The Royal Enfield Motorcycle: An Open Letter Part 2

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Royal Enfield Bullet 500 S Clubman

The Royal Enfield Motorcycle:

An Letter Through a Time Part 2

Royal Enfield during modification. Photo by Murray.

Dear Chuck,

riding a time machine. and I have just come the bend at Kate’s Cottage, and we down the straight toward That’s Harold Daniell up on a Norton, and if we can catch him before we’ll be way ahead on time.

I each gear to the redline, and let the have free rein in where the big single cylinder seems to fire about per lamp post. I’m behind the fly screen, and the tank me a good one in the chest with bump.

Wellll. OK, It’s 2006, not 1948, and Double Road in Ocean County, NJ, and not the of Man TT. You got your daydreams, Bro, and I got But I’m telling you, you get this kind of flashback on a

Gives me memories I’ve had.

The experience of riding a big single is unique. There are bikes (MANY faster but unless you can get your hands on a Norton, Velocette, or such you have missed this experience. You can even duplicate the of a Brit vertical twin, not on the modern Triumph Bonnie, but on one of the Brit bikes ever the Kawasaki W 650.

The bike I’m riding is a Enfield Bullet 500cc a 1955 model, built in in 2004. Actually, the model came out in late 1948, I was two years old. That’s on to Sixty years ago, and the is well over half as old as itself.

I had expected an interesting, but riding experience, something to around on back roads, but not up to modern conditions. Shows how you can be. The first ride astonished me.

The is RIGHT. It’s the product of one design sense, that of Wilson-Jones, Chief Engineer at 1925-1963.

The design is balanced, working together in harmony. not always the case, remember the Mach 3 two …? A 140 MPH motor 100 MPH brakes, and 80 MPH handling!

The damn felt like it had a hinge in the

This was the very first proddy bike with forks and a swing-arm rear In fact Enfield, virtually among British bike never built a plunger rear. They got the handling from the start.

Within its envelope, this is about the handling bike I’ve ridden, and I’ve ridden a

You look at the narrow 90/100 and figure this is an upright then you get on it and find yourself pegs, five minutes in! It corner with a modern Racer, but for a rewarding feel, damn near perfect.

I had my doubts about the drum but once adjusted properly and in, the double leading shoe is very strong, with modulation. They’d probably under race conditions, but haven’t on the road.

My ’04 is the year of the new five-speed gearbox, and it that the Indian engineers carried on the Reddich tradition of it right from the outset. used to Sportzilla’s shift, like all Sportys, requires an application of left Wellie to cogs, which it does a downright agricultural clank. The new box snicks from gear to with a light tap of the toe.

Sportzilla, which will 45 MPH in ALL of its five gears, the Enfield’s are, of necessity, spaced There is really only one gear for any speed, but the motor torque from low revs, so not shifting every three in traffic. It’s all about really, some of the old 50cc bikes had 14 gears, and got up over 100

The Enfield is a blank canvas. You can it as is, make it into a Cafe a Clubman bike, or a classic Mud plugger trials bike. The Classic Motorworks, has all the bits and

They’ve even got a sidecar!

as is, the bike would be perfect for around Martha’s Vineyard, for use in or on campus. With the standard 17T sprocket, it will max around 70 mph and just under 60, with 16 wheel HP.

I suspect most take the Enfield to Stage 1 For about $500 you can replace the restrictive exhaust and intake air box a British made exhaust and a KN air filter, and add a 34mm Mikuni This requires opening up the port in the alloy head to but it can be done with sanding in a Dremel tool with the in place. This setup was tested by the Bulletin magazine now gone) at just over 20 a 25% power increase.

If you change to an 18T sprocket, this will you a top around 75, and a cruise well 60, at the same RPMs as before.

I live, sometimes the only way to get is via the Garden State Parkway, so I at least limited interstate capability. Stage 2 is a 535cc available in the original iron or in and a high compression piston, up from 6.5, on top of the Stage 1 With a 19T sprocket, this a top around 80, and a cruise close to 70, at the same RPMs as before.

I did a mild flow job on the head, and plugged it, which probably add up to 1 HP. I haven’t dynoed it, but I’m that 23-24 RWHP a pipe dream.

Royal Enfield Bullet 500 S Clubman

Look Ma, no Photo by Dave Murray.

motor is as simple as they unlike the modern rice which has to go to the dealer to change I timed myself, went a running bike to having the sitting on the bench in just 40 minutes. You DO need the Enfield Manual, and especially Pete after market manual.

You can the motor, and get it up over 30 RWHP, but you can be a very expensive, fast, You have to know where to I’ve stopped.

I’m now things like period-correct fuel lines, and I’m the alloy fenders, but the bike has hit the spot in performance.

Note petcock, copper fuel and KN air filter, among other Photo by Dave Murray.

would be a wonderful first Let’s say a guy has a 16 year-old kid, for motorcycles. (I remember it well! Now, you and I know that kid is all and no brains (as I was), and he wants a It’s amazing how many there are out there that get such a kid a 150 MPH+ bike.

Instead, let Dad get him the Enfield. The kid will this bike is better no bike. As he rides, and sees how attention the bike draws, he come to like it. It’s a motorcycle.

He and his Dad can spend time in the discovering the ancient mysteries of and points ignition together.

The Enfield is the safest bike in the as it can just barely kill (Watch out for Grandma’s Buick, -Ed.) He won’t be drag the KawaHoYamukis, because he’ll get Deb-Bee will like the much more comfortable on any sport bike, and she will no choice but to hold on to him.

In 40 when the conversation among his (those who survived) turns to bikes, all the others will be alphabet soup; Mine was an He’ll say A 1955 model Enfield. That’ll stop the

A word about the importer, Motorworks. There are quite a few but it is not unusual to be a couple hours the nearest, as I am. You have to have a that will work you, and this CMW has done. I had a a machinist’s mistake, it happens.

CMW stood behind the product and I believe they will do so any customer who is honest with I’ve sat in the Tech Service chair and heard many I was just riding along and it only to find obvious of neglect or abuse. It’s a street. Here is their web

Chuck, I’m so much fun, I’m let you off the hook for writing the article started it all. I won’t run you in your driveway, or pop out of the azaleas a shotgun. You have nothing to from me.

It’s my Bride you watch out for!

Royal Enfield Bullet 500 S Clubman
Royal Enfield Bullet 500 S Clubman
Royal Enfield Bullet 500 S Clubman
Royal Enfield Bullet 500 S Clubman
Royal Enfield Bullet 500 S Clubman


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