Royal Enfield Bullet Classic 500cc EFi

by Deepak on October 10, 2008

Royal Enfield has been one brand that entices every bike lover. Even if one doesn’t own a bike from this renowned brand yet the love and respect for Royal Enfield is the same. Their Bullet model has been capturing hearts of every bike user for the past several decades. If your grandfather loved one, you too have the same love for it. Didn’t you?

Needless to say, the news that Royal Enfield unveiled a new model of Bullet enthused everyone. A couple of days ago, it was in the International Bike Show at Cologne, Germany, that Bullet Classic yet another thunder on the roads has seen the light of the day.

Named as, Bullet Classic by the Royal Enfield the bike seemed to be a tweaked version of the good ol’ Bullet of their first 1932 model. But a close look at the pictures would reveal that Royal Enfield paid a detailed attention to its older model of the 50s, i.e., the G2 variant of the Bullet rather the pre WWII model. While powered by a UCE 500cc air-cooled engine that complies with the Euro III norms, Bullet Classic has retained the same vintage classic British looks and styling which is why Bullet bikes have so much fanfare in the first place.

The 500cc engine (Unitary Construction Engine meaning single cylinder engine) of Bullet Classic took inspiration from the Clipper engine of the same Royal Enfield portfolio. The EFI (electronic fuel injection engine from Keihin Japan) with same pushrod style and an engine bore of 8.4 cm and 9 cm gives a power of 27.2 bhp which is an push up to 5 bhp as compared to the older version, at an rpm of 5250 and a max torque of 41.2 n at 4000 rpm. At these parameters the bike is supposed to dash through the air at 129 kmph speed. The fuel economy it gives is about 30 km per liter gasoline and the figures are great considering the fact it is for a 500cc engine.

Royal Enfield seems to be gearing to please the new contemporary generation bike lovers and came up with electric starter for the new Bullet Classic model. While respecting the retro styling it came up with disc brakes in the front. Additionally, the EFI engine is married to a 5-speed gearbox. However, the front and rear mudguards are almost of the same looks including the fuel tank and exhaust and headlight casing as well as the same single seat saddle.

The bike will be available by next month in Germany, but Indian Enfield lovers may have to wait long for this new Bullet Classic L. Europeans though can rejoice the launch of Bullet Classic come 2009. Initially, the bike will be sold in 3 colors the classic black, new age blue and dashing red.

But given a chance even other bike maker and Royal Enfield hard critics as well would love to take a test ride of the new Bullet Classic, because don’t you see the bike has great looks?

Specifications of Bullet Classic 500 EFi:

Engine: Single Cylinder, 4 stroke, air cooled OHV
Capacity: 499cc
Fuel system: Electronic Fuel Injection
Ignition: Digital Electronic ignition
Starting: Electric start
Maximum power: 20.3KW (27.2bhp) @ 5250rpm
Maximum Torque: 41.3Nm @ 4000rpm
Gear box: constant mesh 5 speed
Brakes (front): disc brake single 280mm disc with 2 piston caliper
Brakes (rear): drum brake (152mm)
Tyre (front): 90×90-18” Tyre (rear): 110×80-18”
Fuel tank capacity: 14.5liters
Weight: 187kgs

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{ 48 comments… read them below or add one }

Sanket Kambli October 10, 2008 at 7:40 am

this is my dream second bike..

Reply October 10, 2008 at 10:45 am

This bike looks very good. How does it sound, the thump is why people buy Bullets.


sudarshan October 13, 2008 at 2:51 pm

iam so proud of our own royal enfield


Madhu November 11, 2008 at 8:40 am

It’s foolish not to launch this in India first. World economy today points to India :-)


Randy December 9, 2008 at 3:35 pm

Is there a dealer in the US and are they looking for dealers to set up a market in the US.


