Royal Enfield Bullet vs Suzuki SVF650 — Classic Motorcycle Roadtest…

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Royal Enfield BULLET C5 CLASSIC

Royal Enfield Bullet vs SVF650

Dave Wooding is for an all-rounder. Does he go for the contemporary a traditionally styled air-cooled single, or an outright modern The choice comes down to the or the Bullet.

Do you remember the scene Indiana Jones is confronted a showy sword-swinging adversary and just removes his gun from its and dispatches the assassin with a bullet? In this case, bullet won the contest outright.


I was in a position where I wanted to one of my bikes. The choice came to the ‘all-new Enfield Classic with the completely new EFI system, new and unit-construction engine, and the new Suzuki SVF 650 The ‘Gladius’ was the Roman soldier’s and the bike they named it is embellished with various bits reflecting the styling of the armour.

The overall effect is showy and quite pleasing to the eyes.

So was it to be a Bullet or a Sword?

the last 50 years I have some 60 bikes from the Raleigh moped to an 1150cc of many ethnic origins and with all but five being on the road. Originally my bikes for economic commuting and, I have never been a on two wheels or four, in these of retirement, my bike riding is for pure pleasure and I prefer the upright riding position. I enjoy a two hour run once or a week, plodding along at 50 to 55mph with the occasional speed limit burst of course) to remove the cobwebs.

Being in Merseyside and only 20 from the beautiful Cheshire my usual run takes me along a stretch of motorway (fast) and (not so fast) and then Delamere forest and the country to soak up the wonderful scenery all round at a nice easy pace. Like Editor I prefer to ride alone and the same basic run immensely after time.

So which to choose? I do get nostalgic and like old bikes, having passed my on a Triumph 3T, but prefer to enjoy a ride rather than time tinkering on route. (I am putting an old Bantam D10 back as time and mood permits. My Bantam rebuild was a D1 when I and fitted my own big end, but this was 40 ago!).

2009 Royal Bullet Classic

My local from whom 27 of my bikes come, Bridge Road in Blundellsands near Southport, let me a run on the new Bullet demonstrator when it and I was immediately impressed with the and the riding position. I have several Enfields old and new, but was definitely the best one yet.

I did buy the Enfield Woodsman in 2008 but did a PX as it produced a loud continuous loud ‘popping’ on overrun scared the daylights out of the country and especially the sedate equestrian No one seemed able to cure the but this new EFI never popped in the time I rode it.

The seat was comfortable and the height just for my short legs. Seat is important for me. Stopping on a camber or an country lane, you want to be to reach the ground before the of lean becomes too much to

I have had to let a few tall bikes when in difficulties. Always an There are surprisingly few new bikes low enough seats, other cruisers!

Being brand the bike had no miles on it so most were a little tight. it was enough to form a good All the controls were smooth and foot) gears were to change, the clutch was light and could be found easily stopped.

Hurray! There was a feeling of it being a solid in the tradition of the ‘Bullet’ with no embellishments. The engine pulled well and the fuel injection smoothly.

Braking was very with the disc up front, the drum rear had a lot of travel and was adequate.

I recently had another run on same bike now with 500 on the clock. It was a very easy to ride and felt as though you chug away all day long. The pads were positioned right and were gripped the thighs rather than the part of the knee and were comfortable. Starting was instant cold.

From hot, the engine over a few times but fired up a few seconds. With no kick-start on the Classic EFI, I wouldn’t to push start it. Gears now even better and stopping was quick. Vibration was typical of a but was at no time disconcerting.

At 50 to 60mph, the minimised and you could almost see was in the mirrors. On this particular the right hand mirror swinging free and refused to by hand.

I was irritated that I had no tools and then realised a new must have tools in the box!

Unlocking each of the two triangular toolboxes revealed either electrical stuff or the air Reason suggested that the oval shaped one must, by a of elimination, contain the spanners. It a while to open. Unlocking it the key, it was not immediately obvious the lid actually pulls right It’s held on by grommets on two necked pins.

It was a tight fit but opened to expose a compact set of tools for small jobs. obtained the correct spanner, the was tightened up and was OK after that. It ages to repack the tools and the lid but in spite of this niggle, I was impressed with the Enfield.

This new EFI Bullet Classic was a bike to ride with comfort, handling and a satisfying note, if you happen to like I would however choose to buy a tool bag to hang somewhere than fiddle with the box.

2009 Suzuki

At the same time as my original the new Suzuki Gladius had arrived on the and the write-ups were good. A dealer had them in stock in colours so I went and sat on one. I was immediately by the looks but more so the way it to have been made to fit me Everything just felt and, with the footrests just a little back to a slightly forward lean, the fell naturally onto the

I could even reach the comfortably. It was for me the perfect riding lowish seat, handlebars didn’t need twisted The sculptured tank came up close and when I sat with feet on the rests, there no gaps anywhere, it was as though it had made to measure. It was uncanny!

before had I sat on a bike that so right everywhere.

Having a V-twin engine was the on the cake. The power was three that of the Bullet and all previous I’d had were all good to The Gladius was water-cooled, had discs ends, had more instruments a petrol gauge, clock, meter and possessed some cred’, essential with (modern) motorcyclists.

Now it came to There was only a few hundred difference between the Bullet and the in favour of the Bullet. I reasoned the Suzuki at Ј300 more was better value for money, in of all the plastic bits and so it all came to what I wanted to own and ride. ordered a new Gladius (in red), I was told I’d need to for six weeks.

However, John at Road, advised of a demonstrator he get, three months old 400 miles on the clock, at the same as the Enfield, would I have it? I

From the first moment I sat on my own and rode it away, I loved bit of it. I felt ‘at one with the On the road it was so easy to ride and I went straight into a around my favourite run, it so predictably and assuringly that I I had at last found my perfect

After three months and now covered some 1500 on the ‘Sword’ and have never the choice. It will pull up to speeds without you realising it and in gear is sweet at 70mph two gears still to go. Even only a 650cc engine, it well low down. Everything the bike is sweet and even the seat is surprisingly good for a hour ride. The exhaust is satisfyingly deep but not too loud and it ‘pop’.

When I first came to I did a recheck, and then another, it was 70mpg!

Now that the bike is run in, the way I regularly gives me a good 150 to 160 tank-range at typically 60 plus mpg the petrol light comes on. still leaves a further 30 on ‘low’. The Enfield might be at 70-plus mpg but I’m smitten the Gladius and for me, Indiana should had a sword. Actually someone that the ‘bullet bit’ the original scripted fight for the sake of humour.

If cash I might yet own both!

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