Royal Enfield Bullet:
- The Royal Enfield spans cruisers, cafe racer and now an adventure tourer.
- Royal Enfield is one of the oldest motorcycle makers in the world.
- The Himalayan adventure tourer is Royal Enfield’s latest offering.
There’s no simple answer to this question. From the Classic Bullet look to new age cruisers and even an adventure touring motorcycle in the Himalayan, Royal Enfield has a wide range of motorcycles on offer. For some, it may be the ‘60s British Design, the aura of the retro bike which has been in service for over half a century and for others, it may be a ‘do everything’ bike; for the daily commute, for leisure riding and even for the occasional long-distance ride. Which is the Best Royal Enfield bike?
Best Royal Enfields:
There’s no denying that Royal Enfield motorcycles attract a cult following, be it the seasoned ‘Bullet lover’ or the new bike for whom nothing else but a Royal Enfield would do. The reasons for this following are many-from brand loyalty, street presence, and the go-anywhere, rock-solid image of Royal Enfield bikes. But which Royal Enfield bikes on sale, and what each model offers, in terms of performance, fuel economy, and styling.
The Bullet 350 still retains the Classic, age-old looks of the original 1950s Bullet, and it still commands a loyal fan following. The Bullet 350 is only available in black with the traditional hand-painted gold pinstripes on the tank and the Royal Enfield motif faithful to period-specific looks. A single round headlight with the ‘classic’ pilot lights in the same casing, triangular side panels with toolkit storage and a traditional rear fender with subframe complete the period look of the Bullet.
The Royal Enfield 500 offers the same iconic, timeless design of the legendary Bullet, but gets a more powerful heart-a 500cc unit construction engine with twin-spark ignition. Visually, the Bullet 500 looks quite similar to the Bullet 350 but the 500 is available in three different shades- black, marshy grey and forest green. There are some minor changes like the ribbed seat, different tire tread pattern and the inclusion of a front disc brake.
As the name suggests, the Bullet 500 gets a bump in displacement-powered by a UCE which displaces 499cc and is fed by a carburetor with a throttle position sensor, unlike the fuel-injected Classic 500. The rest of the cycle parts are similar to the Bullet 350, but the 500 gets a 280mm front disc brake and better illumination, courtesy a powerful 55w halogen headlight. Unlike the Bullet 350, the Bullet 500 gets a slightly smaller 18-inch rear wheel.
The Royal Enfield Bullet Electra us a Bullet 350 with some cosmetic tweaks and minor upgrades. The silhouette is unmistakably Bullet, but the Electra gets added chrome, in the front and rear fenders and the embossed Royal Enfield on the fuel tank. This traditional hand-painted pinstriping is given a miss, as is the tank motif. The taillight is different as well, and the Bullet Electra is available in four different shades-silver, black, blue and red. Both wheels on the Bullet Electra are 19-inch spoked wheels. Its engine is the same as that of Bullet 350.
The Royal Enfield Classic 350 is the most popular and highest selling Royal Enfield. It follows the similar silhouette of the Bullet, but gets a nip and a tuck, with redesigned fenders, new taillight section, optional upswept exhaust, and a split seat, with a sprung rider’s seat. The rear wheel size is an 18-inches while the front retains the 19-inch rim of the Bullet.
This is for the retro lovers-with split seats, with the option of removing the rear seat and flashy colors, yet retaining the simple design of the original.
The Royal Enfield Classic 500 has a near identity looks of the Classic 350, following the timeless Bullet silhouette, but with some cosmetic changes. Visually, the only difference between the Classic 350 and the Classic 500 is on the clutch and brake levers; while the Classic 350 gets all-black levers, the 500 gets buffed, chrome finished levers. And of course, the Classic 500 is available in distinct paint schemes, and with several iterations, like the Classic Desert Storm, Classic Squadron Blue, and Classic Chrome, the last one with additional chrome treatment on the body.
The Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 is the entry-level cruiser from the Royal Enfield stable. For cruiser fan, the Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 offers classic cruiser styling and is the first Royal Enfield which was marketed as a true cruiser adventure bike all rolled into one. Its engine is still the same as the Classic 350, but the Thunderbird gets more features; a 20-liter tank for extended range, a digital meter console, split seats with removable rear seats which can be used as a luggage carrier and an LED taillight.
The Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 is the bigger, more powerful sibling in the Thunderbird duo. Bigger doesn’t mean in size, it’s identical to the Thunderbird 350, but the engine gets the 500 cc powerplant and it gets electronic fuel injection. Many Thunderbird owners use their bikes for the most part within the city, and if this is the primary usage area, then it is better to stick with the 350, primarily because it offers a better fuel economy.
The Royal Enfield Continental GT is the cafe racer in the Royal Enfield stable. It offers a ‘60s cafe’ racer design harking back to an era where cafe racers were quite the rage in Europe. The engine is also a stroked out of the version of the 500cc UCE, and the Continental GT gets a displacement bump to 535cc, the largest displacing engine on any Royal Enfield on sale right now.
The Royal Enfield Himalayan is the newest from the Royal Enfield stable and it breaks new ground-quite literally. The Himalayan is the first purpose-built adventure tourer from the Royal Enfield and its development is actually borne out of something Royal Enfield owners have been doing with their bikes for quite sometimes. Almost every Royal Enfield owner’s desire to go on a long ride-whether is from a city to city, state to the city, state to state, and even in the highest roads in the world- the Himalayas.
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