In 2011, I purchased this 2009 500cc Bullet model Royal Enfield with fuel injection, electric start and kick starter from the owner of Velocity Vintage Motorcycles in Virginia Beach. The one-owner bike had 1,250 miles on it and had been maintained at the owner’s shop. Over the next two years the bike was professionally customized with parts from Hitchcock’s in England ($900 custom tank, larger headlight, muffler, fenders, Ace handlebars and Smiths tachometer), new control cables and Avon tires. The tank was coated with a protective liner while still new. A custom carbon fiber seat was built by Benjie’s Café Racer. Loaded Gun Customs provided the rearsets. For performance enhancement, the bike was Dyno-tuned at Coleman Power Sport in Woodbridge, Virginia for a 14% increase in BHP and a 73 lb. weight reduction. Tuning included a Power Commander V Electronic Control Unit from Dynojet, K&N air filter and a lighter, lithium EVO2 battery from Ballistic Performance. The bike charges the battery, and a special $75 charger is included with the purchase to more efficiently balance the lithium cells for longer life. Unnecessary center stand, tabs and side plates were removed and a chrome halogen fire extinguisher mounted. The bike sounds aggressive, accelerates hard and is fun to ride.

Woodbridge, Virginia, United States