Best Royal Enfield Bikes
Published On Sep 24, 2020 02:53:14 PM
Here are our five picks of the best bikes from Royal Enfield
Royal Enfield is one of the few bike makers that have attained cult status in the Indian motorcycling scene. Its old-school motorcycles have been around for over 50 years, with newer models creeping up over the past five years. The focus of the brand has been nostalgia, with nearly all but one of its bikes featuring retro designs inspired by the brand’s illustrious past. If you are looking to join the brotherhood, here are the five best Royal Enfield bikes that you should pick from.
Royal Enfield’s first twin-cylinder engine in decades has been a revelation. By plonking it in a roadster avatar, the Interceptor 650 has been a crowd favourite ever since its launch in 2018. It is the perfect step up for Enfield enthusiasts who had been crying out for a large-capacity bike from the company for ages. The engine has a dual nature to it. It can cruise along happily at highway speeds and yet, at the crack of a whip, it can go past the ton (160kmph).
While the majority of the junta would opt for the Interceptor 650, if you are looking for something a little more sporty, the Continental GT 650 should be your pick of the two. This Conti GT 650 is a derivation of the old Conti GT 535 with slightly raised clip-ons which should prevent back as well as wrist aches post a ride. The 648cc parallel-twin motor arrives in the same tune as the Interceptor. However, with racier ergos (compared to the Interceptor), it eggs you to go fast.
Adventure motorcycling has gained steam over the past few years. If you need a motorcycle capable of covering Kanyakumari to Kashmir and head further into the mountains, the Royal Enfield Himalayan is your best bet on a budget. It is brilliantly packaged. The Enfield engineers have managed to offer an accessible seat height of just 800mm while still making sure that you have a ground clearance of 200mm.
There is no disputing the fact that the Royal Enfield Classic 350 is the company’s most prolific model on sale. The bike accounts for huge chunk of sales for the company and the reason is quite simple – its nostalgic flavour. It is a simple motorcycle that is easy to ride and to maintain. It also produces the iconic thump which has been the soundtrack of Bulleteers for eons now.
The one which kickstarted it all, the Royal Enfield Bullet 350 is the oldest motorcycle in continuous production, having been around the block since 1948. Over the years, it has received various modifications to help it meet our ever-changing safety emission legislations. But the old-school charm of the thumper engine remains intact. The Bullet 350 also remains the most affordable way that one can join the legion of Enfield enthusiasts, fondly called Bulleteers. No guesses then where that name came from, eh?