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Royal Enfield Bullet 500 launched

Royal Enfield has decided to bring back to iconic Bullet 500 in India and has launched the brand new Bullet 500 today.

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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
DISPLACEMENT: 499CC
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

8 Comments

  1. “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.”

    RE handout?

    Forgot to add “displacing a third or less cc”

  2. No. Wrote what I felt and is true at the moment in India (should change significantly with the launch of Duke 390 though).

  3. The RE 500 cannot even out accelerate the R15 primarily because it has a very slow revving engine. Where it stands regarding acceleration or top speed in front of the Duke 200, Pulsar NS 200, N250 or CBR250 – it’s a rapidly diminishing dot in their rear view mirrors.

    You could do a drag instead of relying on what you feel, no offense meant. This has already been done previously by motoroids in “the fastest Indian shootout” or some such. The bikes tested against the RE 500 of that time were an R15 and a P220. RE tends to be a little optimistic with their peak bhp figures.

  4. Where did I say it has better acceleration figures than other Indian Motorcycles?

    It can however keep up with all of the Indian Motorcycles till now and can even outpace a few in terms of top end, this is a fact, however way you look at it.

  5. Fine. If you feel it can even catch a N250/CBR250s smoke, forget the bike as such…have it (the facts) your way 🙂

  6. Never knew Ninja 250 was made in India.

  7. Of course R15, P200NS and CBR250 will beat the RE in a drag race. RE is just not meant for drag racing. It is meant for effortless touring. The feeling of riding an RE is just unmatchable. RE has its own charm, and that is what attracts people to it. Comparing it with R15 is like comparing apples an oranges. It is ridiculous.

  8. The Royal Enfield Bullet 500 comes with telescopic front forks up front and gas charged shock absorbers at the rear, a set up that the Bullet 500 shares with the Classic range. The Bullet 500 is the fourth variant in the UCE500 range sold in India. The other three 500cc motorcycles are the Classic 500, the Desert Storm 500 and the Classic Chrome 500. The Bullet 500 is available in Forest Green and Black paint shades. While there’s a demand for the olive green shade in India, Royal Enfield can’t launch this shade which is available in the Royal Enfield Military 500 model as the Indian government doesn’t permit civilian vehicles to feature the military green shade. In that context, the Forest Green colour is the next best colour that Royal Enfield has come up with.

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