Death of the Cast Iron
By Ujjwal Dey
By Ujjwal Dey
It will be a sad year in 2008. In 2007 Royal Enfield stopped production and sale of 500cc Cast Iron fully loaded Bullets. Previously they had stopped Machismo 350 Cast Iron and turned the brand name into Machismo AVL 350 and then added Machismo AVL 500 (in 2007). Outside India due to various regulations AVL, lean burn and UCE and twinspark are the norm for export Enfields with the stupid left side gear shift. But India, the home and temple that idolises Enfields and particularly Bullets (cast iron is a Bullet, everything else are weird things imitating Bullets) too will see the demise of Bullets.
Bullet Electra, a top selling design and brand of Royal Enfield, is almost dead. No new stock of this cast iron Bullets (neither 4s nor the 5s) is being shipped or sold in metros such as Bombay. Just as they stopped and destroyed Machismo cast iron, they plan to make all future Electras in AVL only. These new Electras will be AVL twinspark similar or same as the Thunderbird 350cc AVL twinspark.
Grab whatever stock remains of 4s Bullet Electra cast iron before they too become ancient history. I don’t know why idiots who don’t understand Bullets buy them and complain to Enfield company about the various problems known to every cast iron owner. Them and the pathetic management of Royal Enfield are now eradicating all cast irons. Std 350 Bullet has survived everything for a long time now, but probably its future is also bleak.
I love my Bullet Electra 4s and I don’t want to be some legend who is an exclusive owner of a classic bike, I want everyone to be able to buy and enjoy it.
Where is the love and passion that kept the Enfield flag flying? I think it will be easy for foreign brands to sell cruisers in India as soon as the Government regulations are relaxed. Bullet is no longer a Bullet and I wouldn’t expect its legacy to last very long. I would suggest tourers to wait for Yamaha, Harley-Davidson, Triumph, etc to ride into Indian market rather than submit defeat to the scoundrels killing our Bullets.