India, January 11, 2019 : Royal Enfield has launched the Bullet 500 equipped with a dual-channel ABS unit at Rs 1.87 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). This makes it Rs 14,000 more expensive than the non-ABS equipped standard model. Bookings have already commenced for a token amount of Rs 5,000 and dealers across Delhi have confirmed that deliveries will start in February.
The Chennai based motorcycle manufacturer has been steadily updating all its models with ABS to make them comply with new safety regulations that are set to take effect from April 1. With most of its range having received the mandatory safety net of ABS, only the Classic 350, Bullet 350 and the Bullet 350 Electra remain to get the update.
Apart from the addition of ABS, the rest of the Bullet 500's mechanicals remain the same. It continues to be powered by a 499cc single-cylinder, air-cooled engine that produces 27.5PS of power and 41.3Nm of torque, mated to a 5-speed gearbox. The bike is available in Jet Black and Forest Green, the Bullet 500 comes with an old-school design with traditional cues seen on Royal Enfield motorcycles.
The Royal Enfield Bullet 500 ABS does not get any visual upgrade from the previous. Available in Jet Black and Forest Green, the Bullet 500 comes with an old-school design with traditional cues seen on Royal Enfield motorcycles. Its bare basic design and the iconic thump is something that have always attracted the RE purists. The single cylinder, 4 stroke, twinspark 499cc engine makes 27.2PS at 5,250 rpm and generates 41.3 Nm at 4,000 rpm. The engine is mated to a 5-Speed constant mesh gearbox.
Significantly, Bullet, the ideal Royal Enfield, is today the longest running motorcycle in history to be in continuous production. While most the of RE motorcycles comes with ABS, it is also the Classic 350, Bullet 350 and the 350 ES that have been given a miss. However, we believe, these motorcycles could get ABS in the coming months. The Royal Enfield Bullet 500 competes with the likes of UM Renegade Commando and the Renegade Mojave. Also, in the same price bracket, one can get the Mahindra Mojo XT300 and the KTM 250 Duke.