The Royal Enfield Motorcycle: An Open Letter Through a Time Warp

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Royal Enfield Bullet 500 S Clubman

The Royal Enfield Motorcycle:

An Letter Through a Time

Royal Enfield Bullet in trim. Photo by Dave

Dear Chuck,

I’m get you for this! Sometime when you expect it. You just HAD to write article about the Royal motorcycle a few years ago, you? (

I’m you meant no harm, but it reached far into the reptilian brain of an old Caused no end of trouble, I can tell

Dad was a Brit, born and raised a tram ride of the old Clady in Northern Ireland. He was a seaman, and me stacks of motorcycle racing from Britain. The walls of my were covered with Matchless, Velocette, Geoff and Harold Daniell.

There was a section for the Norton Girls as

The 1950’s were a different Britain was the Saudi Arabia of having at least 50 viable at a time when the USA had two. The racing classes had, for been 350 and 500 cc, and the road bikes in tended to be the same size.

A 500 was a Big Bike!

There were no in Britain. The usual roads about as wide as ONE modern lane, were roughly usually wet, torturously and often had stone walls on sides. There were few places one could go much 70 and survive, so straight speed was to handling and braking.

Brit became known for excellent

In the USA, the Model T replaced the as transportation by about 1915, but prices and taxation in Britain the automobile a luxury. A working man a motorcycle, right up to the advent of the in the 60s. The British manufacturers in the business of selling transportation, ultimate performance a long way

All the major companies sold far 350s than 500s, as Enfield does in India

Racing sold bikes, but technology didn’t percolate to road bikes, as the buyer want to pay for performance he couldn’t All the Brit racing bikes had cam motors by the late 20s, but the Trident and BSA Rocket Three of the were still pushrod

This was a far cry from today’s in which bike builders and are primarily selling testosterone. Any or Honda dealer is skilled at that, if you don’t have a big weighing 900 pounds, or a Rice capable of 160 MPH, well, you just as well be wearing a pinafore.

I coveted the big 500 thumpers, but never afford one. I did a few rides, but I owned Hondas; 90, 400cc bikes. Beautifully quick, reliable, but somehow

I never named them, and I had the same level of emotional to them as I do to my Shop-Vac.

Then I your damn Article! The Enfield was still in production! New $4750!

That was like a car finding that a company in was still making ’57 and selling them for $6000, a dealer and parts network.

I had a bike, Sportzilla, a significantly Harley Sportster whose grip will take you to 100 in under 10 seconds. I love bike, but that article in the back of my mind for years. daydreaming about a second and how I would modify it, as that is at half the fun for me.

I bookmarked the site of the U.S. ( I devoured the history of the (

And of the Bullet model (

After a certain of whining on my part my Bride, in a moment, admitted that the exchecquer might just cover such a purchase. I a new, leftover ’04 for a discount, and had that puppy on by day’s end!

I purchased a dealer who treated me honestly, but we personalities which knock off each other. Most of my purchases have been Classic Motorworks, with I have been pleased and They have an amazing of aftermarket parts for a bike such a small market (as yet).

The bike arrived dark and I wheeled it into the immediately noticing that the lever pulled all the way in to the grip. the next couple hours post-dealer-prep-prep, and just admiring the She has a mid-century mechanical look is music to a gearhead. There’s styling, other than the housing (called the Casquette).

follows function here, and as on a or the Flying Scotsman, the result is

This is NOT a bike for a guy who goes to the to change a lightbulb. You need the shop manual, and an aftermarket one by Pete Snidal. Together, add up to adequate.

Don’t get me wrong, the is built like a Bren gun and it going to fall apart, but a who learned about points in History class is going to to acquire some Paleomechanical We sometimes look back at technology as crude, but just try to using the aircraft materials and of 1916, a better aircraft a SPAD.

The more I went over the the more impressed I became. The company was always known for They invented the rubber drive around 1911, and the first production bike swing-arm rear suspension.

The never supported racing, many were raced by entrants, and they were successful in trials and scrambles.

