Royal Enfield is India’s oldest motorcycle manufacturer. The legacy and rich history of the Royal Enfield brand gives it a cult fan following. However, cults also mean big myths. Here are 10 popular myths about the Royal Enfield motorcycles in India.
Best long distance tourer
Royal Enfield motorcycles have built a reputation of being long distance mile-munchers but there are products in the market that are far more refined and much more comfortable to ride. The Royal Enfield motorcycles are not the best motorcycles for touring. The vibrations give from the motorcycle makes you uncomfortable over long distances and gives you body aches.
Royal Enfield motorcycles are high on maintenance. However, they are not unreliable products. They just need to be taken care of in the best way. If you take care of the Royal Enfields regularly and do preventive maintenance, they will not die on you. It is true that the maintenance cost of the Royal Enfield motorcycles is higher than the Japanese cousins but the Enfields do have great road presence and aura to compensate.
No replacement for displacement
This is one of the biggest myths related to Royal Enfields. Their smallest engine is of 346 cc, which is a big number for other motorcycles. Why? Because other motorcycle engines are much more efficient and perform better than high-capacity Royal Enfield motorcycles. Royal Enfield motorcycles can go fast but only to a certain limit.
They are very limited performers when it comes to power and speed. The 346 cc Royal Enfield Bullet is only as fast as a 150 cc premium commuter motorcycle.Royal Enfield motorcycles can go fast but only to a certain limit. They are very limited performers when it comes to power and speed. The 346 cc Royal Enfield Bullet is only as fast as a 150 cc premium commuter motorcycle.
Have to travel with your garage
Modern day Royal Enfields have become much more advanced than the predecessors. Unlike previous generation motorcycles, the new breed of Royal Enfields is powered by modern UCE engine that has hydraulic tappets among many other newer things. Such new things cannot be fixed on the road no matter how many tools you’re carrying with you. The new Enfields have to be taken back in the garage if the engine fails, unlike the older engines that could be fixed on the road if you have the mechanical knowledge.
New Royal Enfields are modern
The latest launch from Royal Enfield, the Himalayan may get you to think that the newer Royal Enfields are much more modern because of the gizmos and the design it comes with. In reality, Royal Enfield is still stuck in the previous era of technology.
Even though all their models are quite expensive, none of them come with much needed ABS even as an optional equipment. Royal Enfield sure introduced fuel injection in their motorcycles but the system feels incomplete without the oxygen sensor.
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