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Enfields against the world.

Well I love Enfields, and considering swapping my BMW for an Enfield for the rest of my RTW. I think the mechanical reasons are a weak argument and as for riding a small Jap bike, I'd sooner ride a push bike ! I rode an Enfield all thru Nepal over very rough terrain and it was absolutely fantastic. I was so taken by the bike I bought one in India and is currently on a ship heading to Australia. As for the pros & cons of Enfields It depends on what experience you are after as they are chalk & cheese, and to be honest someone who is attracted to a classic bike like an Enfield would never opt for a little Jap bike, as someone who likes the small cc's will hardly be comfortable throwing there leg over an Enfield. But these personal views to me seemed to be put accross in the guise of mechanical malfunctions, preemptive to the actual start of an adventure !!!
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People renting bikes in Delhi are small time operators and they are all there to fleece the tourists.

EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THEM. The more of a noob you look like, the more they will fleece you.

Indians in general are not familiar with the concept of Business Ethics and this goes double and triple for the tourist industries.

Ultimately, you should've done at least some searching on motorcycles and India. There's tons of information on it so it's hard to feel bad for you. I still feel bad for you though...

The new Enfields that costs $4000-5000 are good, but the old junk is, well, old junk. If you're broke and don't mind getting stuck every so often, it's fine. I've seen plenty of people stranded on their Enfields and for a couple of them it was the end of their trip.

For the money, I recommend people get Pulsar 220. Best price/performance.
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