11 Фев 2015 | Author: | Комментарии к записи ROYAL ENFIELD BULLET ELECTRA 5S ROAD TEST / FULL REVIEW ROYAL ENFIELD… отключены
Royal Enfield Bullet Electra X AVL


For: Complete retro experience, classic style

against: Poor gearshift, build quality

T he latest Electra iteration is equipped with a fifth gear on the left. Will the new machine appeal to Bullet riders who till now preferred shifting from the right?

It is in this department that the major changes have been effected on the new Electra. While the motor remains a 346cc pushrod-driven twin-valve unit with long-stroke dimensions, it retains true-blue Royal Enfield traits in lacking AVL-introduced features seen on siblings Thunderbird and Machismo. The new Electra will continue to employ a cast iron cylinder and a Mikcarb VM 24 carburettor.

The bike creditably manages to meet tough emission norms and Royal Enfield has bolted on a P ulse Air Valve to the engine head which injects fresh air that in turn helps green up emissions. The motor has been retuned in the interests of emission, although it still does retain its lazy compression ratio of 6.5:1, which is key to delivering the velvet-gloved punch while cruising around in Electra-mode.

The ignition system is transistor coil-actuated, while starting the Electra is now easier due to the self-starter. We did, however, note that the starter on our spanking new test bike got worked up to spin the heavy engine internals. Will passage of time cause this to aggravate? The big change to the engine that makes a peak 18.1bhp at 5000rpm is its all-new five-speed gearbox, as also a new left-foot-operated heel-and-toe gear lever, unlike the one on the right as with the older Electra.

The gearbox sports closer-packed internal ratios thanks to the new cog, with the fifth gear ratio remaining identical to fourth gear on the previous bike.Riding the bike reveals that all previous Royal Enfield character traits have been retained. The relaxed and punchy throb that draws so many to these machines is present in healthy doses, with a deep and melodious tone wafting from the silencer.

Throttle nursing is imperative as a flat spot otherwise makes itself felt low down in the power band. But ju dicious use of the throttle has the large bore motor delighting with a silken smooth output of its 3.2kgm of torque effortlessly churned out low in the powerband at 3000rpm. Clutch feel is just as heavy and vague as Enfield riders have learnt to bear, and while the inclusion of a fifth wheel in the gearbox is a change for the better, the lever does dish out too many false neutrals.

The gearshifts lack a positive feel and are cumbersome. However, with practice and a careful, measured approach, the gears can be made to shift better. Anything too brisk and sporty makes for a missed gear.Performance on the new Electra is marginally quicker than the older bike, no doubt aided by the extra cog and closer-packed ratios.

The five-speeder shoots off the block to nudge 60kph in 6.73seconds, and goes on to zap past the tonne at 24.54sec, finally hitting a top speed of 108kph.

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