I up with drum brakes, and could be pretty bad, but are double leading shoe That was the pinnacle of drum and very rare on a production Since adjusting them and them in, I’m impressed by power and modulation. About the brake, the less said the

Fortunately, I don’t use it much, There are no frame tubes the motor, which is a stressed The frame is powder-coated.

Best of the Mesolithic four-speed gearbox lubed) has been replaced a modern five-speed, which 90 wt oil. It was designed from the for left foot shift, and quiet and smooth shifting. The is separate from the motor, but to it, a technique Harley only got to on the Twinkie 88.

Not to rag on the Motor Company, but laced wheels have spokes. The Enfield’s are stainless. She with a spare set of cables, a fair tool kit, and a innertube tube. Good or bad omen?

Only time tell.

The paint quality is 85% of modern standards, and quite at this price. The polished are well done, and on close you can see that this is not due to modern techniques, but the result of extensive polishing.

Withal, the bike’s quality has substantially in the last five Since the company was acquired by International it has had more capital which to work. Just as the was built by proud British half a century ago, it is built by proud Indian and decidedly not by a robotic production

The quality is far beyond good but this isn’t a Brough It’s a 20,000 unit per production model.

I was waiting for the documents and could not licence the immediately, but my property adjoins a center. I rolled her out next and started up, then sat there my head off. Out of the box, the chuffs.

ChuffChuffChuffChuffChuff! It’s riding a steam motorcycle! No I had ordered the British made headpipe and short silencer.

I had about the quoted 16 rear HP, as Sportzilla puts down I needn’t have worried, is 150 pounds lighter and doesn’t at all slow, even as strangled as the bike is. I had forgotten how much fun a bike can be.

She corners eagerly, feeling twitchy, and I dragged my peg within five minutes. three inch tyres y’know) bite asphalt a Cromwell tank!

With 20 on a new motor, I wasn’t about to full twist, but she felt and responsive. I put about ten miles on in the lot that day, stopping for a now and then, to let her cool. I break-in the 50 miles VERY gently.

I had a

As a portent of things to come, a of kids on skateboards came to ask what a Royal Enfield I gave them the story The Bike they Forgot to Making, and they pronounced it

The bike has since drawn attention than Lady when she got off her horse at the Pub for a pint. I her across Rt. 9 to Mike’s Diner, was a good move, as half the Twp Police force were in for lunch.

They all came out for a studiously ignoring the lack of a plate.

At day’s end, I that the headpipe had blued for 18 at the rear, just before the What th’ Hey? blue from the front! a time as any to change the exhaust.

Royal Enfield Bullet 500 S Clubman

I a cylindrical cat converter bodged the back of the headpipe, cutting the section area by about That accounts for about 2 HP. are no exhaust flanges or studs, you line up the pipe with the in the head, then POUND it in a rubber mallet! The brackets it in place.

Simple, cheap, and it

Now, as I said, it’s a bike. But, outta box, it’s got some that are downright, well, So in the next few days she got, Classic Motorworks’ Store ( ):

Bigger 34mm Mikuni with KN filter. (Stock is a Micarb, Indian made, and a bit

Freer pipes, smaller exhaust cooling flange.

capacity fuel valve.

capacity oil pumps (if they’re the motor probably needs

Relocate horn from location on downtube to below air

Replace 18 vertical lollipop so dorky I never installed

Replace dorky dual with springer (It’s a dual seat, but, dorky).

Replace dorky dinner turn indicators with type, relocate rears to mount tabs.

Get rid of Uber-Dorky tin box tail light mounting, light.

Install small (Memphis Shades).

Remove plumbing, gives me two huge

Polish everything in sight.

Enfield Bullet after the modifications. Photo by Dave

She runs much freer probably 5-10% quicker, and the has the classic deep, flat, bark of a Brit single. For its fun riding on secondary roads up to 70 MPH or so, she could be left right but you know that ain’t my I’m planning:

535cc big alloy cylinder.

high piston, 8.5:1 up from 6.5 was designed for 75 octane).

Taller sprocket for a bit more top end.

head for dual plugs, it out and polish the passages.

Relocate for a see through look.

7 headlight.

And else that I happen to of, but that’s for another letter. But I am to get you for this, Chuck!


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