The Bullet 500 is a significant motorcycle in a sense that it is one of the longest running motorcycles to be in continuous production since its introduction in 1932. No, it doesn’t have the latest tech or most power, but it brings the rider back to the quintessential era of motorcycling that is pure and simple—and that’s who it is geared for, those looking for a pure and simple ride. From the hand-painted fuel tank to the halogen bulb, or the 499cc single-cylinder engine to the electric/kick starter, the Bullet has character and soul. As we have stated in the past, you can “click into fifth gear on the road and it feels like five decades ago; cruising under 65 mph gives just enough ‘space’ between combustion events and is one of the simple joys.”
The Bullet 500 was badged as one of ten motorcycles with soul and character by Cycle World staff. One of the main attractions being the single’s sound. “Essential elements of a big (formerly) British Single? The ‘Beat,’ as Royal Enfield calls it. It’s that sound that booms out as if emanating from the bowels of the Earth.”
Buyer’s interested in the Bullet 500 may also look toward Royal Enfield’s own Classic 500, the Honda Rebel 500, Kawasaki W800, Yamaha V Star 125, or Suzuki VanVan.
No major updates for this classically-styled ride. It is available in a simple Jet Black for $4,999.