Posted 27 August 2006 - 09:33 AM
I just sold my Enfield and bought a Ural. The main reason was that I wanted a sidecar and I didn't have the negotiating skills to manage two bikes. Also, to fit a sidecar to the Bullet was going to cost me almost as much as the Night Sentry that I bought.
When I got my Bullet from its first owner ('99 500, kick start only, 11,000 miles) it was in beautiful shape but dead stock mechanically. He said that he'd left it that way on purpose because, in reading the Bullet news groups, it seemed that people induced their own mechanical troubles by trying to add peroformace options.
I think he was right. In the two years that I owned it, my only problems were a battery (it came with the original) and some parts coming off because I neglected to keep an eye on their tightness (the manuals keep telling you this but I sort of read over that part ... never anyting serious). I also kept it on a battery tender. It never failed to start 1st or 2nd kick and got a consistent 70 mpg.
I made the mistake of fitting a solo seat because it looked pretty cool. I'm not your typical Indian or British rider, and it made the bike too small. So, I put the dual seat back on.
The point here is that, like Urals I suppose, Bullets are NOT garbage. They're just an older technology and require that you appreciate their 'eccentricities.'
Besides, I've got the BMW when I don't want to do too much wrenching. :D
Rod in Tucson
'00 Ural Night Sentry
'04 BMW R1200C
Mit freundlichen Grüßen/Best regards
Rod in Tucson
'06 Harley XL1200R - "Abby"
"How great life is if you just accept the small gifts and don't waste time on wishes."- Clinton "Bubba" Hare, Airheads Beemer Club
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