Bangalore based motorcycle enthusiast, Vishal Agarwal has shared details of another retro classic from his garage, and this time it is his 200cc Mini Bullet. The motorcycle is over 34 years old and, after loads of love and care from its first owner, is still in working condition. Vishal owns as many as 20 classic motorcycles, which include three Yamaha RD 350s, a Royal Enfield Silver Plus, a Royal Enfield Explorer and a 1977 Royal Enfield Bullet. He also owns a 1984 Rajdoot GTS (Bobby) and a BSA Bond 50.
While the motorcycle is originally from 1984, it entered Vishal’s garage about three years ago. It features the classic brake/gear-lever positioning. Thus, the gear lever is on the right side while the rear-brake pedal is on the left. The Mini Bullet uses stock paint and engine. It has not required any restoration since the time it was purchased by Vishal.
Typical styling elements include a body-coloured fork cover for the front suspension. Cocooned inside the cover are conventional telescopic front forks. At the rear are twin-sided springs to perform shock absorption duties. The original numberplate occupies the space below the round headlight. The stock instrument console that sits behind the light continues to display the basic, ride related data.
The stock, tall-set handlebar ensures upright and comfortable ergonomics. However, Vishal has tweaked the position of the handle to make it marginally lower than the factory setting. A single-piece saddle, which gets a slight incline in the centre to create a line between the rider and pillion seat, follows the fuel tank. There is no branding visible on the tank, but the side panels hold the “Mini Bullet” tag. At the rear is the stock tail light. Wire-spoke wheels are wrapped in MRF tyres.
The Mini Bullet draws power from a 197 cc, two-stroke, single-cylinder engine. The motor is tuned to produce a maximum power of 12.7 bhp and 14 Nm of peak torque. Stopping power comes from drum brakes on both the wheels.
While Royal Enfield is readying itself to venture into the 650 cc segment of the Indian market, the Mini Bullet is attracting significant attention wherever it goes.