Monday, April 25, 2011

Pretty Royal Enfield looks like a Superstar to me

This looks like a made-in-India Royal Enfield Superstar.
Every Royal Enfield motorcycle has a history, but not every owner of a Royal Enfield knows it. Judging by the emails I get and the classified ads I read, Americans routinely come into ownership of Royal Enfields without quite knowing what they've got.

Here's one recent email:

"Hi. My name is Jim. I live in New York. I have a '59 Enfield that I am considering selling; was wondering if you could help me determine a fair price for it . It is in nice shape (but not perfect ) runs and rides OK. It is a Bullet 350, but I understand that there are different models. Not sure. I will attach a picture or two. Maybe you can help. Thanks."

The pictures showed an attractive Royal Enfield with chrome fenders and tank and four-speed transmission with right-hand shift. Modern plastic mirrors suggested it might be newer than 1959, and from India, not the United Kingdom. The valenced rear fender suggested India's 350cc Bullet.

The most distinctive feature, though, was the lack of a casquette enclosing the gauges with the headlight. The separate instrument cans, fork gaiters and "Enfield" tank badges suggested the Superstar, an India-only model from the 1980s and '90s.

Even the shiny air filter box seemed to match the Superstar pictures I found posted around the Internet.

I'm no expert, but I think I got this one right. Any comments?

1 comment:

  1. oh not a 59 for sure, unless it has gone through serious part changes over the years. a 59 can so easily be made to look this way, but who would? i am thinking anyone who knows he is having a real vintage would do all that he can to keep it looking like one.


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