM…they are just companies…a bike is a bike. Keep Riding Safe. Cheers.
    -Dean Christian Silva

    • Akhil Kalsh

      “A true rider will never criticise any bike cause he lives to Ride”

      I say fuck that.

      • Dean Silva

        By commenting that you made an ass of urself on ur own post. Enjoy.

  • Khurki Wale
  • Khurki Wale

    loved your detailed piece: do read these ones ones, real funny side with pics:

    http://khurki.net/9-things-every-royal-enfield-bullet-owner-is-tired-of-listening/

  • Rustom Billimoria

    Let me clarify a point about bullets being slow. Including the author. The bullet is designed in a way that it can not provide performance. All those people out here talking about their bullets being fast are dickheads. No mechanical knowledge of engines and gearboxes. Just having a 350 cc bike does nothing t mean more speed. It’s like comparing a CD 100 or a 100cc splendor to a Yamaha rx100. Both are 100cc engines but with a mechanical difference. Let me explain.

    Power = torque x speed.

    Torque define the pulling capacity of the vehicle.
    Speed basically defines it self.

    If you look within the engine of the Enfield. The Enfield engines deliver more torque due to the longer stroke. A longer stroke requires a larger diameter crankshaft (or at least a slightly longer distance between the center axis of the crankshaft and the connecting rod bearing) which in effect increases the “leverage” that the piston has when turning the crankshaft. That’s why you can put 54 people on an Enfield and it will still move. A RX 100 can and definitely will outpace an Enfield because it’s exactly the opposite. You put 54 people on a RX100 ora rd350 or Duke and it won’t move a millimetre. Coz their engines and gearboxes were built for speed. Not torque. You can modify engine design to compromise speed for torque and vice versa. Smaller the stroke. Faster the acceleration. For people who would cry foul that the first two were 2 strokes and the engine is a four stroke, I’d suggest comparing and older Enfield with them. You got to compromise on either speed or torque. Can’t have both. People who say their Enfield are fast are fools. It was never built to be fast. It’s purpose was different. I know a lot of people who don’t know a shit about mechanical engineering and gonna start abusing me for this post. If you gotta reply to me make sure ur at least technically educated to do so. I can’t Comment on the other stuff coz those reasons are not technical. Peace out.

    • Akhil Kalsh

      Peace.

  • Sujay Prabhath

    I’m an RE Thunderbird owner and I kind of liked your article. I did face some of the problems you made here and found myself laughing to myself while I read it. While the speed and acceleration are hardly points to boast about it, you need to realize that for the kind of roads our country possesses,I’d rather see a slow bike in someone’s hand than a high performance one, especially when most riders have no idea what road rules are. And it’s interesting observation that i as a doctor has seen more road traffic accident patients coming in from non RE bikes. That doesn’t mean they carry you on their wings,no, but when was the last time you saw a guy on a bullet wizzing through the crowd at 9 in traffic and losing control? The damn bike isn’t built for it. As far as inferior technology is concerned, an old Chevy 69′ convertible in mint condition would probably be worth way, I mean way way more than your average Audi. Does it drive faster? Does it give better mileage? I highly doubt it. But its vintage. A 2013 RE is definitely not vintage but my grand dad had a RE since 1960’s. That sure was something. It was actually what made me buy one. And sticking to traditions.. Well, its not the technically sound thing to do but the reason why these bikes last this long is for the very reason the company decided not to rapidly evolve. They probably still make the same cooky spare parts that are needed by some middle aged man who owns his RE from his college days. I wanted to be that guy. I wanted to grow old with a bike. That sure as hell wasn’t going to happen with a pulsar or a Duke or an apache. Your article is very very vital for those people who just want to buy a royal Enfield just coz they can. For the rest, it won’t matter a sinch. Good day 🙂

    • Akhil Kalsh

      If you wanted to grow old with a single bike, you made the best decision possible.

  • Daniel Pereira

    I’ve seen a million of the point by point comment, so I damn right have to make one of my own. Here goes –

    1 – Screw acceleration compared to KTM, it can hit 100 in 12 seconds, and a 500 can do it in 7. But I agree that holding the speed above a 100 is an issue, the further you go, the jarring vibe from the engine to ur hands turn to hell.

    2 – unreliable as fuck. Wheels, brakes, chain, engine, fuel injection, clutch, blah and blah. Enough said.

    3 – About the noise, it leads me to believe people don’t even read what u say clearly. You said u like the stock sweet deep thump, of which I am a fan too. It sounds very sweet. But majority of the ppl buy the bullet for it’s sound, and in that aspect they believe changing the exhaust to sound extremely loud and screaming is amazing. Let them faggots die in hell, and all those who cursed you without reading your ‘first line’ on this clearly.

    4 – Combination of disc and drum bullshit bullshit. I’ve locked my wheels 3 times and hit a truck one of those times. Though I’m a very experienced rider, and I know exactly how to brake, when coming down from fast speeds, the brakes are very easy to lock. Cuz idiots put a disc in the front, and when u jam it, that crazy weight makes the bike easily go haywire. The front part of the bike consists of only a headlamp, suspension, handlebars and wheel, making the front extremely lightweight and easy to turn. Due to this, during fast braking the back of the bike enjoys instability, turning around the front in the case of a wheel lock. I do release my brake and reapply upon realizing a wheel Lock, but of no use cuz once all this weight gets thrown to any side, handling it is beyond anyone. ( I’m 6’2 and weigh 95 if u think i don’t have what it takes to carry this baby toy). Thank the heavens I am used to instability due to certain amount of stunting 😀 I’m giving my experience cuz I’m a rider who prefers staying over 100 cuz driving and riding so long at 100 makes it seem pretty slow so bullet or not, I cannot tortoise. The 2 times I locked other than the truck, was with cows 😀 I’m a pretty safe rider without any accidents till date, but if I hadn’t changed to an RC, the bullet would have surely got me my first one.

    5 – 500cc company claimed is 30kmpl and 350 cc is 50 kmpl. Real world situations they would give 20 and 35 respectively which is OK for a bike that cubic size, wouldn’t you agree? Granted minus outputting the power that cubic range should actually be offering, but even ridden hard the mileage figures don’t drop down less than these numbers. Considering if u ride the ktm hard it drops to 15-18 from 32 on top gear average rpm 🙂

    6 – I totally agree with you. Cruisers and thumpers are meant to be heavy, and low set. But RE misunderstands it as just plain weight. The sheer weight serves no functionality at all unlike the high end Cruisers and thumpers.

    7 – Spoked wheels in a 1.5 lakh plus bike, in this age? Holy cow. It looks good on the RE, but not a reason they should go for form over function.

    8 – Hand made bikes fault so much, my clutch just cut twice by itself on triple digits. Once next to a ten metre drop. Thankfully I had the reflex to not panic and stop it with engine braking and clutch less downshifts. And waiting half to a full blown year to own this bike doesn’t add to it’s exclusivity or appeal, it’s actually a testament to how pathetic the company are at manufacturing their bikes.

    9 – Every god damn bike mechanic on every corner of this country is well versed in fixing RE bikes, cuz apparently everyone prefers the local mechanic to the company service 😀 Plus it’s always breaking down 😀 Oh man how can people stand up for a bike that turns their biking life into a small hell. They probably live with it the same way they do an arranged marriage :O ignorance to what’s killing you.

    So Akhil, I’m sure u might have misjudged a few things at least about this piece of junk, but I was just pointing out things factually. Hope u absorb the info and Happy riding 🙂

    • Akhil Kalsh

      I’m sure you know more about REs as you’ve owned one, as against me who only hates all of them 🙂 Happy riding mate!

  • Daniel Pereira

    Akhil, I had once upon a time commented on this post, and I say once upon a time because duh -_- I then had the misfortune of following this thread. ( God damn)
    For months my email is filled with new comments about how Indians have stuffed their own head so far up their arse, they cannot bear to see anything in any other perspective but their very own. If you recall, ( and I say this very sarcastically, considering the million comments on this post) I also owned a RE for a pretty long time, and have given it up to be one of the first owners of the RC 390. Which I’m damn glad I did. The bike is not one for practicality, nor one to stand the test of time, ( that includes the duke too) but it’s a damn good bike to boot. And I’m still looking forward to a better bike which can offer me more. Which is how a bikers perspective should be. If they are into cruisers, they need to toss aside the very notion of a RE and go for a Harley or Triumph. It’s hilarious when people sit in the comfort of their air conditioned homes and go lengths about what an A-hole you are, and alot more, but you stick to ur perspective and will never let them get the satisfaction of daunting you 🙂 Your short replies to everything, that’s some serious shitty patience man. An Ok,ahan to a paragraph of bitching is a sign of maturity, more than what anyone has displayed over here. Kudos and Happy Riding 🙂

    • Akhil Kalsh

      Haha, thanks mate and happy riding to you!

  • rajesh thawani

    We indians were ruled by the British for nearly two centuries. Many precious things and resources were taken but they also left us with more than half illiterate country to rule ourselves with the outdated laws made by them and the eager indians who wanted to rule. They also left us with Royal Enfield. An outdated bike with an outdated engine. We poor indians with no proper R&D haven’t been able to better it. I don’t have any thing against RE but they should’ve kept up with the times and moved to better alloys to make the bike lighter and parallel twins or v-twins or inline triples in the engine sector. But no, it seems we lack the mettle and the company gave the bike a face lift with a few tweaks to the engine with a new head and new gear box. We Indians fell for the gimmick and thus the nearly bankrupt company was revived at the cost of a few ignorant bikers. My point is if the Royal Enfield was such a great bike then the parent British company wouldn’t have dissolved in the early 70’s. The fact was that new companies like the Triumph and the Japanese companies were producing far better bikes both technologically and economically. But we indians stuck to RE because we inherited it from our fathers and 350 cc seemed a big number. The army were stuck with thousands of REs due to which the company crawled through the 70’s and 80’s. Smaller Japanese bikes made their way into the Indian market in the 80’s and many educated Indians came out of slumber and saw that they were faster, easier to handle and economical to run and maintain. But RE always had loyalist as they already owned them and were stuck with them. They are fighting for a heritage that was never ours and the British who created this damned bike have already abandoned it and we as the poor Indians we are not willing to let go of this bike in this scrap yard of a country.

    • Daniel Pereira

      I disagree with you on your outlook of the British 😀 We were the ones with lack of everything in our lives. They bought telegrams, technology, railways to us. And as you said, the RE. They didn’t make an outdated bike as of then, back then this bike was something next to godlike. Sadly, that mentality has still been passed on, and Indians are the very people who find moving away from a fixed mindset, very hard. The RE is even now classy in it’s own right, but for the fact that they’ve kept the same junk on that frame, people need to realize to move past things that don’t adapt to time.

      • rajesh thawani

        I’ve ridden REs at different times and never liked the weight, the lack of a refined engine and the vibrations it sends thru my whole body. I myself am fond classy vintage bikes but REs always put me off. Thank god that Triumph came into India. Boneville is one of the 10 greatest bikes ever made. Ride one if you want to experience true classic motorcycling. I am saving to buy one in the next 5 years. I like Harleys also but american styling is too gaudy. Their engines are good. European styling is always more subtle and sexy.

  • Basith Billa

    I have never seen a fool like you in my life. You can be honoured as Mr. Idiot. It is very clear that you are an immature guy n senseless human. Who told you tat bullet are slow. Wat do you know about bullet??? I will say that you are zero knowledged about bullet. I own a Thunderbird 350 n it easily does 120 kms speed. Their brakes are awesome n perfect responding even at the top speed of 120. Yes I agree its heavy but it feels like muscled n solid. It has is own uniqueness n there are more than 1 million Royal Enfield lovers n followers in India. Not everybody r fools r knowledge less. So have sense n b matures Mr. Whatever.

    • Akhil Kalsh

      OK.

    • Aman Deep Singh

      Aman Singh: As the name says Royal Enfield, REs are undoubtedly ROYAL. You willnot find any other bike in India with such a huge fan-fan – following. Only that person can understand the feel of Bullet, who has ownedit and driven it for atleast 1000 kms. No doubt that driving it is not very easy but owning a RE is a matter of pride. Those who say that Bullet is slow, kabhi 2nd and 3rd gear mein accelerator ghumana, tumhe uski speed ka pata chal jayega. Jinhe Bullet ki awaz pasand nahi, ab unhe kya kahu. Will barking or mew-mew suit on Lion. Lion roars and scares the jungle, and so a Bullet does on road. Baki pasand apni-apni hai. I don’t criticise any other bike. But Bullet ko bekaar bike samajhna ekdum stupidity hai.

  • Joseph

    Buhahahaha…..you don’t know shit about riding and you definitely don’t know shit about bullets! You wanna know why? Cause your a wuss! Bullet are heavy? Good we like them that way atleast we don’t have to buy a fucking bike after a small spill! Bullet are noisy? You obviously never heard a pulsar with mod silencer.. Now those are screamers! And your probably the delusional if you say bullet.don’t stop… The classic model uses a combination of disc and drum reducing the chance of skidding unlike the cbr or pulsar. You don’t want your bullet to brake down? Then take care of it properly! It will last way longer than any other boke in current Indian market!And worst point you made riding is about going fast? Like hell! It just goes to show you don’t know shit about riding! Your just probably one of those wimps who was too weak to handle an Re!

    • Akhil Kalsh

      Probably.

  • Avishek Sharma

    I feel pity for those who compare Bullet with toys……

  • Avishek Sharma

    NOthing Much to say, after reading the post i can only say that the guy who wrote this is far away from being rider. & moreover bullet isn’t just a bike its a symbol of manhood, so keep ur fucking reasons up ur ass & consider them after u grow up & learn why bullet is diffrent frm any other boys toys on the road……..

    • Akhil Kalsh

      Ahan.

  • Vivek Gupta

    Nice one. I wonder why people ride bullets while they also have various other options including Vikram, Tempo, even Battery Rickshaw as these are safer, cheaper, convenient and disturb others lesser.

    • Akhil Kalsh

      LOL, I wonder too.

  • sanjayprasannan

    Haha… The best part was reading the comments section. I have a classic 500 and my cousin a duke 200. I would have gone for the duke 390 but for the fact that my mom can’t sit in it. (Y u do this). Well, not deviating frim the subject, yes my cl500 do rattle a bit, they do have niggles, they do have tubed tires but I hav been riding fr 6 months and 15000 kms (yea i ride a bit on the higher side), i get an average mileage of 30kmpl and top speed enough to keep up with the duke 200 and can do 105-110 all day long.
    But seriously think they could be a bit more tuned to obtain the best from a 500cc engine. But other than that happy with them.

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  • Ranga Eunny

    Main Stand – always a problem. Keeps shifting stance thanks to bike weight (180 KG).

  • Ranga Eunny

    Did I tell you about sprag clutch – it failed, TWICE in 4 years. I am using kickstart for past 2 years

  • Ranga Eunny

    chain sprocket

    – lasts just one year. Service center guys tell you – they need to be changed every year.
    And cost – yes a bomb.

  • Ranga Eunny

    Air filters are costly. And they need a change every 6 months

  • Ranga Eunny

    Thunderbird batteries just die. Just. Die.

  • Ranga Eunny

    As a Thunderbird owner for 6 years here is a piece of advice to you
    :
    Keep the reasons coming. If you cannot find one, let me know. I have a trunk full of them.

    Here is one: every third Thunderbird with Electric starter had had its Sprag Clutch mothered forcing the owner to stick to kick start only.

  • Abhishek Verma

    for the author:
    1.i have ridden my bullet @ 145kmph continuously for hours and nothing went wrong and rode smoothly.
    2. reliability of a bike depends upon how you maintain them….after all its a machine..you take care of it and it will take you places.
    3.noise is what comes from other bikes…..from bullets…..its called the thump….and its head turner….i bet you on this.
    4.breaking on bullets is a fine art….not everyone is that talented.
    5.again mileage is a figure depends on how you maintain it.my classic 500 gives me a mileage of 30-35 kmpl.what else you expect.
    6.bullets are heavy….all cruisers are heavy…try anyone….
    7.spoked wheels are not gonna bite your ass….is it?
    8. they have tool long waiting period because of heavy demands…..and agree on this…owning a bullet is always a deep desire at least of most of the Indians.
    9. again talking to service centers and getting work done is an art,not everyone can master it.

    in the end…..brother you better get your facts corrected….and stop distracting new buyers.

    😀

    • Akhil Kalsh

      I gotta try.

    • Reeto

      145 kmph is just crazy speedo error…………..I own a RE Bullet 500 and anything above 90 kmph, the engine cries foul.

      • Abhishek Verma

        dude,speedo error occurs in digital not analog.next time take your bike to a good service center and tell them your problems.they will fix it.looks like you have turned your machine into a shit box…:D

  • E. RAJESH

    I accept it

  • pru

    Hello Bro !

    Let me provide the answer:

    1. Bullets are fucking slow – I think you are riding the bullet left by your great grandfather (RE existed at that time also). I generally drive at 80+ inside city and 100+ and is extremely stable at high speeds. Bike at your great grandfather’s would have got rotten. see your bike, its still alive

    2. Royal Enfields are unreliable – Again the same answer. Change your bike. High cost bikes needs greater maintenance. I have taken care of my RE and it has never caused any problem

    3. Bullets are noisy – and the bad kind of noisy – Dear Sir, There is a difference between noise and thump.

    Let me give you a reference – http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/thump

    Thump is what Royal enfield is known for. Do you say amitabh bachchan’s voice is irritating ?

    4. Bullets have really bad brakes – I doubt are you riding a moped ? RE gives disc breaks which works and provides excellent balance even on sharp turns and highways

    5. Bullets give shitty mileage – You need to learn class – 8 science. Do you know what a CC means in a bike. Ask a person who has pulsar 220 ? How much mileage he is getting. I have 350 cc and it gives me 33-35 in city and upto 37 on highways. This is not a mileage bike. Even scooty wont give you handsome milegae. Try a bicycle ! It doesn’t need a fuel at all !!

    6.Bullets are unnecessarily heavy – same as point 3. Bullet is made of steel. Do you know the meaning of steel which is iconic in bullet. You will like other plastic bikes may be.

    “Steel – An alloy of iron with small amounts of carbon; widely used in construction; mechanical properties can be varied over a wide range”

    extract from wordweb

    7. Bullets have spoked wheels – change it to alloy wheels, who is stopping you ?

    8: Bullets have a fucking long waiting period – Agree ( Bro, you have excellent IQ !)

    9. Royal Enfield doesn’t give a shit about its customers: were you waiting for a shit ? find a good service center or mechanic. There are many. You wont get at the corner of your house.

    From your article i just got to know that you are riding 100 years old RE. Time for a change !

    Think twice before posting such non-sense articles.

    Or,

    I would write:

    100 reasons why a dumb should not write anything on internet !

    • Akhil Kalsh

      Same old crap.

  • sourjya guha

    Never knew it was so difficult for the fellow Bull riders to accept that they love it for its retro looks and feel along with the way it pumps up their ego. Add to that the retro issues with a motorcycle, like leaks and loose bolts. Owners here, instead of acting classy like their Bulls, are hell bent on proving that the deciding factor while judging a motorcycle in 2015 is that it can carry a few dozens of people and that the Army uses them. They also used to have the Gypsies because they had a contract. Some say they will put the ‘plastic’ bikes at rest on the 4th gear. Wow ! A ‘plastic’ machine producing similar number of ponies will only see a Bullet on its RVM, that too for a few kilometers only and then it will be a lonely ‘plastic’ bike on the tarmac while the RE would be still booming a few kilometers behind letting the rider know that he is at a mind numbing speed of 60 kmph by transmiting the engine vibs to the rider’s bones. And what is this conception about plastic is bad or cheap or something inferior ? It is lighter, more flexible and does not rust. Are the sports bikes or for that matter the Dakar bikes have metal in plenty.

    I love the way the REs looks and what it does on the street but to put claims regarding what it does not do is childish. Then there are the lots who would put after market pipes and rev their engine for 5 minutes at 530AM in a residential area, cutting through every person’s sleep while being the subject of abuse from everyone of them. There is a TB500 in my garage, that belongs to one my neighbour. We start for office around the same time every morning and boy do I pity him. We walk down together. I take the cover off either of my plastic Japs. Push the start. Idle for a minute and leave. He, on the other hand, has to keep pressing the start button till it coughs up to life when it feels like because “its not hot”. Then he lets it idle and the engine dies down again. And the process repeats, till everyone in the apartment knows that he is going out to work on that day. I ask him ‘why is this happening ?’ He tells, “It rained last night know !”. I mean, if there was an epitome of unreliability, this is it, that too to one of the most “modern” machine in the RE stable. I will not even dwell in the out dated cycle parts, especially the darling brakes.

    For me, it is a great ornament. You keep it, clean and shining. Ride it every now and then without taking time/destination etc into consideration. Well, good to not go more than a couple of hundred kilometers else it will either break down or you would already be numb in your limbs, thanks to the engine vibrations that are transmitted to the rider as if the rider was a peeled orange in a juice maker. I know people take it to Ladhak and that is supposed to be some kind of achievement. Well, it is actually. A plastic bike would just go there without a mechanical hiccup, especially the Japs. An RE will, however, make the journey memorable. This memory would be a nightmare for some and a dream-lived for others.

    They say they are safe below 80kmph while two dozen of them block one of the lanes on a 2 lane highway, causing trouble to every other user of the road. As for the speed limit, it is the relative velocity that hurts the most and not your speed. So with everything around doing 100-120, do the maths.

    I love the way the RE looks and rides below 50kmph. If I had enough money that I would start to buy vintage stuff, I would get one and ride on the Independence day and the Republic day. Rest of the year, I would keep it serviced, clean and gleaming while I would use my “plastic’ japs for going around places as I love to ride more than the ride that I ride on !

    • Akhil Kalsh

      Well said mate!

  • Prashant Juluri

    You forgot to mention one more thing, to me it represents the laziness that we see in Indians. Also 50 years of independence and our progress has been very little, compared to what could have been. Nothing paints this picture better than a bullet. Thanks for this article dude, we really needed someone to call it like it is. Cheers!

    • Akhil Kalsh

      Cheers!

  • Vijay

    Hats of mate. Well compiled article on this ancient price of lumbering fart metal.

    You forgot the most important point. The people who ride them. They have tiny little brain and a winer. There is a saying, A loin with tiny penis compensates with a mighty roar, which possibly explains loud Punjabi/kerala exhaust on their lump of horse manure on wheels.

    The anti motorcycle comments by them further explains. They can’t stand against the facts and continue to behave like a incompetent imbecile.

    • Akhil Kalsh

      Who gives a shit 🙂

  • Akshay Sharma

    While I agree with most of the points here, I would like to contradict about the support thing. I had a bad experience with the service center and the people at RE were prompt in sorting the issue and they also followed up on it properly.
    That said, the tube tyres are scary. You notice the difference in potholes if you are coming from a machine with tubeless. I have had countless punctures doing crazy speeds on my Yamaha and I didn’t know until the next day. On the TB350, i don’t even consider going fast because ‘what if it gets a puncture at that speed’.
    About the brakes, I don’t give about older Enfields but the TB350 has got good brakes (disc on both ends) and decent rubber. ABS would have been better though. I am a fan of KTM but you will have to admit, it isn’t any good for daily commute. The noise is something because of a large number of stupid owners who don’t get the concept of acceptable noise or exhaust back pressure. The sound of a stock RE is one of the sweetest exhaust notes you will find on motorcycles here.

    • Akhil Kalsh

      I agree with you regarding the stock sound of an RE, it’s sweet for sure!

  • Bullet manoj

    You cant explain a blind guy how beautiful the world is and its filled with full of colors, Let them be blind and keep sucking their plastic dildos
    have fun and its funny how you reply each and every comment and try to prove you r right , do you have a life? you actually rode 80000kms? or just made it up like a faggot little kid who had a sucky childhood ? My friend was like that and he got treatment in a mental hospital and he fine now . Maybe you should visit one . Have fun kid . and try getting a life .YOU HATE US BECAUSE YOU A’INT US.

    • Akhil Kalsh

      Totally.

  • chandan kumar

    Sorry mate….àll i can say is that -be god wid u.
    I agree to whatever u say…but literally it is like an elephant strolling along who dont give a damn about any hyenas, pups,or any thing else. It just rides on…so enjoy your duke because nothing could replace RE from the face of earth.

    • Akhil Kalsh

      Absolutely.

  • Bullet manoj

    Kiddo , You r not qualified to ride a beast , Go suck your dads dick . I own a 1973 model and a 1999 model and a classic 500 cc , i prefer 1973 . If you dont know how to ride an elephant you blame yourself not the elephant. And believe me if an elephant makes its move all the fucked up camels and horses shits from their mouth.

    • Mangalayaan

      By the time elephant makes the move, horse would have reached mars. You keeping riding elephant and keep sucking its dick

    • Akhil Kalsh

      You said it buddy.

  • gautam

    this is all fucking bullshit!!! im a royal enfield lover im so mad about bullet i can even marry with my bullet coz i can feel the royal ride that it gives me
    i was crazy for the royal enfield since i was 6 yrs old and now im 16 and when i tell this to someone then say that why dont u ride my bullet bike? and everytime my ans. was that ‘No, thanks i will only ride my bullet not anyone other’s’ im the true royal enfield lover i
    although i like speedy bikes but speed,mileage,vibrations and other things never matters for me in a bullet i can feel the dug dug and the royal sound it makes
    i cant say anything to u as its ur choice and u dont like it!! its okay if u dnt like it but atleast dont try to insult royal enfield by putting these blogs… i req u keep ur thinking with u and im also a punjabi and i luv punjab also
    i know u are elder than me, i respect u but i want to say that i feel proud and loved everytime when i see my bullet standing or im riding it
    im a true bulleteer, true royal enfieldian

    • Akhil Kalsh

      Of course.

  • Amol Marwaha

    hahaha so much fun reading butt-hurt RE fanboys rage puke irrelevant nonsense. I rode an RE for a couple of years, my first ever bike in fact. It was fun but you gotta move on. It’s a damn shame if you’ve been riding for decades, have the means to upgrade but have your dick so far up a machine’s exhaust that you’ve lost sight of reason. A machine that puts out fewer horses than a high end lawn-fucking-mower no less. Give multiple cylinders a chance I always say.

  • siva

    ur a real piece of shit man 😀 fucking useless article 😀 poi saavu da thevdiya payalae 😀

    • Akhil Kalsh

      😀

  • Om Prakash

    Apart from this shit writing of the OP ,something to ponder is

    “The death rate among riders of supersport motorcycle accidents is four times that of riders of conventional motorcycles, like cruisers, standards, and touring motorcycles. The riders of the more conventional motorcycles are also older –usually age 40 and above. The death rate among riders of sport motorcycles is two times that of conventional motorcycle riders.”

    http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/motorcycle-accidents-common-causes-30330.html

  • Irvin Khanna

    Every individual have his way of riding,…
    RE is the brand which is connected to INdians from many generations, From 80 to 18, every Indian knows it,
    Some things stays in your heart,

    To all my dear Rossi’s Indian cousins, RE gave INdia the fastest motorcycle at the time your elder took you to market on LUNA, Hero PUCH, and somethings like that…(Although Yamaha RD’s, Triumph served, but for a very small time)
    That bullets are still running around smoothly …

    And moreover RE is working in the new Twin cylinder engines & furthur refinement of current engines
    350cc would be obselete & replaced by new refined 400cc

    Time for the old school motorcycles have come (whooping 70% increase in sale)
    One more fact, RE is the only Metal crap(according to you) which could be easily cutomised, …. cruisers , bobbers , cafe racers, …..you name them we have them ..
    We love our machine….we will be back on the fast track with new powerful machine..

    Harleys are for america,
    similarly, Bullets are for India , Iam an Indian & Im proud to ride Indian Machine

    Dear all rider are brothers,
    And riding is brotherhood,
    Dont spoil the brotherhood, Ride what you like , At let others ride what they want…
    Are you jealous..?

    watch the video and chill…!!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-JwZfLKX1U

    P.s.: Dont come up with your bad words to cover up…keep the discussion healty…
    Ride hard. Ride safe. God Speed..!!

    • Akhil Kalsh

      God speed!

  • hrishikesh

    whoever postes this is such a douchebag. ….if ypu dont like royal enfield you can just go fuck off with plastic Japanese bikes (KTM)

    • Akhil Kalsh

      I did.

  • Shantanu Mishra

    i jst went thru went thru dis post and jst want to say evry individual have its own likes and dislikes…well for my view, i m posting the pic of my 1972 model royal enfield, which i have recieved frm my dad, and i m still using it widout any hassle….all i want to say is a passion is needed to keep a bullet else a plastic toy is best suited fr dose who cnt afford to keep a true metal

    • Akhil Kalsh

      Yep.

  • THOMAS MATHEW

    Hhe.he…. I do agree with this…. bulls may be heavier than others but it is not a killing machine…… it keep the rider safe always. You guys can check the accident rates in India . You can not find a reckless bullet accident , your type plastic toys like Duke ,Pulser and all other sports bikes in India leading the rider into death.. because Indian roads are not gud for them . I am not an RE enthusiast or anything but I am in love with them. There is always a positive on everything…………. 🙂

    • Akhil Kalsh

      No.

  • Biker777

    Great article! Akhil you are the man who got balls to burst
    ego bubble of all the RE fan boys!

    Finally someone came forward and put some valid points.

    Yes I don’t like RE! And I am not a KTM or Pulsar lover
    either; I am an anti-pulsar guy and KTM Duke sounds like a rickshaw to me. But, if
    I have to choose between pulsars and RE, I’d choose pulsar.

    Why?

    I owned RE350 1990 model, used it for more than 6 months, took
    care of it….and I faced such issues
    like never faced before in any other
    motorcycle.

    What Issues?

    1) Starting RE is a mess; a hand cranked diesel generator
    takes much less efforts than this.

    2) Mileage……what mileage?

    3) You could collect dripping oil from its engine and use it
    as chain lubricant 🙂

    4) It was a headache to clean this bike.

    5) I am a working class guy and guess what? I did not have
    time to fix its frequently coming issues and also dint have time to impress
    girls with its shitty diesel generator like sound.

    6) YEAH, IT’S ALL METAL! AND IT CORRODES!

    Fan boys Boasting here about the “great” RE stability
    have never stumbled upon the situation
    where you are doing 80kmph and a wild fucking boar comes out from nowhere in
    front of you.
    Try to hit brakes & control your heavy metal junk there and in the next moment your royal metal junk takes you to the last ride of your life.

    the only reason RE is being sold in good numbers because
    some wannabe guys want to turn heads on the road.they only want to convey only
    one message ” please give me an attention as I have something antique and
    apparently powerful”

    “Real men don’t need to have RE or anything loud to
    grab attention on the road; a silent strong personality is enough to do the
    same”

    • Akhil Kalsh

      Absolutely spot on mate!

