Nov 15, 2010

Beginning and nowadays of Royal Enfield motorcycle

Beginning and nowadays of Royal Enfield motorcycle

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.

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