After Fisher gave me a few pointers on the subtleties of the improved Bullet, I soon had it cranked over and onto the roadway. That 500cc motor might feature modern electronic fuel injection, but once underway, I realized that I shouldn’t expect thoroughly modern performance. The thumper pulse was blissfully raw and mechanical, but with a claimed 27.2 horsepower, the newest Bullets aren’t exactly a thrasher’s dream. Still, if you’re a member of the It’s More Fun to Ride a Slow Bike Fast club, then you’ll be firmly in your element. The alloy-construction engine revs better than older Enfields (redline is 5500rpm), and you’ll find the G5 Deluxe to be happiest using low and mid range torque. That means a 65mph cruise is probably the sweetest spot; be prepared for noticeably more vibes above 75mph. I found the Deluxe topping out at about 85mph—downhill, with a brisk wind at my back—but with an under-stressed 8.5:1 compression ratio, the slappity-slapping thumper didn’t seem to sweat if I wound it up. The Bullets make handfuls of torque right from the start, in a lumpy way that can only make you grin. The new Enfield tranny has an easy clutch pull, and shifts are generally predictable (though we experienced one or two false Neutrals). Just be prepared to stir the cogs often, and push the engine to keep up with modern American traffic flow.