Millenium Motorcycles, Aspinall Place, St Helens, Merseyside, WA9 5PETel: 01744 616161
A proud tribute to Royal Enfields past military
The Classic Satin comes to you with a paint scheme reminiscent of the war era, a time when Royal Enfield motorcycles proved their capabilities and battle worthiness by impeccable service to soldiers in harsh conditions of the desert. Donning a younger look with styling cues one would expect only from a genuine Royal Enfield: single cylinder air-cooled pushrod engine, 1950s style nacelle and toolboxes, traditional paint scheme and buffed engine components, this motorcycle is all set to bring you the pleasures of modern motorcycling while reflecting the aura of eternal classic styling.
Metal-encased telescopic forks lead to a bright, hooded headlight, sticking out from a Royal Enfield trademark steering head. Instruments are familiar bits: the basic analogue Royal Enfield fare with a speedometer reading up to 160kph. A fuel gauge is missing but you do get a reserve warning icon. Circular, chrome mirrors look the part but vibrate a fair bit when riding and hamper rearview vision. We've always recommended buffed alloy levers and the new models also have rider-friendly soft and comfortable palm grips.
The switchgear, which packs all the essentials, works positively and both Enfields come equipped with strident twin horns, a well-deserved bonus for these highway friendly motorcycles. The latest Classics use teardrop fuel tanks with the Royal Enfield logo emblazoned in an aptly regal font. An old-fashioned chrome tank cap and knee-pads on the Satin lend a period touch to the bikes as do the tool and air boxes on the flanks. Hogging the limelight of course is the large, naked engine which displays good attention to detail, with crankcase blisters inspired by the Spitfire fighter aircraft of World War II. The spring-mounted riding saddle that was part of the original Classic has been improved with revised, stiffer springs that kept us better connected to the motorcycle. Both the Desert Storm and Classic Chrome get uncluttered rear sections, their smoothly flowing mudguards leading to the tail-light. While overall quality and finish do seem slightly improved, they still lag behind the tall standard of modern motorcycles. This new Classic duo come with an improved, 499cc, air-cooled, four-stroke and single-cylinder new-generation Royal Enfield engine.
Twin spark-plugs and Keihin fuel injection are carry-forwards from the original Classics, as are twin valves and long-stroke engine architecture that fit this character-rich motorcycle perfectly. The piston assembly is superior, and mapping has been revised while much else remains constant including hydraulic tappets, a drive-chain tensioning system and the peak power figure of 27.2bhp at 5250rpm. 4.2kgm of max torque is delivered at 4000rpm. The big single starts at the push of a button, with its charging circuit now beefed up. As expected, the Limited Edition Classics drum out a lazy, healthy and loud beat Indians have long admired and appreciated.
Engine - 500cc, single cylinder, 4 stroke, spark ignition, air cooled, OHV engine produces 41.3 Nm of torque.
Headlamp - Headlight casing features the "Tiger Eye Lamps" for the Bullet look. The headlamp is traditional but with a powerful halogen bulb to provide good illumination.
Silencer - Aesthetically designed short silencer for that 1950's look. Available as an optional accessory for off-road use only.
Tank - Finely crafted tank with post war era graphics and thigh pads make for a vintage look.
Wheel - Front: 19" Rear: 18"
Single Cylinder, 4 stroke, Twinspark
BORE X STROKE
84mm x 90mm
27.2 bhp @ 5250 rpm
41.3 Nm @ 4000 rpm
Keihin Electronic Fuel Injection
12 volt - DC
5 Speed Constant Mesh
Digital Electronic Ignition
12 volt, 14 Ah
15 W 50 API, SL Grade JASO MA
Single downtube, using engine as stressed member
Telescopic, 35mm forks,
FRONT SUSPENSION STROKE
280mm Disc, 2-Piston caliper
Twin gas charged shock absorbers with 5-step adjustable preload
REAR SUSPENSION STROKE
240mm Disc with single piston caliper
FRONT RIM TYPE
REAR RIM TYPE
REAR RIM DIMENSION
90/90 – 19” – 52V
110/80V 18 M/C 58V
60 W / 55 W, HALOGEN
21 W / 5 W
2140 mm x 800 mm x 1080mm (Without Mirrors)
PERMITTED TOTAL WEIGHT
195 Kgs (with 90% Fuel & Oil)
USABABLE TANK VOLUME
13.5 Ltr (3.56 Gallon)