Author Topic: Scrambler 500?  (Read 685 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

AK Mike

  • Neophyte
  • *
  • Posts: 41
  • Karma: 0
on: January 06, 2019, 07:04:22 pm
Been awhile since I posted, but I've been seeing some very interesting threads on line about the possibility of a "new" Bullet-based Scrambler due to come out this year.  From the few spy shots I've seen, it looks awesome and I really like the idea of a C5 with taller suspension, larger front wheel and an upswept pipe.  Any of you good folks know anything more?


Adrian II

  • Grand Gearhead
  • *****
  • Posts: 1,311
  • Karma: 0
  • Sharing my ignorance with anyone who needs it
Reply #1 on: January 07, 2019, 04:48:13 am
There are some pictures around on Indian blogs. It appears just to be a re-hash of the old Watsonian-Squire Bullet Trials kit from years ago.





https://news.maxabout.com/bikes/royal-enfield/royal-enfield-bullet-trials-350-500/

A.
Grumpy Brit still seeking 500 AVL Bullet perfection! Will let you know if I get anywhere near...


Bilgemaster

  • Just some guy
  • Grand Gearhead
  • *****
  • Posts: 655
  • Karma: 0
  • 2005 Bullet 500ES in "Mean Green" Military Trim
Reply #2 on: January 07, 2019, 07:39:07 pm
It makes perfect sense to me that Royal Enfield might explore this Scrambler/Enduro/Trials angle as almost a matter of asserting the Heritage of their traditional Bullet line, what with their new Twins and Himalayan getting all the press lately. After all, the reason the vast majority of us even have  an Enfield of any type is because the young Indian Government happened to be shopping around for a rugged reliable bike for all terrains and challenging or non-existent roads for its new Army at just exactly the time when Royal Enfield's newly-redesigned Bullet was dominating the Trials and Enduro circuits and making a name for itself there. Remember: The '48 Bullet, coming out the same year that India got its Independence, was the first British production bike with a rear swing arm, and that gave it a HUGE advantage over other marques through the same sort of mixed terrain and lousy or just "notional" roads found near India's borders back then (or even now).

Thanks to the good folks over in Wales at Speedtracktales.com, you can read their transcription of a 1953 booklet first published by the original Royal Enfield Company in Redditch, England titled, Internationally Famous: Royal Enfield at the ISDT 1948-1953. The "ISDT" stands of course for "International Six Days Trial," which is currently known as The International Six Days Enduro (ISDE), and is widely acknowledged to be just about the most grueling competitive test of reliability, endurance and speed there could be for motorcycles over roads, often poor ones, and mixed terrain. The facts in this booklet may well have gone some way towards convincing a young Indian Government with its own poor or nonexistent roads in many of its border areas to hitch its wagon to the Royal Enfield Bullet. Perhaps today's Royal Enfield in Chennai, India is just getting around to acknowledging its own muddy hardscrabble "retro roots."
« Last Edit: January 07, 2019, 09:58:15 pm by Bilgemaster »
So badass my Enfield's actually illegal  in India.


Adrian II

  • Grand Gearhead
  • *****
  • Posts: 1,311
  • Karma: 0
  • Sharing my ignorance with anyone who needs it
Reply #3 on: January 08, 2019, 12:09:30 pm
...or a quick and derivative tart-up to show "look, new models" as they must be running out of new paint job options.

On the other hand it's nice to see a nod to the the works replica paint scheme and the small chrome panel fuel tank, as well as the old-style logo making a come back.

A.
Grumpy Brit still seeking 500 AVL Bullet perfection! Will let you know if I get anywhere near...


Bilgemaster

  • Just some guy
  • Grand Gearhead
  • *****
  • Posts: 655
  • Karma: 0
  • 2005 Bullet 500ES in "Mean Green" Military Trim
Reply #4 on: January 08, 2019, 02:30:52 pm
Indeed. It's a pretty bike that anyone should be proud to own. Not as pretty as my old "Iron Belly" Military, of course, or that silvery AVL. That's just gorgeousness incarnate. Whatever one may think of them, I still think those AVLs are about the prettiest engines you'll find anywhere.
So badass my Enfield's actually illegal  in India.


Adrian II

  • Grand Gearhead
  • *****
  • Posts: 1,311
  • Karma: 0
  • Sharing my ignorance with anyone who needs it
Reply #5 on: January 08, 2019, 09:36:19 pm
Yeah...  8)

Grumpy Brit still seeking 500 AVL Bullet perfection! Will let you know if I get anywhere near...


Adrian II

  • Grand Gearhead
  • *****
  • Posts: 1,311
  • Karma: 0
  • Sharing my ignorance with anyone who needs it
Reply #6 on: January 08, 2019, 09:39:54 pm
But then...  :o
Grumpy Brit still seeking 500 AVL Bullet perfection! Will let you know if I get anywhere near...