Mumbai Police to add custom Royal Enfields to their fleet
The men in uniform who perform their duties relentlessly definitely deserve better, especially when it comes to their equipment. Currently, the Mumbai Police choose their ride from a varied portfolio that includes Bajaj Pulsar, Bajaj Avenger and TVS Apache among others.
But that might soon be a thing of the past, as the force is considering switching back to the trusty Royal Enfields that formed part of their fleet before the dawn of new-age motorcycles. They were replaced due to several issues which included high maintenance costs, high fuel consumption and, umm…the weird placement of the brake pedal and gear shifter. This was all quite a while back, jump to the present and we have a flourishing company that has significantly improved its products (new Bullets come with conventional brake and shifter pattern as well) and is witnessing record-breaking sales.
Now, dont be under the impression that the cops will settle for a standard Enfield. The one they get will be modified to look the part. And, tasked with building the perfect police cruiser is Gabriel Zuzarte, founder of Road Rage Custom Builds. You might remember him as the guy who made a Royal Enfield police prototype a few years back, that one was very well equipped; his latest creation however, has a more functional layout.
The new prototype – like the old one – is based on the 350cc Bullet Electra. It features several revisions that are seen in the form of a designer windshield made of fibre, four sets of blue and white LED lights, siren and PAS (Public Address System), centre pole light, crash guard and two utility boxes.
No mechanical changes have taken place so the police bike will make the same power figures as the stock variant, all 19.8bhp and 28Nm of it. Putting the power down will be a constant mesh five-speed transmission.
We quite like the look of this concept and once top brass gives a go-ahead, the company expects an order of 237 to be placed. You never know, one day we might see all the cops having one of these.
Update\: The concept was presented to the police officials yesterday, but was not given the go-ahead. Apparently, the cops are looking for something a bit more customised. We'll keep you posted on any updates in this matter, as and when it happens.