Nov 1, 2011

16 Royal Enfield India once also made Scooters & Mopeds..!!

Compilation of a couple of rare Royal Enfield models of yore..

A lot of changes have taken place at Royal Enfield during the last couple of years. Most significant of these changes has been replacing the nearly 50 year old cast iron engine (which had a separate gear casing) with a modern Unit Construction Engine (UCE). The characteristic thump of the single cylinder engine might have been slightly muffled due to the new UCE engine but nevertheless it’s still a 4 stroke thump.

What might surprise / even shock many is that once upon a time Royal Enfield India dabbled in a couple of 2 stroke models, among which there used to be a Scooter, a Moped and a Mini Moped..!!

Posted below are the 2 stroke models that Royal Enfield / Enfield India (as it was also known for sometime) used to manufacture once upon a time.

Effort has been made to collect the correct information about the models. In case anyone has any correction or addtional information about the models, he/she is most welcome to correct/contribute.

Royal Enfield Fantabulus: [More on the Fantabulus: TeamBhp]

Engine: Single cylinder, 150 cc, 2 stroke, 7.4 bhp

Launch: 1962

Highlight: The engine was based on an engine from Villiers of England, the scooter had right foot operated gears and it was the first 2 wheeler in India to feature an electric starter.

And yes there is no spelling mistake here, the scooter was indeed named “Fantabulus



Royal Enfield Sherpa: [More on the Sherpa: TeamBhp]

Engine: Single cylinder, 175 cc, 2 stroke

Launch: 1963

Highlight: The engine was based on an engine from Villiers



Royal Enfield Crusader: [More on the Crusader: TeamBhp]

Engine: Single cylinder, 175 cc, 2 stroke

Launch: 1973

Highlight: The Crusader was basically a restyled Sherpa



Enfield Mini Bullet: [More on the Mini Bullet: GreaseMonkeys]

Engine: Single cylinder, 200 cc, 2 stroke

Launch: 1980

Highlight: The 200 cc engine was an enlarged Crusader engine



Enfield Silver Plus:

Engine: Single cylinder, 50 cc, 2 stroke, 6.5 bhp

Launch: 1983

Highlight: Based on the Zundapp (of Germany) ZS/ZX 50 models, step thru moped with kick start and hand gear shift, the initial models had 2 gears but the later ones had 3 gears.



Enfield Explorer: [More on the Explorer: TeamBhp]

Engine: Single cylinder, 50 cc, 2 stroke, 6.5 bhp

Launch: 1983

Highlight: Based on the Zundapp KS50 with 3 speed gearbox



Enfield Fury: [More on the Fury: TeamBhp]

Engine: Single cylinder, 175 cc, 2 stroke,

Launch: 1988

Highlight: Based on the Zundapp KS175. It was the first motorcycle in India to sport a front disc brake..!!



Enfield Mofa: [More on the Mofa: Hindu]

Engine: Single cylinder, 22 cc, 2 stroke, 0.8 bhp

Launch: Somewhere in the late 1980’s

Highlight: Based on a mini moped designed by Morbidelli of Italy. It had a centrifugal clutch, the fuel was carried in the frame down tube and there was no suspension..!!

Registration of the Mofa was not required..!!


An appeal: As mentioned in the beginning, in case anyone has any correction or addtional information about the models, he/she is most welcome to correct/contribute.

Surpised with the above compilation?






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16 Comments:

Sankoobaba said...

omg! this is super awesome

Roshan said...

Your best post dude... Im saving this. Loads of Thanks!

S.P - Biker Next Door said...

Thanks guys..

these are very rare pieces of our two wheeler history.

Diesel said...

Most of the bike here like the Mofa, Mini, fantabuloys are residing at the garage of one mr. muthu kumar, a REAL bike collector from down South. he also has some of the rarest bikes like the James. You can visit him online in XBHP and Team BHP

VIJAY BHUYAN said...

wow AMAZING !!
GREAT PAST

SANTOSA said...

Thank U payeng.
it is one of your best blog posts.

Shaiju B said...

Great to say the least. Its kind of nostalgis for me. I remember the days when i was in school, i used see these Silver plus and Explorer and had even dreamt about owning one, since those were cute little bikes. I also remember the Mofa. The other models made me a bit surprised. The Fury looks nice (alloys) actually.

Already added this post to my favourites list. These kind of nostalgic posts makes you a real biker next door.

S.P - Biker Next Door said...

Thanks guys..

keep the passion of motorcycles alive

Anonymous said...

thanks for the post. we want to see more ancient bike.

Praj said...

Nice Piece of Info i own a mini and want to know more details abt it... can you please do let me know abt mini enfield 200 and places fr servicing

S.P - Biker Next Door said...

@Praj,

honestly bro, if you have a mini enfield bullet 200, then you would have more hands on knowledge about just a blogger like me :-)

muthu kumar Kanakachalam said...

Hi,
Thanks for posting some of my steeds namely 1) Fantabulus, 2) Fury Dx 175 & 3) Explorer CS50
The efforts would have been appreciated , if the author of this blog have tapped down the exact Facts & figures of the respective machines, from the same forum the pics was downloaded.
With due respect i request you to re-check the figures furnished in this blog!!
Cheers!!
Muthu Kumar kanakachalam

Anonymous said...

i have this scooter fantablous with me

Anonymous said...

Hi All, I still have FURY ...

Anonymous said...

Salute You....

22 said...

Hello, hru, any chance u want to sell it

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