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Royal Enfield Bullet 350 Classic


By Chuck Hawks

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purchasing a Royal Enfield could be a risky proposition, due to distribution and unknown reliability. It is a maintenance intensive motorcycle, makes it unsuitable for most unless they happen to be skilled mechanics. Yet the British made in India, Enfield is so unique that I cannot being attracted to it.

This is a throwback to the great British of yesteryear. Literally so, as the original Enfield 350 Bullet was introduced in The factory in India that builds the Bullet was licensed to Royal Enfield motorcycles in 1955, and has been doing so since. When Royal (UK) folded in 1970, the for the single cylinder Bullet was sent to Madras, India, they are still being

This is not a copy of an old design; it is the thing! New Bullets have approved for vintage racing.

The Bullet comes in 346cc (18 HP) and (22 HP) versions, either of which are classics (some would say The 346cc version is the only left in what was once a nifty 350 class. There are (ugly OD green with metal saddlebags), Classic and Deluxe (chrome and paint) of the Bullet.

Prices in Y2K range $3500 to $4500, depending on and model.

The Deluxe is the most model, and it features chrome a chrome tank with side panels, and rubber grips. It is the model usually in the Royal Enfield ads, and the I would spring for if I were to a Bullet.

Unfortunately, assembly, fit and on the Bullets I have examined rather poor. There thins in the paint, and the casting of the and engines looked crude, as the frame welds. For example, was flash metal at the edges of all the fins.

These machines would a lot of time consuming grinding, and detailing, probably including a refinish from the frame up, to them equal in appearance to a Enfield made in England.

The have been updated to standards in certain areas. now use a 12 volt electrical system, are with turn signals, on the left, and employ Mikuni The engines are ohv vertical singles four-speed transmissions. Final is by chain.

The wheels are laced, and drum brakes at both with a twin leading design in front. Both and center stands are provided. The tank holds 3.8 U.S. and the seat height is 30 inches.

Dry runs a modest 359-370 depending on the model.

All Bullets separate engine and transmission (Most modern motorcycles more rigid unit where the engine and transmission a common case.) The rather four-speed transmission was designed to on the right. Converting it to left shifting has not helped its precision. is a conversion kit available to return the to the right.) In this regard, the neutral finder helps

They also have an old battery and coil ignition, breaker points. If you buy a Bullet you also need to learn how to start a motorcycle, as there is no starter. Instruments are limited to a odometer, and ammeter (no tachometer or

A tool kit is included.

Horsepower is so the simple mild steel cradle frame is reported to do an job. Better rubber, at the discretion, can replace the less state of the art retro style which require inner The old-fashioned drum brakes are adequate, but be careful to ride their capability at all times.

The specifications for the 500cc Deluxe are as follows:

Displacement = 499cc

Bore and = 84mmx90mm

Compression ratio =

Transmission = 4-speed, constant

Clutch = multi-plate, oil bath

= dry sump

Suspension = telescopic forks, twin rear

Brakes = 7 twin leading front drum, 6 rear

Tires = Avon Speedmaster, front, 3.5×19 rear

Royal Enfield Bullet 350 Classic

tank = 3.8 U.S. gallon gallon reserve)

Wheelbase =

Ground clearance = 5.5

Seat = 30

Dry weight = 370 pounds

Top speed = 75 MPH.

Royal Enfield or the U.S. importer, can help increasing power and performance. Enfield U.S. offers a compression (9.5:1) piston and flowing mufflers. Through Motorworks and Blackhawk Cycles can be accessed from the Royal U.S. web page) carburetor high flow air filters, rocker arm sets, Progressive rear shocks, and electronic are available.

I would recommend investing in all of the They also have size sprockets, some appearance and comfort accessories for the and a selection of motor clothes, patches, etc.

Speaking of the Enfield U.S. web page, it has a lot of and fun information, including the complete owner’s manual. For those more detailed information these unique motorcycles, I a visit. It can be accessed via a link my Motorcycle Page.

A big single as if it kicks you about ten feet the road with each pulse from the engine beneath you. When you the throttle open, you don’t with the turbine like of a modern multi; the thumps occur in more rapid and the chunks of road whiz by

Classic British bikes very nicely. Like British sports cars, have a certain chuckability. can’t actually go as fast corners as a modern sport but they feel as if they are like the wind.

They are an awful lot of fun to ride.

Bullets are probably best as second bikes for the experienced I include them because who has not had the opportunity to thump down the on a classic single has missed one of great experiences.

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Royal Enfield Bullet 350 Classic
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