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Royal Enfield Bullet 500 S Clubman
Royal Enfield Bullet 500 S Clubman

Boss Bullet


Hammering up Fish Hill, a snaking ascent on the A44 east of in Worcestershire, I overtake a slow, coach and stay in the right to crank past a coupe of on a sweeping left-hand hairpin.

holding third almost to the of cruelty, I change to top and mentally on the slogging engine as it gradually up pace against the steepening

As we thud past a 30mph sign on the entry to a sharp I glance at the speedo. We’re 60mph and are not in anyone’s way. is fun!

It’s funny how a set of handlebars can fuel speed even on an Indian-built Royal a classic fifties 500cc more suited to 40mph

The bike I’m on is a cosmetically year 2000 Bullet to Clubman trim by importer and the ride is a lot more sporty and than I had expected.

If you venture out ace bars, a big alloy racing humped seat and a rorty back exhaust, you are going to pretty silly being by everything except cyclists and But the mild power of the Bullet Clubman. roughly 22bhp. you to ride smoothly and thoughtfully than frantically, not losing through unnecessary braking or gear changes.

A reasonable ratio lets you draw from most cars and on minor roads and the Enfield’s rolling on steel-rimmed 19 inch shod with the Clubman’s Dunlop TT100 tyres, sound when cornering.

Though basic, the suspension not jolt or jar and the forks prove clunk-free when speed are attacked at higher-than-sensible speed. power from the twin-leading-shoe drum and single-leader rear is up to the only occasionally being as, for example, when I met an articulated on a single carriageway country

As you’d expect with a low single, the Bullet engine is and will chug along in the top of four ratios, even in limits. Cruising at 55-60mph is with some acceleration if you want it. The best seen on the calibrated in both mph and kph, was a over 80mph on a slightly straight.

At the other end of the scale, you can at trials pace through streets, as I had to when negotiating villages swarming with

There is a big leap from to top gear and it was avoiding an embarrassing loss of acceleration that had me feel so triumphal about up Fish Hill and leaving behind.

After some troublesome changes with the under load, I made an to be deliberate with the pedal, on the right in traditional Brit Although employing a linkage, it the standard up-for-down shift Neutral is not easy to find. it to snick out of gear while still rolling. This in the box may be due to the low mileage of the test bike.

The neutral finder pedal was long a trademark of Royal and Indian Enfields is not provided.

You see classic singles that several kicks to fire up, but the is a sure one-swing starter. The 28mm Mikcarb (Indian Mikuni) carburetor has a cold-start mounted on it, which is easy to on the move. A traditional Enfield valve in the cylinder head is by a lever on the left bar control

This is helpful for reliable starting, though 6.5:1 is hardly daunting.

The Bullet’s 12v ignition system has been by the introduction of a bearing instead of bush to support the points cam and advance mechanism. Current for the 12v is generated by an Indian made and regulated by an electronic unit.

The controls incorporate dogleg and brake levers, a cutout on the right, and lighting, horn and switches on the left.

More looking are the instruments built the headlamp nacelle (casquette in RE with large 100mph/160kph and ammeter with pleasing and red colouring for the charge and discharge The nacelle also carries the key switch for the coil ignition and two pilot lamps for dubious

Devise by Watsonian-Squire in collaboration parts specialist Norman the mostly UK-made 500S kit comprises the following parts:

Dropped handlebars. I found a little too wide and flat, shortening and rotating the bars in their mounts could this.

— A 41/2-gallon half-gallon reserve) alloy with flip-up Monza cap by Don Woodward, sheet metal to the Seventies Triumph works team.

— Comfy seat by PP Seating, a traditional UK supplier, plus air filter beneath it.

— Swept exhaust pipe with BSA Gold Star pattern emitting an authentic ‘twitter’ on the A separate screwin baffle is available for those who want a subdued exhaust note.

Plated steel rear set assemblies and foot controls, gearchange linkage.

— sports mudguards.

— indicators (optional chromed are on the test bike) of overseas

— New rear lamp

Royal Enfield Bullet 500 S Clubman
Royal Enfield Bullet 500 S Clubman

— Alternative gearbox to raise overall gearing by 8 per (optional).

— Glass faired covers to leading of tool and air-filter boxes

include chromed indicators, TT100 (rather than Speedmaster) tyres plus a stand. Watsonian-Squire aims to add to this list.

Apart from a little snap from the much exhaust and the benefit of raised (not provided on the test the S version is not tuned in anyway. Bullet tuning expertise in the UK and in Switzerland where Fritz makes his costly factory 45bhp 624cc Bullet but owners tweaking new standard or S will sacrifice their warranty.

Perhaps not a styling the 500S nevertheless has tidy, looks, which attracted attention wherever it was parked. As we discreetly though Chipping I saw the facial expression of an elderly waiting as his partner peered at a cottage, change from boredom to alert fascination at the of the Bullet. Not surprisingly, several thought it was a freshly restored build Royal Enfield of the and were bemused to learn of its origins.

On arrival back at HQ at Northwick Business Park, a estate of single storey buildings near Blockley, I jumped on a bullet 500 Deluxe to a quick spin for comparison.

from its more subdued note, the most noticeable is the riding position, which very ‘laid back’ and a relaxing change from the S The restrictive standard silencer the engine feel more but this softer nature is in with the riding position and the Bullet’s strong Fifties

That must be the Bullet’s selling point: where can you buy a brand new authentic classic, the longest surviving model of any

The old Redditch Royal Enfield (only 30 miles from launched the original 500cc in the mid-Thirties and commenced postwar of the 350cc Bullet roadster a swinging arm frame for 1949, the 500 version in 1953. Redditch the Bullets in the early Sixties, but 1956 350 Bullets based on the UK model were made license by the newly formed India. Apart from due to industrial disputes and natural output has been continuous, the big bore 500 version being from India since

Since 1994, Royal Motors in Chennai, Tamil India has been owned by the Eicher automotive group, has invested in improving build and design detail. The range is too with a Custom style and a lean-burn engined Bullet available on the home market. A gearbox is under development in the UK, electric starting may be the next step.

Thirty percent of is for export markets in 20 countries.

from classic authenticity, are the other attractions of the new Bullet Clubman? Well, it is frugal on covering up to 80 miles on a gallon of Maintenance is easy, even for a mechanic and spares availability is

For some riders the exclusivity of the could be a virtue in itself, the faddish nature of the current UK scene.

Owners are guaranteed stream of people asking, is it?” What the Bullet is not is a modern sports single. a dozen makers offer thumpers priced between pounds that are light on performance and materials technology. But the 500S is a 1955 motorbike some updated details can provide miles of fun at real-life It’s available at 3995 including one year’s road tax and warranty.

Details of your dealer from Royal Motorcycles, 70 Northwick Business Blockley, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire 9RF. 01386 770907. Fax

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Royal Enfield Bullet 500 S Clubman
Royal Enfield Bullet 500 S Clubman
Royal Enfield Bullet 500 S Clubman
Royal Enfield Bullet 500 S Clubman
Royal Enfield Bullet 500 S Clubman
Royal Enfield Bullet 500 S Clubman
Royal Enfield Bullet 500 S Clubman
Royal Enfield Bullet 500 S Clubman
Royal Enfield Bullet 500 S Clubman
Royal Enfield Bullet 500 S Clubman


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