2012 Royal Enfield Motorcycles
Royal Enfield create a Storm
at Motorcycle Live
for 2012, Desert Storm is an addition to the popular
range of Royal Enfield Classic 500 motorcycles that
pays homage to the company's military heritage, which
stretches back to the late 19th century. With its
bodywork and frame painted in matt sand colour, and
plain white badges, Desert Storm contrasts with the
high gloss finish of the majority of traditionally
styled models in the Royal Enfield range.
The Royal Enfield brand name dates
back to the 1890's, when the Worcestershire-based
business won a contract with the Royal Small Arms
factory to supply precision parts for the making of
Enfield rifles. When they made their first new two-wheeler
they marketed it through a new company – The
Royal Enfield Manufacturing Company Ltd - adding the
legendary trademark "Built Like A Gun",
which is still in use today.
First introduced in 1931, the Royal Enfield Bullet
has a long tradition of military service too; thousands
were supplied to the British Army and RAF for use
by despatch riders during the Second World War. When
updated for 1949 the Bullet was chosen for patrol
duties by the Indian Army, a fact that has ensured
its survival to this day.
Powered by the latest fuel-injected
unit engine, with 5-speed gearbox and multi-plate
clutch, Desert Storm combines classic looks and sound
(complete with kick-start), with modern levels of
performance and reliability thanks to front disc brake,
gas-filled rear suspension, Avon Road Rider tyres,
hydraulic pushrods and 12-volt halogen headlight.
Priced at £5195 the Desert Storm
is available through Royal Enfield dealers. For more
information call 01386 700 907 or visit royal-enfield.com.