“Royal Enfields are a royalty on the Indian roads”, such will be the words of the enthusiasts of the bike. It is a fact that the Royal Enfield has a strong fan following in the country. In the years that it has graced the Indian roads the bike has carved a niche for itself. And the bike has spent years on the Indian roads, it practically has seniority over all the other bikes in the country. This makes the Royal Enfield the granddaddy of all bikes in India.
But the bike industry has, in the time in question, evolved itself. It has evolved to accommodate the growing needs of the consumers. Nowadays there are specific segments of bikes addressing the specific needs of the consumers. We see bikes that are segment oriented and driven by practicality. While Royal Enfield still remains close to one’s heart, it still has a lot to do to keep up with the changing times. Below are ten reasons that stop a consumer from booking a Royal Enfield.
- The Royal Enfield bikes are built on simple mechanical principles. The bikes may require frequent visits to a mechanic for common problems. All Bullets additionally come factory fitted with universal problems like engine or gearbox oil leaks and electrical problems like indicator malfunctions. While the passionate consider it a part of the routine of owning a bullet, most others don’t share the same sentiment.
- The bikes will vibrate a lot, this is especially uncomfortable on high speeds. This is a classic case of personal tastes, for it is this thump in the bike that is valued by Bullet lovers. Over the speed of 80km/hr, it is very hard to see anything in the rear view mirror. They also weigh on the heavier side, making them hard to maneuver through traffic or busy streets.
- The Bullet is not bought with mileage in mind. As the bike industry in India evolved, specialist bikes for mileage have appeared. These bikes are for daily commute and to work your way around traffic. A Bullet can never be compared to these lightweight bikes for they are not in the same league. Be prepared for a mileage of around 35 kmpl to 45 kmpl when you buy the bike.
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- The bike comes with its own service issues. The brand’s after sales service too is not a pleasing sight and has not earned much appreciation. The outside mechanics that touch a Bullet need to be specialists and there aren’t that many of them around. The bike is prone to breakdowns and needs a specialist’s hand every time it stops its thumping.
- The bike comes with a long waiting period. There have been instances of the waiting period going beyond six months. This is a true test of the patience of a consumer. And the finished product that is delivered does lack the finishing when compared to other bikes. The company has made attempts to address this issue. But since the assembly is done by hand, the problem does not look like it will be solved anytime soon.
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- The rear of the bike is not a disc brake, but an outdated drum brake. This difference could be the difference between life and death. This is especially true on the highways, the roads that see the most of the Bullet’s use. The poor braking of a Royal Enfield Bullet has been a problem that has persisted through the generations but has been left unaddressed.
- The Bullet lacks the gizmos like tachometer, trip meter, fuel gauge or even the essential tubeless tires. A Bullet is more appropriatelysuited for grand touring or cruising purposes. With the lack of these essential gadgets on the instrument panel, a small breakdown on the highway between cities can break your back.
- The bike tends to rust faster owing to its all metal construction. The handcrafted finish of the bike, more than often leaves one wanting. These metal components contribute in increasing the weight of the bike. And at around 200kgs, the bike’s weight becomes more of a hindrance than a comfort, especially in traffic.
- The royalty of Indian roads comes with a hefty price tag. Well, if the poor after sales service, the lack of specialist mechanics and low mileage was not bad enough, the bike also comes with a high maintenance cost. The parts of the bike are not that easily available, and like the bike come after a long wait.
- The last but definitely not the least of the reasons is that the bike has become a relic. There are other moderately priced, technologically advanced options available in the market today. Try the Bajaj Dominar or even if it is costlier, try the Mahindra Mojo, these are the bikes of today and of today’s times.
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