We were extremely lucky to find a Royal Enfield with Lucky Enfield shop within a week! There are many bikes for sale. Guys like to sell broken bikes without mentioning it has problems. Specially the locals and the Israeli’s. They really like to sell you their broken bikes for a lot of money. (Sorry guys, but it’s a fact). Look for a dude that is into Yoga and has some moral sense. They tell you what is the status of the bike honestly. If you have little experience with bikes you’re in for an adventure.
Most bikes that are for sale have issues. Enfield is known for it’s continuous demand for maintanance. I have strong doubts if it is because of the Royal Enfields or it is because of the terrible Indian roads… But if you buy an Enfield, count on it you will have to do some repair soon… there are always some hidden malfunctions.
We thought we were lucky… NOT. After one month test drive in Goa we were ready to leave for Kathmandu. I had a ladakh Rack mounted on the bike, had a huge backrest made for Ilse, a strong headlight and a big horn, and leg protection on the front. Just to be sure Lucky’s mechanics checked the oil. And surprisingly, there was only one liter oil left where there should be two and a half! Where had it gone?
I had an exhaust test done, it’s mandatory in India, and that test came out fine. No black smoke, so the engine must be good I thought. No, Lucky’s team suggested there was a problem with the paper packings or the piston. Checking the packing was Rs 300. Changing the Piston was Rs. 8500! No choice but to open the engine. And the worst came to be true. We needed to change the piston…