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Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Classic

Ridden: Royal Enfield 500 Classic Chrome

23 November

Short of a genuine, 60-year-old nothing on two wheels comes to evoking the sensation of 1950s than a Royal Enfield. You contemporary Enfield motorcycles reincarnated retro pastiches of from yesteryear, but the culmination of a evolution of the original Royal Bullet, a model that’s in production since 1932.

made motorcycles since Royal Enfield opened a operation in Madras in 1949 to its 350cc Bullet for the Indian forces. When the UK factory in 1967, the Indian plant production under its own steam. Enfield India’s acquisition by the Group (a significant player in the automotive industry) in 1995, the has benefited from significant which in turn has allowed the of a new 499cc fuel-injected engine to modern-day emissions regulations.

Introduced in 2009, this has the old, air-cooled single-cylinder bore and … dimensions, so it the essential ‘duff-duff-duff’ character of the British single from it has evolved, but it now boasts a few mod cons as Keihin fuel injection, pushrods and a catalytic converter within its extra-long silencer.

Other concessions to modernity a front disc brake, starting (in addition to a kickstart and, based on my test modern levels of finish and along with an absence of oil

Enfield India has a production of 70,000 machines in 2011, and in the UK the currently consists of about 10 models all with the same frame and running gear. the prettiest of these is this new Classic Chrome version, and gold-pinstriping, lashings of chrome, engine cases and an exhaust that sounds like bubbles blown in thick it’s a genuine head-turner.

However, if you’re accustomed to the of most motorcycles from the four or five decades, need to readjust before an Enfield. With just the Bullet is a bullet in name but that doesn’t mean it very handy in the city and a joy on rural roads where it thumps along and copes gradients without losing too momentum. This is complemented by suspension, light steering, a chassis and grippy Avon which all permit reasonably cornering.

The front disc feels springy at the lever but adequately powerful, and for the most the gearbox (left foot with down for first, up for pattern) also does asked of it, although at higher it quite frequently misses up and down shifts at first

Where the Enfield isn’t in its is on the motorway. At a 50mph cruise very relaxed, and it’s comfortable at 60mph, but by 70mph the is working quite hard, vibration has become noticeable and not much oomph in reserve. the throttle wide open and a while you should nudge on the level, but bulky clothing, a or headwind will all be a hindrance at dizzy speeds.

One important flipside of the Bullet’s pace is fuel economy. it’s 79.6mpg (under III test conditions), but ridden sensibly on a variety of roads I 65.3mpg, which equates to a range of around 175 miles.

An Bullet probably won’t riders with even a addiction to speed, or those who to travel far in limited time but Bullet prices starting at under £4,000, an increasing are being charmed by a bike instils a feeling of calm and that few, if any, modern motorcycles can match.

Price in UK: £5,295 on the road. See .

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