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ENFIELD CLUBMAN (2009-on) Review

Published: 09 October 2009

Updated: 21 November 2014

"A slice of classic motorcycle ownership at a fraction of the cost"


"A slice of classic motorcycle ownership at a fraction of the cost"

  • At a glance
  • 499cc  -  28 bhp
  • 79 mpg  -  345 miles range
  • Insurance group: 9 of 17
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  • Medium seat height (820mm)
  • Suitable for A2 licence
  • New: £5,600

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

From the café racer styling to the air-cooled India-built single-cylinder engine, the Enfield clubman is soaked with nostalgia.

Even the addition of modern-day fuel injection, front disc brake and the new 5-speed unit construction engine fails to dent the projected image of an era where ‘ton-up’ street racing and smoky milk bars were the norm.

For a slice of classic motorcycle ownership at a fraction of the cost with reliability, it surely doesn’t get any better than Royal Enfield’s Clubman

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5

By no means comparable to any Japanese sportster, but decent enough to go bend swinging. No seriously, those skinny tyres, single front disc and old-school suspension make A and B-roads quite a giggle when the pace hots up.

The ace bars and flat seat aren’t the torture implements you’d think – it’s actually quite comfortable.

Engine 4 out of 5

Without doubt the best engine Enfield has ever produced. The engine now figures unit construction, whereby gearbox and crankshaft share the same engine cases.

Fuel injection and electronic starter system makes makes starting an absolute joy. Although classic purists will, no doubt, prefer to make use of the kick starter.

Although a 499cc 2v four-stroke, you have to remember it’s not built to be hammered to the limit while delivering big horsepower.

nstead regard it as an engine made for leisurely romps through the countryside.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

Ask any owner of a modern Enfield and the chances are you’ll hear nothing but praise. This is not to say there the bike is faultless.

It’s just that Enfield buyers are generally the sort of person who buys with their heart rather than demands for performance and practicality.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

Ride an Enfield, particularly the Clubman or Scrambler version, and you get such a feeling of pride and joy that £5k seems negligible for the smile it puts on your face.

Yes, it should be cheaper, but so should many other things in our lives. The final word is this: many people in MCN Towers would dearly love to have a Clubman in their garage. Find a Royal Enfield 500 for sale.

Insurance group: 9 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 4 out of 5

An extra mark is awarded because of the hand-crafted aluminium tank is simply a work of art.

Otherwise the Clubman carries nothing different to any basic motorcycle… unless you consider the historical background to Royal Enfield, plus the wonderful styling exercise.

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2009
Year discontinued -
New price £5,600
Used price -
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 9 of 17
Annual road tax £66
Annual service cost -
Max power 28 bhp
Max torque 30.5 ft-lb
Top speed 80 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 79 mpg
Tank range 345 miles
Engine size 499cc
Engine type Air-cooled, single-cylinder four-stroke. Five gears
Frame type Tubular steel
Fuel capacity 21 litres
Seat height 820mm
Bike weight 187kg
Front suspension Non-adjustable
Rear suspension Spring preload
Front brake 1 x 280mm disc with 2-piston caliper
Rear brake 152mm drum
Front tyre size 90/90 x 19
Rear tyre size 100/90 x 19

History & Versions

Model history

2006: Clubman introduced. Lean burn engine, carburated and pre-unit engine.
2009: new model

Other versions

The engine and frame belong to the popular Enfield Electra, which is also the basis for the Enfield Trials EFI and oh so retro Classic model.

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