  • Hakim Shabir

    i am with you

    • Akhil Kalsh

      Thanks buddy!

  • Om Prakash

    Thought of the day…..

    • Mangalayaan

      Rofl next joke please

      • Om Prakash
        • Mangalayaan

          ha ha ha this very funny bro..Height of idiocy just like few people in TamilNadu went and built a temple for Khushboo and Namitha. Anyways next joke please

          • Om Prakash

            Shukar karo tumko samajh me aaya!!.

      • Bullet manoj

        you need a dick

        • Bullet manoj

          thats a next joke and yet true

        • Mangalayaan

          Your mom needs one not me since he gave a birth to a faggot like you. Oh yes if she wishes I can penetrate deep in the throat as well just like I did last time

          • Sameer

            Don’t bring in someone’s parents dude.

  • Akhil Sreehari

    @shivarajinna:disqus @disqus_Pps1MTjtSZ:disqus @disqus_AoQ2z5Ecev:disqus @disqus_KMUarUCzal:disqus @disqus_uCDgksqikr:disqus

    That day I din’t reply because I din’t want to write a PAGE. But after seeing some replies I’m forced to write THIS. EVERYONE GO THROUGH THIS IF Y’ALL GOT THE TIME.

    1. Bullets are fucking slow.

    Not Really. Classic 500 has a fucking whooping 41.3 Nm @ 4000 rpm and 28 hp (Ninja250 has 21 Nm @ 10,000 rpm and 29.9 hp). Look at that low rev rpm. Means its just shear power. Classic 500 can just EFFORTLESSLY rev.

    Some people choose to ride it at lower speeds because riding a bike is not all about top speed. There’s something called thumping. I don’t expect you to know what it is since you are such an imbecile. BTW, a Classic / TB 500 can go past 130 quite EASILY without any strain at all. I BET YOU HAVE A BIG PUSSY AND YOU ARE AFRAID TO RIDE IT AT THIS SPEED ON A HEAVY BIKE.

    2.Bullets are Unreliable.

    Ok. You caught my attention here. RE HAVE BEEN PRODUCING BULLETS SINCE YOUR GREAT-GRANDFATHER WAS FUCKING SOME WHORE( HE SHOULDN’T HAVE :'( ). Now, old bulls have oil-leak problems, i admit. But we are really sorry boss. Motorcycle industry was not that developed then. But you can’t buy a vintage bike even if you sell your fucking cunt house. Because its worth that much.

    Nevertheless, The latest bullets you buy are fuel injected. Have all the latest mechanisms. They are not unreliable. Go through this :- http://royalenfield.com/motorcycles/classic-500#!technical-specification

    But. can you go to Ladakh from Kerala on a pulsar? A yamaha? Ah c’mon.. atleast a Honda? 🙂 Who do people depend on such situations?

    3.Bullets are noisy – and the bad kind of noisy

    OMG BOYS!! PUSSY DETECTED. OLD AUNTY PUSSY.

    4.Bullets have really bad brakes

    OH BOY. DID SOMEONE DAMAGE HIS BRAKES BEFORE HIS RIDE? 🙁 THIS PUSSY IS UNAWARE. It has a fucking front disc-brake BITCH SLUT

    5.Bullets give shitty mileage

    AH YES. YOU GET 100KMPL on a CD Splendor. You expect the same on a RE with 5-times its specs. 🙂 Such a genius baby. Parents must be so proud. 🙂 Please put some condoms in your fathers pocket when he is not around!!
    A 500cc mill can only give that much nomatter how many times you fuck with it. Fucking DISGRACE to a automobile engineer.

    6.Bullets are unnecessarily heavy

    Deep pussy detected. Deep pussy = deep penetration. :’)
    Its not made to be heavy. Its just heavy. Sorry baba.. its not plastic and it doesnt have a puny 100cc engine. Its all metal. Metal weight > Plastic weight you son of a fucking whore bitch disgrace to Indian education you slut.

    8: Bullets have a fucking long waiting period

    Psst!!! Dont talk. Let the prodigy guess this one!

    (clue – because each and every part of a bullet is hand made? And not made in bulk like his plastic bike?)

    9. Royal Enfield doesn’t give a shit about its customers.

    Oh boy. Finally a valid question. 🙂 Thanks a lot @akhilkalsh:disqus
    Well, they have done their part quite amazingly by hand-crafting the bull for me.
    Some service centres are good. Some are hopeless. I guess that’s the case for every company.

    Ps – I own an RE and a Yamaha

  • It seems like I am the only pro RE chap who read this post and thought it was interesting. The sheer belligerence, abuse and filth in the comments is shocking to say the least.

  • Sanjay Rautela

    RE…. the best thing about the bike is u can do stoppie very easily…and wheelie..the easiest thing… burn out at every red light. can anybody explain one reason to buy bullet. except that love the name Bullet. no reason. i know u people have spent alot for ur cute loving iron rods. but no good for anything, its better to buy a Luna atleast it will give u mileage. and when it run out of fuel then pedal it which is better than dragging it, grow up kiddos the time is changed its 2015, its not 60’s when there was no other option then bullets, thats why people used to buy Bullets, no other reason. who so ever says bullet is the best i bet u try duke 390 once. u will forget bullet. 0 – 60. 3.3 seconds. … 0-100 …5.5 seconds. 0 -140… 14 seconds. the moment u throttle it. u will be close to GOD. and breaking is awesome. thank GOD to abs. balance aisa ki jaisa socha b na ho. do wtever u want. light weight. easy to ride in city traffic and highways. no noice pollution. aur kya chahiye bullet bullet karte rehte ho, kuch naya try karoge tabhi kuch pata chalega. if u guys are so much into cruisers then why dont u buy harley’s … reason they are expensive. come on. i have never seen a bullet rider who says bakwas hai. till the time they sell it they will say damdaar sawARI HAI. reason for that 1.5 lac ka bekar ka investment. AT THE END BULLET SUCKS.

    • Akhil Kalsh

      Very confusing comment mate, but I feel you 🙂

    • Abhishek Verma

      dude…..ktm 390 belongs to street sport class and bullet belongs to cruisers. i ll advice you to try classic 500…you will be blown….:)

  • Avinash N

    RE is for people who like the way it rolls and other bikes are like all other bikes like pulsars with KTM and tvs with hero etc . but RE is a different breed of bikes which makes a rider distinct that is what people like as they like to be different from others. The person who wrote this has kept this in mind and tried to become famous , a idea indeed where you talk about something that is distinct to a certain sector that is two wheeler sector. The person also tells that he owns a KTM, and he abuses RE that is not good as his bike well may be but, he never knew that his bike came out recently than 50+ years , his KTM has bhp and RE has torque in abundance. So it proves that the person who wrote this likes speed and light weight body of his bike.
    What I found really funny in the whole thing is
    1> He goes behind two RE riders who are going @ 69kmph and is anxious to know his fast they are going , is this guy so jobless to go behind them , may be they were in 4th gear , and RE are capable of 100+ kmph easily
    2> Talks about having dumbbells on the light weight bikes to be like RE in highways , well Akash the article writer better ride in highways and experience a wind blast in a RE and ur KTM you will know why RE is more on the heavier side
    3> Stop writing such things where you write that makes RE fans vs other bike owners to debate and you earn some cheap cash , and telling your fake experiences with your RE if you own a KTM stfu and rude it everyone likes their own bikes weather it is a pulsar or splendor , if you like to share your thoughts and utilize your freedom of speech make use of it in a right way ,

    • Akhil Kalsh

      Tell me something new.

      • Avinash N

        like i care about u .

  • Sunny Grewal

    review by a frustrated person who cant afford to keep a bullet, whose gf ditched him for a bullet owner.. 😀 keep burning

    • Akhil Kalsh

      Sure!

  • narendra

    Jokes shows reality

  • narendra

    I purchased a Bullet in August 2013 and sold it within a year. Reason :- 1. Its plastic parts break down too frequently and were less reliable 2. Every month I found that one of the shocker is leaking and need Seal and oil replacement 3. My main stand become defunct within a year and needed replacement 4. Battery was overflowing with acid regularly and staining and corroding my bike engine and body. 5. Every 2.5 month i got call from Service-wala for the bike service and 2000 was min. bill for a free service 5. my battery lock was replaced in every free service. 6. and Last but not least the bike was not as exciting and powerful as were the previous old models of 1990s and 1980s.

    • Akhil Kalsh

      Couldn’t agree more!

  • I agree to all the points you have mentioned & kind of knew most of it
    before I did the biggest mistake of buying a TB500. I thought how can it be so bad & in case it is so bad why will people still buy it. So I bought one & sold the same within 7 months of owning it and
    riding over 8000kms. My real experience of owning this bike started from day one when on day one there was oil leak & from there on it was story of endless issues
    (oil leak, fuse going off, shabby nuts & bolts, low mileage, rusting
    issues, electrical issues, Throttle response issue, over heating, console showing wrong data about fuel even after replacing it, Bad customer service at there service station to them servicing means wash it, dry it & hand over forget about everything else etc…) I can go on and on and on… the amount of tantrums this bike gave me got me frustrated
    and eventually selling it in just about 6-7 months. I am so happy I made that decision. Every
    time I wanted to take this bike out for a spin I used to worry more
    about the bike than my journey itself.

    • Akhil Kalsh

      Thanks for sharing your experience Rohit!

  • Manju Halgur

    I would like to see things from your point of view… Too bad I can’t get my head that far up my ass!!!

    • Akhil Kalsh

      Nice one! Cliched but nice.

      • Manju Halgur

        I would rather write some clichéd piece of shit instead of ur senseless piece of shit!!!!

  • pendu jatt

    Bandar kya jaane adrak ka swad….. U enjoy ur local bikes assi ta bullt de shokeen hain…

    • Akhil Kalsh

      I like you, you made me smile.

      • pendu jatt

        Veere saade naal bult the chal, twada raula hi vakhra yoga jab aasi patake bajunde firenge……
        Jattan di shaan bult aur soni laadi…

        • Mangalayaan

          fikar nakko karo meri jatt thu bullet chala

    • Vishvanath Gupta

      Braavo. Assi bhi tenu support kaarde hai prah ji

  • RD

    One can clearly understand what this so called blogger knows about RE…speed is maximum of 69 KMH, ROFL 😀 can’t stop laughing on his maturity levels 🙂 nowadays every one is blogging if they have a keyboard handy, start writing blogs with minimum commonsense…bless those Lil p….

    • Akhil Kalsh

      OK?

  • Le Balladeer

    Uninformed, juvenile, whining gentleman writes a clickbait article. Good job!

    • Akhil Kalsh

      Thanks!

  • JB

    The writer sounds like a 15 yr old kid who likes over promoted, heavily advertised, cheap plastic toys…of course he’ll never understand REs.

    • Akhil Kalsh

      Yep.

  • Saurabh Malhotra

    Haha. Because of reason Num 8, this crap doesn’t got have chance.

    So to console himself posting shit art

  • Jasper Vincent

    Bullets give shitty milage ?? U son of a bitch , the350cc classic gives 40-55 and will ur duke gives that u asshole
    It sounds shitty?? Go fuck urself it’ the most amazing sound than any other byk in india the thumping loud sound turns the head of people , and duke got a similar fucking sound as the rickshaws
    The fucking duke strts heating after a ride of 5mins and warm starts r so bad
    Ur butt strts aching while ridding the fucking plastic toy duke ask any bike tourer what’s the comfrt and joy of ridding an enfield !
    ASSHOLE

    • Akhil Kalsh

      Calm down man, you’re gonna get a heart attack or something.

  • Karthik

    This is the lamest post against RE ever. I have been on my thunderbird for over 3 years now with a handful of very long distance journeys and rest in city.
    1. U can cruise easily at 110kmph and I not comfy going any faster on a 2 wheeler! But yes we love going at 40 on 5th gear too, something about that speed on re is nice, I don’t expect you to get that!

    2. All ill maintained bikes are unreliable. Take care of ur bike, bike will take care of you. Especially at the time this article is written, a lot has changed with re. They are aren’t the oil spewing, vibrating monsters like everyone says.

    3. Well in city it is rude, so I keep the stock silencer but on highway the thump is like a companion for ur ride, again I don’t expect a hater to understand

    4. I totally agree with this though, the brakes do not generate enough confidence!

    5. I get 35 in city and 45 in highway! How much were u expecting from a 350cc engine anyway???

    6 7 8 it is just stupid to say don’t buy a bike from a company coz the bikes are heavy, they have spoked wheels and long waiting period! Btw u can change wheels if you don’t like and the waiting period varies from place to place. I got mine in a month!

    9. The basic issue here is there are better re mechanics in street than in workshop. Plus I dint know they hated the company, I like my mechanic better!

    To add to this finally, I don’t understand why there at soo many articles trying to admonish re and why almost all of them have never spent a decent amount of time with RE.

    • Miti

      I totally understand the feeling. Blogger, just cant seem to get his head around as to why he is seeing so many RE on roads with his grand dad having problems in his youth of heavy , mechanic, silencer and all the banter.

  • Balaji

    Dude, your entiring reasoning has been based on smelling bullet’s @$$, instead buy one, drive it and then get to a state to talk about it. I don’t think with your given physique you won’t have stamina to even balance a bullet, rather it was a more apt choice to drive plastic bike wherein you can comfortable fit your ass along with your gf’s ass, considering the photo you posted on your earlier post to that of her’s. Next time when you write som thing let it be based on your experience and not your assumptions.

    • Akhil Kalsh

      That ass is nice for for sure, sadly not my gf’s.

  • Sameer Panchangam

    Not sure I’d anyone’s pointed it out, bullets are a pain to navigate in city traffic. I see duds on the road every day to work, struggling to manuvere the bike. Pity watching them.

    • Miti

      Lol… Have you seen how many people find it hard to navigate a piece of plastic in city roads. See a Bulleteer handle bike and then speak.

      -Bullet family since 1960’s

      • Mangalayaan

        Bullets dont even move in city traffic they just stand and eat other vehicle’s dust

        • Om Prakash

          Ek bewakoof hi bewakoof wala comment hi dega.

          • Mangalayaan

            Wohi tumko samjha rahe hai. tere jaise ghamand aur bewakoof kahi nahi milega

          • Om Prakash

            Milega. Bewakoof milega. Tu aaina dekh. Mil jayega.

        • Om Prakash

          Naach na jaane aur Angan Tedha.
          Kya logic he. Chalani nahi aati aur dosh Bike ka LOL.

    • Om Prakash

      In that case its the rider’s fault. May be you saw Akhil Kalsh Riding bullet many times!!.

  • Hari Rajan

    Long live the king RE !..

  • Om Prakash

    What Indian bike is Brad Pitt is riding ?

    • Akhil Kalsh

      He also rides Angelina Jolie. What’s your point?

      • Om Prakash

        Point is simple. And it is that “A worthy Rider will ride both”.
        Since you cant do both its not surprising that you cant understand.

        • Rajarshi Dutta

          Wtf

          • Om Prakash

            Nothing Rajarshi Dutta. Its Just an answer to his special “point” and ignorant attitude.

      • Bullet manoj

        Point is RE is as good as Angelina Jolie

  • vikas

    If you don’t like RE keep it with you … Don’t hurt the ppl who love RE…
    Feel the ride ..
    Not to enjoy by speeding the bikes…. The happiness is tat we want to feel the ride and love the ride bro….

    • Akhil Kalsh

      Stay happy!

  • Rajarshi Dutta

    Haters gonna hate… No other stock lasts over 25 years…unreliable yes…but no other bike manufactured in India is as exciting!

    • Akhil Kalsh

      Sure.

      • Om Prakash

        This is what you can answer when some one states a valid point Mr Cherry Picker.

        • Rajarshi Dutta

          Mr om prakash..this guy just shared what was on his mind….just agree to disagree and move on…be a sport..its a free country, people can share all they want!

          • Rajarshi Dutta

            Also akhil kalsh…leave the faiths out of it….life might be a lil easier for you then…people tend to get pissed off real bad when you bring their god(s) into the fold…

          • Om Prakash

            Its not about GOD. He is cherry picking. Just eating the cherries from a cake and telling that cake is shit tastes like cherries is just sheer bogus.

          • Miti

            so your cake (plastic Duke) was baked fresh and handed to you tat you eat cherry every day ? Lol… grow up 😛

          • Om Prakash

            IMHO Learn to understand english. I don’t have a Duke. I have RE 350. My reply was to Akhil’s Ideology of “Cherry Picking”.
            He is posting cons and saying RE is bad. This is Bogus. Do you get it ?

          • Om Prakash

            Learn to understand English. What I wrote and why I wrote. I dont have Duke. I have RE 350

          • Om Prakash

            Mr Rajarshi Dutta. Sharing is no offence. But something without a logic, Biased and Cherry picked things are illogical. Every bike has pros and cons. Why to highlight as a con rather than a precaution.
            And the word “free” is a misnomer. No ,people cant share what they want. Freedom is not absolute. We can only share what helps or guides people.

          • Guest

            Can’t argue on that one… I don’t have the credentials or skill to interpret it… Lol.. Anyways I love my RE, doesn’t matter if someone didn’t like it….safe travels OP and AK… Here is to roads untravelled and speeds yet to be attained…

          • Rajarshi Dutta

            Lol…Anyways safe travels OP and AK… Here is to speeds unattained and roads still to be explored

  • Rex

    What an ass of an article written by complete asshole. I stopped reading after he wrote ” should always ride over the speed limit” shows what kind of illitrate mindset this guy has.

    • Akhil Kalsh

      OK.

      • Miti

        Glad you agree.

  • Manju Halgur

    Sure you are rite about many a things in your article above… But I wonder, what sort of rider is he who calls another bike names, sure you are rite that the KTM can beat the Royal Enfield pants down and perhaps you guessed it rite by now that I own a Royal Enfield but that doesn’t make me dislike an RX 100 my previous ride i can bet i would appreciate riding the RX as much as I did back in the day. Guess what my friend… I would love to own a duke some day and if that day ever comes i would still appreciate the RX 100 … my current girl the RE and the KTM too… Here is a taught the duke 390 can give a few variants of the legendary Harley Davidson a run for their money does that make the Harley any worse??? Not in my opinion… Riding stands for peace Brother…

    • Akhil Kalsh

      Fuck the KTM, OK. I’ve said enough number of times this isn’t a comparison article of the Duke against the RE.

      • Miti

        You have mentioned Duke being good numerous instances yet you claim to have ridden Bullet 50KM in total, so why put down RE alone.

        New bikes are released every year, legendary ones like Rajdoot, Yezdi Road King, Yamaha RD 350 (used one easily cost more than brand new Duke) and many more yet where are they now ? They could not adapt to new customer base and where phased out. But Bullet had its lean patch, endured and bounced with a successful variant. They have rectified at least 5 of your points mentioned here.

        Your incapacity/ hatred to bullet may be due to two cases :

        1. You cant handle bullet more than that distance of 4 -5 km.

        2. No bullet owner trusted your riding skill on RE to lend you one to get the actual feeling that has enchanted lakhs around the world.

  • Vicky Arora

    This bike is for royal man’s not all Tom dick and harry
    Girls can ride this bike but it’s heavy for some one. Cycle is gud try that.

    • Akhil Kalsh

      Yes yes.

      • Miti

        Why bother responding to all comment with sarcasm. 😛

        • Mangalayaan

          I wanted to ask this question to you Ms.Miti

  • Jay

    Who so ever wrote this stupid article (hence being read more…as surprisingly foolish) and all the fuckin cunts who agree with it are all little mommy boys with their plastic little dicks who can’t handle the real thing or didn’t had enough feeding as child to kick start a bullet!! Pity on them, my sampathy!!! Hahaha 🙂

    Continued fucking ur plastic toys …Buy a Bullet in case u grown up enough to be a Man and have some cash to afford and maintain a Bullet.

    Excuse, don’t waste ur time as I will never check any further replies here ( just signed to put this comment to set u retards right).

    • Akhil Kalsh

      Thanks uncle.

  • Arun Masilamoni

    Why did you insult the Enfield? I ride a Harley-Davidson. I respect and love the Enfield. You are an immature, badly-brought-up retard who cannot differentiate product from legacy.

    • Akhil Kalsh

      If you say so.

  • Arun Masilamoni

    Why did you insult Christianity? Try insulting Muslims. You will ride a rickshaw into hell.

    • Akhil Kalsh

      What’s your point?

  • Hari Anil

    I am a proud continental gt owner. Most of the things mentioned in the article I don’t agree with. Gt comes with amazing breaks, I can easily do 130-140 kmph without breaking a sweat on it, I ‘ve done almost 900kms on it and I found it very reliable, the noise is not intrusive and it has got a nice rhythm to it, I booked it and took the delivery of the registered bike on the 8 th day so the waiting period was very low, I ‘ve found the weight to be an advantage as the bike is impressively stable on high speeds and at corners, Gt comes with spoked wheels but they ‘ve Pirelli Sport Demon tubeless tyres – don’t know how they managed to do that but they did. Now, the 9 th point I completely agree with. It’s very very difficult when it comes to their customer service. They literally don’t give a shit. There are some good guys too but they are far few. A problem I ‘ve, I guess I should ‘ve guessed it, is heat. They created a monster of an engine a 535cc single cylinder monster, but for some weird reason the decided not to give it even a fan. About 40-50 kms in traffic and you can feel the heat on your thighs. 100km or so on the highway same thing. But overall I am very happy with the bike.

    • Akhil Kalsh

      Awesome Hari! Good luck with your steed 🙂

      • Hari Anil

        Know what man, there was this Indica Vista ad where a man who took a test drive is left with a constant grin on his face – I am sort of in that state. I can’t stop grinning while riding it. I would say that’s worth the money. Duke 390 is less expensive and far more efficient in all respects, it has better power, better breaking, abs and all. But it doesn’t have the same personality as Gt does. My point is, you either get it or you don’t but it’s worth every penny, there are no alternatives.

  • Vivek Gaddipati

    The company sucks noone cares anything except for the name and out of this kind of things

    • Akhil Kalsh

      Yep.

    • Om Prakash

      The elephant keeps walking as the dogs keep barking.
      P.S. It does not affect the elephant.

      • Mangalayaan

        Elephants are used to carry loads and not to travel long distance. bhai thu chutiya hai aur thu chutiya hi rahega

        • Om Prakash

          Abe gadhe tujhe agar muhawre samajh mein nahi aati toh teri problem hai. Toh chutiya tu hi he. Aaina dekhle. Waise sirf Raja Hati ki sawari karta he. Not ONLY used to carry loads Dumbass

          • Mangalayaan

            thu tho bhaunkne waala haathi nikla be.

          • Om Prakash

            Kutte aise hin bhokte hain tere jaise. Par hati ko kahan farak padta hai. Hati kabhie bhaukte nahi sab jante hain. Poor GK hai. Pehle sahi tarike se Complan piya karo phir dena comment.

          • Mangalayaan

            Ha bhauktha nahi hai lekin falthu mein chillatha hai tere jaisa.

          • Om Prakash

            Bewakoofon ko sab faltoo hi lagta he. Dimag toh hota nahi , toh samajh nahi pate, toh jo baat unke samajh me naye to wo faltu.

          • Gill Jatt

            Om Prakash bhai, don’t waste your energy on them.
            “Never wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it.”

  • end

    Fuck bikes, this emo kid writes like shit.

    • Akhil Kalsh

      You are funny.

      • Miti

        you get the point now ? not the one, few posts above ?

  • Jihad AJ

    Well, let me make this short. First of all, I don’t own a RE nor I have rode one yet but I surely know what it’s like to own a RE.

    Have you ever thought why RE still has such a large demand and quite a long waiting period? No, it’s not because the owners are idiots. It’s because that is what they want and no other vehicle provides the similar feeling. Imagine a newer generation RE with less weight, less sound, new technology and sporty looks. You think people would buy it? Obviously not because it becomes like any other bike then and that is not what they want. It’s not because they don’t have brains or anything, it’s because they prefer the old school style and be special. Your points might be valid but you can’t compare an RE to any other bike. Also, I wouldn’t mind people saying it’s poor man’s harley. Atleast, it gives him a similar feeling which other bike can’t.
    Next time, at least make a sensible comparison.

    • Akhil Kalsh

      OK Jihad.

  • Jihad AJ

    Throughout the post, only one thing came into my mind, ie, the author is a lame ass wannabe racer. I appreciate your balls to post this on the internet.
    Now coming to your post about RE. I don’t own one neither have I rode one but I have read a lot about RE’s. I like Duke as well as RE but if I had a choice to choose a bike for a long ride between those two. I would pick RE anyday.

    In my opinion, what makes RE stand out from other bikes is the vintage style, retro engine w/o the new age technologies, heavily built, much safer, riding position, the thump and the list goes on. Yeah, it must be old, slow and sometimes unreliable too but riding an RE is far better than Duke for long rides.
    And this is not idiocy. RE is the baap of all vehicles just like you compare a father and a son. RE is more like a father and Duke is more like a son.

    ROYAL ENFIELD CANNOT BE DESCRIBED, IT CAN ONLY BE FELT.

    • Akhil Kalsh

      Yeah right.

  • manu

    Since u don’t like bullet u don’t have to say shit about it…
    U go for what u like… Don’t buy a bullet for urself.. Go for something else.. Y disgrace others choice…

    • Akhil Kalsh

      Because it’s fun.

      • Rajarshi Dutta

        Lol I thought there was more to you Akhil Kalsh…. Now I feel punked….

    • Guest

      The guy who wrote this article is soo lame..
      May be you don’t have the passion for the bike. Compares pulsar with enfield which is totally lies in different category. Enfield is all about class and royalty not like your cheap racing bike which kids like want to own.

  • Shivaraj Inna

    Yes… its true……. only the ppl who have the passion of bullet they can go for it….. this is the commonsense to one who going to purchase vehicle… In my case I have found all this before purchasing,,, so now no problem at all….. successful ride of 50,000.00 KM in 3.5 Years, till date, without any problem…. Finally only the person who having the passion about bullet – he can go for it….. Every one will have different taste … ride u r favorite bike… and enjoy the life…. :). Good article to the ppl who blindly purchase RE…..

    • Akhil Kalsh

      Thanks mate! Have fun on your RE 🙂

      • Shivaraj Inna

        _/_ …

  • samrudh

    For a person who by his own admission has not driven the while line up of RE for just a combined total 50 KM, you sure know how to complain.

    • Akhil Kalsh

      Thanks man, I know.

    • leorcid

      I’ve had an 1984 model one for five years, and a Classic 2013 for an year, and now a Duke. Bullet’s just too over-rated.

  • samir

    Some people (read bullet & ambassador fans) simply don’t want to come out of stone age. Leave them alone. They will never change

    • Akhil Kalsh

      I know buddy, it’s just fun to fuck with them.

  • alphy

    I have a Bullet Standard 350. My bike made in 1985. Its almost 30 years, still i am rovering on high ways about a speed of 80 km/hr. Initial pickup is less compared to modern bikes pulsar ktm etc. However after shifting to forth gear you can’t chase me.
    To the writer
    ———————–
    The bull is heavy due to its heavy engine and its because of using original iron and other parts for make of the engine. So it runs for long period like 30 years. can you confirm your bike runs for 30 years without engine trouble. I also owned a pulsar which ran for 4 years later spend 8k for engine work. Bull is heavy, high quality made, reliable and stable. I drove my bullet which is made like a gun apprx 700000 km. Ultimate engine. Please don’t compare with local bikes like ktm cbr pulsar

    • Akhil Kalsh

      LOL, local bikes 😀

      • alphy

        Lol, local I meant low quality engine bikes

        • Aditya N Bharadwaj

          Well said alphy, I wanna give you a hi-five. In your face. With a spanner.

          • Harish Kumar

            ROFL!! 😀

      • bulldozer

        Yeah, lol bajaj made it local. Every jhopadpatti in Mumbai has at least 5 ktms. If not from Mumbai, Google jhopadpatti 😉

        • Kanhay Athalye

          And even the slum people don’t buy a bullet… XD
          Such smart people these days

    • rishabh_asthana

      by the time you shift to 4th gear the local bike guys have already reached their destination and are probably sleeping.

      • Om Prakash

        It can be other way round if The rider is a fool. Nothing to do with a bike.

      • alphy

        My friend had the same point. i cleared it by challenging for ride on the Nice road. After you also take a ride, will see who will be sleeping. Open challenge, r u ready to accept it. Let me know. Do it and show. Thats what the riders does. Born to ride *****

        • rishabh_asthana

          come to delhi…i dont live in Bangalore anymore 😛

          • Harish Kumar

            Then don’t worry. He won’t reach there. Not on his bike for sure 😛

          • alphy

            RIshabh…. i like the enthu… 10 months back i accepted the challenge from bangalore & the co-rider (KTM user) just passed away. He also had the same point what you have “KTM is great”. On the drive for 12 kms on nice road, he lost his life with the shitty bike KTM due to great breaking & strong stability .Today, I regret for the cause, accepting the challenge. I am born to ride, Not to Make some one Die. I stopped the race after that incident.

          • Sitaram P.R

            Sad to note that a person passed away. Having said that there is no way you can keep up with a KTM. Forget the KTM 390 you would not even keep up with a 200, unless the rider is a novice.
            The rider met with an accident not because of the braking ability of the KTM but probably due to his mistake. I am game for a challenge.Having owned 2 enfields (CI bulls) i know that these are at most a match for a 150cc bike (but for the torque)

        • suman

          You are such an entertainer.

        • manmath sahu

          There’s difference between “Born to ride” and “Born to race”. Hope you meant the latter. Having said that I agree that Old RE models were really clumsy and troublesome, but new ones (after 2014) have come refined. Besides, KTM and RE belong to the leagues of their own, no comparison.

        • alphy

          RIshabh…. i like the enthu… 10 months back i accepted the challenge from bangalore & the co-rider is passed away. He also had the same point what you have KTM is great. On the drive for 12 kms on nice road, he lost his life with the shitty bike KTM due to great breaking & shitty stability .Today, I regret for the cause, accepting the challenge. I am born to ride, Not to Make some one Die. I stopped the race after that incident.

      • Harish Kumar

        I see that people don’t get it when someone is trolling them so badly 😀 Love your replies!

