THE ROYAL ENFIELD CLASSIC
Royal Enfield lays claim to being the oldest motorcycle brand in continuous production today. It’s manufacture originated in England in 1901. After the second world war when Japanese motorcycles were starting to take over world motorcycle choices, Royal Enfield moved their production to Madras Motors group in Chennai, India, for the soul purpose of creating bikes for the Indian Army, these were 350cc’s.
In 1962, the legendary 500 was developed and basically stayed the same until the early 2000’s. Under the directorship of a new CEO, Royal Enfield updated their classic vintage bikes to make them more user friendly. They now have electronic self-starters, 5 speed left hand gear shifts, (some still have many neutrals), disc brakes (some of them). Also, some of them are fuel injected.
These time- tested solid workhorses are still the main bike of choice to use when riding in the Himalayas. They are comfortable and easy to ride and are great for two up as they are 500cc.