Sunday, 14 April 2013

New Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Launched in India

There are people who buy bikes and there are people who buy the Royal Enfields. The company may give its bikes different names but there’s one name that classifies every single RE bike. And that is Bullet. Bullet is a cult of all sorts and the company has not used the moniker for a long time despite the fact that it’s more popular than any of its bikes. But things are about to change as RE has revived the Bullet brand and have launched the Bullet 500 with...

Royal Enfield has launched the Bullet 500 in India, which is powered by a carbureted engine, dropping the fuel injection system in the interest of costs. The Bullet 500 UCE is priced lower than the EFI variant (around Rs. 10,000/- cheaper) and the company will announce the price in the coming days. Special features of the Royal Enfield Bullet 500 UCE version include 280 mm front disc brake with 2-piston callipers, electric start, tiger eyed headlamp, re-designed winged badge on tank, new grab rail for pillion, one piece long twin seat, 19-inch front wheel, 18-inch rear wheel (running on MRF Zappr tyres) and a new forest green colour (the only colour on offer).

The Royal Enfield Bullet 500 is powered by a 499cc single-cylinder engine which produces 26.1 BHP of power at 5100 RPM and 40.9 Nm of torque at 3800 RPM, mated to a 5-speed gearbox. The EFI version produces slightly more output with 27.2 BHP of power at 5250 RPM and 41.3 Nm of torque at 4000 RPM. The styling of the motorcycle is similar to the Electra 350 or the Standard 350, which has its own appeal amongst Bulleters. Other specifications remain almost similar to the Classic 500 but the Bullet 500 weighs 3 kgs heavier at 193 kgs.

The Bullet 500 has its mill mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox. It gets an electric start as well as a kick start lever to avoid the starting up issues in cold weathers. It rides on a 19 incher up front which is coupled with an 18 inch wheel at the rear. The seating of the bike has been redesigned as well to make your ride comfortable and there’s a cushioned rear guard for the pilliom as well like the Thunderbird series. 

The bike will be stopped by a 280mm disc in the front and a 153mm drum break at the rear. The bike has a fuel tank of 13.5 litres giving it a range of somewhere around 280-300 kilometres. It will be offered in Forest Green colour only to separate it from the rest and the Standard styling of the Bullet indeed has a lot of fans. Prices have not been disclosed as of now but we expect it to be around Rs.10,000-15,000 cheaper than the Classic 500. 

The Chennai based company plans to work on improving quality of their products, while at the same time expanding capacity to meet the increasing demand of its motorcycles. Royal Enfield will launch the Continental GT Cafe Racer later this year.
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