Lot 8 - 2004 Enfield Bullet 500cc
|Odometer reading||37,145 miles|
|Result||Sold - £838|
Royal Enfield was the name under which the Enfield Cycle Company made motorcycles, bicycles, lawnmowers and stationary engines. This legacy of weapons manufacture is reflected in the logo, a cannon, and their motto ""Made like a gun, goes like a bullet"". Use of the brand name Royal Enfield was licensed by the Crown in 1890. The original Redditch, Worcestershire based company was sold to Norton-Triumph-Villiers in 1968. Production ceased in 1970 and the company was dissolved in 1971. In 1956 Enfield of India started assembling Bullet motorcycles under licence from UK components, and by 1962 were manufacturing complete bikes. Enfield of India bought the rights to use the Royal Enfield name in 1995. Royal Enfield production, based in Chennai, continues and Royal Enfield is now the oldest motorcycle brand in the world still in production with the Bullet model enjoying the longest motorcycle production run of all time.
This Indian bullet 500cc example came from the Chennai factory and was initially locally owned before passing into the hands of the European Commission employed vendor. It was often seen in and around the UN and EC headquarters in northern India as certainly the most efficient way to travel. The owners wife, Julie, also accompanied him on many trips and the bike was well loved during its tenure in the Indian Subcontinent. Upon his return to the UK, the vendor could not bear to be parted from his beloved Bullet, and so repatriated it back to its spiritual home. It was frequently serviced by Enfield specialists whilst in India and freshly MoT'd upon its return to England, two years ago. It is a leftfoot gear change model, very comfortable for both passenger and pillion, an extremely flexible touring bike. This model comes with spare pannier frames and a selection of spare parts. This modern interpretation of a much loved classic offers bags of fun for modest outlay.
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