Royal Enfield is the oldest two-wheeler brand in the world. It is regarded as older than Harley Davidson too. The history dates back to 1899 when Royal Enfield started producing quadricycle. This was a bicycle modified by adding a wrap around four-wheeled fame with rear rider saddle along with handlebars. And then in 1901, heavy bicycle frame with Minerva engine clamped to front downtube It was then they built their first motorcycle with an engine of 239 ccs.
A year later, in the year 1907 Enfield merged with the Alldays and Onions Pneumatic Engineering Co. of Birmingham where they began manufacturing the Enfield Allday automobile. With modifications and move by 1910, this motorcycle started using a direct belt drive with 297 cc Swiss Motosacoche V Twin engines which were enlarged to 344 ccs.
World War and Enfield
During the First World War, Enfield supplied large quantities of motorcycles to the British War Department and also the company also got a contract for the Imperial Russian Government for the supply of motorcycles. Enfield used 225 ccs two-stroke single and 425 cc V twin engines then. By the Second World War, this company was strong and modern enough to develop and manufacture military motorcycles of their own. They produced several models focusing on war moves then.
Right after the war, Royal Enfield resumed production based on single-cylinder with the 350 cc model G and 500 cc Model J. They had a rigid rear frame and telescopic front forks. It was then in the year 1948, rear suspension springing was developed. The movement and development continued and by 1949 they started selling popular parallel twins model.
Royal Enfield Interceptor was hugely popular in the late sixties and early seventies.
Royal Enfield in India
It was then from the year 1955, this brand got established in India locating headquarters in India. After the Indian Government looked suitable motorcycle for police and army for patrolling the country’s border, the Royal Enfield Bullet was chosen as the most appropriate bike. They initially ordered 800 units of 350 cc model. It was in the year 1990 this brand collaborated with Eicher Group and merged with it. With the growing popularity among the military, this was gradually made access to the public. Later, it was also sent to Nepal, where Royal Enfield didn’t turn out to be just a bike, but a class.