Local Dealer has a couple. I have no use for a second bike, but Damn !!! These have a real old school look thats very tempting !
That is a big reason why I didn't even consider looking at them very closely when shopping for a second, smaller bike. I haven't read anything solid about them being reliable/trouble-free.And old school reliability. I like the look but I have heard that keeping them running properly can be a challenge.
Agreed.Our Indian dealer in Lexington, KY is an RE dealer. It is actually a good match. Brings in people with a wider range of interests. My research on the new 650 twins indicates RE has put real thought into them and is VERY serious about the North American market. They may not be up to metric quality yet, but I think that's coming. A 3 year warranty and road service says they are ready to rumble. These twins are designed for our market and they are a lot smoother than the singles. But RE is a company that designs for a high level of user serviceability because of the Indian market. I love my Scout, but it's user serviceability is pretty low compared to my Suzuki S40. I could set the valve clearances on the S40 and I could do them on the RE 650. $400+ adjustment saved is a nice start for personalizing a bike, especially one at this price.
I think that these 650 twins fill a niche that has great market potential. Sort of like when Honda came in the mid-late 60s and appealed to the non traditional (potential) rider. IDK what RE is planning, but if the 650s go well enough, I'd think a 750 added to the line later would be cool.
If you have a dealer in the area, take a test ride. It is a trip back in time if you, like me, once owned a Brit twin back in the day. I'm betting this bike is a heck of a lot better over all (except for handling) than my old BSA was.