Edited from motorcyclecruiser.com
When Brit-born motorcycle producer Royal Enfield set up shop in Madras, India, in 1955, it was simply a matter of efficiency. The Indian government had a voracious appetite for the then world-renowned 500cc Bullet, which it used to supplement defenses along the Pakistani border. Native workers were sent to England to learn the art of Enfield. In another decade, cost-effective Japanese competition had all but driven British firms such as Enfield, Norton and Triumph underground. The plant in India, however, was rescued by its resident partner and continues to flourish. Workers simply continued to build what they were trained to—a 1955 Bullet. And they’ve never stopped.
The 2000 Royal Enfield 500cc Bullet on offer here came to us from the estate of a deceased collector, dealer, and all ‘round enthusiast.
The simple, nostalgic bike, sporting its 500cc single producing a zippy 22bhp, has covered only 100 miles from new. Purchased, run around for a weekend and then stored, the bike is offered in excellent condition throughout; as-new for the most part. Re-commissioned in our shop to ready it for sale, the bike starts well, idles smoothly (for a 1955 single) and rides well. Everything works as it should, including the “neutral gear finder” lever, pictured, and the bike is to be sold on a clean, clear title.
Frame no. MBFFSV223YM599144
Engine no. 0B5-9914D
Location: Ventura, California