Royal Enfield has been the oldest motorcycling company in India. The old thumpers have a charm of their old. The leaking, the heavy bass exhaust note and the shiny metal make it a style quotient. But over the age, the Enfields have taken different shapes and forms to become a part of the life of many. Royal Enfield owners are proud of what they own.
If you wish to be a Royal Enfield owner soon and take on the world with thump and pride, here is our quick guide on types of Royal Enfield motorcycles and what kind of people ride them.
And with the Ladakh season going on full steam, we also tell you which of these you can take flawlessly to the heaven on earth.
Royal Enfield Bullet
This is the oldest form of Royal Enfield and it has stayed like this for decades. Minor engine changes and smaller changes to the designing makes it a perfect vintage motorcycle that you can buy a brand new product from a showroom. The Royal Enfield Bullet is one good motorcycle for people who have lived through the era of 2-strokes and those timeless designs of RD and Yezdi.
The Bullet is a date with history, it takes you back to the time when everything was so simple and “fill it, shut it and forget it” was not the only thing riders cared about.
It is powered by a 350cc and 500cc engine and has the real feel about it. The Bullet is best for the city commutes during the holidays. You ride your pride with the Bullet.
Royal Enfield Classic
The Classic is the Bullet but with a modern touch. The Classic is like a grand dad who has just discovered Louis Vuitton. The motorcycle looks new age yet has a nostalgia about it. The Classic comes with many unique colours like Desert Storm, Battle Green, Squadron Blue and of course, good old chrome. If you are one of the hippies who love the 80s music but listen to it on the iPod. The Classic is the perfect example modernity induced in the vintage culture.
It also gets the similar engine options as the Bullet and is best for riding inside the city limits and for occasionally midnight runs to the adjacent city to fulfil the craving for food, road or FUN.
Royal Enfield Thunderbird
The Thunderbird is one of the first cruisers to be in the Indian market. It is an amalgam of retro looks of Bullet and comfort of a cruiser. The long wide handlebars and the soft supporting seat will hold you and take you closer to the horizon with every thump that it makes. The Thunderbird is also available with similar engine configurations like the Bullet and the Classic. It is best of long distance touring but given the weight of the motorcycle, it is not recommended on the twisties of mighty Himalayas. Yet people are seen on the Thunderbird crossing unending water streams and sand because of the low torque the engine provides.
Royal Enfield Continental GT
It is yet another first from the Enfield for the Indian market. The cafe racer styled motorcycle looks funky and only comes with a single seat. The chic colours of red and yellow make it a highlight among the sea of two wheelers that we go through in traffic. The Continental GT is one solid motorcycle and is powered by a new 535cc engine. It can’t be ridden for long trips given its riding position. As the name says, the Cafe Racer is best to hop between the Cafes and finish your hot latte while staring at the beauty that you own in the parking.
Royal Enfield Himalayan
Now, this is the latest kid with the Royal Enfield badge. It is the most modern a Royal Enfield has ever become. With all new design, which looks weird in a way but is as practical as a Royal Enfield can become. The Himalayan has been thoroughly tested and it also gets an all-new engine. The 411cc engine generates a peak power of 25 PS and it is light enough to take you around the mountains with all your luggage with ease. The Himalayan also has comfortable seats and space to tie your saddle bags and aim for the top of the mountains. And you guessed it right, this one is the one if you want to conquer your Ladakh deams.
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