2010 Royal Enfield Bullet C5 Classic EFI Motorcycle Review and Article

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Royal Enfield Bullet C5 Classic EFI

2010 Royal Enfield Classic Efi – The Empire Strikes

During planning of the photo for the Royal Enfield Bullet EFI, photographer Hugh and I discussed the opening scene Lawrence of Arabia. For readers with David Lean’s classic, the film begins actor Peter O’Toole over a Brough Superior in the courtyard of a rural English

The film sequence – in which the kicks the legendary motorcycle to and rides it down a country – is only three minutes in yet it is a poignant representation of the motorcycle During most of the footage we can see O’Toole’s face, which a sombre expression at the start of the As the road opens and the bike into a loping gait, the of his face relax and a reticent appears, a transformation that any would identify as the emotional that riding has on our soul.

Royal Enfield’s Bullet has very little in common the Brough Superior once by T.E. Lawrence, but it does the spirit of a by-gone era. like the so-called modern being produced by Triumph, Guzzi and Harley-Davidson, the Bullet taps into a nostalgic buyers of these motorcycles modern complexity in favour of non-cluttered designs that the aesthetic values of our forefathers.

generations of motorcyclists would have been familiar the Royal Enfield name. in 1893, the original British went out of business in 1971. a satellite factory the company had in India in 1955 held on to the and continued producing Bullets, Royal Enfield the oldest motorcycle manufacturer in the world, and the being the longest continually motorcycle model in history.

In 2010, Royal Enfield was to Canada by Origin Motorcycles of Alberta. It’s not the first an attempt was made to import the into Canada in recent Unlike the failed attempt in the Origin has the luxury of offering designs that promise reliability

The Bullet Classic its tank-mounted knee pads, wheels and solo spring-suspended is rich in vintage Royal DNA. It’s a modern-day, evolution of a 1955 model had first been introduced in Some would argue little on the bike has changed then.

In person, it’s obvious the Bullet Classic is a bare-bones with a fit and finish that more attention to function form. The welds on the test weren’t pretty, some of its had already started to rust and the lock looked like an that was jury-rigged in someone’s The hand-painted livery, although was rough in a few areas such as the fuel cap.

The instruments did to alter the rudimentary theme of the a basic speedometer incorporated an odometer along with a beam, neutral and turn indicator. The oil and low fuel warning were separately housed, together with the speedometer and were part of the headlight

Rider controls consisted of brake and clutch levers and that looked to have sourced from a Japanese Although highly functional, the was the most modern looking on the motorcycle and looked at odds everything else on the bike. at the bike’s British heritage, the Classic came equipped English made Avon tires, a 90/90 – 18 on the front and a – 18 at the rear.

Royal Enfield Bullet C5 Classic EFI

Before I had even ridden the Classic, I discovered a quirk starting the bike. It was impossible to it or let it idle on its side stand. the side stand cut the engine however, I could start the and let it idle on its center stand.

I it a little peculiar to have to sit on the bike with the side up or deploy the center stand to let it warm up. More odd, was I could start it in gear it was on the center stand and leave the wheel happily spinning at the idle speed.

Once underway, it quickly apparent that the Bullet was an immensely enjoyable motorcycle to even if it wasn’t up to the standards set by Japanese or European machines. As an the transmission was intolerant of subtle inputs; it took a deliberate of the gear lever to guarantee a shift, gently snicking the would often result in the dropping into a false

Rather than chastise the Classic for being a less machine, I found that the to exaggerate my motions only to the bike’s charm. With its appearance, low power output and demeanour it was difficult to not ride the without a stupid grin across my face, and I found my critiques had begun to diminish in MMM

Story by Uwe Wachtendorf

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