Unlike many other Royal Enfield enthusiasts, the first time I rode an Enfield was when I was in 11th grade. The memory is still fresh in my mind; I was anxious and didn’t want to show my friend as he trusted me with the beast. It took 5 whole minutes and around 10 kicks to bring the engine to life. I shifted to first gear and there was no looking back…
Often referred to as an ‘Organic’ motorcycle by loyalists, Royal Enfield is well known for its legacy and history. The Bullet, a 1948 model of the Royal Enfield, has the longest production run of any motorcycle in the world. The Indian Army has been using this motorcycle for over 50 years in the harshest terrains, what more credibility can one asks for?
In a country like India where every corner seems to manifest an astonishing new aspect of the unpredictable kaleidoscopic wonders, no other motorcycle allows for a greater interaction with the surroundings. Be it an unannounced procession in full color or a thunderous waterfall; or just a traffic gridlock on the highway, the motorcycle becomes a part of you. Besides, how else can a sore butt, bloodshot eyes and shaky arms be borne with a sense of accomplishment? What else would make people stare with jealousy or admiration as you pass?
The beauty, simplicity and class that exist in older things somehow seem to lack in the things of today. “Terribly outdated design” was a tag given to my motorcycle by many when I bought it. But there are many others like me, who are in awe of the protruding engine, the loud thump and the classic vintage curves. These are the very same people who will forever remain loyal with the brand and would be ever ready to argue it out when it comes to who really ‘rules the road’.
To conclude, there are not many people who would love these motorcycles, but who really do have formed a cult of their own. Robust design and high capacity engines complimented with classic vintage looks makes this motorcycle a clear favorite among the motorcycling travelers of the country.