[dropcap]R[/dropcap]iders are queuing up for retro bikes in London, with many wanting light, low, stripped-down machines that make sense in traffic. The Royal Enfield Classic — with its 499cc single engine, five-speed gearbox and kick-starter — appears to fit the bill.
It’s a handsome-looking machine, sold by MotoGB, and comes in different styles. The Classic 500 in Battle Green is based on the Bullet, and is also available in Desert Storm, Classic Chrome and Squadron Blue.
As reported by Evening Express, it has electronic fuel injection, mildly uprated suspension and a front disc instead of a drum but not a lot else has changed. Some of the wiring looks crude, as do some of the castings and it can prove a little slow to fire up. But when you open the throttle and roar off into traffic, you tend to forget these foibles.
Old-fashioned bike design you can work around but it’s not easy with riding gear.
Priced at £349.99, there is no armour, or even slots for it. If you are seduced by the look, you could consider separate under-armour.
Source: Evening Standard