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Why Royal Enfield Best for Motorcycle Trip in India
Motorcycle tour in India on Enfield Bullet can be an exhilarating experience. Extremely reliable on Indian Road condition. Bullet is extensively used by the Indian Army in various terrain ranging from Rajasthan deserts to the highest motorable road on earth - Ladakh. Also the main stay of the Indian police, Bullet is capable of excellent performance with minimal attention.
Have ridden a few hundred thousands kilometers in one of these trust-worthy machines in the last 20 years. In the words of Mr.Phil Spender,CEO of Fords(India),"it is a classic bike to be treasured".
Its low center of gravity and its weight (unladed weight is about 180 kg for my machine) imparts stability whilst negotiating the curves of any mountainous road. Your mount never makes you starved of power when you require it. It is generally built on steel components which add to its long life.
Its characteristic beat, accentuated by an open core silencer, can be music to the rider, whilst signaling a juggernaut to the other road users. It commands a rightful respect amongst the unruly Indian drivers. It produces enough torque even at low rpm of the engine to propel you with a majestic "thud..thud..thud" beat.
Some use a square piece of mat in the back with a hole aligned to the exhaust, which results in a deafening beat. This sound can easily make way for you in the mayhem of country side roads. You can ride quietly like a whisper or roar like a monster - it all depends on the silencer of this big motorcycle.
This proven bike requires little attention to its maintenance. Top up the engine oil before a long journey. Visually check for any loose nuts. Braking has always been a minus point with Bullets. They like to ride at full throttle, easily reaching about 120 km per hour or chug along at 20 km per hour - all at 4th gear with little effort on your part.
When you ride up a steep mountain, ride at 2nd gear and have a sedate steady speed, cranking at the hairpin bends to have an easy ride up. If you try shifting gears every few meters, it becomes an effort both for the rider and the bike. Bullet lets you enjoy the scenery at your pace as long as you pay attention to the hazards ahead of you.
Motorcycle tour in Himalayas with Enfield classic 500cc is awesome. You can feel the power of classic 500cc.From the Rajasthan sand dunes to hilly Darjeeling or from extreme Himalayas to costal south india enfield classic 500cc is the best bike for you.
About Royal Enfield Bikes
Royal Enfield produced its first motorcycle in 1901, and this year 70,000 machines will roll off the production line at its factory in Chennai (formerly Madras) in Southern India.
The survival of this historic British marque is thanks to a lucky twist of fate. Back in 1949 Royal Enfield opened a satellite operation in Madras to manufacture its 350cc Bullet model for the Indian armed forces. When the UK factory closed its doors in 1967, the Indian plant continued to produce these classic British bikes, which had achieved cult status in India by that time. Following its acquisition in 1995 by the Eicher Group, a significant player in the Indian automobile industry with a gross sales turnover of $424 million, Royal Enfield has benefited from significant investment in new plant, machinery and models; the company recently announced plans to invest $13.8 million in order to double its motorcycle manufacturing capacity to meet demand.
For European customers the introduction of a new fuel-injected engine in 2009 has made the Bullet far more accessible. Introduced to comply with tough European emissions regulations, the all-new 499cc engine retains the original unit's bore and stroke of 84mm x 90mm, giving it the essential character of the 'British single' from which it has evolved, but with electronic fuel injection by Keihin of Japan and a 5-speed gearbox for modern levels of reliability. Power output is 28 BHP in standard form and with 41.3 Nm of torque at 4000rpm the motor pulls cleanly from low revs. Tested under Euro 3 conditions the engine returns just under 80 mpg, which means an impressive tank range of 200 miles before switching to reserve. A catalytic converter is cunningly concealed inside the traditional-looking silencer, while a new 7-plate clutch makes the 5-speed gearbox light and easy to use.
Royal Enfield Motorcycle History
Started with the first production in 1901 of English motorcycles. Within 30 years Royal Enfield had developed a range of models called the bullet 250, 350 and 500. However Royal Enfield never matched the popularity of companies like Norton, Triumph or BSA.
Sticking to the name Bullet - Royal Enfield redesigned the model a little after the Second World War (it still was a (roadster style bike). But because labor was cheaper in India the motorcycles were being produced there.
Around this time all motorcycle companies were starting to build parallel twin engines and Royal Enfield also started designing such engines. This led to the 500cc roadster which later became the Meteor 692cc.
In 1958 the Meteor became the Constellation model. As the models kept upgrading so did the Constellation which led the way to the bigger and more powerful 736cc Interceptor from 1962. However due to financial problems with Royal Enfield the production stopped in 1968. The Royal Enfield brand continued under the name Enfield and the old Royal Enfield factory in Madras was used to restart the brand. The Bullet model was the survivor and continued with a 350cc model which sold well in Indian.
The Bullet layout remained virtually untouched but it was upgraded with a 500cc engine a few years later. Due to export demands the model was also upgraded with better brakes. The irony is that Enfield was also being exported back to England after the shutdown in 1968.