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In July, Motorcycle Classics delivery of a 2005 Royal Bullet for a six-month test. The was provided by Minnesota-based Classic the United States distributor for Enfield, and was set up by Vespa Kansas Here’s an update on our staff’s test.

Richard Backus, editor-in-chief: says you can’t go back in hasn’t ridden a new Royal Slow, quirky, and displaying questionable quality issues, the Bullet is nevertheless a gas to ride, and an reminder of just how far bikes come since the Fifties.

this bike does an electric starter and a five-speed features unheard of when the factory in India first churning out Bullets in 1955, but than that it’s an time capsule. From its use of chrome (at least on our Deluxe to its rich, deep-red paint, our looks every bit the proper single-cylinder. Which makes of course, given the original was designed, manufactured and sold in in 1949.

In spite of its relative lack of (or maybe because of it), the Bullet is a blast. It’s agile and easy to handle, and riders can’t help but it, unsure if it’s a super-clean or perfect original classic. down Main Street in S.D. at this year’s rally, the Bullet elicited smiles and thumbs up than the of hogs packed around me.

At our Deluxe represents affordable made even more thanks to the 70 miles it returns for precious gallon of gas we put into its

We haven’t put enough miles on yet to how our Bullet will stand up the long term, but so far we’ve a stubborn choke lever, a carburetor float needle and an sticking throttle grip. annoyances, really, serving to further my memories of years of old British iron, and making the that much more

Andrew Perkins, marketing It is a fun ride — especially for the classic who can appreciate an old-school thumper. I more comfortable on it than other contours — free extra weight, overly racing positions or the vulnerable I experience on low-seat cruisers. It is useful as a get-around bike and — stopping at the local C-store to tire pressure enticed a of intrigued Slurpee sippers.

I’m slightly anxious at speeds 50mph when compared multi-cylinder counterparts (new and And with no fairing, it gets a wee

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So far, the only problem account for is the stuck choke caused some carb And the weak vent hoses off the seem puny and haphazardly behind the air-filter compartment, unwanted mid-ride detachment. The is also far from smooth — at best and with widely gearing, making frequent shifting part of the fun.

So far no tinkering, but the public response is it can be a tinkerer.

Ric Anderson, associate The cold, hard truth our loaner is that I suspect the Yamaha YZ80 I started at age 11 might have been to run with it — if not ahead of it — through the three gears.

But so what? If you want to peel eyelids back, go buy a GSXR. If you a rolling conversation piece also happens to be an affordable bike, get a Bullet.

In Sturgis, the triggered more smiles and eyes than a Lionel set on morning. It turned plenty of on Main Street (except competing with chicks in shirts, of course) and did it at a fraction of the of most of the bikes around it.

the Royal Enfield do anything well? If you’re talking modern standards for acceleration, and handling, the answer is not particularly. If talking about making you and the around you feel good, the is hell, yeah.

The easygoing Enfield’s charm it exhilarating. Reliability issues and I have a feeling I’ll be when it has to go back to the dealer.

What: Motorcycle Classics’ Royal Enfield Bullet bike.

Who: Classic Fourth St. NWFairbuilt, MN 55021;

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