        • bulldozer

          99% don’t. 1% have more keeda’s 😉

      • Avishek Sharma

        this reply is expected from a boy, coz u kids are always on a hurry, go for a ride of 150km in one run on your toys like pulsar, ktm & all, your toy & your body, both will tell u why Bullet is “Baap” of all Bikes,

        • Basith Billa

          Well said

        • Aditya N Bharadwaj

          Mr. big burly man, there are examples of people who have covered thousands of kilometers on long rides on their Pulsars and KTMs 🙂

        • Kanhay Athalye

          Rode for 7000km with 22 bullets 1 pulsar and 1 ktm in 22 days…. every bullet had a puncture, every evening all bullets were serviced and 3 didn’t make it to the destination due to problems… KTM and Pular helped the bullet guys go and get spares 😀
          Enough said , enough raped!

          • bulldozer

            Ever studied the term “Ratio” in school. Try search for the nearest best dry fruit store in your location on your KTM. Ask for the best quality almonds. Buy it. Soak a couple of it every night in water and eat it every morning. It will give you what you’ve lost thru the months you’ve been off school riding on your new earned license

          • bulldozer

            Hahahaha.. Every bullet punctured. How gross can someone get to put forward their point. Strategy haan… KTM and pulsar riders did it on purpose. They punctured the bulls. If these ktns and pulsars would have been in my group. They would have ended their trip with blown engines and would have nothing to brag about

          • Kanhay Athalye

            Ever been to ladakh ?

          • Kanhay Athalye

            Awaiting reply

          • Shadab

            There is a thing we call, Liquid cooling.
            And i know , the junk iron lovers never heard about this..

          • bulldozer

            Yeah right, we like it hot kid

          • bulldozer

            There are a few other beautiful blogs in here everyone in here should read…
            1. KTM Orange Assist review: A tale of total non-assistance
            2. RC390 10000 km review
            Good ones.

          • Kanhay Athalye

            Defend your bullets with technical talks….. don’t talk about badams and stuff man… ghar pe nahi hai tu… XD

            God…. who is this guy????? Does anyone know him?
            Is he for real… talking badam and shut XD XD XD

          • bulldozer
          • Kanhay Athalye

            This means there are more chutiyas than smart people.

            P.S. please explain to me the whole badam thing you were talking of, everyone is so eager to know. We are so excited to hear a badam and stuff on a biking website. Never had this experience before.

          • bulldozer

            Hahaha… Now since I have proved Royal Enfield’s are baap of all other bikes, let the elephant take his usual stroll while the dogs can still keep barking

          • Kanhay Athalye

            I need a few details from you.
            1. Technical details of your bike.
            2. Your longest bike tour in kms.
            3. Max kms travelled in 1 day.
            4. Motors ports achievement if any XD
            5. Your age

            The reason I am asking is… even my other fellow RE friends are laughing at you XD… such a laugh reading this together.

            P.S. I think you just accepted that RE is an elephant XD.

          • Amol Marwaha

            what a butt-hurt little boy you are. bullet is a fun lil under-20 HP starter bike. And that’s great but one’s gotta progress, no. Ke zindagi bhar scooty chalata rahega? and by HP I don’t mean top speed, big bikes just have that big bike feel you know? even ktm’s don’t have that but still, 43 HP is something. at least it scares you. On a bullet it’s like you’re yawning under your helmet until another rider shows up and you go back to pretending to enjoy it. On long rides and open roads that is. City mein mast hai.

          • Iam Inza

            Thats the problem mate, you guys think you have an elephant while what you actually have is a giant Sloth 😛
            Dont forget, dogs are mans best friend while sloth is good for nothing but wasting your time and food 😛

          • Bharat Harish

            Very well said bro….
            Dog has no other work than to bark unnecessary.
            Bullet is King of all bike.
            I am also a 1985 bullet owner. And till now my bullet is going pretty good.
            Can please anyone these dogs who are against bullet can bet that their bike will survive for 15 years only without any engine work.

          • Partha Saikia

            Well no need of that prehistoric metal. People donot want hoax royalty or cult u kno.

          • Abhishek Verma

            first of all,there is nothing such as prehistoric its historic and old bikes are called as vintage. you won’t understand this term because your bike s probably gonna die in next five years but not ours.and btw,go searching for old bullets, i bet not a single owner will entertain you because they dont sell them unlike your bikes which will be worthless after 5 years

          • Kanhay Athalye

            15 years of smiling better than 25 years at the service centre

          • Sitaram P.R

            Please try maintaining 100 kmph on your CI bull for a stretch of around 15-20 kms. You will probably end up with a seized engine while an RX 100 of the same vintage will easily manage it.
            King as long as you ride it at not more than 80.

          • Partha Saikia

            No sense of logic applies to RE u kno……

          • Abhishek Verma

            i think its you whom logic deserted long back.

          • Kanhay Athalye

            Learn English baby!

          • Abhishek Verma

            i am not your baby you douchebag. anyways beyond your comprehension so better let it go

          • Kanhay Athalye

            Exactly

          • Abhishek Verma

            google it man…..lagta hai tere ghar walo ne tujhe kabhi badam nai khilaya isiliye to tu itna bada chutiye hai.
            PS: nothing serious just a banter :d

          • Kanhay Athalye

            I want you to type, stop sending me links to articles written by chucks who don’t even know how to ride a bike….. so you gonna speak up or no?

          • himanshu

            abbe gareeb feel aati hai baki biko pe. bullet makes me look good.

          • himanshu

            ktm wale sale chakke stuntman lagte hai. circus mein hona chahiye aise logo ko. bullet is so goodlooking. turns a lot of heads.

          • Partha Saikia

            So be it but still looks better than the metal blob which probably have tyres like a bicycle…..

          • Abhishek Verma

            spoked wheels doesn’t mean its a tyre of a bicycle….bloody “Gawar”

          • Shadab

            Rusted Iron lovers, wake up.

          • Abhishek Verma

            plastic shit lovers…..;)

          • Bobthebiker

            I dont like KTM, but I hate RE more. RE 500 does have a little bit of muscle, but the 350 is like a malnourished excuse of a bike. Build quality wise definitely RE is a good bike, but RE must come up with better designs.

          • Bobthebiker

            Gareeb feel ?? There are scores of other bikes on the road that will gobble up an RE and shit it out when it comes to looks and power.

          • Kanhay Athalye

            Toh bullet mat chalao kaam karo aur superbikes lelo…. a bullet won’t make you rich… but yes you do look wanna be rich

          • Kanhay Athalye

            Also just because you are so funny…. please explain the term ratio to everyone one…… and we will know when you have used Google…. good luck KID!

          • bulldozer
          • bulldozer
          • Kanhay Athalye

            That doesn’t explain the term Ratio. Also tell me what are the 2 factors that you are talking about when you meant ratio.

            P.S. RE sale will always be higher than HD because we have more wanna be people but not with enough skills or money to ride a HD thus the RE sells.

            Do you get what I am implying or should I elobrate this for you to read and other people to laugh?

          • Kanhay Athalye

            I think you are on the wrong site…. you must be looking for momsrecipeforretartds.com

          • bulldozer
          • Sujit Sharma

            huh?

          • Love Gambler

            By ratio he meant the number of bulletiers and only 2 new gen bikes 22:2.that shows how bullets rules over the minds of people

          • Satyendra

            As I already said, You had 2nd hand or may be 4-5th hand old REs. Why don’t you try a new one. I bet your reviews will be different from now. Or go for a 4-5th hand old Pulsor/Karizma/Duke, can you rely on them? I don’t think you can make even a 1000 KM on them once their engines are re-packed. Just buy a new RE and your favorite bike and maintain both for next 6-10 months. And then your reviews will be interesting.

          • Abhishek Verma

            do you really think a plastic can rape a metal?? 😀

          • Kanhay Athalye

            Whay don’t you hit the streets and check it out!

          • Abhishek Verma

            bang your plastic shit against any enfield and see what happens first to ur plastic and then to you
            😀

        • Kanhay Athalye

          Please elaborate why it’s the baap! XD XD XD

          • Tony

            Kanhay Athalye you shit head, do you even know what you are writing? Keep your below par technical knowledge with you man. Do you even know that punctures are not technical faults and can happen to any bike? Go get some life dude. I guess you are one of those intellect deficient loud mouthed modern day youths who grew up getting bullied by the big Enfield riders and never got a chance to ride one yourself. You should look up http://gapuchee.com/Product.as…. You will find interesting stuff for yourself here.

          • Kanhay Athalye

            I owned an RE
            A pulsar
            A KTM

            I am a national rally racer
            Won’t my 1st podium at 18
            And ever since
            Who the fuck are you Mr. Wannabe biker?

          • Abhishek Verma

            your daddy…………..:D

          • Abhishek Verma

            wow,such a disgrace,now a days even such a worthless people like you also can own an enfield and then bitch about it…..

          • Sitaram P.R

            Dude, RE is not a Ducati Panigale Superleggera Limited edition which the company sells selectively. Any guy and his dog can buy one. Problem here is that some guys after buying it act as though they have bought a Rolls Royce Silver Ghost.

          • Sagar Kulkarni

            Great

          • Kanhay Athalye

            I bet your real name isn’t even tony, it’s a wannabe name

          • Abhishek Verma

            focus on his words not his name “retard”. tell me one thing are you one of those short tiny guys who got bullied by everyone 😉

          • Abhishek Verma

            i think even the enfiled showroom guys chased him away when he went their for a test ride..:D

        • Anirudh Ghoshal

          Chutiye….tera baap hoga

          Mera ya meri bike ka itna farji baap n h

        • Kanhay Athalye

          I did a 8000km ride in a month and every bullet broke down, but the pulsar KTM and apache didn’t even need a check

          • Abhishek Verma

            thats a spurious fact…..stop lying to prove your points…..:D

      • jay chingle

        

      • Anupam Singh

        while u are sleeping in ur nest little birdie me and my other enfield fellows would be enjoying the breeze and the ride… Son it is not always about reaching the destination first, it is also about living the journey. And people live their whole journey(called life) on their bullet. Enfield for us is not a simple use and throw machine, it is our frnd, our loyal partner in crime and our love of life. yeah ur love gets angry sometimes but u dont throw them out of ur life. u deal with them. But u know u wont get it because u are not worthy of a bullet. grow some balls and dont just think about speed, think about what the journey is about

        • Rajarshi Banerjee

          If you enjoy the journey so much, why not just walk. God gave you feet right? If not, then use a wheel chair to get places. The fact that you brought a vehicle means you want to get there fast. If it wasn’t as I said, People would never have invented vehicles. Let alone the bullet. Learn to admit defeat like a man rather than whining like a baby who thinks his mickey mouse watch is better than a swatch.

          • Anupam Singh

            oh yes, I forgot man… but if i really had to go somewhere quickly i would rather prefer to board a flight. Why would I like to ride at 150 kmph just to reach some other town urgently? In fact, if a person wants to reach a dstination he should prefer some good cars. Bikes which are made for highway like REs and some others are for comfort and joy of riding. It is not meant just for a sake of reaching a destination quickly but for supreme comfort. And believe me when I am on my bike I won’t even look at some duke lying around in a corner or passing me by on the road because I would be too much engrossed in admiring my beautiful mate, which is a true piece of art. So, REs have enough power and top speed for an enjoyable ride and its looks are so stunning that no other bike in India can ever have.

          • bulldozer

            Speed, speed, speed what. Why buy a 390. Buy a rocket and disappear into space never to be seen again. Men don’t ride plastics that weigh 139 KGS. Why not buy a polyethylene bag and rest your punny arse* it and fly off. Some shittin kid buys his first390 with his fathers hard earned moollah or money earned by working in some call center licking their customers arse and feels he is the fastest man on earth at 170 kmph. ROFL.

          • Kanhay Athalye

            Not fastest on earth…. but definitely faster than your 70kmph bullet! XD

          • Amol Marwaha

            kaisa chutiya hai. you need a bullet to make you feel like a man? that’s some serious insecurity there brother. The manliest guy is the one who shows up on a moped and is all smiles about it. It doesn’t matter what bike you ride. But if yours is a slow, small bike then you admit that and move on instead of trying to shove its imaginary glory down people’s throats. My ktm sucks, I hate it. But I hate it just as much as i hated my Bullet. And love it the same too. Only difference is I’ve been riding for 8 years now and 16-17 Horsepower (19 originally but it drops with time and use) just doesn’t cut it anymore. you gotta graduate to the bigger bikes man. Can’t be satisfied with heavy, slow starter bike. c’mon

          • bulldozer

            Abey Lund fakir, feel like a man kahan se aaya ghandye? So you are the bully kinda guy who feels content by swearing and abusing. Being bullied right from school to college and now gets a chance to bully around on the internet coz no ones coming searching to kick his butt XD XD XD

          • bulldozer

            I have been ridding fast bikes since when you were ridding your tobu cycles. Ever did ride an rd, rxz 6speed or Honda dash? Getting scared by riding a 4stroke bike? Your legs will tremble when you get off after your ride these. Faster does not always entice. That was when I was in college, then I grew up 🙂

          • himanshu

            i hate people who hate bullet.

          • Partha Saikia

            its also well known as pocket rocket and ya still undisputed……. not like those prehistoric metal blobs probably hitler used……

          • Kanhay Athalye

            You sound like a guy who won’t wear a condom because it’s rubber….

          • Satyendra

            By that formula, you should buy a plane ticket rather than a bike. Save time you know.

          • Partha Saikia

            Why not borrow your grandpa s bullet or probably run a primier padmini or fiat 1100. Keep your 1962 legend in your place where the sun don’t shine.

          • Satyendra

            I wish I could, but he didn’t had one. So I am going to keep one for my grand kids.

          • Kanhay Athalye

            For the himalayan I would agree… it’s a beautiful motorcycle hands down.. the other RE bikes… painted scrap

          • Sitaram P.R

            Himalayan is the biggest crap. Other RE’s are atleast bearable

          • Kanhay Athalye

            Nope. Because they are modern.

          • himanshu

            lol. u suck dude. people who cannot appreciate art are weird. its a timeless beauty. and people happen to admire that. ever sat on one? no? please do that. and reply.

        • Kanhay Athalye

          The journey , the beautiful view behind the repair shop, the cold Chai at the puncture walas…. the shared cigarette when you are waiting for the towed bullet, the memorable back pain….. oooo sounds interesting…. unfortunately because I don’t have a RE, I don’t get these experiences. …

          • Anupam Singh

            ur imagination is cute 😛 No. beautiful view on a journey to hill station while u are at 80-110kmph feeling the wind and not fighting with it at 150. beautiful is the friendship of the group of RE people with whom u are travelling. Beautiful is the scene in those round chrome mirrors u see, instead of any ugly fiber ones. Beautiful is ur own bike, from which u can’t take ur eyes off and even when u are leaving it parked, u keep turning back to have a look at it standing majestically. I don’t blame u for wrong imagination, because as u said, u won’t have all these experiences as u don’t have an enfield 😛 cheers 🙂

          • Sitaram P.R

            are you sure you can see anything in those mirrors at speeds exceeding 60 kmph?

          • himanshu

            gosh. u are missing out on some of the greatest things in life.

        • himanshu

          man u nailed it.

        • Partha Saikia

          Similarly KTMs are too bro. the only difference is you have to cancel the sorrow part here (which you call life) because RE shares it a lot.

        • Kanhay Athalye

          You sound like a old man

          • Abhishek Verma

            and you sound like a bitch who is blabbering for such a long time and in the notion that you are getting famous.

      • Hardy

        For Royal Riders “Destination” is always Journey 😉

        • Kanhay Athalye

          And a never ending one! 😛

          • bulldozer

            Of course. Keep riding is the mantra

          • Kanhay Athalye

            You forgot this….
            Keep riding, keep repairing!

          • bulldozer

            I ride a 2014 RE B500. Never encountered an issue. No doubt I agree to you that ktms, Yamaha’s and Honda’s are great machines but in their own ways. These machines are in a different league. Bullets, Harleys, Norton’s and Triumphs are in a different league. Which motorcycle manufacturer exports their bikes to European and 1st world countries from India. I think this should clear your doubts of why such a fan following

          • retipser jay

            I never thought there would be so much support for anatomically deformed machine … This is quite an easy bullet to dodge 😀 bravo..

          • bulldozer

            Oh, there! Another quickie in the house. You sure can dodge any bullet with the sweetu sweetu shona kuchi koo “BABY” Ninja and ktms you ride ;p … Canon balls are technically bullets too. Its slower than bullets that shoot out of a hand gun but its devastating. Ever seen a gun logo on bullets… HELLLO… IT’S A CANON IN THE LOGO quickie boy :0

          • retipser jay

            Masochistic ,pathologica RE idiocy.

            That makes perfect sense!..It’s indeed a canon.I “sloth”ily rest my case. 😀 I don’t really understand the baby ninja,Ktm references :S…

          • bulldozer
          • retipser jay

            I am trying hard ,but thanks for the link ,it’s indeed a testimony of the greatness of RE vs HD and Obama’s greater pitch for RE as compared to the democrats — thank you — Machine successful

            🙂

          • retipser jay

            totally irrelevant ,Thanks for the link though. Newly acquired knowledge.

          • bulldozer

            France is bacon 🙂

          • retipser jay

            corrected: Francis Bacon indeed 😉
            Divine comedy 🙂

          • bulldozer

            Hahaha… I can’t believe you had to “decode” XD XD XD Now thats truely Divina Commedia ;p

          • retipser jay

            LOL It is okay…sometimes we need to break it down for few to get to the point when we are lost in translation…for example..BULLET and the CANON 🙂

          • bulldozer

            Get to a point as in “compare a mini sbk to an old school”? Hats off, that’s SOO COOLLL

          • retipser jay

            mini sbk? what the hell does that even mean??? Who is talking about sbk ,anyway? You need fiber Jeeves..bye..

          • bulldozer

            Hey Reginald, your condition is worsening. You need to get some electral.

          • retipser jay

            you need a shot of neurons..and a blob…bye

          • retipser jay

            You need some electrons to work effectively on your neurotransmitters .. let the lobe be on your side..bye

          • Abhishek Verma

            because when the daddy(RE) was born the baby(ktm,ninza) was not born………..

          • retipser jay

            Right,maybe it’s time to gift crutches…

          • Partha Saikia

            hahahaha.
            Made like a gun
            Weighs like a gun
            Runs like a snail (psst…. along with other issues)
            c mon man logo wont work out here.

            please dont put the worthless argument of tensile strength when you have nothing else to offer.

          • bulldozer

            Ohh, hi there Partha. See, that’s the problem. You guys do not have a mind of your own. There’s 1 rahul gandhi who started the discussion and some wanna be rahul Gandhi’s followed.
            It’s like Muhammad Ali and Bruce Lee.. only a retard would try compare who’s best amongst the two. Why would someone start a discussion and compare the two?
            Ali couldn’t match Lee’s speed and Lee could not have Ali’s power but they are both legends and have a fan following

          • Partha Saikia

            @Bulldozer
            Actually I don’t mind appreciating a legend and its OK to produce lesser ponies being 350/500/535/410 cc since its a long stroker & the happiness of not owning one anyway. What I protest is the Hoax Pride, Super cult following; thereby considering all other bikes as plastic or whatever. See this is bullshit. And the fact is 90% bullet owners do it. When while protesting against it if you draw in facts the bullshit arrives….

            Thats what I dont like……

          • bulldozer

            But Partha, its not a bulleteer who started this discussion. There’s someone who brought forward his thoughts. Please go back and see who’s said what and when. For every guy in this discussion, i can assure, their bike is their baby. I.am.sorry for being disrespectful to your bikes. Beleive me i even respect the platinas, lunas and chetaks for what they were and are to their owners.

            This is my last post in this discussion.

          • Abhishek Verma

            if you dont like….thats your problem bitch…..stop crying and whinning here…..anyways we dont give a damn……..on the read we will always gonna stare you as a plastic shit….if you dont change your attitude……

          • Dodd

            This is such a daft argument.
            You may as well debate what is the best colour.
            I live in the UK and Bullets are quite a rare sight on our roads.
            I’ve rode for 50 years, always brit bikes.Now my hips don’t allow me to kick start. So I bought a Bullet with an electric leg.
            They are so easy to work on and mod.
            I don’t need speed anymore, just an enjoyable trip.
            Every where I ride, I get people admiring it even taking photos and talking for ages about it.
            You don’t get that with these modern bikes.
            They all look a like to me, just different colours.
            But I’d rather see folk on bikes than in cars.
            Lets be happy we are all bikers

          • Abhishek Verma

            fyi”made like gun and goes like bullet”

          • Kanhay Athalye

            Will you suck a dido because it looks like a cannon! XD XD

          • Abhishek Verma

            so, your bike doesnt have wear and tear or u just ride and that s all no service no maintanince

          • Abhishek Verma

            journey never ends dude..you just reach a destination..leave it MR RACER…you wont understand…..if you did, people would have known you 😀

      • Batman117

        yup guys like you end up sleeping in hospital beds. Bullet is not even that slow you think

        • rishabh_asthana

          the speed of your comment certifies it 😛

      • Ravi

        How much resale value local bikes have , everybody is ready to buy 10 years old bullet but no one is even ready to look at 5 years old pulser or ktm plastic scooters

    • JB

      Nice points…people who love use and throw plastic stuff won’t like the Enfields…of course most people don’t have an appreciation for classics but are rather attracted to flashy plastics…so I don’t expect many people to understand Enfields. Most people will this this article makes a lot of sense to them.

      • Amol Marwaha

        How ironic. Most RE riders are out to prove something nowadays. My first bike was an RE. It’s as good a starter bike as any. But that’s all that it is. A single cylinder, 18 Horsepower motorcycle just like a pulsar 200 or a unicorn. The fact that RE riders try and make it out to be something extraordinary is really just a cry for help and attention. It’s almost as if RE fanboys don’t understand motorcycles or motorcycling.

        • ANAS

          Yo man . Are u not ashamed of copy pasting your comments again and again !! 😛 . if u like to ride bike just do it. If someone like to ride bullet let them do. If people are satisfied with their bullet/bike and its worth for the money they won’t complain. Else they will deffinitly do like you my dear. There are no use of worshiping someone’s own company. And btw every bike / bullet has a personality so for the rider. Lookwise and Feelwise.

          • Amol Marwaha

            no I’m not ashamed ANAS. what the fuck kinda name is that anyway. do yourself a favour and keep riding a shit bullet till you die and watch the world pass you by on REAL motorcycles. bullet is a moped that looks like a motorcycle. I love old motorcycles I really do but bullet is not one because it has less power than a dildo motor. I know this because I rode one for 4 years. I was like you. “OooOoOo bullet meri jaan” gaand mein dal le jaan bc 4k rpm pe red line hoti hai. ANAS, if you are over 20 and still riding a bullet, you’re kidding yourself mate. move up, get a promotion, and start riding real bikes

          • Hardy

            “real bikes” Ka muh me le le amol 🙂 You “undigested SHIT” 🙂

          • Amol Marwaha

            Hardy tu bullet apni gaand mein daal le aur 4k rpm redline pe bhaga like the dildo it is. the rest of us will be on 600 cc inline 4 motors or old school vtwins and give a shit about bikes that are actually worth a damn 🙂 fuck you you primitive fucking ape :)) you’re what’s wrong with this country. have fun at 100kmph :))) that’s what you deserve

          • Om Prakash

            Monkeys fail to understand the taste of ginger. Not your fault though…..

          • Amol Marwaha

            what the fuck you been smoking eh? talking about monkeys and ginger geez dude get a kitchen or a zoo

          • Om Prakash

            Yes U dimwit it is proved that u dont have a brain as usual evident from your posts. Only dimwits compare apples with oranges and bikes with lawn mowers. It is from the proverb “Bandar kya Jane Adrak ka Swad”. Since you are monkey you fail to understand the value of precious ginger. Had u been a human you wuld have known every single vehicle has its pros and cons. Your standard is riding a lawn mower u mangina.

    • maddy

      Alphy! You own a old version Bullet! I completely agree that piece is just amazing. Not the new ones. The new ones Classic 350 and other bullet family bikes are low on quality and they deliver very poor performance. I have experienced shit on road trips with my friends bikes and decided never to look at RE when it’s comes for a Bike Purchase.

    • Amol Marwaha

      How ironic. Most RE riders are out to prove something nowadays. My first bike was an RE 350. It’s as good a starter bike as any. But that’s all that it is. A single cylinder, 18 Horsepower motorcycle just like a pulsar 200 or a unicorn. The fact that RE riders try and make it out to be something extraordinary is really just a cry for help and attention. It’s almost as if RE fanboys don’t understand motorcycles or motorcycling. Grow up.

      • Anupam Singh

        bro RE fanboys are riding motorcycles since the time ur dad and grandpa used to pee in pants.. and are calling that they dont understand motorcycling?? RE sells their products in this way because people love the nostalgia associated with it.. and u might not be knowing REs are the pioneer of some of the things which ur bike use now. Since when are ur pulsars using the swingarms are rear? 2002 i guess when pulsar originated right? RE g2 used it 40 years before that and RE were its pioneers. people say their engines are old and use push rods and etc… Even a 36 lac Indian chief uses push rod mechanism.. the bike is not the fastest and the most powerful, but for sure it is a piece of art.. accept it, it is not everybody’s cup of tea. It is for the one who measure their bikes in terms of memories not just bhp and Nm. and anyway, no other bike in India even 2 lac above their price can give the amount of torque enfields give. 41.3 fucking Nm.

        • Amol Marwaha

          anupam, kiddo, I rode a Std 350 from 1996 to 2004. Let me break it down for you – bullets are bullock carts. now if you like riding those then that’s your prerogative and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with it. but you can’t go mouthing off crap like memories and nostalgia because frankly, you’d have better memories on a bike (with push rods, point ignition and all the other sweet old timey stuff I’m not against that at all) if it had more power than at least a fucking lawn mower. But again, that’s a personal preference. My point was, RE fanboys are an irritating group because they try to shove their RE love down everybody’s throats. you like motorcycles that start vibrating at 80 kmph and don’t go above 4k rpm, that’s cool. you’re welcome to it. but for heaven’s sake, stop masking your shit decisions under the guise of nostalgia. The rest of us want to ride big boy bikes.

          • Anupam Singh

            hey big boy, RE has enough power for a pleasant ride and it is reliable enough (the new ones at least). And Which big bike do u drive that give more torque than a C5? The bike has proven itself in many phases of motorcycling. Maybe not racing but everything else. even an rc 390 cannot race with a bullet uphill.. Some RE fanboys do show excessive love (usually fake) and i hate them but RE is a bike which performs the job for which it is made absolutely perfectly. And for India it is a good bike (maybe not the best). How many times a day do u ride ur duke at 140? I ride my bullet as I should several times a day. I would have bought an R3 if I loved racing, not a ktm because they suck at racing and exhaust note is pathetic. But anyway i dont like to race and my bike has a good top speed (120) good fuel economy (40-45) good seating position, great looks and superb reliability (never broke down till now) My classic has a perfect old school look which is praised not only in India but around the world. At least my bike doesn’t look like a starving crab. Oh wait !! It is the duke which looks like a starving crab 😛 and my bike can never be equal to ur big boys bike 😛 😛

          • Amol Marwaha

            european children ride motorcycles when they are 4 years old competing in mini moto competitions and those bikes do 110 kmph. i don’t particularly like the ktm myself but it’s the only thing in India that’s not embarrassing when it comes to being a motorcycle. won’t you like a royal enfield that made 60-70 hp? my point is – stop being so content with substandard shit and demand more from manufacturers. stop kidding yourself and demand more. you’re a grown man, start acting like it. that’s the only way royal enfield (and other indian manufacturers) will churn out REAL motorcycles and not these toys. please understand that I’m not trying to say that ktms are the best. I’m just saying that it’s high time motorcycle companies started taking the indian rider seriously and making higher capacity motorcycles that we deserve. there at lawn mowers out there with 24 hp. LAWN MOWERS. wake up, buddy

          • Anupam Singh

            you have still not got what i said.. racing with a bike is a different thing. How many times a week would u race on track? if u are not participating in pro or semi pro races then what is the use of owning a 70 hp bike? a king of bike which u cannot use anywhere else. can u use a track oriented bike for off-roading? royal enfields can go on various kinds of terrains. I am not saying having a track bike is wrong. If u like to have that pleasure sure u should but it cannot be used elsewhere. I was planning to buy R15 few years ago because i love yamaha and even some other Japanese brands. But i felt the track oriented design won’t suit my lifestyle. I thought the same while choosing between RC200 and my classic. It boils down to a personal choice. And the European lifestyle is very different. People focus on more horsepower and cc. But British style classics like Norton, Triumph, BSA, Enfield are still respected in many places and so be proud that India manufactures such motorcycles which are respected in many parts of the world. (This does not mean that I am saying modern bikes are not good)

          • Amol Marwaha

            let me answer you with some examples: triumph tiger, triumph street triple, old timey bikes like the norton, BSA, newer ones like the kawasaki versys 650, and all other tourers in the world are above 50 HP. all can off road with ease and also munch miles while being civilised when you want them to. same thing with the ktm. shit build quality, i hate that it has only one cylinder BUT it’s the only bike in india that churns out 43 HP at 2 lakh rupees. that means on the highway one can go cruising from 110 to rampaging at 160 without even changing gears. do you know how that feels? when you’re riding 19 hours a day going from aurangabad to bangalore nonstop, you need to be able to cruise at 150. it’s not the speed but the ability and the feeling I’m talking about buddy, and the comfort. the entire time I rode my bullet I was like you. defending it at every corner and hating on so called ‘new bikes’ until I realised that there’s sooo much more to biking than a 17 HP single cylinder that starts to shake past 100kmph. the thrill of motorcycling is in flawless execution and for that you need bikes that can actually DO THINGS. as for respect, when I still had my bullet I checked a youtube video called “royal enfield in jay leno’s garage” know what he said? he said “if you like to ride mopeds but don’t like how they look, this little 500cc BRITISH single is for you.” and it’s true. stop believing what they tell you and demand more. won’t you much rather ride a v twin enfield? be honest. demand more. stop worshiping starter bikes. ktm sucks, I’ve owned one for 2 years now. but so does royal enfield and all other tiny bikes they sell to indians with names like ‘adventure sports’ and ‘race throttle response’. it’s a pathetic joke.

            oh and, faired bikes are nonsense. i agree. naked is the way to go. hope I’ve made my stance clear.

