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– 2012 Royal Enfield Bullet C5 Military Battle Green / Desert Storm Review
2012 Royal Enfield Bullet C5 Military Battle Green / Desert Storm
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.
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.
The Bullet 500 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 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 is all about romancing with history on today’s terms.
2012 Royal Enfield Bullet C5 Military Battle Green / Desert Storm Features
– Styled after the iconic Bullet 350
– Classic one-color design with winged tank badge
– All-new, fully-integrated unit construction engine
– Improved suspension, higher cruising speeds, and better handling
– Incredible 85 mpg fuel economy*
– Built to meet Euro III and other modern emissions standards
– Industry-leading 2 year, unlimited-mileage manufacturer warranty
* Estimate based on initial mileage reports
2012 Royal Enfield Bullet C5 Military Battle Green / Desert Storm – North American Specifications
USA/Canada MSRP Price – Starting at: $5495 (49 State), $5695 (California). Taxes, location and other charges may apply.
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
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
2012 Royal Enfield Bullet C5 Military Battle Green / Desert Storm – Europe Specifications
EU MSRP Price – Price (On The Road): £4250*
Engine Single Cylinder, 4-Stroke,
Bore and stroke 84 x 90mm
Maximum Torque 41.3Nm @ 4000rpm
Power 20.3KW, 27bhp @ 5250 rpm
Ignition system Electronic; Kick & Electric Start
Fuel Feed Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI)
Transmission 5-speed gearbox with left foot gear change
Petrol Tank Capacity 14.5 litres/2L reserve (21 litres Clubman)
Fuel Consumption 79.6 mpg (Under Euro III test conditions)
Clutch Wet multiplate
Braking System Front – 280mm Disc; rear – 152mm Drum
Suspension Telescopic front forks, Gas filled rear shocks
Dimensions Length – 2160mm
Dimensions Width – 800mm
Dimensions Height – 1050mm
Seat Height (Electra/Trials/Woodsman) 820mm
Seat Height (Classic) 790mm
Wheel Base 1370mm
Ground Clearance 140mm
Weight Kerb (with fuel) 187kg
Tyres Front – 90 x 90 – 19″
Tyres Rear – 100 x 90 – 19″
Electrics 12V System
Fuel Unleaded Petrol
All prices include VAT at the current rate and ‘On The Road’ charges (First registration fee, road tax, delivery to the dealer, registration plate and pre-delivery inspection).
2012 Royal Enfield Bullet C5 Military Battle Green / Desert Storm – Indian Specifications
Indian MSRP Price – See dealer for country pricing.
TypeSingle Cylinder, 4 stroke
Bore x stroke84mm x 90mm
Compression Ratio8.5 : 1
Maximum Power27.2 bhp @ 5250 rpm
Maximum Torque41.3 Nm @ 4000 rpm
Ignition SystemDigital Electronic Ignition
Gearbox5 Speed Constant Mesh
Engine Oil15 W 50 API, SL Grade JASO MA
Fuel SupplyKeihin Electronic Fuel Injection
Air CleanerPaper Element
Chassis / Suspension
TypeSingle downtube, using engine as stressed member
Front suspensionTelescopic, 35mm forks, 130mm travel
Rear suspensionTwin gas charged shock absorbers with 5-step adjustable preload, 80mm travel
Brakes / Tyres
Tyres Fr.3.25 x 19
Tyres Rr.3.50 x 19
Brakes Front280mm Disc, 2-Piston caliper
Brakes Rear153mm Drum, Single Lead Internal Expanding
Ground Clearance135 mm
Kerb Weight187 Kg (with 90% Fuel & Oil)
Fuel Capacity14.5 Ltr (3.2Gallon)
Electrical System12 volt – DC
Battery12 volt, 14 Ah
Head Lamp60 W / 55 W, HALOGEN
Tail Lamp21 W / 5 W
Turn Signal Lamp-
All specifications are provisional and subject to change without notice.