Royal Enfield Bullet

2015 Royal Enfield Bullet 500

It’s a no hidden fact that the Royal Enfield Bullet has achieved a cult status in the Indian automotive history. Born as a usual 350cc bare bones motorcycle in 1948, nobody would have thought that the Bullet would go on having the longest production run of any motorcycle in its entire history.

It’s almost more than half a decade, and the Royal Enfield Bullet still continues to charm a many. The timeless retro looks, the torque filled engine and the characteristic ‘dug dug’ exhaust note have made the Bullet an icon which now it is. Over the years, the Royal Enfield Bullet has received a lot of changes and upgrades, the most prominent of which was the fitment of the Unit Construction Engine (UCE) sourced from the Thunderbird Twinspark. The engine replaced the age old cast iron engine, which was eventually phased out in 2011.

For the year 2014, Royal Enfield introduced a couple of changes to its flagship Bullet, the Bullet 500, owing to the revamp which the Royal Enfield’s identity took. Here’s a quick look on one of the most successful motorcycles in the history of two wheeler motoring, the Royal Enfield Bullet 500.

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STYLING

Going by the looks, the Royal Enfield Bullet 500 certainly belongs to the World War era – it is that dated. Though for a majority of buyers, this is the best thing which has happened to the Bullet 500, with them claiming it as a beautiful timeless machine to look at. The Bullet 500 has a gracious retro design which has beautifully aged with the passing time.

At the front, you get the very familiar round headlamp surrounded by chrome housing. The main round headlamp is then flanked with two small pilot lamps at both of its upper corners. Unlike on the Bullet 350, you get a chrome cap above the headlamp here on the Bullet 500 (like on the Classic 350 and Classic 500 models), giving it a smarter and more premium look. The round turn indicators below the headlamp unit too are bathed in chrome, giving it the much needed vintage look. The front fender is devoid of any creases or curves, and gets two supporting bars which adjoin to the front drum brake unit.

On moving sideways, the Bullet 500 still retains the traditional curvy fuel tank, but now houses the new Royal Enfield logo. The fuel tank has got the trademark pin striping job done by bare hands, one of the most special traits of this motorcycle. The chrome finished engine, triangular body colored side cowls and the absence of proper rear side body panels make you feel that the motorcycle hasn’t underwent a drastic change over the original model which debuted in 1948.

At the rear, on the no-nonsense simple looking rear fender, the rounded tail lamp is mounted, which gets assisted with the chrome finished round turn indicators. In addition, the Bullet 500 gets a small backrest for the pillion rider. On the point of view from the rider’s seat, the Bullet 350 has got a high mounted handlebar, which gives the rider the feeling of being the king of the road, with the upright seating stance. The Bullet 500 now gets the modern set of switchgear, which has been shared with the rest of the motorcycles from Royal Enfield, and also includes an engine kill switch. The round rear view mirrors are very simple in design, but are functional at the same time.

The instrument console of the Bullet 500 hasn’t changed much as well, with the all analog unit still consisting of a speedometer and odometer in one housing and a battery level indicator in a separate small round housing. The build quality and the levels of fit and finish have surely improved over its predecessors, but it is still not up to the mark when compared to other bikes at this price.

POWERTRAIN

The Royal Enfield Bullet 500 of today’s day and age comes fitted with the contemporary Unit Construction Engine (UCE) which replaced the traditional and outdated cast iron engine in 2007. This four stroke, single cylinder, air cooled, 499cc engine comes with a heavier crankshaft and twin spark plugs, which have made it more efficient and reliable than before. The engine is capable of belting out 26.1 bhp of power and 41 Nm of torque.

The Bullet 500 may be a 500cc motorcycle, but it isn’t meant for quick acceleration and blazing sprints. Instead, it loves to cruise as it has got a solid mid range. The healthy torque rating gives it the capability to comfortably cruise in the speeds up to 80 kmph, beyond which the motorcycle starts to rattle a bit. Fuel efficiency has never been a strong point of the Bullet 500, with this new iteration of the motorcycle returning a decent 25-30 kmpl of economy.

RIDE AND HANDLING

As said before, the Royal Enfield Bullet 500 likes to be cruised, and that too can be done for hours. The credits to the comfortable ride quality of the motorcycle needs to be given to the nicely damped suspension setup, with the bike getting 35mm telescopic hydraulic forks at the front and hydraulic coil springs with 5-step adjustable preload at the rear.

