Royal Enfield, the Indian indigenous retro-styled cruise bike manufacturer, has announced a recall of 7,000 Bullet series motorcycles because of an issue related to brake caliper bolt. Bullet 350, Bullet 350ES, and the Bullet 500 are the three bikes available in the series in India. The recall involves all Bullet models manufactured from 20 March to 30 April, 2019.
The Chennai headquartered company, in a statement to the media, said that service investigations have found out the torque maintained on the brake calliper bolt supplied by the vendor on some of the Bullet series motorcycles didn’t conform to Royal Enfield’s stringent quality norms. The company has already started calling customers for servicing their bikes, the statement said, adding that all the stakeholders are also being informed in this regard.
The Bullet 500 is hauled by a 4-stroke, single-cylinder 499cc motor which produces 27.2PS maximum power at 5,250rpm and 41.3Nm peak torque at 4,000rpm. The spark-ignition, air-cooled engine is mated to a 5-speed transmission system. The bike has 280mm and 240mm front and rear disc brakes respectively. A two-piston and a single piston caliper are fitted to the front and rear wheels respectively.
The Bullet 350 standard and the Bullet 350 ES, on the other hand, are hauled by a 4-stroke, single-cylinder 346cc motor which outputs 19.8PS maximum power at 5,250rpm and 28Nm peak torque at 4,000rpm. The twin-spark, air-cooled engine is mated to a 5-speed constant mesh unit. Recently, the company introduced the single-channel antilock braking system (ABS) models of these two bikes, conforming to the government’s mandate.
The going hasn’t really been smooth for one of India’s oldest bike manufacturers, particularly in the last few months. Royal Enfield reported sales of 62,879 bikes in April, compared to 76,187 motorcycles in the same period last year, which translates to a 17 percent decline in numbers.