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Royal Enfield Bullet Trials 500

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Key specs
  • Displacement499 cc
  • Transmission5 Speed Manual
  • Kerb Weight192 kg

Last known Avg. Ex-showroom price

₹ 2,07,088

Royal Enfield Bullet Trials 500 is now discontinued in India.

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Royal Enfield Bullet Trials 500 Summary

Bullet Trials 500 key highlights

Engine Capacity 499 cc
Transmission 5 Speed Manual
Kerb Weight 192 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 13.5 litres
Seat Height 800 mm
Max Power 27.2 bhp

About Bullet Trials 500

Based on the Bullet, Royal Enfield’s longest running model, is the Bullet Trials 500 featuring a classic scrambler-styling. It pays tribute to the RE’s Trials motorcycle upon which Johnny Brittain won 50 championships at Trials competition from 1948 to 1965. To differentiate from the standard Bullet that it is based upon, the Bullet Trials 500 sports a handlebar brace, fork gaiters, luggage rack instead of a pillion seat, upswept exhaust and protective housing for the headlamp. In order to make the bike appealing, Royal Enfield has painted the chassis in green in order for the 500 to stand out in the crowd. It also gets chromed highlights on the tank along with pinstriping.
 
The Bullet Trials 500 is powered by the same 499cc single-cylinder air-cooled unit that is capable of producing 27.2bhp and 41.3Nm mated to a five-speed gearbox. For suspension duties, the motorcycle comes with telescopic forks up front and twin shock absorber at the rear. Braking is done by disc brakes at both ends and is equipped with dual-channel ABS. In order to complete its scrambler look, the Bullet 500 Trials comes with 19-inch front and 18-inch spoke wheels shod with dual purpose tyres.
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Royal Enfield Bullet Trials 500 Expert Opinion

  • Good Things

    • The dual-purpose tyres offer good grip in off-road
    • The raised exhaust is a boon during monsoon
    • The 500cc engine is known for its mid-range torque
  • Could be Better

    • Doesn’t get pillion seat
    • Difficult to stand-up and ride

BikeWale's Take

The Royal Enfield Bullet Trials 500 is a soft-roader that can do a bit of off-road easily, thanks to its dual-purpose tyres. The 500cc engine has oodles of torque that makes city as well as highway touring comfortable. But the seat isn’t comfortable, and the bike is available in limited paint scheme option.

Royal Enfield Bullet Trials 500 Review

Royal Enfield loves to tell a story, and this time, the story takes us back to 1948. That’s the year this brand got into the world of Trials racing, with the 350cc trials bike. 

Introduction

Royal Enfield loves to tell a story, and this time, the story takes us back to 1948. That’s the year this brand got into the world of Trials racing, with the 350cc trials bike. And now, it has revived the same concept in India, through two bikes – the Bullet Trials 350 and the Bullet Trials 500. Both bikes are meant to look retro, cool, rugged and have been launched to pay homage to Johnny Brittain – a legendary trials rider from England. So, to make us experience the world of trials racing and also understand the Bullet 500 Trials, Royal Enfield developed a series of courses at 19 Degrees North at Lonavala. 

The Visuals

One glance at the Bullet 500 Trials, and you’ll see that it’s not the regular Royal Enfield. The combination of khakee green frame and the presence of single seat gives it out. Then there’s also the luggage rack that brings out the ruggedness of the motorcycle, along with the utilitarian aspect. The large upswept exhaust might look hideous at first, but as times pass by, it gels well with the concept of a soft-roader.

The headlamp grill, which is optional, does enhances the overall appeal of the bike. And then there’s the most lovable aesthetic – chrome, something that you will find in plenty on this bike. The black fork gaiters are inspired by the Himalayan – Royal Enfield’s actual off-road motorcycle. 

The Package

Mechanically, not a lot of things have changed. The 500cc single-cylinder air-cooled engine churns out the same 27.2bhp at 5250rpm and peak torque of 41.3Nm at 4000rpm. The five-speed gearbox hasn’t been played with. But the sub-frame has been heavily revised. In fact, the sub-frame is from the Classic that has been modified to accommodate the luggage rack. The suspension setup hasn’t been touched, as a result, the ground clearance remains unchanged at 135mm.

This bike gets revised ergonomics, thanks to the addition of a slightly taller and purposeful handlebar, which also gets an integrated cross-bar. All these new additions have decreased the kerb weight of the bike to 192kgs. To complete the trials look and performance, the Bullet 500 Trials gets specially developed CEAT Pro Gripp dual-purpose tyres. The safety net of the bike is being taken care of by a dual-channel ABS system, which by the way, can’t be switched off. 

The Ride

The ride was limited to dirt track and some trails – all low speed ones. That hardly mattered though. It was enough to just have fun with this Royal Enfield. Because, believe it or not, the bike got through most of the obstacles with ease. The major credit for it, however, goes to that 500cc motor that is known for its torque spread and gives the ability to chug around with ease. The new taller handlebar is easy to hold on to and ride, even when you stand. But the footpegs position and the standard Bullet frame geometry doesn’t allow anyone to stand-up and ride for long, even those with average Indian height. 

Surprisingly, it was easy to take the Bullet 500 Trials through the man-made tight corners. The weight balance was good, but only when in motion. At idle, it’s a bit of a work for the Bullet to move around. The traditional suspension setup took all the beating, but the lack of travel at both ends meant the sump guard (which is optional) had to go through a lot of abuse. 

