2008 Enfield Bullet 500cc Classic Review Rider Magazine Reviews

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Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Deluxe AVL

2008 Enfield Bullet Classic Road Test


December 12, 2008

2008 Enfield Bullet Classic motorcycle spotlight appeared in the January 2009 of Rider magazine]

The Royal Company started as The Enfield Co. Ltd. in October 1892, and its first motorbike in 1901. The company produced many motorcycles over the next decades until the ’70s it folded. Manufacture continued in though the bikes were intended for local use and were not exported.

In 1995 Enfield of bought the rights to the name Enfield” and began renewed efforts.

Modern carburetion, transmissions and new twin-leading-shoe front systems were all nice What really separates company from others, is its commitment to keeping a vintage and look to its products. That the owner of a new Enfield will a bit of mechanical expertise to keep the safely and reliably operating the long haul.

It’s not that the products quality, only that are truly “vintage” bikes and need to be more carefully than would a new Asian or machine.

I picked up the new Bullet from J Mar Customs in Pahrump, about 70 miles from my in Las Vegas. The owners, JB and Deb, run the there and build custom and offer parts and service on brands. The bike was delivered to me 14 miles on it, so I’m glad I was transporting it to Las in my truck instead of riding 70 of freeway to break it in!

As I was unloading the I noticed a couple of loose and a missing fender mount so I pulled out my trusty antique spanners…and found they did not It was a pleasant surprise to find the has standard metric fasteners. I every external fastener I find and tended to several questionable torque.

I would suggest this as maintenance every few hundred A little thread locker be in order, too.

“I’m to the other side of town, tell them not to expect me sundown.”

Since I only had a few to ride I wanted to spend time roaming the surface in the northwest end of Las Vegas to get a feel for how the operated in the city. First to note is the easy starting. The starter turns the 500cc over easily and the bike right up and idles nicely, motor noises that I from my youth. “Modern” don’t sound like

Just for fun I tried the kickstarter, and to the 8.5:1 compression ratio, I could start it up. I continued to use the because it made me feel This Bullet has the new “AVL” “lean burn” motor incorporates a new head design a narrower included valve as well as an electronic ignition.

These changes give it a 25 horsepower and upward of 70 mpg while in at 370 pounds dry.

The Enfield has a amount of torque and a largish which combined with an first-gear ratio made it to ride away from a The gearbox and clutch action are and the gear spacing works with the limited power Acceleration is adequate and the bike was to keep up with traffic in the without overtaxing its motor.

Out on the road the Bullet is very at around 55-60 mph, and if you within its comfort zone is cool to ride. It feels and nimble and effortlessly carves arcs over wandering roads (I wish we had a few more of here). The altitude in Las Vegas is 2,200 feet, and while I took the Enfield up into the to about the 7,000-foot level and a definite loss of power at altitude.

The twin-leading-shoe brake in the front was in that it worked just like the twin-leading-shoe brakes I from many years ago well), so you must plan I found that all of the controls well without much effort. The suspension has been several times over the but it still has very limited and seems oversprung and underdamped.

The position is comfortable with legroom and an upright posture. The is a thinly padded sprung that works surprisingly provided you avoid sharp-edged Combined with the short-travel it has a tendency to bounce you in the air from to time, but if you live in an area winding country roads low traffic you could easily several comfortable and amusing in the saddle.

Sometimes you just can’t simplicity. As long as you’re not in a

I enjoyed the experience of riding modern antique. It was fun to catch the of people in their cars as I by. The wonderful old-looking green and tank badges combined polished and chromed bits for a very understated British

I think of all the work modern have gone through to this look and marvel at the that this bike has not changed much since the Lucky Enfield!

The morning I had to the bike I got up before the sun and rode out the desert, marveling at the beautiful light reflecting off this machine. When taken in the of all the other motorcycles on the market I think there is certainly a for this one. It might a little more commitment in of upkeep, but the rewards of having a antique with a warranty are

It certainly bears mentioning Enfield has an amazing 170-page and accessories catalog that allow anyone the opportunity to the Bullet a truly unique and ride.

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