Royal Enfield Bullet V-Twin: Seeing Double

There are no air filters and the exhausts are straight pipes – both are being sourced/made as I type this. Naturally, the bike makes one hell of a noise. At idle, it sounds like its mind isn’t quite made up. Like Frankenstein’s monster, it seems confused at first. But when you twist the throttle, it clears its mind right up. It knows it lives.

It smells like a Bullet too – complete drops of oil under the engine. You may take the oil out of a Bullet, but may never take the Bullet out of its oil. Anand guesstimates it puts out around 48bhp at the rear wheel. The clutch is a modified stock unit, so I’m a bit worried it’ll blow itself to bits with the God-knows-how much-more torque that this V-twin makes. Sure enough, by the end of my runs, the clutch is showing signs of slipping. After barely 50km, it’s run its life. That's some torque, then – the duo plan to make a newer, stronger clutch on the next engine.