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Royal Enfield Bullet Electra X AVL

A better Bullet

The new Royal Bullet Electra-X is a true for the modern rider, says Ash

It’s not often we get a new engine Royal Enfield. In fact, the one made its debut some during the 1960s, and even depends on what you’d new, rather than And it was in 1967 that production of the Bullet was transferred to Madras in when Enfield’s Redditch decided to cease production of 1954 machine (itself an of the first 1949 Bullet).

At the idea was to produce spare only to keep the Indian rolling, but complete bikes soon being built, and hasn’t stopped since.

to the Bullet have been few, with the odd cosmetic here and there and for the 21st an optional five-speed, left-side gearbox (designed in Britain, of

But while the Bullet has stood so legislation has moved on, and it has been difficult to get the 350cc and 500cc engines, with their roots, through modern regulations: most of the international for 2006-2007 would outlaw the altogether.

So Royal Enfield had choice but to come up with a new design or cease production It went to AVL, an Austrian consultancy, which produced for a contemporary lean-burn replacement, more or less the same but with most other renewed. A mere 51 years the original

We rode a prototype of the 350cc motor in India three ago and were impressed, and now the more 500cc version has arrived in mated to the five-speed box and called the Electra-X (the 350 is not being The 500 also comes with a disc brake, a slightly frame, gas-filled rear and Avon tyres far superior to fitted to Indian models.

The is not as attractive as the original but still has a British single mien, and it the part, too, which is It is low-revving with a thumping of its very modest torque and but the crucial advantage over the old (the very old model) is you can use everything it has to offer all the time.

As you might imagine of a half-century-old design built enthusiastically, if not well, in India, one long stretch at 70mph was often to finish off a Bullet. The new AVL motor is modern inside and is even to be built in typical Indian conditions, which means you can the throttle to the stop and hold it without expecting to see a piston past the fuel tank.

is where romance meets Too many people have out rose-tinted cash to buy simple, Bullets as dependable everyday only to find that, after their high demands have been met of which have to be carried out on the it seems), they’re just not up to a daily commute. They be priced like a scooter but not a realistic alternative.

However, the Bullet Electra-X is up to the according to the importer, Watsonian-Squire. no longer a true 1950s but it’s far, far closer you’ll get with any other retro model, both and in the way it rides.

The entire chassis, all, is near-identical to the first obvious disc brake and while the motor is smoother, more powerful, much reliable and even more economical (90mpg is a normal figure, much better most scooters), it feels close to the model it replaces in other respect.

You still have to put up with a quality that is well of true modern motorcycles then again, parts are cheap and it’s now more to keep going.

Royal Enfield Bullet Electra X AVL

If you really have an original Bullet, will continue for another two But if you want to use it regularly, the Electra-X you the best of old and new worlds.

Royal Bullet Electra-X [tech/spec]

from £3,495 on the road. On now; contact Watsonian-Squire, tel 700907, www.royal-enfield.com .

Engine/transmission: single-cylinder four-… with two 25bhp at 5,500rpm, 20lb ft of at 3000rpm. Five-speed gearbox, final drive.

Performance: top speed (est) average fuel consumption

We like: Engine feel, originality.

We don’t like: New style, build quality.

Harley-Davidson Sportster 883, Kawasaki W650, £5,145. Bonneville T100, £5,649

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


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