Bonanza for first-time Bullet buyers
Hyderabad: It is said that there are two types of people in the world. Those who ride a Bullet and those who wish to ride a Bullet. For the latter, the price is one deterrent, because, if they want Bullet with all the bells and whistles, read the electric start, disc brakes, classic look and now, the anti-lock braking system (ABS), they would have to shell out an additional sum ranging from Rs 25,000 to Rs 50,000.
However, things are about to change, with the Royal Enfield, the longest running production motorcycle brand after it was launched in 1901, now planning to upgrade its base model, the Bullet Standard, with most of the features that are offered in its other high-end models.
With the government making the ABS mandatory, Enfield has already been offering the system in its models, including the Himalayan, the recently launched Classic 350 Signals edition and so on.
The Classic 350 Gun Metal Grey was updated last week with the ABS, with the other colour variants, including the Redditch Colourway (Red, Blue and Green) series too get the ABS as soon as the last week of November, according to dealers in the city.
However, the change will be felt most for those seeking to have a Bullet for the first time, without spending much, say dealers, pointing out that the Bullet Standard too would get additional features.
The Standard has been in the market for quite long, with those preferring the old-school model of riding – the kickstarter, simplicity and sturdiness – still opting for either the Standard’s 350 or 500 CC versions. This is where the Classic 350, which helped the Enfield make a stunning comeback from near extinction, still remains the highest selling model, with a majority of youngsters preferring the Classic 350 in its different variants.
“It best suits the Indian roads and has low cost maintenance costs, which could be why the Bullet earned the distinction of the world’s longest running production motorcycle,” says 68-year-old former Army personnel Sunder Singh.
“The drum brake system in the vehicle is still good despite the Standard’s weight of 182 kg. The braking depends on how the rider rides it,” says Sai Kiran, a passionate young rider and techie by profession, on the introduction of the disc brakes and the ABS for the Bullets.
With another nostalgic and classic brand, the Jawa, all set for a re-launch, the competition between two bikes that have known to offer the best of pure motorcycling experiences is getting all the more interesting.