          • Anupam Singh

            i agree on ur points man. surely I would love to ride an enfield with a V-twin and with more horse power but for the classic post war look enfield is the only choice under 4 lakhs. I would love to ride Indians, harley, and most of all other powerful Brit classic bikes but unfortunately we can’t buy them at this price. and yeah duke has awesome power for Indian standards but looks are subjective and I prefer old school. If I could be satisfied with the looks of KTM I would buy it. I am not an enfield worshiper, I just love its look. Well let’s not argue on it. If a better street naked are available in India I am sure u would buy them and if a better post war style bike is available I would surely buy it. Is it correct?

          • Kanhay Athalye

            You say that because you can’t afford a 70bhp bike… it’s okay…. one day you will and then you will realise we were right and you can slowly slide on our side

          • Arijit Mukherjee

            You’re right about the improvement but the Classic should remain a classic, it’s the same way you enjoy Kishore Kumar’s voice over others. You can’t compare a Duke with a Bullet and at that Price range it is a great bike, because it lasts long and it is easy to service because of less complicated parts and considering Indian roads, I would say that 27 bhp on Bullet classic 500 is good, brakes could have been better though. If you see the sales figures also, it shows that person is more likely to ride a Bullet over others because they have a different feel to it. It’s unique.

          • Kanhay Athalye

            Dude… think before you talk, an RC will beat the shit out of a bullet when double seat…. wtf… I don’t know if I should laugh or reply…. tu rehene de…

          • Reetabrata Bhattacharya

            Totally agreed, RE is a piece of shit when it comes to reliability. There are too many ppl looking for undue attention and that’s the bunch RE targets with its nostalgia/vintage/heritage stories

          • Anupam Singh

            my enfield hasn’t broken down even once. It is still one of the most pleasant ride available in India. Duke is a good performance bike for sure but it looks ugly. It is more like puke. RE has something which other bikes and bikers can never get. That is why u guys are jealous of us because we RE riders are always united and we love our bikes no matter what. KTM make great bikes i agree but u won’t be satisfied even by them. And we are in love with our REs and we are satisfied. That is what makes u all wonder why? and u all are jealous of this feeling. And yes, pulsars are crap. I have owned one for about 7 years.

          • Amol Marwaha

            dude harleys are bullshit, everyone knows that. what if you were given the option to upgrade to a norton or a bmw boxer s or a kawasaki 750. these are the logical upgrades to an RE and not harleys. bullets are starter bikes – 17 to 19 horsepower. and that’s nothing to gloat over. they make great starter bikes, and can be kept in the garage to ride for a lifetime. but trust me, you haven’t experienced riding until you’ve taken a corner with your knee down at 130 kmph or blasted down a straight going 160 with top gear still left to engage. no one minds old fashioned. bobbers and cafe racers are cult even today but they’ve gotta have more power than a lawn mower. google it, there are lawn mowers on sale that are 24 HP! doesn’t that make you feel bad? what if all RE riders said enough is enough and demanded a bigger engine with multiple cylinders instead of being satisfied with the crap they’re being fed right now? RE is a machine and a good machine, but the abysmally low power figures make it the laughing stock of the indian biking community, and don’t even get me started on the international front. I ride a ktm 390 and it’s not a good motorcycle. it lacks character and refinement but 43 Horsepower is 43 horsepower. that makes a huge difference.

          • Amol Marwaha

            you know what RE riders look like? that guy from the ‘feel the josh’ ad riding a scooty in full gear. all bark and no bite. big sound, heavy bike, struggling to make it to 60 mph/100 kmph. you know the original cafe racers from the 30’s and the 40’s were called the ton up club? they did 160 kmph hence the term ton-up (ton means hundred and in this case – 100 miles per hour = 160 kmph)
            so stop kidding yourself, grow up and demand a big boy bike from the manufacturer of your choice

          • Anupam Singh

            why should i demand a big boy bike when i love mine? This is india and not europe. And do u know that people from around the world still use our beloved royal enfield? Speed and power are not the only things to look at. brad pitt, jonty rhodes, and many more love their enfields. Is there any other such indan charismatic bike which people around the world demand for?

          • Amol Marwaha

            It’s not an indian bike anupam, it’s british. It is simply manufactured in india. Now I know what you’re thinking – blah blah Eicher blah blah. You’re right, it is owned by an indian company and built here but its legacy is british. Just like Tata and Jaguar etc. That’s what your examples like about it too. the old british charm. None of the people you mentioned think of it as an indian motorcycle. the “people from around the world” who ride enfields also think of it as a british single and not an indian product, but simply made here. the legacy is british. so that negates your point about that. Most of these aficionados also ride brough superiors and norton commandos or have ridden them and now, in their 60s and 70s, want to ride something that doesn’t scare them. Many people in their 60s and 70s however will not be found dead on anything with less than 2 cylinders and 50 horses. that’s just the baseline. for novelty one might consider a single that churns out 17 horsepower because it’s cute. If that’s why you like your bike, hey, I’m no one to judge and good on you buddy, good going. But the enfield riders with that false sense of superiority is what I can’t stand. It’s a small bike, you love it, great. But when one starts to shove its ‘glory’ and ‘inherent manliness (puke)’ down my throat, that’s what pisses me off. And that’s what I mean by “stop kidding yourselves and grow up”. Hope I’ve made my stance clear.

          • Anupam Singh

            the thumpers are always meant to sound good and look good. it doesn’t concerns the top speed. the torque does matters and that’s what enfields are about. yes people think of it as a british classic but still the thing which is important is that they love it. I don’t say bikes with 50-100 hp are crap. they are amazing piece of engineering and hence are ridden by people around the world. it is just calling REs useless is what i am against. REs are great in their own ways and will be. maybe some british bikes like bsa, triumph are better but they cost thrice an RE and require the amount of maintenance which is not everybody’s cup of tea in India. i simply hate the fools going around saying that REs are useless and KTMs are the best, when we know that even RC 390 barely qualify as an entry level sports bike and duke isn’t meant for pleasant highway rides, it is just a street toy to show off around to teenage girls

          • Amol Marwaha

            Firstly, ALL SINGLE CYLINDER MOTORCYCLES ARE CALLED THUMPERS NOT JUST ROYAL ENFIELD. Please update your motorcycle knowledge base.
            Secondly, KTMs suck hardcore. I own one so I know that from experience. But doing 170 on the highway ain’t a bad trade off. As far as your contention goes, please refrain from using subjective criterion to qualify your choice of abysmally small motorcycles. Let’s keep this objective. Both bullets and KTMS and for that matter, yamahas, suzukis and hondas are used to show off to teenage girls so that argument falls flat in your face since it is a choice the rider makes and is not inherent to the motorcycle itself. The motorcycle being an inanimate object, of course, does not possess the ability to show itself off.

            Again, I will repeat my point : Bullets make less power than a lawn mower and as long you (the rider) admit that and are okay with it and don’t feel the need to defend it, I have no issues with you. It’s when you start mouthing stupid nonsense like torque figures and other bikes being toys is when you show to the world what a looney wannabe rider you are.
            Top speed isn’t everything. This is true. BUT HAVING THE ABILITY TO GO TO PANTS-SHITTING SPEEDS is what motorcycles are all about. Your beloved Bullets can’t even qualify for the ton-up club legacy you hold so dear since they do not possess the power needed to take you to 160 kmph (100 mph) that those bikes back in the 50’s did.

            You don’t mind that they’re slow, outdated, a shriveled husk of what they used to be (the new ones don’t have point ignition, the gear/brake arrangement is conventional, basically everything that made REs special is gone) and that’s fine. Just drop the facade of superiority. Bullets are inferior in all technical aspects and now Eicher has killed their souls too with the electronic start etc. There’s nothing left. So please, keep the inferior riding to yourself, and I wish you all the best with it. Just move when you see me in your rearview mirror, I’ll be cruising at 160 going from aurangabad to bangalore in 19 hours on this very uncomfortable KTM and don’t appreciate you slowing me down.

          • Om Prakash

            All you are doing is doing wrong comparisons. Every single bike is made for riding. No one forces you to buy RE or KTM . Do according to your choice. Don’t compare apples with oranges. RE is a cruiser and KTMs are sports. There is hell and heaven difference between the two. KTM sound like flat drum where as RE thump. Some like some dont. It is the most customizable bike around. And for your information lawnmower is for mowing lawn not to ride. What a foolish comparison. Even water pumps also have more power than KTMs. Go ride water pumps. Power and speed isnt everything. I own a Bullet and a Pulsar 220F. Both are good in their aspect. My parents like to sit on the bullet as its way comfortable rather than in 220F. My back pains in most bikes as they are uncomfortable. Bullet saddle seat is way too comfortable. So dont compare an elephant ride with a horse ride. Both are unique and both give different experience. And keep your shitty comparison with yourself which are not relevant ogically. Go ride a 1000 hp water pump it has more power than KTMs.
            And by the way which indian bike company has represented the prestigious Isle of man TT ?

          • Amol Marwaha

            eat shit donkey kong and stuff a turkey up your bum no one’s asked for your opinion. 1000hp water pumps my big hairy brown ass. REs aren’t cruisers they’re mopeds made to look like bikes.

          • Om Prakash

            Oh yes shit head dumb. Put your shitty thoughts in your stinky pussy as you are way loser than that you illogical idiot. Who the hell is asking your opinion u dumb head? If you can talk shit then have the guts to accept u ass hole. REs are cruisers and pussies dont ride or like it. You are a Mangina proved. Manginas like you exist to prove that their thought sucks as u do. Go suck a 1000 hp water pump shit eeehhhh

          • Amol Marwaha

            pehle english seekh le chutiye. bada aaya bullet rider. LOOK AT ME!! I RIDE BULLET! IT IS 17 HORSEPOWER!! I AM A MANLY MAN. I RIDE THIS BULLET SO YOU WILL THINK I AM MANLY. I NEED THIS MACHINE TO PROVE MY MASCULINITY!! MY DICK IS THE SIZE OF PEANUT

          • Om Prakash

            Abe tere jaise Mangina, Gadhe ko english ya hindi iski samajh kahan. Tu advice mat de. Tu pehle khud logcal ban aur Tu apni brain check karwa. Empty hoga shayad. Aur tere GK bhi poor he be gadhe. RE 350 has 19.8 bhp @ 5250 rpm
            and RE 500 has 27.2 bhp @ 5250 rpm.
            Mangina apna dimag check karwa. Bada aya english lawn mower rider. Teri standard lawn mower ki hi he. Aur ginna bhi sikhle . Its not 17 lol.

          • Amol Marwaha

            lawn mower toh tu chalata hai. new bullet ka 19.8 (19.8!! my god, hayabusa) 1 saal ke baad 17, 2 saal ke baad 16 etc. Mangina, thanks. I love it. I’ll change my username to mangina. sounds exotic. now go play with your moped. talk to me when you’re not shouldering the vast burden of your immense manliness and/or struggling to overtake an activa. Lol. chutiya

          • Om Prakash

            Abe gadhe tu apni advvice apne pas rakh. Bandar ko kahan achi cheezon ki samajh. Abe chutiye har bo gadi unique he. Mangina tu namard he to Mangina toh achi lagegi na. Mangina = Man with a Vagina. Sach bola tu. Namardon ko na RE pasand na logical baatein. Tu mangina jo tehra. Isliye
            Tu aise hi bhukta reh. Tere jaise bahut aaye aur gaye. Par bullet ab tak kayam he apni jagah pe with a legacy since 1949. Tu chalu rakh apni bakwas mangina.

          • Amol Marwaha

            wow. not very creative are you? no wonder you ride a bullet. btw mangina doesn’t mean man with a vagina. that’s a logical fallacy. anyway. OM PRAKASH IS THE MANLIEST MAN IN THE WORLD BECAUSE HE RIDES A BULLET. YOU HEAR THAT, WORLD? OM PRAKASH IS VERY MANLY, OKAY? NO ONE QUESTION HIS MANLINESS. IT IS DEFINED BY THIS MOTORCYCLE. WHAT MORE PROOF DO YOU WANT. WE ALL BOW DOWN TO HIS MANLY MAJESTY, OM PRAKASH THE BULLET RIDER. LOOK AT HIM GOING 120 KMPH ON THE ROAD LIKE A MANLY MAN. WHAT A GIANT DICK HE MUST HAVE BECAUSE HE RIDES A BULLET. ROYAL ENFIELD CHECK THE DICKS BEFORE SELLING THEIR MOTORCYCLES, THEY DON’T SELL TO SMALL DICK PEOPLE, NO SIR

          • Om Prakash

            Abe Gadhe. I ride Bikes. I dont compare apples with oranges and a bike with a lawn mower. EVERY BIKE HAS ITS PROS AND CONS. ACCEPT IT AS IT IS. DON’T SHIT AROUND. NO BIKE IS PERFECT. ITS A MATTER OF PERSONAL CHOICE. DONT LIKE IT THEN SHUT UP THEN. RESPECT WHAT IT IS FOR. EVERY BIKE HAS FLAWS. NOHING IS PERFECT.

            Manginas like you only can misinterpret things. A chitiya who can comare a bike with lawn mower can assume anything . Proved that you are shiity piece of mangina.

          • Amol Marwaha

            fuck off you choot. you ride a 17 horsepower lawn mower and I don’t respect that. you’re a fake biker. a wannabe. a chutiya who knows one word – mangina. go home idiot. come talk to me when you have a real bike

          • Om Prakash

            Abe bhag be suar. Just like pig can’t understand whats the value of banana you cant understand the value of riding. Riding has nothing to do with bhp. Jhaant ke jinghoor tu sale ja Road Roller chala. Uska bhp KTM se bhi jyada he. Ya fir bulldozer chala. Mangina kahinka. Don’t live in a dream that u have a brain. YOu are a MANGINa. A man with a Vagina. Thats why u talk like pussies. Only pussies dont like bullet lol. Fuck off mangina.

          • Amol Marwaha

            tu apni moped chala na yaar. tujhe acchi lagti hai na? toh chala. just admit that it’s not the greatest, most glorious motorcycle ever built. I don’t have a problem with royal enfield I have a problem with stupid narrow minded fan boys like you who think calling somebody a mangina is an insult. your thinking is that of a child and you are what’s wrong with our country and why it isn’t progressing. because of homophobic misogynistic neanderthals like you. grow the fuck up you absolute cunt

          • Om Prakash

            Tu apni soch apni paas rakh. Tujhe agar lawn mower chalani he toh chalana ? Tujhe unse kya jisko kuch pasand he ? Choices are personal. Who the fuck are you to question?
            Abe mangina me moped kya bicycle bi chalata hoon. Sab enjoyable he. Kyun ke maja bike se nahi riding comfort se aati he . Tu bewakoof sala 17 bhp pe atka he.
            Narrow minded thoughts are of manginas like you. Since your thinking level is below the freezing point of water it is still hard to understand for u. Our country is degrading just because dimwits like you who think what they think is correct. You irrational cunt go have MRI scan of your brain. You may find the manginaism in your brain.
            Royal Enfield is the only Indian Brand which has represented Isle of Man TT till now. Neanderthal is you as u still have a brain as that of stegosaurus.So don’t force much on it.
            Only Stupid pussies don’t like RE as they give priority to their CHOICE rather than what others feel. Even if walking gives u pleasure its still better than riding a bike. Enjoying the journey has nothing to do with bhps and what bike u are riding. And the bold Testament of RE is that many bikes have come and perished but RE still standing the testament of time. Just because of some Manginas like the OP and you truth not going to change. So fuckoff you dodo. Go ride Bulldozer. It has more bhp than KTMs.

          • Arijit Mukherjee

            I think you and me both wasted time over here, trolls can be entertaining though. I am just reading for fun.

          • Om Prakash

            100% true..

          • Om Prakash

            Your frustration itself shows what a mangina u are.

          • bulldozer

            Fish, I read this today. You’ve killed him manginally XD XD

          • Om Prakash

            Choices are the differences between a man and kid. U ride a tricycle as u are a kid or your fav lawn mower. I will ride what ever a man can. Some bikes are there since 1901…..

          • Amol Marwaha

            WOW YOU’RE SO MANLY OM PRAKASH.

          • Om Prakash

            WOW YOU’RE A MANGINA AMOL MA”NGINA”WAHA

          • Kanhay Athalye

            I CAN TEACH ENGLISH… call me if you need help typing

          • Om Prakash

            Oho!!, You dick is of peanut size ? Great mangina I thought u dont have a dick. You are a mangina shitting around with your shitty points. Thats why u like lawn mowers. Great. Since u have a peanut size dick tu lawn mower chala ya phit tobu tricycle chala.

          • Amol Marwaha

            wow. what an excellent argument. I’m blown away by the intense logical content of your narrative. although you tend to fixate on just one insult. be creative man, think of some new insults for me. and it’s true. I don’t have a dick, not even a vagina. in fact, I don’t have any genitals because I AM a genital. I AM A MANGINA. A MANGINA THAT TYPES. beat that, ripley’s believe it or not. lmao go ride your moped you choot

          • Om Prakash

            Great you accepted the truth. Now go ride a water pump its has more power than your KTM. Jhaant ke jhingoor mangina hi he tu. Namardi ka misaal tu hi he jo ek bike ko lawn mower se comapre kar sakta he. Manginas have no logic chutiye. Sab bike unique he aur acha he gadhe. Compare mat kar lawn mower se choot ke kit. Tu tri cycle chala. Teri aukat wahi he. Bewakoof.

          • Amol Marwaha

            tu apni moped chala chutiye.

          • Om Prakash

            Abe chutiye tu lawn mower chala. Me toh bahut kuch chalata hoon. Including a RE which is the only indian bike which represented ISLE OF MAN TT.

          • Kanhay Athalye

            HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA……
            HAHAHAHAHAHAHHA….

          • Om Prakash

            Royal Enfields has served us for almost 3 generations…There are ” ustaads / maestros ” of almost every single respective part of this Machine,ODM had the honour to know a lot of these specialists….scattered all over the country – each one of them is a untold story !
            Old Delhi Motorcycles builds a motorcycle with a league of these specialists, and tell about ‘ them ” … for they will soon be gone !

          • Amol Marwaha

            you don’t understand sarcasm do you. go home little boy on your little toy bike. speak to me when you’re riding a big boy bike

          • Om Prakash

            Illogical things cannot be sarcasm. You cant comapre apples and oranges just because they are fruits. Comparison is done on equal terms. Be sarcastic on that. I am no RE fan boy. I am a riding fan boy. I ride what ever I ca. No special weakness on onay bikes. All bike has specialities. Hence they cant be compared. Choose what U like. Dont force your personal choice on others. Some like elephant ride some like horse. There is no point disgracing each other.

          • Kanhay Athalye

            If he didn’t have a dick, you wouldn’t exist

          • Kanhay Athalye

            I have a lawn mower and that’s 24bhp XD for real

          • Om Prakash

            No matter how costly is a shoe its place is on the foot.
            A lawn mower with even 100 bhp is still a LAWN MOWER.

          • Sujit Sharma

            I’m going through this thread for entertainment and dont even own a bike. One thing that sounds out is you come across as one low testosterone whiney little BIT CH!

          • Anupam Singh

            we buy RE not to show off to anyone but for inner peace. We buy it coz we love it. Secondly, I know what a thumper is exactly, thank u for ur concern. Thumpers are single cylinder big engine bikes. And yes they are called thumper because of their characteristic single cylinder sound. For racing, there have been parallel and V twins since 1940s, and hence i said thumpers are loved for their looks and exhaust note rather than their top speed. motorcycling is NOT just about PANT SHITTING SPEEDS. Do u think, cruiser, choppers, off roaders are made to run at 200kmph? NO. and the bikes which did 100mph in 1950 were never thumpers. they were usually parallel twins. So bullets are not outdated,they are just made that way to retain the classic feel. Each bike has its own motive and SPEED is not the only thing for which motorcycles are made. I don;t say other riders stupid because each one has different expectations from their rides. but the way you are treating bullet riders shows that u have no mutual respect and u are just a wannabe speed enthusiast who is possibly to naive for motorcycling. So please shut ur gutter and learn to respect other motorcycle types than just street and track bikes. There is a much larger world of motorcycles than u think. grow up

          • Amol Marwaha

            Ah! now we’re talking. See how bullet riders go from supremacists to peace loving flower power pacifists in a heartbeat. I made my stance VERY clear right at the beginning – My beef isn’t with all RE riders just the ones who feel the need to beat their chests and declare themselves absolute monarchs of the road based on the fact that they own a certain motorcycle, hence the shaming. Also, it’s fun to toy with the fragile male egos of these trend-following sheeple. I know plenty of nice guys who ride all kinds of things from puny 110cc skitters to ultra touring v-stroms. it doesn’t matter what marque you ride, it’s all the same wind. But it’s also fun to own a few idiots online while waiting for coffee.

          • Anupam Singh

            Man first of all I never said Enfield is the best motorcycle brand. Secondly any stupid fucker with an Internet connection cannot hurt my feelings. Thirdly you kid should show some respect to the oldest motorcycle brand out there and there are many faggots who think speed is the only important thing but they don’t know what actually a motorcycle is. Speed and acceleration is just a small part of the motorcycling world. Maybe when you’ll grow up and have some knowledge about motorcycles you’ll understand it. Till then buzz off

          • Amol Marwaha

            I owned an enfield for 4 years, it’s a good kids bike. Then I grew up and stopped riding mopeds made to look like bikes

          • Anupam Singh

            See that what I’m saying. You just bought and rode the bike. You never actually owned it. Which real b bike are you talking about? If you say that European consider Enfield as mopeds then they don’t even consider rc 390 as beginners bike. Even the super Duke 1290 isn’t considered as something worth buying. And Enfield are real bikes. They have survived for more than 100 years now. Do you think any other manufacturer lasted that long. There is a reason for it. They are loved and revered all over the world. And if you consider just horsepower then an r 25 can beat Duke 390 and in turn can be beaten by r6 which in turn is beaten by r1 which cannot survive in from of the hayabusa which was easily beaten by ninja h2r which would be wiped out in a drag against dodge tomhawk and if that’s not enough it can beaten by an apache helicopter. Now where the fuck does your real bike stand? Well royal Enfield does stand on the top of at least one list and that is being the oldest motorcycle manufacturer in production. Is there anywhere your bike stands?

          • Om Prakash

            Anupam, Pigs cant taste banana. They are accustomed to taste shit. If u show finger to the moon that mangina will see the finger and loose all the heavenly glory of the moon. When We are talking about enjoying a ride which even a Bicycle can also give ,that Mangina is stuck at “17 bhp” which even don’t exist.

          • Anupam Singh

            I agree with you my friend

          • Anupam Singh

            Bro i am content with it. That is the best thing about owing an enfield that u are satisfied with it. Some people are not and they sell it. I don’t say they are wrong but a bullet aficionado stay happy with his bike. u won’t know how it feels like. Only bullet lovers feel that for their bike. No one else has that feeling for their bike. Believe me if u look for horse power u would never be satisfied. I am. I don’t wanna race, I wanna ride

          • manmath sahu

            First, don’t laugh!

            I’ve two 2-wheelers – RE Classic 350 (2014) and TVS XL 100 (2016).

            For daily office commutation and long distance tours I use RE. For touching 2-3 km (son’s school, nearby mall, etc) I use TVS XL. Both are running fine. I love RE (models after 2014), simply because the new models are really better than the old ones, also RE can be bought with disc brakes, alloy wheels and tubeless tyres, if you so like, at some extra cost.

          • Kanhay Athalye

            Little expectations…. sad life

          • Tony

            Amol, look up http://gapuchee.com/Product.as…. You may find interesting stuff for yourself here. Do not compare Paneer with Chicken, if you know what I mean. A Royal Enfield will eat Honda for
            breakfast, Pulsar for Lunch, Hero for dinner and probably fart out a KTM next morning…. Burrrrrp!

          • Amol Marwaha

            yo tony. 404 file not found. anyway. bullets are tiny starter bikes. enjoy your day

          • Kanhay Athalye

            Lé le lé le lé …. whoz baby is this? Who let a baby on a laptop…. gu gu gu

          • Daman Mohan

            And you aren’t shoving your love of speed, max RPM and horsepower down the throats of said fanboys? You have an opinion. You’re free to express it. Yes, Royal Enfields vibrating at 80 kmph. So what? Who are you to say what someone else must expect from a motorcycle? If he’s happy with something, let him be. And you talk about fanboys trying to shove shit down people’s throats. Hypocrisy much?

          • Amol Marwaha

            Hi Daman. I don’t think you read the first few of my comments here so to reiterate – I do not look to dictate what motorcycle a person should ride. My only gripe is with anyone claiming to be superior based on their choice of motorcycle and it just so happens that a lot of RE riders feel the need to express their, ahem, superiority. That’s what agitates me and makes me point out a few facts.
            My first bike was a 350 Std and I loved it to bits so I have nothing against RE. It’s just the over-compensating, dick-swinging bunch of idiots that piss me off.
            Hope I’ve made my stance clear, cheers.

      • Hardy

        Pappu, You never understand RE Bullet. You should just play with Toy Bikes like KTM and Pulsar . You deserve that only. Enjoy 🙂

        • Amol Marwaha

          I owned one for 4 years chutiye. then moved up to some semblance of REAL motorcycles that aren’t 17 horsepower mopeds made to look like bikes. with real brakes and acceleration. your pathetic aping of the west would be better appreciated if you rode a norton or an indian that made at least 50HP, even back then. so grow up, pappu, and quit being a choot.

          • Shiva

            chal chutiye….bullet tere gand pe chadi na beta to teri fuddu bike pe bhagne ka time nahi milega…chala bete…tu splendor hi chala.. bhosdi ke shakal achi na ho to baat achi kia kar…

          • Amol Marwaha

            bullet gaand pe kaise chadegi? bullet ki top speed toh 120kmph hai. voh bhi mar mar ke, engine garam hone ke baad. I change from from 4th to 5th gear at 129 kmph, 5th goes till 161 then shift into 6th to go upto 177 (top speed with my bhaari bharkam weight) tu bullet chala madarchod 🙂 17 horsepower ki moped. tere liye vahi theek hai jhaat ke baal. 4 saal chalai maine bullet. it’s a good toy bike for starters and beginners.

          • Shiva

            Madarchod tera baap saale..jisne teri ma ki chut me bullet ka silencer dala tha tb jake tuj jaisa randwa paida hua… 😉 abey tu saand ki aulad..tera bhari weight…saale body me stamina hona chaiye use sambhalne ke lie..aise hi nai kehte mardon ki gaadi hai bullet….bt tu thehra saand jaisa randwa…4 saal tune nahi jhela bullet ko…bechari teri bullet ne jhela tuj jaise laude ko…tuj jaise chutiyo ki wajah se plastic bikes wali comapnies chal rhi hain…aur gaaliyan sunega bhen ke lund…ja jake bullet ka garam garam silence apni gaand me daal le…

          • Amol Marwaha

            waah shvia tujhe toh badi gaaliyan aati hain I’m so impressed. tu apni moped chala, I’ll be be riding big boy bikes doing 170 kmph. and LOL mardon ki gaadi. bullet. 17 horsepower ki moped chutiye. jo real old school bikers hai na, norton aur bsa wale, voh bhi RE ko dekh ke haste hain chutiye, jaag ja. scooty chala raha tu. 17 horsepower saale tatti. baccha hai tu, jab koi badi bike lega toh baat karna. tab tak apni bullet le aur apni ma ki choot mein daal ke 4k rpm pe redline kar, I’m not sure she’ll notice there’s anything there but worth a try. fuck you and die you stupid fucking moped riding bastard. the whole world is laughing at you.

          • Shiva

            World will laugh at you when people will see you comparing a bullet wih a moped…dude, grow up..norton, bsa, matchless, triumph, ageis..i hv driven them all…they were classics but could not maintain their legacy…today, very few own these masterpieces…RE is still alive man..there has to be something…there are people for whom bullet is not a way of making a living.bt a passion…and dude..i recently got an HD Street 750…bhen ke bhadwe tu keh rha hai badi bike lega…saale HD me bhi vo feel nahi aati jo bullet me aati hai chodu….and main teri ma ki chut me bullet ko 4k ke rpm pe redline krunga…bullet ki vibrations patw hai na kutte ke beej…teri ma climax pe pahuch jayegi uski vibrarions se hi…haha…bhosdi wale ek chutia bike le li tune khud ko biker keh rha hai…saale yaha collection hai bikes ki…classics se leke modern bikes…tere baap ne sab chalai hain….bhen ke lund apni pant utae aur lulli dekh apni..kahi moot na nikal gaya ho..aur nikal gaya hao to use ikattha kar aur apni chutia plastic bike dho le…

          • Amol Marwaha

            shiva, tu chutiya hai aur chutiya hi rahega. you are that guy from the ‘feel the josh’ ad riding a scooty in full gear. congratulations on being such a massive cunt, your little moped and you can rub bums for all eternity. your passion reflects on you and you are passionate about about something that makes less power than a fucking lawn mower. bravo sir. you’re what’s wrong with this country. bullets are better than harleys but at least a harley doesn’t sit in the same power bracket as a 100cc commuter. grow up, start riding real bikes, then talk. till then, eat shit as is obviously your wont and try to not throw up as I blast past you doing twice your speed.
            PS I only have one bike at a time, owned 4 bikes over 12 years including a bullet, great little starter toy bike it was. have fun being a beginner you choot. die

          • Shiva

            Abey ja ma chuda randi ke pille…ja jake cmnt cmnt kisi aur ke sath khel…bhosdi wala…dekhe tere cmnts maine is thread pe..konsi cmpny ka diaper pehenta hai…aur cmnt na kario…bhenchod dimag ki dahi kr di…bhai RE ke malik me teri ma chod di thi kya aur tera sautela bhai aa gaya…tbhi itna kilasta hai RE se…haha…mar jake kahi saale…u wont hv it frm me now…chutiyo ki kami nhi h..ek maango saale 100 milte hain..randwa..

          • Amol Marwaha

            ja apni moped se khel. jab asli bike hogi toh aana. bye shiva iIu

          • Shiva

            abey gay hai kya… ab samaj aya y u hate bullet…haha…

          • Amol Marwaha

            LOOK AT ME!! I’M A MANLY MAN. HEY YOU! YOU THINK I’M A MANLY MAN? NO? I RIDE A BULLET! NOW YOU THINK I’M A MANLY MAN? HAHA! EVERYBODY SHOULD KNOW WHAT A MANLY MAN I AM. I RIDE A 17 HORSEPOWER BIKE-SHAPED MOPED. ONLY MANLY MEN DO THAT HAR HAR EVEN THOUGH MY BIKE LITERALLY HAS LESS POWER THAN A LAWN MOWER HAR HAR.

            *meanwhile*

            grass1: you hear that? oh god is that a lawn mower?
            grass 2: nope, false alarm guys just a bullet
            all grasses: PHEW!

