|Fuel Type||Engine Capacity||Transmission Type||Power||Torque||Fuel Efficiency|
|petrol||499cc||Manual||27PS @ 5250RPM||41NM @ 4000RPM||34kmpl|
The Royal Enfield Classic 500, compared to that of its younger sibling, the Classic 350, shares the same platform except for the power mill and there are other little modifications that are made to meet the requirements of this 500cc classic machine. This war-era design is a hit and has found many takers across the Globe.
The Royal Enfield draws its design inspiration from the old school vintage riding machines and the Indian manufacturer has cleverly restored the same vintage design with the addition of modern elements to the motorcycle. The round headlamps, wide handlebars, upright riding position, single-seat option are taken out directly from the vintage motorcycles and the engine is mounted on the bed of a cradle frame which was one of the most commonly used types of frames in the good olden days. The frame supports the engine and acts a stressed member to absorb all the shocks on the road.
When it comes to features, Royal Enfield has implied all of the classic themes into this new generation Classic 500. The headlamp features a halogen bulb and the two eye lamps on either side of the top of the headlamp to replicate old school charm. The instrument cluster is a large single dial and consists of an analogue speedometer with tell-tale lights. The Classic 500 comes with individual rider and pillion seats, which can also transform it into a single-seater if one wishes so. It comes with a long, chrome-finished exhaust pipe which goes well with the retro-styled rear.
The Classic 500 is provided with a 280mm disc with a two-piston calliper up front and another disc at the back with a single-piston. With a recent update, the Classic 500 is also equipped with an ABS system.
Powering the Royal Enfield Classic 500 is the 499cc single-cylinder air-cooled engine that delivers the maximum power of 27.2bhp at 5250rpm and a maximum torque of 41.3Nm at 4000 rpm. Transmission duties are handled by a 5-speed gearbox which is operated via a heel-n-toe shifter. The engine feels healthy and lays down its torque well, however, there are vibrations to be felt in the initial and top range of the powerband. However, the going is smooth between speeds of 50 - 90 km/h, where the long-stroke motor shines in a relaxed and lazy manner.
The Classis 500 returns 22 km/l in city conditions and that number goes up when the bike hits an open stretch. The fuel-injected, large capacity single isn't all about efficiency though and expects figures between 20 - 25 km/l in the real world.
The Royal Enfield Classic 500 is a heavy machine and it feels like one if you try to manoeuvre it like its a machine that can be flicked. However, ridden upright, the bike feels relaxed and stable in a straight line. It isn't a corner carver though. The rear springs are set to the softer side and it shows once you get a pillion at the back. Front forks are pretty basic but do the job just fine.
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