The suspension setup is simple and traditional, and is tilted on a softer side to keep the rider devoid of stress for longer runs as well. The motorcycle does weigh almost 193 kg, which makes it a heavier bike to handle. This curbs its handling characteristics, with the motorcycle needing proper balancing around corners. On fast stretches, the Bullet 500 feels planted, which makes it a great highway tourer. The bike comes with a set of 280mm disc brake at the front and a 153mm drum brakes at the rear, which though lack the bite to bring this bulky motorcycle to a halt.

PRICE

The Bullet 500 is the flagship motorcycle in Royal Enfield’s ‘Bullet’ lineup of retro roadsters, which are usually targeted as an altogether different segment of motorcycles. At Rs. 1.50 lakh, the Bullet 500 may seem a bit pricey due to its simple mechanicals and equipment, but then, the torquey 500cc engine makes up for it.

Sticking to its traditional virtues, Royal Enfield has made the Bullet 350 available in two paint shades of black and forest green.

COMPETITION

Usually, Royal Enfield has positioned all of its motorcycles in a very different segment which targets at those people who are looking for a nice torquey engine suitable for their long highway jaunts. But going by the price point, the only competition which the Bullet 500 does face is the Bajaj Avenger.

Bajaj Avenger

Like the Bullet 500, the Bajaj Avenger too loves to be cruised on long highways. Compared to the dated and retro looking Bullet 500, the Avenger features a more relaxed and contemporary cruiser stance, which makes look a bit more modern in comparison. The Avenger also features a couple of additional features over the Bullet 500, making it a bit more value for money.

The Bajaj Avenger is powered by a four stroke, single cylinder, oil cooled, 220cc engine, which too comes with twin spark plugs as the Bullet 500. The Avenger does make 19.2 PS, which is somewhat lesser than the power rating of Bullet 500. Also, the Avenger’s engine makes 17.5 Nm of torque, which is much lesser than that of the Bullet 350.

In terms of ride and handling, both the motorcycles are equally comfortable, but the ergonomics of the Avenger will take some time to get used to. The optional front windscreen and rear backrest for the pillion rider gives the Avenger an edge over the Bullet 500 for long distance touring.

CONCLUSION

At first glance, the dated mechanicals and looks of the Royal Enfield Bullet 500 may not seem to be a great value for money for most of the potential buyers who want a motorcycle to fulfill their practical needs of commuting and touring. But then, this is the motorcycle which needs the decision of your heart, and not brain. The Bullet 500 has a cool retro design, which is enough for most of its potential buyers. The torquey engine with the characteristic thump from the exhaust pipe is the icing on the cake for the potential Bullet fans. The ride quality is good, with its saddle being a comfortable place to be on for long hours as well. It is the soulful character of the Bullet 500, which has created an altogether different breed among motorcycling enthusiasts – a breed called ‘Bulleteers’.

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Royal Enfield enters Brazil, the fourth largest two wheeler market in the world.
Royal Enfield enters Brazil, the fourth largest two wheeler market in the world.
Royal Enfield enters Brazil, the fourth largest two wheeler market in the world.
Royal Enfield enters Brazil, the fourth largest two wheeler market in the world.
Royal Enfield enters Brazil, the fourth largest two wheeler market in the world.
Royal Enfield enters Brazil, the fourth largest two wheeler market in the world.
Royal Enfield enters Brazil, the fourth largest two wheeler market in the world.

Royal Enfield entered the motorcycle industry more than 116 years back in the UK. This makes it the world’s oldest motorcycling company in continuous production. Since then they have been giving us with simple and resilient machines that are ridden across some of the world’s most exciting terrains.

After winning over customers in India, it has continued its stride of expansion and has opened up an exclusive brand outlet and sets up a direct distribution subsidiary in Brazil headquartered in Sao Paulo as part of its growing strategy. Enfield’s new retail format showcases “Pure Motorcycling” as its brand philosophy and has now entered the fourth biggest two-wheeler market in the world.

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Royal Enfield has given both Himalayan and the Bullet 500 Fuel Injection for 2017.

The Indian master builder will be launching these in the coming months.
Royal Enfield has given both Himalayan and the Bullet 500 Fuel Injection for 2017.
Royal Enfield has given both Himalayan and the Bullet 500 Fuel Injection for 2017.
Royal Enfield has given both Himalayan and the Bullet 500 Fuel Injection for 2017.
Royal Enfield has given both Himalayan and the Bullet 500 Fuel Injection for 2017.
Royal Enfield has given both Himalayan and the Bullet 500 Fuel Injection for 2017.
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Royal Enfield has given both Himalayan and the Bullet 500 Fuel Injection for 2017.
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As are with the recent upgrades in the emission norms by every manufacturer, the post-British Royal Enfield is following suit. RE has by now updated all their products in their line-up for 2017 with the new Automatic Headlamp On (AHO) feature, and their engines are now going to be BS-IV compliant.