          • Shiva

            Abey fuddu sab thk ho jaega…have faith in God…tuje sadma lag gaya hai…gt urself chkd… 😉

          • Shiva

            Sorry for thr foul language, my friend. Was in a bad mood. No offences and nothing personal. Just a matter of personal preferences. Take care of yourself. God bless you. Peace. 🙂

          • Amol Marwaha

            chee yaar, you took 3 hours to come up with THAT?
            no wonder you ride a bullet

          • Shiva

            Doesnt matter brother. I understand. My apologies. Take care.

          • himanshu

            chootiye

          • himanshu

            no dude im laughing at u. what a insecure lil pussy. kyu hua ?? gussa aa rha hai? ktm leke? missing the good old bullet?

          • Kanhay Athalye

            No dude… we guys are sitting together and laughing at you

          • Sujit Sharma

            why so much hatred towards a bike and its owners? Did you see a RE rider ride your mom when you were a kid?

        • Kanhay Athalye

          And you can’t afford the other bikes

      • himanshu

        people who are not in a hurry to die, want to have fun riding a rather gracefully slow bike, and understand the beauty of old design are the ones who own royal enfield. bullet is a bike bigger than its own brand. its classic , timeless, priceless.

    • suman

      Lol original iron.

    • Aditya N Bharadwaj

      Spoken like a true RE customer! :’D
      Pathetic

    • Jatin Arora

      Alphy i agree with u i fully support u r ryt they all dnt knw abt our RE bull.

    • Nag Eswar

      Super Reply, Thats True………That is Royal …Royal Enfield!!!

    • Anirudh Ghoshal

      Thats the reason I blindly consider re lovers as chutiya.

      Btw bring ur generator after 4th gear….open challenge……for your safety i would suggest an open road…..else if it was a good bike it can be done on any road

      by the time you shift to 4th gear the local bike guys have already reached their destination and are probably sleeping.

    • apoorva

      why would i want to ride the same bike for 30 years when the world is change so much and getting better in matter of days?

      • alphy

        Will you keep changing your world always when the world is changing a lot ? Your parents, spouse, kids etc. Hope you have a better understanding now, why i am riding an old machine.

    • Bharath Sourav

      and when was you born??

    • Damn Right

      Ktm? Local bike? Its a moto gp winner where ur shitty RE cant even think of going. Ur re cant catch even pulsar in top speed so dnt think about ktm. U r really an ignorant creature on earth. India didn’t progress due to backward people like you

    • Shajil John

      How many Neutral gears do you hit b4 reaching 4th gear.. i have 1972 bullet and i agree with the writer its fun if its simple non practical ride, like getting a cup of team at 12 in night from a shop 2Kms away.. for everything else its heap of heavy metal…

    • Ashirvad Mishra

      So can you just imagine how much you have spent on issues like clutch wire breaking after 3K km, changing of parts like battery chain socket etc after every 10K kms because of bad quality parts by RE, oil leaks, electrical faults here and there ? FYI I have faced all these issues in just 30K kms even after spending around 6K after every 2 months in servicing.

    • Sitaram P.R

      A reliable bullet is like a meat eating cow…both do not exist. It may be durable but is certainly not reliable. Again it is durable as long as you keep it at a max of 80 kmph. Try riding at 100 kmph constantly. You will end up with a seized engine. Like i had on my 1977 and 1984 bulls.

  • Vivek naik

    Wow. Lol.
    U r more kind of horse rider and so you will never understand what a pleasure u get while riding an elephant.
    To be more precise, only kings ride elephants and so they can only understand the pleasure….

    • Akhil Kalsh

      Fucking hell! You sir, need to read what you’ve written 🙂

      • rishabh_asthana

        errrr riding an elephant….not so pleasurable for the elephant though

        • Miti

          you can communicate with an elephant ? Why dont you become a mahout rather than talk on bike topics ?

          • Om Prakash

            Again you replied to the wrong Guy.

          • rishabh_asthana

            errr looks like your dad dropped you on your head when you were a kid…no offense mate…think what you like

  • Akshay chopra

    the day he will get fucked in the divider will be the day he will realize that he would have bought a bullet instead. DICKHEAD All in Capitals

    • Akhil Kalsh

      What? What does a divider have to do with an RE?

      • rishabh_asthana

        probably Akshay loves the divider and doesnt want to part with it..leave the man alone with the divider and his bullet

        • Mangalayaan

          DICKHEAD(All in capitals) Akshay thinks that Enpield is stronger and harder than the divider

          • rishabh_asthana

            lol…coll down dro…you must be frothing from your mouth

  • Sushil Nagare

    who cares……. jst shut the f**k off

    seriously you (writer) if u cant afford royal at least stop writing shitty things and i hope u r enjoying u r BAJAJ discover 125

    • Akhil Kalsh

      Totally.

    • rishabh_asthana

      did you read the article ? the author said he owes a bullet which he drove to Goa and Ladakh

  • Anup Roy

    I agree with your article, but for a few points. I hate Bullets because of their unreliability. I am not a person who wants to spend his whole weekend servicing his motorcycle. I love my Jap-craps and I think they are superior in everything on a price-CC per bike basis. For the last 10 years I am commuting at least 60 kms daily in Mumbai and I can’t even think of taking my bullet for daily commute. It may break down, or worse, it may break your back.
    But, to say bullets are not fast may not be true. My 350 bullet can fly at 100 and my friend’s 500 has virtually no competitor on the road in traffic signals. Second, riding a bullet on long rides, is quite a pleasant experience provided the road is smooth. I don’t know about the kingly feeling, I suppose it is all in the mind, but yes, it feels secured despite its thin tyres. But can it match my Karizma in performance? NO WAY! Can it give me the same secured feeling in broken roads that my Impulse gives me? Absolutely not. Back of my mind is the fear that this bike can really betray me if I am not careful. And before you gang criticise me saying I don’t take care of my bikes, I would say you don’t know me.

    • Akhil Kalsh

      Fair point Anup! Thanks for sharing your opinion 🙂

  • Mohez Cyclewala

    Best write up about bullet I ever read….it was like me reading my own mind.. Haha awesome stuff…for the royal piece of shit.

    • Akshay chopra

      thoughts of a cyclewala.. lol

    • Om Prakash

      The Indian Army and 29 other countries too rides this “shit”.
      P.S. :- Using Shit is relative. Fools consider other’s thought as shits without much thinking as they have no brain.

  • Akhil Sreehari

    @akhilkalsh:disqus
    I hate the supposedly biker dickhead who post these mediocre crap. grin emoticon Good for laughs though! Without any doubt you’ve just blurted out the stupidest things one could possibly fathom. Please just go and stand in one corner and think about everything you’ve said.

    Kindly just go and fuck yourself with your plastic shit you son of a bitch. 🙂

    • Akhil Kalsh

      Absolutely.

    • rishabh_asthana

      and yet you haven’t provided even one rebuttal to any of the points the author has mentioned.You just opened your mouth cause the author’s article made your bloated ego (cause you owe a RE) deflate

      • Om Prakash

        He does not need to open the mouth. All know every single bike has pros and cons. That does not mean u go and cherry pick. The biggest pro of RE is its INDIAN and The INDIAN ARMY uses it since its inception. Not easy to put 54 guys on bike and do stunt. Is there any other bike handling such stress you know ? Sometimes ego is worth not bloated as few fools think.

        • Akhil Kalsh

          Hey I’m gonna book a Bullet soon, you know why? Oh not because it’s fast or safe or sounds nice or runs well or gives good mileage or is light or is low maintenance, who cares about those things right? I’m buying it because 54 people can have an orgy on it. You remember the last time we had that orgy on a Duke? That was so cramped man, just the 3 of us. Now we can have real fun.

          • Om Prakash

            I can enjoy orgy But the problem is someone like you without a brain cant have orgy as all happens in the brain. So come out of your false dream. and spell Duke as Puke.
            The whole point to show the record is to show that its built sturdy and tough enough to handle those weights of 54 peoples. I never saw Indian army doing stunts on Republic day parade other than RE. So army people are fools ? They cant buy KTM or Pulsars or any other plastic bikes ? RE supplies to 29 other countries too. Some may be fool but not all. Every bike has problem whats the point to highlight it other than taking precaution ?

        • rishabh_asthana

          Indian army doesn’t use RE anymore. They just use it for parades…well thats what a RE should be used for…use it once a year and pack it off

          • Le Balladeer

            Yeah, they moved on to Hero Ducati, right?

          • rishabh_asthana

            actually Indian Army uses a variety of motorcycles. From Old CD 100 to latest Pulsars.

          • Om Prakash

            Just Hilarious. They still use it. Not because u don’t know because they do. They only use RE.

          • Vishvanath Gupta

            My friend Indian army still uses bullet stndard for its diapatch riders. Also to ride it in that parade they have to practice whole year. Do please be logical. Bullet sure has its short comings but it is still one of the most popular bikes. Coming to tech its engine has low hp compared to duke but it has a long piston which means it has good low end torque and much more engine life. While the duke though fast has to run at rpms close to 10000. Which reduces the life of its engine. Also pls consider the resale value of bullet vis a vis duke 390.

          • Ashwin

            Dafaq is wrong with you? Long stroke means increased engine life?
            Lololololol technically the shorter the stroke the lesser the friction and hence increased engine life.
            Don’t talk engineering when you don’t know shit.

          • Vishvanath Gupta

            My dear friend short stroke bikes have to have more rpm to generate respectable amount of torque. Therefore more friction. More heat, more damage and less engine life. Please update your engineering knowledge before writing dafaq and lol lol lol. Good luck to you. I hope you are not a mechanical engineer.

          • Anupam Singh

            buddy, with due respect, shorter stroke also means more number of strokes are required for the same torque… enfield produce 28 Nm at around 4000 Rpm duke, pulsars n all produce peak torque and power at 8000-11000 Rpm.. that means more than double times the engines works for the same power/torque, the more is the fricton, the less is the life. so please dont blurt shit if u dont know it… and I am mechanical engineer and also an M.Tech. Also i do have experience of working in the automobile sector

          • Raunaq Sahay

            Long pistons and much more life?????? Do you even remotely mean that current tech doesn’t have that much of life with shorter pistons? Read up on physics and modern trends please. The original Pulsar was tested with full throttle for 300 continuous hours (Just one of the examples ) ….You might have passion and you should have it. But that should not make you blind towards the phenomenal and reliable technological advances that we have made till now!

          • Darren Dias

            I live in Dehradun . . . A place where they have 3 Indian army cantonment’s . . . R.E Bullet 350’s Standards are still used very frequently (old as well as new with defence number plates). . . Even certain units or forces as they would say of The Uttarakhand Police use R.E bullet 350 standards as their official vehicle’s (old as well as new)

          • Raunaq Sahay

            I am from the armed forces and I’m telling you guys for the HUNDREDTHOUSANDTH TIME that the Bullet can’t be replaced immediately just like the MiG 21s BECAUSE OF ADMINISTRATIVE ISSUES. Thank you 🙂

          • Om Prakash

            And listen HUNDRED THOUSAND ONE time that it wont be replaced becoz a fool thinks so.

          • sudhir

            u asshole

          • rishabh_asthana

            wow looks like you got hurt pretty bad

        • Brahma Reddy

          How many times u boarded 54 people on your RE ?

          • Om Prakash

            How many times have you seen any bike other than RE riding 54 people ?

            P.S. I meant RE Bikes are sturdy and strong and are not plastic craps which cannot achieve this feat. If one tries on RE can but U cant even try on plastic bikes. Not Sturdy enough.

          • Brahma Reddy

            RE’s arent safe buddy with no good brakes , no aerodynamics for cruising , with no good lighting , Not even DC Electricals,even dont have maintainance free battery, no tubeless tyres , gear box isnt smooth , no control for vibrations , cant go fast still wont give you milage,what else the list wont stop . only the thing that is good in RE’s are looks and the original thump. i have seen bajaj chetak carrying more than 50 people in one of the parade . it’s not about carrying the most number of people brother . first let them resolve those above problems and come with a RE truck which can carry 2500 people 😛

          • Om Prakash

            First thing is Safety depends mostly on the rider and it’s riding habits. You will find less road accidents involving cruisers and commuters than d supersports bikes and according to national road stats it’s 4 times . On the hand of a spoiled brat even a bike with good brakes is useless. So your point is sheer bogus. Re brakes are good for what they are meant for.
            Second thing is cruisers are not made aero dynamically. It is not a bike to move in speeds. It’s for comfort. It does the work it’s meant for. No other Plastic bikes give it. Rider seating in sports bikes are awkward. Gives pain to back to most rriders. Why search aerodynamics at the expense of comfort.
            Third thing is new bullets now ship with maintainance free battery. Gear is nimble on the Contrary what you have said. Clutch must be right and gears need to be shifted at proper speed. My bullet gives 45 in city and 50+ in highways. What more milage u want from a 350 cc. None of my friends bike including Apache pulsar fazers give it even in low cc ‘s except 100 cc bikes. No one really cares milage who buy thumper. It’s just a cheap Indian mentality. Continental GT has spokes but has tubeless tyres.
            Before commenting get your facts right. What your foolish brain thinks bad may not be bad for an intelligent rider. I gave the 54 people link to show sturdy Re bikes. Show me that in chetak or in other bikes. Just because you are saying does not prove it’s correct.

          • Brahma Reddy

            What’s your take on maintanance and oil leakage problem from engine of merely 2 months old ..??is the sturdiness pripotiobal yo the stongmess of the bike ? The breaking capabilities are just about OK as per your comments. What’s your take on DC electicals ?? What’s your take on chain problem which is the problem since its inception .???

            What your foolish brain knows is shit man..jusjust learn yo give proper reasons .

            Are you really sure you are getting 45 to 50 while the company claimed milsge itself is around 50??
            His much are you spending per a service ??

            Sometimes re people won’t even have spark plugs in the stocks..and they charge you 500 ruppes for them ..
            You will experience it very soon bro . for you information I have faced every problem despite maintainindg it without anyndelays …

            Do you use cruiser to cruise at 70km/Hr??
            What’s the warranty its just 10000km/1year ..is it justifying the price of it???

            The most problematic bike IH the world is re ..

          • Om Prakash

            “What’s your take on maintanance and oil leakage problem from engine of merely 2 months old ..??”
            Thats my bike. My family has 6 REs. My uncle rides an Enfield Machismo. My brother rides TB 500 and 6 of my friends ride RE 350 and 500. None have oil leakage problems. Older Bikes do have it like my uncles but he maintains it. When I asked him the one I face is what others face in other bikes. I have a CB twister and Its packing goes off in every 3~4 months.

            “What your foolish brain knows is shit man..jusjust learn yo give proper reasons.”
            Look at the mirror and Behold the fool appears. I have given a proper reason from very beginning. Every bike has Problems . Don’t cherry pick it.

            “Are you really sure you are getting 45 to 50 while the company claimed milsge itself is around 50??
            His much are you spending per a service ??”
            Yes. I am sure It gives me 40~45 in city and 50~55 in highways. I ride every week from Bhubaneswar to Puri 65 kms and back. I have tested and So my friends. I first thought to buy Pulsar 220F but after testing myself my friends RE 350 which is 3 yrs old I decided to buy. 350 cc bike giving 45+ is more than enough for me. Service charge if oil change is around 850/- + 100 labour charge.

            “Sometimes re people won’t even have spark plugs in the stocks..and they charge you 500 ruppes for them ..
            You will experience it very soon bro . for you information I have faced every problem despite maintainindg it without anyndelay”

            May be for you. Here situation bit different. There is a RE mechanic shop at every corner and most mechanic do regular maintenance check up whithout a fee if u r a regular customer. Many have this bike so help each other rather than take advantage off. May be true in your locality.

            “Do you use cruiser to cruise at 70km/Hr??”
            Yes. I never cross speed limits. My Max speed is 70kmph. I hardly go 80 kmph on open roads on NH and I enjoy the ride. I am never in a hurry. I never throttle and never compete the fellow bikers who zoom past at 120 kmph. They enjoy that I enjoy this with all the luggage I carry.

            “What’s the warranty its just 10000km/1year ..is it justifying the price of it???”
            Warranty is 2 years. Never bothered on that. My father says Bike is like lady Luck. Either ruins you or enhances you. “Wife takes life but Bike takes life.” he says. Respect it it will not put u in problems in need.

            “The most problematic bike IH the world is re ..”
            Every single bike has problems. Don’t cherry pick it. I had a Discover 112 before CB Twister and I have cried every single moment I have rode it. So u can’t say which one is problematic.

          • Brahma Reddy

            just check urface in the mirror to .. find an utterly bullshit .you are the one started abusing so gave it back .. where are the reasons by the way ?
            what do you mean by helping each other in the service centre .. ?
            you didnt answer about vibrations instead the engines are 30 years old .. ?
            why dont they take the cutomer feedback ? what is the last time the RE made changes instead of changing the colors schemes ?

            all you know is it’s stable it’s thump , it’s weight …

          • Om Prakash

            I didn’t abuse anyone here. But I hate tolerating fools.
            I didn’t say “service centre” I said mechanics do help without a fee.
            Why they don’t take customer feedback I don’t know but in this 2 times servicing I didn’t find a single unhappy RE owner.
            Do you have a brain ? Or u act like u are avoiding the facts. The new RE is different than the old ones.Just go n compare. See Continental GT for instance. They don’t make changes on our wish, they do what they feel should be done. U don’t like don’t buy. All said and done, people who want to buy a Bullet will buy a Bullet. It’s not a practical decision, it’s love, and it’s beyond logic. But for those of you who are looking for the best bike for touring, there are more practical and easier-to-live-with alternatives to help you achieve your goals. Look out for them!.
            There are countless reason why to buy a bullet than why not to buy. I know what I have experienced. You know that you are wrong just continuing strawman argument for the sake of proving your bulllshit logic right. Won’t happen anyway.

          • Om Prakash

            Read this article http://www.motorcycleclassics.com/classic-british-motorcycles/2010-royal-enfield-bullet-classic-c5.aspx
            and find out whats new in RE apart from Self starter, UCE engines and 5 speed transmissions. If still u can’t find then u r blind and no one can help you.

          • vikramsihag

            Their customers give them feedback and that is that they want it even more raw. It is not for wannabe pseudotrackpups and commuters, it is for people who have riding dna in their blood. It is about pedigree but then, you don’t even know the word do you?

          • Om Prakash

            Y should I ? If an idiot like you thinks that he is right then I have nothing to do. You be happy with what you know dumbhead. Your brain is the real bullshit. dont compare apples with oranges even if they are fruits..

          • Gaurav Parashar

            I read most of the comments and people who have done comparisons…..if we personify this talk….they are saying..dont buy an elephant because the horse runs faster….no one can disagree that those who go for royal enfield is for the passion…the dhuk dhuk….the charm…

            I have a 1983..bullet…i have never compared it with any bike…i never checked its mileage…my dad ownes it. My dad who passed away last year used to say…bullet should not be driven like hero honda…instant acceleration…. bullet sbould be ridden with love.

            I am now having a classic 350. I went for this because its a legacy which i want to continue..i do not hate anyone who post negativity…..its their opinion…they have a right to say what they feel..similarly i have right to accept ….and i do not accept….because in today’s world truth and genuine answer you will not get from number of opinions….if that was the case then our our curreny PM would be never elected because a whole community hated him and none of them know why.

            So to summarize…bullet is for people who love themselves and the machine. Its a machine that gives you confidence and takes you plaves both in personal life and journey. We cannot rely on opinion from people who compare a ‘bikes’ with a ‘Machine’.

            Stop comparing elephant with a horse!

            Because its for kings and it shows their pride and passion!

          • Brahma Reddy

            Comfort from which wotld do you get it man with the 200 KGS of weight ??

          • Om Prakash

            LOL, Do you think people lift the bikes ? U can’t feel the 187 kg kerb weight until you lift it. You don’t lift bikes, you ride it. You barely feel the weight while riding.

          • Ashwin

            LOL. You can feel a bikes weight when you ride.
            Do you even ride bro?

          • Om Prakash

            U have poor knowledge on Physics. Weight is always downwards. U wont feel in equilibrium.

          • Om Prakash

            Bullet is a cruiser bike and cruiser bikes are heavy. They are built heavy. So first open up your brain. I may help you in some stats.
            Harley Davidson Super low – 255 Kg
            Harley Davidson Street – 222 Kg
            Suzuki Intruder M800 – 269 Kg
            Hyosung Aquila GV250 – 179 Kg

            And the list on Cruiser bikes goes on. Now don’t start a crap strawman argument saying that people don’t enjoy these bikes.

          • Vamsi Krishna

            *facepalm* Dude you’re not carrying the 200kilos on your head

          • Om Prakash

            Ha ha ha!! So true.

          • Ashwin

            Safetu depends on the rider???
            Sooooo abs is a scam? 😛
            How stupid are you butthurt RE fan boys?

          • Om Prakash

            Definitely. Its the rider who rides the bike. Every single accident is riders fault. So why you think there is Safety Limits on speed ?
            If an idiot like you can’t understand No one can help you. We are bike fan boys irrespective of company. All have pros and cons.

          • vikramsihag

            Try telling that to people who actually understand biking and who consider it to be the only true European competitor to the Big one from America(Harley)

          • Gaurav Parashar

            I read most of the comments and people who have done comparisons…..if we personify this talk….they are saying..dont buy an elephant because the horse runs faster….no one can disagree that those who go for royal enfield is for the passion…the dhuk dhuk….the charm…

            I have a 1983..bullet…i have never compared it with any bike…i never checked its mileage…my dad ownes it. My dad who passed away last year used to say…bullet should not be driven like hero honda…instant acceleration…. bullet sbould be ridden with love.

            I am now having a classic 350. I went for this because its a legacy which i want to continue..i do not hate anyone who post negativity…..its their opinion…they have a right to say what they feel..similarly i have right to accept ….and i do not accept….because in today’s world truth and genuine answer you will not get from number of opinions….if that was the case then our our curreny PM would be never elected because a whole community hated him and none of them know why.

            So to summarize…bullet is for people who love themselves and the machine. Its a machine that gives you confidence and takes you plaves both in personal life and journey. We cannot rely on opinion from people who compare a ‘bikes’ with a ‘Machine’.

            Stop comparing elephant with a horse!

            Because its for kings and it shows their pride and passion!-

          • Aditya N Bharadwaj

            Oh so you ferry around 50+ people on your bike everyday is it? Is it some bare necessity for all bikes? Talk sense man. You sound like some wannabe private bus driver who owns a bullet coz you cant buy a bus.

          • Raunaq Sahay

            Hehehehehe…sorry I couldn’t stop laughing..it was amazing!

          • Om Prakash

            Fools tend to understand fools. So laugh loudly.

          • Om Prakash

            That comment was to show that bullet is strong and sturdy. Dumb fools never get the logic. Bullet has no plastic crap. Its all metal so heavy and strong. Show me any other bike achieving such feat. Don’t cherry pick.

          • vikramsihag

            RE like religion is not for people who have logic, it is for people who have faith. The completely refined butter smooth bikes like the one upbottomed ignormity that you are riding in the picture would not last a decade even though people hand down their bullets to their grandchildren! The oldest production bike in the world that still makes people dream about it. It is for real gentry and not for unrefined half literates.

        • Akshay Sharma

          lol… No offence if you are one but are the defence people some sort of benchmark here? They are ego struck and don’t give a shit about maintaining the vehicles. All their vehicles are badly maintained. And if you are talking about reliability, haven’t you seen those old Yamahas sprinting around. I am very sure they haven’t poured in as much money as someone who has kept an old RE.
          I have got a RE and I have got a Yamaha. While the RE is good for everyday commute due to low end torque, Yamaha is still the machine I would hop on on a bad day.

          • Arijit Mukherjee

            Before commenting on the Defence people, make sure you stand upto them, because if it weren’t for them you wouldn’t be sitting here and commenting about them.

          • Akshay Sharma

            Wow… People really love taking offence for no reason at all. Are you a defence personnel? If yes then you just proved my ‘ego struck’ part right. If not then you should read my comment again. I shared my observation on how they maintain their vehicle. I very much respect their job but that is hardly the topic of conversation here.

          • Arijit Mukherjee

            I didn’t take any offence, I’m not a defence person though I feel deeply for them unlike you. A man without his Ego is useless, It’s like a boat without rudder, in between all the feelings that a man hides, there is always an ego. Ego isn’t bad, it is essential as it defines your personality, your attitude towards life, the way you talk to people etc. Although you might have pointed out the Ego struck part, while commenting and replying back you also proved the same about yourself. People aren’t so different. At last if you think that it is hardly a part of conversation here, then you shouldn’t have spoke about them earlier because if their way of maintenance and upkeep of vehicles is keeping all of us alive, I will support them with all I have rather point fingers at them like you, squealing out loud when you are not even close to dust of their might.

          • Akshay Sharma

            Scroll up and read. It was a response to someone else’s comment.
            On a different note, get some English lessons before you start getting philosophical. 🙂

          • Arijit Mukherjee

            II know it was a response to someone else’s comment. I’m not blinded by my own opinion as much as you are. It wasn’t exactly philosophy which I was trying to convey, I wanted to point out how poorly you spoke of the Indian army, that you are no one to judge them though they maybe ego struck, though they may use old vehicles. Moreover the topic of the discussion itself is misleading because these are mere opinions and people divert from the context. Lac6k

        • leorcid

          It’s not Indian, dude, it’s British…

          • Om Prakash

            It was British . Not now.

        • its not Indian…its British for ur info

          • Om Prakash

            It was British . Not now. Eicher Co is the owner.

          • Ashish Kamboj

            It’s Indian check on wikipedia

          • owned by indian….origin s British

        • Amit Kumar

          The next thing u will do I guess is…. Play gurellia warfare fight like rambo… This is what happens when u watch all rambo movies with a break….. U enter into jungle mode

          • Om Prakash

            before suggesting something silly please meet a psychiatrist first. It will help you understand facts a bit.

        • Raunaq Sahay

          Dude i’m from the armed forces and trust me, the fauj is not very happy with them (administrative issues to change official bikes ) …..please put up your points logically. That bullet in the video is MODDED to hold up so many people. You think other bikes cant be modded??

          • Om Prakash

            Why a bullet is modded and not other bikes ?
            Ans – Its not a plastic crap.

  • gaurav kumar

    I like RE, however, there are some issues with them now a days….
    Thing is that REs are too many now a days
    now every second guy has one and brags about it day and night.
    also I can’t help a fact that one only buys an RE simple because he can’t afford Harley (no matter how much you deny this or abuse me but you all know what I am talking about). So, it is just a poor man’s Harley.
    Though its amazing in long rides and craftsmanship is to a high remark, and felling of being special and powerful you get in riding one of these on Indian road is beyond anything.

    • Akhil Kalsh

      If you say so!

    • Abhishek Bhanukumar

      Harley’s aren’t all that expensive where they’re made (America). But since you import it, costs a lot more. Harley’s aren’t good value for money in India. So no doubt most people don’t end up buying them.
      Although some people like (ahem ahem) you , think that Royal Enfield’s are just a cheap alternative to Harley; you’re wrong. RE is just as iconic as HD is. Ask anyone from an older generation who owned an RE, I’m sure they wouldn’t even have heard about HD but would’ve adored their bikes.(RE’s)

  • Well, the most I can agree to this article is that you are more into sportier bikes and cruisers are not your cup of tea. I do disagree with a lot of points and agree with some. Just because you know fancy tech jargon about two wheelers doesnt make you a seasoned pro buddy. I feel the same way when I see Dukes running around. They feel too toy-ish. Almost like they are made for small kids to play around. I am not the one who wants to showcase my awesome biking stunts to females. I want to ride a bike which carries class, passion and attitude. Call them old school but when maintained correctly, they last longer than most of the plastic/fibre showoffs that are made today.

    You tell me Bullets are fucking slow. Wow! Were you on dope? Just because two riders were enjoying their bliss on cruise speeds you think the entire machine is slow? I dare you to pitch your Toy 390 in front of my C-500. No chance brother. No bullet owner claims to be a Valentino Rossi unlike you sports freaks. There is nothing wrong in cruising at slow speeds if thats your will. Your point of “Mass Idiocy” makes me wonder which bikes sell more? Which ones are made for the masses like you? You know what’s the answer right.

    You pass off very mundane situations in favor of your Toy in a way like its your daily business. Tire punctures for the tubeless variety are equally messy. And to say you could pass a Khardungla with your punctured tubeless is downright ignorant. It can happen to anyone anywhere. In your opinion, the thousands I saw in Ladakh riding a RE were too stupid to know their stuff unlike you, India’s biking legend. You commented on how difficult it would be to handle an RE while off-roading. I don’t think you have ever tried doing that yourself and that doesn’t make you qualify enough to comment.

    What makes me wonder is how someone who has ridden a total of less than 50 kms on a RE finds himself in a position to comment on it? You are clearly not speaking from experience. You are speaking from Mass Idiocy that might surround you regarding hatred for something.

    Here’s my question to you. Have you ever had a girlfriend sir? Did you take care of her? Did you ever get your hands dirty on her? Or you prefer a plastic/fibre robot that does its job and never complains? I know this is a cliched argument. But its always valid. Like the RE.

    • Akhil Kalsh

      It always surprises me how you guys compare an RE to a girlfriend. I already have a fucking girlfriend, and she is more than what I can handle. I don’t need another girlfriend of the machine variety to fuck up things even more.

      • So in summation, you like what you like, we like what we like. There’s no need to write a hate story about it claiming things. My point is, don’t write something based on what you perceive. Write based on experience. No matter how much hatred I have for KTM, I won’t publicly bash it for the sake of it. I have no experience riding/maintaining a KTM. Keep it simple. Had you written about why buying a Duke was a positive experience, more people would have agreed and it would have made sense.

        P.S. – I knew from the whole comment, you would argue on this one point only.

        • Akhil Kalsh

          OK.

  • Pranav Shivramakrishnan

    you gotta be kidding or you have a serious gripe with RE i guess , but the fact is classic RE’s have outlasted any other production bike in the market today, it still runs and is in demand even if its from the early eighties, agreed new RE’s are not so goo compared to the older ones, but i would only concede if anyone could load up 54 fully grown men on a production bike and break a world record on any of the current production bikes ! and yeah even the most seasoned bikers would prefer riding a RE to Khardungla than a standard production bike with cosmetic fiberglass fairings!!

    • Akhil Kalsh

      No they won’t.

  • samir

    a chutiyee jaa tricycle challa bacchowali

    • Akhil Kalsh

      LOL.

