October 9 2006.

Royal Enfield will unveil a new-look version of its popular 500cc Bullet Electra at the NEC Motorcycle Show this year.  Based on the Electra, which is the latest incarnation of the Bullet and is powered by an all alloy, lean-burn single cylinder engine, this new model has been developed exclusively for the UK market and gets more aggressive roadster styling. 
The most obvious changes are to the front end, where flat handlebars and twin chrome speedometer and rev counter replace the nacelle that has served the Bullet for over 50 years. 
Other changes from the standard model include chrome mudguards front and rear plus an upswept sport silencer that boosts power output by 10% compared to the standard model.
Stopping power is provided by a 280mm single calliper front disc brake, while Avon Super Venom and Roadrunner tyres work with gas filled rear dampers to give a reassuringly firm and responsive ride.
The Royal Enfield Electra-XS is expected to sell for ¬£4,425 on the road and will initially be available only in Black.  See it at the NEC Motorcycle Show from 27 OCT - 5 Nov on stand T147 in Hall 20.
Engine - 499cc four stroke single cylinder OHV
Bore and stroke - 84mm x 90mm
Power - 27.5 BHP at 5500 rpm
Fuel consumption (approx) - 75 mpg
Electrics - 12 volt
Ignition - electronic TCI
Starter - electric and kick
Transmission - 5 speed constant mesh
Dimensions (LxWxH) - 2110 x 700 x 1067mm
Fuel tank capacity - 14.5 L (inc.1.25 L reserve)
Suspension front - telescopic hydraulic fork
Suspension rear -hydraulic dampers
Front brake - single disc, 280mm dia.
Rear brake - 6 inch drum
Weight - 187 Kg
Seat height - 82 cm

Details from Watsonian-Squire on 01386 700907

Notes -  Although production ceased in the UK in 1970, Royal Enfield motorcycles have been built in India since 1955.  The factory currently produces over 35,000 motorcycles per year and the UK is their biggest export market.