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Royal Enfield Bullet 500

There are four motorcycles in that have achieved status, and have followers so that they wouldn’t anything else. Two are from – the RD350 and the RX100 – both for their extreme acceleration. The Yezdi is loved by its admirers for the roar and its immaculate handling.

But before these three had even come into the market, the Royal Enfield had already seen glimpses of a fan following. So much so, that the Bullet became a generic to describe any product from the and the brand itself.

There are theories on why the Bullet continues to be one of the loved motorcycles in India, of the rider’s age. For some, the dependability factor. For some, it is the workhorse.

But the one thing that all the Bulleteers attached to the Thumper is the of ride that it offers.

But now Royal Enfield has brought the Bullet 500, where it fit? It’s not Thunderbird, highway cruiser. It’s not the old-school-yet-modern-milled Classic. It is also not the level standard Bullet

The only way to find out is by riding it.

Looking at the new Bullet 500, you that Royal Enfield has hard to strike a balance the signature design and a few modern And clearly, the designers have both in the new garage and the old attic for to put this new Bull together.

It the overall pre-war styling, with the upswept handlebars and handlebar, console and headlamp The pilot lamps, dubbed Lamps by RE, have been on the headlamp assembly as well. The design too, has been forward, although the cushioning is comfortable than ever.

The grab rail now gets a grip, and the tail lamp is straight out of the Classic models. the chrome plated rear-view add to the retro feel, they are useless as they shake a lot riding.

The new Forest Green job is spectacular, and the decals on the tank, the winged Royal Enfield bring out a strong old-world, war-machine character. The chassis out in the front does not get the body and is black, like the sari at the back and the black battery These black painted balance out the bike’s visual – it could’ve been an … of otherwise.

Few parts, like the big front brake, the electrical switches and the tyres instantly stand out and add the modern (and needed) to the Bullet.

Engine and performance

the heart of this new Bull makes a world of difference. it is the same 499cc 4-… cylinder air-cooled mill, but of an EFI (as on the Thunderbird and Classic models, and the Bullet 500 variant), the Bullet 500 has a This makes a minor in power delivery.

This (with throttle position motor on the Bullet 500 makes a power of 19.2kw (26bhp) @ and manages to achieve a maximum of 40.9Nm @ 3800rpm.

On the road, numbers translate into one this is one angry bull. The new ignition fires up the mill the all-so-familiar roar, although the is more vigorous than The good old kick start is there, in case you feel burning a lot of calories.

The throttle is extremely crisp and you know you cannot joke with this. It is eager to in spite of its formidable 193 kilos at the and shoots up to 60 in just about 5 And at the same time, the heavy and the long … makes the maintain a rhythmic thump at low as well.

The engine is mated to a constant-mesh gearbox, whose are perfect for city riding. the quality of gear-shift isn’t at all. It’s a bit clunky and when you need to swiftly up or down in heavy traffic.


Intentional or otherwise, the 500 has a heady mix of new and old elements that the riding experience. This is stable as a rock in a straight as it is around corners. Again, the defies its weight and can weave in and out of with ease.

You can also dip this Bull a lean around a curve and be that you will come out of it. But it is not to get carried away and try putting knee down around corners, because this isn’t designed for all that.

The part, however, is the riding The regal straight-back, foot-forward stance makes it an absolutely ride around town, and for a short ride into the

The new 280mm disc at front a lot of stopping power, and is well by the 153mm rear-drum. The drum at the is a good retro touch and is responsive inside the city, but it begs for a long stopping if you brake at around 90-100. As for and potholes, the Bullet chews up with as much effort as would need to chew

The front telescopes are pretty and the new twin gas-charged shocks at the make sure the ride either too stiff or too spongy.

There are, however, a few with the vibration levels. that the ride needs to the vintage-ness of things, but things shaking up a bit too much once the crosses the 100 mark on the speedo. The threatens to send teeth-shattering after 120, and the footpegs get a too shaky for comfort.

So riding at 70-90, listening to the engine’s thudding might be the best to do.


After over a of hundred kilometres on the odo, one comes out strongly about the – you just don’t want to riding it. And coming back to the big – where is this bike No, it’s not meant for the highway as the is.

It’s also not the versatile which is a scorcher both and off the

It is, then, what you own for the sheer joy of a dependable and responsive motorcycle, delivers on its promise of vintage and ride quality while sure it withstands present-day conditions. The ride quality is enough for both city and riding, and the engine is powerful and enough.

If you want a slice of history a dash of power in your the new Bullet 500 might just be thing. As of now, Royal is selling the Bullet 500 in Punjab, Kerala and Delhi-NCR only, but it roll out the motorcycle in other in a phased manner over The carburetted Bullet 500 is available for Rs.

lakh (ex showroom, Delhi).

(This article was published on May 29,

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