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Royal Enfield Bullet 500

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Bullet 500 Specs
Engine 499 cc
Power 26.1 hp
Start Option Kick & Electric
ABS No
Pass Switch Yes
Odometer Analog

Bullet 500 Pros & Cons

Things We Like in Bullet 500

Iconic styling

Torquey thumpy engine

Comfortable cruiser

Things We Dont Like in Bullet 500

Harsh engine vibrations

Inadequate braking

Basic instrumentation

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The Royal Enfield Bullet 500 is one of the most iconic motorbikes available in the market. Its life-cycle began as a military vehicle, and now it is synonymous to power. The company hasn’t changed Bullet even a bit, as it sticks to the core and displays the same robust styling, go anywhere ability, and thumpy exhaust. In the Philippines market, the 500cc version of the Bullet is priced at Php 125,000. Here, it competes with the likes of Kawasaki W200 and Bristol Classic 400i. Powering this Bullet is a 499cc single-cylinder air-cooled, fuel-injected engine with twin-spark ignition. This mill is mated to a 5-speed transmission unit and pumps out a maximum power of 27.2 hp along with a peak torque of 41.3 Nm. On the safety front, are present dual channel ABS and 280 mm & 240 mm disc brake at the front and rear, respectively.

Bullet 500 Price

Variant   Specifications  
Standard    499 cc, 26.1 hp, Kick & Electric, Gasoline
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Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Colors

Bullet 500 is available in 2 different colors - Black and Green.

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Bullet 500 Review

  • Overview
  • Design
  • Ride & Handling
  • Engine & Fuel Consumption
  • Braking & Safety
  • Verdict

Overview

The Royal Enfield Bullet 500 is one of the most iconic motorcycles not just in the history of the company but in the world of motorcycles itself. One of the oldest names under the brand the Bullet has an identity of its own separate from Royal Enfield. What started life as a military vehicle has now become the essence of cool and machismo without changing the basic formula at all. Bullets are known for their boisterous styling, thumpy exhaust note, simplicity and nearly go anywhere ability. But most everyone will know it for its immense presence and eye-catching ability. It does come with its fair share of problems, which will be very apparent to people more used to modern motorcycles. But for what its worth, there is no substitute for a Bullet. In the Philippines, the Bullet, however, does end up competing with bikes like the Bristol Classic 400i and the Kawasaki W200. But its only direct competition in the price range are other Royal Enfield motorcycles. At present, Royal Enfield is selling just the 500cc version of the Bullet here for just Php 125000.  

Design

No bike is as in your face about being a classic than the Bullet. It was designed before the war and the company has painstakingly kept it unchanged since then. With its classic tank with the wing decals and minimal pinstriping, the classic round headlight with the integrated instruments and bullet shape indicators and the high upswept handlebars it will not look out of place in a pre-war museum. Practicality is also on an all-time high with its thick seat that is as comfortable as it looks, full-length mudguards and cushioned rear grab handle. There are some modern touches too like the pilot lights flanking the headlight and the disc brakes that somehow do not look out of place. At 2140 mm long, 810 mm wide and 1110 mm high, it is just as large as you think. The front is a 19” spoked wheel wearing a 90/90 tire while the rear is 18” spoked wheel wearing a 120/80 tire.

Ride & Handling

Before anything else, we need to discuss the riding position of the Bullet 500. The seating position with slightly front placed footpegs and wide and high handlebars is probably as upright as it can get. Your arms and shoulders are relaxed and with that soft seat your back will be immensely thankful. The pillion seat is just as comfortable with the only exception of the rear backrest/ grab handle that is too low to be of any use. Thanks to that torquey engine and stability, riding this nearly 200 kg bike on the highway is a very relaxed affair. The commanding seating position also translates to confident handling even on crowded city roads which is a surprise considering its weight. The suspension up front is a 35 mm telescopic setup with 130 mm of travel and the rear gets dual gas-charged shock absorbers with 5-step adjustable preload and 80 mm of travel. It is set to be soft and provides ample cushioning. On bigger bumps, however, it might behave a little unpredictable. The biggest concern, however, is the harshness of the engine. Vibrations can be felt everywhere at three digit speeds which makes highway cruising a little unpleasant. The mirrors might look cool but they are near useless due to the same issue.

Engine & Fuel Consumption

The Bullet 500 uses a 499cc single cylinder air-cooled and fuel injected engine with twin spark ignition. Peak power is rated at 27.2 hp at 5250 rpm and peak torque of 41.3 Nm comes up at just 4000 rpm. This engine is mated to a 5-speed transmission and provided with both an electric and a kick starter for the really brave. The power might not seem very impressive. But a lot of that peak torque and power is available very low in the rev range. This allows it to surge past the traffic at the twist of the throttle in any gear. This really shows up on highways where you can cruise comfortably all day. The surge of torque is a big part of the Bullet experience and becomes very addictive very fast. Combine this with buttery smooth clutch and transmission and the thumpy exhaust note and you will start to realize why this bike has a cult following. At the same time, the engine can use some refinement. Vibrations become very uncomfortable at higher speeds. The fuel tank holds 13.5L and with a fuel economy of up to 30 kmpl makes for a good range.

Braking & Safety

There is a 280 mm disc brake up front and a 240 mm disc on the rear with a 2 piston setup for the front and a single piston for the rear. The Bullet also comes with dual channel ABS. But the braking is not quite adequate when stopping from triple digit speeds.

Verdict

The Royal Enfield Bullet 500 is a distinctive motorcycle. There is nothing quite like it on the road today. It is the perfect anti sporty motorcycle for people who want something powerful but do not want to race.

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    Kikato Apr 17, 2019 for Royal Enfield Bullet 500
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    The Bullet has always been a classic and the iconic sound signature can be heard from a mile away. It has always been a childhood dream of mine to get a Bullet and the 500 was just perfect. Don't expect a smooth riding machine, you can feel the vibrations throughout the bike when riding it. This is an old school Read More

Royal Enfield Bullet 500 FAQ

  • What are the Safety Features Available in Royal Enfield Bullet 500?

    The safety features available in Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Below:

    Feature Value
    ABS No
    Pass Switch Yes
    Shutter Lock No
    Back Rest Yes
    Stability Control No
    Traction Control No
    Engine Immobilizer No
    Anti-Theft Alarm No
    Side Reflectors Optional
    Central Locking No
    Launch Control No
    Engine Check Warning No
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