Royal Enfield is a motorcycle cult for sure. Bullet has got a huge fanbase in India and you can easily spot one or more fanboys riding a Bullet in the city traffic too! True, it doesn’t deliver a fuel efficiency that you can really expect from a 2-wheeler but who cares! Riding a Bullet is pride in itself for all the bullet owners that they avoid many things, efficiency being on top of them! Apart from the people who ride it, there are others who don’t! All the Royal Enfield owners have heard people say many things. Here are 10 Royal Enfield stereotypes that every owner can easily relate to!
The old Bullets were better
When someone says “Older Bullets were better’ the next time, make sure you ask them about how old they are talking about! It was in 1901 that the first-ever Royal Enfield motorcycle was produced in London. RE arrived in India around 1955. I am sure, the bikes are now more advanced in terms of performance. Those who think older Bullets were better might not have tried the new ones! Although old is gold, the new RE Bullets are still ruling the biker-world!
Bullet and Reliability
Another one among the common Royal Enfield Stereotypes is that these bikes are not reliable! Well, talking about reliability, every machine is reliable if you use it properly. Most of the RE owners would say that some of the parts don’t last that long but once you are in the ecosystem, you will know your bike very well. You know about each and every part and its performance. Therefore, being an owner, you can easily get it fixed or get it serviced timely before it lands you into bigger trouble!
Kitna Deti Hai? (Whats the mileage?)
“Kitna Deti Hai?” A question that is asked by almost each and every Indian before buying their new vehicle. Maruti Suzuki delivers the best efficiency among the cars but lacks on various other aspects. Similarly, if you own a Bullet, you may not care about the fuel because that feeling of owning one is great within itself. For all those who still want to know ” Kitna Deti Hai?”, an RE Classic can deliver 30-35kmpl which is almost half of what a Hero Splendor would do!
Have you ever been to Ladakh/Spiti?
I am sure every single Bullet owner has heard this once during his ownership! Do you even own a Bullet if you haven’t been on a road trip to Ladakh? Well, it isn’t necessary but almost every Bullet owner has been to the mountains or plans to go there someday. Royal Enfield Mountain trips are fun and no one can deny that. But the same road trip can be a hassle when you have to search for petrol pumps in the middle of nowhere! The choice is completely yours. Although RE is portrayed as a perfect bike for a road trip to the mountains, there are many other options that can make the trip equally memorable!
Royal Enfield is only for a Real Man!
One of the most commonly heard Royal Enfield stereotype is that you need a certain kind of personality to own a Bullet. This is so not true! Anyone can buy or ride anything! Agreed, Bullet has got an audience where the majority is held by men. But does that mean that girls can’t ride the cult? Absolutely not! You don’t need to have those manly traits to own a Bullet. You just need to have that will to own and ride an RE someday!
It can’t do speeds excess of 80 kmph
Well, it can! It definitely can. You can go beyond 80 kmph on a Bullet but that needs you to handle the bike really well. This is because RE is a heavy piece of metal and not everyone can handle it at high speeds. Also, considering the weight, it is a pretty difficult task to make Bullet go at high speeds. Just think about it, who needs high speeds if you are riding a Bullet? REs are experienced the best when slow. This is not a KTM or Yamaha that is meant to be at high speeds only! The real fun of riding an RE is riding it slow and steady!
The Kick kicks back hard
Yes, it does kick back hard. The first one among all the Royal Enfield stereotypes that is actually true. But if you own a Bullet and use the self-start, do you really even own a Bullet? Although the kick kicks back hard, you would never see a RE owner use the self-start to turn their bike’s engine on! Maybe, kicking the bike gives them the real ‘Kick’!
Should have bought a Duke 390
No matter how much you love Bullet, there are some people who simply don’t! No matter what you buy, there will be people who tell you that there’s a better option available in the market. The answer is simple. It’s your choice! Comparing RE with KTM is just like comparing a sports car with an off-roader just because their engine specs are nearly the same. You simply don’t do that! RE and KTM have got a completely different set of audience for themselves!
“Bechega Kya?” (Wanna sell it?)
The place you see above is where you can go and buy a Bullet for yourself! Stop asking your friends for their masterpiece. You would hardly find an RE owner who would like to sell his valuable possession. If you find a new RE expensive, then you can search for a used bike with dealerships. If you still want your friend’s Bullet anyhow, just change your approach! Insist him to buy an update RE for himself and then you know very well what will happen to the one he currently owns!
These were the 9 most common Royal Enfield stereotypes or comments that every owner has to face many times. Are you one of those who have experienced this? Let your friends know that now they need to find something new because these 9 are just too old!