At the height of the World War II, Royal Enfield made a resilient 125cc motorcycle, designed to be deployed behind enemy lines via parachutes. Fondly recalled as ‘The Flying Flea’, they became quick mobility platform for the forward units of the Airborne Pegasus Regiment. The new Classic 500 Pegasus edition is a tribute to that great story from the war never told.

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Which bullet would you shoot yourself with? Here are your options
Welcome to British Iron Roulette. First, a few facts: 1. Every two minutes theres a Bullet rider pushing his broken-down bike up a lonely road. 2. Theres usually enough oil on a Bullets engine for the USA to consider attacking it. 3. Bullets make their riders go weak in the knees – through endless frustrating kicks. 4. Contact Breaker points break more hearts than points. 5. Finding true happiness with a Bullet is like finding the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. 5. Bullet riders seem to find it. To them, its a fairytale that never ends.

The new UCE Bullets have been around for a while now, and are said to change all of this – except that last part, of course. The soul of the old engine without any of its quirks, its said. Change, it seems, is inevitable – even for Royal Enfields. Whats more, theyre even said to be reliable and easy to maintain. Naturally, die-hard Bulleteers are outraged at this sacrilege that makes life easier for them and attracts riders of other lesser motorcycles into their fold. I, however, welcome any change that makes REs easy to live with and decided to verify that claim. Why? Because a 75 350 has owned me since before I was born. Lets get down to the shooting, shall we?

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ENGINE
Type :
Single Cylinder, 4 stroke, Aircooled, Electronic Fuel injection
Displacement :
499cc
Bore x stroke :
84mm x 90mm
Compression Ratio :
8.5 : 1
Maximum Power :
27.2 bhp @ 5250 rpm
Maximum Torque :
41.3 Nm @ 4000 rpm
Gearbox :
5 Speed


CHASSIS & SUSPENSION
Type :
Single downtube, using engine as stressed member
Front suspension :
Telescopic, 35mm forks, 130mm travel
Rear suspension :
Twin gas charged shock absorbers with 5-step adjustable preload, 80mm


DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase :
1370 mm
Ground Clearance :
135 mm
Length :
2140 mm
Width :
790 mm (Without Mirrors)
Height :
1090 mm (Without Mirrors)
Kerb Weight (with 90% Fuel ) :
194 Kg
Fuel Capacity :
13.5 Ltr


BRAKES & TYRES
Tyres Fr. :
90/90 - 19
Tyres Rr. :
120/80 - 18
Brakes Front :
280mm Disc, 2-Piston caliper
Brakes Rear :
240mm Disc, Single piston caliper