Although their models were thought of having no mechanical changes, the official website of the models says otherwise. Both the Himalayan and the Bullet 500 model specification pages sees the fuel supply as ’Electronic Fuel Injection’.

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2017 RE Himalayan, Classic 500 & Bullet 500 Launched In UK Gets Updated With ABS & Euro IV Compliant Engine

2017 RE Himalayan, Classic 500 & Bullet 500 Launched In UK Gets Updated With ABS & Euro IV Compliant Engine

The updated models now gets rear disc brakes and ABS setup
2017 RE Himalayan, Classic 500 & Bullet 500 Launched In UK Gets Updated With ABS & Euro IV Compliant Engine

Royal Enfield surely seems to be taking some big steps; they have recently showcased the updated 2017 Classic, Bullet and Continental GT Cruisers with an updated Euro IV complaint engine and duel channel ABS setup. Besides the new ABS setup both these motorcycles also features a rear disc brakes as well which was missing in the earlier variant.

For all your information the 2017 models are now already on sale in the markets of UK with Cooper B which is actually a Royal Enfield Dealer in UK. Cooper B has already listed the following RE motorcycles in their website including the 2017 Himalayan with ABS, Continental GT ABS, Classic 500 ABS and Bullet 500 ABS.

The prices for the above mentioned motorcycles are provided below:-
2017 Himalayan ABS – £9,999
2017 Continental GT ABS – £5,199 (2016 CGT price £4,799)
2017 Classic 500 ABS (Chrome) – £4,899 (2016 Classic 500 Chrome price £4,199)
2017 Bullet 500 ABS – £3,999

We also have researched a bit and found out that the Royal Enfield UK official website too have updated their motorcycles list with the 2017 models. The updated 2017 list of motorcycles which are available in UK with dual channel ABS setup includes Continental GT, Bullet 500 EFI, Classic (500, Chrome, Desert Storm, Battle Green and Squadron Blue).

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Royal Enfield Classic and Bullet are entering 2017 in new colours

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In 2016, the Classic range saw exciting and bold colours like the Battle Green, Squadron Blue, Desert Storm and the Classic Chrome. And for 2017, it is getting more youthfull.

Both the 350cc and the 500cc Classic motorcycles will get this update that comes in three new colour palettes: Red, Blue and Green. The Red and Green are borrowed from the Continental GT. The Blue however is new. It’s more of a Blood Red, Sky Blue and Leaf Green, and is restricted only to the tank section. The rest of the elements including both front and rear fenders, battery box, headlamp unit and levers will be as black as night.

Surprisingly, all sorts of vinyl graphics or stickerings including the coach lines will be omitted for the new colours and just the branding will be kept in white. Trust me, this clean look will get you addicted to it. What’s also new for 17’ is the saddle. It is freshly trimmed and has a crisp white piping running along its seam. This makes the motorcycle look more vibrant and animated, and you can go along clicking colourful photos along with it. Score!!

The Bullet 350 however borrows the Blue and Red colours borrowed from its cousin – The Continental GT. It is however not clear if these colours too are only provided to the tank region like the Classic or the entire motorcycle. This will make the Bullet too to look high-spirited and lively.

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Brides makes entry to Wedding on Royal Enfield Bullet 350: Video

Ever heard of a bride taking entrance to her wedding on a motorcycle? Well I didn’t. But it really happened in Ahmedabad. The bride Aesha Upadhayay Vyas aka “Riderni”, as she calls herself took an entirely nontraditional. She made her entrance to the wedding on a Royal Enfield Bullet 350, which was a gift to Aesha from her brother. Her entrance was a visual treat indeed. As we have seen, she was wearing her bridal finery and an aviator glass along with the ornaments.

Aesha is a 26 year old computer science professor and a bike enthusiast as well. She has been riding motorcycles since she was 13 years old. She loves Bullet. As we have learned, making entrance to the wedding on a Motorcycle was entirely Aesha’s idea. She wanted to make it different. Aesha’s husband, Canada based Laukik Vyas doesn’t know how to ride motorcycles although. But that was not a problem for Laukik to accept the idea cheerfully. In India we have heard countless Bullet stories. People even worship the motorcycle in India (Hope you have heard about Bullet Baba), but a bride riding to her wedding on a Bullet? That’s something we have heard first time.

