Royal Enfield Bullet 500 is one of the classic motorcycles that you will still be able to see today on Indian roads. One can easily recognize this old warrior, first by its thumping exhaust note, secondly by its massive presence and strong built body. Although many other motorcycles were also introduced by the same brand which are more advanced technologically and in their styling, still the old trustworthy Bullet 500 shares a special place in the hearts of many. So this year Royal Enfield relaunched the Bullet 500 with some modern touches, still the updated Royal Enfield retains the old school charm and retro looks.
The Royal Enfield Bullet 500 is powered by a Single Cylinder, 4 stroke, Twinspark, Aircooled 499cc engine which generates 26.1 bhp of maximum power at 5100 rpm and 40.9 Nm of torque at 3800 rpm. This motorcycle has sufficient power to take on any bike of its class. The solid built body and muscular looks makes it different from rest of the motorcycles out there in the market. Lets get to know the details of this motorcycle and also find out that is Royal Enfield able to keep the old school charm in this age of modernization.
The Royal Enfield Bullet 500 is able to retain the old school looks but Royal Enfield has added few modern touches to this old warrior. The front of the motorcycle still has the huge powerful Halogen headlamps which is surrounded by a Chrome cover, it also has a small pilot lamp just like its predecessor at the front end of it. The Bullet 500 also has the single analogue speedometer with an odometer along with a separate Ampere meter which will also remind you of the old Bullet’s instrument cluster. The new addition that has been added to the switch gear are a pass switch and a recently and an engine kill switch. The main attraction of this old school bullet is the nicely shaped fuel tank which has been hand painted and also has Golden wing with the shiny Royal Enfield logo placed in the middle. Just behind the smartly shaped fuel tank you will find a comfortable saddle which is wide and cushioned and perfect for long rides, whats new is that the pillion rider gets a back rest in this updated avatar of the Bullet 500, but a little more back support for the rider would have been helpful. Come to the rear of the motorcycle and you will notice that tail lamp looks a lot similar to the tail lamps of the classic series line up of the Royal Enfield.
The huge engine seats in the middle adds the perfect balance to the motorcycle. The front wheels gets a disc brakes which ensures better stopping power. The exhaust has been finished in chrome which adds the macho image to the beast. The quality of the plastics in the switches has also improved a lot and now there is absolutely no complain about the plastic bits of this motorcycle. Overall the macho old school image of the Royal Enfield is still maintained in this updated 2013 Bullet 500. Like they always say that Enfield lovers still wants something more after-all this motorcycle has played a huge role in the life of many Indians.
The overall dimension of the bullet 500 has been provided below:
|Ground Clearance||135 mm|
|Width||810 mm (Without Mirror)|
|Height||1110 mm (Without Mirror)|
|Kerb Weight||(with 90% Fuel ) 193 Kg|
|Fuel Capacity||13.5 Ltr|
I did mentione earlier that the Royal Enfield Bullet 500 is powered by a Single Cylinder, 4 stroke, Twinspark, Aircooled 499cc engine which generates 26.1 bhp of maximum power at 5100 rpm and 40.9 Nm of torque at 3800 rpm. This engine unit also powers the Thunderbird 500 and the Classic 500. The power generated by this huge engine is comparatively low to some of the other modern motorcycles of the 500 cc category. Previously the Indian motorcycle market did not had many options in this category of motorcycles but now there are plenty of options for the Motorcycle enthusiasts, so Royal Enfield will have to keep this in their mind.
Hop on to this Bullet 500 and forget all worries, the engine slowly and steadily builds up speed and and will safely help reach your destination. The engine has been mated with a 5 speed transmission with one down four up pattern. This motorcycle is meant for cruising so dont expect a sudden burst of power or performance from it. Stll the motorcycle cruises easily at 80-90 km per hour mark with ease push it hard and the engine struggle a bit. The top speed of the motorcycle is around 120km per hour(estimated) which is really low for a 500 cc motorcycle but as I already have mentioned earlier that this motorcycle is not build for high speeds.
The engine specification of the Bullet 500 has been provided below:
|Type||Single Cylinder, 4 stroke, Twinspark, Aircooled|
|Bore x stroke||84mm x 90mm|
|Maximum Power||26.1 bhp @ 5100 rpm|
|Maximum Torque||40.9 Nm @ 3800 rpm|
|Ignition System||TCI Unit, Multi curve|
|Gearbox||5 Speed Constant Mesh|
|Engine Oil||Oil 15 W 50 API, SL Grade JASO MA|
|Fuel Supply||Carburettor with throttle position sensor|
|Air Cleaner||Corrugated Paper Element|
Ride and handling
Everyone is quite aware that the Bullets are no toys rather they are quite heavy machines and this motorcycle is no different this Royal Enfield Bullet 500 weighs around 193 kgs and it is build around a sigle downtube tubular steel frame which is bit outdated in this age. Still the Bullet 500 provides an excellent ride and Royal Enfields are always known for their ride quality and comfortable seating position. This new Bullet 500 has been fitted with Telescopic forks at the front and dual gas charged shock absorbers at the rear. The motorcycle also has been fitted with grippy MRF tyres which reduces the tension while cornering this huge heavy motorcycle.
