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Royal Enfield Bullet

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Evolution [ eedit | source ]

The Bullet haes frae a fower-valve ingine wi valve-gear tae the latest aw-alloy Construction Ingine wi electronic .

1931–1939 [ eedit | edit ]

Introduced in 1931 as a fower-… cylinder motorcycle, this wis the first tae feature the Bullet It differed in a nummer o ways its successors (whilk are nou faimiliar): it an inclined ingine wi exposed gear featurin fower per cylinder wi 350cc an 500cc

In 1933, a 250cc option wis an aa tae the range. [1] Its frame wis an aa considerably haein centre-sprung girder forks, being amang a new o models frae Royal that featurt them, wi a saddle-type fuel tank. common tae motorcycles o this it haed a rigid rear-end, a ‘sprung’ seat for the rider, resultit in the iconic look o the that is muckle replicatit even though the sprung is unnecessary in modren models.

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model refresht Royal model line-up for 1939. It in cosmetic details, as weel as in twa rocker boxes, whilk in hichter volumetric efficiency for the The basic design wi front forks wis retained.

1949–1956 [ | edit source ]

A nummer o wur implementit in order tae bring the up-tae-date. This model a vertical ingine wi alloy an hichter compression. The frame wis an aa tae a fully sprung design a swing-airm wi non-adjustable hydraulic at the rear, while the front a brand-new telescopic fork o Enfield’s awn design.

This enabled the introduction o a seat made o simple an wi nae lairge sprungs. Pouer wis via the same fower-speed Albion as the previous model, wi a unique lever the rider coud frae ony gear ither first tae shift tae neutral. The continued tae hae a fully-floatin big-end

The heidlicht assembly wis enclosed wi the an ammeter intae a nacelle, an aa served as the attachment o the front as weel as the handlebars. An itherwise model, but wi ingine displacement o made its debut in 1953.

The haed done weel in a trial an went on tae win the trophy at the Internaitional Sax Days Trial an twa riders wan gowd medals. [2] In Johhny Brittain wan the Scots Sax Trial on a Royal Enfield an in 1953 he an aa wan the Internaitional Sax Days athoot losin a single [3]

In 1949, the Indian Airmy Royal Enfield Bullets for patrol uiss an the company tae open a factory in Madras. In the 350cc Bullets wur sent the Redditch factory in kit form for in Indie, but Enfield India soon developt the factory an complete motorcycles independently licence. The 1955 model amaist unchynged for years an produced ower 20,000 annually. [1]

1956–1964 [ eedit | edit ]

In 1955, Royal Enfield oot some retoolin an redesign at Redditch plant, in the UK, tae modrenise the an in 1959 some chynges wur tae the gear ratios. These housomeivver, wur no incorporatit bi the Indian due tae its commitment tae supply the Indian Thus the Breetish an Indian diverged, niver tae meet

Atween 1956 an 1960, the Bullet wis released in several includin a 350cc Trials replica version, a 350cc model an in 1958 the Airflow This model haed weather protection frae a fibreglass fairin an includit for tourin.

The design wis developt in wi British Plastics an featurt as a in The Motor Cycle magazine. [4] The wur the same an the ae differences wur in exhaust, instrumentation, handlebars an fuel Numerous technical improvements wur an aa includin movin tae alternator (1956) an coil ignition The 350cc model continued in but the 500cc model wis discontinued in

In 1962, the UK company wis sauld an the discontinued an in 1967, the Redditch closed. Finally, in 1970, Enfield closed doun [5]

1955–1995 [ eedit | edit ]

The Enfield India Ltd. did weel an continued production o the Bullet design amaist re-introducin it tae the Breetish mercat in unner the name ‘Enfield’. wis a period o stagnation for the Bullet, as the awners did no make even improvements tae the motorcycle, an the quality o dropt at an alarmin rate.

Due tae the protectionist Indian economy, there wis felt nae need for an the brand survived intae the essentially as a domestic Indian bike Equivalent bikes in the wur the Yamaha RD350 an the Yezdi. bikes enjoy a cult in Indie, but hae been oot o production for Housomeivver, this coud no the erosion o the bike’s mercat the economy wis sufficiently opened up tae the Japanese motorbikes.

