Royal Enfield Bullet Classic 350cc & 500cc EFi

by Deepak on November 17, 2009

Time to rejoice, Eicher Motors owned Royal Enfield has raised the curtains on the much awaited Classic 350 twin spark and Classic 500 EFi thumpers in India after teasing us by unveiling these monsters at a motorcycle show in Germany last year.

Royal Enfield Bullet Classic 500

These retro designed macho machines have been craved for long by the hardcore Bulleteers, more so after they went for sale in the overseas market and not in India. These masculine bikes have been designed as a fusion of the classic old school feel with the latest technology mated with a brilliant eye to detail. We uncover what has changed with the mills:

Intro to Fuel Injection: The most noticeable change is the introduction of Fuel Injection. All of the models, thus far, have been carbureted and this is the first time a Royal Enfield will feature Fuel Injection in India. This simply means a crispier throttle response, fantastic fuel efficiency figures and cleaner emissions. But sadly, only the 500 has been given the FI, 350 have been kept devoid of it.

Increase in Power and Torque: Royal Enfield has tweaked both the mills. The engine of the 350 Classic has been borrowed from the Thunderbird twin spark. The 350cc mill now produces 19.8 bhp which is 1.8 bhp more from the earlier 18 bhp. Torque figures have gone down drastically however from 3.3 kgm to 2.9 kgm (24 Nm @ 4k rpm) and we don’t know why? As for the Classic 500 FI, the powerhouse produces a whooping 27.2 bhp of power from the earlier 22 bhps and a mammoth torque of 4.2 kgm (41.3 Nm @ 4k rpm) that can make the bike cruise at 100 kmph all day long without giving even the smallest of hitches.

18″ Tyres: From the 19 inchers used by Royal Enfields for all these looooong years, this is the first time that these Classics will come equipped with 18 inch tyres. Front’s profile is 90/90 and the rear would be 110/90 and both would be MRF Nylogrip radials. This also means that Classic owners will have a wide variety of choices for tyres as and when they want to change them which was not the case with the earlier 19 inchers. This also means that RE has altered the gearing as well to compensate for the loss of 1 inch on the tyres. However, the 350 will sport the same 3.25-19 (inch) tyre for the front.

Pricing: The Classic 350 is priced at a very (very) competitive pricing of 98k ex showroom in Delhi which would come out to be close to 1.10 lakh on road, whereas for the Classic 500 FI you would have to shed anything around 1.4 lakh on road Delhi (1.24 lakh ex-showroom) which is again slightly lower than what we had anticipated.

Colors: RE is offering total 4 colors for these ‘Classics’. The trademark Maroon and Black are standard on both the bikes whereas a different looking flagship blue color is limited only to the Classic 500. Did this sound bad? Don’t worry! The 350 also has an all exclusive Metallic Grey color. Out of all the colors, Green stands out and RE has been advertising it big time.

Retro Styling: The bike sure looks awesome with some ‘seductive’ feel attached to it. Beautifully chosen look-enhancing colors, classic looking spring loaded split seat (from the previous centuries!), cute oval toolbox, thigh supporters and the classical appeal attached RE graphics all make it an eye candy for an onlooker and a crave for a Bullet aficionado. The bike also has a fantastically crafted slightly upswept exhaust which further enhances the appeal but is an optional accessory and can be fitted after paying a premium of around 1-1.5k for it.

With so much to talk about, this bike sure is a must buy for any Royal Enfield lover. It perfectly mates the classic era with the new and the latest technologies ensures you get the best of both the worlds.

- Saad Khan


Specifications:

Engine : Single Cylinder, 4 stroke, air cooled OHV / Single Cylinder, 4 Stroke, OHV, Dual Spark Ignition Engine, Air Cooled
Capacity : 499cc / 346 CC
Fuel system : Electronic Fuel Injection / Carburetor-BS29 UCAL
Starting : Electric Start / Electric start
Maximum power : 27.2 bhp @ 5250rpm / 19.8 bhp @ 5250 rpm
Maximum Torque : 41.3Nm @ 4000rpm / 28 Nm @ 4000 rpm
Brakes (front) : disc brake single 280mm disc with 2 piston caliper / Hydraulic Disc Brake (Disc dia 280mm)
Brakes (rear) : drum brake (152mm) / Internal Expansion (Drum), 6″
Fuel tank capacity : 14.5liters / 14.5 litres
Weight : 187kgs / NA

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Karthik November 17, 2009 at 9:34 pm

Very informative review Saad !!! :) nice…

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stratus November 18, 2009 at 9:19 am

mmm.. A big bike with bicycle seat, drinks more petrol, has extra power which you won’t be able to use normally, still people like it !!!

