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ENFIELD WOODSMAN (2010-on) Review

Published: 05 March 2010

Updated: 21 November 2014

"Modern take on a bike produced by the 1950's USA importer"

Royal Enfield Woodsman

"Modern take on a bike produced by the 1950's USA importer"

  • At a glance
  • 499cc  -  27 bhp
  • 80 mpg  -  250 miles range
  • Insurance group: 6 of 17
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  • Medium seat height (825mm)
  • Suitable for A2 licence
  • New: £4,749

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

The Royal Enfield Bullet Woodsman EFI is a modern take on a bike produced by the 1950’s USA importer, who turned Bullets in to scramblers and branded them as Indian Woodsman. The 2010 bike shares a name and basic layout, but has welcome modern touches including electric start, fuel injection and a disc front brake.

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5

The Woodsman handles better than it’s dynamically similar Trials brethren, thanks to running decent Avon road tyres instead of knobblies. It’s not sharp, and being brutal will tie it in a knot, but smooth use of the wide bars results in a respectable ability to maintain momentum through bends. Suspension quality is low, crashing over potholes and such, though it’s merely slightly bouncy over better maintained surfaces. Just keep in mind what it is, and it’s fine. 

Engine 3 out of 5

Making a relaxed 28bhp, the Woodsman EFI isn’t a thrasher’s dream, but it makes big handfuls of torque right from tickover in a charismatic, lumpy fashion. The alloy-construction engine revs better than older Enfields, but it’s happiest using the low and mid range torque. 70mph cruising is comfortable, 85mph possible flat out. It feels best at 50-60mph on country roads. 

Build Quality & Reliability 2 out of 5

All Enfields are built in India these days – fit and finish is crude in places. Reliability is better, and they’re dead simple to maintain, but still expect to have to get hands on once in a while. The Woodsman is a model created in the UK, adapted from a standard Bullet EFI by the importer. The conversion parts are well made.

Insurance, running costs & value 3 out of 5

It’s not ludicrously expensive, but neither is it cheap. It’s cheaper than pseudo classics like the Triumph Bonneville, but then it’s not quite as able. It is, however, genuinely descended from classic British machinery from over 50 years ago, and remains the most authentic way to get the classic biking experience on a zero-mile machine. Find a Royal Enfield Bullet 500 for sale.

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Equipment 3 out of 5

Equipment is good compared to Enfields of old – the fuel warning light, fuel injection, electric start (plus a kicker for those of burly leg) and disc brake make life simpler. There’s a luggage rack behind you for strapping your sarnies to. That’s about your lot – it’s simplistic motorcycling. There’s not even a trip meter. Compare and buy parts for the Enfield in the MCN Shop.

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2010
Year discontinued -
New price £4,749
Used price -
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 6 of 17
Annual road tax £66
Annual service cost -
Max power 27 bhp
Max torque 28 ft-lb
Top speed 85 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 80 mpg
Tank range 250 miles
Engine size 499cc
Engine type Air-cooled four-stroke single, pushrod valve actuation, 2v. Five gears
Frame type Tubular steel cradle
Fuel capacity 14.5 litres
Seat height 825mm
Bike weight 187kg
Front suspension none
Rear suspension Preload
Front brake 280mm disc, twin-piston caliper
Rear brake 152mm disc
Front tyre size 100/90-19
Rear tyre size 100/90-19

History & Versions

Model history

1955-1959: Original Indian Woodsman sold in USA, based around British-built Bullet.
2010: New EFI model based around current Bullet sold in UK only.

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