Royal Enfield Classic 500 User Review — Royal Enfield Bullet Classic 500…

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Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Classic

Pros: killing vintage great fuel economy

expensive to own

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Let me be upfront at the very I do not own the Royal Enfield 500 EFI (or simply C5, as known by model code). At not yet. The dang thing has a period of 30 days + in Delhi

and be lucky to be seated on mine two later, as promised by the dealer. I the black since I thought the lashings look beautiful this colour. But true to fickleness, I now wonder whether the or the unique sea-green number have been more at traffic-lights.

Anyway, black it is for me.

I some experience in owning a though. A standard model 350 again), graced my garage for years between ’94 and ’97 and that was the motorcycle since I started a RX100 in ’86 and quickly followed up a RD350 in ’91. I share history to be able to compare the that one may have, throwing a leg a fuel-injected C5 for the first time.


First off as always, the looks. The C5 is one of design marvels that even better in the flesh, all the photographs on a laptop screen. in the beautifully painted and finished with smart rubber oval tool-box where a tin’ sat on earlier models, bicycle saddle on it’s own smaller, fatter wheels. I go on. But do us both a favour and Google an since you’re on the computer

The bike’s a looker. Let’s end it at You could walk into a fooling yourself one look and be gone.. You’ll end up buying it. I Not before I rode it though.

astride, nothing’s changed if an ’old Bulleteer’. And everything if just migrated from the of a rice-rocket. Your behind thank you for the luxury of a wide that sinks just under your weight on the Your legs spread out to a obscene splay, unlike slimmer Japanese tanks

The classically flat Bullet ask you to reach out and grab them some hesitation. The bike has and more screen presence Amitabh Bachchan. Respect. The controls are something every is familiar with today. the ignition key on the legendary ’tiger or headlight binnacle and a red ECU lamp glow momentarily where the old used to be, before snuffing

Feel around for the Self (that’s right, you can’t see it your perch. Weird.) and it with zero input the throttle (fuel injection, and the C5 will wake up with a ’woof’ and settle instantly the most famous ’bhutta-bhutta-bhutta’ the American Harley and the slight and rocking from the seat, with the throbs through the will give you a little about what lies At this point, you’re calculating EMI’s in your

Look over your for traffic. The chromed mirrors are for me. I’m six feet and no amount of craning the or twisting the mirrors resulted in a Bad boy Enfield! Tease the throttle for effect than anything (the woof! woof! clear the streets in a 2 km radius) and the Bullet known as C5.

I’ve all the Pulsars, all the Yamahas, Karizmas and anything that comes or slightly above a lac in India. owned a RD350 and an older Bullet 350. I had also a 500 cc Bullet of the 90’s.

I was unprepared for this. But this is a and it won’t do for me to get emotional, so I’ll put down the three top-of-mind and you can wait for more pro reviews in the mags later:

1. The bike has so torque pouring out of it’s (41.3 Nm @ 4000 rpm! more than twice the and the newly launched Ninja Just to give you an idea how this’ll be going uphill to it’ll lurch forward in of it’s 5 gears (left operation, 1 down 4 up, heel-toe at lowly speeds and not hiccup

That’s cubic capacity and working in harmony for you. not as manic as the ancient RD, it’s progress is almost comparable. Now a two-…, twin cylinder on the of a push-rod, single four-….

You bet.

2. It stops. Period. The didn’t do so good even over-sized drums up front. The Bullet 350 didn’t want to when it got going (almost me a leg way back in the last century) and the machines bar a few of the latest, are skittish heavy breaking.

The C5 stops. The smaller, wider work. The front disc Brembo (actually I’m not sure if the version has Brembos or KBX. Can check?) works. The frame

The bike’ll stop without at least at city speeds. need to find out about roads.

3. It handles. It dances. never had the pleasure of chucking around traffic. Sure heavy. But it’s well Sure it’s big. But it where and when you point it to. changed and I’m not sure what. not as ’chuckable’ as say a TVS Apache with shorter wheelbase, but I could it was more willing than the 200 my brother rides.

Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Classic

Throttle is instantaneous, closed or opened up and you no longer be afraid to shut the just before you dip the heavy because it’ll snap to the very moment you will it and out of the curve and roar away you on board. Fuel-injection.

I bought the as soon as I returned it to the showroom. I need to know anything beyond this: Here’s a that doesn’t leak oil a bad puppy, one that goes the wind and can stop on the dime, like a million bucks and is cheaper per cc than anything on sale today. Open here I come.

If you wish, you can follow for photographs once I have the C5 on the

Verdict: Try. Buy.

My C5 is In teal green instead of and I’m glad I changed my mind. shade makes it look so beautiful under most Here’s a short review 150 kms of riding since I got it:

Ride — mostly great, the fuel-injection isn’t as smooth as I It’s catching a bit sometimes, like a fuel starved bike. Will need to be at firs service.

Other that, the engine feels every time I take the out for a spin and especially so on open coasting at a self-limited 60 kmph in).

Electricals — horn. Powerful headlamp but too wide. Powerful self-starter, but an adequately charged battery.

My battery died in two days and had the kick starter come to my The battery was replaced under

Others — no chance to mileage yet. Seems so far. Suspension is firm being thrashy. Brakes at front but poor on the rear

Very neutral and predictable and better than a Pulsar

Accessories — fitted the exhaust, genuine RE leather and a ’winged’ crash-bar. Can’t my eyes from the bike since and it’s almost to walk to the car in the morning instead of the

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