2006 Royal Enfield Bullet Electra
The future of the Royal Enfield Bullet, first produced in 1949, is secured thanks to a new lean-burn engine. The Electra-X retains the traditional appearance, simplicity and sound of the British ‘single’ but with greater inherent reliability and performance coupled with better fuel consumption and the ability meet anticipated emissions legislation around the Globe.
In addition to electric starter and 5-speed gearbox, this machine has a modified frame with new front forks and mudguard, 280mm single calliper front disc brake and gas filled rear dampers. It is equipped with Avon Super Venom and Roadrunner tyres front rear and has higher gearing than previous 500cc models, giving improved cruising speeds.
Royal Enfield have developed a 1950’s-styled version of the new Bullet Electra-X, which pays homage to the decade during which the classic Bullet first saw the light of day. Two versions have been produced; the standard Electra Classic gets a chrome-sided tank and matching chrome mudguards front and rear, which combine to give the bike the appearance of the 1950’s Bullet at first glance. For those seeking something that harks back to the original Bullet of 1949, there is a Solo Saddle model.
This adds a leatherette solo sprung saddle and luggage rack to the chrome tank and guards, taking the Bullet Electra into another decade altogether.
The ‘trials’ styled Electra 500-T is powered by the Company’s all-aluminium 499cc OHV single cylinder engine, which replaces the original 50 year-old British-designed unit, so that the Bullet meets current stringent emissions controls in Europe and the USA. Royal Enfield had an outstanding record of success in the ISDT [International Six Days’ Trial], during the glory years for British riders between 1948-1953.
The Bullet Electra 500-T has been designed to capture the sprit of the ‘unstoppable Bullet’ in a package that will be comfortable to ride on today’s roads. The Bullet Electra 500-T shares the frame and running gear with the Electra-X road bike as well as electric start, 5-speed gearbox, 280mm single calliper front disc brake and gas filled rear dampers.
Changes from the standard bike include alloy mudguards, scrambles handlebars, solo sprung saddle, revised rear sub-frame and tail light assembly, alloy bash-plate, smaller indicators and upswept sports silencer. Continental TKC 80 Rally tyres complete the picture, offering high levels of grip when used on or off-road plus long service life.
Produced exclusively for the UK market, the Bullet Electra Sportsman is styled to capture the essence of the cafe racers of the 1960’s, but with user-friendly concessions to modern life, including electric start, 5-speed gearbox, halogen headlight and 280mm front disc brake. Gas-filled ear shock absorbers and Avon Super Venom tyres enhance handling.
The composite GRP tank, which encases a steel fuel tank, and GRP solo seat unit give the Sportsman a radically different appearance to the standard Bullet. Chrome mudguards, rear-set footrests and ace bars, further enhance this. An upswept Gold Star style silencer completes the picture and gives the Sportsman a truly authentic ‘British single’ exhaust note that will turn heads wherever it goes.
In terms of performance the Electra Sportsman is a significant leap forward from previous models that still used the 1950’s-designed unit.
Bullet Electra Sportsman (CTD);
The new lean burn engine offers improved reliability, better fuel economy (regularly returning over 75mpg) and lower emissions. Perhaps even more importantly, the combination of a 32mm Dell’Orto carburettor and sport silencer allows the engine to breath more freely, producing 30 bhp.
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