Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Royal Enfield Bullet

The Bullet 350 is not exactly a new entry into the mid-capacity retro sector, since it is an evolution of a model launched in 1932 with more than 90 years of history behind it. The updated for 2023 model therefore has a tricky brief to fulfil – to be retro enough to appeal to the Enfield faithful who want to revel in the thump of an old-school single, yet modern enough not to scare off newer riders. The 349cc engine is still an air-oil cooled single, but these days it is fuel injected and produces 20hp. A balancer shaft cuts down on vibrations, and it is mated to a five-speed gearbox. A revamped chassis is claimed to be firmer for better handling and manoeuvrability, and front and rear disc brakes are fitted with ABS. The looks are freshened with a revised bench seat, new mudguards and a new “digi-analog” instrument cluster with a LCD info panel and USB charging port blended in with the traditional dials. The Standard version comes in black or maroon with hand-painted gold pinstripes for £4629. The Black Gold version has the same mechanical spec, but has copper pinstripes on the matt/gloss black tank and a blacked-out engine and components for its £4709 price tag.

Royal Enfield; www.royalenfield.com


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