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Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Army

Showcasing a legendary motorcycle

A sumptuously illustrated coffee-table tracing the history of the marque to its origins in 1892

ROYAL — The Legend Rides On: G. May; Pub. by Royal a unit of Eicher Motors Thiruvottiyur High Road, Chennai-600019. Rs. 1500.

It has been 50 since the Bullet crossed the from England, and as a fitting Royal Enfield has brought out sumptuously illustrated coffee-table Royal Enfield — The Rides On . which traces the of the marque back to its origins in at Redditch, England. Made in alongside other illustrious brands like BSA, and Matchless, Royal Enfield to India in 1953 as the Bullet and has here in more or less the form these many

This book is invaluable to interested in the history of the motorised — it tells the story of the motorcycle company in the world in business, and the motorcycle with the production run around. Yes, if you Harley Davidson was a living the Bullet has a stronger claim on Apart from the great throughout, what makes the priceless is this — a on the marque that showcases models from the past.

The human angle

The approach has and a human angle missing so many other coffee-table — these machines are with their owners and stories alongside. Starting the 1914 Model 140 with an dry sump lubrication system, the recounts glorious performance like the 1965 736cc twin with dual carburettors and the diminutive, 98cc Flea — a para-drop that provided instant to airborne troops behind lines, during World War II.

Royal Enfield’s connection India is especially well with pages devoted to its factory near Chennai, the models in production today and of a colourful cross-section of the people who own The link with the armed and forces cannot be missed from the olive green Bullets to the white police you can see them all here. But probably the delicious pages for a Bulletista are dedicated to exported versions the re-specified Watsonian Squire are of particular interest, especially the 500 and the 500 T on/off roader — don’t miss these.

Finally, if you own a Bullet, you would be a member of one of the clubs. And if you do not, by the you are done with the book, you probably want to own one. In any you will find that mania is strong indeed clubs and activities, adventure and more. the tail-end of this is devoted to what owning a is about today — a to a strong, single cylinder which has become a cult

Sumptuous photography from the world, a flowing author in G. May and beautifully composed and printed make the book a must-buy for any owner. But like the quirky and motorcycle it celebrates, this has its eccentricities, with small errors creeping into an production. yes indeed, the Bullet ride on.

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