2010 Enfield Woodsman: first ride

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The new Royal Enfield Woodsman gets the same fuel-injected unit construction motor as the Bullet EFI, complete with a five-speed gearbox, disc brake and electric start.      

The bike evokes the style of the original 1955-1959 Woodsman with trail-style bars, a high-level exhaust, single seat, bash plate and luggage rack.  

Predictably it’s very similar to other Bullet models to ride – crude, not quick but characterful, laid-back and very enjoyable if you’re in the correct frame of mind. The trails riding position is comfy and gives good control.  

Read the full test in next week’s MCN, on sale Wednesday 24 February 2010.

Royal Enfield Woodsman EFI – £4699
Engine: 499cc pushrod 2v air-cooled single. Five gears
Power: 28bhp
Torque: 30lb-ft
Kerb weight: 187kg

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Chris Newbigging

By Chris Newbigging