Royal Enfield has decided to bring back to iconic Bullet 500 in India and has launched the brand new Bullet 500 today.
While the Bullet 500 still supports the classic styling of the Bullets of yesteryear, the 500cc UCE engine in its carbureted avatar is anything but old and packs enough punch to keep up or outpace any Indian motorcycle on the road.
The new Bullet 500cc also comes with electric start and disc brake at front as standard fitment and produces 26.1bhp @ 5100rpm and a whopping, 40.9Nm of torque at a lowish 3800rpm, which ought to make Bullet 500 a joy to ride in hills, especially with a lot of luggage and pillion.
The only sore point in terms of touring is the smallish 13.5 liter petrol tank, which we believe could have been made larger, considering that Royal Enfield likes to target its motorcycle at the touring crowd in India and with a 500cc engine and carburetor, range of the Bullet 500 would be severely limited by its fuel capacity.
Having said that, Bullet 500 is a wonderful motorcycle nonetheless and is surely going to please all the Bullet aficionados.
Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Specifications
ENGINE TYPE: SINGLE CYLINDER, 4 STROKE, TWINSPARK, AIRCOOLED
BORE X STROKE: 84MM X 90MM
COMPRESSION RATIO: 8.5:1
MAXIMUM POWER: 26.1 BHP @ 5100 RPM
MAXIMUM TORQUE: 40.9 NM @ 3800 RPM
IGNITION SYSTEM: TCI UNIT, MULTI CURVE
CLUTCH: WET, MULTI-PLATE
GEARBOX: 5 SPEED CONSTANT MESH
LUBRICATION: WET SUMP
ENGINE OIL: OIL 15 W 50 API, SL GRADE JASO MA
FUEL SUPPLY: CARBURETTOR WITH THROTTLE POSITION SENSOR
AIR FILTER: CORRUGATED PAPER ELEMENT
ENGINE START: ELECTRIC/KICK
CHASSIS: SINGLE DOWNTUBE, USING ENGINE AS STRESSED MEMBER
FRONT SUSPENSION: TELESCOPIC, 130MM TRAVEL
REAR SUSPENSION: TWIN GAS CHARGED SHOCK ABSORBERS, 80MM TRAVEL
TYRES FR: 90/90 – 19
TYRES RR: 120/80 – 18
BRAKES FRONT: 280MM DISC, 2-PISTON CALIPER
BRAKES REAR: 153MM DRUM, SINGLE LEAD INTERNAL EXPANDING
WHEELBASE: 1370 MM
GROUND CLEARANCE: 135 MM
LENGTH: 2140 MM
WIDTH: 810 MM (WITHOUT MIRROR)
HEIGHT: 1110 MM (WITHOUT MIRROR)
KERB WEIGHT (WITH 90% FUEL): 193 KG
FUEL CAPACITY: 13.5 LTR
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM: 12 VOLT – DC
BATTERY: 12 VOLT, 14 AH
HEAD LAMP: 60/55 W, HALOG
TAIL LAMP: 12V, 21W/5W