  • Vsnu

    Now that’s a post.
    I was looking for one good reason not to buy a bullet. I got one- I need a bike

    • Akhil Kalsh

      And Bullet isn’t a bike, it’s a girlfriend.

  • Vinod Basi

    Man… I ride an old CI bullet…
    I love it… No matter what.
    But gotta give it to you, top class articulation, funny as well… Good work

    • Akhil Kalsh

      Haha, I’ll take that 🙂

  • unfit to comment on the RE’s.RE is the king and will be

  • Learn about mechanics/physics before you idiots make such fools of yourselves.

    • rishabh_asthana

      21st century one or 19th century one ?

      • Miti

        both for start

  • i used to do 150 kmph regularly on my Rd 350 yamahas in the ’80s…had 3 of ’em. Love the RE too. Such a versatile chassis – on and offroad

  • ALL you fuckers need to own an RE and ride it properly to understand the feeling. Period. fuck the drawbacks.

  • Samarpan ROY

    Well put up mate. These morons think that they ride some antique piece or something. It looks like a shitty pig made out of Iron which is rotting in the streets. I really laugh at their inFAMOUS saying “Bullets do not leak oils instead they mark their territory”. Fuck you just tell that you are not able to fix the oil leakage issue and instead say that it marks its territory. Cowards bullet owners.

    • Akhil Kalsh

      Cowards indeed.

      • Om Prakash

        Fools Indeed

        • Avyuday Naween Khaling

          Dude.. ask dese wanabe riders why a 1984 bull std can still be seen running around on the streets but the pulsars and the karizmas are thrown away at scrap value

          • Om Prakash

            Absolutely right….

          • Amit Kumar

            Ppl who have maintained still have that hamara bajaj wala Scooter…. I think that’s a proper comparison for 1984 bullet

          • Adhiraj Singh Rana

            Yaa but is the plastic seen anywhere

          • atul bindra

            Bro even i saw 78 model…and that guy is selling that bike for 80000.

          • Dhawal

            So he has a 78 model, and he has been trying to sell it since and has been unsuccessful?
            haha!

          • Anupam Singh

            u are saying as if only bullets are for sale in the second hand market. people buy japs and after owning them for 3-4 years they cant even get 50% of its original value.. Do u know for how much, that person who is selling the 37 years old bullet, must have bought it for? not even 40000. now calculate fast and tell me at what % of original value is he selling it. and then tell me about any bike u have owned for which u can claim 50-60% of the original price after owning it for just 10 years?

          • Kanhay Athalye

            Bhai motorcycle chalani hai ya bechni hai?

          • Anupam Singh

            It is just a pro. I was trying to tell that why bullets have high resale value. it is because they last long. Not like other bikes which last for 4-5 years

          • Waiz

            Yes its such a pro. When you wake up to quality of these bikes you can sell at choona prices to other mortals and upgrade to real bikes. Thank you very much.

          • Anupam Singh

            It is real enough for me. The only sports bike I would buy would be something like yamaha r1 or maybe ninja h2 not these puny little bikes which are a blotch on sports class. At least Enfield stays upto its reputation of a classic old school bikes and people around the world love them. No one gives a fuck about ktms around the world

          • Sitaram P.R

            Its all a cycle. 20 years ago no one cared a fuck about the bulls. RE later changed the gear box positioning to the left. Now every one and their dog wants a CI bull. Not because it performs better than the japs but because it supposedly feels cool.

          • Sitaram P.R

            Do you buy a bike as an investment or for riding? Fyi even the Japs last 10 years or more but people do not keep them so long, simply because they upgrade. Of course the bull certainly lasts longer but the trouble you go through maintaining it is certainly not worth it..atleast for me.

      • Saurabh Dasgupta

        you are a fucking loser indeed

        • Bhak I don’t like plastic

          True

    • Raman

      kitni jalti hai bey tum logo ki 😛 😛

      • japs

        True

      • Batman117

        Lol… we don’t care what you ride, why should you?

    • Siddhesh

      gadvala kai gurachi chav :D:D:D:D:D:D

    • Saurabh Dasgupta

      Fucking Loser, Own a RE first than open your puny mouth… Puny Bike riders…!!

    • Bhak I don’t like plastic

      Plastic ko leke kya karega tu

    • Bangalore Riders

      Mr. You don’t poke your nose in someone else business untill your really pissed by their performance. Go ask your dad he will explain you better about Royal enfield. We the owners of royal enfield are always royal. Go compare the ratio of accidents between duke and royal enfield. Royal enfield roar but duke gives you a Autorikshaw sound.

  • You are A Shit Man……Everything you just said was Negative ….and you made it …..Actually what you said was your personal view …..Then you r special !!
    अपवाद

  • RICARDO

    Hi Akhil Kalsh…
    I’m totally in line with you & I couldn’t agree with you more than that. This is just awesome. You’ve highlighted every point beautifully. Wish RE and it’s every stupid customer read this article. I’ve always hated the Bullet and hated even more, the so called morons (Bullet Owners) bragging on this piece of metal trash. The heights to which these morons go, is unbelievable (both RE and it’s customers).

    This is the best bottom line to describe this piece of metal and their retarded customers. And I like your line a lot.. 🙂

    “ROYAL ENFIELD IS A COMPANY THAT SURVIVES ON MASS IDIOCY TODAY”

    • Absolutely agreed!

      • Miti

        Seem like you wrote all the points to grab attention and just saying agreed to posts. Have you seen seat in rear ?
        BDW there is 15L tank and upgrade to 25L fuel tank capacity available to be fit on bullet if needed. Does Duke even have any such option ??

    • G.Ravi, Palani

      I bought classic 350 Apr.2013. I ride 21,000 kms. No engine problem . I ride above 120 . VerVery smooth . RE is ververy good Bike.

    • Om Prakash

      @ RICARDO
      By calling Bullet owners a moron you are calling all Royal Indian army morons.
      You know the who the real moron is ? Go Look at a mirror. Brainless brat.

    • JB

      People who like plastic toys won’t understand REs…The masses will be attracted to over-promoted, heavily advertised cheap toys, only few will find treasures like RE.

  • pratik

    Haha. Well done. You’ve managed to collect 9 shitty reasons why not to buy an Enfield. Dude go and die . 1) you say an Enfield is fuckin slow. Well i suggest you try considering an aeroplane. It’d be great for you lol.
    2) every bike has it’s own maintenance. Else go for a bicycle.
    3) noisy? Oh the rx 100 must be a melody. And the people who tune their silencers aren’t riders.
    4) for the brakes, i have been riding an Enfield since 8 years. And i know the brakes are good. Well you might be one of the stupid person who hates a bullet so would speak shit about the bullet
    5) care about the mileage? Buy some splendor or discover then. By the way how much does a Harley give?
    6) heavy? Are those Harleys made up of fibre? Dude a splendor suits you!
    7)spoked wheels? You serious? Dude do you ride or just sit watching the rims?
    8)go for non gears if you hate being waited.haha
    9) company wouldn’t be givin a shit in punjab be ause of the self-claimed riders like you. Well its all fine for me till now.
    Lastly if you’re not interesed in buying one, do not. Cause seriously you don’t even deserve a splendor!

  • Ramesh

    I must agree about the long waiting period. Having gone to the RE website, I filled in a form requesting for a test ride. Five days later I had heard nothing from any of the dealers. I sent them a reminder mail on the fifth day. A few more days later I am at the 18th day and still no response. One more reminder email sent. However, now I do not care anymore. If this is the response even before I buy the bike, I dread to think about their after sales support.

    Surprising how they are managing to sell like hot pancakes though having overtaken the Harley in sales globally.

    • After sales support isn’t much different, sadly.

      That overtaken Harley news was complete bullshit.

  • I enjoyed reading this. Good laugh. I remember, which I bring out whenever Bulls are being talked about in my youth in the early 70s what my friends Roger and Eric used to call their brother Mark’s Bull, the ‘oil rig’ cause it used to leak oil standing still 🙂

  • ahmed

    people talking bout classics and retro go and check what classics really mean.
    RE is just overrated in india
    and akhil i know its not bout heritage people buy it coz RE is the only name in this segment that’s cheaper.. otherwise every guy would go with harleys…
    atleast harley is not like RE that just believes in decades old engineering.
    i hope harley 500 which is bout to come will make a good hold in the minds of RE lovers
    bottom line is
    a very good article
    people have their preferences some like sports bikes some like baggers some choppers and some cafe racers
    well even i like old bikes but i don’t overrate them
    i ride a cafe racer and rc 390
    both give a different taste

  • This man Akhil Kalash has no taste for classics & retros so its waste of time to argue with him, i felt to comment on his writing because of my love towards the Bullet and a guy who is used or has grown up on self start bikes and do not have time for a caring look up on his bike atleast once in a week and a guy who dosen’t even know how to change a broken clutch cable or to change or even clean a spark plug talks about a Bullet, it is wise for him to keep his views for himself and not waste time applying them on others because if he comes across a die hard fan of the Bullet like me he has eat his dust, that’s why the Ad of the Bullet goes like ” Let the Boys play with there Toys and to be a Man you need a Bullet” samjay Mr Akhil and no more further discussions on this topic if you are satisfied with the Pulsurs, UniCorns , Avengers etc please be happy with them don’t expect a Bullet to be one of them and you talk about speeds I had ridden my Bullet 500 close to 134 Kmph and I could go further but due to roads if it is hard for you to digest tell me a place and we would meet and I would help you clear all your myths…….

    • Sure, see you on the highway someday.

      • ahmed

        its really sad RE lovers call 134 a speed
        akhil one day i was on ride with my friends a 220, my 390, 200 ns we thought of speeding up on airport road Bangalore
        you know how the road is..
        we could barely around 135-140 kmph
        suddenly like a thunderbolt a motorcycle passed by. and it was a Harley.. we couldn’t even think of givin him competition as my bike company claims to do 174 but can go 160+ barely but it can do more

    • Sarthak

      Wow, all that in one huge ass sentence! Take a breath, brother.

    • Bikikyle

      Hey @kalyaan .. No one is arguing bro.!! Chill..!!
      We know that you love your bullet..
      And we also know that morons love to bask in old and obsolete technologies in the name of classic and retro 🙂 .
      So Y don’t you just run along to your bullet, get on it and both of you start farting together 😛 .
      Like… Fart fart fart fart…!! 😛 😛

    • Shubham

      “Let the Boys play with there Toys and to be a Man you need a Bullet” says a Bullet owner with no weiner! 😀 And if we go by that stupid ad then I guess the Superbikes which produce enormous amount of power and torque are “toys” and the riders who are handling those monsters are “boys”. In short according to that ad a person handling at least 5 times the power of the bullet and 3 times the torque of a bullet are “boys”! Do you still believe in that stupid ad? If you do then you seriously are a hard core Bullet “fan”!

  • Also have a look on this one too.

  • I would seriously advice you to see this video with a open mind not like a “Kupa Manduka”

  • Akshay

    @Akhil: buddy..i guess your parents didn’t allow you to buy a bullet, may be because you are # skinny, underweight or perhaps malnutritious, So you created your own sweet toffee via this blog to digest your parent’s will as matter of fact you didn’t had any choice then .#buy a Harley, obviously if you can afford.
    😛 #peace.

    • Peace!

    • rishabh_asthana

      ohhh you parents bought you a RE congrats now ask them to fund a slimming program…

  • The Oracle

    Royal Enfield is just a poor man’s Harley. Someone who wants to show off but can’t afford the real deal buys a bullet.

    • LOL.

    • Miti

      If you want to buy a bike, do you take it from Valentino Rossi or from local dealer ?
      Same is the case. They buy what suits them. Respect people about their opinion and choices.

  • Tarun Kanti Das

    I think you are not a Biker.

    • No sir I am not.

      • Its Obvious you are not. Our Indian Military has been using it for since last 50 years. What more credibility do you want why one should buy RE ?

        • Exactly the point the author is trying to make. Pur army is decades old and so is the ‘latest’ RE bike you can find in the market.

  • Poojan

    I totally agree with you for Customer Service Part

    & for the guy who compared RE with Harley

    bhai Harley carries a reputation for the best customer service and technology Update. They constantly research on how to make Harleys more reliable and update there bikes every now and then.

    Where as in RE took many years just to introduce Twin Spark engines which are more unreliable than the traditional Cast Iron engines

    • Agreed! Harleys have evolved over the years, they at least make some effort to keep up with the times.

    • Harley’s service is not available everywhere but You will get a RE mechanic in every part of india.

      • Have you ever considered the possibility of buying a bike that will not need a mechanic every few hundred kilometers?

        • There is No such bike which does not require a mechanic. Problems in bike depends on certain situations, circumstances, condition of bike and luck. A properly maintained bike gives less problems still much things are not in our control. No wonder our Indian Army uses since its inception. I have not seen any other tom dick harry bikes in Republic day parade. Specially its Indian bike.

          • I rode 7500 kms without a single oil change or problem on my Duke. Just because you have never seen a bike that doesn’t require a mechanic doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.

            Indian Army has stopped using Bullets for daily use.

          • That applies to you too. Just because you have never rode a hassle free bullet it does not mean it does not exist. And My Uncle who owns a Royal Enfield Machismo rode it for 4 years before he had any minor engine problem without any oil leakage problem with just the basic servicing offered by the service centers.

          • Samarpan ROY

            Bhai hASSle free bike kis dukan se miltha hai ??

  • Kuldeep

    Hahaa…Totally exhausting and detailed opinion by ‘Akhil’…Way to go man..!!!
    Every shit from the British shouldn`t ve to be Royal, Just bcas they attach a ‘Royalty’ tag to everything , doesnt makes it Royal anyway.
    Worst part is that we are still taking that shit.
    Note: I am a bike lover, that means I wanna be on roads with my bike, not in a garage every fortnight or other.
    For those who are judging, Screw U..!!!
    # owned RE – 350

    • Haha, yeah, I think Royal Enfield owners take themselves too seriously 🙂

  • Mayank Bhadauria

    ^^personal website^^ on internet 🙂 lol

  • Jaideep MS

    With all of the scathing against the author, I seriously do not understand where ya’ll are headed…

    I ride bikes… to my office I mean… to avoid traffic ofcourse.
    I have done a few on the road kinda rides.
    It was fun to have the bulleteers chase our tail in the city and fun to chase their tails and ride along on the highways… I agree on bullets, they can go on for hours… it is their sheer passion to continue even with the vibration…

    My ass hurts on any bike on any road after a couple of hours… I just cant take it…

    In my perception adventure is in the journey… not just on wheels… but more on foot… and with people…

    I seriously cant think of the idea for having to wait 4-6 months (This is the situation in bangalore) to own it… WTF… their service response is also pathetic.

    I agree with the vehicle being heavy and not so robust. but they do have alloy wheels…
    But they look good – – Macho I mean… A real classic (May be for that reason I would also want to own a Ambassador, even if it was not to nice or fun to drive them around)

    I hate the vibrations & the design of having the gear on the right and the brake on the left… it doesnt work for me …(Especially the old models), but I like the feel they give on a silky smooth highway…

    and I cant afford an harley / triumph / any speed bike… (ridiculously priced), so have never had an opportunity to drive them

    I just thank the person who got the idea to replace the cop’s bikes with something more modern and with more initial pickup… Ooof that saves a lot of my money too…(I pay my taxes… not just the road tax I mean)

    • Nice thoughts Jaideep 🙂

    • Param

      Agree Harley, Trumph are very expensive and also don’t have many mechanics in case they go bad on the way. However, RE mechanics are available anywhere and parts are cheap.

  • Vishal Kulkarni

    The author has definitely lost it or has no real knowledge of the bikes….!
    This is the most stupid article I have ever come across. He has just put forward his hatred towards RE and made it an article with a shitty name. No bike in this world is free from problems.
    Just plan a road trip from Delhi to Ladakh, you will know which bike promises you to make you reach your destination. Then only come back to comment here idiot.

    • Vishal Kulkarni

      and by the way you have such a shitty mind, you wrote “6 Reasons why I would never buy a Royal Enfield” and your dumbness have listed 8 reasons. This shows how meaningless and dumb your post is.

      • Vishal Kulkarni

        OMG sry, its 9…
        hahaha dumbass…u have dyslexia i think as you think 6 and 9 are same…!!

        • Harshit Misharwa

          oh Mr. Smart Ass earlier it was 6 only but guess is no end to this stupidity and idiocity of bullet owners so the points are getting added based on those owners reviews.

    • I already have done a trip from Delhi to Ladakh and back, on my puny plasticky Pulsar 150.

  • Milan Shakuniya

    Bhai, if u feel RE is not ur type and is a dumb bike, well be happy with the belief. Apni apni choice hai.. u drive wat u like, and we drive wat we like. We never asked for a competition amongst bikes here, it was u who are overwhelmed by the thought. Still I appreciate ur love for speeding bikes, and would recommend to stop pushing ur thoughts on others if not asked.
    Peace. V

    • It’s my personal website Milan, so I can write whatever the fuck comes in my mind. That doesn’t mean that it will always be correct, but that also doesn’t mean that I’m pushing my thoughts on others. If someone wants to read this shit, they can. If not, who cares.

  • khan

    it’s just a matter of preferences I guess, but RE modes after 2012 are very reliable.

  • akmal

    Nice Joke, U know shit about bikes and you have never met a true bullet rider. There are people like you who want to try the beast but are afraid so either they criticize the bike or they ride with the speed of 65kmph as u said above.
    I think you need to do your homework first.

    • OK.

      • debopam

        dude…i beat a KTM on a thunderbird 500….although i agree on the unecessary weight n hassles n getting broken n stuck in the middle of nowhere. i do not agree with the RE being slow. trus me..its thunder on roads and i myself broke my own myth after riding it like it should be ridden. n yeah….it aint the most comfortable or got the best of everything….definitely not the technology, but there is somthing that sets it apart from regular and even better bikes. it is perhaps this, the experience of riding which i would call motorcycling, rather than biking, pure oldschool, not a shit about the world. and yes….you might want to criticize all you want about it..but…as much as i love fast bikes,,,theres simply no ignoring the thumper. its like the muscle car of indian motorcycles. age before beauty.

        • Illogical mumbo jumbo.

          • Beat KTM with Thunderbird 500 right? mmm yeaah… may b 2 reasons…
            u may b dreaming or the ktm guy dnt knw u racing with him 😛

          • Adhithya Srinivasan

            I dont own a Bullet now… But hear this mate I have gone past n number of dukes, cbrs, pulsars and bullets too on highways with my Yamaha Sz and Fz…. you need not have a great bike to speed … My bikes can reach 100 with ease and I can keep it there for long unlike a few others… So its not the bike that determines who is faster… its the biker

        • Harshit Misharwa

          then even I can beat you and your 500 klessik in my TVS XL50

  • You have written so much but u actually have not riden a RE by urself…. properly…. its like a judging a book by its cover..and I also understood that u don’t understand the difference of a cruiser bike and a sports bike… anyways…. I agree that old RE’s had lot of maintenance issues…. but dosen’t the all bikes of that time has the same issues… any ways.. that has been resolved to a greater extent… I have owned two bullets and there is a lot of difference now and then…. since 2012… I have never faced a maintenance issue with my RE.. and I have done some long rides on them… you just need to get it serviced on time… which to I think with ktm also u need to do… second u can easily cruise at 100 or 110 .. I am not sure what kind of riders u have met… but RE can crunch some good numbers… ya they are heavy… so u can hold on to it.. then u can lean it also.. but sime idiots.. think why can’t lean it like a superbike… so for them both are different class of bikes .. about average. . Mine gives around 42.. which is more than my other friend Ktm Fuke and cbr 250…. u can do long rides because once u get going u can go for long streches… like we did 5 hrs without a break or stop… that u can never do on any of ur fast bikes.. and ya for that time our average speed was 80.. and we have done quite lot of offroading with our RE’s… and sound way more better than the auto rickshaw sound of ktm or a …even.. a cracking thunder sound of Harley Davidsons… which are rubbish in quality… but ya indians like everything whatever comes from… US of A

    And for ktm… u can’t even think of going for long rides because if something goes wrong.. with its wiring you… can not do any thing and no body will be qble to help u untill some ktm recovery van comes for ur rescue… for example. . Ktm has that sensor.. which does not allow the bike to start if stand is down… but… that sensor.. stops working on its will.. so u can’t start the bike.. so can’t do anything… then u don’t have a kick because its so called… hi tech,.. so u can’t kick start ur bike when ur battery dies.. which happens quiet offen.. again because of hi tech wiring mingle ing with each other….

    U have got a lot of attention definitely. . By ur article. . If that was ur purpose… but I can just say.. ride whatever u want and whatever u like…. enjoy ur ride…. but… show some respect of other riders and bikes… everyone rides for different reasons… and u can’t question there reasons

    • I don’t have to show any respect to anybody.

  • Let me tell you my dear Akhil that you are secretly in love with RE.
    No matter what you want to portray to the outside world ( or to your KTM Duke sponsor), the fact is that you are madly and heads over heel in love with the Legend – Royal Enfield Bullet.(Just like all the TRUE passionate Bulleters)

    Here are some of your OWN quotes from your own post above, which i hope will help you realize what i just said.

    May your crush bloom in to full fledged Love soon 🙂

    1. “I was born and brought up in the unofficial capital of Royal Enfields – Punjab. People here know only 2 kinds of bikes, the BULLETS and everything else!”

    2. “Looking for some company, I found 2 guys on Bullets. I had ALWAYS wanted to feel what it’s like to ride like a Bullet-eer does, so I started following them”

    3. “Some people argue that Bullet-ers were GOOD riders and were following the speed limit. I beg to differ. In my experience, it is much safer to ride a bike above speed limit in India than it is below”

    4. ” I am not talking about the stock exhaust note of any Royal Enfield bike, I LIKE them all.”

    5. “I have NO IDEA how these Bull riders continue going for hours !!!”

    6. “Thumpers have a characteristic bassey sound that you can FEEL on your HEART”

    7. “BULL RIDERS very proudly proclaim that all of their bike is made of METAL, no PLASTIC like the DUKE or the Pulsar.”

    • You got me buddy. I secretly own an RE, have ridden its ass all over the country, and make love to it every single night.

      • Your Japanese Bikes do no good on Ladakh roads. All of us have taken RE’s except one friend who was afraid of the heavy weight of RE and he took a Yamaha FZ-S. The bike stopped 20-30 times after reaching high altitude and given that it’s a new bike makes these yamahas no greater than RE. RE is most reliable when driving in testing conditions. Duke is no fuel efficient machine compared to RE. India has some awesome highways is well. Hyderabad -> Bangalore. Mumbai Pune , Yamuna express highway. These are no less than the Highways in US. There are many misconceptions in you opinions bro.

        • OK.

        • Harshit Misharwa

          abey oye we do not ride to ladakh or some fucking testing conditions everyday

  • Amey Pednekar

    Dude its not as if I let the Pulsar overtake me. I was on a old model of Bullet, I guess 2001 and it could hardly go beyond 80. If I did, it would vibrate and I would feel its gonna blow any moment. But I personally didn’t have a problem with that because I wasn’t interested in going fast anyways. That was one thing I respected an RE bike for, that it wasn’t meant for speeding but now they have given up on that as well.

  • Clearly the author has no understanding about bikes, bikers and brands. When u buy any other bike u r buying through options and when u buy RE it’s not an option. Speed, mileage doesn’t matter. Because it takes a lot to become a CULT. It’s Harley for India and It’s not an option for any other bike..

  • It’s same like a gay criticizing Dara Singh…” why there’s need of being that big…blah blah blah”

  • Vicky

    Its just a “Show-off”, a “Style statement” (acc to people) and nothing more.
    We changed 3 bikes in 4 days in Ladakh, all of them were a new (or a year old). Some or the other problems. And that fuel consumption is ridiculous.

    • Totally agreed! I don’t even understand how it is a style statement, but who the fuck cares.

  • Girish

    Is ktm paying you for promoting their bike? Or are you sales executive at any ktm showrooms? I respect your views and opinions but you should not show such disrespect to a big community of re riders. And yes I am a proud owner of re as you are a proud owner of ktm…god made horse and elephant for different purpose…same goes for re and ktm

    • I wish they were! But most likely they won’t because of all the bad things I’ve said about their bikes, and my own.

      I don’t understand why I shouldn’t show disrespect. Is it just because there are a large number of people doing the same thing?

      I’m not a proud KTM owner, it’s just a bike that I like, but one that I’m not afraid of admitting the faults of.

  • Atul

    Hey dude……. You dont know one thing…. Its always safe to date 30 yrs old new widow… No demand… No worry how to tackle…. only think is f**k ha*d and and you will enjoy the most without worries..

    • Fucking hell dude, you got some great ideas!

  • Viswanatg Kartha

    What u have mentioned about speed and spoked wheels are utter bullshit. The entire document is crap but I found the above mentioned crappier, riding and Enfield is all aboht riding a vintage bike and is not for a single bike owner. It is more of a recreational vehicle that you could ride for a raw vintage feel. Regarding, the speed- the bike gives u a 130 kmph on the new 500s and cruises on 100 if the bike is well maintained and bullets with cuatom tyres can indeed perform off road. When it comes to spiked wheels they, are dependable because the only bend and not crack like the alloys on entry level bikes. And are overhall easilg repairable. So pkease cock it!

    • I don’t want to cock a Bullet, no matter how good it is.

  • hanshan

    Your write up surely did bring a smile to my face….but you remain a dumbass still..

  • prateek

    Bullet was ancient royality and its today and it will be u just dont know abt bullet at least on highways no one can beat bullet
    Purpose of being heavy to maintain stability ! Please do find a more abt bullet ! U have half of it !

    • Absolutely.

    • Amey Pednekar

      Well, if you are talking about an actual bullet, then yes on one can beat that. If its the Enfield you are talking about, I was beaten by a Pulsar 150 on a highway, when I was on a bullet. That said, I know Bullets are meant to be cruisers and not speedsters. Talking about weight and relating it to stability, yes some weight does make a vehicle stable. Too much weight just makes it look stupid, which is what Bullet is. And to increase stability while also shedding weight, engineers nowadays make use of something called aerodynamics. But I guess, RE engineers would never have heard of it, that is assuming those bikes are built by engineers.

      • Great dude you got beaten by a pulsar 150.. I have a new RE and I have beaten freaking every biker I met on my way.. Driving at constant 110 seemed flawless.. and Its just not me but couple of my buddies on RE..

  • Duke sucks

    RE may suck but Duke sounds like an auto rickshaw.

  • I do agree with you, but you did over react on some points. There are two brands that I know off, Bullet and Harley Davidson, who have a following for all the wrong reasons and motorcycle riding is not one of them. Both of these bikes have a cult following and that explains all the posts on your article. As for me, I would nnever buy a Bullet or a Harley Davidson.

    • Same here Vijay!

      And yes, i did overreact at places 🙂

  • lilian

    Here’s why I feel your article doesn’t hold up.

    1) Make up your mind. Are you are targeting Royal Enfield as a whole or just the Bullet? There currently are 4 different bikes and multiple variants under each manufactured by Royal Enfield… so what exactly is your article talking about
    2) Know your bikes… cruisers are not for speed but for touring… if you like fast bikes then this is definitely not the bike for you to talk about.
    3) Which 350+ cc bike has given good mileage?!?! Ever!
    4) This article seems like you are just lashing about the bike/company without any grounding.

    • 1. I don’t really care
      2. OK.
      3. I’m talking relatively.
      4. OK.

    • Which only proves my point that RE owners are brainwashed religious fanatics.

      • Plain wrong. It proves your stupidity has no point and Royal Enfield has a legacy which no other indian bike till now has. Most problems you have said is available in other bikes too and that too without a legacy.

  • http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/Royal-Enfield-races-past-Harley-Davidson-in-global-sales/articleshow/46090462.cms
    All these peoples who have quicken up the sales are not fools.
    You can fool some people some of the time
    You can fool some people all the time, But
    You cannot fool all the people all the time.
    By the way there is Bullet Baba temple.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Om_Banna
    Is there any KTM baba Temple ?

    Conclusion – Don’t Compare Apples with oranges.

    • Sure.

      • What sure ?. Only thing that is sure is your stupidity.

        • Amey Pednekar

          Just tell me things you like in a RE motorcycle, keeping aside the legacy and the Exhaust sound. A legacy and exhaust doesn’t make a vehicle good. The goodness of a vehicle depends on it’s performance or aesthetics or both. So, just tell me 3 things you like in RE. I have been on a RE once on a road trip and I couldn’t come up with even a single thing good with the bike in terms of performance. So, I want to know your thoughts.

          • You need three points. See the video link posted by SAM.

            And can you show me Any girl kick starting a bike with hands other than a RE Bullet ?

          • Amey Pednekar

            I asked for your honest opinion and not some articles or videos made by idiots. You proved it yourself that you are a blind follower and nothing else. You don’t have any valid points to support/like a RE motorcycle. If someone asks me why I love my girlfriend, I am not going to direct that person to her FB profile page. Your inability to answer my question directly proves you are an idiot, like most of the RE lovers. Some fans luckily are sane, who love their REs while accepting all the faults it has and not putting up stupid arguments to save their pride.

          • To your comment
            “I asked for your honest opinion and not some articles or videos made by idiots. You proved it yourself that you are a blind follower and nothing else. You don’t have any valid points to support/like a RE motorcycle. If someone asks me why I love my girlfriend, I am not going to direct that person to her FB profile page. Your inability to answer my question directly proves you are an idiot, like most of the RE lovers. Some fans luckily are sane, who love their REs while accepting all the faults it has and not putting up stupid arguments to save their pride.”

            I did give you my honest opinion. Which matches what was in the video. So see properly before u comment.
            And how you know those videos are by Idiots ? The real Idiot is you who is considering others idiot who dont support your thoughts. What a lame attitude.
            There are numerous articles, videos showing why people prefer RE.
            Another video for you. Do have a look. Stop considering other idiots. Just look at the mirror you will get one.. Every thing has pros and cons.

    • Your conclusion is self explanatory. Bullets are half the price and balls of a Harley. So it is obvious that not every tom, dick and harry can buy a harley. And it is not surprising that you’ll find a guy on every nook and corner of a city riding a bullet in an upright position like he had anal the last night.

    • If ScoopWhoop is your source of information, I feel really bad for you my friend.

      • And If you think because you think what u have written is right which is a cherry picking,irrespective of the facts that most bikes also have similar problems then I feel pitty on your parents. It is difficult to bring up a fool.
        My source was Youtube.

  • Mr abcd

    Major drawback is starting problem. It does not start if battery is weak. Also in case u park it for more than a week battery charging goes down and then u cannot start it even with kick. MAJOR DRAWBACK….I SOLD OFF MY BULLET JUST FOR SAME REASON.

