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Royal Enfield Bullet Electra X AVL

Bikes: Royal Enfield Electra X

A giant leap for Or just another new Bullet? Hoseason takes a quick on the latest Royal Enfield to go on in the UK.

Royal Enfield have talking about their engine since the late It’s been on the drawing for a while, the 350cc version has in production since 1999 and the 500cc machines have riding around the UK for two years or Now the lean-burn bikes — the name Electra X — are on sale in the UK for Ј3495.

You might why all the fuss. And why the need for a new model at After all, the Bullet has in production (first in Redditch and in India) since 1949, and 25,000 roll off the production each year.

If it’s fine for 55 years, why change it

There are two major pressures the development. The first is international and emission legislation, which is strict in the EU and USA. These are the which forced the major manufacturers to trim away segments of their model last year because the weren’t clean enough.

The old engine simply couldn’t the incoming standards, as Peter of UK importer Watsonian Squire

‘The future of the original 500 and 350 will be restricted after the introduction of new noise and emission Effectively we cannot sell with the old engine after 2007. Even current use a catalytic converter in the exhaust to meet existing regulations but most people don’t this.’

The other motivation for development is expectation. The Bullet is an unusual in today’s market. It sells to a span of customer than any single model (correct me if wrong here!).

In its home (and many export too) it has to fulfil the role of city commuter and simple transport. It needs to be a working which can be fixed at the roadside by a man a spanner and not much mechanical Think of how motorcycles were in 1950’s Britain and you’ll a good idea of how the Bullet is in many of its markets in the developing

Then there’s the UK market, the Bullet is sold against a of highly developed leisure and where it is frequently compared to designs of a similar price. is plainly a market in the UK for ‘traditional’ — as demonstrated by the fact you’re reading this. and ones which demand a level of owner input the white goods norm.

Yet with a sympathetic audience to cut the Bullet some slack, the bikes were widely for poor finish and patchy for many years. You’re as good as the last bike you and customers won’t return to a if they get more aggravation enjoyment from their purchase.

That’s why Watsonian embarked upon a campaign to up the Bullet’s act, and it’s an ongoing process since took up the importer’s reins. all reports the process is still much ‘ongoing’ but they’ve much in a short space of

How much? Well, back in RealClassic’s editor, Frank wrote some distinctly remarks about the Indian-built of the time.

‘The best I can offer is that if you wish to own an make it a real (British Royal Enfield. Although the Bullet offers much in the way of charm, all too often my mail has sad letters from disillusioned owners. If you must buy one, buy it

Eight years later, have definitely changed as explains;

Bullet stuff on

‘That was true when I it. What’s interesting is that still approach me to talk those comments as if time moved on, whereas in fact Enfield have changed bikes remarkably since I it (however, I stand by my comments for pre ’96!). Enfield’s steady of their machine and in particular the start, greatly improved and general quality improvement the machine much more

‘After a short ride on the new with its relatively sophisticated easy riding and modern allied to the disc brake the bikes should have for the last decade, I would finally — consider one for myself.’

The 499cc OHV lean-burn is, like the 5-speed gearbox it, a collaborative effort. While the was developed in the UK, the new top end was designed in conjunction the Austrian powertrain systems AVL. Unlike most engines, which are liquid-cooled, the keeps its ‘classic’ air-cooled This was an important part of the ‘It had to retain the traditional simplicity and sound of the British but with greater inherent and performance, coupled with fuel consumption and the ability to anticipated requirements for noise and in both Europe and the USA.’

The new engine develops a couple horses than the old one (output is now at 5500rpm instead of the previous has higher gearing to give it legs, and promises improved consumption of 80mpg or so. Given the of petrol, that’s suddenly a point. Peter Fletcher to be fairly well pleased the Electra X in standard form;

have been using the new in various guises for nearly two on an everyday basis, plus various tuning options. The was designed to cope with output and has inherent reserves of and hence potential reliability. has been borne out by our experience it has been given loads of and just does not require the of attention the old engine has always

Watsonian expect that the X will appeal to a broader of riders than the earlier did, and so are prepared to deal requests for more performance;

is always a difficult subject. developing a series of tuning which will be factory and therefore won’t affect the

All RE engines are restricted in performance by the required to pass Type regulations — mainly and emissions. So it’s always relatively easy to get more quite simply and it’s the who makes this choice.

the Electra it’s no different, but it will have a wider use, with riders to more performance, we believe the call for extra performance be larger than usual.’

So what else is new about the As FW pointed out, it comes a 280mm disc brake to the traditional 6-inch drum at the — this really is an addition if the Bullet is to appeal to bike riders.

Royal Enfield Bullet Electra X AVL

It keeps its as well as coming equipped an electric foot — the lazy option should just fine coupled the new electronic ignition, which has programmed to provide a longer for easy starting and to improve charging. The cosmetics have refreshed (white dials: pretty) and the old frame has been to suit the new forks and mudguard and rear shocks.

The bike we was a fresh-from-the-crate example which Classics (01530 832634) had unpacked and will be running as a They’d be delighted to loan it to you if you trying it for yourself — based in Leicestershire, an easy from anywhere in the


As with Bullets, I was amazed by how the Electra X is and how easy it is to fling Its 350lb dry weight is well and the 30-inch seat height it an ‘accessible for all’ air of equal

I tend to prefer the styling of the edition Bullets — so wait for a trials special or a trim machine — but no denying that the Electra pleasingly classic. It’s a presented motorcycle with a step, and it’s one which all the right sort of attention.

it was the front disc brake raised eyebrows rather the trick top end. Onlookers pay much attention to the re-worked but they noticed that the had changed. Perhaps that something about our age. we’re more worried stopping than going!

Yet while the Electra X looks in most of the right places, it doesn’t sound traditional. it can’t; that’s the whole of the exercise). Using the lazy half a dozen times in as minutes brought about the and chattering noises which come to associate with the cylinder Rotax engines. If you the boom and vroom of an old Brit then you’ll need to with the Electra’s standard system, I suspect.

On the other you might not want to wake up the and the engine soon settled to a pleasant purr.

This was a brand new bike, so I can’t you a proper road-test here. The was stiff and although first cleanly and quietly I snarled up the into second a couple of I’ve used the 5-speed box and had no such problems, so expect the to improve with use.

The brake is a definite plus, if the effect is entirely psychological. If I I can stop faster then happier to ride faster so a better brake is worth as as 5bhp in some circumstances! But everything on the Bullet, the brake a teeth-snapping, eyeball-busting exemplar of edge performance, so it shouldn’t in low speed spills on greasy

You’d have to be trying to nip up the front wheel; even riders who have never a modern disc should be by it, not challenged.

Other impressions? You to lift the revs a touch to away cleanly. The Electra is happy to rev, even not run in, and it needed a bit of stimulation to trot crisply. If you rely on low rev torque and the of an old fashioned single engine for thrills then you’d look elsewhere.

The Super Venom tyres are a of overkill, methinks, although no doubts that with a level exhaust you could be heroic through the bends.

The is supposed to be serviced every — that’s over miles between services. simply love to believe it’ll go that far without to see a spanner, but the pragmatist in me would expect to spend an hour a tightening and tweaking.

The final (for now) goes to Fletcher of Watsonian. We’ll more to say on the Electra when clocked up some serious on one, but in the meanwhile you should take note of the key phrase in statement which is ‘the Bullet to own’. If nothing that’s what RE have to achieve. ‘Improved performance, ride comfort and reliability this the easiest Bullet to own and another large step for Royal Enfield.’

Royal Enfield Bullet Electra X AVL
Royal Enfield Bullet Electra X AVL


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