Royal Enfield Bullet
Royal Enfield Bullet Carburator
2001 Royal Enfield Bullet.
Not an ‘authentic’ classic , due to its age , but due to its history it warrants a place in the Classic Bike Esprit stable.
A single cylinder engine originally designed in 1949 as a 350 cc and still being built today in India makes this bike the longest running production machine in the world.
Modifications today include the fitment of an electric start, five-speed gearbox and left foot gearchange available since 2002. (Our model note is 2001 and right foot gear change.)
Royal Enfield was based in Redditch, Worcestershire ,a town previously more famous for its production of pins and needles. Its engineering origins were in firearms, and production of motorcycles started in 1901, continuing right the way through to 1970 with the last British built model being the highly regarded Interceptor, a 736cc OHV Twin.
The unfortunately nickname for these bikes was the “Royal Oilfield” as they had a tendency to leave oil on the floor if left stationary for any length of time!
The Bullet offers an enjoyable and satisfying ride however and a unique glimpse into an age gone by while cosseting the rider in a 21st century mechanical bubble.