Royal Enfield Motorcycles

1936 Models at the Olympia Show

Royal Enfield 499 c.c. Model J

Unconventional cleanliness has been secured in the design of the 499 c.c. Model J Royal Enfield

Royal Enfield 500cc SV for 1936

A last-minute addition to the range takes the form of this neat 500 c.c. side-valve

Royal Enfield 248cc SV for 1936

An inexpensive lightweight - the 248 c.c. side-valve model

Royal Enfield forks for 1936

Short struts help to ensure rigidity in the pressed-steel front forks


STAND 49: New Range of “Five-hundreds” with Vertical Engines : Special Attention to Mechanical and Exhaust Silence : Well-equipped Lightweights

The overhead-valve 500 c.c. model with single-port head has practically the same specification [as the sidevalve model], and a 350 c.c. o.h.v. machine is also similar.

Although the new four-valve 500 c.c. “Bullet” also has a vertical engine, it differs in finish and detail. The tank is chromium and scarlet. The forks are of the tubular girder type. With foot gear change on this range the problem of leading the brake control over to the off side (necessary in view of the Enfield cush-drive hub) is neatly surmounted by the use of Bowdenex cable operation.

Model B.— 248 c.c. single-cyl. side-valve Royal Enfield; dry-sump lubrication; coil ignition; all-chain drive; 4-speed gear, with hand control; fuel, 2 gals.; 26x3in tyres Price with electric lighting (solo), £31 10s.

Among side-valve two-fifties the Enfield Model B holds a high place, and it has undergone very little change. It has a detachable head, sloping cylinder, sump lubrication, and hand control to the gear box. Pressed-steel forks are used on this model.

Model T.—148 c.c. single-cyl. o.h.v. Royal Enfield; dry-sump lubrication,; coil ignition; all-chain drive; 4-speed gear, with Hand control; fuel, 2 gals.; 26x3in. tyres. Price with electric lighting (solo), £31 10s.

The 148 c.c, o.h.v. inclined-engine model is much as before. As is well known, it has achieved some remarkable performances in trials, which have proved that a “one-fifty” is capable of touring in any type of country.

Model K.—976 c.c. twin-cyl. side-valve Royal Enfield; mechanical lubrication; magneto ignition; all-chain drive; oil-bath primary chain case; 4-speed gear with hand control; fuel, 2¼ gals.; 26x3.5in. tyres. Price with electric lighting (solo), £65 2s

As a big-twin the 976 c.c. Enfield holds a truly honoured place. Its side-valve engine is notably smooth and effortless when heavily loaded with a sidecar, and the machine, although not unduly heavy, is capable of withstanding the roughest usage.

The 1935 Olympia Show reported in The Motor Cycle, December 5th, 1935.