Deepak December 9, 2008 at 3:47 pm

Randy, You can get more information at


Jateen Singh January 1, 2009 at 7:44 am

Even the look speaks of itself. A great machine with macho look


Anand February 16, 2009 at 2:36 pm

Hi i have a “Bullect Electra” year 2002 model, and i have customized it. Its Tooo good when u drive and the power nothing is equal to it. It always a eye catcher and its my Lifetime Bike.


Govindarajan M March 2, 2009 at 1:10 pm

Dear Deepak,
currently im having a royal enfield thunderbird which i bought a year back. I am planning to change the silencer of the vehicle. I am planning to buy a silencer which can give a good thumping sound and its loud enough. The change shouldnt affect the mileage. 2 or 3 km is ok if its affected. Kindly advice which kind of silencers can i buy. I stay in chennai. Can u suggest me some shops where i can get one.


Sam March 3, 2009 at 7:18 pm

Hi Govindrajan,
Iam all set to buy a new Thunderbird TS. Please tell me the pros and cons of this bike. Hows the performance and mileage?

Anyone has an when this EFI would come to india?


Govindarajan M March 5, 2009 at 8:35 am

Deepak, i posted my queries twice but i have never received any suggestions from u. I leave a comment thinking u will give a good suggestion what to do and what not to, pls reply to my comments.


Deepak March 5, 2009 at 11:37 am

Govindarajan, Sorry I do not have much knowledge about silencers in specific. But I promise I will let you know when I find some info one it.


Govindarajan M March 6, 2009 at 6:47 am

Deepak i am planning to alter my re thunderbird. Do u have any contact numbers of the person whom i can reach in chennai.


prabhakar March 15, 2009 at 4:56 pm

just now i saw the image of Bullet G5 on the net.i just got crazy about it..could someone mail me the details regarding the all new Royal enfield Bullet G5 EFI..I would like to know its availablility in india and whether there are any dealers in chennai..Hope someone will mail me the details as soon as possible…
my email id is


Yogesh June 27, 2009 at 1:23 am

Engine seems very HEAVY.


ARUN June 29, 2009 at 7:08 pm



monish August 12, 2009 at 9:58 pm

very good bike.with good performance.
increasing the bhp will increase the performance of the bike


Harilal October 4, 2009 at 8:09 pm

Sir i need all the pictures of enfiled bullets released in India from the beginning. please help me out.


bhaskar October 6, 2009 at 1:26 pm

hi, it seems royal enfield 500 classic seeams to be very sexey and apeares great………….i m great kover of royal enfield……..


john chong December 27, 2009 at 3:55 pm

I just sold avenger harley,
i m bringing turbo charger for this bike which makes 54 horse power from USA, it will cost me $4000, pluse bike price india and making chopper by Delhi friend


Ashok December 28, 2009 at 4:58 pm

This is my Dream Bike i would say! I’ve Booked it. But Counting my days, Will take 45 Days for them to make the MACHO.


Deep February 8, 2010 at 9:35 am

Which bike is best? Enfield electra or enfield thunderbird?


Nigel February 18, 2010 at 1:31 pm

does any one know who is the agent in Dubai for the bike??


Raja Shekar February 20, 2010 at 2:18 pm

hi guys..can anyone give me detailed information abt the new royal enfield classic 500..abt it’s pros & cons??


deep chavan February 25, 2010 at 10:28 am

bullet is only for raje, royal family peoples


nagesh April 22, 2010 at 10:34 pm

its indian version of harley davidson guys coz i hv owned one and cruised indian roads the feel of bike was great


Ravi July 11, 2010 at 2:23 am

This bike is awesome and wortht the wait. It is a an eyecathcer.


Prajit October 3, 2010 at 12:41 am

I had booked a Classic 500 (Black) in June 2010, however due to some financial constraints i wont be able to buy that. The delivery is due in October 2010. If anyone is interested in taking the booking from me and contact me at 9810471833. The dealer is located in north-west delhi. Price of the vehicle is 1.42 lacs (on road).


