Friday, June 14, 2024

A Royal Enfield with everything on it

Royal Enfield advertised for sale.
Royal Enfield advertised for sale with 35 accessories.

 What's better than a baked potato? A LOADED baked potato. 

Many of the used Royal Enfield motorcycles listed for sale on this blog come with valuable accessories added by previous owners. Some of these Royal Enfields are truly exceptional. 

Here's an example: A 2020 Royal Enfield INT 650 advertised in Maryland. 

The seller lists 35 separate accessories and improvements added to the motorcycle. 

Royal Enfield features a fairing.
Fairing is most noticeable accessory added. 

Of course, his ad says, you'll get the original parts that were replaced, in case you want to change back. 

And then the seller says he will throw in a Royal Enfield leather jacket with armor, a Royal Enfield hat, and even a Royal Enfield beer koozie. 

The attention this Royal Enfield got is amazing. Its shiny fenders are alloy, replacing the original plastic versions. 

The side covers are labelled "Interceptor," as they are everywhere in the world except the U.S

Accessory tank tie-down strap.
Accessory tie-down strap looks good.

Interceptor is the evocative Royal Enfield model name from the swinging sixties. Unfortunately, in the U.S., the side covers carry the "INT 650" designation. It's a copyright work-around because Honda owns the Interceptor name here. 

There's a luggage rack, luggage side boxes, and a Corbin seat.

The tires are next to new, the ad says.

All in all, the asking price listed strikes me as a real bargain.

BUT.

Royal Enfield leather jacket.
Royal Enfield leather jacket is nice to have.

I have no connection to the sale; I don't know the seller; I can not vouch for the claims in the advertisement. The motorcycle may have been sold since this blog item was written.

NOTE: You can not see the motorcycles listed for sale on the mobile version of this blog. Sorry.

I only list Royal Enfields for sale that I find interesting or in some way unusual.

I might list a motorcycle because I'd want to buy it or because I'm horrified by the prospect of owning it. Either could be true and I'll bet that in most instances you can guess which way it goes.

This ad struck me as showing a special Royal Enfield that I would personally like to own.

Parts removed from Royal Enfield for sale.
A nice touch: ad shows the parts removed from the bike.

Friday, June 7, 2024

Fighting a bad motorcycling habit

 This is an article about motorcycling but first let me ask a question about driving a car. 

Motorcyclists, when you are driving a car, do you check out the rear window when backing up, or do you just look at the dashboard rear-vision camera? 

Be honest. 

I ask this because I have noticed myself developing a new bad habit. Rather than twist my neck and body to look out past the headrests, and through the tinted rear window, I have begun relying on the car's back-up camera. 

Oh, I make a guilty half-glance toward the back before going into reverse; but I can't pretend that's adequate. 

This new bad habit is going to be a hard one to break. I know, because I have a different bad habit when motorcycling that I can't seem to break. 

Here it is: When I give one of my rear-view mirrors a routine check while riding, I automatically then immediately shift my vision to check the other rear-view mirror.

Doesn't sound so bad, right?

But consider this: I realize that I am not checking the view forward between glances in the mirrors.

Looking where you are going is generally going to be more important than looking at what may or may not be catching up to you.

I've never seen this addressed in any safety lecture or material.

I suppose I ought to be looking forward immediately after looking anywhere else.

Even if I am looking in one mirror while considering shifting lanes (I'll have to turn my head then, too) it is unlikely that I would be thinking of changing lanes both left and right. It's one or the other. So why do I look at both?

The additional effort in pausing to look forward is minute. It would call for me to refocus my eyeballs from the very close mirrors to look far up the road. Is that asking too much?

Seemingly so. I can't seem to break this habit, although I try.

In context, relying heavily on the automobile back-up camera for backing is somewhat justified. The camera is very good.

It's apparent that auto manufacturers have sacrificed the view out the back window to styling, streamlining, comfier seatbacks and window tinting.

Besides, they know we are too lazy to twist around.

Motorcycling, at least on a vintage motorcycle, still requires plain old eyeballs.

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