Royal Enfield Introduces 'New' Bullet 500 Classic

Publish Date: 
Oct 15, 2008

Have customers searching for a post-war motorcycle with modern amenities? Take a look at the revamped Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Classic.

In 1932, the Royal Enfield “Bullet” was originally created in Britain. Now, 76 years later, Royal Enfield's newest model celebrates the look of that early bike.

Built by Royal Enfield in India, the new Bullet 500 Classic, homologated for Euro III norms, harks back to the 'G2' Bullet of the early 1950s, retaining the quintessential classic British style that is inextricably linked to the Royal Enfield name.

Royal Enfield motorcycles are distributed in the United States by Classic Motorworks of Faribault, Minn. The four models of Royal Enfield currently sold by Classic Motorworks start between $5,349 and $5,745.

Classic Motorworks says it hopes to have the new Bullet 500 Classic in the U.S. by late spring. The unit is currently undergoing EPA testing. “We don't anticipate any problems because the bike runs so clean,” says Kevin Mahoney, president, Classic Motorworks.

Mahoney says pricing is not yet set, but that the bike will likely cost more than Royal Enfield’s current models given the increased cost of production. “It will be less than any other similar new vintage-type bike and more than our current models but it may depend upon where the dollar settles out in relation to the Rupee,” he tells Dealernews.

Classic Motorworks recently named Napalm Motorsports, LLC of Austin, Texas, as the brand’s top dealer in the U.S. Napalm has been selling the Royal Enfield brand for only 11 months.

Visit the Bullet 500 Classic’s micro site for more information about the bike.

BULLET 500 CLASSIC SPECIFICATIONS
Engine: 499cc air-cooled single-cylinder, four-stroke OHV
Bore x Stroke: 84 x 90 mm
Compression Ratio: 8.5:1
Fuel System: Keihin electronic fuel-injection
Ignition: Digital electronic ignition
Starting: Electric start
Maximum Power: 27.2 hp @ 5250 rpm
Maximum Torque: 30.5 ft.-lbs. @ 4000 rpm
Features: Halogen headlight, steel tank with thigh pads, 18-inch wheels with single-disc brake, spring-laden single saddle seat, and a short silencer available as an optional accessory. Available in aqua blue, wine red and black.