Royal Enfield is the oldest motorcycle name still in business, and as shown by today Good price or no side Continental GT, it’s still doing things the old school way. Let’s see if that history lesson makes for good economics.
One thing that has stuck with me since elementary school is the trick of remembering when to use the principle and principal’s spelling. The trick is that the principal is yours friend And that he has principles. You are very welcome.
Many of you showed that you are not friends with last Monday’s sellerof 2007 Chevy Trailblazer SS Because, in theory, you can’t see spending the $17,000 asked for the truck. With its miles and mods, the end result was that it was falling to a 75 percent no dice loss.
To be fair, his sellers Trailblazer noted in the ad that the asking price was only a starting point for negotiations and that “reasonable” offers would be entertained. This means it can easily go for a little less.
We all like a little bit of good, am I right? I mean, getting the best deal is the modern ageBringing home the largest saber-toothed yak for the comfort of the family or, more currently Terms, Baseball’s Greatest Assisted Triple Play. That’s why many of us prefer to save cash by buying a nearly-new vehicle, letting some other dunder-headed schmo effect the obligatory drive-off-the-lot depreciation.
Today’s 2019 Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 There is only one such chance. It’s only three years old, though 2020 seems a long way off recently, and currently has 1,077 miles on the odo. With those lenient years and light miles, it should make for a good deal if it can get a substantial discount from new. We’ll see if that’s the case in a minute.
But first, let’s look at the bike. It is one of four models that Royal Enfield, the English marque now made in India, peddles here in the U.S. It is powered by a fuel-injected and air/oil-cooled 648 cc parallel-twin that produces approx. is old As it gets That engine produces 47 horsepower and 38 lb-ft of torque, and because it sports a 270° crank (a format introduced on this model), that torque is pretty much available when and where you want it.
A one-down/five-up gearbox and chain drive make up the rest of the conventional driveline. Nothing about the frame or suspension is unusually sophisticated, as the engine sits, unstressed, in a tubular-section frame. Twin coil-over tube shocks buffer the swing-arm rear end, while up front, there are very good standard 41 mm forks. Disc brakes with ABS – a nod to modernity – are fitted to both the front and rear wheels.
The seller claims this Continental is “sweet” and in “perfect condition”. The cafe style suits the bike with a sculpted tank that accommodates take-in knees and factory handlebars that sit an inch or so above the top of the triple tree.. Cafe bike lifestyles are usually solo, but this Royal Enfield offers the option of two-up riding with a removable tailpiece that, when unbolted, accesses the pillion.
This is one of the options of this bike. According to the ad, it also has optional compact engine guard, Which the seller says “don’t stick out like silly ears.”
Everything works as it should, and both a break-in service and an initial oil change have been completed. The seller has recommended another oil change in the bike’s near future. No monkey business with title and reason for sale is loss of garage space and restraint to keep bike out the door.
Well, with all that in mind, let’s now consider whether this bike is a bargain or not. According to Royal Enfield’s website, a new Continental GT 650 will set you back at least $6,199. Add to that the engine guard, long saddle, and donkey-hat, And you’re probably looking at something closer to seven-grand.
This 2019 bike commands a substantial discount of $5,250 over what that hypothetical new one would cost. Of course, the hufflump in the room is that this bike likely doesn’t have its original warranty left – at least the ad doesn’t mention it. A new Continental will come with a three-year, unlimited-mileage warranty, and it will cost something. Probably many things.
Yes, this poses a compelling problem, and I am now going to ask you to act on that question. What do you think, is this Royal Enfield $5,250 lightly used asking who will go for it new? Or, does the idea of a warranty and “new-bike smell” make you prefer to spend a little more?
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