Really nice post with your ownership experience. Thanks for sharing it. I’m planning to replace my Himalayan with Bullet 500 EFI ABS or Interceptor!! My heart tells me Bullet but my mind tells Interceptor, for various issues users have posted about bullet. I did really got frustrated with Himalayan issues and RE workshop experience. By buying bullet 500 I don’t want to be in the same workshop every weekend on fixing issues and not enjoying as my heart feels. Please suggest.
Sorry for responding so late - work pressures have kept me away from the forum.
Now, coming to your dilemma, I'm not the best person to offer you advise in this context. I have a Bullet 500 with a carb - so I have no personal experience with RE's EFI Bullets.
However, if you haven't already purchased your new bike my suggestion would be as follows:
1. If your primary aim is to not depend on Royal Enfield mechanics at all, you could consider buying a carburetted Bullet 500. I think you should be able to find some that were made early 2017.
The down side to this approach is that you don't get any ABS. The plus side is that (once you're confident enough) you can handle most of the small issues yourself. You just need to visit the RE workshop to buy genuine parts and handle everything else yourself or with the help of a trusted mechanic.
2. If ABS is important to you or you're not looking for a 2nd hand bike, you can consider one of the RE twins. They've received good reviews and as far as I know there are no major issues reported affecting a large number of bikes. However, I would suggest to wait for the 2nd generation twins to make sure any issues that are not public knowledge are sorted out.
The most important would be to find a good and honest RE mechanic in your area and at the same time learn to work on the bike to take care of some of the minor things.