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By Presto
#84424
It could be a bit of a laugh to flag up which of our (often disparaged!) bikes from the past would out-perform the 535 GT in standard trim.

My 1965 200cc Suzuki T200 would top 80 anytime, as would the Honda RS250; while most of the 250 MZs I’ve been proud to own would scurry along at 75mph. I won’t go on - but I could!

PS AndrewA, yep, I’m a Shropshire lad.
By Beezabryan
#84425
The Suzuki RGV250 stroker I built of tea chests for my lad would leave the enfield for dead. On a test run on the M40 I shut off at a highly illegal speed and the bugger was still pulling
By Chris H.
#84445
Presto wrote:
Tue Jul 30, 2019 12:30 pm
It could be a bit of a laugh to flag up which of our (often disparaged!) bikes from the past would out-perform the 535 GT in standard trim.

My 1965 200cc Suzuki T200 would top 80 anytime, as would the Honda RS250; while most of the 250 MZs I’ve been proud to own would scurry along at 75mph. I won’t go on - but I could!

PS AndrewA, yep, I’m a Shropshire lad.
Even my 350 Jawa was much faster on acceleration and top speed was 80 mph. But I guess this is not why we buy Royal Enfields :|
By KC1961
#84448
The only time I decided to "see what it'll do" it read about 85, this was a stock bike with the factory sports silencer. Since then I've fitted a PCV, K&N and a reverse cone megaphone (with a second baffle inside the supplied baffle to quieten it down a bit).
The bike now goes that wee bit better (still dog-slow, but noticeably better) so this morning I tried top speed again, about 93-94.
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By stinkwheel
#84451
I've had 75 out of my Honda H100.

On our way to the Dragon rally in 2017, I was on my 350 bullet with PAV trailer and my friend was on a (reasonably heavily poked, SS head, high compression piston and such) ex WD BSA B40. We were heading down the M56 when we were overtaken by a 1964 Honda C90, also on it's way to the Dragon. We simultaneously thought "This is why the British motorcycle industry died.".
By Jamesy
#84454
Two points to bear in mind here.To ride any naked motorcycle at
a constant speed of 70 mph for any length of time is uncomfortable
and impractical.Buy a fully faired BMW tourer or a Honda pan if this is your goal.Second point buy far Royal Enfieldd biggest market Is India itself with less than 10% of their sales worldwide.
By sofiaspin
#84458
The GT 535 was quite deliberately designed as an accessible cafe racer modelled loosely on the original Conti, with a UK designed frame, and aimed at the UK retro market in the main. Not sure I understand the relevance about top speed, and Indian sales?

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