Royal Enfield Bullet 500cc - about the bikes
Our fleet consists entirely of new Royal Enfields with electric starters, 5-speed gearboxes and gearshifts on the left. These modified 2010 and 2014-model 500cc Royal Enfield Bullets are standard on all of our tours. If you prefer, we can still provide classic models with kickstarters and gearshifts on the right. Weâ€™ll need advance notice, however.
All of our Enfields are equipped with full touring gear, including a front disk brake, dual horns, crash guards and roomy, rugged leather saddlebags. They also feature yellow all-India rental registration number plates and special insurance for rental vehicles.
Riding a factory-fresh classic virtually untainted by the technological advances of the past 50 years is truly a unique sensation. The origins of the Enfield Bullet date back to 1948 with the debut of the 350cc G2 Bullet in England.
Thanks to its superior technology, the Bullet soon made a name for itself as a competition and military machine.
In 1955, Royal Enfield Motorcycles built a factory in the southern Indian city of Madras, a plant that went on to survive the bankruptcy of its English parent company. Initially, the simple, rugged machines were used mainly by the Indian army and police forces. India's border regions, with their harsh deserts, tropical rain forests and remote mountain passes, truly put the bikes to the test.
Over the years, Indians called the Bullet their â€œraja ghaddiâ€ â€“ the royal vehicle.
Today, the Enfield is still Indiaâ€™s luxury big bike and favorite toy of the young and wild. Since 1992, Enfield has once again been building the more powerful 500cc engines, and we use them exclusively for our touring Bullets.
You can hear a Bullet long before it comes into view.
The unmistakable booming of its long-stroke engine makes it a real head-turner.
- "... it's so easy to ride an Enfield! Anyone who can ride a motorcycle will have no problems with a Bullet."
* Motorrad magazine, 16/1992
- "... simplicity itself. effortless, reliable handling,
* Motorrad magazine, 16/1992
- "No motorcycle in today's marketplace more authentically captures the sight, sound and overall spirit of the golden age of Britbiking 40 years ago than the Indian-built Royal Enfield Bullet."
* Alan Cathcart in Motorcycle News, 12/2000
Our 30 bikes are maintained by our full-time crew of mechanics, all of whom are trained and supervised by our technical director, Werner. The fleet is the backbone of our company, and we invest a great deal of energy into maintaining the highest possible standards.
All of the bikes feature our custom touring kit:
18 liter touring tank
rugged, removable and lockable leather saddlebags
improved, raised touring bars, touring grips, large mirrors, effective front disk brakes
the vital pair of loud horns
sprung single leather saddles, lower saddles and rear gas shocks are available on request.
Our pipes are designed to blow the exhaust straight back â€“ silencing is a much lower priority.
We offer a special one-day warm-up program before every tour.
It starts with a briefing on the Bullet's technology and handling. It also covers the Indian rules of the road. We then saddle up for a half-day introductory tour on quiet country roads, putting our new knowledge into practice and getting to know our Bullets at a leisurely pace.
- 500cc, single-cylinder air-cooled four-stroke engine
- 35 Nm torque at 3,000 rpm
- compression, bore x stroke: 6.5 : 1, 84 mm x 90 mm
- points ignition, single carburetor
- 12V electrical system, alternator
- 16 kW / 22 hp at 5,500 rpm
- maximum speed 125 km/h (not suitable for continuous full-throttle riding)
- 4 gears, gearchange on the right, first gear up
- kickstarter, optional electric starter
- 760mm seat height, may be lowered by 50mm
- Dry weight 168 kg, max. weight 350 kg
Excerpt from MOTORRAD Magazine's Royal Enfield Bullet 500 road test
You can't get much more authentic than a Royal Enfield Bullet 500. Practically every bit of it is solid metal with a chromed, painted or brushed finish. Its fenders are worthy of the name and the golden pinstripes hand-painted. It's not a restored classic, but a new machine â€“ one of around one million that have rolled out of the factory in the Indian city of Madras since 1955.
Yet that doesn't make starting her any easier, as the Indian beauty with the English genes is being uncooperative. Ah, the points aren't set correctly. Starting the bike soon becomes a meditative ritual. Everything ready? Choke? Check. Fuel tap? Check. Kickstarter in the correct position? Check. Neutral? A glance down to the pointer on the gearbox cover: Check. Wait â€“ a quick look at the spark plug: wet, from my previous attempts. But now â€“ a deep breath, focus, and kick! The 500cc single shudders, spits and rumbles to life. A smooth tickover? No way. I play with the throttle
for the entire duration of a red light at the busiest intersection in town.
Green at last. Clunk. Silence. I hop off and push the Bullet onto the sidewalk. Heave, kick, gasp. The Empire strikes back â€“ squarely into the arch of my foot, through the now slightly loose kickstart lever. Finally, she's running again. The Bullet's muffler may well be the world's longest, but it's not necessarily the quietest, sounding off at a healthy 94 dB at 2,750 rpm. A standing start in second gear is no problem for the long-stroke single. But wrapping your head around the right-hand gearchange can be a different story. The first gear is up, so shifting up means kicking the shift lever down, and the travel of the lever can almost be measured in meters. Riders preferring a slightly more modern experience can spend an additional 900 euros for the optional electric starter and 5-speed gearbox with the shifter on the left.
With its modest 22 horsepower, the Bullet won't be blowing away any Porsches. And yet, it inspires a sense of enlightenment, leaving you time for continuous new discoveries along your regular routes. The constant urge to pass is soon replaced by a sense of inner focus â€“ gentle, peaceful biking zen. Out on the open road, the Bullet gradually inches up to its Vmax of 120 km/h, the speedo needle bouncing in time to the good vibrations. The Bullet is a sacred cow, and serenity is its nature. It makes an SR 500 look like a superbike, and a 1983 GPZ 900 R like the pride and joy of Darth Vader himself. But no matter how you look at it, the Enfield is an experience, and it turns more heads than an E-Glide.