Aviantono October 7, 2010 at 8:03 pm

Anybody know where I can buy Royal Enfield at Jakarta Indonesia



Burhan September 26, 2012 at 10:50 am

Hi there,
Any info you’ve got where to buy RE at Jakarta? Pls share



nitu October 18, 2010 at 4:15 pm

anybody say the actual mileage of classic 500


Rigin November 4, 2010 at 2:14 am

any one know wt is the millage of this classic 500


Bruce November 13, 2010 at 1:50 pm

Test ride today, pick up the Bullet next week.


jude Fernandes December 3, 2010 at 10:13 am

Dear Sir,
Dissapointed with the Machismo 500cc.

I love the Bullet.Been riding one since 1984. Purchased a Machismo500cc in june 2009.With only 8661 kms clocked I have to change the liner- piston assembly. According to sources the AVL engine is a failure. I’m dissapointed and disheartened after raking out Rs 100,000 plus for the bike. Your comments please.


sridhar February 3, 2011 at 2:41 pm

pls dont waste your money buying bullets…keeps on giving fuel meter also…and every 1.5 yrs new battery must be replaced…thought the year should keep spending money on this bike…


sridhar February 3, 2011 at 2:43 pm

my bike machismo 350cc 2007 model..


praveen.m.prasad February 7, 2011 at 12:46 pm

what is the avg milage offered by Royal Enfield Bullet Classic 500cc EF on indian roads?


Abrar April 8, 2011 at 5:44 pm

we have boooooked bulllet 500cc before some days …
n tommorrow we ll get it ……
goooooood riding ……..
Abrar fulara


Raghuveer April 29, 2011 at 3:50 pm

I have a 500 classic and would like to modify the Silencer to the old model one flat one ( not the company fitted). Are there any effects on the milage. can anyone advise me on this



Viswanath K July 8, 2011 at 1:29 pm

I would like to sell Classic 500 Green latest

14,000 KMS run and 1 Year Old

One who is interested can contact
Viswanath K


Vish July 28, 2011 at 8:52 pm

am a proud bullet owner for about 8 yrs… its was my first bike and i love riding it. well… when u r buying a bullet u should not think of mileage. its the feel and the riding experience u should be looking.. and i guarantee that once u start riidng the bullet u wont feel like riding ant other bike:-)


Saud Alam August 11, 2011 at 8:26 pm

I have to buy a Royal enfield bullet500cc. Koi mujhe bata sakta hai iska real millage…..


ashad September 3, 2011 at 12:48 am

I got three yrs experience of riding 1972 model 350cc royal enfield. I ve planned to own a 500 cc.which is better-machismo or classic chrome? can anybody tell me the price and moleage difference?



manish September 27, 2011 at 3:44 pm

Please RE users.. pl share the actual practical mileage of classic 500 and classic 350. Please put in your inputs so that i can decide on one of them. thanks in advance


vicky October 18, 2011 at 4:35 pm

My Grandpa bought Bullet 350 in 1980 ,After 30 yrs M Buying 500 classic .
G1ft from 1 generation to the 2nd..& it goes on
Same Passion Same Love Same addiction Royal Enfeild……. What Else ?


*LoneWolf* December 3, 2011 at 9:09 am

That’s what i call a looker!! Should buy one of these some time. Its a nice one for enjoying tours with family with some special movements. But just not that useful in city traffic and daily commuting as its fuel efficiency will put a big hole in our pockets. The things that are appealing on bullets are those less plastic nonsense that our modern bikes have. You can have any Apache’s or pulsars that are not built for any durability and surely nor durable but one can have bullets for lifetime.


Md.Gayas December 7, 2011 at 10:46 pm

Haiii Friends

I like to buy bullet but i have a confussion to buy a old model or new model which is the best please give me a reply friends yyy because this is my first bike i am going to purchase
i hope u will help me

thanks you


krish November 5, 2012 at 7:18 pm

Bullet is good but cycle is better


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