Anyone who's reading this knows a little about this bike already. It's made in India in the same factory with the same techniques they used when starting production in 1955. The newest versions have a higher output alternator and electric starting to go with the kick starter. The bike is slow by modern standards, with 55 mph as the upper comfort limit. The engine is stone simple, but does require some maintenance (just like the good old days). You can learn how to gap points, set timing, adjust brakes, adjust valve lash, adjust the clutch, and all that fun stuff. I've got almost 1000 miles on my 2003, and have been averaging 72 mpg so far. I've had some trouble with the forks leaking from the top, and the dealer is on their second attempt at fixing it. As delivered, the front hub was also out of round, causing pulsing of the front brake, but that was fixed under warranty. It's a true classic, with all the advantages and warts included. If you're a "real" motorcyclist, and don't mind turning a wrench as much as you enjoy putting along, then you'll love it. If you want a "hit the key and go" modern type bike, spend a whole lot more money and get one of the modern Japanese bikes or the Triumph Bonneville. This one's the real deal, classic wise.
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