15 NSG Commandos will go on a 7,000 kilometer expedition around India, on Royal Enfield Stealth 500 motorcycles. This road trip aims to spread awareness among Indian citizens about terror. The 7,000 Km ride will cover many Indian cities including the NSG Commando bases of Gandhinagar, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Kolkata. The road trip will celebrate NSG’s 33 years of service fighting terror and serving the country.
The motorcycle that the NSG Commandos will use was just launched a few weeks ago. Called the Stealth Black 500, it’s from Royal Enfield’s Classic range. The key features of this motorcycle include completely blacked out parts, a new swing arm, and a rear disc brake. The motorcycle’s matt-black paint scheme matches the NSG Commandos’ all-black outfits. NSG Commandos are also called ‘Black Cats’ due to their outfits.
The NSG (National Security Guard) is an elite, specialist fighting force meant to deal with internal security threats. It was formed in 1984 following operation BlueStar that flushed out militants from the Golden Temple, Amritsar, and the assassination of former prime minister, Mrs. Indira Gandhi. Personnel of the NSG are drawn from the special Action Group (SAG) of the Indian army.
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Coming back to the motorcycle, it is powered by a 500 cc, single cylinder four stroke engine that makes about 27 Bhp-41 Nm. A five speed manual gearbox is standard. The long stroke engine is known for its impressive torque delivered low down the rev range, making it an ideal bike to hit Indian highways on. The grunt at the low end also makes riding this bike quite effortless on city streets.
The Royal Enfield Bullet 350/500 has been a staple of India’s armed and paramilitary forces. From parade displays to stunts, India’s armed forces have a long history with this motorcycle, whose heavy weight makes it quite sturdy and stable. The Indian army and various other paramilitary forces continue to buy Royal Enfields with the Unit Construction Engine (UCE), in both 350cc and 500cc forms.