I’ve just taken a Royal Enfield motorbike for a test drive at their factory in Chennai. (writes Dan Isaacs of Newshour) -Fantastic. I’ve had a bit of a thing for them ever since I lived in India a year or two back. Nearly bought one but my wife put the khybosh on it. The ‘Bullet’ is a classic British bike from the 50s, still being produced in India today. Was it a Bullet Steve McQueen tried to make his get away on in the Great Escape?
Probably not, that would have been German, but you get the idea.
Perhaps you have a ‘dream machine’ you’ve always wanted to own but like me, never quite got up the courage to go for it? Or come to think of it, a magic film moment involving a great car or bike? I can think of quite a few.
There was of course a point to my trip, apart from simple pleasure of it. The Royal Enfield factory in Chennai — which is the only place on the world still making these bikes — is doing phenomenally well at the moment, expanding it’s export market rapidly despite very difficult global conditions for the automotive industry.
How have they been able to do it against the trend? You’ll be able to hear my report on the BBC and see a few more of my pictures up on the website in a few days time …
I’ll post here when i know it’s going out…and in the meantime if you have any bike stories, i’m all ears..