was the name under which the Enfield Cycle Company made motorcycles
and stationary engines
. This legacy of weapons manufacture
is reflected in the logo, a cannon, and their motto "Made like a gun, goes like a bullet". Use of the brand name Royal Enfield was licensed by the Crown
in 1890. The original Redditch
based company was sold to Norton-Triumph-Villiers
(NVT) in 1968. Production ceased in 1970 and the company was dissolved in 1971.
In 1956 Enfield of India started assembling Bullet motorcycles under licence
from UK components, and by 1962 were manufacturing complete bikes. Enfield of India
bought the rights to use the Royal Enfield name in 1995. Royal Enfield production, based in Chennai
, continues and Royal Enfield is now the oldest motorcycle brand in the world still in production with the Bullet model enjoying the longest motorcycle production run of all time.
In 1893, the Enfield Manufacturing Company Ltd was registered to manufacture bicycles. By 1899, Enfield were producing quadricycles
with De Dion
engines and experimenting with a heavy bicycle frame fitted with a Minerva
engine clamped to the front downtube.<ref name Enfield built their first motorcycle
in 1901 with a 239 cc engine. In 1907,... Read More