The Royal Enfield Classic Chrome is based on the Classic 500 with a rather generous dose of chrome on it. Like the Classic 500, the new Classic Chrome retains the quintessential British styling of the 1950s: simple, harmonious, well proportioned. The Chrome sports a seat with a leather finish and adds to the visual appeal of the motorcycle. Built of old-fashioned metal, in clean elegant lines of Chrome combined with a rich paint finish, the design of the Royal Enfield Classic Chrome is a tribute to the retro look of post war British motorcycles.

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Engine

500cc, sinlg cylinder, 4 stroke, spark ignition, air cooled, OHV engine produces 41.3 Nm of torque.

Headlamp

The headlight casing features the Tiger Eye Lamps for that Bullet look. The headlamp is traditional but with a powerful halogen bulb to provide good illumination.

Seat

Single saddle seat with springs provides maximum comfort for luxurious and relaxing ride.

Silencer

Aesthetically designed short silencer for that 1950s look. Available as an optional accessory for off-road use only.

Tail lights

Vintage tail lamp assembly features a classic design.

Tank

Finely crafted tank with post war era graphics and thigh pads make for a vintage look.

Tool Box

Tool box with classic design.

Brakes

Front: 19 inch Rear: 18 inch

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Royal Enfields compared - Bullet proof

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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Royal Enfield Classic 500 Test Ride Review

Bike tested: 2011 Royal Enfield Classic 500
Price OTR Mumbai: 1,50,600/-
If you delve deep into the history of Indian motorcycling, you are sure to come across the name of one such company that has delivered some of the most iconic and respected motorcycles. It is the “Royal Enfield”. I am sure giving any kind of introduction about this company is absolutely pointless so we come straight to the topic. This company has launched the CLASSIC 500 and the 350 and we decided to test the 500 to check out if this machine has the same vibrancy like the old icons and also does it make sense in the current Indian era.

Styling – The advent of many Japanese and European motorcycles in India in the past decade has changed the styling game of the industry. Bikes that used to look simple have grown to look mean, fast machines oozing performance from all their recesses and design cues. This bike, the Classic 500 however, is not worried about these changes of time and continues with its same design philosophy. If you have seen the Bullets of the past, then you will agree that one look at this bike, and it looks no different than the earlier ones. The rounded headlamps, large fuel tank, magnificent wheel arches, rounded tail lamp all reflect the same retro design philosophy which can get you into a state of nostalgia (if you are a true bullet fan). So, the point that I am trying to make here is that you don’t start looking at this as a new bike but an evolution that has maintained the same genre of the past with a fusion of the present technology.

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ENGINE
Type :
Single Cylinder, 4 stroke, Twinspark, Aircooled
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
Ignition System :
Digital Electronic Ignition
Clutch :
Wet, multi-plate
Gearbox :
5 Speed Constant Mesh
Lubrication :
Wet sump
Engine Oil :
15 W 50 API, SL Grade & above, JASO MA
Fuel Supply :
Electronic Fuel Injection
Air Cleaner :
Paper Element
Engine Start :
Electric/Kick


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 travel


DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase :
1360 mm
Ground Clearance :
135 mm
Length :
2140 mm
Width :
790 mm
Height :
1090 mm
Kerb Weight (with 90% Fuel ) :
190 Kg (with 90% Fuel & Oil)
Fuel Capacity :
13.5 Ltr


BRAKES & TYRES
Tyres Fr. :
90/90 - 19(Domestic), 90/90 - 18(Export)
Tyres Rr. :
120/80 - 18(Domestic), 110/80 - 18(Export)
Brakes Front :
280mm Disc, 2-Piston caliper
Brakes Rear :
153mm Drum, Single Lead Internal Expanding


ELECTRICALS
Electrical System :
12 volt - DC
Battery :
12 volt, 14 Ah
Head Lamp :
60 W / 55 W, HALOGEN
Tail lamp :
21 W / 5 W