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Old 06-21-10, 10:07 AM   #1
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Know anything about the Royal Enfield Compact w/ Sturmey Archer 3 speed?

Looking at a folding bike, just because it looks awesome for a cruiser. I'd probably never/rarely use the folding functionality.

http://capecod.craigslist.org/bik/1796318860.html



Whatcha think? Good on price?
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Old 06-21-10, 03:43 PM   #2
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$100 bucks for a folder? Yay!

Royal Enfield as you prolly know were an ageing Brit motorcycle builder. They now make motos in India and ship them to Blighty. The orignal Royal Enfields were said to be heavy on lube useage and drips, and were nicknamed 'Royal Oilfields'.

Who knows what the cute blue bikes are?
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As a once proud owner of a Royal Enfield 250 cc Crusader Sports i must protest, the only person known to have refered to the marque as Royal Oilfield is one Snafu21. I doubt there is anything about these bikes that is actually Enfield, even the signwriting is wrong, i would guess they are bought in and rebadged, by someone or other. The last real Royal Enfield bicycle was the Revelation, there is a board memebr in USA has two of them if i recall correctly, and our own Sammyboy scored one on ebay a while back.

I think also, the Indian company still making variations on the Bullet motorcycle is only able to badge them as Enfield, they are not able to use the Royal prefix.
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mmmm. Royal Oilfields.

"My beautiful smelling little Enfield was running but!!! I could not keep the oil in it, living up to the nickname Royal Oilfield, "

Dry sump lubrication. Ugh.

Thanks heavens I lost my motorbike fetish in 1999. I loved the smell of 'Castrol R' in the morning.

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mmmm. Royal Oilfields.

"My beautiful smelling little Enfield was running but!!! I could not keep the oil in it, living up to the nickname Royal Oilfield, "

Dry sump lubrication. Ugh.

Thanks heavens I lost my motorbike fetish in 1999. I loved the smell of 'Castrol R' in the morning.
So you would pass up a ride on my Kawasaki ZR7?
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... I doubt there is anything about these bikes that is actually Enfield, even the signwriting is wrong, i would guess they are bought in and rebadged, by someone or other. ...
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The bikes are a variant of the "U-frame folder" of the 70's - 80's. Typically made in Italy or Eastern Europe, they can have unusual tire sizes, and are not great bikes even when in good condition. The frames are flexy and the hinge mechanism can be very problematic. Of course they are not all the same, and some must be better than others, and I don't know anything specific about these. Still... I'd steer clear.
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So you would pass up a ride on my Kawasaki ZR7?

Far too slow.


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Far too slow.
Yeah, I suppose 180 is slow on a non sports bike, just have to open it right out to see how fast it will go........
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...... I gave up on motorbikes, they cause aching wrists, and a swollen head.

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I gave up on motorbikes, they cause aching wrists, and a swollen head.
That statement is about as true as the saying, "Everybody who rides a folding bike is a FRED"
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Yeah: But my statement was funnier than yours.

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Yeah: But my statement was funnier than yours.
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