Royal Enfield, an iconic Indian brand with a rich biking heritage, offers a diverse lineup including the Hunter, Standard, Classic, Meteor, Thunderbird, Himalayan, Interceptor, Continental GT, Super Meteor, and the Shotgun. Despite a smaller range, their bikes, spanning commuters, cruisers, tourers, off-roaders, and cafe racers, remain in high demand. While the iconic thumping sound has softened due to environmental regulations, Royal Enfield’s old-school appeal endures.
It all started from
This was the year in which the first Royal Enfield bike went into production and was launched in London. It comes with a very unusual design in which motor was mounted on the front end of the bike with a one and half horse power engine, and this was a belt driven motorcycle.
Enfield developed the first V-twin 297cc which was launched at a Stanley Cycle Show. This bike participated in various events.
This year RE started full production of 2 stroke motorcycle. And this year RE produced its biggest 770cc 6 HP and this bike played a vital role in the first world war this RE were supplied to British, Belgian, French, United States and Russia.
RE introduced 8 new models with their 350cc 4 stroke, and back in the day they also provided a foot operated gear lever and this year they even developed a 2 stroke 225cc model for ladies.
RE invented the revolutionary centre-sprung girder forks in place of Druid type. Along with front forks RE adopted completely new saddle tank instead of flat tank.
This year introduced the technology of side valve, overhead valve and dry sump lubrication system. This year RE came with all guns blazing with 225cc 2 stroke engine, 976cc V- twin, 350cc and 500cc motors.
“Bullet” the iconic name was known to the world, world saw its first glimpse of it at Olympia Motorcycle Show in London. This year RE made high compression engine.
The legendary Cycar was selling like hot cakes. This was the famous commuter during that days, the engine was of 148cc 2-stroke with a fully enclosed engine and leg guard.
Bullet entered minute customisation market with the 500cc engine with the release of the JF series. It was with a engine positioned upright and was equipped with a 4-valve cylinder head. And on special order buyers can get their hands on a bronze cylinder head version.
During this period Royal Enfield was busy in producing bikes for military in a very number for Second World War. They also came up with a very innovative airborne bike with 125cc engine which was famously known as flying flea.
Royal Enfield introduced the 500 Twin models for the first time which was launched in the UK. Most of the main components of both the bikes were same like frame, swinging arm, suspension, telescopic front forks and gearbox.
Indian Army ordered 500 cc and 350cc bullets to Madras Motors. RE provided the motorcycles from Redditch that was a huge success and it was easy to maintain.
The Redditch Company and Madras Motors join hand on hand in India to create ‘Enfield India’.
They built a cafe racer Continental GT with all the race spec fibreglass petrol tank, clip-on handle bars, rear set foot pegs, racing seats.
Indian built 350 bullets started to export to the UK and Europe. The sales figures were booming there was a huge demand of classic bikes among enthusiasts.
The world was gifted with first diesel powered motorcycle which was highly efficient giving 80kmpl. It was built on the platform of standard. This was given the name Enfield diesel.
Enfield India limited was acquired by a Commercial vehicle and tractor manufacturer, The Eicher Group and renamed it as Royal Enfield Motors Limited.
This year RE conquered the Khardung La pass, which is the world’s highest motorable pass, setting a benchmark for the world’s most difficult terrain and making a landmark for the Himalayan Odyssey ride.
RE jumped into the manufacturing of aluminium casing engine by utilising design language of Austrian company AVL, in Jaipur Rajasthan.
The Thunderbird was launched, and it was the first 5-speed gearbox used on a Royal Enfield.
The Electra X was launched which was basically an export Bullet with a 500cc.This was also named as ‘Bullet Machismo’ and was rated ‘No.1 Cruiser’ in a TNS Autocar survey.
Royal Enfield celebrated its 50th anniversary in India and this year they released Thunderbird and Bullet Electra model.
RE rebuilt the Thunderbird start from the scratch with a new technology of Twins-park with the new Unit Construction Engine (UCE). Royal Enfield started exporting its Classic and 500cc EFI, Euro III-compliant motorcycle, to European markets.
RE launched its 500cc UCE engine in India. The design and styling mixed with the retro Classic version immediately catches cult status and their demand growth rapidly.
RE rolled out its completely new cafe racer the new Continental GT, They even got a cradle frame by Harris Performance mounted with a 535cc UCE engine. And this bike instantly became the favourite project bike for most of the custom builder.
Royal Enfield acquired the Harris Performance, well known British motorcycle design and Fabrication Company.
Royal Enfield came up with all guns blazing by introducing the Himalayan, RE first adventure bike with all-new 411cc SOHC engine.
In EICMA Motorcycle show RE launched the all new 650cc interceptor and Continental GT 650cc twin cylinder engine producing 40 HP power.
RE launched Meteor 350 cruiser with new chassis and new engine and from this year RE entered into tech and with this product they came up with turn-by-turn navigation system.
Royal Enfield completed 120 years of hard core biking and created a cult of motorcycling.
Royal Enfield launched the most affordable yet stylish 350cc bike Hunter.
The powerful refined and introduction of first ever liquid cooled engine in a Royal Enfield. The reborn of Royal Enfield Himalayan.