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Friday, June 25, 2010

Some Royal Enfields for sale are bargains

This blog lists Royal Enfield motorcycles for sale in the United States. Naturally, some sellers ask too much money for motorcycles you could buy in better condition for less money from someone else.

But the opposite is often true, and perhaps it's peculiar to Royal Enfield motorcycles. Some sellers just don't want you to buy their Royal Enfield motorcycle if you won't love it as they have, flaws and all.

Here's one ad, from a seller who is asking half what others do, for what looks like a nice Royal Enfield:

"Up for sale is my first bike. It has been an awesome one but now I want something bigger. It runs and drives, shifting is sloppy; it leaks a little oil and needs a paint job. It's a single cylinder 500cc four-speed, it only has 6,500 miles on it and is a BLAST to ride.

"Please don't even bother me if you are looking for something reliable. THIS IS NOT A RELIABLE BIKE.

"It needs constant tinkering; not heavy duty stuff, just basic everyday maintenance and paying attention to potential problems — more than most bikes. but other than that, it has been a good bike to me and I rode it the tail end of last season on into this one and ride it at least three times a week to work and back, 30 miles round-trip.

"Plus, it's a head turner."

In other words, it's a Royal Enfield: you can rely on it if it can rely on you to take care of it. It has quirks, but it looks like nothing else on the road. And the price is, usually, a bargain.

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