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    Royal Enfield Interceptor

    Due for release in Feb,
    $10 500 + ORC

    https://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Lis...c72d764068f19d

    No real reviews as of yet as all the ones on the net are from Junkets and India, where anything with more than 30 BHP would get rave reviews.

    My fussy Engineer mate had a good look at them at the bike show and was very positive, apparently lots of pre orders.

    I like the red/black one.

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    Indesium though? not sure about the price, PR demos look nice though whats wrong with the Kawasaki W800

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    Must say that it does look nice. The attached photo is one I took in 1994 at a classic bike rally just outside New Plymouth. A pair of very nice original Connies. Head and barrel shape are pretty similar.
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    Looks better in the pics than real life, I thought it looked quite bulky, I'd rather have a Himalayan
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    Here ya go - been reading about them this week.

    https://www.cycleworld.com/2019-roya...650-first-ride

    I get a e-mail from Ducati every now and then (makes me feel like part of the Desmo family, good marketing) - very recently they were all excited over producing over 55,000 motorcycles in the past twelve months.

    So the text below about RE stunned me.
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    Over Priced in NZ ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Voltaire View Post
    Due for release in Feb,
    $10 500 + ORC

    https://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Lis...c72d764068f19d

    No real reviews as of yet as all the ones on the net are from Junkets and India, where anything with more than 30 BHP would get rave reviews.

    My fussy Engineer mate had a good look at them at the bike show and was very positive, apparently lots of pre orders.

    I like the red/black one.

    They're more than a bit over priced in NZ, they're only around $5500 NZD in India, shipping would be minimal. Someone is making a killing....
    Regards Kevin

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    Its the price leader in that segment for sure. Triumph Street Twin is half as much again, Yamaha SR400 is cheaper but soooooo slooooooow.

    For $10500 why not buy an actual old bike for the full experience?
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    Quote Originally Posted by HenryDorsetCase View Post
    Its the price leader in that segment for sure. Triumph Street Twin is half as much again, Yamaha SR400 is cheaper but soooooo slooooooow.

    For $10500 why not buy an actual old bike for the full experience?
    Does that mean stripping/reassembling worn out carbs, setting up points ignition, poor brakes and suspension?

    I've got an unrestored 35 year old BMW thats up for it any time, the British and Italian stuff not so much.

    I'd be keen on a ride of the RE, but if its as boring as the 900cc Triumph Thruxton would rather just ride the ol BMW.
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    Price - USD $6000 - 6500 depending on the model.

    With the current exchange rate that's $8,800 to just under $10k NZD so the price is about right in NZ.

    It would have been smarter to market them at $9,999. Really smart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Voltaire View Post
    Does that mean stripping/reassembling worn out carbs, setting up points ignition, poor brakes and suspension?
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    you'll still get that with a brand new royal enfield + the steel and welds will be poooooooooor

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    “For $10500 why not buy an actual old bike for the full experience?”

    ...well you won’t get a decent RE Interceptor for that money in NZ but you can get a decent BSA or Triumph 650. Plus cheap rego, cheap parts and a mechanical learning experience.

    I like the look but RE have missed the boat for retro bikes. Triumph did it well. Mahindra/BSA yet to show promise

    The Himalayan is an interesting beast. Entry level adventure bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Voltaire View Post
    Does that mean stripping/reassembling worn out carbs, setting up points ignition, poor brakes and suspension?

    I've got an unrestored 35 year old BMW thats up for it any time, the British and Italian stuff not so much.

    I'd be keen on a ride of the RE, but if its as boring as the 900cc Triumph Thruxton would rather just ride the ol BMW.
    It's probably even more boring.

    I could be persuaded to trade in the R1 on a Speed Triple. But not a RE or Triumph twin.

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    Well the Motorcycle trader review was pretty positive, and, I have to admit I LOVE the 650 Conti's look. I think they will be a lot better for build quality than people are expecting.
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    One of the first ride videos.
    Probably fells like when the Z1 Kawasaki arrived on the scene.
    Some pretty keen riding on the motorway.

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    Motorway fun in India!

    Later in the video they zoom in on the engine and the castings look very good.

    Bet these start appearing on Pipeburn and Bikeexif and the likes modified - cheap to buy and a easy canvas to modify.

    Triumph must have had wind of it so pulled out the 1200 engines otherwise they would have had some serious competition.

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