Anyone out there do any touring on an Enfield, especially outside of India?
I have a 1995 Deluxe 500 that I bought last May used (I also have a Suzuki 650). When I bought my 500 it had only 3800 KM on it despite being 4 years old. I had to do a little clean-up (replacing plug, oils, filters, etc.) Last year I put about 3100 KM (2000 miles) on it; mostly short trips around town, but I did do a few day-trips on it as far away as a campground about 200 miles north of here.
I've found it to be reasonably reliable, but you should still be the sort of person who likes to get his hands dirty. If you are the kind of person who enjoys working on old cars or you can fix your gas lawnmower when it has a minor problem, then the Bullet is for you. If you're the kind of person who
takes your Honda into the shop for an oil change then it's definitely not the motorcycle for you.
I usually spend a few minutes checking my motorcycle out at the end of every ride. I find that occasionally I have to tighten a bolt or adjust a cable, nothing major. Once every few hundred miles or after a long ride I give the bike a thorough once-over, checking the valve tappets, checking the oil
levels, tires, cables, etc. The most expensive part I've had to buy so far
is an air filter for about $15 plus shipping.
I'm taking 4 weeks vacation starting on April 21 through May 22. I was thinking of taking my Suzuki 650, but the idea of instead taking the Enfield 500 is appealing.
I've gone looking around on the internet to find info on any road trips folks may have done here in North America. All I've found is a report at http://www.route66.com/
Bruce Clarke --- 2011 Kawasaki Ninja 250R (black)