Who does not want to own a Royal Field? You will hardly find a person who does desire for a blistering bullet. The tough and a classy combination of any of the bullet bikes are the major appealing features of the bike. The Royal Enfield a part of the 1500+ crore Eicher company is all set to launch a macho bike; the new Bullet Classic C5 500 EFI on November 04, 2009.
Royal Enfield is also planning to scale its production from current 44000 units a year to about 60k units as it constantly receives orders for the Bullet Classic C5 from customers from several countries including Australia, Germany, UK, France, US Italy and Japan. The company also contemplates to expand its exports to far and hitherto unreached markets including Latin American nations, Sweden, Russia, Belgium, Norway, Israel and Canada.
Bike lovers could not have asked for more; the bike simply looks out of the world to say the least. The finishing of the Royal Enfield Bullet Classic 500 is impeccable and this sets apart the bike from the rest of the clan. The 500 EFI made its first appearance in Germany and then stepped into the European market. Now, Indian bike lovers will soon lay hands on the new Bullet Classic, and this is excitement unlimited to say least for the consumers of India. The bike was made to deliver great power, torque, while being comfortable to the driver and oozing style with that classy retro looks.
Design and the Looks
The new Bullet Classic features the 1950’s classy look and has maintained the design of the bike during World War II quite intact. It has re-designed the bike to enhance the look but has also made conscious efforts not gone way beyond to alter its conventional look; the logo and the number plate are evident of the classic looks.
The round lamps, the fenders on the rear tyres, steel springs, analog valves. Fuel tank, seat and the mudguard are all reminiscent of the 1950s bullet bikes. So the Classic 550 EFI is a fine combination of the old and the new.
A 500cc UCE or a Unit Construction Engine generates the power for the Bullet classic. The engine is enabled with a single cylinder that gives a power output of 27.2 bhp at 5250rpm and a torque of 41.3Nm at 4000rpm. The clutch and gearbox for the Bullet Classic is located outside but are connected to the crankcase of the bike. The company assures that the new UCE will reduce transmission loss and also minimise the maintenance problems. The latest enhancements include electric kick-start, disc brakes in the front, 5-speed gearbox and electronic fuel injection are some of the contemporary additions made to the bike.
Price and colours
The Bullet Classic 500EFI will be available in three colours; classic green, red and black. Along with the Bullet Classic 500 we may also see the launch of the other model Classic 350 too, which is expected to be in the price range of Rs. 90,000-1,00,000 and the bullet Classic 500 is expected to be around Rs. 125,000.
The performance and handling of the bike can only be determined after its launch. New Bullet Classic 500 EFI will be the first ever cruise bike in India in its segment in the truest sense and having been dubbed as the Indian Harley Davidson, the new Bullet Classic 500 is expected to live the expectations of bike lovers and let us hope its worth all the wait.