Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Should I buy a Royal Enfield? Here's Jay Leno's answer

Royal Enfield's new motorcycles left Jay Leno "a lot more impressed than I thought I was going to be." Leno takes a G5 Deluxe for a spin on this week's edition of Jay Leno's Garage.

Leno, host of the "Tonight Show" and probably America's best known car nut, compliments the bike for lack of vibration, no "false neutrals" in the five-speed transmission, all-metal construction, classic looks and outstanding gasoline mileage.

He notes that you "won't be the fastest thing on the road" if you buy one, but he takes the Royal Enfield on a California expressway with no apparent problem.

Leno calls on Royal Enfield USA President Kevin Mahoney to answer questions about price points for different models, and enthuses about the availability of sidecars.

His program is probably the new American standard for answering the question "what is a Royal Enfield?"

And, yes, Leno bought one for himself.


  1. I was hoping for a little more about why Jay chose the G5 over the C5. I haven't ridden one yet but I've read that the G5 is a bit more stable at freeway speeds.

    What I like best about the video is the quality of the sound recording, you can really hear that classic British thumper sound.

  2. I agree, the sound quality is great. As a wanna-be Enfield owner this is was a great piece to watch to really get my head around the bike as a whole. The nearest dealer to me is a little far to just go and browse one Saturday afternoon so "seeing" one in action was great.


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