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 Â£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.