why spend that kind of money when you can buy a real Brit bike for somewhere around the same money.
Warranty. Something stupid breaks you go to the dealer and they fix it, not troll ebay for that stupid rare piece of uncracked aluminum that somebody had squirrled away for 30 years.
I happen to know a few people who own these bikes and they are not yuppie or hipster douchebags. Apparently the yuppies would rather buy the ducati and the hipsters don't think it is authentic because it is not 30 years old and someone built it in their garage (it also does not have nearly as cool a t-shirt logo as norton, triumph, or honda).
I don't know why I defend these bikes so much, I guess I just like the idea of a "new" old bike. I mean not a new bike made to look old, but a design that actually old that has gotten a little more than functional updates over the years. The same thing attracted me to my 1995 jeep wrangler (last of the leaf sprung jeeps), everything from the CJs can be made to fit my jeep but at the same time it is new and I have dealer support. it is actually kind of nice.
Personally I would love it if they put the continental 750cc twin back into production, then you would have a decent new enfield, but for now the bullet will have to do. I would still rather commute on this bike than a street stock honda cb350 or 360.
here are the factory cafe versions - the GT500 and Continental. The $4000+ is what I was quoted for one with the kit, the actual bike is much much cheaper (the kit was like $1500 by itself). When they first came to this country the bikes could be had new out the door for $2000, now I think they are up to $3500 (the official US website lists $1000 more than that but I was talking to my local enfield dealer and he is looking to move units and the msrp is out the window).
The warranty still applies to the bike if you use their kits, I don't think it covers internal engine mods if you start swapping in big bore pistons and hi-flow heads.
Edited by - Geeto67 on Feb 18 2007 3:26:47 PM