2006 Royal Enfield Bullet 500 ES Electra X Road Test Rider Magazine

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Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Electra
Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Electra

2006 Royal Enfield 500 ES Electra X Road Test


January 3, 2007

2006 Royal Enfield 500 ES Electra X Road Test was in the September 2006 issue of

We love the tank emblem, and the mellow ride.

Vintage are so cool! Show up at a bike with a nicely restored and you’ll likely garner attention than some guy on his custom. A custom starts at and works its way forward aggressively unknown territory; a restoration in the comfortable past and luxuriates reminding us of grade school, and Harriet and Barney Fife.

The of course, is that the restoration usually requires 1) cubic 2) cubic mechanical knowledge and 3) an network of contacts for locating hard-to-find parts. Wouldn’t it be if you could buy a brand-new vintage that came with a and a ready supply of new parts? you can.

The Royal Enfield 500ES Electra X single is a new/old classic. The story that the Bullet was introduced by Enfield in England as a 350 single in 1949, and became a 500cc in the The nation of India began Bullets for its military, so in 1956 established a factory in Madras to the bikes.

When the parent company out of business in the early 1970s, the plant remained-and today to produce what are essentially 1950s-era British singles with a warranty, spare and many important updates.

they look like in many ways are) over the years Enfield’s have acquired a 12-volt system, electric starting and a transmission. Among its models are the (which resembles a 1950s $4,795), the Sixty-5 (which is like a 1960s bike, and the new-for-2006 Electra X 500 single that we test here; it a ’70s model. It incorporates the disc brake that is on some models, and it also the Lean Burn engine.

its low power output, the Enfield is enough to be fun.

Despite its a walk around a new Bullet 500 transport you back in time. The 500 ES X touchstones include wire a simple two-piston front brake with a drum fork gaiters and a flat seat, and the nacelle housing its and ammeter is reminiscent of an earlier

A four-… engine with a big barrel and generous fin area one of the ’50s, but there’s also the castings and that brownish, patina of age usually seen on classic bikes. It has chain drive, of course, but with of that fancy O-ring The Bullet also sports‚ oil between some fins? Oil on the floor? A fine film of oil on the guard and rear wheel?

Oh, my‚ some aspects of the Bullet are a too classic.

The ES Electra X has a 499cc valve engine with a and … of 84.0 by 90.0mm, and a ratio of 8.5:1. Enfield the bike at 23 horsepower at 5,000 which seems reasonable to my dyno. This model has an ignition, and its Lean Burn is new from the cases up. The included angle has been reduced 80 to 55 degrees for better flow, and the chamber has been made compact to promote faster, burning.

Repositioning the valves allows the plug to be more centrally to shorten the flame path. The valve train has been and strengthened, and the bike also other improvements in bearings and in the interest of longer engine The compression release activates with the electric starter, or you can use the release with the kickstarter.

the Pulse Air System helps it most emissions requirements-but, not California’s. The bike won’t be there.

The instrument cluster, its ammeter, is very retro.

For riders the first impression of the will likely be “Gee, small!” With a 53.5-inch and a 412-pound wet weight, this feels like the throwback it is. Even with the manual release, the kickstart lever on the (if you wish to try it) will give leg a workout. Rather, pull out the lever (hidden behind the bowl of the 28mm Mikuni CV and thumb the electric starter.

Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Electra
Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Electra

The turns over slowly, and breaks into a slow, idle as the ammeter immediately to the plus side. The cable-actuated has a light-to-moderate pull as you toe the bike in let out the clutch and putter away. The is low and flat, and the bike is so short its very upright seating screams “That ’70s Though wide, the seat is too soft-it compacts and settles the into a puddle of moosh which he or she can still feel the coming through the seat.

The Bullet will transport you in other ways. With its Avon RoadRunner front and Avon Super Venom tires, you’ll suddenly in the curves what a set of really tires feels like. with a short wheelbase make handling quick to the of being twitchy.

Power is mellow, and as the engine revs is no tach) the rider feels a band mainly through the and less so in the grips at medium to revs. The front disc is medium-effort and the lever nonadjustable, but it decent stopping power in with the bike’s performance the rear is an acceptable drum

We usually associate reservoir absorbers with high-performance but the Bullet’s deliver a jarring on rough pavement. Top speed is 72 mph indicated, and fuel mileage is up in the Sound level coming that overly long, muffler is equally mellow-in with the bike’s performance

Updates aside there’s fancy about the Enfield: no injection, no adjustable levers, not a tripmeter. I bent the key trying to the toolbox. But it does have a and the tank badge is way cool. for going out for a putt on the backroads on a afternoon, the Bullet is a very ride.

Treat it with the due your elders, and it should reliable transport. With said, I’ve got to report previously we had an Enfield Classic to which with its ’50s garnered a huge amount of

Everywhere I rode, people giving me the thumbs-up, saying restoration!” and asking “What is it?” However, the bike had an electrical short, and once I pulled out to pass a car at about 60 mph the chain broke, which the crankshaft and holed the case; is 12 months, unlimited miles. By the Electra X’s ’70s styling hardly any attention, but the bike flawlessly.

Everything about the 2006 Enfield Bullet 500 ES Electra X retro.

Would I have an So long as the dealer was reliable and enough, and I had other motorcycles to my serious sporting, touring and needs, yes. I’d enjoy an for Sunday afternoon toots the countryside, errands around and running over to bike

But all need to be aware that it is a vintage machine, and treat it as Contact the company at www.enfieldmotorcycles.com.

If interested in the 2006 Royal Bullet 500 ES Electra X . you might be interested in Rider ‘s 2010 Enfield Bullet C5 Classic or our 2008 Enfield Bullet Classic review .

Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Electra
Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Electra
Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Electra
Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Electra
Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Electra


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