Couple of days back, I went to the Royal Enfield Brand showroom in Adyar.
The Sales Guy was really a nice guy. He offered me the Test drive of both 350STD & Electra.
My observations on the test drive are as follows.
First I tried The Electra.
The ES was not working. He said, the battery went out of charge. so i had no other go but to Kick Start it. But it was so soft. In a second kick the Engine Came to life. The engine was little noisy. Its definitely not the beat of the bullet. but some clattering noise. The Gears are like universal Type. One down four up. The clutch was a bit hard. (I think its because its the test drive vehicle and driven more then 9000Kms by various users)
The Pickup was Excellent. But i felt the vibrations are a little higher then the Machismo of my friend's. I rode the bike for almost 2Kms. The handling was not so heavy. It felt like the normal street bike only with a slightly heavy steering in the slow speeds.
Who said the bullet is not a fast bike? It reached a good speed(80Kmph) in no time. it may reach a speed of 120-140Kmph easily.
Then comes my favorite. The bullet 350 std. It seams a little heavy then electra. But actually electra is 183Kgs & Std is 180 Kg only.
In the Std 350, the Engine sound was less. Beat was like RHYTHM. Dhad Dhad Dhad....
The pickup was equally good in the Std 350. Rest of the the things are same as the Electra.
Electra has the Disc Brake. it offers a good stopping range.
But never the less the Drum brakes are equally good. so i think i can live with out the disc Brake in my new ride.
I asked about the ES fitting in the Std 350. He said, It can be done but not in the ASS
. I knew lot of bullet Experts. One shop is very next to our apartment building.
So fitting a ES in the Std350 is not a big deal at all for me now. & i have a lot of energy left in my Body to Kick Start Since i'm just 29yrs.
But considering the cost Hear comes the big hit. 99964 for Std350 & 113654 for the Electra.
This makes me think for the second option of going foe my friend's Machismo. less then half the Price. no big hole in the pocket. i can buy it outright. no EMI hassle.
I need advice from bullet gurus.