From our friends at Royal Enfield.
New for 2012, Desert Storm is an addition to the popular range of Royal Enfield Classic 500 motorcycles that pays homage to the company's military heritage, which stretches back to the late 19th century. With its bodywork and frame painted in matt sand colour and plain white badges, Desert Storm contrasts with the high gloss finish of the majority of traditionally styled models in the Royal Enfield range.
The Royal Enfield brand name dates back to the 1890's, when the Worcestershire-based business won a contract with the Royal Small Arms factory to supply precision parts for the making of Enfield rifles. When they made their first new two-wheeler they marketed it through a new company – The Royal Enfield Manufacturing Company Ltd - adding the legendary trademark "Built Like A Gun", which is still in use today.
First introduced in 1931, the Royal Enfield Bullet has a long tradition of military service too; thousands were supplied to the British Army and RAF for use by despatch riders during the Second World War. When updated for 1949 the Bullet was chosen for patrol duties by the Indian Army, a fact that has ensured its survival to this day.
Powered by the latest fuel-injected unit engine, with 5-speed gearbox and multi-plate clutch, Desert Storm combines classic looks and sound (complete with kick-start), with modern levels of performance and reliability thanks to front disc brake, gas-filled rear suspension, Avon Road Rider tyres, hydraulic pushrods and 12-volt halogen headlight.
Priced at £5195 the Desert Storm is available through Royal Enfield dealers. For more information call 01386 700907 or visit royal-enfield.com.