Poor availability of spares, poor quality spares, and a couldn't care less attitude about the same still exist unchanged as far as the 220 cc Hero Honda is concerned. In this respect they are just as bad as RE's offerings (not worse, though, try getting a new block for a 500!).
However, the new bikes can be expected to run without ANY problem for 15 - 20000 km, after which the cam tensioner fails, followed by the clutch plates. Compare this with the RE flagship here, the LB500 with ES.
Royal Enfield Machismo 500 review - India Travel Forum, BCMTouring.com
This is not an issue on the rather underpowered 350 though.
Unfortunately this is just one of my limited experiences with the marque, reading third party accounts, all of whom might be liars, you never know
I have also personally seen new bullets, er, show "character" immediately on rolling out of the showroom (you know where to find that post, don't you
), though it is entirely possible that the rider was kicking endlessly (and sweating buckets) to misguide me, lest I envy his new steed. Under the circs, you'll forgive me if I don't actually spend MY money to further increase my admittedly limited experience with this bike, with first hand experience gained somewhere remote and desolate.
Plus, as you have an excellent memory
and lucidly remember who has posted what, and when, you may also remember
in response to your post. I remember saying something about NEW
Karizmas which I have repeated here.
PS: My Karizma has done 128000km till date in 4 yrs so at least I have some experience of that :P