Advertisement

Fury 175 to Fantabulous scooter: Forgotten Royal Enfields of India

Royal Enfield name has been around for over a century. It is the first motorcycle brand to be born in this world and the name is older than Harley Davidson. Royal Enfield came to the Indian shore in 1955 and since then the brand has been offering its products in the Indian market. During its long journey, the brand launched numerous motorcycles and a few of them are now forgotten.

Royal Enfield Fury

Fury 175 to Fantabulous scooter: Forgotten Royal Enfields of India

Royal Enfield launched the Fury in 1959 as a rebadged version of the Zundapp KS175 from Germany. While Zundapp shut its shop in 1984, the Fury 175 became quite popular in India, especially among the youngsters. The bike offered a five-speed transmission and front disc brake sourced from Brembo. One of the many highlights of the bike was the sleeveless hard chromed cylinder barrel of the engine.

Royal Enfield Explorer 50

Fury 175 to Fantabulous scooter: Forgotten Royal Enfields of India

The Explorer 50 was another rebadged product from the German Zundapp. It was launched in the 1980s and was discontinued after a few years. The small size of the Explorer made it a fun machine to ride. It came powered by a puny 50cc engine and it had a three-speed transmission. The bike was categorised for the 16-year old Mokick license holders in Europe.

Royal Enfield Lightning

Fury 175 to Fantabulous scooter: Forgotten Royal Enfields of India

The Lightning is termed as the predecessor of the popular Royal Enfield Thunderbird. Royal Enfield launched it in 1997 and it was available till 2003. The Lightning was aimed at long-distance travellers and it came powered by the 535cc single-cylinder engine paired to a four-speed transmission.

Royal Enfield Silver Plus

Fury 175 to Fantabulous scooter: Forgotten Royal Enfields of India

Royal Enfield launched the Silver Plus step-through in the 1980s and it was the first step-through in the Indian market. The Silver Plus came with a hand-operated gear shifted linked through a cable. It came with a 65cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine with a two-speed transmission. Later, a three-step transmission was launched too. Even the Silver Plus was a partnered product with the Zundapp.

Royal Enfield Fantabulous

Fury 175 to Fantabulous scooter: Forgotten Royal Enfields of India

Royal Enfield tried to capture the growing scooter market in those days by launching its first and only scooter – the Fantabulous. The scooter came powered by a 175cc, two-stroke engine sourced from Villiers. The scooter came with a self-starter too.

Royal Enfield Taurus

Fury 175 to Fantabulous scooter: Forgotten Royal Enfields of India
Picture: Databikes

Royal Enfield even launched a diesel-powered Taurus in the Indian market, another first from the manufacturer. It came powered by a 325cc, single-cylinder engine from Greaves with a direct-injection system from Lombardini. The engine was not powerful and generates around 6.5 Bhp and 15 Nm but it returned a mega fuel efficiency.

Royal Enfield Mofa

Fury 175 to Fantabulous scooter: Forgotten Royal Enfields of India

The Royal Enfield Mofa was a lightweight bike without any suspension system. Powered by a 25cc, single-cylinder engine, it sure was an underrated product. The two-wheeler was designed in Morbidelli and was one of the smallest capacity production bike ever launched by Royal Enfield in India.