Did you know that the Bullet motorbike we see on the roads today has a history of more than 125 years? Yes, first established as a cycle company by the name of Enfield Cycle Company, it rolled out its first motorbike in 1901, the iconic Bullet. Our very own Indian Army commissioned this rugged motorbike as a border patrolling bike on the rough terrain along the Indo-Pak borders.
The original manufacturer of the Bullet M/s Redditch Company from the UK made a joint venture with Madras Motors as Enfield and set up a plant on the outskirts of Chennai (erstwhile Madras). This colossal plant imported the necessary machinery from the UK and started manufacturing all the motorbike components locally right here in India. As time passed, the ownership of Enfield changed hands and is currently part of the Eicher Group, which rechristened the company like Royal Enfield India in 1994. Brand Royal Enfield boasts of motorbikes for all categories: cruiser motorbikes, off-roaders, racers, classic retro, and not to forget the iconic Classic Bullet 350.
Here are the five best Royal Enfield motorbikes to bring you up to speed.
Royal Enfield Interceptor 650
For the all demanding Indian motorbike community craving for a powerful and heavy-duty motorbike, Royal Enfield launched the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650.
- This off-roader cum cruiser bike comes with an all-powerful 650 CC engine.
- RE kept the look retro to appeal to the motorbike brotherhood riders with a distinct brand logo displayed in the vast petrol tank style.
- The twin-engine is air-cooled and produces an adequate torque of 52Nm at 47bhp.
- This motorbike comes with six-speed manual transmission for greater control using an assist clutch as a standard feature.
- It also has an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and a cruising speed of 160kmph at the top end on highways at a flick of the accelerator on the handlebar.
This mean bike is priced between Rs.2.75 – 2.9 lakhs and is the answer to all the prayers of the power-hungry motorbike fans in India.
Royal Enfield Continental GT 650
If you are a sports bike fan, Royal Enfield GT 650 has to be your choice from the current crop of sports bikes. This motorbike is a modified version of the historic GT535.
- It has a classic clip-on design to reduce driving fatigue and lessen the back and wrist aches that come with riding a superbike.
- It has a net engine capacity of 649CC and comes with parallel-twin engines, which again is air/oil-cooled to give a jerk-free ride.
- Like the Interceptor 650, it too boasts of a 47bhp engine with a peak torque of 52Nm.
- Again, the ABS and a six-speed manual transmission is a standard feature.
The Royal Enfield Continental 650 priced at Rs. 2.9 – 3.15 Lakhs is overall a genuine iconic motorbike giving the rides a powerful performance combined with a stunning finish and stylized look.
Royal Enfield Himalayan
For the motorbike brotherhood that goes on cross-country riding expedition, the Royal Enfield Himalayan is ideal. It comes perfectly designed with a seat height of 800mm and an excellent ground clearance of 200mm to clear the roughest of obstacles smoothly.
- This powerful motorbike has a 411 cc BS6 engine which gives 24.3 bhp at 32 Nm torque, just enough to take your bike for a long, really long drive.
- This motorbike launched in 2021 is available in a genuinely new color range of Mirage Silver, Pine Green, Granite Black, and Gravel Grey.
- The Royal Enfield Himalayan comes with a Tripper navigation system powered by Google maps and works on your smartphone, providing the rider turn-by-turn navigation.
- It has a semi-digital instrument cluster and an updated windscreen to enhanced driving capabilities.
- You get additional storage space with its rear and front racks.
- As part of the traditional design, it comes with halogen headlights, ABS, and a hazard light switch.
- The front wheel is 21-inch, and the rear has 17-inch alloy trim.
- The braking system is of 300mm disc brakes giving it much-needed safety on mountain roads. The suspension is fabulous to take care of the long rides.
- The Royal Enfield Himalayan is a perfect combination of ergonomic design and a powerful go-getter motorbike.
A mixture of an off-roader and a mountain bike Royal Enfield Himalayan also suits your pocket, priced at Rs. 1.90 – 2 Lakhs.
Royal Enfield Classic 350
If you are looking for a cruiser bike to ride with a Classic look, then Royal Enfield Classic 350 should be your pick without any doubt.
- The Classic 350 is a powerful motorbike running on a 346 CC BS6 single-cylinder engine giving 19.1 bhp at 28 Nm torque.
- The design is the classic retro look which has a historical appeal. Chunky and robust making it the most favored motorbike on the road.
- It comes with ABS as standard along with front and rear disc brakes.
- It has a bulky fuel tank and a round headlamp, the side covers are significant, and the wheels are spoked, giving the Classic 350 a rustic look.
- The seat is ideal for Indian body frame; typically wide and with extra cushioning for a smooth ride over bumpy roads.
- The 5-speed gearbox gives it that much more power during the long and arduous ride.
Priced economically at Rs. 1.68 Lakhs, it is more affordable than its peers in the same category. So, if you are a fan of a Classic and historical motorbike and want to have some fun during your drive, go for this Royal Enfield Classic 350.
Royal Enfield Bullet 350
The most famous and hottest selling motorbike from the Royal Enfield stable is the Royal Enfield Bullet 350.
- Powered by 346CC BS6 compliant engine, the Bullet 350 generates a cool 19.1bhp at 28Nm.
- This motorbike has a front disc and rear drum brakes, plus the ABS gives it total rider safety.
- The Royal Enfield Bullet 350 is the oldest and best entry-level superbike available in India.
- The branding is perfect, with the old Royal Enfield badge visible on the fuel tank.
- This motorbike is available in both kick and electric starter to appeal to both the old and GenX riders.
Its styling and design still holds the old-world charm of a rugged motorbike but with a modern attitude. 350 Bullet is the most economical of the lot and priced at Rs.1.30 Lakhs.
Thus, guys, these were the top 5 motorbike models from Royal Enfield. So, which one is your favorite?
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