  • Param

    Here is what I feel about this article, I have both Honda Karizma ZMR bought in 2013 and RE Thunderbird 350 bought in 2014.

    1. Bullets are fucking slow –> I own Karizma and Thunderbird, both are good and are meant for different purposes. I am riding both and don’t think Thunderbird is slow. They don’t have initial pickup like Karizma or CBZ but in second gear are lot faster than any bike. However, I see this a wrong comparison as both are not good racing bikes until and unless you encourage public roads as your racing track. If you want to do race please buy 750 cc or more.

    2. Royal Enfields are unreliable –> don’t think this is true how is that RE is selling bikes for more than 100 years and is unreliable and company selling from 30 years is so reliable.

    3. Bullets are noisy – and the bad kind of noisy  this is what it is sold for, compare it with Yezdi, Yamaha 350 and high engine capacity they all are noisy. Engine till 200 CC don’t have much noise.

    4. Bullets have really bad brakes –> they have improved and have disk brakes which works perfectly fine.

    5. Bullets give shitty mileage –> for me Honda Karizma and TB both have same 35 KMPL. Here if you are comparing with Bajaj Discover or something else I can’t comment.

    6.Bullets are unnecessarily heavy –> Every bike with more engine capacity is heavy, Yamaha 350, yezdi, Honda CBR 700 CC etc… all are heavy again wrong comparison.

    7. Bullets have spoked wheels –> Anything in RE can be modified.

    8: Bullets have a fucking long waiting period –> It’s for base models only, TB and others are available on COD basis. However, all good things have waiting period.

    9. Royal Enfield doesn’t give a shit about its customers–> Its wrong perception, my bikes are picked from home for service and are sent back with bill. Whereas Karizma has to be taken to service center and there is no reminder from service center on due date.

    I think all points are invalid, RE is not the bike you use on daily basis, it’s for people who love bikes or want to show-off and ride it for years. This is the only bike which can be modified to any level. Whereas it can be used for work but if you are always thinking of millage etc… its not for you and neither is any 200 cc bike… my advice will be to go for other low cost bikes.

  • nkaundinya

    Ha ha ha!! 1 month ago i visited this post and commented, now my original comment is on the 3rd page!!! Why am i getting a feeling that Bullet owners are a little like Modi Bhakts who think ppl who own other motorcycles are like Rahul Gandhi!!! Oh, the democracy of the online world!!!

  • Dude Its a pre war bike that’s still in production …predominantly made for military use …it doesn’t need to evolve…it is what it is…its a classic now and forever…whether you buy it or not makes no diff to me….but I fucking love it…you can’t compare a ktm to it…its like chalk and cheese…doing a leh trip on a ktm is cakewalk…doing it on a bullet it’s way more challenging…but since you the class hero…i value your opinion and agree with most of it…but I do not appreciate the expletives used to describe something I really love…keep it up bro…hope to read some more of your writing….fate favours the brave…Cheers

  • I agree with mostly all the points. I have ridden a Bullet. Its torque is good, but otherwise… may I say I won’t exactly want it over my Duke 390.

    I remember an incident whereby a friend of mine and I had a drag race on a secluded-fenced road, so I thought it was safe to do a “Who touches 80 kmph first” race. Guess what, even I have a Duke 390 like you.

    My friend’s Bullet Classic 500, only 3 months old, was following upto some point after which it disappeared in RVM suddenly. I was confused.
    I went back to see the friend with his bike in the corner of the road, and a red hot exhaust lying in the middle of the road. Yes, the exhaust had come off on a 3 month old bike.

    I’m ok to some extent, if the bike has below average braking, handling, acceleration, mileage, etc. if the target audience is only in Bullets, for its good torque at lower rpms.

    But what explains the worst reliability ever seen in a product by a so called reputed manufacturer? Even a bike straight from the company has to be examined for defects.

    If Honda, Yamaha, KTM or even a legendary Aprilia or Ducati would create such unreliable products, they would be heavily insulted and thrown from the market like they don’t matter to us.

    But God only knows why we tolerate Royal Enfield to this extent.

    Look at Triumph Bonneville or Kawasaki W800, they’re retro but much better in quality.

    • Exactly! If tomorrow Honda Activa exhausts start falling away, there’ll be a fucking riot on our streets. But when the same thing happens with an RE, it’s “tradition”, “character”, and “adventure”. Bullshit.

      • peters

        thats a good one

    • gvr

      are yerri pooka….
      have you ever seen 2 wheeler exhausts and how they are mounted to the bikes,
      Bullet exhaust come off ??? and that too in red hot, don’t make your won cock and bull stories stories.

      • Amey Pednekar

        Dude, bullets are very badly designed. Though, I haven’t myself seen any exhaust come off, I won’t be surprised to hear it from someone. Every thing is just bad, as if the engineers just decided to put in stuff for the sake of it. I rode one long time back and ended with a swollen calf, because of a nut near the kick start lever that kept hitting my leg when ever I used to try and start the bike. I mean, wtf! Who are these idiots who design these bikes?

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  • senotrius

    well its about heart more than mind with bullets.however I agree with most of the points above.and regarding idiots:continental GT sells less than than Harley street 750 costing up to 3times more.so,yes Indians now actually do care about reliability/technology.the number of so called idiots are coming down and RE better evolve to catch up.

    ps.ironically Harley’s are more about showoff. also a reason why most people buy bullets too(head turner esp wrt women).its the whole macho thing.At least technologically Harley’s are better than bullets.

    • RE sure needs to evolve, and yes Harleys are more about showoff 🙂

  • Kay

    RE owners are in a relationship with their machine, others are in pro******ion with their bikes. They jump from one to other.

    • So others are having much more mindless, careless, no-strings-attached fun then?

      • Kay

        Just like you mindless … :D…

    • That doesnt speak well of bulleteers who own more than one bullets

  • ankur

    Why are ppl queuing to buy a RE for the past few years then??? Everybody is not an idiot.

    • They are.

      • ankur

        The no of idiots are increasing day by day then. Pls write more such articles to stop that. Also be more critical and add more expletives to emphasize your point rather than using sense / logic.

      • Karan

        And leading those idiots is akhil on his plastic crap duke 390 shitty

        • Yep.

        • Siddhanth koundinya

          I’m sure karan, you definitely haven’t ridden a ktm.

          • Brute

            karan – are you a iron pig owner??

    • Passerby

      people buy what they can afford to. More people queued up to buy tata nano and maruti 800 than for ferrari

  • Jaskaran

    Yes Sir, I agree with you a 100 percent, that you are a presumptuous, condescending douchebag!

    If you can’t smell a rose, blow your nose.

    Royal Enfield has been here for over a 100 years, and it will be here for ever.
    You know what would ride over your a**, when you will be lying down on an open highway, after slipping on a spit-stain? A ROYAL ENFIELD. Yes, at 69kmph!!! Thanks to all the bulk, that the Royal Enfields possess. 🙂

    I can bet you have never pushed a RE on road. It is way easier to push a 180kg RE, than a 150kg Pulsar200. Try it sometime! And see which one makes you sweat more. HINT: it has something to do with the design. Just like it is easier to pick up a 45kg girlfriend, than a 14.2kg LPG cylinder.

    With the new UCE Engines, people have claimed their Bullets have a fuel efficiency of over 50kmpl. You can find that online (like I did), if you’d care do your research thoroughly. Which I suggest, is something you should do before shooting glitter out of your butt. Hey, are you a Unicorn? (And I don’t mean Honda’s). No, wait! A unicorn shoots RAINBOW. Haha. Nevermind. Sorry about that. 🙂

    • ADD much?

    • Sarthak

      Wow, new levels of stupidity, every freaking day!
      I have a P150 and a D390. Guess which is heavier? Guess which one is easy to drag. I have an old STD 350 in the house too. And frankly, I’d never want to drag it even a 100 meters.
      Jaskaran, I was also deluded earlier by the RE way. I’d even bought the ContiGT. But brother, zamana lightness ka hai. Companies spend millions of dollars on R&D on weight shedding from their automobiles… Steel, Aluminum, Magnesium, Titanium, Carbon Fibre, various alloys… All working in tandem for…yep,LIGHTNESS! It’s just better!
      As for your girlfriend and gas bottle example, please go troll some jokey-pokey website. This is an automotive forum.
      Another thing, the way you said ‘Haha. Nevermind. :)’ while ending your post, just shows how immature you are.
      Cheers.

  • No angel travels on a RE, and rest of the old ladies are ignored by us.

  • Fuck the best article i have ever read in my life!!!!!!!! I AM A BIKER who popped a wheelie in my 12th class on my yamaha rx 100 1987, i am a guy who popped a wheelie in my grads college on the most respectable and the most feared bike in india THE YAMAHA RD 350 ( thanks to my eldest brother). I am that office going young guy who popped a wheelie and some stoppies on that crazy yamaha rxz from Malaysia yes its a monster, and I AM THAT GUY OF 32 years riding like a reckless ROSSI on circuit on my everyda offic run, inter state higway rides, fun rides and much more, i like to see bikes as a rollercoaster if you need class, chrome, heavy metal, retro look, and be a hypocrite praising that old grand dads ass groved saddled so called (lol) ROYAL ENFIELD take your bikes and race with the bullock karts or og back to the 1960s but just get the fuck out of our way coz when we hit the road we’ll be there and gne before you notice agirl she’ll be on our pillion, and you guys fuck what a laugh you guys are, same goes to the harley posers lol, get a life and some speed lol

    • Karan

      If only that night your dad would not have speeded so much and prematurely ejaculated. You might have been a human. But the overspeeding sperm just destroyed the ovary and bam! a fucking loser ape was born. He was named Nawaz. Fuck you asshole. Idiots like you fall and die due to overspeeding and an innocent guy in car is blamed for your heroic idiocy. Ja gand mar apni

  • SAM

    The proof of the pudding is in eating it. You have to own one to love one! Nevertheless, I would agree, only partly, to some of Kailash’s complaints about lack of modernization there. But I would not care to go for a point for point refutation of his whole article as it would take a lot of time for there would be a lot of reasons for buying an RE. Suffice it to say, RE is a class in itself, and doesn’t offer itself for comparison as of now. It is ruling it’s segment unrivaled. For those of you RE fans and riders, here are some of the American’s views about RE:

    The dealers talking about it:

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  • Shekhar

    Well not to be cynical or to be offensive to so called “RE” owner, but man u guys seriously have some issues. What you lack in masculinity, you try to make it up from your RE bulls. How can somewhere remotely relate masculinity to a machine or do you mean to say the only thing which can validate that you guys have balls is your RE ?

    Why is there a need to boast that you guys can control 200 kgs and others can’t. Its 2015 kids & even Harleys are going for mass reduction of weight from their current product portfolio. Braking efficiency of Harleys is much better & they improve it every time they refresh it. The only point i can agree is that cruisers don’t need high speed & RE’s do just about good to substantiate this.

    It won’t surprise me if some self proclaimed dude flooding with high masculinity levels just because he owns an Enfield comes in front and says that RE’s are better than HD’s. The only thing you guys need is to grow a pair of your own. Though you guys will just do fine if you take the pair off you bulls and use it for your own discretion.

    • Karan

      Wow. what a comparison. you are comparing 6-7 lakhs bike to a 1.5 lakh bike. Salute to stupidity for you. The manliest man riding a scooty pep.

      • Shekhar

        Wow … First of all its not 6-7 Lakhs. Get the figures straight. Second, its about comparing where whole industry is moving towards, What are the rider expectations from a bike & how are different players performing in a competitive bench-marking pov. Third RE 350 is 187kg vs HD S750 is 206Kg. Inspite of having a cubic capacity 2 times higher than RE, HD still manages to score pretty much good in power to weight ratio. I’m sure you must be aware what power to weight ratio means and what is its significance. If not, there’s no point taking out this discussion further.

        Its never about price mate, its always a good value preposition at which RE sucks.

    • Lol! Well said 🙂

  • gurpreet

    I agree that if someone compares feature for feature then Bullet is as good as dead.I own a Thunderbird 2012 one…

    For 2-3 months i had quite a fun with it then one day decided for a long stint at night….25km away from the city a big thudd and the bike just stopped…..

    i found a mechanic and he litreally opened all the bike but the bike was as dead as a dodo…

    Stranded i had to call my cousion who towed me on his Activa to the Enfield garage…As the bike was in warranty they did repair it free of cost when i asked the manager their he told me “sir coil me kuch problem the…normal hai bullet ke liye” the he gave me a lecture ki mine being the one of new lot with uni construction engine and right hand brakes is “nakli bullet ment for kids and wannabes”..suggested me ki”sir purana model lo second hand market se wohi real bullet hai!!!:”

    There were other bullet owners there and hearing from them i came to a conclusion that its definitely a unreliable bike and needs constant and proper attn not like japs that u can forget for years…..

    who these days has time to spend on bikes upkeep every week….i have a guy in my society who spends 3-4 hours every sunday washing and polishing his bullet…ek ek spoke ko chamkata hai….bhai itna free time hai to family ke sath spend karo naa.

    • Lol! Totally agreed man. I have no idea how these people find the time, but what can you possibly say to them? To each their own 🙂

    • Poojan

      I totally agree with you. I have had Cast Iron Engine which were produced before 2009 and they were much more reliable than the current ones

      And they call current twin spark ones “Bullet”,

  • similanok

    i had ridden classic 500. First i thought it was great. sound good. but after a long ride i decided not to buy royal enfield. it has vibrations, not smooth, no good handling. i know some people spreading bullet is king without even riding it!!!! better buy japan finished bikes like honda cbr. this bullet is bullshit.!!

  • mayank

    bhai mere pass classic 350 a speed ki baat karta kabi ayio dobara punjab i will show u real speed of punjabis bullet !! love bullets fuck oll other bikes

  • KK

    Bullet are not for kids. mind it

    • Yeah yeah tell me something new.

    • Vivek

      RE is for people who value legacy over technology. Had newer bikes not hit the market RE would have continued to shove down the same old 1962 bullet through our throat. Why did RE went FI when the old one (as per their loyal fans) is still going strong.

  • Dinesh T

    No one mentioned about the traditional oil leaking issues on these tractors.According to tractor drivers opinion, oil leaking is termed as marking their territory . ha ha ha Fuck you bulleters. Cant even fix a oil leakage issue and you guys speak about reliability, quality,legacy etc..

  • shahzad

    Hi kiddo,
    May be your experience with RE is because you dont know how a bike is to be ridden and just one of those person who nly wants to accelerate and take the shit of the bike.

    there are only two types of bike 1. Royal Enfield 2. the rest.

    Happy riding!!

    • And you!

    • abhi

      Shahzad, Yes, you are right. He is a kid, who thinks that riding is all about acceleration and top speed. Why not board a plane if all he needs is just speed and acceleration? I agree, tubeless tires would have been a good choice, but apart from that, everything in this shitty post is pure unadulterated bullshit. And no, I do not own a bullet. I own a shitty bajaj pulsar, and I took a testdrive of bullet, and has decided to book one. Let the kids ride toy bikes and brag. That is what kids do.

  • Till the time i was riding RE ( I had two ),all other were just shit holes. After moving to KTM, I was indeed wrong. If you guys wanna enjoy RE, then please do but stop assuming that its the best!

    • Agreed! The attitude needs to change 🙂

  • Raghu

    Hi Akhil, like your blogs and your prompt replies.

    I have a Karizma R 2007 model and I am in the cross roads now to upgrade. Earlier, I had RX 100 – 1988 model for the longest time. I miss it still for its melodious exhaust note(its kinda transforms rider mood and speaks loud to the outer world). Loved it. I love my Karizma too – a pure no nonsense bike, highly reliable, stable…etc but, I miss the exhaust note and power now seems I need more.

    I have booked Bullet Std 500, I got the call to take it too….I am not able to decide between KTM 390 and Std 500. I tried bullet of my friend…till 90kmph its fine…but vibrates heavily after that and engine feels stressed. I like its look and size and road presence and of course thump..but not sure about quality niggles and highway speed.
    This upgrade would be for long trips and bike should be capable of cruising effortlessly at 110kmph atleast. I am waiting for soon to be launched CS 400 for its longer suspension travel and looks and size.

    Read a lot about KTM 390 and it is being compared to another legend RD 350 in terms of performance. Love to go for those 43 horses..

    Please suggest me which one to pick…as all these machines are expensive and I keep them for the long haul. I like Triumph Bonni…but it is beyond my budget for now..

    • Hey Raghu, I would anyday prefer the Duke over any RE. I have ridden more than 35000 kms on my 390 in about 1 year and it’s been an amazing journey! The bike is extremely reliable, cheaper than a CD100 to maintain, and goes like stink. It is the perfect bike for long distance touring.

      Have you taken a test ride of it? I’m sure you’ll love it 🙂

    • Hey Raghu, I would anyday prefer the Duke over any RE. I have ridden more than 35000 kms on my 390 in about 1 year and it’s been an amazing journey! The bike is extremely reliable, cheaper than a CD100 to maintain, and goes like stink. It is the perfect bike for long distance touring.

      Have you taken a test ride of it? I’m sure you’ll love it 🙂

      • Raghu

        Hi Akhil, thanks for the suggestion. I took test ride of Duke long back, before booking Bullet. May be the demo bike was not in good shape and I was not impressed with low end torque(it was struggling to pull in the 3rd gear say 20-30 kmph speed). I will visit again and take the test ride soon. I have time on my side till(saving money) this april.
        Also, want your opinion on soon to be launched Pulsar 400CS. Looking at its design, I feel like it is an improvement on shortcomings of Duke 390(Accommodation, long suspension travel and bulky looks etc along with the same engine & power & ABS).
        Your blog on accessories and its importance(step by step narration in your style) is an eye opener. I would start investing on my gear also. Keep up the good work please.
        Regards.

        • Duke needs lots of gear changes and some clutch riding to keep it smooth throughout the rev range, it’s not really a torque monster 🙂

          Don’t know when the 400CS will come man, if it ever does. Have heard nothing but rumors, although it does look like an improvement over the Duke.

          Gear is important 🙂

          • Raghu

            Hi Akhil, thanks for the clarifications bro. Your happiness after riding 35k in a year is a big testimonial for the quality and performance of the Duke. I am going for it…Tc.

          • Awesome!

  • You might be intrested to read this
    http://riderzone.in/5-reasons-you-are-not-biker/

    and one reason why you shouldn’t ride bullet.

    Kids are not allowed to.. 😛

  • venkat

    all above reasons are true and well known by all bullet riders. they will ( i must say we will as i too have one ) love to live with them, in fact they know how deal with them.

    any way some good new for bullet lovers………

    Fresh from an endorsement by US President Barack Obama, India’s motorcycle manufacturer Royal Enfield announced it was speeding up expansion and production to meet booming demand for its British-origin bikes.

    The company, based in southwestern India but rooted in British biking history, will spend five billion rupees ($80 million) this year on building two factories as well as other expansion plans.

    “Royal Enfield will be investing Rs 500 crore in 2015 towards product development, capex and other development areas,” chief executive Siddhartha Lal said in a statement posted on its website.

    “With a view to become the leader in the global mid-sized motorcycling, Royal Enfield will build two new technology centers.”

    The centres will be located in the southern Indian city of Chennai and the English county of Leicestershire and be completed by the second quarter of 2016 and the end of 2015 respectively.

    The US president gave the iconic bikes a nod of approval after he saw India’s Border Security Force officers perform daredevil stunts on their shiny Royal Enfields during a trip to New Delhi last month.

    “I saw the Republic Day daredevils on Royal Enfield motorcycles,” Obama said during the visit, describing the stunts as a highlight of the military parade to mark India’s Republic Day.

    “The secret service doesn’t let me ride motorcycles, especially not on my head,” he added with a smile at the audacious manoeuvres.

    Lal said Royal Enfiel continued to grow at a “phenomenal pace” last year, selling 300,000 units and had plans to manufacture a total of 450,000 in 2015.

    The manufacturer, owned by heavy vehicle and bus maker Eicher, also saw a record income of 30 billion rupees ($482 million) last year, the statement said.

    Royal Enfield started life as a British company making single-cylinder engines that produce a distinctive “thump” sound more than 110 years ago, but it closed its last domestic factory in 1970.

    Its Indian partner started making bikes under licence in 1955, and is today one of the oldest names in motorcycling.

    In 2009 Royal Enfield launched a redesigned version of its classic retro-looking “Bullet” model, a move that saw sales take off.

    SOURCE: http://www.msn.com/en-in/autos/other/indian-bike-maker-royal-enfield-to-expand-after-obama-thumbs-up/ar-BBhFRkS?ocid=mailsignoutmd

  • Biker

    No wonder…. Ktm promoter!!! How much you got for the promotion?

    • Umm nothing till now man, you know somebody in KTM?

  • Nitendra

    Thanks Akhil Kalsh, I am planing to buy RE TB350, even all the points which you have mentioned were there in my mind too, but so care-less RE lover ask me to close my eyes on these fact just to feel the the charm,

    I felt the charm like sitting on Tector engine with some different feeling.

    Thanks for your article, Now I can rethink for same , please let me know any good suggesion for 150cc bike.

    • Suzuki Gixxer 150 is a good option! Test ride one and see if you like it.

  • Joy

    Hey Akhil.. i have rode my duke for almost two years (21000 km) and not a single problem(touchwood). But my rear tyre, should I replace it as I have already touched 22000. HOw often should we replace out tyres (front/back)?

    • There are no rules man, if you see the rear tire is bald and you can feel it sliding, change it!

  • Khursheed Khan

    Some of your points actually make sense. I am riding bikes for past 13 years now and RE for last the 5 years. I have ridden bikes like Splendor, Pulsar to bikes like CBR and Ninja. There are some points where I personally feel that RE should rethink their strategy. I will sum it up in one sentence: Breaks, Production speed, Reliability vs Maintenance cost.

    • True mate! They do need to get their shit together.

  • ronoj

    Plastics are not covered in insurance… Period;-)

  • sajeev

    only une thing i will comment -bullet hamne apne buzurgons se li aur hamare bacche apne buzurgons se lenge.no other bike can withstand such a long gap

  • Yeah you are some what right about the acceleration of re…tested the Duke 390 last Saturday..and boy was it the best 5 minutes of my biking

    Also…no tubeless tires and no ABS.. Well the bike is going back in time..

    Confused whether to get. DUKE. Or Street 750.

    One quick question though-any bad experience with Duke’s performance??

    • Duke and Street are totally different bikes man! Shouldn’t be too hard to decide.

      There aren’t a lot of negatives about the Duke’s performance, although there certainly are a few. It’s extremely rough, with a heavy clutch. It heats up a lot in traffic. It’s not a refined bike in any sense. But the positives far outweigh the negatives, and that’s why I love it!

  • Swadhin

    Oh boy, this thing is still going on. How to get all the comments in one PDF ?

  • John doe

    Spot on, mate! Can’t disagree with a thing. That’s why the British make the new Triumphs now. Real, modern, fast,reliable. Everything an Enfield isn’t. I have one of those Jap-crap Suzukis. It’s great!

  • Akhil, you are an asshole.. You want bullet to pick up speed like those sports bike? Really, do you understand between a cruiser and a sports car. Anyway, just read your first point and boom, there goes the respect out of the window.

  • arjun

    I think the guys wrong.i feel very comfortable riding bullet.also its not noisy and also bullets are meant to be slow.every body knos this

  • sachin

    you know how i reached this blog? I wrote enfield noise and i just reached here. happy to see that there is another person in the world who realized that this belongs to museum. I am very much annoyed with one of the beast who rides a bullet with probably some modification in the engine and its sound feels like fucking bhat bhat coming directly from the hell. its so loud that you cant even listen what other person is saying on the phone. I am running a nursing home. This noise, Its against civilization as there should be less noise pollution. The country where this was invented, they stopped its production decades ago. But here they dont think about patients, small kids, infants. they just dont think because they cant.

  • Karthik

    Akhil, read all your reasons and came to know that you don’t have any knowledge about Royal Enfield. its better you meet some experienced bullet rider and stop commenting about bullet. i am riding bullet from 1991 to till date. it is the best bike on earth. may be your still a kid for the beast

    • Probably.

    • arjun

      I agree with you my brother

  • Vasanth Barnabas

    Done about 70k kms on machismo350/ std 500. Loved every km of it but Akhil has a point. Sold both when I felt I was more worried about the bike than enjoying my rides. Never going back to RE. Toured about 4k kms on the 390. Total Bliss. More than enough power, handling & thrills for our conditions. Awesome reliability to boot.

    • Aah, good to have an experienced rider share his views here! Thanks Vasanth for the comment 🙂 The 390 is one hell of a machine!

      • vasanth

        He he I made friends with every bullet mechanic on the west coast on a ride to Mumbai and back via Goa OM my 2003 std 500. No such luck with the 390. Too busy riding to stop for anyone.

        • Haha! Yeah I kinda hate that too. There have been situations where I wanted to stop and talk to/help somebody on the road, but I was just too fucking fast to stop.

  • Chirantan

    Now I am in a fix, I was planning to shun my Pulsar 180 and go for RE Thunderbird. Mileage is not an issue as my existing option is no better, however when it comes to tires and breakdown, it compels me to rethink.

    • Hehe, I would strongly suggest checking out Duke 390. Goes like stink, comes with superbike tires, gets ABS and looks the part too 🙂

  • sambit

    you should buy a pulsar 150 or 220 rather than a RE 😉

  • Dhanraj Rao

    Everyone has the right to tell their point of view. Even I can point out 6 bad reason on any bike. But would not instigate anyone not to buy that bike. I have two Classic 350, but never felt even close to what this guy tells here.
    1. Bullet is not slow at all. I ride mine at 90/100 kmph on daily basis. I guess that speed is enough unless you want to race anyone, for which other bikes are available.
    2. RE are very much reliable, the bike DNA is very simply, can be easily repaired.
    3. Yes They are noisy so what, there are so sport bike which are much noisier then RE. I don’t hear a thing from my bike probably because I wear a helmet, other I guess are used to it. Plus I have wild boars fitted on my bike but indimotard, I get compliments plus people ask me where did I get those exhaust from.
    4. RE has reasonable brakes, if applied sensibly the bike will stop.
    5. RE has good mileage, my both bikes are giving me around 35-40 kmpl, which is good I feel, if you want more mileage please go for Tvs Luna or Dream yuga or splendor etc etc. Mileage is a question typical low minded question, when I have a balls of buying a 1.5 lac 350 or 500cc bike I shouldn’t be talking about mileage it’s an insult to myself.
    6. RE is heavy and only made for men, I have seen even women riding these bike, so watch and learn. Actually the weight is advantage for better road stability. Well for example if a high speed bus travel just past by you the bike won’t feel a pinch created by the split stream of the bus.
    7. RE with spoke wheels? don’t like them change them, if you like them shut up and ride.

    Well this is my point of you. RE is not like other bike, it needs real care, I spend at least 1hour once a week with my bulls to tweak them. If you take care of them, they will take care of you.

    I respect your views but well not abide them. Best of luck with whatever ride you have.

    • And best of luck to you!

    • Abhaysinh Deshmukh

      Hi Dhanraj,
      I fully agree with u dudes…u cnt compare a RE with any of these plastic bikes, the people here will never understandRe…what they call vibrations , its the feel…why u guys dnt drive a activa or a scooty…with no vibrations, no offences, actually i own one tb..n its dam good, the road stability especiaaly on highways is too good..n yes i drive it at 90-95 km/ hr…above 100 u may feel vibrations, but guys.. These bikes r for Cruising n not Racing…n then comes the styling….its too different fm any of the plastic bikes…all sports bikes luks almost same..full of fibre..n a very uncomfortable riding posture..cmmon guys u cnt drive on on with that posture…its ok for racing…n technically they r simple machines, especiaaly the carb ones 350 cc, i m not sure of the efi ones, infact most of the maibtenance can b done by urself..if u have some basic knowledge,…so dnt compare RE….with the sports bike….live n let live….

  • Christofer

    When I am down or depressed I go through the comments. It always lifts my mood. Don’t know why. 😛 .

    After all the hype I test rode a classic 350. And man it vibrates like hell. And I wouldn’t want to do a trip on it. I know people who respect the bike and admit its faults. Then there are those wannabes who ride an Enfield only to look macho. Others who claim only the old CI engines are the real thing and the new generation bikes are just plastic toys.

    • Hehe, yeah it’s a pretty motivating bunch of nearly 1200 comments!

  • Akhil – i do understand your viewpoint as a relatively young rider [not that i agree with the oldies] – but i really do think you gotta buy a Bullet to enjoy what that experience gives. There are clubs in almost all the continents. It is something to ride a machine which has so much history. and, the chassis is SO suited to india. Bullet chassis’s were based on trials bikes. Google that, if you please 🙂

  • Drue

    Boss…!!!!!!!!

    Buy Bullet only if u have patience, riding a bull is diff from plastic machines.

    About Khardungla top & French guys they took it on hire..& the machine their which locals provide u are f_cking without maintenances..

    About the wheels then spoked wheels r the best carry the heavy weights & low in maintenance..

    In old time bullets were made by gunmetal which use for soldiers safety, safety is the best part & toughness is the importance in bulls..for eg.. accident with other plastic body shows the high number of DEATH rather than Bullets..

    60-65 kph is a standard economy speed on highways for riders safety, if u want u can cross bt dont blame bulls or bull riders for that… as always heard that “Slow & Steady WINS the RACE”..

    MILEAGE…!! LOL………. i earn much more n can spend money on petrol so bought it, if u dont have then dont buy bulls…Its Simple..!!!

    WAITING PERIOD…….!!!!!!!!! Fucking Sad thing i always heard from new buys…bt ” DER AAE DURUST AAE”…!!!

    & Finally 1 last thing for u my FRIEND..

    ” OLD is ALWAYS GOLD “…………

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  • Zachh

    I mean, really u are comparing a shitty duke to a RE. REALLYY!!! Uffff!!! I don’t even wanna say anything. And ya,even Rakhi Sawant saying some bullshit earns her a lot if attention, so don’t be so glad.

  • It’s fun to read about bullets-looks like they need to fix a turret on top…that will be a sight to behold…

  • Bacchan

    I think bullets were here before Independence…It is true that RE didn’t evolve the way other motorbikes did, but I personally feel they will. I heard about KTM a couple of years back, before that KTM and the Triumph were dream bikes. If you are comparing an almost double priced, tech evolved vehicle with an Indian made RE, you might as well compare it with a Harley. I am not a rider, I am not rich either to get a KTM or a new RE. If you start to compare bikes on their displacement then whats the point?…personal choices and tastes are preserved..

