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Royal Enfield Bullet Electra X AVL
Royal Enfield Bullet Electra X AVL

2006 Royal Enfield Electra X

2006 Royal Bullet Electra X

When did you see an amp meter on a motorcycle? Grandpa’s Well, the new, 2006 Enfield Bullet Electra X one — mounted on the headlight next to the speedo — like its 1950 ancestors.

even styled like a meter.

For me, that amp meter the appeal of this British It suggests the bike has remained over the last half-century. And for the part, that’s true well, apart from the gearbox, ignition and carburetter but they’re very discreet and the magic is retained.

First, background

For the benefit of those who not know about the reincarnation of a motorcycle, the new Royal Enfields are in India (and have for more than half a Soon after the end of WWII, relations between India and deteriorating along the Kashmiri the Indian government asked Enfield to supply 800 Bullets.

Demand kept growing, so Enfield went into with two Indian businessmen and a local factory. A casualty of the bike industry’s collapse, Enfield’s UK operation closed in 1970, but production in India uninterrupted.

Ironically, the bikes to be imported back into the UK in Today, annual production in is running at around 25,000 and they’re exported all over the

The Bullet has evolved only in incremental steps over the — which is why it’s so For all intents and purposes, you’re riding a thoroughbred classic.

The greatest changes have in the last year, when in for looming noise and emission the Indian manufacturers were to completely rethink the 500cc It was handed to the Austrian drive-train AVL for rejuvenation. The brief was tricky: new technology and modern metals, but the plant’s traditional look.

Our bike was the first of the new 2006 in Australasia, and we can report that AVL has a great job. The engine identical to its predecessor, but it’s a unit. Equipped with ignition, a constant vacuum and a re-designed, five-speed gearbox, cleaner and far more fuel-efficient, in the order of 25-28km per litre.

A muffler provides a much engine note (I know, a pity — but purists can fit a more authentic-sounding substitute), but the big single, thumper beat resonates from the engine. It 25bhp at 5500rpm, and while is not up to modern bike standards, it the bike moving along at a pace. Very elegant.

An electric start cranks the into life easily, but if you want to maintain authenticity, you can use the And if you think kick-starting a 500cc sounds like cardiac material, have no fear: a decompression lever fitted to the grip on the bars.

It’s a but positive ride. Up front a set of redesigned, telescopic forks and a disc brake. Rear is provided by a swing arm with dampers, and the rear brake is a drum.

All up, the bike weighs in at 160kg, so easy to flick around the jungle. The seat height will meet all but the shortest requirements. One niggle: I found the struts too short — difficult to see past your

Longer mounts are needed to you keep an eye on the action behind.

The new classical heritage has not been by some cosmetic tweaks: side panels, chrome and tank badges and fresh schemes (black, red, and British racing green). The console remains minimalist: no oil light or fuel gauge, so have to get used to monitoring levels by eye. Everything’s against lots of chrome and a set of spoke wheels, that sweeping header and the muffler.

A clever blend of traditional and modern design, the bike plenty of admiring stares fellow commuters. With its performance, handling and reliability and of course that frugal consumption — the Royal Bullet is a serious contender for the visually-arresting commuter in the bike

Royal Enfield Bullet Electra X AVL
Royal Enfield Bullet Electra X AVL

The Bullet has a recommended retail of $8,995 including GST, and with a full factory

Did you know. This may come as a but the Royal Enfield is the world’s running production motorcycle, even the venerable Harley by a few years.


Royal Enfield Bullet X (RRP $8995 inc GST)

499cc, four-…, single OHV

Bore and Stroke: 84mm x

Horse Power: 25bhp at

Fuel Consumption: approx

Electrics 12 volt

Dimensions long x 700mm wide x high

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