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The Trials, and Pleasures

Royal Enfield going strong!

When I my biking mates that I’d be a Royal Enfield, many of looked at me with disbelief; that I would be riding a Royal Enfield from the 40’s or earlier. When I them I was testing a current 500cc Royal Enfield in guise, they where

Sadly many motorcyclists do not that you can still buy a new Royal motorcycle in 2007. In 1970 Enfield UK ceased operations, brought an end to this historic marque being manufactured in ; however since the mid 1950’s Enfields have been at the Royal Enfield factory in India and production has continued to day.

So in a bizarre twist of its now “coals to Newcastle ”. Watsonian-Squire Ltd near Moreton-in-Marsh are the official agents for Royal Enfield in the UK and they have been Royal Enfield Bullets India for sale in the UK market their Royal Enfield network, since 1999. UK sales of in excess of 600 units a this once famous motorcycling marque has now established a presence back in its birth market.


Royal had a distinguished history in trials non more so than in the International Six Trial during the period reputedly one of the toughest motorcycle competitions ever. The Royal Bullet Electra 500 T has been by Watsonian-Squire to recapture the spirit of success and produce a trials motorcycle that is designed to be to ride on today’s roads.

have taken the standard road bike, kept the running gear, kick electric start, 5 speed 280mm single calliper disc brake and gas filled dampers. To this they’ve alloy mudguards, scrambler handlebars, solo sprung revised rear sub-frame and light assembly, alloy smaller indicators and upswept silencer. In addition the bike is with Continental TKC 80 Rally to complete the trials look.

New but old

you first set eyes upon the 500 T you fail to be charmed by its looks. The eye upswept chrome silencer, the mudguards, engine casings and the spoked chrome wheels, the chromed scrambler bars, are off set against the black frame and further complemented by the gorgeous silver paintwork of the tank, nacelle and fork tubes; off by famous Royal Enfield in chrome on the tank.

I’d forgotten how good chrome and alloy looks. Brought up on a of modern motorcycles that to have lost much of the charm of design that from the classic British era possessed, this bike wants to rule your

However interwoven with classic looks are thoroughly components. With modern gear, electric start, headlight, front disc and gear lever on the left rider should feel at home on this machine.

there’s no need to worry an engine dating back to the of the last century, the 500 T is equipped Royal Enfield’s latest burn all alloy Electra This new Royal Enfield engine was designed in conjunction Austria ‘s AVL. AVL is the world’s privately owned and independent for the development of power-train systems.

this new engine was designed to the appearance, simple design and importantly for some the sound of great British ‘single’; but thoroughly up to-date it is said to much greater reliability, and fuel consumption and meet and anticipated emissions legislation.


I wasn’t quite what I was expecting when I rode the 500 T. My last ride on a Enfield had been in 1977 on a Enfield Continental 250 GT which then was many years old and very agricultural against the bikes of the day.

I think I the 500 T to feel dated, uncomfortable and how wrong I was!!

The first that strikes you, is bike is small; stand it side any mid range Japanese and it is dwarfed; yet its size belies its comfort. I did not feel cramped up on the at any stage. The single leather saddle and the scrambler style produce an upright riding which is very comfortable over long distances.

knees grabbing the silver petrol tank, the gear and rear brake pedal naturally placed and the light clutch lever and smooth cause no wrist ache so ever.

I covered in excess of 500 on our test bike and at no time uncomfortable. The bike is equipped gas filled twin rear and standard oil filled front but on the 500 T you are further isolated from the of British road surfaces by an fully sprung single leather saddle. So effectively the of the bike is doubly sprung.

I found the front fork to be very firm and in consequence I experienced any noticeable fork even under hard The only thing that contributed to down grading the of the ride was the very knobbly TKC 80 However these will you to go off road and coped with the appalling wet and muddy road that the British weather throw at them, giving high levels of on-road

Muddy green lane where equally easy to and undoubtedly this bike be used for some serious laning and light trials

Whilst there are some backs to the Bullet’s past, a start and a compression release and a manual choke, these all add to the ambience and are infact in the most are practical additions. On several I chose to start the bike old fashioned way) with the start, aided by lowering the with the compression release this proved to be very to do. Certainly a bonus if you have battery.

However the bike is so to start from cold the electric start, pull out the lever on the side of the carburettor, remembering to switch the petrol tap on, the bike is in neutral and the side up, pull the clutch lever, the starter button and the bike fires into life a distinctively single cylinder phut” sound from the upswept exhaust. Within a few of seconds the choke can be turned off and the settles into a very tick over. Infact the ticks over so slowly I’m you can count the strokes from big 500cc single.

Now with 25 BHP on tap, wheel spinning are not what this bike is However the bike pulls cleanly and positively with a little throttle needed to get It has a surprisingly light clutch and the 5 speed box whilst being in action still permits slick gear changing.

once or twice did I experience the odd neutral, which I’m prepared to put to operator error.

With a claimed top speed of 78 mph bike is not going to set any speed but for the most part there is performance to ride in today’s conditions and within current limits. The bike will cruise along at between mph, though it seemed at a steady 60 mph. My riding of the indicated that the claimed top is fairly accurate.

The only I found the performance lacking was on A roads, dual carriageways or where there is not enough speed available for overtaking. this is a trials style and is best at home on twisty or quieter country roads the bike really comes its own. The bike pulls up to 60 mph, but much beyond 65 mph to 70 mph the performance tails off and the light vibration felt through the rubber foot pegs to increase markedly.

