Royal Enfield Machismo 500 — Motion blur

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Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Classic AVL

Of course, we’re kidding. But Pablo’s superb low-light, arty-blurry lead shot, the of high frequency puns had to make an appearance. The Enfield 500 I’ll keep this since JC already covered it in the issue is the new flagship Royal The bike has been exported for two years as the Electra Classic, and is now a local appearance.

Styling, finish

Well, it looks a Bullet. A retro Bullet, if not an anachronism at some level. I the flat tool boxes and the tank, though our test did have some crinkly I do think, however, that a more ‘shaped’ exhaust be classier. I think the 500 was slightly built than other I’ve sampled, but at the end of our first speed ride, the front plate mount and the right-side lid had vibrated loose.

I do think bits look a bit inexpensive for a bike I’ll come to in a bit.

Engine gearbox

The engine is an AVL 350cc aluminium motor a T’bird, including the right-side/five-speed That also explains the evidently, aluminium conducts better than cast and turns out louder. It’s smooth until the revs up, and at 120-ish on the speedo, the world a bit like the lead shot. To be all big un-counterbalanced singles vibrate.

are good, but need time. the 500 along still means not the gearbox.


23.65 bhp and kgm sound impressive. But there is a 185 kg Given that the Bullet a non-integrated gearbox and weighs than a 1000cc inline superbike, it’s no scorcher.

again, if you want scorching, looking in the wrong place. The always been a relaxing and this one is too. It isn’t though, and you can relax quicker and on the Machismo 500 than ever in Bullet history. What me, really, is that many I found myself shifting early on purpose, even the torque peak.

In this mode, the 500 surges with an effortless, liquid that I cannot attribute to any Indian motorcycle. Lovely. And if you know, the Bullet Machismo 500 return 32.6 kpl on average, in a sort of cycle.

Highway can return 34-36 kpl,


The chassis is exactly the which is not really a bad thing. the 500 into an apex takes a bit of out, especially compared to the newer machines. The Bullet teach you a thing or two about though.

It’s very but not quick to turn-in, so you have to corners. Pick good points, smart lines and beautiful. Cornering a Bullet skill and a lot of trust.

Get it right, and it like an achievement too. At the I think the quality of the rubber and the width of the footpegs holds up If I were buying a 500, think about rearsets, and to 18-inch wheels and get modern

Ride quality

The 500 is stiff but not and its only Achilles heel is bumps, which appear to through. Between the weight of the and the firm suspension, the Bullet much takes care of The ponderous feel does feedback, and if you hit bumps when over, the 500 will tend to run

Oh, and pillions uniformly hate the metal grab rail.

Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Classic AVL

The 280 mm disc out front is a boon. The 500 can really well compared to of yore, but it still won’t a current 150/200. Our test was not blessed with the best we’ve seen on a Bullet. I did run a spot of bother with the brake, though.

Ten minutes of rain and the drum make a ‘graunch’ sound grated on my nerves. No performance so after a while, I stopped with it.

Comfort features

I think a six-figure price tag guarantee some features. a rev counter. Like one key hole switches the bike on and off and locks the too. I also thought the switchgear, which is the same as on Bullets, seems a bit cheap. I the pass-flasher switch and the indicator especially felt like collapse under pressure.

The position is fairly standard, and says the bike feels over really long

What would I change?

junk the ammeter for a tacho. use an integrated lock mechanism. I also junk the entire assembly and use a simpler, slightly rearset folding design, and tucking in the kick lever I was at it. I would also replace the chrome filler cap with a modern, hinged jobbie.

Slimmer fenders (never the extra splashing the current anyway unerringly showers the boot), still round but LED lamp. there’s so much you do in theory.

I know that swathes of this test are negative comments. But I am a road and some left brain is inevitable. But in sum, right evaluated, although the 500 may not impress in it is quite likeable as a whole. If a … motorcyclist of a calm the 500 might just be the wheels been looking for. It has a lope that you will and this time round oil weeping out here and there

I, for instance, am so surprised by how much I the 500 (really) that I’m to finish this article and up REML and ask if they’ve a long I could have.

But there is one The Royal Enfield 500 Machismo Rs 1,14,000 on-road Mumbai, is a heck of a lot of money. It does buy you a long-legged motorcycle that a tech tour-de-force, a cornering or for that matter, a paragon of Like I’ve told a of people who called after article, the 500 is an intensely personal

Take one out for a spin, and if you like it, let this road test dissuade you at all. If you like it in the place, it’s definitely it.

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