 

The brakes are just fine. It does a decent job of stopping the bike, but lacks the bite and feel that one wants from a bike of this size. Unfortunately, there’s no way to directly switch off the ABS on the bike – something that I was really craving for during the entire test duration. 

The Conclusion

The Bullet 500 Trials isn’t just another Royal Enfield motorcycle. It’s definitely different! It has a history that you can allude to with pride. It even has an aesthetic appearance that is calculated to be a crowd pleaser. But that’s about it. The Bullet Trials 500 is definitely not a motorcycle to go for if you are keen on dirt-riding. It’s not practical enough to go off the road for long, like you can on the Himalayan. But if you like the concept of a single-seat motorcycle, then the Trials could entice you. At Rs 2.07 lakhs (ex-showroom), the Bullet 500 Trials is priced just Rs 6000 above the standard Classic 500. For the extra Rs 6000, you get to be a part of a very limited group because this bike definitely won’t sell in good numbers. 

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Specifications

  • Power & PerformancePower & Performance

    Fuel Type Petrol

    Max Power 27.2 bhp @ 5,250 rpm

    Max Torque 41.3 Nm @ 4,000 rpm

    Cooling System Air Cooled

    Transmission 5 Speed Manual

    Transmission Type Chain Drive

    Emission Standard BS-IV

    Displacement 499 cc

    Cylinders 1

    Bore 84 mm

    Stroke 90 mm

    Valves Per Cylinder 2

    Compression Ratio 8.5 : 1

    Ignition Digital electronic ignition

    Spark Plugs 1 Per Cylinder

    Clutch Wet multiplate

    Fuel Delivery System Fuel Injection

    Fuel Tank Capacity 13.5 litres

    Reserve Fuel Capacity 2.5 litres

    Riding Range Maximum distance a petrol bike can travel on a full fuel tank and an electric bike can travel on a full charge --

    Mileage - ARAI --

    Mileage - Owner Reported BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. --

    Top Speed --

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  • Brakes, Wheels & SuspensionBrakes, Wheels & Suspension

    Braking System CBS, IBS, SBT, UBS, HBS - Combined braking of both front and rear wheel | ABS - Anti-lock braking system which can be just for front wheel (single channel) or both wheels (dual channel) or can be switched off (switchable) | E-ABS - Electronic assisted braking system | Standard - Cable operated Dual Channel ABS

    Front Brake Type Disc

    Front Brake Size 280 mm

    Rear Tyre Size 110 / 80 - 18” - 62 P

    Tyre Type Tubed

    Radial Tyres No

    Rear Brake Type Disc

    Rear Brake Size 240 mm

    Calliper Type Front-2-piston caliper, Rear- Single Piston

    Wheel Type Spoke

    Front Wheel Size 19 inch

    Rear Wheel Size 18 inch

    Front Tyre Size 90 / 90 - 19” - 52 P

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider) --

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider) --

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) --

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) --

    Front Suspension Telescopic, 35 mm forks, 130 mm travel

    Rear Suspension Twin gas charged shock- absorbers with 5-step adjustable preload, 80 mm travel

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  • Dimensions & ChassisDimensions & Chassis

    Kerb Weight 192 kg

    Overall Length 2,080 mm

    Overall Width 805 mm

    Wheelbase 1,380 mm

    Ground Clearance 135 mm

    Seat Height 800 mm

    Overall Height 1,123 mm

    Chassis Type Single Downtube,Using Engine As Stressed Member

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Features

Odometer Analogue

DRLs (Daytime running lights) --

Mobile App Connectivity --

Pillion BackrestNo

Pillion GrabrailNo

Pillion SeatNo

GPS & Navigation --

USB charging port --

Front storage box --

Under seat storage --

AHO (Automatic Headlight On) --

Speedometer Analogue

Fuel Guage Yes

Tachometer --

Stand Alarm Yes

Stepped Seat No

No. of Tripmeters --

Tripmeter Type --

Low Fuel Indicator Yes

Low Oil Indicator Yes

Low Battery Indicator Yes

Pillion FootrestNo

Digital Fuel GuageNo

Start TypeElectric Start

Shift LightNo

KillswitchYes

ClockNo

Electric System12V - DC (III Phase)

Battery12V, 12AH MF

Headlight TypeHalogen Bulb Type

Headlight Bulb Type12V, H4-60/55W (Halogen)

Brake/Tail Light12V, P21/5W

Turn Signal12V, R10W X 4 Nos.

Pass LightYes

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  •  5Royalty 1 year ago by Tanish Sharma, Sambhal

    I like this bike because of this royalty , comfort , price , designing. I love this bike for its color . It's is good for long distances driving. It is good for looks. And in this finances facility is also available. Me and my friend's enjoy it's ride . And also remembe

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  •  5Bike like a tiger 2 years ago by Aj, Ahmedabad

    This bike is awesome.I have this bike and i Am very happy with this bike.I am getting great experience with this bike.My life's best movement enjoy with this bike. This bike like a real tiger.This bike's seat is very comfortable.This bike riding is awesome. I am always

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  •  2Review 2 years ago by Vikram, Noida

    Nothing exciting in this bike except for dual channel. Exhaust is raised to make it look attractive and aggressive. No major design change. Feels like came old bike being ridden on the roads of punjab village with customized silencer. Heavy bike with better breaking and

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  •  2Turning the pages of history 2 years ago by Sumit Singhal, New Delhi

    Why royal enfield is more interested in turning the pages of history rather than giving us an all purpose neo-retro bike. With classic they have tasted success but it seems they have not analyzed the reasons for their success properly. Limited edition variants of classi

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