    • Hey man, I never intended for this article to become an RE vs KTM war, but who cares!

      I don’t see RE evolving, at all, because not evolving is their bread and butter 🙂 If that’s your taste, cool!

  • kumar

    This is real opnion of all thnx to u

  • altamann

    just wanna laugh how much u dislike bullet, i m owner of a RE 1972 model, never modified or added some flashy parts , i have 100’s of stories to tell about my bullet but m not even a decent writer. just wanna tel -when i was 16 i tried to convince my father to sell this shit, but i m 32 now, and riding it for 15-16 years , and the more i ride the more i love it .
    it gives milage around 40, and i easily touch 100km/hr speed, it is mechanically heavy, but it feels extremely light to drive, lighter then even splender that is the most special thing about it.

    • Awesome!

    • Subramani

      Right. RE might have some disadvantages, so will other bikes have. Some of the points I disagree is about speed and reliability. I can easily reach 120 with my RE Desert Storm 2014 model. Has been reliable so far. Would love to have tubeless tyres, hope to change sometime in future.

  • Rhushikesh

    Hi Akhil….I liked ur article and respect your views and your opinion. I am a proud owner of a RE 350 Classic and equally proud owner of a KTM Duke 390. Both the bike are at par and I love riding both of them. I have been to leh on my RE from pune and back. I have also done a south India tour of 4900 km on the duke 390. According to me both bikes have different features.
    I would like to share my experience on the points u mentioned.
    1) Bullets are Fucking slow:- When I went to leh my average speed was around 75-80 km/h and am talking about average speed which I think was a decent one. KTM is much faster then this but I find RE comfortable den Duke.

    2) Royal Enfield are unreliable:- I have done a good 35k+ kms on RE and I have never faced any problems as of now. Duke is a awesome bike indeed and nor have I faced any problem with the KTM. I love my bikes and maintain them so that might be the reason I have never faced a problem.

    3) Bullets are noisy:- Sometime people do put the extra loud silencers which are irritating but according to me a decent silencer gives good firing. But sorry to say I personally don’t like the KTM’s firing. (Again its my opinion not necessary everyone should agree with it)

    4) Bullets have bad breaks:- My RE has a disc break in the front and I am quite satisfied with it not too gud but satisfactory. Were as duke needs hard breaking the rear break is gud but could have been better as with that power and the speed what this bike is able to go the rear breaks should have been better.

    5) Bullets give shitty mileage:- My RE give me a mileage of around 40. (Mostly around 42). The worst mileage I have got is 35/36. My Duke gives me a mileage anything between 25-35.

    6) Bullets are unnecessarily heavy:- Yes the bike is heavy but it has never been a problem for me. RE is stable but Duke is more stable then RE.

    7) Bullet have spoked wheels:- Yes it has spoked wheels and it looks gud on it. Just like the orange alloyed looks gud on the duke.

    8) Bullets have fucking long waiting period:- I had to wait for 2 months to get my bike after booking. And I do agree with u about that. That waiting period is frustrating.

    All I want to say is that both bikes are different and can’t be compared. RE is a cruiser and duke is a naked sports bike. Both the bikes are good in their own way. You don’t like RE is ur opinion but according to me even RE is a superb bike.

    • And that’s awesome! My opinion doesn’t in any way means the absolute truth. Everybody has different experiences, and I’m happy you are having a good one with both your machines.

      And yes, KTM’s don’t sound good at all 🙂

    • Subramani

      Totally Agree!

  • This was a bloody brilliant piece written on the RE. Had a good laugh as I read through the entire article and seemed like exactly what I had in my mind too. Have done the Manali-Leh-Khardungla on my bicycle and during the trip have seen how the REs there drag their heavy butts up while 3 Duke 390s just zipped with such ease.

    Personally own a well-maintained Honda CBZ for 15 years now, and the time to upgrade (not that am going to sell my current bike) had me looking for answers online on – which bike to go in for next? Had looked at these but – Triumph Tiger is costly, HD750 not practical, Kawasaki 300/650 is heavy. Would have loved a Honda CB500X purely for its form and function but I don’t see that coming anytime soon, so have shortlisted to a Duke 390 for now.

    Thanks for this article. Hope people realize the practical usage of a vehicle rather than sheer size, power, sound and/or ‘old-style charm’.

    Cheers!!

    • Thanks Pavan! I’ve been hoping people realize practical usage since more than a year now 🙂 As you can see, it’s still work in progress.

  • Raj

    Its the opinions of individual…. U don’t like it.. leave it…. Fuck off… But every one has their own opinion…. Interest and love for bullet…. Don’t expect every one should be like u jerk……

  • amit jadhav

    well according to akhil REs are not good bikes. so that is his personal point of view. rider and ride is important not the bike. and it is true that REs don’t have good breaking system. and the tires …………………they really sucks. bloody what is the use of that feeling if you don’t have safety. and RE people please respect other biker . there is no rule saying that every rider owes enfield so please. go and check in other country’s people dont give fuck to RE, actually they dont even know what is enfield. people in India buy enfield only for two reasons looks-90% good engine-10%.

  • abhishek

    hhmmmmm..idiot

  • BulletOwner

    Bullet is not for pussy’s to ride…. its vintage, heritage and more than that… Its for the tougher, made for the toughest…..
    Not your mistake I would say, Staying in Punjab u still came out without getting the macho of the state.

    Its a bike to enjoy the ride, not to chase people. and seeing the history, the bike engine has/had not changed until recently. Going so deep in history, and still working and being loved by people is something to be proud of.

    Lot of bike are available in the market.. Y do people still stick to RE..!! Coz is the heritage…. Ur generations have driven that bike and you want to continue it.

    Yes the modified exhaust may not be pleasing to all…not totally against it but should be avoided for people with dislikes.

    Regards.

  • Abhijith Anil

    Bullets are fucking slow … do you really know how to ride a bike like bullet ??? i guess you are not a rider you are just a good dreamer .. since you could dream that you have done 60000 kilometers… Firstly you must understand a bike like bullet is not built to race .. Still it can make upto 110 km easily… it is a legendary bike built for Indian Roads to give a relaxed and confident cruising …
    Learn riding a bike rather than dreaming !

    Bullets are Unreliable … Dude you just rode bullet for 50 km how could you say this bike is unreliable …
    do you know what Reliability means ?.. it is one among the most reliable bike you would get..
    Don’t ever try to learn your bullet… it will only learn you …(never let anyone ride your bull .. its a single master beast)
    Go peaks you will understand how RE perform ..

    Bullets are noisy? …my answer is .. Fuck off you bitch ..

    Bullets have really Bad breaking… Yeah its breaking is not upto the mark.. 5/10

    Bullets are unnecessarily heavy … yeah it is heavy so what … if you can’t manage the weight … don’t ever keep your ass on it. With your this irrelevant statement i can guarantee that you have never rode an Enfield bikes …
    you cannot judge a bike heaviness by looking at it… you must ride it and feel it … its super cool to handle .. Even taking curves are smooth… I’m just 5.4 .. and i ride my bull in the peak traffic of Bangalore city.
    I have asked suggestion from many people before i choose to buy it.
    People like you said … holy shit how you gonna manage 200 kgs.. and many more advices …go for this bike that bike.. they really messed my mind.
    But the really riders said only one Statement ..” If you are much passionate on riding nothing can pull you down.”

    To all have the same question as mine … i would say “Follow your Heart because its a way of life.”

    Bullets have spoked wheels … Company thinks spoke wheels looks good on their bike…
    Spoke wheels give that Legendary and Authentic look royal Enfield bikes (Royal) .. RE not the Company which sprouted in the last day rain … Since 1901 it serving the World..

    Bullets give shitty mileage .. Yeah .. people who are worried about milage should not buy RE bikes ..
    i never ride my bull on reserve 🙂 as soon as my bull go reserve i will take it next petrol bunk and fill its Stomach 😉 11.54L
    Every day i commute 65+ km (up and down) .. i can only make up to 65*5(days) ie., 325 km for 11.54L.. hardly getting 30km/l. (i rides through heavy traffic and more that 15 signals in one direction ).

    Bullets have a fucking long waiting period… who asked you to wait ..go get a pulsar
    Remember guyz.. The Best comes to only those who wait … So you must wait..
    Enfield has only one production center and it has to meet the order from more than 29 countries…
    it worth every sec of waiting …

    Readers …. As i said.. follow your heart because its a way of life… never lend your ears to listen to Shits ..
    Universe never tends to get unfold …always there will piece of shits to bug you…

    RE LOVERz…… my bull is my life …

    A Classic 350 Rider

    • I’m sorry I really didn’t have the patience to read your entire comment, since what you’ve said has already been repeatedly mentioned in the older comments. Thanks for sharing your opinion though, and good luck with your bull life!

      • Abhijith Anil

        since you have not read it how could you this post is repeated …

        • Read all the old comments, and you’ll see why 🙂

          • Abhijith Anil

            hey dude there is no Jerk of the Year award till day …
            the time you waste here can be utilised for learning how to ride..
            keep trust in Newton #3 law

          • ?

  • kishor

    Only thing is that if u r a biker u can’t disrespect any other bike…….

    • Why?

      • kishor

        Agar aisi baat hai to….. u can ride with me on Enfield and u’ll come to knw @ what speed Enfield bikes can run

    • Vishnu

      Hey i absolutely agree to most of the things u said about a bullet. But i wud like to mention about some things which u myt be wrong at. They are awfully heavy but it offers a stability i have never experienced before that u will understand while cornering when u regain your posture after cornering(which is quite possible with the new improved engines) and especially while using off road tracks u shud often research about the rann of kutch (ROK) tour organised by RE, on that salt pan try riding a Duke and a bullet then u will feel a difference.

      Or just try taking a duke on a sandy road and riding an RE, i bet you will know the difference.
      Then bullets are never meant for long rides it was designed as a military all terrain vehicle which can be easily repaired. Well it requires frequent maintenance which military can and will do.

      One more thing try taking a duke on a road which is flooded or try river crossing with it. I can assure you that u will need a mechanic. Its only because of the exhaust that keeps the bullet alive even in water( plz dont think of the bullet as a boat). So instead of having a 100% negative approach towards bullet lovers, plz i beg u not to forget the 20-30 % of the people who choose a bullet for its real purpose.

      • Vishnu my friend, I have done a cross-country trip on my Duke, without a single shred of trouble, but that’s not the point of this article 🙂

        You are correct in saying that more weight means more stability, but that’s true only till a certain limit. After that limit that weight is nothing more than a burden.

  • Syan

    You seriously lack sex in ur life ! go fuck a girl ! that might give you a peaceful ride. You are not meant to be a ride a royal enfield !
    Amen !

    • I don’t mind man, you know someone who’s looking for a good time?

      • Karan

        yeah. ur mom. go enjoy 🙂

        • Thanks for the suggestion Karan! I’m sure being a motherfucker must be a proud thing to do in your family, but not with my folks. Have fun 🙂

          • Peterf

            Haha Great reply Akhil. Man this thread is awesome for timepass… 🙂

          • Yeah! Lots of fun 🙂

  • yashvir

    i mean is this guy serious….who the fuck wrote this article…..some wannabe attention seeker…..who the fuck are you…..i belong from punjab too…..saying bullets are this and that….well let me tell you something it’s because you have ridden that thing only 50 kms that you are able to say things like that….i have riden more than 60000kms what the fuck….saleya apni booothi vekh fer gal karin….bc…

    • Hehe, I can assure you if I had ridden Bullets for more than 50 kms, this article would have been much much worse 🙂

      • Karan

        if that night had been shorter u would have not been and the world wld have been better

  • sid

    I am laughing like crazy when i am readin this, i was on a solo morning ride today, i reach to a point where there is a group of bullets moving in synch, and i am like WTF r they upto? Dint waste time on them, 1 by 1 overtook them, to finally see another member of their “gang” shooting a video of the group while riding……LOL…..WTF ru shooting the video for?

    Makes me realize how shitty the cult has become….No offence RE owners but look at ur community, the republic day ride and all???

    That feel which people talk, that is the feeling of mid age crisis and not ur FI engine thump!!!

  • Denny K Philip

    Even if a guy kills his mother, there will be someone who speaks for him.

    I had a ride of 2300 kms in a 1985 model bullet from delhi, shimla, Kullu, Manali, Keylong, Kishtwar, Srinagar, Pahalgam, and back to Jammu. From there i packed my bike to my home town in Kerala. It was my honeymoon trip. I chose such a trip only because of my passion towards Royal Enfield Bullet. I didn’t had any maintenance in between except for some clutch adjustment, which i did myself.

    Before hating bullet anymore, please have a good quality (well maintained, not modified), and have a ride of 100 kms (atleast), not in a highway but in high range. m sure u will love it.

    • I will try that for sure Denny!

    • Subramani

      Well said. fully agree.

  • That’s the perception of particular individual. I know Yogesh Sarkar very well. Its not necessary everyone should like one product just because the entire world likes it. If the product is not good, they will not survive. This is a re-birth to Bullet to new generations as well. Bullet means not speed, but bullet is the effect, its an emotion!

    The waiting period to get this bike is minimum 30 days! They have their own customers to buy. The impression of anyone seeing a person driving a Royal Enfield is different than others, not sure if they will see a person driving a pulsar (yes they do, when they do a rash drive) Enfield stand away from the crowd.! They are unique.! This is my perception I live in the place where are they are manufactured, Thiruvotrityur, Chennai. !!! I also visited the birth place of this vehicle Redditch, England!

    You have clearly mentioned that – ‘I ‘ would never ..this article is pure expression of your thoughts! you have all the rights to say what you want to! Cheers mate!

    • shekar

      Mr. Ganesh is absolutely right. i will fully agree on Mr. ganesh’s comments.
      cheers

    • Cheers Ganesh! You are right this is my personal opinion, and in no way means an absolute truth. Biking in itself is a matter of choice, so is the ride that you ride.

      Happy finally someone understands that 🙂

      • Completely agree Akhil. I am glad that you are happy and happy replying to others..I You will end up in writing the same thing again and again in all different possible ways friend!

    • 1600kms…..4 days….(including 750 in 1 day)….not a single fault….80-100kmph consistently….your back and bums are normal….that is thunderbird 350

  • Kushal Bakshi

    Hey, I pitty you as you don’t appreciate a specific type of skill sets…You fall into a very vast group of people, and that is not your mistake..we have been brought up like this (most of us)

    When you want to buy a bike…

    1) the best looking bike ( cos they want to impress all the beauties around, no matter how ugly you might be)…
    2) need to have Power ( let’s say CC or Throttle, as you are Indian version of Rossy)
    3) it should be cost effective ( for suedo rich asses)
    4) And the best Bhai you won’t milage also..( 1 lt. 100 km…) And you want 80 Lt tank…bhai Chand pe Jana hai)

    Dude… Power does not always mean speed..you might be the first person to have jaw dropping experience to see a Harley Davidson crossing you slowing and you’ll be the one who’ll say “O Teri ki, bhai mast hai” on contrary some speed crazy boy crosses you…your reaction ” Marega sala..”.

    Another point you said you saw some people stuck in ladak with Bullet…dude that was one of the I’ll time…but what all bikes you have seen in that area…I bet you Duke to nahi milegi..

    When you say in Punjab they only know two type of bike one Bullet and rest others..bro…public kuch select kar rahi hogi to kuch to hoga…

    I can keep on writing for days…but in short…all I have understood that you are one of the confused people who buy bullet because others are doing and then you realise that you are not a rider. You use your bike to reach from one place to other.
    You compare super white shirt of best known brand which may cost you 2000 plus to Sunday market Rs. 200…why…white to white hi Hota hai…kya farak padta hai.

    And dude…let’s close it…how much I’ll write.

    Understand that….

    You have to feel the thumping and feel the ride…and that’s the soul.

    I hope I have not hurt your feelings.. This is just my feedback… Take it or leave it…take care and god may help you to find your kick.
    Adios

  • Suhel Chakraborty

    First of all, the usage of abusive language at least once on each paragraph is a bit letdown for an article on a respected website like this.

    Secondly, that you mentioned that you would immediately choose a more powerful bike, even over the current bike that you apparently “admire” makes you heartless and is kindof again a letdown from you being considered an actual biker or bike lover.

    Thirdly, you said you respect others’ opinion which contradicts with the way you said “tradition bullshit”.

    Fourthly, I personally am not a HARDCORE Bullet fan. I like it a lot. I like the KTM Duke 390. I like the Pulsar. Don’t be that opinionated dude, it’s ok. Cool down. Noone is forcing you to even ride a Bullet, forget buying one.

    Fifth, whenever a new model is launched, and in this case the Thunderbird, waiting period goes up a bit. Maybe Royal Enfield doesn’t have a modern production line but somewhere down the line it is THE LONGEST PRODUCTION MOTORCYCLE TILL DATE, from 1932.

    Sixth, feelings do matter. The thump, the long history behind the Bullet, the Indian army riding the bike for ages, creating innumerable stories, that British enginering, do matter, a LOT. The emotion in humans is what there all is, and this bike touches the soul deep down. You can’t evaluate something just on numbers.

    Seventh, I dont like to be even a tad bit rude, and so I wanna just say, is riding “fast” and “over the speed limit” true biking? Then the dictionaries should make “cruising” a fictional term. And one last thing, how many accidents have you recorded on a Royal Enfield motorcycle? Compare that with the other bikes… Especially the fast ones.

    Thank you for taking time to read this.

    🙂

    • Suhel, I’m happy you think this is a “respected” website 🙂

      Motorcycles for me are a means to an end, which is travel. If I can get a better motorcycle, I’ll get it. If that makes me heartless, so be it!

      True. If you go through the website, you’ll see I contradict myself almost daily 🙂

      Hehe, yeah. Trust me this article just feels angry, it’s not like I was pulling my hair out when I wrote it!

      I don’t really care how long a bike has been in production. Bread was invented centuries ago, do you only buy the brand that has been continuously making it since?

      Feeling matters, but only till the point it doesn’t fuck up your riding experience! Calling unreliability as “character” doesn’t make it go away.

      Nopes, over the speed limit is not true biking, but it’s the safe way. Google Solomon Curve and give it a read, you’ll see what I mean.

      True, other bikes crash more often. It may be because of a number of reasons, from inexperience to showoff. If your point was that Bullets crash less often because they are so damn slow, I agree 🙂

    • Subramani

      Good one Suhel. Agree with you.

  • Akhil, if you do not want to spend a major portion of the rest of your life answering comments on this post – just delete it bro. Seriously. I think this is going nowhere.

    • Someday for sure Manu, it’s still a little fun 🙂

      • Ritesh

        Respect you man. Taking shit from so many shitty people is not easy. It’s like all people who buy DSLR’s start thinking of themselves as professional photographers, here, I can see some 5 foot 4 inch guys who are not even built to ride a bullet giving you gyaan on bikes and bike riding. Pseudo bikers most of them.

        • Haha, yeah. It’s OK man, everyone has an opinion 🙂 Thanks for the support!

      • Hi Akhil, finally someone who has a pair and is not afraid to use it. Its hard in India to take a stand and speak against RE as the fan following is too much. But who gives a fuck to them. I always fail to understand why would anyone buy a bike which is still using the same technology which was used by the their inventors? And to that they compare this piece of metal to KTM Duke 390 is so funny. What is the feel of riding if you can’t do cornering on your bike? And Akhil how could you forget the advantage of forged pistons. D390 is light years ahead of RE. Bullets doesn’t make sound they create noise. There is a difference in these two words. Bulleters proudly say that they do 80kmph, well friends D390 reaches to that speed in second gear without giving you a body massage. In the end they say don’t use logic, a bullet is a bullet. Well guys the only time logic takes a backseat is when you swing your leg to something more exotic.

        • Absolutely agreed mate! It’s just madness and stupidity, but people do what they do 🙂

  • Talk about speed… I dont think youve ridden a Bike and always been a pilloin rider being some Looser

    Khardungla Lols….For your information only Bikes which reach the worlds highes pass is Bullet I have not seen any other bike reach the hight..

    For you to see some french guy with a broken down bullet…. Dude please if you maintain a bullet your grandchildren would take it to khardungla…

    Baby stop crying about Noise….

    For the rest there is a thing about Metal and culture associated with it… which I am sure takes some experience and time for children to catch up with…

    • LOL, no other bikes reach Khardungla?

      • I dont think you can take your scooty …. there …. Lols….Next time you manage to reach khardungla do count the number of Bullets you see and every time you spot one remember me kid…

  • Peera patel

    Bro….i gotta check ur bike b4 u ride ….u need to maintain to keep it smooth , its parts….as u said abt its breaks….well…disk r damn gud…and speed …i ride it at around 100 to 110 kmph…….btw i never liked to ride any other bike ….coz its seem like bicycle after bullet taken….

  • Vijay Pandey

    This is a pathetic article seems like trying to be popular the unconventional way. Bullets are bullets don’t search for logic and apply your gauging parameters to it.
    I like bullet, and you better settle with a scooty – it has a charger too.

  • Amey Pednekar

    Well written article and I agree with most of the points made. People are bashing you because you commented on the bike only after a 50km experience. Well, I recently rode a Bullet 350 over a 700 km trip over 2 days. And I pretty much have the same opinion as yours.
    1) The bike is very slow, I could hardly cross the 80kmph mark because the bike would start vibrating violently beyond that. Even a Honda Activa reaches 90kmph without freaking you out.
    2) The bike did not have a fuel indicator. What the fuck is that! I got stuck in the middle of nowhere for 2 hrs because my bike did not indicate of low fuel by not having an indicator. And the reserve fuel these fan boys keep talking about is an utter waste. I could hardly start the bike by putting it on reserve, not just me but even 3 other local guys whom I asked for help.
    3) I know this has changed on the new REs but mine had the gear shifter to the right. Plain stupidity
    4) The bike is fucking heavy. And I read a comment below where one guy was bashing for a person not being able to lift a RE and calling him weak. Bikes are meant for riding, not body building. I want my bike to be light and nimble, not heavy that does not handle well.
    5) The ride was very hard. For long rides, you expect the bike to be comfortable, not hard. RE could have saved the effort of putting in the suspensions, because they were as good as not there
    6) The tyres are thin for such a heavy bike with a huge engine. Even a Pulsar 150 has better tyres than the Bullet 350
    7) Bad mileage. When you go for long trips, you expect the bike to give a good mileage. Mine gave me around 25kmpl whereas my friend riding on a Harley 750 got a decent 40kmpl
    8) The brakes are pathetic. I almost met an accident because the bike just wouldn’t stop even after I applied both the brakes. Finally as a last resort, I had to use both my legs in order to generate extra friction for the bike to stop.

    P.S: I am no RE hater or KTM lover. I am just a biker who wanted to enjoy a good long ride and went for the Bullet because of it’s hype. Had I known the problems in advance, would have gone for some other bike, doesn’t matter which one as long as it helps me enjoy my ride.

    • Amey, that’s exactly my point. How can somebody enjoy the ride when their own bike is bound to create trouble sooner or later?

      • Gagan

        Buy a chetak it will never give you any problem. If you buy it and never service you it will run fine. If you need average buy a splendor you will be very happy.

        Why Bullet:

        1st its a tradition and emotional value for some, hard to understand for people who’s haven’t been exposed to both.

        2nd the bike is easy to maintain and allot of things can be done at home, bullet is for those people who know and want to maintain at home. Not for people who don’t want or don’t know how to maintain.

        3rd harley and triump are also very heavy so I don’t understand the weight problem. (Solution buy a moped)

        4th The technology is improving, but if you look at the cost of 300cc or 500cc bikes they are 4 or more times costly than a bullet.

        Bullet is not for everyone and don’t try too hard to understand why people like it, because you can’t.

        I am sure given a choice between a mustang and prius, you will buy a prius.

        • Eeh not so sure about the Mustang and the Prius thingy, I don’t like either of them to be honest.

        • Amey Pednekar

          Mustang and Prius? I won’t go for either. You completely misunderstood my reason for not liking Bullet. I want a bike or a car that can handle well and if not, atleast give me a good ride. If a vehicle can’t do either, what’s the point? As far as getting your hands dirty is concerned, I don’t have problem doing it. I have built both a custom car and a two-wheeler in the past during my college days, I know how to mend a vehicle. But that doesn’t mean I buy a vehicle so I can get a lesson in ‘How to be a mechanic’. I buy it so I can enjoy my ride, be it a bike or a car. And yes Harleys are heavy, but they handle well owing to their tyres and have speed as well and I found them (atleast the one I rode) to be more comfortable than the Bullet.
          I guess you mistook me for some person who either wants only speed or mileage from a vehicle. No, I want my vehicle to to be fun, that’s it. And neither of Bullet or your Mustang and Prius are fun

    • Neeraj Sharma

      Buddy,

      Too bad you took out the old bullet. The new ones(thunderbird/classic) would have been much better for you , reading your comment. 🙂
      The mileage, handling and ride quality is better than before.

      • max

        Dude seriously comparing bullet with other bike… Man d min u get dat bike in ur hands u feel something so cool… And ppl riding it since a century, wy do u think it still survives? . one ans the legend rides on forever

        • No.

          • tarun

            Bro…. I have had re bullet 350 model 1989… It was a super fuck to maintain… With head gasket blowing off my jeans were all oil and after two months of shit realised the head of engine was bent due overheating on spark plug side. no gasket could hold it… Finally sold it for peanuts… Then had adrenos, rd 350 Lt and then with a scare bought another re 350.. Standard 1994…. Done cruising on it Delhi Chandigarh in 4 hours… Touches 120 kph with free flow air filter and rejet carb… Bike looks totally stock…. No issues with it for 12000 km… End statement is ….. Its all in the piece you get…. By the way bullets were designed as they were… Like them or leave them… I hope you cant say whose mom n dad are best in the next article…

          • Well, looks like Royal Enfield’s quality department needs to get their shit together then?

          • NITIN NITIN

            Akhil kalsh tujhe bike hi chalani aati…..

            tu scooter chala …..

          • Yes sir.

  • Pretty good honest compilation 🙂 Nice write up!

  • Dino the dog

    arre yaar… toomuch attention on this blog…. Seems like all the Tom and hairy dicks want a bullet these days just to show off…. this will be the only reason for me not to buy a bullet… :(… Bullet or RE is about the riding feel and not to show off….. just ride it dude…. and stop putting loud silencers (Mumbaikars) its pathetic… thoda beat ko control karo…. Seems like farting all the way. People know nothing about the machine its just the silencer and flashy tail lights… How many here have thought of customizing down the line… (changing silencer and Side mirror and adding a saddle bag and wearing a cramster jacket is not customization) Grow up people…. Just ride the damn machine.
    Or be a Ghost Rider. Also wait for 5 years…. i am coming out with a custom shop…. i l have hell lot of fools coming to me…. i sold my RE TBTS for financial reasons and still cribbing about why i did it. ;(…..

  • This article is like asking why do you love your woman and not mine. You cannot use logic to counter romance. Everyone marries but only a few experience love.

    Your article shows you’ve not fallen in love with your machine. A person in love hardly has any time or inclination to show down someone else.

    Pardon me but I smell jealousy.. Not of not owning a RE but of not falling in love..

  • Eeshan

    Mr. Akhil Firstly No hard feelings.

    1. Bullets are fucking slow: I got a Thunderbird 350 and i recorded a speed of 124 kmph. Now you should guess what a 500 can go to.

    2. Royal Enfields are unreliable: No problem from last 6 months. People driving over 1 or 2 years never complain any issue.

    3. Bullets are noisy – and the bad kind of noisy: My bike got a normal sound. Even the females are very comfortable with the noise it makes. Noise it makes is equivalent to any other sports bike.

    4. Bullets have really bad brakes: i got Disk brakes on both Rear and front wheels. Front- 280 mm
    Rear-240 mm 2-Piston caliper. Equal to a Duke.

    5. Bullets give shitty mileage: My Thunderbird gives 40kmpl in city and around 48 on Highways. Talking about classics or Bullets being lighter in weight gives somewhat more than a thunderbird.

    6.Bullets are unnecessarily heavy: Weights make it stuck to the road for a great cruising experience.
    If you know what a cruiser bike is then you might know that Cruisers are heavy.

    7. Bullets have spoked wheels: Alloys do tend to bend easier than steels under road impacts, and have a tendency to crack if bent too far. Steel wheels are significantly stronger than alloy wheels.It takes greater force to bend steel wheels, and it is almost impossible to crack them and the Chrome look it provide is called the beauty.

    8: Bullets have a fucking long waiting period: Yes it does. Coz great things requires time to get life.

    PS: Dude, Grow up. You need to know far more about the biking world. Your article says that you are a total beginner, a kid who know only speed. Pal, there are things more valuable than speed.
    Know them first, also try to figure out what CRUISING is then say what you want.

    Thank You 🙂

    • Welcome!

    • I can sense that most of your points listed above are a blatant lie. I have divine powers 😀

    • sid

      1) Top speed of 124???? Thats 5th gear cruising on 8k rpm on my bike with more punch left in 5th gear and 6th gear yet to come…..lol top speed of 124 (when was 124 declared as a benchamrk!!)

      2) Hmmm not sure how to react to reliability part, i own RC 390, its been 1 month , its down 5000+ kms of high speed touring, without any issues, if my “sportsbike” can do it, i guess a cruiser being reliable is not a brownie point.

      3) LOL, LMFAO, ROFL – T-bird sound is equivalent to a sportsbike??? Which sportsbike???? RU joking or is it ur sarcasm….lmfao

      4) KTM has ABS, to further elaborate , even when i am 140+ and i leave the throttle, the engine deceleration is impressive and even if i stand on my brakes, my ABS saves me from any drama of squealing. U hit ur bdiscs at its top speed of 124kph and let me know if ur tyres done skid, or did RE come up with a secret technology replacing ABS?

      5) Mileage??? who rides for that???

      6) Stuck to the road because of weight??? I am sure you dont know aerodynamic and downforce and intermediate tyres, since u r still in 1920’s i say way to go with the weights :p

      7)Alloys get damaged???? Hmm probably yes, but when buy a bike worth 2 lacs+ i guess we are smart enough to save for maintaining the bike properly.

      8) RC390 delivered in 2 months and trust me its more beautiful, more advanced and has more soul than a machine which is bought by poser bikers of nowadays…have fun at the republic day ride when you cause traffic jams and impress people with “sportsbike” exhaust notes :p

      PS: i am beginner as well :p , RC 390 is my first bike and i cruise at 100+ comfortably, what u call cruising is making a deal with urself that “its ok , i am on cruiser :p”

    • Abhijith A