British motorcycle manufacturer Royal Enfield ceased the manufacturer of motorcycles many years ago in the United Kingdom. The brand is now very much alive again due to a manufacturing company in India that bought the British Marque. You can now once again see the bikes throughout the United Kingdom cruising the highways and byways of the Island. Enfield of India purchased the rights to use Royal Enfield’s name back in 1995. As a result now Royal Enfield motorcycles are manufactured in India and exported to Great Britain and 41 other countries.
The demand for Enfield motorcycles is black porn so strong both in and out of India that the Chennai manufacturing facility has doubled its yearly production to 100,000 machines from 2010.
The love that British people have for Royal Enfield motorcycles is astonishing. Hundreds of proud owners of the brand have developed copious owners clubs and swap meets to exchange information and ideas on the restoration and maintenance of Royal Enfield motorcycles.
Initially Enfield Cycle Company started life as a manufacturer of weapons. In 1890 the crown granted the company a license to start manufacturing bicycles, lawnmowers, stationary engines and motorcycles under the Royal Enfield name. This was the start of Royal Enfield’s legacy and its new motto "Made like a gun, goes like a bullet" and the cannon logo was born.
Under the brand name Royal Enfield produced some amazing bikes that have now become a classic, but it took Royal Enfield nearly 11 years to produce its first motorcycle after it received the license, and launched its 239 cc engine in 1901.
Later in 1907, Alldays & Onions Pneumatic Engineering Co. of Birmingham and Royal Enfield merged and started producing the Enfield-Allday automobile. Three years later in 1910, the British manufacturer started incorporating 344 cc Swiss Motosacoche V-Twin and Vickers-Wolseley engines in their bikes. It was Royal Enfield’s Model 180 with a built on sidecar that brought widespread successful for the company. Alongside the extra carriage the bike was powered by a 770 cc V-twin JAP engine, which enabled the 180 model of Royal Enfield to emerge as a strong contender in the premium Isle of Man TT racing event in the sidecar configuration.
Then in 1914 during First World War, Royal Enfield were finally able to incorporate their own 225 cc two-stroke single and 425 cc V-twin engines. The company supplied these motorcycles in large numbers to the British War Department and won a contract to supply the Imperial Russian Government. Afterwards it also produced an 8 horsepower motorcycle with sidecar that had a Vickers machine gun fitted on the front. It was in 1924 when Royal Enfield made another break through by introducing its first four-stroke motorcycle with a 350cc engine manufactured by Prestwich Industries.
The excellent performance of its motorcycles during the First World War enabled the company to secure another big contract to manufacturer military motorcycles from the British government when the Second World War began in 1939. During that period Enfield produced models of the bikes such as the: WD/C 350 cc sidevalve, WD/D 250 cc SV, WD/CO 350 cc OHV, WD/L 570 cc SV and WD/G 350 cc OHV, but the Royal Enfield WD/RE remained the top seller. Royal Enfield made the motorcycle very light-weight which allowed the Military to drop the motorcycles with a parachute into a war zone.
In the late 1950s early 1960s the demand for 250cc motorcycles significantly increased in the United Kingdom. Learners could ride the bikes without even taking a driving test. Considering the high demand for the bikes, Royal Enfield decided to produce some 250cc models and its Crusader remained one of the best selling motorcycle with a 248cc engine. During late 1960s and 1970s, Royal Enfield produced the last English motorcycles under the brand name The Interceptor with series I , 1A and series II models.
These motorcycles were extremely fast, they had a top speed of 108 MPH they also started exporting them to the US market. However, due to financial problems and under capitalization Royal Enfield failed to meet the demand for the US shipments, which proved costly for the manufacturer. As a result the production of the bikes ceased in 1970 and the company was dissolved a year later.
Now the new Royal Enfield motorcycles are manufactured in India, and in 1995 Enfield of India purchased the rights to use the name Royal Enfield and the Royal Enfield brand was born once again out of a factory in Tiruvottiyur, Chennai. Which due to the huge demand Royal Enfield of India