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60sRetro

Finally made it
Location
Ontario
It seems when you ride a Royal Enfield, at least where I live, you turn some heads.

Last fall I was in a convenience store and this old guy walks up to me, like a real old guy, and says, "is that your Royal Enfield outside". I said yeah. He said "I used to ride a Royal Enfield in WWII, and this is the first one I've seen since then." It seemed like he wanted to give me a hug.

The other day I was in the liquor store and a guy walks up to me, same thing..."Is that your bike outside?" Yeah. "Wow I want to buy one of those, where'd you buy it, do you like it?"

I've lost count of the number of people who've made a point of coming up to me to say "nice bike".
 

Morgan60

Well travelled
Location
NW USA
Yes every time I ride my RE people say nice bike or ask did you restore it. I rode my 2017 535 GT on a 300 mile ride with a buddy that rode his beautiful Harley Street Glide. I had five people say nice or beautiful bike and no one even looked at my buddy bike.
 
It seems when you ride a Royal Enfield, at least where I live, you turn some heads.

Last fall I was in a convenience store and this old guy walks up to me, like a real old guy, and says, "is that your Royal Enfield outside". I said yeah. He said "I used to ride a Royal Enfield in WWII, and this is the first one I've seen since then." It seemed like he wanted to give me a hug.

The other day I was in the liquor store and a guy walks up to me, same thing..."Is that your bike outside?" Yeah. "Wow I want to buy one of those, where'd you buy it, do you like it?"

I've lost count of the number of people who've made a point of coming up to me to say "nice bike".
Before long if someone walks up to you and says they used to ride an Enfield in WWII, you might wonder if you are hallucinating. They would have to be in their mid 90s now. Not impossible however. The other day a guy walked up to me and told me when he was in the Rough Riders with Teddy Roosevelt .....
 

Roy Gavin

Well travelled
I have some eye candy, a BSA B44 Victor Special and a BMW R80 G/S PD, but neither attracts comments like the Hima.
Mainly from guys who look at least ten years older than me, and I am 75.
They probably had ex army bikes in the early fifties, as after the war Britain was desperately short of foreign currency, and the ex army bikes were sold in bulk on the condition that they were sold overseas to bring in some .
 
I have some eye candy, a BSA B44 Victor Special and a BMW R80 G/S PD, but neither attracts comments like the Hima.
Mainly from guys who look at least ten years older than me, and I am 75.
They probably had ex army bikes in the early fifties, as after the war Britain was desperately short of foreign currency, and the ex army bikes were sold in bulk on the condition that they were sold overseas to bring in some .
At 72 I'm close. That'll be us in a few years, but I'll keep riding until I seize a piston.
 

petespace1

Well travelled
Location
Syd Aus
I recently had a young bloke walk up to me at a riders cafe and said “maate that’s ‘a bike’ no pretence ‘pure bike’ then a female rider friend of his walked up and told me that her pop (grandad) used to ride a Royal Enfield and she used to sit on it as a child and was riding now because of her poppy. I guess even some young ones seem to like minimalist bikes like the Himalayan.
 

Jon_98

Getting there...
I was having lunch on the main drag of my town last month after a ride with my neighbor who has a BMW K1600 B bagger. A young woman walked by and complimented his bike. He was stunned and said to me "Wow, your bike (INT 650) is the one always getting compliments when we're out riding". He needs to get his '72 Norton Commando 750 out of the garage.
 
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