Sunday, September 13, 2009

Royal Enfield Bullet - The Bike that Time Forgot

There is just something about vintage motorcycles that grips me. The classic styling. The untethered exhaust notes. The smell of the oil. They have a cool factor that is seemingly lost on today's more refined pieces of machinery.

However, the challenges that come with ownership of classic motorcycles are the same, if not greater, than old automobiles. They require a huge chunk of reserve cash for repair and maintenance in order for them to remain roadworthy, and finding a well respected motor service shop can be tricky.

Enter Royal Enfield Motors. The original Redditch, Worcestershire based company dissolved in 1971, but Enfield of India, based in Chennai, continued, and bought the rights to use the Royal Enfield name in 1995. Today you can buy a brand new Bullet 499cc motorbike, virtually unchanged since 1955, for as low as $5,000. Many of the newer Royal Enfields now come standard with upgraded fuel ignition engines and automatic well as the traditional kickstart. There are a load of options and accessories available to customize to your personal tastes, and rider fan clubs are popping up all across the web.

Find a dealer in your area: Royal Enfield Motorcycles USA.

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