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The Royal Enfield Bullet C5

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Amid all the buzz vehicles coming out of India, is one model you may have missed: the Enfield Bullet Classic C5.

In circles, this introduction is news than the debut of the Nano; if the past is any guide, the all-new Royal Enfield won’t arrive for another century. While a list of brands predating Royal is short — Harley-Davidson, and a handful of others qualify the tally of bike models have lasted 54 years is much limited to the Royal Bullet.

The Bullet Classic C5 to be confused with the Bullet a much older design, or the Classic G5, a model that the newest engine in an older went on sale in Europe last year. The first bikes destined for the United began rolling off the assembly here at the Thiruvottiyur factory, Bullets have been for more than 50 years, in and are expected in showrooms next

To say that the C5 is a striking motorcycle or one looks to have been directly from a motorcycle is no overstatement. On a visit to the factory in coastal city of more 4 million people (and as Madras until 1996), it stood out from the olive-green Bullets and chrome-laden domestic-market and Thunderbirds awaiting final and shipment.

The heart of the C5 is its air-cooled 499cc plant, an all-new design continues the single-cylinder layout of its It retains the trademark cadence of a — the common nickname to large-displacement 1-cylinder bikes but now the engine and transmission, formerly components, have been to create the Unit Construction

The UCE, as Royal Enfield it, is fuel-injected and designed to be efficient, and environmentally friendly. It will be on all Royal Enfield export

The C5 will cost $6,395, not a destination charge of about depending on the dealer’s location. It be offered in black, deep and a retro teal green is midway between mint and The primary color is used on the fenders and side-cover lids; the tank features white with a prominent Royal logo.

Knee pads and hand-painted complement the 3.8-gallon tank.

into consideration the dense and left-lane driving protocol Chennai, my testing of the Bullet C5 was to Royal Enfield’s track. fueled, the C5 felt solid at 412 and 18-inch Avon Speedmaster provided good grip. was responsive, but not twitchy.

The bicycle-style solo seat is comfortably and a passenger pillion will be as a dealer option. The instrument is Spartan; I found myself for a tachometer.

If the randomly picked machine was any indication, Royal got it right with the electronic injection from Keihin, a maker that supplies bike companies. The C5 started and the idle was smooth and quiet; between power on and off — a of 27 horsepower, according to the company were seamless.

The C5 is electric-start though other models the UCE will retain the kick for now. A cable-actuated clutch good feel, allowing the transmission to shift flawlessly. The brake is a single 11-inch combined with a rear ample stopping power is on for the C5’s achievable speeds.

The claimed top speed of 82 miles an will not keep the C5 in the lead dog for long, even in a pack of Kawasaki Ninjas. However, a requirement was for all-day cruising at 70 That’s higher than the limit in much of the United and should not overly tax machine or

An unseen cost of many is the need for regular maintenance requires a trip to the dealer. The Classic C5 shines in this Being air-cooled, there is no to look after antifreeze and hoses.

Hydraulic lifters in the UCE eliminate periodic valve-lash the filters for air and oil can be replaced in minutes. Enfields equipped with the UCE are backed with a two-year mileage warranty in the United


Kevin Mahoney. the importer of Enfield for the United States, that the fuel economy of the UCE over 80 miles a gallon in tests, will be a pleasant

California riders need not for their checkbooks, at least not yet Royal Enfields are currently machines. The company expects certification to be completed this and bikes to be on sale there by of 2010.

If you’re the owner of a few hairs, you can easily picture Grant and Katharine Hepburn. in tweed and astride matching C5s, out for an afternoon ride in the countryside. A little younger? Brad and Angelina for Cary and leather for tweed, black C5 for and upstate New York for the Midlands; it works.

Like Harley-Davidson, Enfield holds its heritage as an part of the product’s story. G. May, author of Royal The Legend Rides On, writes 1891 was the year in which of bicycles and rifle parts in Redditch, England.

Royal was an established motorcycle manufacturer the single-cylinder Bullet made its in 1932. Its chrome trim, mud guards and peanut-shaped gas tank it a sporty addition to a company products had become a bit stodgy.

The Indian military played a role in assuring the Bullet’s In 1953, Prime Minister began encouraging development of a automobile manufacturing industry. 800 British 350cc Bullets sold to the Army as kits, to be in India.

Enfield India was in 1955 to make civilian and Bullets under license. The year, the current factory in Chennai began production, tooling shipped from In the succeeding half-century, the fortunes of India generally waxed, those of the parent company and the entire British motorcycle — were on the wane.

In the the roster of British motorcycle included AJS, Ariel, Matchless, Norton, Royal Triumph, Velocette and Vincent; only the Triumph name as a production brand (and has had many attempts at resuscitation). production in England ended in Attempts were made to the marque but it folded in the 1970s.

India continued churning out even exporting them to in the 1980s. The company was also in production of a diesel-powered motorcycle, the The 6.5 horsepower machine achieved 160 mpg but production was halted in 2002, the rise in fuel prices might have secured its

India has since become an parts powerhouse. Local has helped Royal Enfield to competitive, and the domestic material of the C5 exceeds 90 percent. With the Classic C5, the Royal Enfield have succeeded in building on the heritage and in their interpretation of British style.



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