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2015 Royal Enfield Bullet 500

2015 Royal Enfield Bullet 500

2015 Royal Enfield Bullet 500
2015 Royal Enfield Bullet 500
2015 Royal Enfield Bullet 500
2015 Royal Enfield Bullet 500
2015 Royal Enfield Bullet 500
2015 Royal Enfield Bullet 500
2015 Royal Enfield Bullet 500
2015 Royal Enfield Bullet 500

It’s a no hidden fact that the Royal Enfield Bullet has achieved a cult status in the Indian automotive history. Born as a usual 350cc bare bones motorcycle in 1948, nobody would have thought that the Bullet would go on having the longest production run of any motorcycle in its entire history.

It’s almost more than half a decade, and the Royal Enfield Bullet still continues to charm a many. The timeless retro looks, the torque filled engine and the characteristic ‘dug dug’ exhaust note have made the Bullet an icon which now it is. Over the years, the Royal Enfield Bullet has received a lot of changes and upgrades, the most prominent of which was the fitment of the Unit Construction Engine (UCE) sourced from the Thunderbird Twinspark. The engine replaced the age old cast iron engine, which was eventually phased out in 2011.

For the year 2014, Royal Enfield introduced a couple of changes to its flagship Bullet, the Bullet 500, owing to the revamp which the Royal Enfield’s identity took. Here’s a quick look on one of the most successful motorcycles in the history of two wheeler motoring, the Royal Enfield Bullet 500.

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2014 Royal Enfield Bullet 350

2014 Royal Enfield Bullet 350

2014 Royal Enfield Bullet 350
2014 Royal Enfield Bullet 350
2014 Royal Enfield Bullet 350
2014 Royal Enfield Bullet 350
2014 Royal Enfield Bullet 350
2014 Royal Enfield Bullet 350
2014 Royal Enfield Bullet 350
2014 Royal Enfield Bullet 350

It’s a no hidden fact that the Royal Enfield Bullet has achieved a cult status in the Indian automotive history. Born as a usual 350cc bare bones motorcycle in 1948, nobody would have thought that the Bullet would go on having the longest production run of any motorcycle in its entire history.

It’s almost more than half a decade, and the Royal Enfield Bullet still continues to charm a many. The timeless retro looks, the torque filled engine and the characteristic ‘dug dug’ exhaust note have made the Bullet an icon which now it is. Over the years, the Royal Enfield Bullet has received a lot of changes and upgrades, the most prominent of which was the fitment of the Unit Construction Engine (UCE) sourced from the Thunderbird Twinspark. The engine replaced the age old cast iron engine, which was eventually phased out in 2011.

For the year 2014, Royal Enfield introduced a couple of changes owing to the revamp which the Royal Enfield’s identity took. Here’s a quick look on one of the most successful motorcycles in the history of two wheeler motoring, the Royal Enfield Bullet 350.

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2013 Royal Enfield Bullet Electra Deluxe

2013 Royal Enfield Bullet Electra Deluxe

2013 Royal Enfield Bullet Electra Deluxe
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet Electra Deluxe
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet Electra Deluxe
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet Electra Deluxe
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet Electra Deluxe
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet Electra Deluxe
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet Electra Deluxe
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet Electra Deluxe

The Royal Enfield is one of the oldest motorcycle manufacturers and produced some of the most powerful and tough motorcycles which are still equally popular amongst the people. One of their well known products was the Royal Enfield Bullet which although has been given plenty of modern touches but the same old school styling has been retained even now.

Today we will be talking about one such cruiser from this manufacturer which have won many hearts after it debuted in our Indian market. Yes! I am talking about the Bullet Electra Deluxe, which is a more premium version of the equally popular Bullet Classic. It is powered by the Single Cylinder, 4 stroke 499 cc engine which returns the same power and torque output that you would expect out of any Royal Enfield cruiser. What is impressive though is Royal Enfield has installed a Keihin Electronic Fuel Injection system in their new Bullet which has upgraded the cruisers overall performance.

Beside that technological update the Electra Deluxe also has some unique styling features and lots of chrome which have made this Bullet look even more attractive. Find out what is so special about this new Bullet.

Hit the jump to find out all the details of the Royal Enfield Bullet Deluxe

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2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500

2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500

2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500

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.

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