1948 Royal Enfield RE125
Claimed power: 3.5hp @ 4,500rpm
Top speed: 45mph
Engine: 125cc air-cooled 2-stroke single, 54mm x 55mm bore and stroke, 5.75:1 compression ratio
Weight (wet): 130lb (59kg)
Fuel capacity/MPG: 1.75gal (8ltr)/130mpg
*Some info about the bike.
The 125cc unit-construction engine has a 54mm x 55mm bore and stroke with a handshift 3-speed gearbox. With its lightweight aluminum cylinder head, flat-top piston and a compression ratio of 5.75:1, the machine would run on any grade fuel. The timing chain ran in an oil bath, as did the cork clutch. A Miller magneto supplied electrical power for the 6-volt ignition and the 27-watt lighting system. Horsepower was a claimed 3.5 at 4,500rpm. Fuel economy was excellent, as the bike returned an impressive 130 miles per gallon, a welcome feature during — and after — the war years when every drop of fuel counted.
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