Lot 480: 2005 Royal Enfield 499cc Bullet Sixty-5
Royal Enfield revived the Bullet name in 1948 for a sensational new 350cc sports bike with swinging-arm rear suspension. The newcomer featured an overhead-valve engine that housed its dry-sump oil tank in a compartment in the rear of the crankcase, to which the four-speed gearbox was rigidly bolted in a form of semi-unit construction. Production of both 350 and 500 Bullets ceased in 1962, though the model was taken up for manufacture under licence in India in the 1970s and continues in production there in much-improved form today. Its Indian manufacturer had to market the machines as Enfield at first but has since secured the rights to the Royal Enfield name. A variety of models is currently on offer, including a tourer, café racer, ‘army’ and trail bike. First registered on 11th April 2005 this Indian-built Bullet has covered a mere 397 miles since and remains in unmarked, virtually ‘as new’ condition. An example of ’Enfield’s top-of-the-range Sixty-5 model equipped with electric starter, the machine comes with its original manual and service book, spare key and Swansea V5C registration document.
Bonhams, Classic & Motorcycle Mechanics Show, Stafford
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