Eurocrats Kill Off A British Classic

THE world’s longest surviving production motorcycle, the Royal Enfield Bullet 350, which has been made non-stop since 1955, will soon no longer be available in UK showrooms as ever-tightening European emissions laws are forcing the old-timer off the road for good.

UK importers are down to their last 100 machines.

But despite failing emissions regulations the sturdy 346cc single-cylinder, pushrod engine produces 18bhp and returns an impressively eco-friendly 100mpg.

The Bullet 350 has been made in India since the British factory closed in 1967.

Priced at £2,495, Royal Enfield is confident that: “demand for the final 100 machines will outstrip supply.”

From 2009 the Bullet will be only available with a new 500cc engine that satisfies European emissions regulations.

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