Under the Radar: The Royal Enfield Bullet 500 — Motorcycle Manufacturers…

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Royal Bullet 500

Years produced:

Claimed power: 25hp @

Top Speed : 78mph

Engine 499cc air-cooled OHV single


Weight: 420lbs

MPG:  45-65 (est.)

then/now: £214-£250 ($600-$700)/$2,500-$6,000

Enfield is one of the oldest of all motorcycle The company incorporated as a bicycle in 1890, and produced its first a De Dion-powered quadricycle in 1898. And in of its famous slogan, “Made a Gun,” the company never made munitions: the “Royal name was adopted after the won contracts to supply gun parts to the Small Arms Factory in near London.

RE pioneered motorcycle innovations, offering a countershaft gearbox in 1911 and a automatic recirculating engine system in 1914. The first were sporting variants of overhead-valve four-… 150cc, and 500cc singles in the 1930s. The Bullet was particularly innovative, both three- and four-valve heads with pent combustion chambers.

Innovation went on hold for six from 1939, while RE the British Army with the and slogging side-valve 350cc C and overhead-valve model CO.

After Royal Enfield’s big single G and J (350cc and 500cc) appeared like the wartime singles in that they were. A new 350cc Bullet arrived in with several important The long-… 70mm x 90mm engine carried its oil supply in a compartment behind the crankcase, the cylinder was topped with an all new alloy head, and the gearbox directly to the engine in “semi-unit”

A new frame carried a telescopic fork, and at the rear a swingarm telescopic spring/damper units. surprising was the use of light alloy in the primary cases, cylinder and (later) hubs.

The new Bullet proved highly competitive in trials, with works Vic Britain and Charlie Rogers winning Gold Medals in the International Six Day Trial as part of the British team. RE went on to win more ISDT makers’ in the next five years. The along with the Ariel HT and G3, became the trials bike to while the street version well, too — though new 500 and 650 twins other makers somewhat it.

The company responded with a 500cc engine of 84mm in 1952. This raised the from 18hp to 25hp little weight gain, a lively performance for the time. And in the famous RE “casquette” headlight with its distinctive side lights was fitted.

1955 featured a new open-loop diamond which lost the previous seat tube, making for a central toolbox/air cleaner

The Bullet 500 continued largely until production ended 1962. Along the way, the 500cc engine gained cooling fins to become the head” Bullet; the Fury was a road-race version intended to with the flat-track BSA Gold and Triumph T100s that mopping up in flat track.

the basic Bullet gained a for durability and toughness almost at the time. That — and its trials — attracted the attention of the Indian as a motorcycle that might be to the rugged terrain of rural especially in its Himalayan north. restrictions meant that Indian agent, Madras Company, was required to assemble — and fully manufacture — Enfield in Madras (now Chennai).

The design, based on the 1954 model with its old-style continued essentially unchanged for 50 years.

However, the U.K. were always better than their Indian (mostly because of better and British Bullets — if you can find one — are to last. They do have weaknesses, though: Bullets, most Enfields, use a twin-piston oil that needs to be checked for wear. The oil scavenge line is inside the cases and is easily so regular oil and filter changes are a

Also ensure the cork (on bikes) or neoprene seal on the big end oil “quill” is in good condition. behind the big nut in the center of the timing Parts are still readily making English-built Bullets a option for singles fans for something familiar, but different.

Single cylinder rivals to the 500

AJS Model 18/Matchless G80

Years 1946-1966

Claimed power: @ 5,600rpm/84mph

Engine type: air-cooled OHV single

Transmission: drum brakes front and

Weight: 394lbs (dry)

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45-65mpg (est.)

Price  $4,000-$8,000

A. J. Stevens Co. was acquired by Motorcycles in 1931 to form Motor Cycles Ltd. AJS had the sporting reputation, however, and differentiation was maintained until when the model ranges effectively merged. A smaller than most of its rivals, AMC outlived many by building a for innovation and quality.

One of the best Forces motorcycles of WWII was the Matchless G3/L, a lightweight of the pre-war G3 and fitted with company AMC’s new Teledraulic fork. For 1946, AMC produced versions of the G3/L with AJS (model 16) and Matchless (G3/L) as well as 500cc (82.5 x versions, the Model 18 and G80. The difference?

The AJS carried its magneto in of the cylinder, the Matchless behind.

A frame became an option in (G80S), and used the slender spring/damper units, replaced in by the more robust “Jampot” 1951 also brought new alloy cylinder heads. For the G80’s magneto moved in of the cylinder, making the engine from the AJS except for the badge.

brakes and a stock dual were announced for 1953 (as on our bike; turn to page 62 for a feature on the 1953 18S), width alloy hubs for and the new Amal monobloc carburetor for Essentially, the 18 and G80 always successfully traditional design with engineering and above-average quality. enduring value reflects

Ariel VH Red Hunter

Years 1932-1959

Claimed power: @ 5,000rpm/84mph

Engine type: air-cooled OHV single

Transmission: drum brakes front and

Weight: 365lbs (dry)

50-60mpg (est.)

Price  $4,000-$8,000

Like Royal Ariel was early into building a trike, also De powered, in 1898. Though for Edward Turner’s Square it was designer Val Page’s line of side- and overhead-valve singles was Ariel’s bread and butter in the Introduced in 1932, the 500cc VH Red was the company’s flagship single, a sporting version of the OHV VG model. A NH Red Hunter was also produced.

models got fully enclosed gear in 1939.

Most and some early post-war Red featured twin exhaust and dual silencers, though option was dropped by 1950. A front fork arrived in and “Anstey link” (named for former chief designer) rear suspension was offered as an By now Ariel was part of the BSA group, and in the Red Hunter gained a BSA-style frame, while the engine received an alloy cylinder

The last year for Red Hunter was 1959, when all the Ariel models, including the Square were dropped in favor of the new Leader and Arrow range.

At until the early 1950s, Red wore a distinctive color of a red-over-chrome gas tank, with a red around the center of the chrome rims. Distinctively British and rare in this country, Red are nonetheless fairly affordable in the with parts readily from England. MC

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