The Royal Enfield Motorbikes
The title “Royal Enfield” do not need any introduction. The synonym of thundering roar and a thrilling riding experience, this legendary ride is holding its place for close to 60 years in the country. For its owners, it is more than a means of transportation, instead it's a lifelong romance. Royal Enfield is amongst the oldest motorcycles in the world, which are still in production.
During the early decade of 1900, the company extended their range in Quadra cycle and tricycles and built the first Royal Enfield car in 1901. After that many upgrades were made in their vehicles. In the year 1909, Royal Enfield surprised the world by showing small V twin engine machine at the motorcycle show. It was built on Swiss tradition and ran very well. It was the year 1911, when company developed a slightly larger model with 2-speed gear.
Updates during the World Wars
During the World War I & II, it was extensively used for carrying machine guns . In 1924, the company launched its first motorbike with 4 stroke 350cc engine. Later in 1928, Royal Enfield became the first company to adopt saddle tanks and center spring girder front forks. The company produced several bikes in the next decade, featuring from two stroke engine to 1140 cc V twin. The first 4 valve, single cylinder motorbike was introduced in 1931 followed by their first Bullet in 1932 with an inclined engine and an exposed valve gear.
The Indian Motorcycle Company
In the year 1955, the Government of India was in search of motorcycles that could be used for patrolling border by its army. This was the only reason why it came to India. Indian Army ordered 800 units of 350 cc Bullets. Therefore, the Redditch Company partnered with Madras Motors. Later, the Madras Motors started producing the bikes independently. Since its introduction in the market, it has never looked back. In 1990, Royal Enfield collaborated with Eicher Group and merged with it in 1994.
Royal Enfield is quite popular in India and youth have a special liking towards the brand. Let's check out the most famous models of Enfield:
Bullet 350 cc / 500 cc
Royal Enfield Electra 350 cc
Classic 350 cc / 500 cc
Thunderbird 350 cc / 500 cc
Himalayan 411 cc
Continental GT 535 cc