Royal Enfield motorcycles are among the most popular two wheelers in India since a long time. Most of the people now buy them not for their performance or any technical superiority but for their appeal. The distinct thump, retro-modern looks and the great street presence are among the things that make them popular. However, these characteristics are not something that we see in food delivery bike. Those regular commuter bikes come as a saviour along with their rider to deliver us our food and satiate our hunger. A man thought differently though. Going against the usual norm, he employed him Royal Enfield Bullet into the food delivery service. Check out the video below by Auto Badshah to see a Bullet being used as a food delivery bike.
What makes this noteworthy is not just the fact that a Royal Enfield Bullet is being as a food delivery bike but moreover how the rider is managing any profits since it is a pretty low mileage bike, compared to other 100 cc commuters usually used in this job. The ARAI certified fuel efficiency score of the Royal Enfield Bullet 350, which is the bike used here, stands at 37 km/l. It’s quite hard to imagine any good profits when using a bullet as a food delivery bike then. To this question, the owner of this bike or who you can say to be the Bullet delivery boy says that he manages a fuel economy of around 70 km/l on his bike, which enables him to make a decent profit from this job.
How? This is what the Bullet owner has explained in the next video. In the video below, the rider explains how he manages to extract mileage out of every ounce of petrol in his fuel tank. No, there are no trade secrets here and neither has he fitted his bike with any special equipment. In fact, no mechanical changes have been made on the bike. The video below shows two mileage runs, both done with 100 ml of fuel.
In the first mileage test ride, the bullet goes for around 3.7 km on 100 ml of fuel, which translates into 37 km/l of mileage. Here the speed of the bike was kept at around 80 km/h. In the next mileage test ride though, the bike’s speed was kept between 40-50 km/h. The speed was maintained uniformly and no sudden acceleration and braking manoeuvres were done. In this run, the bike goes on for around 7 km which roughly translates into 70 km/l.
The takeaway here is that how the rider rides the bike greatly impacts the fuel economy of a motorcycle. Simply putting, more sudden acceleration and braking means more work done by the engine resulting in more fuel being burnt. On the other hand, riding calmly and maintaining revs will reward you with better fuel economy as the engine has to lesser work resulting in lesser fuel being burnt in a given amount of time.
Talking about the Royal Enfield Bullet 350, it is powered by a 346 cc carburetted, air-cooled engine that churns out a maximum power of 19.8 Bhp at 5,250 RPM along with 28 Nm of torque at 4,000 RPM. This engine is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The Bullet is the oldest motorcycle series in the world that has been in continuous production. It is one of the most popular choices among the Indian armed forces along with regular people who like its styling.