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on of the gorgeous Royal Enfield at this year’s 2011 All-British Weekend show. gorgeous 1963 Royal Interceptor MkI was a favorite at the recent All-British Weekend Show in San CA, March 2011. Don’t this show next


Royal Motorcycles were not the best-selling British Motorcycles, but they often unique interesting. so many British Motorcycle at the time, Royal Enfield out making bicycles in 1893 as the Manufacturing Company Ltd. By they’d build their Quadricycle with a DeDion

They added “Royal” to the name. In 1912 they racing with their Enfield Model 80, powered by a JAP V-twin, enjoying some at the Isle of Man TT Brooklands.

1938 Enfield Model G 350cc OHV


WWI brought contracts from both the War Department Imperial Russia for 3 models: a 225cc two-…; a V-twin; and an 8hp sidecar rig with a machine gun mounted on it. With end, Royal Enfield concentrated on the civilian market a new 976cc V-twin in 1921 first 4-… single, with a JAP 350cc engine. tanks center-sprung girder forks (state-of-the-art for the day, and Enfield Motorcycles was one of the first to it) were added in 1928.


Despite all the company was in dire financial but limping along. In 1931, one of the Albert Eddie dies, 2 years later, his parter RW dies also. Times tough, the Depression had set in, but Royal Motorcycles managed to keep it

WWII hit at just the right again they were with lucrative government for gobs of military motorcycles, a that included a 250cc (SV), a 350cc SV, two 350cc a 570cc SV the most famous of all, “The Flying The Flea was a lightweight, rugged two-… that could be in with airborne troops.

To avoid bombing, a brand new was built underground in Westwood, where it was found that the temperatures were ideal for not only motorcycles, but “predictor” for anti-aircraft artillery shells. work, that.


After the war, Royal Motorcycles resumed civilian with the 350cc OHV Model G the 500cc OHV Model J single, with rigid frames forks. In 1948 they their ground-breaking new swing arm suspension, one of the first to do so. By the late Royal Enfield was struggling financially so sold manufacturing tooling to Madras Motors in production of 350cc Royal Bullets commenced in India, it continues to this day.

Royal Enfield Bullet OHV single.


But at this point, Royal was still building bikes at their Bradford-on-Avon factory in In 1949, they joined the Twin Race with own 500cc Royal Enfield By 1953, they’d punched it out to (hoping to trump Triumph BSA who had 650s) for the Royal Enfield Meteor, then again in to 750cc in the Royal Enfield

All the while, they built of 18hp 250cc OHV Royal Crusaders. They also in two-strokes, like the Villiers-engined 250 Twin. Nothing seemed to add up to the they needed to survive.


By this time, the race was on, the Japanese were on way everyone was pumping up their for more power. Royal followed suit with its I Series II 750cc Interceptor, now for a 13-sec quarter mile at 105 The US loved the bike, but cash-strapped Enfield was unable to produce in large enough volumes enough to meet the demand.

a reputation for leaking oil (earning the nickname “Royal Oilfield”) to their final slide insolvency. By 1967, production has by 1970, the factory was closed for at which time Royal was acquired by Manganese Bronze added to the scrap heap would become Norton-Villiers would ultimately include BSA, Norton, Matchless, James, Francis-Barnett et al).

Another side of the lovely Royal Enfield Interceptor

Last year of the 1969 Enfield Interceptor 750 OHV twin.


Another sad of a British Motorcycle Maker to embrace changing times. But were some very unique aspects to the Royal Motorcycle story. First, they are still being today in India as the fuel-injected, 500cc OHV single, the Royal Bullet.

This new ‘Indian is built in a variety of styles, mimicking military machines British Motorcycles.

This Indian Trailblazer was actually a Enfield Meteor-style 700cc imported to the US by Indian rebadged as an Motorcycle. Note the Indian lighted mascot on the front Even that couldn’t sales though.

It bombed.


Another interesting is how Indian Motorcycles rebadged as Indians sold them in the US Interesting story. Indian had changed hands during after the war, the new owners to get out of the heavy V-twin market the ‘new wave’ of bikes in from Britain.

They had unsuccessfully to lobby the US government to heavy tariffs limits on imports. When that they decided that if you beat ‘em, join Indian squandered their resources on trying to build own vertical twin on the British but failed miserably. So, they the exclusive US importers for Royal Motorcycles in 1953, which promptly painted bright red Indian logos onto.

And them very odd names ‘Indian Chief’, ‘Tomohawk’ Fire Arrow’. Indian had thrown all its eggs into the Enfield basket when it decades of production of its own V-twin. the rebadged ‘Enfield Indians’ well well so the marketing was cancelled in 1960, at which Royal Enfield Motorcycles available in the US under their own

So, another oddity is that are then “Indian Enfields” Indians”


Royal Enfield is the only company still building who can claim to have done so a span of 3 centuries! Not even Triumph Motorcycles (1902) (1903) can claim that!



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