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Royal Enfield Electra EFI ?

Hi, does anyone have any experience with the Royal Enfield electra EFI ? Things I would like to know are how are they reliability wise, fuel economy etc, I have seen 70-80mpg quoted by RE.
The bike i am talking about is the Left hand gearchange unit construction, fuel injected models.
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my RE did 90+ mpg. but that was a carb version. and, assuming EFI is more efficient...

Morden? is that London-ish? Reg Allen is in Northfields, near Chiswick/Ealing. That's not too far, and he's a long time Triumph/Enfield dealer. Close to the Ace too, so you can get a double egg sarnie!
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my RE did 90+ mpg. but that was a carb version. and, assuming EFI is more efficient...

Morden? is that London-ish? Reg Allen is in Northfields, near Chiswick/Ealing. That's not too far, and he's a long time Triumph/Enfield dealer. Close to the Ace too, so you can get a double egg sarnie!
Hi DougieB, Yes Morden is South London, I believe there are a few dealers closer than Reg Allen but I prefer to get the opinions of past and present owners of bikes I am interested in as they seem to be more 'honest'!
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There is a write up by an owner in this months 'classic bikes'. Includes a totally uneventful trip from London to Cornwall and back. Think was doing around 90mpg. Sadly the Indians see this bike as thirsty,, when compared to the little hero honda they make.
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Reg Allen is a miserable git, but he is pretty honest.

if you take someone (like me) who owned one and had zero problems, is that better than a decent dealer, or what they will tell you ?

I took my RE down to Kenya (from Reg Allen's place in London) and had no problems at all. it wasn't an EFI, but I'd have no hesitation in getting a new one, if it was the kind of bike I was after.
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My neighbour has an 04 Bullet 500 carb with 4000 miles and he's had it from new and it runs OK.
It does blow a bit of oil around the engine, and it smokes a bit after a long run.
He did have a problem with the points, and the crappy little nuts holding the cover & timing plate stripped out! You can buy replacement bits with a slightly larger thread, so its an inherent problem.
Overall finish is about 6/10 even if you keep it cleaned well. He is a trained mechanic (last 35 yrs) and has had bikes all his life.
I had a little go on it once and its a sweet little bike, pretty crude & gutless, but fun for a bimble about. And YES, I have a 1970 650 Trumpet and have owned a few Brit bikes to compare with.
But I'd never consider paying £4k for a new one, better to pick up a low mileage 2nd hand one for £1500 if you really must have one
Only my humble opinion - two pence worth.
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Yes that £4k price tag is a little hard to swallow,
At the moment I am in a 'warranty claim war' with Yamaha UK
And the Enfield was ticking all the boxes with the price being main concern at present, Am just hoping I can get to speak directly with someone who as put some miles under the wheels of one.
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Yes that £4k price tag is a little hard to swallow,
At the moment I am in a 'warranty claim war' with Yamaha UK
And the Enfield was ticking all the boxes with the price being main concern at present, Am just hoping I can get to speak directly with someone who as put some miles under the wheels of one.
My 2005 electra is not the same model as you are asking about, but I have been really pleased with mine. Many big smiles after virtually every ride. I deliberately bought a pre unit one because I wanted to convert it to RH gearshift. Oddly whilst waiting to fit the conversion I got along grand with it LH shift. Something I could never do with my BMW. There was more at odds with me and The BMW than I realised.
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I deliberately bought a pre unit one because I wanted to convert it to RH gearshift. Oddly whilst waiting to fit the conversion I got along grand with it LH shift. Something I could never do with my BMW. There was more at odds with me and The BMW than I realised.
Must admit, I got to grips with my 1970 Trumpet - r/h gear shift - quite quickly. Luckily it's up for up, unlike Beeza's :confused1:

The fact that its such a different bike to me Jap bikes, helps my brain carry out the transition from bike to bike quite easily Also the fact that gear shifts have to be taken rather "steadily", give that extra bit of thinking time.
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Must admit, I got to grips with my 1970 Trumpet - r/h gear shift - quite quickly. Luckily it's up for up, unlike Beeza's :confused1:

The fact that its such a different bike to me Jap bikes, helps my brain carry out the transition from bike to bike quite easily Also the fact that gear shifts have to be taken rather "steadily", give that extra bit of thinking time.
After five years and travelling over a fair bit of western Europe I dont think I ever had a ride on the BMW without going wrong. I can't remember when I last went wrong on the RH shift Enfield. Maybe in the first 3/4 weeks.
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efi enfield

rode one of the efi enfields. Motor same as the old ones re vibration etc.
the fueling was pretty snatchy and awful especially at low speeds. settled down a bit the more the throttle was opened tho.
however as with all new models - don't buy the first variant, give it a while for the bugs to be sorted!
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I find all fuel injected bikes [ the ones that I have ridden anyway ] to be snatchy at low rpm , I much prefer carburetted bikes .

I don't suppose it will be very long before some enterprising individual brings out a Mikuni or Amal carb conversion for the unit Bullet .

I'd just buy a good old model one and stick a bigger bore carb and free flow exhaust on it ,spend a quarter of the cash and have fun .
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Dave, we actually have a fuel-injected Bullet (G5) with the magazine as a long-term review vehicle. I'm still breaking it in, but so far it runs very well and is a treat to ride on mild to moderate dirt roads. I'll be taking it on some longer trips soon.

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I have the Electra carb model ('07), and have ridden the efi, I wanted to see the difference. It isn't enough to justify the extra wodge in my opinion, unless you buy second hand..

The Electra does have one big problem if you are thinking of venturing off road - the rear brake lever is very low slung and gets bashed to hell. The good news is you can bend it back in shape without heat. This is not an issue on the efi.
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I have the Electra carb model ('07), and have ridden the efi, I wanted to see the difference. It isn't enough to justify the extra wodge in my opinion, unless you buy second hand..

The Electra does have one big problem if you are thinking of venturing off road - the rear brake lever is very low slung and gets bashed to hell. The good news is you can bend it back in shape without heat. This is not an issue on the efi.
Not a problem at all if you re convert it back to having the levers where they should be

ie gearshift on the right and brake lever on the left. The mounting point is there ready to go and already threaded and higher so you wont have any problems with clearance.
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