I found if you the bike at a steady 60 mph it would go up and down dale without needing to change down. The power delivery is diesel in that it pulls very with ample torque to its light 168 kg weight up the steepest of

Shod with knobbly and sporting fairly basic I expected the handling to be acceptable at however this bike can be around twisty country with a certain amount of The bike can react to steering fairly quickly, aided by its handlebars.

The brakes are more capable for the performance offered, a 6 inch rear drum and a diameter single disc upfront. Braking was positive and I the bike could be stopped near its top speed without any

With its light weight and engine, it can be almost thrown corners and will push and then pull through with a surprising degree of Riding with some far Japanese machinery on one day’s ride, my riding companions that they felt the was more than adequate and the wet and occasionally icy conditions they have not wanted to have any more briskly. Talking of rounding one corner on a country I was presented was with twenty or so of sheet ice completely across the with no time to do anything, I held the throttle steady and the sailed across the ice as if the road was normal, very reassuring.

This reassurance is complimented by the very solid feel, due to the absence of acres of plastic, the quality of the paintwork, chrome and finish is something that manufacturers should take of.

However what the words cannot adequately convey is the riding pleasure this provides. The exhaust note the big 500c single engine off as a steady “phut phut” but as you on the note loudens and produces distinctive big British single the crackle from the exhaust on deceleration or closed throttle being the most pleasing

The torquey engine combined the nimble handling make bike a constant delight to particularly around twisty lanes, without the fear of your licence. The bike brings a broad grin to face every time you it, but it will also bring a big to your bank mangers

Financial pleasure


This only costs £4,032 on the and can be run and maintained thereafter very Royal Enfield claim mpg of 87.5 mpg. Now unfortunately I verify this figure, figures of 70 mpg and 72.9 mpg during my riding.

However I’m prepared to I was fairly heavy on the throttle at (we were testing!) and I’m sure normal usage would 80 plus mpg. What bikes can you buy that will what the Royal Enfield Electra offers and return miserly fuel consumption.

Not with a competitive purchase and excellent mpg the bike only 2 hours servicing every miles after its first 500 1 hour service. A typical will only cost £70 to £80.

Spares are amazingly cheap compared to other leading brands and is a thriving aftermarket accessories for this bike as well as a of official accessories from

However because this still relies on relatively mechanical components it should be the remit of many a home to service the bike yourself. in lies more of the charm of bike, it is a motorbike you can fettle on a without the danger of upsetting a engine management system or fly by controls!

Performance pleasure

Now for me the one performance shortfall the bike is in standard trim the fast A dual carriage way and motorway can be found wanting. However can be instantly remedied by fitting an Royal Enfield UK Highway this improves power by 25% and much higher cruising instantly solving the faster issue. This official kit costs £299 and incorporates a Dellorto carburettor, modified air filtration system, and a road free flow silencer produces a deeper exhaust (this exhaust may not be required on the 500 T as it has a free flowing exhaust the standard road models).In you can increase the front sprocket 18 to 20 teeth to provide higher

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Fitting the Highway Kit and revised sprocket would give you a that could adequately with all modern traffic I speak from experience as let me briefly test the Royal Bullet Electra Clubman that was fitted with the kit and higher gearing, this has claimed 3 figure performance and my ride of the bike demonstrated how extra power and speed the Kit unleashes.

However you may want to changing those TKC 80 knobblies for road rubber if you give 500 T this much performance!

Now you may have deduced from I’ve written above during my time with the 500 T I’d very fond of this bike. Therefore it is with regret I have to mention the

4 days in to our test period some 200 miles plus of the 500 T let us down, with failure of the inner tube, leaving me by the road side and necessitating Subsequent examination of the tyre no puncture, but the inner tube had a split in it.

However, I was able to the simplicity of the quick release wheel which meant the wheel for repair was a fast and operation, not even disturbing the tension. A pleasure compared to may bikes I’ve worked on.

8 into our test we set out for a quick shoot and I immediately started to some problems gear putting it down to cold box oil, I pressed on, my mistake! thereafter I went to change and the clutch level went yes, the clutch cable had necessitating rescue again.

Yet again I was able to experience how this bike is to work on. the clutch cable myself not a mechanic) took under an and really was no more complex Mechano.

Now on these occasions I may just been unlucky and the bikes endearing qualities and this is something I could be to forgive at this stage, only a long term will confirm if these isolated incidents.

The verdict

is not a bike for those whose choices are dictated to by performance alone. Rather it’s a for those who enjoy the emotions of Riding around on a bike harks back to 1950’s, yet has the advantages of a modern engine and but with period looks and is something that will to many motorcyclists and certainly the emotions.

Combined with running costs, simple lower insurance costs and a purchase price, only these charms. Plus a motorbike you can polish, fettle and to the many after market that be purchased for it.

All in all it’s a motorcycle, one with which you can involved and is poles apart many of today’s antiseptic offerings. The reward for such should be many hours of pleasure that will you grinning every time you it.

Specification (source Watsonian-Squire)

Four Stroke Push Rod Sl Dry

Wheels: 90/90 Fr (Disc.

100/90 Rr (6” Drum)

Wheel 1370mm

Saddle Height:

Max Speed: 126 KPH (78 MPH)

Colours: TSA (Standard production colour)

colours by request are: Mica Dark Blue, Silver, Riviera Red, Racing Green

Note all figures, weights and technical are as claimed by the manufacturer

Bike Royal Enfield Bullet 500
Bike Royal Enfield Bullet 500


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