Chronic quality an mismanagement, coupled wi the relatively laich mileage the Bullet ingine is fuel-efficient, its competition wis wi bikes whose at 100cc wur less than a in size) caused a descendin o sales till the company, bankruptcy, wis bocht oot bi Eicher a tractor an commercial vehicle

1995–1997 [ eedit | edit ]

Unner the newly appointit CEO of India, Siddhartha Lal, unnerteuk major investment in the firm. This wis stairtit wi the o kenmerk an intellectual property o the defunct Breetish Royal firm, chyngin the name o the tae Royal Enfield Motors. management an production chynges wur wi the production process bein an excess capacity redistributit.

the lairge-scale Army/Law Enforcement tae bail the company oot, wis ae the individual sales route in the company haed tae perform if it wur tae at aw. The company an aa faced the difficult o caterin tae a ver diverse mercat. Tae the Bullet’s nature an reputation as a Breetish bike, as the Raja an tae attract yungsters away the newly appeared performance mercat, the Bullet marque wis up intae twa.

The Bullet Standard 350 featurt aw the manufacturin quality an reliability but wis in the traditional ‘Bullet’ leuk, ae in black. A new model, available in colours an chrome accents, a CV an gas-charged shock absorbers but wi the same ingine an gearbox as the — wis launched. This wis cawed the ‘Bullet Electra’.

Royal Enfield Bullet 350 Army

The 350 gaed on tae become the best-sellin Enfield model, accoontin for hauf the company’s sales.

these developments, Austrian firm AVL wis contractit tae produce an ingine suitable as a drop-in for the cast-iron block oreeginal (wi design datin frae The first bike wi this wis launched as the Bullet Machismo 350 . ingine did no sell weel in the mercat; mony prospective wur surveyd as sayin that it soond the same as the auld lackin the ‘thump’ noise o its

The ingine did succeed in the Thunderbird a chopper style cruiser Royal Enfield Motors. An aa wis the introduction o a disc-brake on the front as a factory option hameltlie, an on exportit models.

1997–2007 [ | edit source ]

Iver European emission norms the Bullet Standard 350 tae end 2007 as its model year in the EU, so whan stocks wur aw sauld the Breetish-design Bullet became nae langer new. Aw new models exclusively the AVL ‘lean-burn’ ingine. The introduction o a gearbox meant that Enfield coud ‘fix’ ane o the quirks o the Bullet design—the is on the left side while the is on the richt.

Accordinlie, the Bullet Machismo 350 wis wi this gearbox. Housomeivver, the gearchynge provoket a backlash Indian Bullet customers, the company tae no ae continue the Bullet wi the traditional seestem, but even on the it wis affered ae as an option, leadin tae the 4-speed (traditional) an Electra (left-shift) variants.

Sales indicatit that Indian customers haed shunned the new foregoin even the attraction o transmission tae keep the gearshift Housomeivver, customers ootside o took tae the new gearbox wi pleasure, as a it became standard fitment on aw models. New developments includit the o electric stairt as an option on models, while standard on

In 2007–2008, a limited edition, accessorised 500cc lean-burn 500 wis launched as the ultimate tourin Due tae extremely limited production units) an hie price, this a rare bike. The Machismo 350 wis

Since 2007 [ eedit | source ]

As a result o wirk several years, a new set o ingines wis These wur the Unit Construction (UCI). The 350cc UCI foond in the domestic model Thunderbird in a configuration wi twa sparkplugs per cylinder, wi 5-speed left-shift gearbox. It no been featurt on ony o the Bullet hamelt or itherwise.

The auld ingine currently haes a cult follaein in Indie, so it is unclear whether or no the new UCE ingines be pusht in tae phase oot the aulder mercat on new models.

The 500cc UCE features fuel an haes greater pouer ony Royal Enfield 500cc The 500cc UCE, wi an integratit gearbox, pouers the current Classic model. Stairtin in this ingine wis available ae in the EU tae emissions regulations, [3] but is as o 2010 is in the Unitit States unner twa models, the Bullet Classic C5, or the G5, whilk leuks similar an panelin wi the earlier AVL Electra

Special custom models [ | edit source ]

EGLI Enfield Super Bullet [ | edit source ]

Swiss tuner Fritz W. Egli, a o Royal Enfield motorcycles, wis bi a customer tae create the ultimate Super Bullet. The basis for bike wis Egli’s central frame constructit frae -platit chromium -molybdenum an the ingine wis completely redesigned a longer … crankshaft special main bearings, dry timin belt primary 36mm Keihin flet-slide wur addit tae provide an ootput o (30kW) frae a 624cc fed via an electric pump. [6]

Royal Enfield Bullet 350 Army
Royal Enfield Bullet 350 Army
Royal Enfield Bullet 350 Army
Royal Enfield Bullet 350 Army
Royal Enfield Bullet 350 Army
Royal Enfield Bullet 350 Army


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