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Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Classic

2009 Royal Enfield 500 Classic C5 Road Test

18, 2009

Story and photography by Parchman

[This 2009 Enfield Bullet 500 Classic C5 Test was originally published in the 2009 issue of Rider ]

Royal Enfield Bullet 500 C5—The retro green scheme has gotten the The maroon is retro, a throwback buzz but the Bullet is our favorite.

The history of the Enfield Bullet is as interesting as any in Gordon May’s wonderful Royal Enfield, The Legend On . dates the original Bullet to 1932, making it 77 years old and the constant production run. 350cc Bullets were exported to India for military use in

Future demand appeared so that in 1955 the first factory opened its doors, in a suburb called Thiruvottiyur, motorcycles for the military. After Enfield UK collapsed in 1967, production of 350cc Bullets In 1990 Royal Enfield India’s first producer of a motorcycle, a bigger Bullet.

Royal Enfield got into in 1993, building the world’s production diesel motorcycle, the At 325cc and 6 1/2 horsepower, it was no speedster, but over 150 mpg. Unfortunately, the crystal ball wasn’t clearly and Taurus production in 2002, just before fuel price increases have insured product

Today India is a major producer and market in its own right, an estimated motorcycle population of 20 Most are less than while Royal Enfield’s machine is 350cc. This it to domestic niche-producer status, its bread and butter remaining in motorcycles to the Indian military.

the Bullet performs as a daily and a special occasion showhorse.

Royal Enfield Bullet 500 C5 Gauges— The C5 basic instrument is easy to see.

Reliability was a with prior generation a fact that present is quick to admit. Much of relates to tooling that too many Bullet models for too New blood was recruited to address problem, most recently Operating Officer Dr. Venki

His mandate is to improve current quality, then move the forward with new creations, on the Bullet legacy.

Royal is confident of the quality of the new product and offers American customers a year, unlimited-mileage warranty. the debut of the C5 and other unit-construction models, the warranty will to two years, unlimited mileage.

upgrades to the Bullet have slowly. The 2009 UCE engine is the all-new design in decades, and was to meet foreseeable worldwide standards. All UCE models also front disc brakes is still drum), the transmission has speeds and shifts on the left and is electric, with the auxiliary no longer present. Wheels on the C5 are and are shod with Avon

Fuel delivery is via Keihin hydraulic lifters replace now, and oil and air filters are easily the chain is now an O-ring type.

the emissions on the 2009 Royal Bullet 500 Classic C5

The styling inspiration for the Bullet C5 are the singles of the 1950s, and the machine is in three unique color a slightly mint green, and maroon. The sides of the tank on machine are white, with the Enfield logo in red. the tank includes thigh The frame color matches and fenders, and there is a comfortable saddle with springs those on the twin gas-filled

A pillion pad will be available.

In to the C5, the Royal Enfield lineup for the USA several other Bullets. The E5 is a bike in solid colors and has styling. The G5 features a solo-seat look in solid colors. The G5 trades solids for chrome and tank, and adds a dual

The G5 military is appropriately olive green and includes metal and crash bars. All models the UCE power package; the E5 and G5 continue the current frame and 19-inch

Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Classic

At Royal Enfield’s test the C5 odometer showed about six It started right up, idled and accelerated without sputter or The clutch had an easy pull, and the a problem in previous models, sweetly. We wish the C5 included a Thankfully, Royal Enfield to supply their motorcycles side- and centerstands.

Top speed is a claimed 82 mph, we didn’t see it on the short track, a design imperative for all-day at 70 mph. That mission to have been accomplished.

Royal Enfield Bullet 500 C5 in Green

At 499cc, the Bullet C5 is no but it’s fun to ride. Here we a comparison to another thumper, KLR650, a moto-journalist cult which has little technically in with the C5 other than its count and enjoyability factor. The KLR has a sound that never better; the C5 has a truly memorable that should improve age.

The KLR has never won a beauty the Bullet C5 is stylish, and it’s to picture Katharine Hepburn and Grant (or Kate Winslet and DiCaprio), dressed in tweeds and off for an jaunt on the C5. The KLR is a great handling almost unpassable in tight well, the C5 doesn’t require adjustments.

Royal Enfield’s suburban factory is somewhat of a tourist with Saturday tours by production engineers well in the product and its history. A small fee gain you a better understanding of motorcycle manufacturing, and a Royal T-shirt.

Also highly is Royal Enfield’s yearly ride of 50 motorcyclists to the highest point in Himalayan India. of the road is unpaved and reaches of 18,380 feet. Weather are unpredictable and even breathing is

The company reports a long list for participation in this

By the time you read this the C5s will be arriving on American A final opinion on whether $6,395 machine is simply a or an enjoyable, reliable midweight have to wait for a full test. Unfortunately for those in all Royal Enfields remain motorcycles, though the company is a major push for Golden certification.

We think Royal Enfield is on the track and just in time for a market resurgence. After wasn’t it in India that possibly predicting the future of said, “Half a liter, a liter onward”?l

Two shifts Bullets have been off this assembly line in for more than 50 years.

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