Royal Enfield Bullet is the oldest motorcycle in the country which has succeeded well in maintaining its existence over a prolonged period of time. The bike was introduced firstly in 1948 and has been in continuous production since then. Based on an old-school cruiser motorcycle concept, it is the flagship model of the company and has gone through some minor changes time to time to stay competitive in the market.
Royal Enfield Bullet 500 is propelled by a 499cc, single cylinder, four-stroke, twinspark, air-cooled engine that generates a net power of 26.1bhp at 5,100rpm with a peak torque of 40.9Nm at 3,800rpm. The carbureted mill comes mated to a five-speed constant mesh gearbox and uses wet multiplate clutch assembly. The bike is equipped with 90/90 - 19 front and 120/80 - 18 rear tyres with elegant spoke wheels. The stopping power to them is provided a 280mm front disc and a 153mm rear drum brake. The suspension system consists of telescopic forks at the front and twin gas-charged shock absorbers at the rear.
The bike has been designed on a retro cruiser bike theme and the basic philosophy behind its styling has remained unchanged over the past few decades. The front section has a rounded headlamp with twin pilot lamps, which the company calls tiger eye lamps. The chrome headlight casing looks premium and blesses the bike with an appealing front. The fuel tank is neatly crafted which now comes with Royal Enfield badges on both sides and gives an upright riding position to the rider. The vintage style step up seat comes thickly cushioned and offers comfort to the rider and pillion. The rear end receives a small rounded tail lamp that completes the overall body profile quite impressively.
With body dimensions of 2,140mm x 810mm x 1,110mm (LxWxH) and a wheelbase of 1,370mm, the bike comes with an appealing and handsome personality. A minimum ground clearance of 135mm ensures good stability around the corners. Royal Enfield Bullet 500 receives a 13.5 liter fuel tank that offers a fair range after filling it up to the full. The instrumentation of the bike is done traditionally that displays speed, distance and fuel gauge in an analogue manner.