the current enfield is not an authentic brit bike simply because its not the bike that enfield was making, say 25 years ago.
The engine is still a thumper but its got a new block that looks, runs and sounds quite different from the original. better, yes, but now the classic vintageness of the expereince has been replaced by what is little more than a weakly engineered nickel-dime motor from a company in a third world country without any appreciable access to R&D resources. I say this as a proud citizen of India.
lets see. a not-original engine, not original gearbox, a not original front fender (the original used to be an enveloping design with space on the side to paint the license number on), fuel tank thats not the same as the original (its smaller, doesn't go as far forward as it used it, and looks redesigned for easier manufacture), plus all the switchgear is pseudo modern, instead of the 1940s style switchgear that looked like it would survive a bomb.
we used to have a bullet built in India in the 1970s and I am telling you, the current bike is a fraud disguised like that one.
you see, in India, the bike doesn't sell on its vintage appeal. there, the tiddler Hondas and Yamahas that entered the market in the late 80s were giving the Bullet a royal thrashing and since then the company has been desperately trying to "modernize" the Bullet in order to do away with everything about it that was truly vintage, so that it could compete with the 100cc to 175cc bikes that have flooded the Indian market.
they've succeeded. All the young fellows with the need for a "big" bike lean towards the bullet rather than a weedy 125cc modern machine.
BUT IT IS NO LONGER the original bullet. it may do a good enough impersonation to please westerners used to GSXRs and they find it close enough to the real thing, but its NOT the real thing. its an impersonation of the real thing.
the look, engine sounds, exhaust note, smells, details, everything is INAUTHENTIC.
worse, the bullet now has the "long" silencer that makes it sound like a scooter. The original engine with its "short" silencer had a exquisitely delicious exhaust note, similar to the bassy explosive decompression you might hear on a harley, but with the rhythmic beat of a single, not the uneven gurgling of a harley.
If you buy a new enfield, the very least you owe yourself is to replace its DOT compliant exhaust system with something that will recreate the original sound. though I don't know if the new engine can sound like the sweet ****ty old one.