2013 Shannons Sydney Spring Classic Auction
Lot
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c1951 Royal Enfield Bullet 350cc Motorcycle

$7,100

Sold

Specifications

Engine Single-cylinder ,350cc
Gearbox 4-Speed manual
Colour Silver/Grey

Description

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The Royal Enfield Bullet motor-cycle is a British overhead valve single cylinder four-stroke motorcycle made by Royal Enfield in Redditch West Midlands, but now produced by Royal Enfield Motors, the successor to the British company, at Chennai, Tamil Nadu in India. The Royal Enfield Bullet has the longest production run of any motorcycle having remained continuously in production since 1948. The Royal Enfield and Bullet names derive from the company's links with the Royal Small Arms Factory in Enfield, London. A number of changes were implemented from 1949 in order to bring the bike up-to-date. This included a vertical engine with alloy head and higher compression. A fully sprung design using a swing-arm with non-adjustable hydraulic shocks at the rear, while the front used a brand-new telescopic fork of Royal Enfield's own design. Power transmission was via the same four-speed Albion gearbox as the previous model, with a unique 'neutral-finder' lever the rider could press from any gear other than first to shift to neutral. The crankshaft continued to have a fully floating big-end bearing. An otherwise similar model, but with engine displacement of 499 cc, made its debut in 1953.