Saad, nice review

But it will not be complete without giving mileage (so Spendour bikers will feel happy about their bik), and did they change the exaust sound (?) which is very important. If the sound has changed, then there is no nostalgic value to it !

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Raw July 25, 2011 at 8:17 pm

Stratus – Nicely placed on a cushion seat before your laptop, I seldom can expect you to understand the ‘bicycle seat’ feel, the ‘raw’ power which only men use normally… And ofcourse it drinks petrol – Better off than party hoppers, who drink and just pee..!!

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CarAdvice November 18, 2009 at 1:13 pm

This is one bike which I am sure everyone would want to own at some point of their life :) Looks simply mind blowing!

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vinvk November 18, 2009 at 2:58 pm

the bullet shown above isn’t classic.classic has unit construction engine.the engine shown above could soon become extinct.

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Jay November 18, 2009 at 6:23 pm

Any biker test riding 500cc classic will be overwhelmed by the bike RE is upto.
It is definitely a marvel, when I test rided one, the sales guy gave me a teaser question wether i will exchange my Electra 5s with classic 500. No doubts, RE bikes had allways kept bullet users Loyal to the brand.
The Classic range will increase the seduction and addiction. Believe me or test ride one of these iron horses.. :D

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motorbike for sale November 20, 2009 at 12:14 pm

My neighbor had bullet and when he come everyone get to know that yeah the man is coming as Bullet has its own sound and he proudly ride it. It was good to watch him on it.

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Srujani April 7, 2010 at 1:06 pm

The only thing that worries me is that the 350cc doesnt have the new fuel injection upgrade. I am a first time rider & dont want to buy anything else (hv already booked the 350 cc with a waiting period of 8 months). Should I be worried?

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chamandee singh May 4, 2010 at 1:06 am

its a royal bike and royal choice of royal costumers

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bala June 15, 2010 at 12:54 am

i am booked bullet classic 500cc it will take 3 to 6 month to delivery?

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ATHUL July 5, 2010 at 8:36 pm

can any one say is FI or Carborator better for milage and performance?

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ATHUL4R July 11, 2010 at 5:12 pm

any ownership review for classic 350 and 500 fi?

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vijay October 30, 2010 at 3:45 pm

dont buy 500 it has the FIprob,carbtr is de best

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vijay October 30, 2010 at 3:45 pm

re rocks

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hasan March 15, 2011 at 8:06 pm

my faveruite bullet is royal enfield 1000cc if any one got tell as my number is 9849856422

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Prashanth May 4, 2011 at 6:59 am

Dear Deepak Raj,
Do post a full bike review on Bullet Classic 350. I am planning to buy one but would want to read a complete review before deciding. The bike has already been in the market for more than two years now but we are yet to get a full review. Please hurry!!!!

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Vijay June 30, 2011 at 5:48 pm

hi.,
If you read any of complete review pls let me know those websites or links..

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Raghavendra November 8, 2011 at 9:34 pm

Hello,

I have just inquired the classic 350 bullet in my city Udupi, Karnataka state. Distributor told me it will cost 1.3 lakh on road price. Mileage is around 40 to 45 in NH. (35 to 40 in city). I do not know the down payment price. If anyone knows please let me know. Also, I want to know the about the maintenance of this bike. Distributor told it will cost 700 to 1000 Rs, once it is come for servicing, is this true. I am die hard fan of bullet, its my dream to own it. Please help me on this brothers…

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Hemant Raj December 6, 2011 at 11:54 pm

Raghavendra
Down Payement price for C 350 is 1.26 Lakh. Regarding Maintenence ,yes it costs around 1000 bucks. But, this piece of beauty is worth of it. I have also booked Classic 350 from Bangalore and i vl get in March. This lead time is just killing..

Dude Royal Enfield is beauty dont bother for servicing n ll stuff…………you will never regret your choice…..!!

Best Wishes

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Prabu December 26, 2011 at 7:07 pm

i need to exchange my old bike pulsar 180 2011 model, and get new Royal enfield 500 cc

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