I am writing a review for my royal enfield classic 500 squadron blue. Below is my experience:
1. Buying experience: i bought this bike in april 2016 and luckily i didn't have to wait. I got this bike on a ready delivery. The buying experience was zip zap zoom. I loved the way i was treated while purchasing the bike. Soni automobiles (delhi) is the place from where i bought it.
2. Riding experience: i bought this bike only for tour purposes and have successfully completed leh/ladakh ride (riders heaven) and spiti valley on it. The performed as it should and didn't had any difficulties with respect to power or performance. In ladakh we rode for over 3000kms (to and fro) and similar to spiti valley. I didn't regret purchasing this bike.
3. Looks, performance: classy looks, i must say and with blue color it really stands out of the crowd. I think it was my best choice to buy this in blue color. I wanted the desert storm however after seeing this, i made up my mind to get squadron blue only. Performance on this is also very good, few hiccups here and there. But hey this is enfiled you really cannot complain about this. I felt like the king of the roads.
4. Servicing & maintenance: i get my beast serviced regularly as per the schedule, had some issues with service center guys on a couple of occasions, however, got that fixed after a formal complaint to enfield. They really take complaint very seriously. I somehow feel the service charge is on the upper side at inr 750 + oil + any other parts. We get 4 services free of charge and the bill doesn't go above 1000. But after free service, you pay more than 2000 every time.
Good riding experience.
Good mileage (around 30kmpl highway)
Sticky on dry roads but not good for rainy weather
Good for commuting and travel purposes.
Tyres skid a lot difficult to handle an emergency situation.
Lot of vibration on handle bars
Oil leaks from almost every part near the engine and no way to fix them too.
Expensive service charge and parts.
No tubeless tyres, a big drawback. (have to spend on alloys and tyres - around 10000)
No crash-guard pre-installed (have to spend another 2000 for this)
Horn is an issue, within 6 months one or both horns will be worn out and no longer function. You need new horns.
No drl (daytime running led's)
No rear disc