By way of necessity, and in widespread with most other engineering providers of the day, Enfield did not restrict themselves to 1 line. They also produced lawnmowers, bicycles and rifle components for a Modest Arms factory in Enfield.
A clue lies in their logo which depicts a cannon, which I have to say, is infinitely superior than a lawn mower. Their motto of ‘Made like a gun, Goes like a bullet’ is also proof of their military involvement.
In 1907, the corporation joined forces with a business enterprise with the unlikely name of ‘Alldays & Onions’, to generate the Enfield-Allday automobile. Luckily, the onion was dropped. These automobiles remained in production till 1925.
Royal Enfield created their 1st motorised automobile in 1898, a automobile that would currently be described as a ‘Quad’.
This early work had a De Dion-Bouton two.75 hp engine. As the 20th century dawned, a bicycle with a 150cc engine mounted above the front wheel was introduced.
The year immediately after in 1902, a comparable machine was fitted with a 239cc Enfield engine. The popular V-Twins appeared in 1910, mostly fitted with a Motosacoche 344cc engine, but later superseded by Enfield’s personal energy unit. The 1st little, two stroke engines saw the light of day in 1915 with the 200model.
With the outbreak of Planet War 1 in 1914, Royal Enfield was requested to furnish the British armed forces with machine gun-carrying combinations and stretcher-bearing motorcycles. The corporation also won a contract to provide machines to the Russians. In 1917, when most capable bodied guys have been at war in Europe, a police force produced up of females was issued with 600cc Royal Enfield motorcycles.
The time amongst the wars saw a boom in the reputation of sidecars, and in 1924 a mixture working with a 350cc single was launched. In 1928, saddle tanks and centre-spring, girder front forks have been utilised. Royal Enfield bikes now took on a far more modern look, and in spite of the financial gloom of the depression years, sales kept steady.
A 488cc machine with a 4 speed gearbox was presented in 1927 and a side-valve 225cc in 1928. It seemed that the corporation could do no incorrect, and through the thirties, Royal Enfield’s catalogue featured thirteen models. This is the time that the popular single cylinder ‘Bullet’ was born.
As the planet after once again fell into war, Royal Enfield rose to the occasion to generate a series of motorcycles for military use, the most popular of these getting a 125cc bike named the ‘Flying Flea’. It was also identified as the ‘Airborne’ for the reason that of its capability of getting dropped by parachute. Specific instruments for war use have been also manufactured at this time.
In the fifties, Enfield of India started developing machines with components shipped from Britain, but in 1962 have been generating comprehensive motorcycles. Sadly, the factory in Redditch, England ceased production in 1970, with the Chennau plant in India nonetheless operating. Denomination rights have been bought by the Indians and the name lived on, which currently enables Royal Enfield to claim the title of ‘The world’s oldest motorcycle model’. The bullet is in truth the model with the longest production run.
Involving 1955 and 1960, Royal Enfield’s have been sold in the USA as ‘Indian Motorcycles’. This of course had practically nothing to do with India in the Asian context. The popular Indian motorcycle corporation had knowledgeable troubles of its personal, and this was just a different chapter in their certain history. The Americans weren’t as well keen on badged motorcycles, and when the business enterprise agreement expired, Floyd Clymer, who had controversially claimed the ‘Indian rights’, sought other sources for his venture.
It seems that the ‘Enfield’ name has a lot of life in it but. Enfield India continues creating motorcycles and is certainly flourishing. In 1986, a civil servant from Britain named Raja Narayan went back to India to develop an export arm for Royal Enfield, so in the identical way that Raja had returned to his roots, so had the Bullet, which is now marketed in Britain.
Regardless of production moving from Redditch to India, the marque can claim to be the only 1 to span 3 centuries, and who knows, it could even attain a fourth. While the Indian plant goes from strength to strength, the couple of buildings that stay from the Redditch glory days have been swallowed up by the Enfield Industrial Estate.