Royal Enfield to Launch Classic 500 Desert Storm Edition

by Deepak Raj on July 23, 2011

Just a few days back Royal Enfield had announced Classic 500 Chrome for India. Now they have plans to launch another color – the Desert Storm. There has been no information regarding the launch date of this edition. Let us wait and see what RE has in store for us.

What do you think about this color?

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I.M. Aonok July 23, 2011 at 11:50 pm

In my humble opinion, this along with the military green, are the best colours for this bike. I simply love it!!

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Dileesh July 24, 2011 at 3:43 pm

nice… and good name too..they should add rear disc brakes and fat rear tyre also..

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fas July 24, 2011 at 4:05 pm

Looks so much better than the current ones on offer!

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Srinivas July 25, 2011 at 12:30 pm

Its mind blowing!!! it can be deadlier if the Military Green color can be patched here and there will give it a killer effect!!

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Jay July 25, 2011 at 12:51 pm

This will be great color with military green. These colors are so easy to maintain and too practical. Even better than Black. :D

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Gautam July 27, 2011 at 8:55 am

How long RE will just made color scheme on same 350 & 500 cc engine??? Now a days whatever RE made, bikers (has to) love them, as there is no direct competition in this category. But the real question is how long…. Just remember the the bikers era 10/12 yrs ago, when nobody likes the big heavy bike like Bullet, but time changes the taste. Similarly if (again) time changes its taste, its very hard for RE to live in the market without any innovation & limited products to offers. Bullet is the king in its own segment now, but how long it will be if big players like Bajaj & Hero motors will enters? Just imagine a “Heavy & classic naked road bike” from Bajaj with 300 to 500 cc engine, lots of chrome on it, just metal, no plastics & long stroke engine, churning output around 30/45 HP. (& As its Bajaj, price will be 80k to 110k…) Now tell me what an ordinary Indian biker will prefer? Did he opt for new technology & generation of bike or will he stand in Que for 18 months for a long maintenance needed, below sub par welding quality, and heavy on wallet big bull???
I do not underestimate RE & its legacy, but actually love it & openhearted feels that, RE should not be entirely depend on similar old product, but do something to bring some fresh air into its blood. What about a smaller 200cc capacity fuel efficient engine, or classic cruiser or v twin engine on brand new chassis? Sounds good??? May my dream come true….

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Reeto July 28, 2011 at 12:56 pm

Thumbs up to you Gautam for your comments. Its time RE brings in fresh innovation in its engineering department rather than the paint department.

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Pawan July 28, 2011 at 6:10 pm

There were lots of reason 10-12 years ago which keep people far from bullet. Low income of people, lack passion of adventurous trips, no craze of biking. bad roads and highways etc etc ……. and several other reasons keep people away from RE bikes. Time has changed and this trend will continue till mineral fuel available on the earth. So don’t worry about….

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SOM July 28, 2011 at 12:28 pm

Its a waste colour. It doesn’t get on with the street looks. Quite old trend for sure. I have not checked the specs of the Bike yet.

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Aditya Shenoy July 28, 2011 at 12:32 pm

Regarding this article on colour, its absolutely beautiful. But time and again, I have always pointed that the real market for RE is nothing but a “Cruiser”
Why don’t they even realize that all those who are spending a lot and buying their bullets or the so called ‘Bullet lovers’ are primarily there due to absolutely no choice of a cruiser.
India has a huge market for Cruiser bikes and surprisingly not a single bike-maker has even catapulted the scales in their favour. No doubt why all are stuck to RE and a very few to the Avenger from Bajaj
Food for thought guys!

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Shiv Swarup Jauhari July 28, 2011 at 2:58 pm

Good to see the bikes-The passion for bike is changing.

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ramesh bista July 28, 2011 at 3:48 pm

good color combination. dashing image in this unique painting and crome coloured machine with its special do do sound of engine . RE manufacturers go on making classic designed bikes. only this is the classic bike maintaining its unique image in the world .

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john July 29, 2011 at 2:39 pm

Looks like every one has forgotten the mini bullet…which was on road yrs back……can any once provide the pics of it?

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UMESH July 29, 2011 at 4:56 pm

the performance of the bike may be tremendous ;;;but for past decade enfield maintains the same appearance…and tis colour definitely do not meet wit its name ROYAL… I feel they should make some changes in appearance as in VICTORY bikes

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Wolfburn August 11, 2011 at 1:44 pm

I have one of the first! It is on the road in Germany sine a few days. Sounds and looks very great (thanks to the original Exaust from India!) Greez, Wolfgang

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Ali August 18, 2011 at 2:48 pm

I was a bull fan once upon a time. What angers me is that the bikes of high quality are sold abroad and not sold in India (Are Indians different to our counter parts). Secondly There is a generous market in India for chopper bikes and It wont be long before competition pulls the rug under enfields stronghold. Enfield should have started their RnD on a V twin in the price range of 2.5 lakhs and it would be a runaway success. the company is relying too much on their past success, there is nothing worng with that, but, we will soon see Harleys and Suzukis riding their way to success with their refined machines.

Enfield also cares two hoots about the waiting period their loyal customers have to go through. All enfileds have a pathetic rear suspension and will give you a stiff back in the long run. The cloud of nostalgia will slowly burst if the company does not pull their socks. I hope they innovate and innovate now if they want to survive. I appreciate what Gautam has written and of course there will be enfield enthusiasts that will not want to know the hard truth but once they buy the bikes they will face back problems, long waiting time, see others cruising on superior bikes and will also not get service at par with the other companies.

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pavan sirish June 9, 2012 at 10:01 pm

I am a great fan from my childhood cos my first ride in RE owned by my mama..
iam 30years now and it is my 25 years dream to own one. at last i have booked sand storm.. hope i enjoy my ride lookin for more from u guys on tips to maintain well thank u…

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