Royal Enfield bikes are quite popular among the long distance travellers, though all of them are not tourers. Talking of the Royal Enfield Bullet, it is the oldest running bike series in continuous production and is known for its retro-modern looks and the appealing engine note. Coming to the topic of laws regarding bikes, a motorcycle is not allowed to run on the roads without a number plate in India. Also, a person cannot ride or drive any sort of engine powered vehicle without a valid driving license. The video below by The IAS Views shows what happens when you commit both these crimes and get caught by the District Magistrate of that area.
In the video, we see a Royal Enfield Bullet 350 in black paint shade which does not have any registration number on its either end. This is noticed by an IAS officer and he stops the bike to inquire about its details. However, it later turns out that the rider did not even have a driving license, which further worsens the conditions for him. He says that the bike is new and he got a temporary registration number for the time being until his bike gets formally registered by the RTO. However, even that number is not present with him.
Upon being asked for the driving license, he replies that he has applied for a new license and has not yet received it. Now driving without a license and not having any sort of registration number are two offences that a few brave hearts dare to commit. The front plate of the bike read ‘Health department’, to which the IAS officer thought that the rider was a government official and then too committing a crime, which later turned out to be not the case. However, his bike gets impounded. On a brighter note, the IAS officer says that the rider was wearing a helmet and at least following this rule while bike riding.
The Royal Enfield Bullet comes with two engine options, a 350 cc unit and a 500 cc unit. The Bullet 350 is a decent seller and is powered by a 346 cc engine that churns out 19.8 Bhp of power at 5,250 RPM along with a peak torque of 28 Nm at 4,000 RPM. The bigger Bullet 500, on the other hand, is powered by a 499 cc engine that churns out 26.1 Bhp of power at 5,100 RPM along with a peak torque of 40.9 Nm at 3,800 RPM. The bigger brother, however, does not attract much sales as they are gobbled up by other Royal Enfield bikes like the Classic 500 and the Thunderbird 500. The Bullet 350 is priced at Rs. 1.17 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the base variant while the Bullet 500 retails at Rs. 1.68 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the base variant.
Royal Enfield recently unveiled the Trials series scrambler styled bikes in India. Built on the Bullet bikes, they also come with 350 and 500 cc engine options. However, they get knobby tires, a shiny silver and chrome paint finish along with a green or orange coloured frame. Other distinctive features on the Royal Enfield Bullet Trials include an upswept exhaust, a rear baggage tray, a custom rear fender along with a mesh grilled covered headlight among others. The Royals Enfield Bullet Trials 350, in fact, is the most affordable scrambler themed bike you can buy in India right now and is priced at Rs. 1.62 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi).