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2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500 B5 EFI : Voted: 68.8%

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Apr 12, 2013 10:36 am

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2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500 B5 EFI

Built in the image of the legendary iron barrel Bullet 350, the Bullet 500 embodies the the rugged simplicity and timeless style the made the Royal Enfield Bullet popular across the world for more than 50 years.

The Bullet 500 combines Royal Enfield's most iconic model with its robust and reliable new UCE engine to create a modern bike that brings simple pleasures back to motorcycling.

The Bullet 500 EFI is the culmination of over 8 decades of legacy, of the longest running model in continuous production. Since 1932 the Bullet has mesmerized thousands all over the world with its unique styling and one of its kind feel of ride feel. The Bullet 500 EFI is a seamless pairing of the majestic Bullet styling, performance and reliability with the new technology elements like the Electronic Fuel Injection synergized seamlessly with the period styling.The Bullet 500 EFI is all about romancing with history on today's terms.

Styled in the image of its 1955 namesake, Royal Enfield's latest 500cc Bullet offers riders classic motorcycling from a brand with a pedigree stretching back to 1901. And with frugal fuel consumption of 80mpg running costs are modest too.

Valenced steel mudguards, hand-painted gold coach-lines on the petrol tank and side panels, and winged Royal Enfield badges mean that the latest incarnation of the Bullet, which has been in continuous production since 1949, could easily be mistaken for a restored machine from the 1950's. It even runs on Avon Speedmaster tyres. Like its predecessors, it is powered by a 499cc single cylinder engine with a bore and stroke of 84mm x 90mm. However, the engine is Royal Enfield's new unit construction design, introduced in 2009, with 5-speed gearbox and wet multiplate clutch, for fuss-free gear changes. The traditional chrome silencer contains a catalytic converter, so the Bullet 500 meets tough Euro 3 emissions regulations too.

Brakes, suspension and electrical system have all been updated; the 280mm front disc brake provides relaible stopping power, gas filled rear shock absorbers give a smoother ride and the 12-volt electrics power the halogen headlight, indicators and starter motor. In fact the Bullet 500 is one of the few modern motorcycles to give owners a choice of both kick and electric starting.


2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500 B5 EFI - Specifications
USA MSRP Price - Starting at: $5999
Canada MSRP Price - $6895 CDN



Engine Single Cylinder, 4-Stroke, Spark Ignition, Air Cooled, OHV
Cubic Capacity 499 cc
Engine Output/Torque 27.5 BHP, 41.3 Nm @ 4000 rpm
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI)
Electrical 12V System; Headlamp 60/55W; Tail lamp 21/5W
Ignition Electronic
Transmission 5-Speed gearbox with left side gear shift
Suspension Gas-filled shock absorbers
Brakes- Front 280mm Disc brake
Brakes- Rear 152mm Drum brake
Tires - Front 3.25 x 19in
Tires - Rear 3.50 x 19in
Dimension - L x W x B 50in x 32in x 42in
Wheel Base 54 inches
Ground Clearance 5.5 inches
Weight (Wet) 412 lbs


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Re: This week: 2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500 B5 EFI : Vote T

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Apr 12, 2013 10:38 am

Last week we had the 2013 Ural Gear-Up on the Cool Wall viewtopic.php?f=61&t=46947 , which was quite retro, but still finished very well at a respectable 64% Cool. This week we have another quite retro bike up at less than 1/2 the price of the URAL, but this time from India rather than Russia. Will it finish more cool than URAL? Let's see...
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Re: This week: 2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500 B5 EFI : Vote T

Unread post by madjak30 » Fri Apr 12, 2013 10:50 am

Voted: Cool

Not quite awesome, but pretty damn cool...needs a little more power for my taste, but I like the styling...
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Unread post by Bullet Bill » Fri Apr 12, 2013 1:55 pm

Don't mind my errant "awesome" vote, I'm biased. But hey, if a virtually-unchanged German-retro copy gets a solid "cool", then a British-retro bike with EFI and (apparently) greater reliability gets an awesome... at least from me. Bah.

One complaint: the rev limiter was put in place to maintain the engine's characteristic "thump". This bike is capable of so much more, but the Indian market has fallen prey to the RE equivalent of "rolling thunder" disease.

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Unread post by BRUMBEAR » Fri Apr 12, 2013 2:05 pm

It is a beauty!!!!!!! I know I know Indian well I don't care when I see one I am a trip down cafe racer road :mrgreen: Had to go awesome again a real pretty bike.

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Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Apr 12, 2013 3:36 pm

The above discussions remind me of why I love mid-sized displacement light bikes. They are fun to take to the limits (and are rewarding for doing so), fun to ride everyday, are jack-of-all-trades and just plain fun to own.

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Re: This week: 2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500 B5 EFI : Vote T

Unread post by jstark47 » Fri Apr 12, 2013 9:38 pm

I prefer the looks of the C5 to the B5, but I'll give this a Cool
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Unread post by HYPERR » Sat Apr 13, 2013 7:17 pm

Awesome!

It's also somewhat historically correct that they are now built in India. The brits taught them pretty much everything anyways.

I don't think the build quality is that bad at all there; certainly light years ahead of any POS made in China.
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Unread post by JackoftheGreen » Sun Apr 14, 2013 2:18 pm

I just can't get behind this...

I mean, literally. Idling in first gear and riding the rear brake, I couldn't stay behind this...

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Hey, retro can be cool. But Royal Enfield -- it's all they do. Maybe they do it well, it's not an area I have enough appreciation for to know the good from the bad from the ugly. But something about the business model being deployed here just seems off to me. Their policy seems to be "Let's see how long we can build the same bike over and over again, while tweaking the tech just enough to call it modern." And the fanboys eat it up. Frankly, I think the whole reason bikes don't STILL look like Royal Enfields is because technology and materials have progressed in such a way they don't HAVE to look like this anymore. Imagine if Apple or Dell offered you a 'retro' computer that took up an entire room of your house...

But, now that I've said my piece, I offer this compromise to the fans of this retro look. I withdraw my vote from this entry. Ultimately this entry is more retro than it is bike, and I'll voluntarily restrict myself on the grounds that it's not 'in my wheelhouse' as they say.

Now, I'm going to hop on my little golfcart and zip on over to the other side of this warehouse where my mouse is, so I can click "Submit". Damn retro computer...

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Unread post by Grey Thumper » Sun Apr 14, 2013 9:34 pm

I prefer the C5 to the B5 as well, but I think this one is still cool.

@JackoftheGreen, I think your opinion is especially interesting considering the bike that you ride. Of course, Kawasaki and Royal Enfield are vastly different companies, with Kawasaki making a huge variety of bikes, and I'm sure the Vulcan in particular is far better engineered than anything in Royal Enfield's lineup. Still, the Vulcan itself is, to a certain extent, styled to look like bikes from an earlier era, even though that is "unnecessary", and IMHO there's nothing wrong with liking a bike for that reason. Just to be clear, I'm not knocking you for your preference (and I don't think you're knocking anyone who likes the Enfield either). I just found it an interesting opinion.
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Unread post by JackoftheGreen » Mon Apr 15, 2013 2:08 am

@Grey Thumper,

It's an interesting point you make, and though it may sound like splitting hairs I'd be glad to elaborate.

I think the notion that cruisers 'recall the motorcycles of a bygone era' is a misnomer. I hear this description given to the cruiser class all the time, and it's always rang false in my ears. Here's why.

I'll agree that the cruiser style of bike was popularized in an earlier era. That look of low-slung, fat tires, wide bars, chrome and steel with glittery paint and leather. And though the cruiser style has more or less stayed true to that overall impression through the decades, the bikes themselves have steady evolved and modernized. When metric bikes started coming to America, it didn't take long for the Asian manufacturers to imitate the cruiser look (and improve the cruiser overall, to my way of thinking), but the cruiser style was still current at the time. When Yamaha first introducted the Virago in 1981, it wasn't styled to look like a bike from the 50s, but H-Ds being sold right then. And those H-Ds didn't look like their 1940s and 1950s counterparts -- but you could certainly see the family resemblance.

So while I'll agree that my 2001 Vulcan Classic is a modern (or, at least, a decade olds worth of modern) interpretation of a style first popularized 70 or 80 years ago, nobody's going to confuse it with a 1939 Knucklehead at 50 paces. Or even with a 1991 Vulcan. But if you lined up a 1940 Enfield Bullet, and a 1950, and a 1960, 70, 80...you get the idea...right up to this 2013 edition, and asked someone a stone's throw away to identify them by year, I doubt if even the most seasoned motorcycle enthusiast or journalist could get more than half of them right. And as you said, I certainly don't hold it against anyone that they should go in for that sort of thing -- it just doesn't make sense to me why. A brief search on Google yielded a 2008 Enfield Bullet with 800 miles on the odo going for $4,300 out of Ohio -- what's 800 miles of new worth? $1,700?

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Unread post by Grey Thumper » Mon Apr 15, 2013 6:37 am

I gotcha. I like the look of retro bikes myself, but given a choice, I'd also prefer something that has actually developed and evolved, and (looks wise) is just a homage to a classic model (like say, the Ducati GT1000, current Triumph Bonneville, Honda CB1100, or even Mike's Moto Guzzi V7), not a direct reproduction/continuation. But those bikes are in a completely different class (price and engineering-wise) from the Enfield. I guess making essentially the same bike since the 40s has some advantage when it comes to MSRP.
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Unread post by LifesHarlequin » Mon Apr 15, 2013 8:58 am

Voted Cool simply because it looks great, and gives you an old bike but new with less chance of going wrong and better power because of EFI. But... that price makes it silly to actually buy one and a toy when I can buy a modern (read faster, fuel efficient, better suspended, better handling) standard slightly used with low miles for the same price. The nostalgia is nice, but $6k rules it out as a serious choice for me. Take a similar old bike like an Ironhead H-D. In good working order and reliable, you'll pay $3-4k, and it comes with a 1000cc and a host of knowledgeable mechanics and parts availability, or maybe a newer used Triumph Bonneville if you're going for that European style.

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Unread post by Mithrandir » Mon Apr 15, 2013 8:33 pm

I like the style of a Royal Enfield. I do not like the price as much. A RE is $1k-$2k more than some ¼-liter motorcycles from the big 4 (Hon Kaw Suz Yam) but based on the specs it does not appear (to me) to deserve the extra premium.

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Unread post by Bullet Bill » Mon Apr 15, 2013 9:16 pm

The problem is that we have no state-side factories building these things. They're all pure import. If we were paying for these bikes with a straight Indian rupee-to-USD conversion... well: 124,000 rps. = $2,274.40.

Darn shame, that.

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Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Tue Apr 16, 2013 5:48 pm

I voted: Uncool.

Even though I own and ride a modern retro* I had to go with uncool. For me, the look of the Enfield Bullet 500 B5 (pick a year) isn't my cup of tea, it's from an era I just don't familiarize myself with what a motorcycle looks like (if that makes any sense) and it is basically a 1955 bike still and not a 2013 bike made to look like a 1955 one.

For whatever reason (maybe age as I'm about to turn 42 on May 15th) it may have something to do with the fact that I drool over late 70's to mid 80's naked bikes, but anything earlier than the 70's it's fewer and farther in between. This also goes for modern retro's that copy pre-70's era's as well. Now the Royal Enfield isn't a modern retro, well, it does have Fuel Injection and an electric start, but in the true sense of the word (as Enfield says) it really is a bike from the 1949/1955 just made with modern manufacturing techniques. I know how my 1982 Yamaha Seca 650R handled vs a modern bike and while I haven't rode a Royal Enfield I'm sure it can't handle like a modern bike either.

But all that being said I can see a place for any by-gone era of style, there are riders out there than a certain looks "just does it" for them. And there are purists that would be tickled pink in owning a true "non-replica" new motorcycle like the Bullet 500 B5... and in India, the Bullet 500 is an icon of a bike, like a rock itself, that is unchanging and unyielding to time. Take it like that and it is pretty darn cool then.

But alas for me, I have to give it an uncool. It still should be cheaper as the R&D isn't there, it should have been "modernized" (mechanics wise so as not to change the exterior appearance) and Royal Enfield needs to diverse and bring in some new blood and new styles in their lineup but keep it's heritage. Harley-Davidson is trying to do this (as it is stuck in the same rut, just smaller vs RE) and is slowly doing so while still driving sales forward.

Royal Enfield, your future is calling, it's time to answer the phone.

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Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Thu Apr 18, 2013 5:25 pm

JackoftheGreen wrote:But if you lined up a 1940 Enfield Bullet, and a 1950, and a 1960, 70, 80...you get the idea...right up to this 2013 edition, and asked someone a stone's throw away to identify them by year, I doubt if even the most seasoned motorcycle enthusiast or journalist could get more than half of them right.
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Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Apr 19, 2013 11:48 am

A great discussion this week on this classic motorcycle! Is it retro? Is it outdated? Is it Cool? Should be it updated? Should it remain unchanged for another 50 years? If you haven't added your 2 cents in the discussion, what are you waiting for? :2cents:


Your Coolness Factor of the 2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500 B5 EFI is..

Awesome (3 points) 34% 34% [ 11 ]
Cool (2 points) 44% 44% [ 14 ]
Uncool (1 point) 16% 16% [ 5 ]
Fail (0 point) 6% 6% [ 2 ]

Total votes : 32

Average points per vote: 66/32 = 2.06
Standardized to a maximum of 3 points: 1.92/3 x 100 = 68.8
...Therefore, this bike ranks a Coolwall Factor of 68.8%

Remember! EVERY VOTE counts, not just the majority. So ALWAYS vote how you feel, even if you are the only one voting for that catagory.
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Unread post by BobK » Sun Apr 21, 2013 2:31 pm

There are several things about the styling of the new Royal Enfields that don't look right to me, especially the huge muffler. The recently-announced 2014 cafe racer looks good, though:

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Unread post by Vespa » Tue May 07, 2013 10:12 pm

If the seat, tank shape and logo were different, this would be amazing. Preferences. That typed, it's nice.

On a related note, I don't get how easily people dish out the dislike. Also, do some due diligence before coming to a conclusion about a bike (or anything). Like most of you, I love a lot of bikes... but nothing puts a smile on my face quite like my Enfield. It's just fun to ride - and as a glance at a spec sheet should tell you, it's not a '55 bike. It does have the great Brit looks (and, to a degree, feel), though. It's also easy to work on.

Again, to each their own, but if there were a selection of vintage looking bikes available (and thankfully, there are more than there were - come to the states, W800), that would be great. I'd love to see cars with more style, too. For the most part, modern days vehicles lack the style of those from bygone days. Retro looks with modern technology? Sold.

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