Friday, August 24, 2007

The Royal Enfield Bullet Electra Clubman.

From London By Tasha Crook.

"The Electra Clubman is the latest in a long line of café racer styled machines from Royal Enfield’s UK distributor Watsonian Squire. This authentic-looking machine has been developed in their factory in the Heart of England to combine the look and sound of the classic cafe racers of the Sixties with the reliability and performance of a modern lean burn engine and, of course, the heritage of the Royal Enfield badge. At the heart of the Clubman is the proven all-aluminium 500cc single cylinder Electra engine that has amazed the press and owners alike with its incredible fuel economy (over 85 mpg is not unusual). The frame, gas filled rear shock absorbers and Avon Super Venom tyres also come from the standard road bike, as does the efficient 280mm single front disc brake.
However the Clubman looks as radically different from the road version as the original rockers’ machines because it boasts all of the ‘race specification’ parts of that era, the most striking of which is the 4.5-gallon polished aluminium tank, sandwiched between ‘ace’ bars and hand made fibreglass single seat unit. Rear-set footrests work with the low bars to push the riding position forward into a sportier attitude without sacrificing comfort or cramping the stance.

The upswept ‘Gold Star’ style silencer not only reinforces the classic racer image, it also allows the lean burn engine, (designed to help Royal Enfield meet stringent modern emissions controls), breathe more freely. Watsonian have also added discreet mini indicators, chrome mudguards and a more compact tail light assembly.

The Royal Enfield Bullet Electra Clubman sells for £4,599 on the road and the price includes a 12-month warranty.

Royal Enfield Electra Clubman Specifications:

• Engine – 499cc four-stroke single
• Bore and stroke – 84mm x 90mm
• Power – 27.5 BHP at 5500 rpm (approx)
• Fuel consumption (approx) – 87 mpg
• Ignition – electronic TCI
• Starter – electric and kick
• Transmission – 5 speed constant mesh
• Dimensions (LxWxH) – 2110 x 700 x 1067mm
• Fuel tank capacity – 4.5 gallons (approx)
• Suspension front – telescopic hydraulic fork
• Suspension rear – hydraulic dampers
• Front brake – single disc, 280mm diameter.
• Rear brake – 6-inch drum
• Weight – 165 Kg
• Seat height 82cm"

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