Yes! this motorcycle lacks some of the modern handling features that you will find in other motorcycle but hey! this is an old school Royal Enfield Bullet and don’t expect anything beyond that otherwise it will definitely hamper its old school appeal and charm. The Bullet 500 has been provided with 280mm front disc brakes and 153mm rear drum brakes which is quite capable of bringing this massive beasts to a halt. The real fun of riding a Bullet 500 is just hop on and forget the worries this trust worthy motorcycle will surely reach you to to your destination without failing.
The chassis and suspension setup details has ben provided below:
|Type||Single downtube, using engine as stressed member|
|Front suspension||Telescopic, 130mm travel|
|Rear suspension||Twin gas charged shock absorbers, 80mm travel|
The new Royal Enfield Bullet 500 is available at a price of Rs.1,37,879 lakh(Ex showroom Delhi)
Royal Enfield has been quite successful in retaining the old school appeal in their new updated bullet 500. The quality of fit and finish was an issue with the older Bullet specially the rust problems on the exposed metals, but there has been much improvement to the fit and finish quality in the new Royal Enfield Bullet 500 which is impressive. Still there are places for improvement in the Royal Enfield products take for e.g the engine still needs some modernization and increase in power afterall this is a 500 cc monster everybody will definitely expect some more power from the engine. If you are looking for a motorcycle which will help you reach from point A to point B then you can opt for any commuter motorcycle that is available in the market. But if you area Royal Enfield fan and want every journey of yours to be memorable then this motorcycle is the one for you, be it any terrain any road when you lay your trust in the Royal Enfield Bullet it wont fail your trust.
“Classic styling coupled with a powerful-carburetted engine is bound to make this bike a hit among Royal Enfield aficionados”—Zigwheels India
“The riding saddle and position are really comfortable, upright with footpegs placed ergonomically well, forward for good comfort. The Bullet 500 uses conventional telescopic fork front suspension and dual gas-charged shock absorbers at the rear. Like all Enfield bikes, the 500 is a heavy, solid feeling and stable bike ridden in a straight line, and always feels planted, even when riding with two full size adults on board.”—Autocar India
- Engine and performance
- Ride quality
- Engine lacks power
- Top speed
- fuel economy
The iconic Bullet motorcycle gets a new lease of power today with the launch of the Royal Enfield Bullet 500 in India. Combining a powerful carbureted 500 cc Unit Construction Engine (UCE), 40.9 Nm torque, the timeless signature styling, a magnificent Forest Green colour and the unmistakable thump- Bullet 500 offers its enthusiasts a compelling ride.
Talking about the Bullet 500, Mr. Shaji Koshy, Senior VP Sales & Marketing, Royal Enfield said, “The Royal Enfield Bullet is the oldest motorcycle in continuous production with a fiercely loyal customer base across the world. The Bullet 500 is a much awaited model and while designing the bike for the Indian market we worked with the preferences of our special Bullet-loving audience here. Hence, the Bullet 500 comes with a 500 cc carbureted UCE, a powerful torque that offers better and very accessible power, along with several other enhancements such as front disc brakes, electric start and gas filled shock absorbers. In addition, for the first time ever, along with the signature black colour, the new Bullet 500 will also be available in the Forest Green colour.”
The Bullet has been synonymous with toughness and dependability and has hence stayed relevant to successive generations. Its association with the Indian Army since 1955, invokes immense respect and pride amongst all Bullet lovers. The Bullet 500 takes the legacy forward with a seamless combination of the iconic design philosophy and relevant modern technology- offering excellent performance, unmatched pleasure and a great sense of pride to the quintessential Bullet rider. The Bullet 500 comes with a host of new features such as front disc brakes and new rear gas shock absorbers that can deal with any kind of roads comfortably and give more stability to the motorcycle. The 130mm telescopic front suspensions compliment the gas shock absorbers and provide an imposing stance to the bike. A new pillion backrest and an electric start ensure comfort and convenience. The legendary hand-painted tank on the Bullet 500 now adorns new silver decals that add to the motorcycle’s majestic appearance. The headlight nacelle has authentic styling and encases powerful 55w headlamps for great visibility during night riding.
The Bullet 500 is available at Rs 1,53,855/- (on road price for Delhi). The Royal Enfield Bullet 500 will be launched in a phased manner across the country. Initially the product will be launched in Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi-NCR and Kerala which have traditionally been the best markets for the Bullet