There’s nothing like a classic!
In fact, when it comes to the original 1931 Royal Enfield Bullets, there’s no classic like a bullet. The Classic series is Royal Enfield’s attempt to get back to the post-war designs that made them the massive, international motorcycle-manufacturing giant that they are today.
The Future is Chrome, but So Is the Past
Royal Enfield as we know it today is at a quite different than where it started, both metaphorically and literally. The Enfield Cycle Company was founded in 1901 in England, where it was headquartered for decades until the British wing of the company went out of business in 1978.
Fortunately, for fans of the Royal Enfield Classic 500 Chrome, the Indian wing of Royal Enfield, founded in 1955, is still going strong despite the closure of the British headquarters all these decades ago. First produced in 2009, the Classic shows no sign of stopping.
The Original Design
The purpose of the Classic 500 was to get back to the post-war aesthetics of the world-renowned Bullet 350 and Bullet 500 that were first produced in 1931, of course with all the power and design expected of a modern Royal Enfield cruiser.
This particular model, the Classic 500 Chrome, features a polished chrome finish that shines so bright and so clean that it’s capable of reflecting your face, the sky, and the scenery through which you’re cruising.
Too New or Too Good for Changes?
One way or another, there has only been one generation of the Classic 500 Chrome, despite the various versions (Pegasus, Stealth Black, Squadron Blue, etcetera).
Royal Enfield Bullet Classic 500 (2009-present)
From Chrome to Pegasus, all of these motorcycles share nearly identical design specifications. In fact, the 2013 models for each of these aesthetics features the engine common to almost all of Royal Enfield’s motorcycles: a four-stroke, single cylinder, OHV engine.
The displacement for the Classic 500s comes in at 499cc; is equipped with electronic fuel-injection (EFI) systems, wet sump lubrication, and a classic air-cooled cooling system; and is capable of producing the same 27.2 horsepower at 5,200 rpm as almost every single other Bullet ever produced.
Of course, when Royal Enfield is concerned, news of grandiose changes to the engine of the Bullet series is little more than an equally grandiose delusion. The output potential of the Bullet engines hasn’t changed much in just about 90 years, and likely won’t be changing anytime soon.
Multiple Classic 500s have been seen on set of various films and TV productions, including at least five in total.
Social groups for any particular subseries within the greater Bullet series are some of the most populated motorcycle fan groups on the internet. In fact, this Facebook group dedicated to the Royal Enfield Classic 500 has more than 61,000 likes.
Royal Enfield Bullet Classic 500 Chrome – Just as Great Today as in 1931
The Royal Enfield Bullet 500, whether it comes in chrome or any of the other finishes, is a smooth-riding cool design that hasn’t gone out of style since being introduced just about 90 years ago.