About Royal Enfield:
Royal Enfield was a brand name under which The Enfield Cycle Company Limited Redditch, Worcestershire sold motorcycles, bicycles, lawnmowers and stationary engines which they had manufactured. Enfield Cycle Company also used the brand name Enfield without Royal.
The first Royal Enfield motorcycle was built in 1901. The Enfield Cycle Company is responsible for the design and original production of the Royal Enfield Bullet, the longest-lived motorcycle design in history. Enfield’s remaining motorcycle business became part of Norton Villiers in 1967 and that business closed in 1978. A former subsidiary continues to manufacture Royal Enfield motorcycles in India.
Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Review
QUICK FACTS & OVERVIEW
|Variant Name||Royal Enfield Bullet 500 (EFi)|
|Ex-Showroom Price (Delhi)||INR 1.66 Lakh|
|On-Road Price (Delhi)||INR 1.85 lakh (Approx.)|
|Mileage||25-30 kmpl (approx.)|
|Shades||Forest Green, Black, Marsh Grey|
|Official Tagline||Made Like a Gun, Goes Like a Bullet!|
|Warranty||2 Years/20,000 Kms|
|Summary||Royal Enfield Bullet 500 EFI BS4 uses the 499cc, single cylinder engine that is actually good for 27.2 BHP at 5250 rpm and 41.3 Nm @ 4000 rpm. It comes mated to a 5-speed gearbox and claims a top speed of 130 kmph. A bike is a retro-modern machine that weighs 194 kg and rivals no other bike in its class. It can only be compared with the RE Classic 500, Thunderbird 500 and Himalayan in the segment. The powerful machine has enough torque at usable rpm and can be used for long rides with much ease. RE offers the same in Black, Marsh Grey, and Forest Green shade.|
The popularity of Bullet in India can be imagined by the fact that every second Punjabi song features its name in it. To make this bike even more popular in urban India, Royal Enfield has launched the new variant of Bullet with a 500cc engine. Let’s check out this macho bike in detail.
Design and Style
Visually, Bullet 500 is almost identical to its younger sibling, Bullet 350. The wide and low stance of this bike can grab anyone’s attention on the road. The exposed heavy metal engine, chrome finished long silencer and brake pedal are the characteristic features of Bullet. The wide fuel tank of Bullet sits on the top of its engine and sports metal emblem on it. This fuel tank merges nicely into its low positioned seat.
The triangular tool box placed just below the seat comes with the printed name of this bike. The semi-circular grab rail at the back looks retro and gives way to the rear cowl of this bike. The chrome finished orange colored side indicators and number plate is placed on this rear cowl while you will also notice a full-size tail light at the back.
Move to the front of this bike and you will see the iconic circular face of Bullet. The bike lacks any type of cowl and features chrome plated round shaped headlight with twin pilot lamps. Royal Enfield has also placed a tiny visor on the top of this headlight which gives it a fresh look. The metal front fender complements the spoke wheels of this bike and you will also notice a new disc plate on its front wheel.
Tyre Size, Shades and Variants
Bullet 500 uses R19 sizes of tires. The only variant of this bike is available in 2 shades – Marsh Grey and Black.
Bullet 500 is priced at INR 1.35 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi (approx., may vary)). This is probably the cheapest 500cc bike available in India. All other 500cc bikes of Royal Enfield are far more expensive than Bullet 500cc. The company also offers this bike with modern features like electric start and front disc brake. We feel it’s completely worth to buy this new cruiser machine as it offers impressive performance and gives you the great amount of comfort on long journeys.
Technical Specification Of Royal Enfield Bullet 500
DIMENSIONS, WEIGHT & CAPACITIES
|Overall Length||2140 mm|
|Overall Width||790 mm|
|Overall Height||1090 mm|
|Ground Clearance||135 mm|
|Seat Height||800 mm|
|Kerb/Wet Weight||194 kg|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||13.50 liters|
PERFORMANCE & MILEAGE
|0-100 kmph||13 secs|
|Top Speed||130 kmph|
|Mileage (City)||20 kmpl|
|Mileage (Highway)||30 kmpl|
|Mileage (Combined)||25 kmpl|
COMFORT & CONVENIENCE
|Step-up Seat/Split Seat||
|Battery Type||Maintenance Free|
|Head Light||60/55 W, Halogen|
|Tail Light||12V, 21W/5W|
|Turn Signal Light (Front)||12V, R10W|
|Turn Signal Light (Rear)||12V, R10W|
|Automatic Headlamp On (AHO)||
|Electrical System||12 volt – DC|
|Frame/Chassis||Single downtube, using the engine as the stressed member|
ENGINE & GEARBOX
|No. of Cylinders||1|
|No. of Gears||5|
|Maximum Power||27.2 Bhp @ 5250 rpm|
|Maximum Torque||41.3 Nm @ 4000 rpm|
|Engine Description||Single Cylinder, 4 stroke, Spark ignition, Aircooled, Fuel injection|
|Fuel System||Electronic fuel injection|
|Ignition||Digital electronic ignition|
|Oil Grade||15 W 50 API, SL Grade & above, JASO MA 2|
|Air Cleaner||Paper Element|
|Bharat Stage IV (BS4)||
|Gearbox Type||Constant Mesh|
BRAKES & SUSPENSION
|Front Brake||280mm Disc, 2-Piston caliper|
|Rear Brake||153mm Drum, Single Lead Internal Expanding|
|Front Suspension||Telescopic, 130mm travel|
|Rear Suspension||Twin gas charged shock absorbers, 80mm travel|
WHEELS & TYRES
|Front Tyre||90/90 – 19|
|Rear Tyre||120/80 – 18|
Source: Auto Maxabout, And Wikipedia.org.