Forgotten Royal Enfields of India

Royal Enfield is a name that needs no introduction. It is the world’s oldest motorcycle brand that has been in continuous operation ever since its inception. Originally a British company, Royal Enfield had set up its office on our shores in 1955. It’s been a long time since then and over the years, Royal Enfield has launched quite a few models. While a lot of their bikes have been pretty popular, there are several models by the company that are now lost in the pages of history. So today, let’s take a stroll through the company’s past and check out few such Royal Enfield two-wheelers that are no longer remembered by the masses.

Royal Enfield Explorer 50

Compared to the usual Royal Enfield bikes, the Explorer 50 seemed quite quirky. The reason behind this was that the Explorer 50 was another rebadged bike from the Zundapp brand. It was only available here for a brief period in 1980. In Germany, the bike was sold to the Mokick license holders that were meant for the 16-year olds. It was powered by a 50cc engine that was mated to a 3-speed transmission.

Royal Enfield Silver Plus

We bet you didn’t see this one coming. This step-through bike was launched during the 80s. Called the Silver Plus, the bike was launched at a time when step-through concept was gaining popularity. The Royal Enfield Silver Plus was one of the first step-through motorcycles in India. It had a hand-operated cable linked gear shifter. Powering the motorcycle was a 65-cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine with a two-speed transmission which was later upgraded to a three-speed transmission. The step-through was manufactured with assistance from Zundapp.

Royal Enfield Fantabulous

Royal Enfield introduced the Fantabulous to gain a share of the growing scooter market in India. Yes, Royal Enfield also made a scooter but it never became too popular in the market. A 175-cc, 2-Stroke engine powered it from Villiers and it churned out a maximum of 7.5 Bhp. It also featured a self-starter, which was a rare thing even in bikes in those days.

Royal Enfield Mofa

Another one of Royal Enfield almost unheard two-wheelers is the Mofa, which was a light-weight suspension-less 25-cc moped. The Mofa marked Royal Enfield’s entry in the moped segment of India. It was designed in Italy by Morbidelli and was the smallest capacity motorcycle ever produced by Royal Enfield in India. As seen in the image above, the Mofa had a single tube design which made it look more like a motorized bicycle than anything else.

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