Royal Enfield is the oldest motorbike identify nonetheless in enterprise, and as is proven by at the moment’s Good Value or No Cube Continental GT, it is nonetheless doing issues the old-school means. Let’s examine if that historical past lesson makes for good economics.
One factor that is caught with me ever since elementary college is the trick for remembering when to make use of the spellings of precept and principal. The trick is that the principal is your pal and that she or he has ideas. You are very welcome.
A lot of you confirmed that you simply have been no pal to the vendor of final Monday‘s 2007 Chevy Trailblazer SS since, on precept, you could not see spending the $17,000 requested for the truck. With its miles and mods, the top end result was it dropping in a 75 p.c No Cube loss.
To be truthful, the vendor of that Trailblazer did word within the advert that the asking worth was simply a place to begin for negotiations and that “affordable” gives could be entertained. Meaning it might go simply for bit much less.
All of us like bit much less, am I proper? I imply, getting the easiest deal attainable is the fashionable period‘s tackle the caveman bringing house the most important Saber-Toothed Yak for the household repast or, in additional present phrases, baseball’s legendary unassisted triple play. This is the reason many people like to save lots of money by shopping for nearly-new autos, letting another dunder-headed schmo take the hit on the inevitable drive-off-the-lot depreciation.
At present’s 2019 Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 is simply such a chance. It is a mere three years outdated, though seemingly ridden off the lot extra not too long ago in 2020, and presently carries however 1,077 miles on the odo. With these tender years and lightweight miles, it ought to make for deal if it may be had a considerable low cost from new. We’ll see in a minute if that is the case.
However first, let’s take a look at the bike. That is one in all 4 fashions that Royal Enfield, the English marque that is now inbuilt India, peddles right here within the US It is powered by a fuel-injected and air/oil-cooled 648 cc parallel-twin, which is about as olde-timey because it will get. That engine produces 47 horsepower and 38 lb-ft of torque, and because it sports activities a 270° crank (a format launched on this mannequin), that torque is on the market just about when and the place you need it.
A one-down/five-up gearbox and chain drive make up the rest of the standard driveline. There’s nothing exceptionally trendy concerning the body or suspension both, because the engine sits, unstressed, in a tubular-section body. Twin coil-over tube shocks buffer the swing-arm rear finish, whereas up entrance, there are fairly normal 41 mm forks. Disc brakes with ABS — one nod to modernity — are fitted to each entrance and rear wheels.
The vendor claims this Continental to be “candy” and to be in “excellent situation.” The Café fashion fits the bike nicely with a sculpted tank that accommodates tucked-in knees and manufacturing unit handlebars that sit simply an inch or so above the highest of the triple tree, The Café bike life-style is often a solitary one, however this Royal Enfield gives the choice of two-up using with a detachable tailpiece that, when unbolted permits entry to the pillion.
That is simply one of many choices this bike carries. In keeping with the advert, it additionally has the elective compact engine guards, which the vendor says “do not stick out like goofy ears.”
The whole lot supposedly works because it ought to, and each the break-in service and an preliminary oil change have been accomplished. The vendor recommends one other oil change within the bike’s close to future. There is not any monkey enterprise with the title and the explanation for the sale is the lack of storage house and the reticence for holding the bike out-of-doors.
Okay, with all that in thoughts, let’s now contemplate whether or not this bike is a deal or not. In keeping with Royal Enfield’s web site, a brand new Continental GT 650 will set you again a minimal of $6,199. Add to that the engine guards, lengthy saddle, and ass-cap, and also you’re in all probability taking a look at one thing nearer to seven-grand all up.
This 2019 bike asks $5,250 a considerable low cost from what that hypothetical new one would price. In fact, the heffalump within the room is that this bike probably does not have any of its authentic guarantee left — a minimum of the advert does not make point out of such. A brand new Continental will include a three-year, limitless mileage guarantee, and that is bought to be value one thing. Perhaps a whole lot of somethings.
Sure, that does make for a compelling conundrum, and I am now going to ask you to behave on that query. What do you suppose, is that this lightly-used Royal Enfield value that $5,250 asking in gentle of what a brand new one would go for? Or, does the thought of a guaranty and that “new-bike scent” make you like to spend a bit extra?
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