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The Royal Enfield Bullet 500 is for the purists and that is evident through its timeless old-school styling. Another noticeable feature of the Bullet 500 is that the fuelling of the motor is done by carburettor and not fuel injection to keep the mechanicals simple.
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Royal Enfield is one of the most iconic motorcycle brands across the globe. Since its inception in 1893, Royal Enfield has produced a number of incredible machines. Originally rooted in the UK, the Royal Enfield started production on the Indian soil in 1955 from its Chennai plant. Royal Enfield can be credited to giving a whole new meaning to biking as they modified the riding experience into more of a ‘possessing a legendary machine’ experience. The RE Bullet was launched back in 1931 and received a few updates for the next nine years. In 1948, RE launched the Bullet 500 and it has been in production till date, making it the oldest global motorcycle brand to be in continuous production.
The Bullet 500 features genuinely dated, iconic, old-school design with minimum changes since it was first produced. However, RE has been updating the Bullet 500 at regular intervals to keep it lively and abreast with the standards in the ongoing motorcycle market. The company recently launched the updated version of the Bullet 500 with EFI (Electronic Fuel Injection) system as opposed to the previous carburettor version. The EFI system was added to make the bike BS-IV compliant. It is currently offered in a single, standard variant which is priced at Rs 1.69 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). There are two colours to choose from - Forest Green and Black. To be honest, there are no direct competitors to the RE Bullet 500. The Mahindra Mojo with a 300cc engine and the Bajaj Dominar 400 with a 375cc engine are its closest competitors.
The Bullet 500 is sturdy, stout and macho all around. It flaunts a classic retro design language which has changed very minutely since its inception. At the front, it features the signature Tiger Eye headlight with twin pilot lamps. The traditional headlamp houses a very powerful halogen bulb for good illumination. The classic Bullet fuel tank now boasts the wing badge in special silver and gold dual-tone livery. It has a stepped single seat which is contoured to give a perfect riding posture. One can spot quite a lot of chrome work on the bike, especially on the exhaust, mudguards and the headlamp bezel. Just like the fuel tank, the triangular side covers come badged and striped for a more classic look and provides continuity to the design language. The turn indicators at the front and the rear are identical, with chrome bullet housings containing the turn signals. The long chrome finished exhaust pipe runs along the sides and goes all the way to the very rear end. Nothing really fancy at the rear end which is blacked-out and houses a classic tail lamp. The new Forest Green colour scheme looks very attractive along with the traditional black colour scheme.
Powering the RE Bullet 500 is a 499cc, single cylinder, air-cooled engine that generates a max power of 27.5PS at 5250rpm and a peak torque of 41Nm at 4000rpm. The engine is so torquey that regardless of which gear you’re in, the bike just zooms forward swiftly with the slightest of the twists on the accelerator. Power is transmitted to the rear wheel through a five-speed manual gearbox. RE has introduced the EFI (Electronic Fuel Injection) system in the Bullet 500’s engine to meet with the emission standards and enhance its performance. The company claims that it can return a mileage of 30kmpl and reaches a top speed of 131kmph. There’s a thumb-operated electric-start button to switch on the engine, along with the kick-starter. The Bullet 500’s engine is a true thumper and every thump can be really felt. Not everyone will like it, however, it’s a real adrenaline striker for the true blue Bullet fans.
The Bullet 500 gets a 280mm disc brake at the front and a 153mm drum brake at the rear. The brakes are competent enough to stop the bike at moderate speeds, however, it’s a little difficult to stop the bulky bike at high speeds with this braking setup. It comes fitted with a 19-inch spoked wheel at the front and an 18-inch spoked wheel at the rear, shod with conventional tube tyres, 90/90 and 120/80 at the front and rear respectively. It is built on a Single Downtube frame, and the suspension setup comprises of 35mm telescopic front forks and twin gas charged shock absorbers with 5-step adjustable preload at the rear. The bike is really massive and thus it is hard to manoeuvre it around city traffic. That said, it's an absolute treat to drive it on the highways.
It’s still all old-school for the Bullet 500 and the bike misses on ABS. Considering the torquey 499cc engine and the acceleration it provides, RE should think of installing ABS on it to add to the biker’s safety.
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