Could the Royal Enfield become the world’s motorcycle innovation brand? Probably not, but there’s plenty of people out there tinkering with their Royals to explore new technology on this cafe-style favourite. The latest is the Hammarhead Volta 102 electric drive Royal Enfield from James Hammarhead.
Hammarhead has kept the look of the RE Clubman but has replaced the single-cylinder 500cc engine with a 6kW lithium iron-phosphate battery pack and an EnerTrac motor. Part of the package in the gas tank are two 110-volt chargers which provide a recharge time of about four hours.
The electric power train of the Hammarhead Volta 102 also acts as a performance upgrade, providing 13.4 hp continous and 40 hp at peak, compared to the 18 hp of the original Royal Enfield Bullet. According to Hammarhead Industries, the bike is now faster and could potentially have a top speed of 118 mph (about 190 km/hr).
James Hammarhead actually builds these bikes in small quantities with three available this year and another five planned for next year. Each costs about 18,500 USD and are part of a small portfolio which includes a ‘Woodsman’ model from the Royal Enfield Electra X, and the Jack Pine, built off the back of a Triumph Scrambler. For more details, see the Hammarhead Industries website.
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“I think I’ve lost my way” are very frightening words for anyone at the top of the world, on a 70-day bike ride with a Royal Enfield Bullet as a companion. Guarav Jani’s “Riding Solo to the Top of the World” is available on DVD, and here is the trailer to his film, or more appropriately, his story of riding 5,000 km from Mumbai to the Changthang Plateau at over 4,780 metres above sea level. See dirtrackproductions.com for more information.
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The Royal Enfield Bullet 500cc in the US is getting a much bigger brother on the market, with a 1000cc Royal Enfield Musket in the making. The V-Twin engine will become more powerful with the crankcase design modified and a production kit planned for later this year. This means anyone will be able to use any performance parts available.
As reported on Kneeslider, Aniket Vardhan, who has designed his own Royal Enfield Musket, says:
The plan is to offer the Crankcases as a “complete it as you like” kit, with ONLY the custom castings, machined and ready to accept stock parts. Experienced folk can do it themselves with full step by step instructions or have it done at a shop/by a friend. This will keep it as affordable as possible. They can add stock or performance parts for the kind of output/costs they are comfortable with.
Aniket originally built the “Musket” (his take on the “Bullet” name) off the base of a 700cc V-Twin Bullet, using two 350cc top ends. His work looks sensational, in short. To see the original Royal Enfield 700cc effort, check out the videos after the jump, and see the first post on Kneeslider for Aniket’s remarkable story.
Oberdan Bezzi has created this rendering of a Royal Enfield Bullet 500 enduro model. While he envisages a daily road model, we’d still be interested to see an off-road Royal Enfield. Bezzi’s version would be reliable, providing plenty of mileage, through its single-cylinder engine.
The original Bullet was a 1932 model with single-cylinder, four-valve engine, though in 1993 Royal Enfield brought out the Bullet 500, and we have also seen the Bullet Classic 500, which appeared last year.
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In a town out west of the range, in the afternoon sunlight of a winter’s day, we came across this lovely Royal Enfield Bullet 500es. The town is one of only 3000 people, and the bike is the transport of choice for the town’s doctor.
The Bullet is an old model for Royal Enfield, first built in 1932 with its four-valve, single-cylinder engine. The Bullet 500 itself was first launched in 1993, becoming the most popular Royal Enfield Bullet model for that decade. It’s said that the Bullet pictured is a single-cylinder, 300cc model, but I haven’t had that confirmed. Any idea of the year and specs?
The Enfield Bullet was created in 1932 and has been the longest running motorcycle that ever saw production. This year, in occasion of its 76th birthday, a new model has emerged - the Enfield Bullet Classic, in vintage style.
This motorcycle has everything from 40’s style in Britain, from the mudguards to the tank, headlight and saddle. The Bullet Classic has a 500cc engine with push-rod, electronic ignition and power of 27hp at 5,250 rpm.
The engine is modern with a vintage feel with transmission housed in the carter. Performance is not the focus of this bike, which is more dedicated to low fuel consumption and durability. The weight is 187kg, with front disc brake and rear drum brake. This is a smooth sailing but easy going vintage bike that is designed for maximum speeds of 70km/hr.