Royal Enfield motorcycles enjoy a vast fan base not only in India but also worldwide. This two-wheeler manufacturer, based in Chennai, holds the distinction of being one of the oldest in the world and is renowned for its production of retro-styled modern motorcycles. The Bullet and Classic series bikes from Royal Enfield have garnered immense popularity among bikers. However, what remains unknown to many is that Royal Enfield had also introduced a diesel engine-powered motorcycle in the market. Recently, a video depicting an elderly man starting a diesel Bullet gained viral attention on the internet. In this particular video, a YouTuber tracks down the old man and visits his home to know more about him.
The video was uploaded by RAO BROTHERS accessories on their YouTube channel. In this particular video, the vlogger and his friend pay a visit to the elderly gentleman who gained fame after starting a diesel-powered Bullet. The owner of the motorcycle resides in a village located in Rajasthan, and prior to their visit, the vlogger had contacted him over the phone to inform him of their intentions. The vlogger was intrigued by the Bullet and eagerly anticipated seeing it in person.
They promptly entered the village and approached the locals to inquire about the individual they were seeking. They specifically asked about the gentleman who possessed a diesel-powered Bullet, and the villagers pointed them towards his residence. The vlogger had the opportunity to meet him and engage in a conversation about the motorcycle. The owner shared that he had been using this bike for approximately 15-20 years without encountering any significant problems. Despite its less than optimal condition, the motorcycle still manages to deliver a fuel efficiency of around 70 kmpl, rendering it functional. The owner expressed his opinion regarding the newer generation of Bullet and Classic series motorcycles, stating that he did not appreciate them. He specifically mentioned that the newer models felt excessively lightweight to him, almost akin to riding a Bajaj Platina.
The surrounding people can be heard mentioning that nobody else in the village possesses the capability to handle or even start this particular motorcycle. Subsequently, the vlogger delves into a brief discussion about the history of the motorcycle and the brand itself. These motorcycles were manufactured between 1980 and 2000, and even in the present day, one might stumble upon them when visiting rural regions of India. The diesel Taurus motorcycle gained popularity primarily in rural areas due to its remarkable fuel efficiency. It boasted an impressive claimed fuel economy of approximately 86 kmpl, which is exceptional for a motorcycle weighing 196 kilograms. Now turning our attention to the engine, it employed a 325-cc Greaves-Lombardini indirect injection, single-cylinder diesel engine, capable of producing 6.5 Bhp and 15 Nm of peak torque.
Since this motorcycle was specifically designed for optimal fuel economy, its top speed was restricted to 65 kmph. Despite Royal Enfield discontinuing this model, there are reports suggesting that Sooraj Tractors, a tractor manufacturer in Punjab, continued producing a variant of this motorcycle with minor cosmetic alterations. When comparing it to the diesel Taurus and older Royal Enfield motorcycles, the newer models showcase significant advancements. However, the elderly gentleman featured in the video holds a different perspective. He expresses his dissatisfaction with the new models, asserting that they lack the distinctive character he appreciates in older Royal Enfield motorcycles. It is worth noting that Royal Enfield is currently engaged in the development of several new models, with the recent launch of the Super Meteor 650 cruiser in the market.