Sunday, 11 December 2016

Lance Arrow 148cc

The Lance dates from 1955-1960, when the Indian nameplate was possessed by Brockhouse Engineering of England. They imported about all the Royal Enfiled models to the United States to be sold as Indians.One particularly intriguing model of the day was the Royal Enfield Ensign, a relative of the Flying Flea that had been air-dropped to British troops amid World War II. The Ensign looked considerably more significant than the Flea. Telehydraulic front suspension supplanted the Flea's support forks sprung with elastic bands.There was even a type of back suspension, in spite of the fact that Roy Bacon, in his book "Imperial Enfield, The Post War Models," rejects it as "odd" in light of the fact that it didn't give dampening.Like the Flying Flea, the Ensign was still a two-stroke, with just three riggings in the transmission, in spite of the fact that the engine was up from 125cc to 148cc. Engine Cycling Magazine discovered top speed was 52 mph.Bacon considers the Lance a "trail frame" of the Ensign. He composes that the Lance came in Sahara Yellow and I have seen pictures of one that shading. In any case, somewhere else in his book, Bacon alludes to the 1958 Ensign as being "Surf Green with dark as option."The Ensign came as the Ensign II and Ensign III in 1958. The contrast between them is by all accounts restricted to the electrical framework (the III accompanied a battery), and Bacon records much similar specs for them: