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BULLET CLASSIC TESTED
  • BULLET CLASSIC TESTED

    created by: Arnab12:00 AMSun, August 2, 2009
  • Dudes here I have a good news for all.?The long waited Royal Enfield Bullet Classic 500 with Efi is going to be launched in India within the end of this year(2009) or begining of 2010.I have tested three bikes so far in Bangalore and their performance was greater than the Twinsparkand 500 LB.The test was done on two bikes on Chennai-Bangalore highway and they returned a mileage of 40 km on highway and the ones I tested in Bangalore returned a mileage of 30 km to 35 km.Not Bad For A Royal Enfield.It is expected to be launched at a price level of Rs.1,35,000 to Rs.1,50,000 because the current level of pricing of the TBTS and Machismo 500 are Rs.1,13,000 and Rs.1,16,000.Sorry guys I was not able to take pics of those bikes as the Folks at R.E. didn't allow me to take one.Keep Thumping And Waiting. ADHARSH.S

  • James Kane

    09:05 AM Tue, October 27, 2009
  • Hi All,
    I had heard about Classic and wasnt sure it will be in India. But yesterday when I went RE company's showroom to book my Machismo LB 500, for my surprise got to know that Machismo is discontinued :(. And RE is launching Classic next month tentetively. Well now thats a Bad news and a Good news respectively.

    What say!
    Sridhar G

  • Anshul Sarpal

    12:25 PM Fri, October 30, 2009
  • Hi All,
    I had heard about Classic and wasnt sure it will be in India. But yesterday when I went RE company's showroom to book my Machismo LB 500, for my surprise got to know that Machismo is discontinued :(. And RE is launching Classic next month tentetively. Well now thats a Bad news and a Good news respectively.

    What say!
    Sridhar G

    Hi,
    Yes the buzz is that, they're 'unvieling' the classic on 4th November!

    Regards,
    Sayantan

  • Dksingh Rajput

    07:33 PM Tue, November 3, 2009
  • Hey Adharsh, I am planning to Buy a Classic 500... i wanted to know how much is the differenceb/w the classic being launched inIndia ... and the one already abroad??
    thanks,
    Keep Riding

  • ATULKUMAR PANCHAL

    01:50 PM Wed, November 4, 2009
  • Hey Adharsh, I am planning to Buy a Classic 500... i wanted to know how much is the differenceb/w the classic being launched inIndia ... and the one already abroad??
    thanks,
    Keep Riding

    http://www.royalenfield.com/royal-enfield-classic/classic.html

  • manu manickum

    06:28 AM Thu, November 12, 2009
  • Checked out the Classic in the showroom yesterday... it has a sad thump.. not even close to the cast iron models.. Im not sure whether its a good decision to take the machismo out for the classic....

  • Avay Dash

    09:48 PM Thu, November 12, 2009
  • Whereisthis product positioned in the market? What are we trying to compete with?
    Since when did
    1. Better fuel economy, smooth, silent and vibration freeengine& great acceleration (MPFI)
    2. Convinience for universal rider (left gear right brake)
    become classic bullet traits???

    this is just a large motorcycle which may be a very good and technically advanced product but certainly not the 'Classic' type of classic that we grew up seeing our father and uncles ride.... Sorry if i ruined the party folks!!!

    I would go ahead and buy the black 500 classic right away if it is offered with a left brake and right gear shifterand the same old thump from the silencer. Until then........ sadly i have to make do with my trusted4 year old maruti zen....

  • Darshankumar Dave

    10:59 PM Thu, November 12, 2009
  • First one registered here in karnataka, lovely look.
    Its kind of small for my frame, but its an awesome bike. The bike feels great Pulls good (though i dd not pull beyond 50 ).
    maybe i need a 19" wheel. I;ll try later.

    My dad was an army officer, (his engine once was engulfed in flames thats the kind of enfields he rode in '74) and he says WTF is this , i said this is the current time

    will take some time for many to understand, self starter, UCE, thump factor, fall sensor, temp sensor, gas shock, hyderaulic tappets, EFI, twin wire accelerator.

    huge improvement actually.

  • Vadiraj M

    11:32 AM Fri, November 13, 2009
  • First one registered here in karnataka, lovely look.
    Its kind of small for my frame, but its an awesome bike. The bike feels great Pulls good (though i dd not pull beyond 50 ).
    maybe i need a 19" wheel. I;ll try later.

    My dad was an army officer, (his engine once was engulfed in flames thats the kind of enfields he rode in '74) and he says WTF is this , i said this is the current time

    will take some time for many to understand, self starter, UCE, thump factor, fall sensor, temp sensor, gas shock, hyderaulic tappets, EFI, twin wire accelerator.

    huge improvement actually.

    Congratulations on the new baby! looks pretty impressive!! How much did the bike cost you? I am from bangalore and presently in Sydney. Would be returning home in Feb - March. Very keen to get my hands on this beauty!!

  • Abhay Chauhan

    06:12 PM Sun, November 15, 2009
  • Whereisthis product positioned in the market? What are we trying to compete with?
    Since when did
    1. Better fuel economy, smooth, silent and vibration freeengine& great acceleration (MPFI)
    2. Convinience for universal rider (left gear right brake)
    become classic bullet traits???

    this is just a large motorcycle which may be a very good and technically advanced product but certainly not the 'Classic' type of classic that we grew up seeing our father and uncles ride.... Sorry if i ruined the party folks!!!

    I would go ahead and buy the black 500 classic right away if it is offered with a left brake and right gear shifterand the same old thump from the silencer. Until then........ sadly i have to make do with my trusted4 year old maruti zen....

    Dear Ankur, Dont go by the name when you have to judge the engine and performance of the new Bullet Classic 500 model. Its 'Classic' by looks but the engine is most modern UCE (Unit Construction Engine) with EFI (Electronic Fuel Induction). I ride a Standard Bullet 500cc and to respond to your above post:

    1. I've never heard anybody complain about a bike that has better fuel economy, smooth vibration free engine perormance and great acceleration. All Bullets with factory fitted silencers are "silent"; hence the silencer on the Bullet Classic would need to be replaced with louder silencer in order to hear its thump.

    2. Many of my friends have switched from Right side gear shifting to left side with their new bike with 5-speed gearbox and they all love it. I personally prefer the 4speed gearbox with right side gear shifting. That's why I didn't buy the Machismo 500. Hence its upto the rider to choose whether they want their Bullet with gear shifter on the right side or wrong side.

    When our dads and uncles rode their Bullets, Harley Davidsons and Triumphs were on the roads too and see where they've taken the "technology" as of today! The Bullets have evolved too but if you prefer the old technology, you can continue to ride the Standard Bullet like I do.
    The only model that meets your definition of a "Bullet" is the Std 350cc. Judging by your parameters all other models as of year 2009 aren't Bullets but you cants say that to people who ride them. Of course those are Bullets and they love their bikes!

    To sum it all up -
    1. Its a matter of individual taste what features you'd like in your Bullet.
    2. One cant judge which which Royal Enfield model IS a 'Bullet' and which is NOT. They're all Bullets to people riding them and the debate is pointless.

    I think new Bullet Classic has a VERY CLASSIC look from a distance. I will continue to ride my Std 500 until I've found a way to replace the 18" wheels on the Classic500 with 19" wheels.

    I'm wondering why you're riding your 4yr old Maruti Zen when you should be riding a Standard Bullet like me. Ride your Dad's "real" Bullet or pick up a new Standard 350cc.
    Ride safe!

    - Biplav

  • Abhay Chauhan

    06:17 PM Sun, November 15, 2009
  • Whereisthis product positioned in the market? What are we trying to compete with?
    Since when did
    1. Better fuel economy, smooth, silent and vibration freeengine& great acceleration (MPFI)
    2. Convinience for universal rider (left gear right brake)
    become classic bullet traits???

    this is just a large motorcycle which may be a very good and technically advanced product but certainly not the 'Classic' type of classic that we grew up seeing our father and uncles ride.... Sorry if i ruined the party folks!!!

    I would go ahead and buy the black 500 classic right away if it is offered with a left brake and right gear shifterand the same old thump from the silencer. Until then........ sadly i have to make do with my trusted4 year old maruti zen....

    I think new Bullet Classic has a VERY REAL CLASSIC look from a distance. I will continue to ride my Std 500 until I've found a way to replace the 18" wheels on the Classic500 with 19" wheels.
    I'm wondering why you're riding your 4yr old Zen when you should be riding a Standard Bullet like me. Ride your Dad's real Bullet or pick up a new Standard 350cc.


    Ride safe!

    - Biplav

  • Praful Kakaraddi

    01:30 PM Fri, November 20, 2009
  • First one registered here in karnataka, lovely look.
    Its kind of small for my frame, but its an awesome bike. The bike feels great Pulls good (though i dd not pull beyond 50 ).
    maybe i need a 19" wheel. I;ll try later.

    My dad was an army officer, (his engine once was engulfed in flames thats the kind of enfields he rode in '74) and he says WTF is this , i said this is the current time

    will take some time for many to understand, self starter, UCE, thump factor, fall sensor, temp sensor, gas shock, hyderaulic tappets, EFI, twin wire accelerator.

    huge improvement actually.

    I've to booked the classic 500(first in Guntur Vijayawada) so just eger to know if deliveries have started.thks for any news.

  • saravanan pm

    11:43 AM Tue, December 8, 2009
  • Hey fellas,
    I have finally booked my Bullet classic 350 last night.. They charged me 10000/- for booking. I did a test ride too.. It was really like flying.. i njoyed it even wen the ride was very short. The delivery might take around 50 days at the max...

    There was also little bit of disappointment to me when i came to know tat the exhaust shown in the website is not a part of the bike.. and we must pay an extra amoun tof 200 to fix it.. and the old exhaust is going to be handed over to me. I also cam to know tat the default exhaust which comes with Bullet classic 500 or 300 will not suite anyother prior bullet models.. and also tat the stylish bend exhaust which is shown in the website will not pass the Emission test as per the pollution control in INDIA. So just wanted to warn all my brothers over here about this..

    And one more thing is tat, the company do not provide any compliment to the customers.. i am not sure why.. as everyone know all the automobile companies around INDIA has their own compliments and gifts with their products.. people may say tat bullet is a unique bike and it has a big great heritage, yea i agree with it.. but these things make the customer happy.. even it can be a special Keyschain, with RE logo on it.. It will be a pride for us when we carry the key around... there are no RE gears in the showroom.. and wen i asked for one.. the answer was... the company has stopped such stuffs so we wnt get it anymore....

    I think all will agree tat bullet customers are really different from all the other brand bike customer.. we just dnt go and get a RE just like tat.. every one of us owning a bullet might have had the passion for the bike for many years before we owned one.. I am not sure if the company really have some respect for us..

    No body in the showroom cares what we are in there for.... we are left on our own.. not even when booking..? I dnt know how it is going to be while i take delivery... even worse it tat i came to know tat they are deliver us with a nearly empty tank and we need to fillup fuel when we take delivery...

    Any ways thanks folks for reading this... I am happy tat my dream is coming true atlast... and wen i see my bull i wnt even think abt all the above mentioned issues... but I think we all deserve some respect.. if not for tat we are choosing RE.. it might be for at least the cash tat we pay for the vehicle....

  • mahender kante

    06:12 AM Wed, December 9, 2009
  • Hey fellas,
    I have finally booked my Bullet classic 350 last night.. They charged me 10000/- for booking. I did a test ride too.. It was really like flying.. i njoyed it even wen the ride was very short. The delivery might take around 50 days at the max...

    There was also little bit of disappointment to me when i came to know tat the exhaust shown in the website is not a part of the bike.. and we must pay an extra amoun tof 200 to fix it.. and the old exhaust is going to be handed over to me. I also cam to know tat the default exhaust which comes with Bullet classic 500 or 300 will not suite anyother prior bullet models.. and also tat the stylish bend exhaust which is shown in the website will not pass the Emission test as per the pollution control in INDIA. So just wanted to warn all my brothers over here about this..

    And one more thing is tat, the company do not provide any compliment to the customers.. i am not sure why.. as everyone know all the automobile companies around INDIA has their own compliments and gifts with their products.. people may say tat bullet is a unique bike and it has a big great heritage, yea i agree with it.. but these things make the customer happy.. even it can be a special Keyschain, with RE logo on it.. It will be a pride for us when we carry the key around... there are no RE gears in the showroom.. and wen i asked for one.. the answer was... the company has stopped such stuffs so we wnt get it anymore....

    I think all will agree tat bullet customers are really different from all the other brand bike customer.. we just dnt go and get a RE just like tat.. every one of us owning a bullet might have had the passion for the bike for many years before we owned one.. I am not sure if the company really have some respect for us..

    No body in the showroom cares what we are in there for.... we are left on our own.. not even when booking..? I dnt know how it is going to be while i take delivery... even worse it tat i came to know tat they are deliver us with a nearly empty tank and we need to fillup fuel when we take delivery...

    Any ways thanks folks for reading this... I am happy tat my dream is coming true atlast... and wen i see my bull i wnt even think abt all the above mentioned issues... but I think we all deserve some respect.. if not for tat we are choosing RE.. it might be for at least the cash tat we pay for the vehicle....

    hi shyam, nice to read from you, which colour have you booked ? where are you from ? which (city)dealer you booked ? what is expected date of your dilivery? how much it wil coast you on road? sorry for askin you soo many questions in fact even i have booked classic 350 and paid 10000 for booking in mid of november and i just cant wait to see it well i have been told from my dealer that dilievery is expected by mid of dec, scence i booked every day i have been on bullet in board to check the latest news and topic of classic !!!! and i agree with you many of us dream and it takes years and years toprove it true, well shyam are you sure retro style is going to coast you only in 200rs itsnot bad if its true and along with that you will carry company fitted , well iwill definately have retro style and you must be knowing that bike (350) comes with rider and pillion seats , well after you can take the rear seat off with the saree guard which is company fitted,well you had an test ride as well how does it sound , if you wanna email me my email id is sahil_27@hotmail.co.uk as well as you can send me your mobil no ..........

  • amit gurjar

    07:28 PM Fri, December 11, 2009
  • First one registered here in karnataka, lovely look.
    Its kind of small for my frame, but its an awesome bike. The bike feels great Pulls good (though i dd not pull beyond 50 ).
    maybe i need a 19" wheel. I;ll try later.

    My dad was an army officer, (his engine once was engulfed in flames thats the kind of enfields he rode in '74) and he says WTF is this , i said this is the current time

    will take some time for many to understand, self starter, UCE, thump factor, fall sensor, temp sensor, gas shock, hyderaulic tappets, EFI, twin wire accelerator.

    huge improvement actually.

    hi dude. vishal from bengalooru.m planning to buy the classic 350 black.howz the performance n mileage.

  • Gopinath Sricandane

    08:56 AM Tue, December 22, 2009
  • I am somewhat worried abot riding from India to Nepal, as we do twice a year, with this EFI unit running the new 'Classic' 500....the fuel in Nepal is adulterated and of very poor quality and has previously given trouble to other fuel injected bikes...what to do huh??Mark from Shillong...

  • Rajesh K

    10:36 AM Wed, December 30, 2009
  • Hi guys.. m very much new in dis enfield world.. i have booked my 1st royal enfield {classic 350 (silver)} on last Wednesday.. dealer promised to give in 1st week of january.. so m very much excited and feeling proud... previously i was driving HONDA UNICORN.. is dere a big change in my life cuming..?? mohit.fromnoida@gmail.com

  • Dan Daniel

    08:20 PM Thu, December 31, 2009
  • Hi guys.. m very much new in dis enfield world.. i have booked my 1st royal enfield {classic 350 (silver)} on last Wednesday.. dealer promised to give in 1st week of january.. so m very much excited and feeling proud... previously i was driving HONDA UNICORN.. is dere a big change in my life cuming..?? mohit.fromnoida@gmail.com

    Mohit, i too have booked a classic 350. the dealer has said that it will take atleast a month to deliver. he also said that it usually takes 2 months. I am wondering how ur dealer can deliver in 2 weeks. I live in chennai and that is where RE bikes are made. Make sure the dealer is not lying. As far as the bike is concerned, it is a beautiful beast. I am waiting for the delivery very eagerly.

  • tulliballi shyam

    11:28 AM Mon, January 4, 2010
  • Hi guys.. m very much new in dis enfield world.. i have booked my 1st royal enfield {classic 350 (silver)} on last Wednesday.. dealer promised to give in 1st week of january.. so m very much excited and feeling proud... previously i was driving HONDA UNICORN.. is dere a big change in my life cuming..?? mohit.fromnoida@gmail.com

    Congrats Yaar...

    I got del. of my Classic 500 on 2 nd JAN..
    Enjoing riding on th Bull....
    very powerful engine ... jabardast pickup..

  • Amit Srivastava

    08:30 PM Mon, January 4, 2010
  • He Friends ,Plz advice is it true classic 350 is giving milage above 35 + km in standerd city ride condition.
    Or my Dealer is laying with me .

    Regards,
    Nilesh

  • NILESH PIMPLAPURE

    04:56 PM Wed, January 6, 2010
  • Whereisthis product positioned in the market? What are we trying to compete with?
    Since when did
    1. Better fuel economy, smooth, silent and vibration freeengine& great acceleration (MPFI)
    2. Convinience for universal rider (left gear right brake)
    become classic bullet traits???

    this is just a large motorcycle which may be a very good and technically advanced product but certainly not the 'Classic' type of classic that we grew up seeing our father and uncles ride.... Sorry if i ruined the party folks!!!

    I would go ahead and buy the black 500 classic right away if it is offered with a left brake and right gear shifterand the same old thump from the silencer. Until then........ sadly i have to make do with my trusted4 year old maruti zen....

    Hi Ankur,
    I was reading your post prior to buying the Classic, mine was a blind date, as i was in Chicago when i canceled my TB which had come for deliver and asked the delear to give me a classic, and after 20 days from my arrival i got the Classic and its now its more than a month since i am riding it and beleive me, you haven't lost anything of the bullet (the thump can be got by changing the silencer, though i like this mild thump) + so many more advantages like safetly (if not for these featue your friend here would have been in hospital by now :))
    more reliable, just starts no matter how cold it is. And above all
    Its Environmental friendly. which is of a very big concern now :)

    I was driving a maruti prior to this and also had a splendor, but nothing even comes near to the Classic, its simply an awesome bike, go get one and ride it to know it. :) As i said before, Classic is more than a bullet


  • Abhijeet Dubey

    08:58 AM Thu, January 7, 2010
  • He Friends ,Plz advice is it true classic 350 is giving milage above 35 + km in standerd city ride condition.
    Or my Dealer is laying with me .

    Regards,
    Nilesh

    Hi Nilesh.
    I bought my Classic 350 2 weeks back and had checked mileage once in city conditions and once in highways.

    City conditions - 37 kmpl
    Highways - 39.5 kmpl

    This was with original silencer. I heard that the mileage may dip once u fit retro silencer.

  • siva prasath

    05:23 PM Tue, January 19, 2010

  • Hi Dudes,
    I have bought the Royal Enfield Classic 500 black color bike in last 23rd November 2009.
    Royal Enfield Classic 500 gives the real Royal look and feel for me. It’s decorating my bike riding life now.
    Apart from few things/may be defects (Such as Chain Guard, Fuel Gage, Front Suspension Cover, and Silencer), the bike has excellent look and performance as in my experience. Now I am experiencing real bike ride day to day and km to km.
    Some of the wow features in the bike

    1. Power, power, power always power.

    2. Suspension is excellent.

    3. Road grip and Breaks are excellent as it owns Broad tires and anti-skid tires.

    4. C5 brings old look of RE bike.

    5. Seating is extraordinary and no back pain while ride.

    6. Max speed 130kms/hour in ling ride. 110 to 120kms in medium distance (least 1km) and 100kms/hr assault in normal driving.

    7. Mileage is bit well as per 500cc with 29bhp bike.

    8. Pick up is more then 100cc Yamaha. And Thump bit missing in this silencer. May be cross/bend model silencer gives the exact beat of Bullet.

    9. EFI is really good and pick ups even in any slow and fast condition.

    10. My exact mileage is 25 to 28kms and in high way surely 30kms.

    11. Side mirrors rods are bigger then other model.

    12. Kick start is not a problem in any moment. But need to start at least once in a day use.

    13. Self start is the new technology and new self motor give un-interrupted start.

    14. Anti-skid sensor stops the ignition when bike fall down.

    15. 6 sensors to trace all activities of bike usage as like in modern and B grade/class cars.


    The only problem is…it’s makes people to question/enquire about the bike in each signal or each stop in the public. I can’t answer them really though it makes me royal. J
    Anyways….At last….Finally
    Royal Enfield gives Safe and sexy look driving with full power. We can challenge with any other bike for the power and safety.
    Regards,
    KARTHIK M P

  • Mufeedh Baramy

    01:58 PM Fri, January 22, 2010

  • Hi Dudes,
    I have bought the Royal Enfield Classic 500 black color bike in last 23rd November 2009.
    Royal Enfield Classic 500 gives the real Royal look and feel for me. It’s decorating my bike riding life now.
    Apart from few things/may be defects (Such as Chain Guard, Fuel Gage, Front Suspension Cover, and Silencer), the bike has excellent look and performance as in my experience. Now I am experiencing real bike ride day to day and km to km.
    Some of the wow features in the bike

    1. Power, power, power always power.

    2. Suspension is excellent.

    3. Road grip and Breaks are excellent as it owns Broad tires and anti-skid tires.

    4. C5 brings old look of RE bike.

    5. Seating is extraordinary and no back pain while ride.

    6. Max speed 130kms/hour in ling ride. 110 to 120kms in medium distance (least 1km) and 100kms/hr assault in normal driving.

    7. Mileage is bit well as per 500cc with 29bhp bike.

    8. Pick up is more then 100cc Yamaha. And Thump bit missing in this silencer. May be cross/bend model silencer gives the exact beat of Bullet.

    9. EFI is really good and pick ups even in any slow and fast condition.

    10. My exact mileage is 25 to 28kms and in high way surely 30kms.

    11. Side mirrors rods are bigger then other model.

    12. Kick start is not a problem in any moment. But need to start at least once in a day use.

    13. Self start is the new technology and new self motor give un-interrupted start.

    14. Anti-skid sensor stops the ignition when bike fall down.

    15. 6 sensors to trace all activities of bike usage as like in modern and B grade/class cars.


    The only problem is…it’s makes people to question/enquire about the bike in each signal or each stop in the public. I can’t answer them really though it makes me royal. J
    Anyways….At last….Finally
    Royal Enfield gives Safe and sexy look driving with full power. We can challenge with any other bike for the power and safety.
    Regards,
    KARTHIK M P

    great man....and here i was the first owner of the Classic 350. Tested 500 too. But was out of reach for a while... have a great biking in coming future...................!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Nivin P

    12:05 PM Tue, February 2, 2010
  • I fitted the retro silencer a couple of days back. The thump is good. But there is loud back fire when i decelarate. Also I inspected the spark plugs. They were blacker. Im planning to put a free flow Air filter say a K&N. Can you guys suggest me which K&N should I go for?

  • Rajiv Prashar

    03:13 PM Fri, February 12, 2010
  • Dear Friends,
    Its a pleasant surprise to see our Royal Enfield Motorcycle Co. back in business with the introduction of the C500 and smaller sibling C350.

    I picked mine (a Burgundy C500 on 10th Feb. 10). My first impressions of it are,itlooksamazing,has an ultra smooth engine, with amazing ability to gather speed. The smaller wheels makes it easier to flick than my 2003 Electra. But would it turn out to be trouble free, easy to maintain motorbike (like my existing electra 350) in the long run, remains to be seen.

    HOWEVER ONE THING IS FOR SURE, IF YOU WANT TO EXPERIENCE AUTHENTIC BULLET CHARM, NOTHING BEATS THE STANDARD OR ELECTRA. Be it the all important Thump which is music to any ear, the vibes of the engine or the lazy charm with which they take you to places.

    My advise for those who are interested in the Classic 500, please wait for some time as the bike is still under development stages. To elaborate some issues that are being faced by some owners and feedback of riders.

    1) The EFI system on Indian bikes is an open loop system without Lambda sensors, to reduce cost,However due to this, the bikeruns richer air fuel mixture in hills and nothern India during winters. This is sooting the spark plugs with carbon.

    2) Due to reduced height, the brake pedal makes contact with the road during sharp right hand banking. So the brake pedal should be redesigned.

    3) The air filter box design has been altered viz a viz Electra and other models, making it prone to inducting (suck in) dust into the EFI system.

    4) Too many wires have made the handle bar heavier due to restrictive movement (you may try turning it with the bike on centre stand).

    5) The EFI system is unprotected as against the bikes shown during the Launch of this model (a black plastic cover is shown on theEFI module, see where the carbs would be located otherwise)

    6) Good clean high octane (91 octane) fuel is an absolute requirement for good running.

    There were some problems with the chain cover as well but these are of little importance in comparision to bad engineering in terms of designing of airl filter box and brake pedals etc.

    My advice, please give this bike some time to be refined and then put your money on the table.

    Best wishes.
    Cruiser.

  • Gopinath Sricandane

    09:48 AM Sat, February 13, 2010
  • Dear Friends,
    Its a pleasant surprise to see our Royal Enfield Motorcycle Co. back in business with the introduction of the C500 and smaller sibling C350.

    I picked mine (a Burgundy C500 on 10th Feb. 10). My first impressions of it are,itlooksamazing,has an ultra smooth engine, with amazing ability to gather speed. The smaller wheels makes it easier to flick than my 2003 Electra. But would it turn out to be trouble free, easy to maintain motorbike (like my existing electra 350) in the long run, remains to be seen.

    HOWEVER ONE THING IS FOR SURE, IF YOU WANT TO EXPERIENCE AUTHENTIC BULLET CHARM, NOTHING BEATS THE STANDARD OR ELECTRA. Be it the all important Thump which is music to any ear, the vibes of the engine or the lazy charm with which they take you to places.

    My advise for those who are interested in the Classic 500, please wait for some time as the bike is still under development stages. To elaborate some issues that are being faced by some owners and feedback of riders.

    1) The EFI system on Indian bikes is an open loop system without Lambda sensors, to reduce cost,However due to this, the bikeruns richer air fuel mixture in hills and nothern India during winters. This is sooting the spark plugs with carbon.

    2) Due to reduced height, the brake pedal makes contact with the road during sharp right hand banking. So the brake pedal should be redesigned.

    3) The air filter box design has been altered viz a viz Electra and other models, making it prone to inducting (suck in) dust into the EFI system.

    4) Too many wires have made the handle bar heavier due to restrictive movement (you may try turning it with the bike on centre stand).

    5) The EFI system is unprotected as against the bikes shown during the Launch of this model (a black plastic cover is shown on theEFI module, see where the carbs would be located otherwise)

    6) Good clean high octane (91 octane) fuel is an absolute requirement for good running.

    There were some problems with the chain cover as well but these are of little importance in comparision to bad engineering in terms of designing of airl filter box and brake pedals etc.

    My advice, please give this bike some time to be refined and then put your money on the table.

    Best wishes.
    Cruiser.

    This is precisely why am i am worried to ride into Nepal with a 500 EFI mate...the fuel in India and Bhutan not a worry but in Kathmandu especially it is adulterated and gonna make that Bullet gag yeh...what do you suggest Cruiser? Mark in Bangkok

  • sudhir prasad

    08:19 PM Tue, February 16, 2010
  • hey guys i booked my c500 green ....on Nov 28........still no reponse on when i will get it.......what can i do......help plz

  • Radhika M

    06:32 AM Wed, February 17, 2010
  • hey guys i booked my c500 green ....on Nov 28........still no reponse on when i will get it.......what can i do......help plz

    I booked my RE Classic 500 green on Feb 3rd knowing it has a waiting period of 5 freaking months. I got a delivery date of 3rd July 2010. My heart sinks every day thinking about this. 5 Months!!!

  • Manmohan Sethi

    04:52 PM Fri, February 19, 2010
  • Dear Friends,
    Its a pleasant surprise to see our Royal Enfield Motorcycle Co. back in business with the introduction of the C500 and smaller sibling C350.

    I picked mine (a Burgundy C500 on 10th Feb. 10). My first impressions of it are,itlooksamazing,has an ultra smooth engine, with amazing ability to gather speed. The smaller wheels makes it easier to flick than my 2003 Electra. But would it turn out to be trouble free, easy to maintain motorbike (like my existing electra 350) in the long run, remains to be seen.

    HOWEVER ONE THING IS FOR SURE, IF YOU WANT TO EXPERIENCE AUTHENTIC BULLET CHARM, NOTHING BEATS THE STANDARD OR ELECTRA. Be it the all important Thump which is music to any ear, the vibes of the engine or the lazy charm with which they take you to places.

    My advise for those who are interested in the Classic 500, please wait for some time as the bike is still under development stages. To elaborate some issues that are being faced by some owners and feedback of riders.

    1) The EFI system on Indian bikes is an open loop system without Lambda sensors, to reduce cost,However due to this, the bikeruns richer air fuel mixture in hills and nothern India during winters. This is sooting the spark plugs with carbon.

    2) Due to reduced height, the brake pedal makes contact with the road during sharp right hand banking. So the brake pedal should be redesigned.

    3) The air filter box design has been altered viz a viz Electra and other models, making it prone to inducting (suck in) dust into the EFI system.

    4) Too many wires have made the handle bar heavier due to restrictive movement (you may try turning it with the bike on centre stand).

    5) The EFI system is unprotected as against the bikes shown during the Launch of this model (a black plastic cover is shown on theEFI module, see where the carbs would be located otherwise)

    6) Good clean high octane (91 octane) fuel is an absolute requirement for good running.

    There were some problems with the chain cover as well but these are of little importance in comparision to bad engineering in terms of designing of airl filter box and brake pedals etc.

    My advice, please give this bike some time to be refined and then put your money on the table.

    Best wishes.
    Cruiser.

    thanks for da, inputs dude! iam aobut to buy one this april, so i think i have to pospond it to later sept r to dec, r may be next jan.... how ever, give me ur no, would like to talk to u and take ur advice....

  • Manmohan Sethi

    09:45 PM Tue, February 23, 2010

  • Hi Dudes,
    I have bought the Royal Enfield Classic 500 black color bike in last 23rd November 2009.
    Royal Enfield Classic 500 gives the real Royal look and feel for me. It’s decorating my bike riding life now.
    Apart from few things/may be defects (Such as Chain Guard, Fuel Gage, Front Suspension Cover, and Silencer), the bike has excellent look and performance as in my experience. Now I am experiencing real bike ride day to day and km to km.
    Some of the wow features in the bike

    1. Power, power, power always power.

    2. Suspension is excellent.

    3. Road grip and Breaks are excellent as it owns Broad tires and anti-skid tires.

    4. C5 brings old look of RE bike.

    5. Seating is extraordinary and no back pain while ride.

    6. Max speed 130kms/hour in ling ride. 110 to 120kms in medium distance (least 1km) and 100kms/hr assault in normal driving.

    7. Mileage is bit well as per 500cc with 29bhp bike.

    8. Pick up is more then 100cc Yamaha. And Thump bit missing in this silencer. May be cross/bend model silencer gives the exact beat of Bullet.

    9. EFI is really good and pick ups even in any slow and fast condition.

    10. My exact mileage is 25 to 28kms and in high way surely 30kms.

    11. Side mirrors rods are bigger then other model.

    12. Kick start is not a problem in any moment. But need to start at least once in a day use.

    13. Self start is the new technology and new self motor give un-interrupted start.

    14. Anti-skid sensor stops the ignition when bike fall down.

    15. 6 sensors to trace all activities of bike usage as like in modern and B grade/class cars.


    The only problem is…it’s makes people to question/enquire about the bike in each signal or each stop in the public. I can’t answer them really though it makes me royal. J
    Anyways….At last….Finally
    Royal Enfield gives Safe and sexy look driving with full power. We can challenge with any other bike for the power and safety.
    Regards,
    KARTHIK M P

    thats wounderfull you are enjoying, how ever, you bought it last nov, now its on feb you must have covered atlest 5,000 Km and more, and wt the problems that you faced , + and - of the bike.. just post it over,it would be great ,

  • Dan Daniel

    02:45 PM Thu, February 25, 2010
  • hey guys i booked my c500 green ....on Nov 28........still no reponse on when i will get it.......what can i do......help plz

    Friends,I booked my classic 350 on 19Dec. The waiting period given was 3 months max. I have been nudging the dealer to deliver the bike before time. Every time i called the dealer, i didnt get any proper reply about the delivery date. Last week i went and enquired in person. I was shocked to know that i wll get my bike only in the last week of april. The dealer told that he is even ready to refund the booking amount. I don know how to proceed. I live in Chennai. I want to hear to the suggestions of the others.
    The way RE is behaving now is very fishy. They have stopeed the production of Electra and std 350. When i asked the dealer, he told that the price of the bike will be the price which RE says during the time of delivery. That means i will not pay them the amount they quoted when i booked. The new electra with UCE engine, whihc they are planning to start production soon costs 1.03 lakhs. And std 350 with UCE costs 90K. I doubt the RE is planning to raise the price of classic, seeing the demand. I am not getting proper answers from the dealer too. When i ask this question to him, he is talking about union budget, bla bla bla. I would like to talk to any one from RE. If any one have already contacted them, kindly give me their number.
    I have sent a mail to the customer care and waiting for their reply.

  • Rajiv Prashar

    05:37 PM Thu, March 4, 2010
  • Dear Friends,
    It seems that all motorcycle forums in India, the big question is whether one should buy the classic 500 or not.

    After having ridden all the bikes from the RE stable exceptthe 535, Ihave come thefollowing conclusion. Here are some observations made by me, which may help in clearing or adding the confusion (depending on how you wish to take my advice).

    1. For the true blue tourer: Nothing comes close to the TBTS in terms of comfort, drivability and road presensence.
    2. For the city commuter: The standard 350 or the electra are the best of the lot for the majestic thump.
    3. For the city slick show off with really deep pockets: The classic 350/500.

    The things that go against the classic as a good touring bike are as follows.

    1. Seats not at all comfortable and just after a short ride of 25/30 kilometers you would want to get off the bike.
    2. Ergonomics not suited well for long distance riding.
    3. Short wheels are bittwitchythan bigger ones (most american touring bikes have at least abigger front wheel).
    4. Too much of tech in the bike may leave you stranded and no where to go (all machines break down, but machines from RE have a heritage of break downs, so the probability is even more).
    5. Many of initial owners are reporting problems with mapping of EFI and sooting of spark plugs and leakage.

    So my advice would be to let this initial euphoria pass, andlet RE sort out the problems and let this bike evolve before going for it.Till then stick to your present rides. Nothing is better than a machine you know well and a machine which knows you well.

    Cruiser.

  • M Elancheran

    03:11 PM Thu, March 11, 2010
  • Dear Friends,
    It seems that all motorcycle forums in India, the big question is whether one should buy the classic 500 or not.

    After having ridden all the bikes from the RE stable exceptthe 535, Ihave come thefollowing conclusion. Here are some observations made by me, which may help in clearing or adding the confusion (depending on how you wish to take my advice).

    1. For the true blue tourer: Nothing comes close to the TBTS in terms of comfort, drivability and road presensence.
    2. For the city commuter: The standard 350 or the electra are the best of the lot for the majestic thump.
    3. For the city slick show off with really deep pockets: The classic 350/500.

    The things that go against the classic as a good touring bike are as follows.

    1. Seats not at all comfortable and just after a short ride of 25/30 kilometers you would want to get off the bike.
    2. Ergonomics not suited well for long distance riding.
    3. Short wheels are bittwitchythan bigger ones (most american touring bikes have at least abigger front wheel).
    4. Too much of tech in the bike may leave you stranded and no where to go (all machines break down, but machines from RE have a heritage of break downs, so the probability is even more).
    5. Many of initial owners are reporting problems with mapping of EFI and sooting of spark plugs and leakage.

    So my advice would be to let this initial euphoria pass, andlet RE sort out the problems and let this bike evolve before going for it.Till then stick to your present rides. Nothing is better than a machine you know well and a machine which knows you well.

    Cruiser.

    Now, that's one cool assessment of the Bull. I like it. Still, I'd like to add that the CI E5S is a cool ride even for a 400+ kms spin. Just feel that to relegate it to city boundaries is blasphemy.
    keep on thumping

  • philip shadrack

    04:59 PM Thu, March 11, 2010
  • Hi Guys,
    I'm indeed v thankful of getting my c5 delivered finally...after 4 months of pathetic waiting!

    Needed an advice from the already-owners of the C500....the fuel indicator doesnt seem to go off, even at half-filled tank. Is this a regular concern, or just a minor issue that could be rectified. Coz I am quite used to the fuel-gauge(owned a TB before)...n this is really buggin' me!

    Also, the kick seems to be a big pain in da morning...have to use the Elect start finally.

    Any advise would b welcome.

    Ciao....Soumya.

  • Rajiv Prashar

    11:07 AM Fri, March 12, 2010
  • Hi Guys,
    I'm indeed v thankful of getting my c5 delivered finally...after 4 months of pathetic waiting!

    Needed an advice from the already-owners of the C500....the fuel indicator doesnt seem to go off, even at half-filled tank. Is this a regular concern, or just a minor issue that could be rectified. Coz I am quite used to the fuel-gauge(owned a TB before)...n this is really buggin' me!

    Also, the kick seems to be a big pain in da morning...have to use the Elect start finally.

    Any advise would b welcome.

    Ciao....Soumya.

    Dear Soum,Congratulations on your new bike. Please make sure you break in the new egnine exactly as per the manual, no matter how much the bike tempts you with its free revving power.

    Coming to your query, the low fuel indicator should not light up untill 2.5 litre of reserve is hit (although it may light up for a second or two from 3 litres onwards as you hit a pot hole or something, which is all normal). However if it goes off on half tank it is not accurate and must be changed. Ask your dealer to order a replacement immediately.

    if you need further help this forum is the best place to share thoughts.

    Which colour did you opt for ?

    Cruiser.

  • Gopinath Sricandane

    01:05 PM Sat, March 13, 2010
  • Hi Guys,
    I'm indeed v thankful of getting my c5 delivered finally...after 4 months of pathetic waiting!

    Needed an advice from the already-owners of the C500....the fuel indicator doesnt seem to go off, even at half-filled tank. Is this a regular concern, or just a minor issue that could be rectified. Coz I am quite used to the fuel-gauge(owned a TB before)...n this is really buggin' me!

    Also, the kick seems to be a big pain in da morning...have to use the Elect start finally.

    Any advise would b welcome.

    Ciao....Soumya.

    Hey Soumya, Could you tell me the problems with the kicker huh...? Not being able to kick her over at first start morning or what...? Does the ES do ok when the engine is cold...? We ride alot in the mountains and are still on the TBTS awaiting the T Bird 500 EFI...your information would be really useful for us ...Thanks, Mark in Bangkok

  • Dan Daniel

    11:52 AM Fri, March 19, 2010
  • Friends, at last i have joined the elite club. Yesterday i bought a used machismo. I booked my classic 350 on 19Dec. They gave me a waiting period of 3 months max. But in the 3rd month the manager of RE said that i cant see my bike before may. I got pissed off, since I have lost the oppurtunity to buy other bikes like electra or thunder bird. RE stopped selling electra and thunderbird will take 3 more months to get delivered. I cursed RE 1000 times and looked for a second hand bullet. Finally i got my companion. I am thirlled to ride the mach 350. I no more curse RE. They have given a wonder ful piece of machine to me. This thread helped me to choose my option. Thanks to all of you guys. BTW, if any one has a mach, give me your opinion about the maintenance of the bike.

  • Rajiv Prashar

    01:20 PM Mon, March 29, 2010
  • Kyle
    do not cut short the fork covers, as it would spoil the look of your bike. Usually such things can be improved very simply by adjusting the spacing. Mine had a problem with the chain hitting its cover. I went to my mechanic (the authorized centre said, this will go away with time !! dumb fools). The mech had a good look and broadended the cover at two points, where the chain was touching it. It took hardly two minutes and the problem was gone.

    Do not loose heart and do not take drastic measures. Go to a good mechanic whom you trust. And first take his suggestion, if its suits you go ahead with the job.

    The other option is write to your regional service engineer and get him to take care of things. Its is duty and he must do it religiously.

  • philip shadrack

    09:54 AM Mon, April 5, 2010
  • Kyle
    do not cut short the fork covers, as it would spoil the look of your bike. Usually such things can be improved very simply by adjusting the spacing. Mine had a problem with the chain hitting its cover. I went to my mechanic (the authorized centre said, this will go away with time !! dumb fools). The mech had a good look and broadended the cover at two points, where the chain was touching it. It took hardly two minutes and the problem was gone.

    Do not loose heart and do not take drastic measures. Go to a good mechanic whom you trust. And first take his suggestion, if its suits you go ahead with the job.

    The other option is write to your regional service engineer and get him to take care of things. Its is duty and he must do it religiously.

    Hi guys..
    Off late i'v noticed that after coming in from a run when I park the bike on main stand, drops of oil continue to fall from underneath the right side of the chassis. I'v confirmed that this is not a kick-shaft leak (which was a problem in the 1st lot). I'v taken it twice to the service-centers, but they confirmed that there is no issue here, just that a few bolts vr probably loose. Bt this is getting repeated, so that's kinda worry.

    Just wished to know, have anybody of u encountered a similiar issue yet?? If yes, do let me know the possible causes.

    Waiting to hear from u guys...

    Soumyajit.

  • Gopinath Sricandane

    01:29 PM Tue, April 6, 2010
  • Many reports now arising from owners and workshops of the EFI system fitted to the new 'Classic' models not processing our unclean Indian fuels...reports of 'missing' and bad performance and poor economy...we can't all live in the gulf states and enjoy their unadulterated petrol huh! Sad but true...this renders this bike as impossible to ride into Nepal with all the fuel issues going on in that neighbouring country... I reckon a 500 with a decent big bore carby hey...cheers anyway, Mark back from Thailand, back into Nepal and just rode the 1400 klms from Kathmandu to Shillong in NE India...crossed my 1 lakh klms on route! Ripper mate...Enjoy it anyway you can!

  • himanshu sejwal

    09:44 PM Mon, April 26, 2010
  • Got my Black Classic 350 today. Rode from Siliguri to Darjeeling. Feels better than the older Enfields though, with the factory fitted silencer, the thump isn't as good.

  • Gopinath Sricandane

    06:50 AM Tue, April 27, 2010
  • Got my Black Classic 350 today. Rode from Siliguri to Darjeeling. Feels better than the older Enfields though, with the factory fitted silencer, the thump isn't as good.

    Try to run it in in the plains mate...the first few hundred klms absolutely crucial and the queen of hills in Darj NOT the place to ease in a new engine...good luck though, enjoy it and ride safe, Mark in Shillong

  • Dinesh Patil

    12:25 PM Sat, May 8, 2010
  • Well, I have got my CL500 on Jan20th 2010. I have done 3200kms till date and have done my first servicing at 700km and second at 3000km. I use it only for rides and would like to share my views. Things which I have experienced are mentioned by priority:
    1) The most important one and mind u all this is a very dangerous for all classic bikers is that of the rear brake pedal design. I have experienced it a couple of times and thank god, got saved 3 times. This happens when cornering up/downhill. The pedal touches the ground...for which the only solution is to decelerate the bike to 30km/hr while cornering...as I even tried to tighten the rear brake adjustment to remove the excess play of the pedal which didn’t help me much. The other solution is to first go slow and remove the foot off the brake (which is not possible every time) hence.....RE GUYS PLEASE TAKE THIS ONE VERY VERY SERIOUSLY BEFORE SOMEONE GETS HURT BADLY. THIS IS MORE LIKELY TO HAPPEN WITH AMATUER BIKERS WITH NO EXPERIENCE OF RIDES (Cornering).
    2) The seat has to be re designed as it creates a lot of peak pressures especially if the rider is heavy as I am 6ft and 90kg in weight. I am not sure whether RE has used a Pressure Mapping System when designing this seat....after driving for about an hour u experience numbness followed by gradually increasing pain which reaches to the point that ur unable to get off the seat...as if ur glued to it....the pain is excruciating. The reason for this experience of pain is loss of blood supply to the area where this peak pressure is developed. The peak pressure is developed b’cauz the density of the foam material is less. The higher the density, lesser will the rider experience peak pressure followed by this unbearable pain. I am very confident that this will be experienced much more by CL 350/500 owners who weigh more the 75 kgs and very less for a rider of less weight eg 65 to 70 kg. This has happened to me inspite of stopping after every hour and wearing a full length undergarment as in the other types of undergarments thebeading (where the stitch folds) hurts. The back seat is also not comfortable and is 1cm less in its width and little half round compared to the Electra which has a flat comfortable seat. I can tell u cauz on rides the pillion in not comfortable at all especially if the pillion is my dear wife. The only solution is to use foam material with high density.....RE GUYS ....U HAVE TO GIVE MORE DETAIL TO THESE THINGS IF U WANT TO KEEP THE CUSTOMERS HAPPY....WHICH IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING!!!!!
    3) The entire set of wires running under the rear fender to get connected to the tail lamp is not pulled properly in some motorcycles. Underneath the rear fender are clamps to hold the housing (in which the wires are running). After the housing leaves the last clamp to get inserted inside the tail lamp assembly from inside it is noticed that it is not pulled in properly (loose before entering the assembly). Result it happened with me...4 wires out of 6approx got rubbed by the tyres may be during compression eg: off road/speed breakers which resulted the indicators and rear lights to mal function. I went to the Authorized dealer which temporarily fixed it by joining the wires. I spoke to the ASM of Mah&Goa Mr. CB Rajesh and he has ordered the entire set of wires to be changed. Cl 350/500 owners please make a note of this and have a look at ur bike for this problem.
    4) After the 1st servicing I noticed oil leakage at the kick shaft seal...went to the dealer and saw that when u remove the cap (which is underneath the bike on the right side) there is an "o" ring... which has to be glued back in the slot of the cap before fixing the cap back to its place once the oil is changed.
    5) You start to feel vibrations after 90 km/hr and it increases a lot after u cross 100. I have driven it till 125km/hr and let me tell you it feels that you are put on a heavy vibrating machine. The mirrors also vibrate so much that after 90 ur unable to see the rear view clearly.
    6) On the mileage front I was getting 33km/litre while driving at60km/hr for the 1st 1000km with a pillion and now I get 30km/litre driving at 70,80or 90km/hr depending on the road with a pillion. I have calculated it so u can bank on it. It all depends on how a biker drives means what gears ur using at what speed, how often u brake, how consistent ur at speeds on ur rides etc.
    7) I found that the tyre pressure of 20 psiFront and 30 psiRear with pillion works better as the tyre/tubes swell up due to heat when on rides. Recommended pressure is 22 Front and 32 Rear with pillion as given in the owner’s manual. If it were tubeless then we could have used nitrogen gas which is very light in weight and also cooler.
    8) While washing/pressure washing the CL 350 or 500 please note that the side panel where the EFI sensors are placed should be dry. There is a hole beneath the side panel and make sure water does not enter the EFI sensors from that hole. U can use clean film (a plastic film available in super markets) to cover the EFI Sensors before washing.
    I request all CL 500 owners to go through the owner’s manual thoroughly and carry it with u on rides as it is quite informative. Nevertheless inspite of all the above mentioned things we still love our beast more than anything else....which is the core for all the Royal Enfield Bulletiers. Looking forward for good experiences (Posts) on the classic versions. Keep thumping safely Pradeep Singh Negi from Pune

  • Manmohan Sethi

    04:06 PM Mon, May 10, 2010
  • Well, I have got my CL500 on Jan20th 2010. I have done 3200kms till date and have done my first servicing at 700km and second at 3000km. I use it only for rides and would like to share my views. Things which I have experienced are mentioned by priority:
    1) The most important one and mind u all this is a very dangerous for all classic bikers is that of the rear brake pedal design. I have experienced it a couple of times and thank god, got saved 3 times. This happens when cornering up/downhill. The pedal touches the ground...for which the only solution is to decelerate the bike to 30km/hr while cornering...as I even tried to tighten the rear brake adjustment to remove the excess play of the pedal which didn’t help me much. The other solution is to first go slow and remove the foot off the brake (which is not possible every time) hence.....RE GUYS PLEASE TAKE THIS ONE VERY VERY SERIOUSLY BEFORE SOMEONE GETS HURT BADLY. THIS IS MORE LIKELY TO HAPPEN WITH AMATUER BIKERS WITH NO EXPERIENCE OF RIDES (Cornering).
    2) The seat has to be re designed as it creates a lot of peak pressures especially if the rider is heavy as I am 6ft and 90kg in weight. I am not sure whether RE has used a Pressure Mapping System when designing this seat....after driving for about an hour u experience numbness followed by gradually increasing pain which reaches to the point that ur unable to get off the seat...as if ur glued to it....the pain is excruciating. The reason for this experience of pain is loss of blood supply to the area where this peak pressure is developed. The peak pressure is developed b’cauz the density of the foam material is less. The higher the density, lesser will the rider experience peak pressure followed by this unbearable pain. I am very confident that this will be experienced much more by CL 350/500 owners who weigh more the 75 kgs and very less for a rider of less weight eg 65 to 70 kg. This has happened to me inspite of stopping after every hour and wearing a full length undergarment as in the other types of undergarments thebeading (where the stitch folds) hurts. The back seat is also not comfortable and is 1cm less in its width and little half round compared to the Electra which has a flat comfortable seat. I can tell u cauz on rides the pillion in not comfortable at all especially if the pillion is my dear wife. The only solution is to use foam material with high density.....RE GUYS ....U HAVE TO GIVE MORE DETAIL TO THESE THINGS IF U WANT TO KEEP THE CUSTOMERS HAPPY....WHICH IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING!!!!!
    3) The entire set of wires running under the rear fender to get connected to the tail lamp is not pulled properly in some motorcycles. Underneath the rear fender are clamps to hold the housing (in which the wires are running). After the housing leaves the last clamp to get inserted inside the tail lamp assembly from inside it is noticed that it is not pulled in properly (loose before entering the assembly). Result it happened with me...4 wires out of 6approx got rubbed by the tyres may be during compression eg: off road/speed breakers which resulted the indicators and rear lights to mal function. I went to the Authorized dealer which temporarily fixed it by joining the wires. I spoke to the ASM of Mah&Goa Mr. CB Rajesh and he has ordered the entire set of wires to be changed. Cl 350/500 owners please make a note of this and have a look at ur bike for this problem.
    4) After the 1st servicing I noticed oil leakage at the kick shaft seal...went to the dealer and saw that when u remove the cap (which is underneath the bike on the right side) there is an "o" ring... which has to be glued back in the slot of the cap before fixing the cap back to its place once the oil is changed.
    5) You start to feel vibrations after 90 km/hr and it increases a lot after u cross 100. I have driven it till 125km/hr and let me tell you it feels that you are put on a heavy vibrating machine. The mirrors also vibrate so much that after 90 ur unable to see the rear view clearly.
    6) On the mileage front I was getting 33km/litre while driving at60km/hr for the 1st 1000km with a pillion and now I get 30km/litre driving at 70,80or 90km/hr depending on the road with a pillion. I have calculated it so u can bank on it. It all depends on how a biker drives means what gears ur using at what speed, how often u brake, how consistent ur at speeds on ur rides etc.
    7) I found that the tyre pressure of 20 psiFront and 30 psiRear with pillion works better as the tyre/tubes swell up due to heat when on rides. Recommended pressure is 22 Front and 32 Rear with pillion as given in the owner’s manual. If it were tubeless then we could have used nitrogen gas which is very light in weight and also cooler.
    8) While washing/pressure washing the CL 350 or 500 please note that the side panel where the EFI sensors are placed should be dry. There is a hole beneath the side panel and make sure water does not enter the EFI sensors from that hole. U can use clean film (a plastic film available in super markets) to cover the EFI Sensors before washing.
    I request all CL 500 owners to go through the owner’s manual thoroughly and carry it with u on rides as it is quite informative. Nevertheless inspite of all the above mentioned things we still love our beast more than anything else....which is the core for all the Royal Enfield Bulletiers. Looking forward for good experiences (Posts) on the classic versions. Keep thumping safely Pradeep Singh Negi from Pune

    how does the engine sounds, is it too noise, how do u say when you compare the noise of UCE engine with LB Engine, which is has less noise ? how about the vibration thats produced aver you creap over 90?.. have u ever ran out of rich, r got stuckwith starting probem, r batter low ?

  • Suryank Sharma

    10:23 PM Wed, May 12, 2010
  • Well, I have got my CL500 on Jan20th 2010. I have done 3200kms till date and have done my first servicing at 700km and second at 3000km. I use it only for rides and would like to share my views. Things which I have experienced are mentioned by priority:
    1) The most important one and mind u all this is a very dangerous for all classic bikers is that of the rear brake pedal design. I have experienced it a couple of times and thank god, got saved 3 times. This happens when cornering up/downhill. The pedal touches the ground...for which the only solution is to decelerate the bike to 30km/hr while cornering...as I even tried to tighten the rear brake adjustment to remove the excess play of the pedal which didn’t help me much. The other solution is to first go slow and remove the foot off the brake (which is not possible every time) hence.....RE GUYS PLEASE TAKE THIS ONE VERY VERY SERIOUSLY BEFORE SOMEONE GETS HURT BADLY. THIS IS MORE LIKELY TO HAPPEN WITH AMATUER BIKERS WITH NO EXPERIENCE OF RIDES (Cornering).
    2) The seat has to be re designed as it creates a lot of peak pressures especially if the rider is heavy as I am 6ft and 90kg in weight. I am not sure whether RE has used a Pressure Mapping System when designing this seat....after driving for about an hour u experience numbness followed by gradually increasing pain which reaches to the point that ur unable to get off the seat...as if ur glued to it....the pain is excruciating. The reason for this experience of pain is loss of blood supply to the area where this peak pressure is developed. The peak pressure is developed b’cauz the density of the foam material is less. The higher the density, lesser will the rider experience peak pressure followed by this unbearable pain. I am very confident that this will be experienced much more by CL 350/500 owners who weigh more the 75 kgs and very less for a rider of less weight eg 65 to 70 kg. This has happened to me inspite of stopping after every hour and wearing a full length undergarment as in the other types of undergarments thebeading (where the stitch folds) hurts. The back seat is also not comfortable and is 1cm less in its width and little half round compared to the Electra which has a flat comfortable seat. I can tell u cauz on rides the pillion in not comfortable at all especially if the pillion is my dear wife. The only solution is to use foam material with high density.....RE GUYS ....U HAVE TO GIVE MORE DETAIL TO THESE THINGS IF U WANT TO KEEP THE CUSTOMERS HAPPY....WHICH IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING!!!!!
    3) The entire set of wires running under the rear fender to get connected to the tail lamp is not pulled properly in some motorcycles. Underneath the rear fender are clamps to hold the housing (in which the wires are running). After the housing leaves the last clamp to get inserted inside the tail lamp assembly from inside it is noticed that it is not pulled in properly (loose before entering the assembly). Result it happened with me...4 wires out of 6approx got rubbed by the tyres may be during compression eg: off road/speed breakers which resulted the indicators and rear lights to mal function. I went to the Authorized dealer which temporarily fixed it by joining the wires. I spoke to the ASM of Mah&Goa Mr. CB Rajesh and he has ordered the entire set of wires to be changed. Cl 350/500 owners please make a note of this and have a look at ur bike for this problem.
    4) After the 1st servicing I noticed oil leakage at the kick shaft seal...went to the dealer and saw that when u remove the cap (which is underneath the bike on the right side) there is an "o" ring... which has to be glued back in the slot of the cap before fixing the cap back to its place once the oil is changed.
    5) You start to feel vibrations after 90 km/hr and it increases a lot after u cross 100. I have driven it till 125km/hr and let me tell you it feels that you are put on a heavy vibrating machine. The mirrors also vibrate so much that after 90 ur unable to see the rear view clearly.
    6) On the mileage front I was getting 33km/litre while driving at60km/hr for the 1st 1000km with a pillion and now I get 30km/litre driving at 70,80or 90km/hr depending on the road with a pillion. I have calculated it so u can bank on it. It all depends on how a biker drives means what gears ur using at what speed, how often u brake, how consistent ur at speeds on ur rides etc.
    7) I found that the tyre pressure of 20 psiFront and 30 psiRear with pillion works better as the tyre/tubes swell up due to heat when on rides. Recommended pressure is 22 Front and 32 Rear with pillion as given in the owner’s manual. If it were tubeless then we could have used nitrogen gas which is very light in weight and also cooler.
    8) While washing/pressure washing the CL 350 or 500 please note that the side panel where the EFI sensors are placed should be dry. There is a hole beneath the side panel and make sure water does not enter the EFI sensors from that hole. U can use clean film (a plastic film available in super markets) to cover the EFI Sensors before washing.
    I request all CL 500 owners to go through the owner’s manual thoroughly and carry it with u on rides as it is quite informative. Nevertheless inspite of all the above mentioned things we still love our beast more than anything else....which is the core for all the Royal Enfield Bulletiers. Looking forward for good experiences (Posts) on the classic versions. Keep thumping safely Pradeep Singh Negi from Pune

    I got my C5 after six months wait, but it was worth it. I am a busy person so I have hardly time to fix the troubles that the enfield generally gives i guess (as what everyone told me or from what i read). So the EFI engine seemed very interesting to me and the styling is pretty good.
    The cars are all EFI, i am not sure whats the big deal with people complainig about the fuel quality though. The car can run on it so can the bike i guess. However, its true that the performance would suffer and have to clean up the injectors now and then. And I have had bikes that had advance EFI so never a trouble actually. If you all can get your hands on AVGAS(used on tiny training aircrafts- avialable near airfields) its a bit expensive but u can mix it with petrol to give u good perfomance. Though its leaded so the use is not advised for day to day use. Just use it now and then and helps to keep the engine clean.

    Pradeep or who ever has this post is pretty good. Id like to add some info and put my feed back too

    1) the point regarding the leg break hitting the groun is true. It can happen on level too at low speed if u try to turn using a bank instead of turning. It happened to me once but it was easy to recover. Just have to be carefull though not to bank much.

    2) The seats are really comfy though. I am 5.11 and weigh 70 kg. It seems perfect for me. But the rear seat was complaining for my friend who sat. Said it made his pvt parts numb coz of the vibe.

    3) The vibration would occur if your cg is too forward. I mean if u are a heavy person sitting in front..and no weight on the back. This lets the rear wobble a bit and might lead to vibration. Normal for some cruisers. But shouldnt occur its anoying for that they is a remedy to change the forks. Or try tigheting the rear suspension. Might help. But if its the engine then it cannot be fixed. ANd as stated by others the swing arm

    4) A quick question though? why does everyone says to start the bike the first time in the morning on kick? Any reason for it. I had a CBR, a yamaha vmx and a karizma never had to kick it. Well the former two didnt had a kick. And karizma jst electric. I am sure its just a myth. They is no problem with the ES if u have 0.9 kw motor to do that. But the kick is easy. Its easier to kick start it if u are seating on the bike rather then standing. Takes 40-50 kicks if ur standing and one while seating.

    5) As pradeep said the manual is really helpfull. I am sure many people dont read it or follow the things they have lined up and end up in trouble. Do things by the manual and life would be much easier.

    6) The paint job can peel off easily. Its not very good. So be carefull on that part.

    7) The engine is huge though, i mean 500 cc and its aircooled. Gets really hot for sure. Has anyone burnt they left ankle or foot on the engine? That left side of the engine is like a oven. So a boot is a must while riding.

    8) the thump is not as loud but if u increase the rpm it gives a good sound not like any. Its a good sound id say. doesnt give u a headache if u ride it for hours. Smooth thump. hehe well i wanted to ask all though what is the thump that suits you all. Is they a perfect thump? Does it has to be loud or smooth and subtle?


    Well its a cool bike for sure. Had to pay bout the same as u would for it if you were in US. So better take care of your C5 buddies.

    Will update on the tech front for sure. I am a engineer and a pilot which makes life easier since u can get your hands to aviation tools and products.





  • Suryank Sharma

    12:37 AM Wed, May 19, 2010
  • i am getting this random sound when i use the front breaks at low and high speeds both. I am not having the front forks touch the fenders. It is very annoying and i am not sure where it is coming from. it is coming from the front. Its not the sound of the breaks though. Its more like sound that is made by trucks while stopping. More like a huge hiss then a chirking sound. Anyone has any suggestions?

  • Manmohan Sethi

    06:39 PM Wed, May 19, 2010
  • i am getting this random sound when i use the front breaks at low and high speeds both. I am not having the front forks touch the fenders. It is very annoying and i am not sure where it is coming from. it is coming from the front. Its not the sound of the breaks though. Its more like sound that is made by trucks while stopping. More like a huge hiss then a chirking sound. Anyone has any suggestions?

    Exam your brake pads and disk, when you have slight bend in the brake disk this happens, r if there any thing in between your pads also makes this noise...............

  • Dinesh Patil

    05:09 PM Fri, May 21, 2010
  • i am getting this random sound when i use the front breaks at low and high speeds both. I am not having the front forks touch the fenders. It is very annoying and i am not sure where it is coming from. it is coming from the front. Its not the sound of the breaks though. Its more like sound that is made by trucks while stopping. More like a huge hiss then a chirking sound. Anyone has any suggestions?

    I think murali may be right....just take it toan authorised service centre and let the service engineers take care of this!!!! Pradeep from Pune

  • Suryank Sharma

    11:36 PM Tue, May 25, 2010
  • i am getting this random sound when i use the front breaks at low and high speeds both. I am not having the front forks touch the fenders. It is very annoying and i am not sure where it is coming from. it is coming from the front. Its not the sound of the breaks though. Its more like sound that is made by trucks while stopping. More like a huge hiss then a chirking sound. Anyone has any suggestions?

    well doesnt seem like a bend in the disk..but will take it to the service center to get it checked..its not a screaching sound..more heavy...but it is from the brakes...

  • Suryank Sharma

    11:39 PM Tue, May 25, 2010
  • I want to add rear disk brakes. I have seen it done to other Bulls.....got any suggestions and advises regarding the same for the classic 500?What are the pros and cons if any...suggestions would be apperciated...

  • Dinesh Patil

    12:09 PM Mon, May 31, 2010
  • Completed 3700kms on the C5.....i have a feeling that the bike is not worth the price backed by evidence......there are many flaws which the company needs to take care of.......i have already mentioned in my post "My good expereince with the Classic 500"....in the last couple of trips i have noticed additional problems.....that the bike when ridden solo reaches 90km/hr it starts to vibrate.....andvibrates and becomes shaky(unstable) heavily when you reach 100km......when ridden with a pillon it starts to vibrate at 100km/hr and vibrates and becomes shaky(unstable) heavily at 110km/hr........i am not a techi but i know one thing for sure that this should not happen at all....u ride a karizma for eg; at 100you dont get that vibration single or with a pillion......Recently my fuel indicator also went kaput and i had to push the vehicle till the pump.......not a good experience after shelling out 1,45,000/- for the vehicle alone apart from the accssesories like the off road silencer, the horns and the leg guard which cost u another 6,000/-.... i love the bullet but sorry to say guys that this bike is not worth the price.....ROYAL ENFIELD ENGINEERS HAVE TO THINK & TEST A LOT BEFORE LAUNCHING ANY NEW VEHICLE.....WE INDIANS ARE READY TO PAY THE PRICE BUT THE PRODUCT SHOULD BE WORTH IT. THIS IS JUST ASUGGESTION FROM A CUSTOMER WHO LOVES ROYAL ENFIELD !!! Pradeep from Pune.

  • Rajiv Prashar

    05:00 PM Mon, May 31, 2010
  • Completed 3700kms on the C5.....i have a feeling that the bike is not worth the price backed by evidence......there are many flaws which the company needs to take care of.......i have already mentioned in my post "My good expereince with the Classic 500"....in the last couple of trips i have noticed additional problems.....that the bike when ridden solo reaches 90km/hr it starts to vibrate.....andvibrates and becomes shaky(unstable) heavily when you reach 100km......when ridden with a pillon it starts to vibrate at 100km/hr and vibrates and becomes shaky(unstable) heavily at 110km/hr........i am not a techi but i know one thing for sure that this should not happen at all....u ride a karizma for eg; at 100you dont get that vibration single or with a pillion......Recently my fuel indicator also went kaput and i had to push the vehicle till the pump.......not a good experience after shelling out 1,45,000/- for the vehicle alone apart from the accssesories like the off road silencer, the horns and the leg guard which cost u another 6,000/-.... i love the bullet but sorry to say guys that this bike is not worth the price.....ROYAL ENFIELD ENGINEERS HAVE TO THINK & TEST A LOT BEFORE LAUNCHING ANY NEW VEHICLE.....WE INDIANS ARE READY TO PAY THE PRICE BUT THE PRODUCT SHOULD BE WORTH IT. THIS IS JUST ASUGGESTION FROM A CUSTOMER WHO LOVES ROYAL ENFIELD !!! Pradeep from Pune.

    Hey Pradeep Singh,
    I think your bike has a specific problem related to instability at higher speeds. I myself likemany other owners have ridden the bike solo and with pillion well over 125 kph without a hint of instability, however at further higher speeds above 130 kph(this may not be the real speed but what was shownon the speedo of the bike) the bike did become unstable some times but not regularly.

    My advice take your bike to the service centre (if your authorized one does not care take it to a reliable local mech) and have all the nuts and bolts torqued correctly. Check both engine fasterners and frame fastners.

    As for the fuel pump just take it with a pinch of salt. Get it replaced for now, but keep track on your fuel the old way, by having a calculation of fuel consumption and mileage you put on your bike. Hope you would give this a try before selling off your bike.

    best wishes...........from Cruiser

  • Suryank Sharma

    10:16 PM Mon, May 31, 2010
  • Completed 3700kms on the C5.....i have a feeling that the bike is not worth the price backed by evidence......there are many flaws which the company needs to take care of.......i have already mentioned in my post "My good expereince with the Classic 500"....in the last couple of trips i have noticed additional problems.....that the bike when ridden solo reaches 90km/hr it starts to vibrate.....andvibrates and becomes shaky(unstable) heavily when you reach 100km......when ridden with a pillon it starts to vibrate at 100km/hr and vibrates and becomes shaky(unstable) heavily at 110km/hr........i am not a techi but i know one thing for sure that this should not happen at all....u ride a karizma for eg; at 100you dont get that vibration single or with a pillion......Recently my fuel indicator also went kaput and i had to push the vehicle till the pump.......not a good experience after shelling out 1,45,000/- for the vehicle alone apart from the accssesories like the off road silencer, the horns and the leg guard which cost u another 6,000/-.... i love the bullet but sorry to say guys that this bike is not worth the price.....ROYAL ENFIELD ENGINEERS HAVE TO THINK & TEST A LOT BEFORE LAUNCHING ANY NEW VEHICLE.....WE INDIANS ARE READY TO PAY THE PRICE BUT THE PRODUCT SHOULD BE WORTH IT. THIS IS JUST ASUGGESTION FROM A CUSTOMER WHO LOVES ROYAL ENFIELD !!! Pradeep from Pune.

    sorry to hear the tragedy you had with such an expensive machine. Certainly anyone would be dissapointed with all the troubles one has to face especially with a new bike which is also exported to other countries. Everyone would expect much better things and RE for some reason seems to be not able to deliver to many of the bikers. But I have to agree with Cruiser too...it might be just a minor fix to a major problem like this. Many things do come up but one shouldnt lose all the heart.
    I have hardly faced any problems as such. Fender ka problem is not there at all. The engine is pretty smooth and robust. The disk brake does make sound but thats common with all. Can be fixed easily. But its been just going good for me till now.

    Hope you find a way around it.


  • Manmohan Sethi

    10:37 AM Wed, June 2, 2010
  • Completed 3700kms on the C5.....i have a feeling that the bike is not worth the price backed by evidence......there are many flaws which the company needs to take care of.......i have already mentioned in my post "My good expereince with the Classic 500"....in the last couple of trips i have noticed additional problems.....that the bike when ridden solo reaches 90km/hr it starts to vibrate.....andvibrates and becomes shaky(unstable) heavily when you reach 100km......when ridden with a pillon it starts to vibrate at 100km/hr and vibrates and becomes shaky(unstable) heavily at 110km/hr........i am not a techi but i know one thing for sure that this should not happen at all....u ride a karizma for eg; at 100you dont get that vibration single or with a pillion......Recently my fuel indicator also went kaput and i had to push the vehicle till the pump.......not a good experience after shelling out 1,45,000/- for the vehicle alone apart from the accssesories like the off road silencer, the horns and the leg guard which cost u another 6,000/-.... i love the bullet but sorry to say guys that this bike is not worth the price.....ROYAL ENFIELD ENGINEERS HAVE TO THINK & TEST A LOT BEFORE LAUNCHING ANY NEW VEHICLE.....WE INDIANS ARE READY TO PAY THE PRICE BUT THE PRODUCT SHOULD BE WORTH IT. THIS IS JUST ASUGGESTION FROM A CUSTOMER WHO LOVES ROYAL ENFIELD !!! Pradeep from Pune.

    Sorry to hear that frm you, that you changing your mind to sell if off, There are issue, with EFI,starting problem,low milage,running lean,wires not proprely arranged,rear brake scracting the ground,low battery ,dis comfart of single seat,heavy handle bar, and vibration, these where most seen issues, but i think vibration more over 90 and uncontrol is something new that iam hearing frm you, before selling the bike give a last try , try to meet soembody personaly from chennai factory and give a try....sure it mite make u to change your mind. i know hw much we all love the RE and when its broken like this i know hw painfull it is... have fun!!

  • DHARM PAL

    05:22 PM Thu, July 22, 2010
  • Completed 3700kms on the C5.....i have a feeling that the bike is not worth the price backed by evidence......there are many flaws which the company needs to take care of.......i have already mentioned in my post "My good expereince with the Classic 500"....in the last couple of trips i have noticed additional problems.....that the bike when ridden solo reaches 90km/hr it starts to vibrate.....andvibrates and becomes shaky(unstable) heavily when you reach 100km......when ridden with a pillon it starts to vibrate at 100km/hr and vibrates and becomes shaky(unstable) heavily at 110km/hr........i am not a techi but i know one thing for sure that this should not happen at all....u ride a karizma for eg; at 100you dont get that vibration single or with a pillion......Recently my fuel indicator also went kaput and i had to push the vehicle till the pump.......not a good experience after shelling out 1,45,000/- for the vehicle alone apart from the accssesories like the off road silencer, the horns and the leg guard which cost u another 6,000/-.... i love the bullet but sorry to say guys that this bike is not worth the price.....ROYAL ENFIELD ENGINEERS HAVE TO THINK & TEST A LOT BEFORE LAUNCHING ANY NEW VEHICLE.....WE INDIANS ARE READY TO PAY THE PRICE BUT THE PRODUCT SHOULD BE WORTH IT. THIS IS JUST ASUGGESTION FROM A CUSTOMER WHO LOVES ROYAL ENFIELD !!! Pradeep from Pune.

    Being a owner of C5 there is no such type of vibrations when it is on high speed, may be there is problem with wheels. Dear you have to rectify the rear wheel alignment.

  • Dinesh Patil

    05:33 PM Tue, July 27, 2010
  • Recently changed my classic handle to a RD 350 handle...the height of the RD handle is higher than the electra and shorter in length by 1 inch. The end of the RD handle turns inwards towards the rider unlike the electra where it goes straight...the RD 350 handle is very comfortable as ur back is straight with no chance of leaning forward on the handle ....like it happens on the original classic handle.....classic owners who have ridden a lot will experience the uncomfortableness of the handle...especially on rides. This is one of the best alterations i have done on my bike....enjoying the position of the handle when i am riding....some important points for putting the handle if one wants to* Buy the RD 350 handle..it will cost u aroung 150-200 Rs.
    * U have to put a collar of 1.5 inches on the either ends of the handle bar for the M6 bolt to get inserted.
    * Catch a guy who works on a lathe machine...have the 2 collar cut and tap it so that the original M6 bolt which is in mm fits exactly. If u dont use a collar u can only use a nut to weld it at the end of the bar but i would not recommend as the bolt has only a cm of the nut's inner surface to hold....which makes it weak at the end of the bar.
    * In my case the machinist didnt have the M6 tap but had a 5/16 tap so got a 5/16 bolt
    * after the collar is tapped try to screw the bolt before putting the collar inside the handle bar
    * it is very important that the collar should be fitted in the handle in such a way that atleast 5mm of the collar should remain outside the handle bar...this is so that on the right side the accelerator does not get jammed when the M6 bolt is tightened.
    * there will be re routing of the wires as the wires will tend to go short...but no worries.. it is taken care of by re routing
    * ensure that the handle is changed by an experienced mechanic and has undergone the training for the classic versions
    * please take care of ur tank by placing a well padded soft cloth on the front end of the tank while the handle or the tank is being removed....the mechaninc while tightening the handle is sure to hit the tank
    * The most important point is that the circumference of the RD handle is less than the classic handle at the point where the handle gets clamped...result...inspite of tightening the bolt completely the handle will move...solution... place rubber or best leather peice inside the clamp for adding to the cirmumference thus having a tight handle bar to match ur expectations. Bolts are bound to slip where the handle bar is tightened hence tell the mechanic to go slow...but dont forget the cloth...u will land up seeing ur tank hit by the spanner.

    I have found the RD handle bar much comfortable than the electra as the handle turns inside towards the rider...which helps the rider to keep his back straight and not lean one bit. The only disadvantage is while finalizing the position of the handle let the handle bar be parallel to the front fork of the vehicle and not too close towrds u as it will cause difficulty when u turn the vehicle...the bar will tend to come too close to ur side stomach.

    Try this and u will not regret.....gud luck

    Regards to all
    Pradeep from Pune

  • Amit Tripathy

    02:12 PM Fri, August 6, 2010
  • Hello guys..i got my CL 500 , now while onbull i am facing a mojor problem.......am at constant war with myself ,its very difficult to convince my mind and keep the speedo below 60 kmph....m trying my best but at times i hit 80.90...cant help it ,is thatok? or have to follow that below 60 till 3000 STRICTLY...cheerz...

  • M Elancheran

    01:55 PM Fri, September 10, 2010
  • Hello guys..i got my CL 500 , now while onbull i am facing a mojor problem.......am at constant war with myself ,its very difficult to convince my mind and keep the speedo below 60 kmph....m trying my best but at times i hit 80.90...cant help it ,is thatok? or have to follow that below 60 till 3000 STRICTLY...cheerz...

    as da c500 seat is a lil on da high side 4 sum, doin it @ a lil faster trot on hill slopes ..... u hav 2 b careful about weight distribution.

  • philip shadrack

    11:11 AM Fri, October 22, 2010
  • Completed 3700kms on the C5.....i have a feeling that the bike is not worth the price backed by evidence......there are many flaws which the company needs to take care of.......i have already mentioned in my post "My good expereince with the Classic 500"....in the last couple of trips i have noticed additional problems.....that the bike when ridden solo reaches 90km/hr it starts to vibrate.....andvibrates and becomes shaky(unstable) heavily when you reach 100km......when ridden with a pillon it starts to vibrate at 100km/hr and vibrates and becomes shaky(unstable) heavily at 110km/hr........i am not a techi but i know one thing for sure that this should not happen at all....u ride a karizma for eg; at 100you dont get that vibration single or with a pillion......Recently my fuel indicator also went kaput and i had to push the vehicle till the pump.......not a good experience after shelling out 1,45,000/- for the vehicle alone apart from the accssesories like the off road silencer, the horns and the leg guard which cost u another 6,000/-.... i love the bullet but sorry to say guys that this bike is not worth the price.....ROYAL ENFIELD ENGINEERS HAVE TO THINK & TEST A LOT BEFORE LAUNCHING ANY NEW VEHICLE.....WE INDIANS ARE READY TO PAY THE PRICE BUT THE PRODUCT SHOULD BE WORTH IT. THIS IS JUST ASUGGESTION FROM A CUSTOMER WHO LOVES ROYAL ENFIELD !!! Pradeep from Pune.

    Hello folks...
    Feels gr8 to share views in this forum after a long time...was out of action for a while in the rainy season.

    As on last week, my cow (can't call her a bull ;)) has touched 8k kms. Took her down to various places, but the best times I actually get to "speak" to her was on the old Pune-Mumbai highway...that's one the best streches I get around Pune.

    I love the way she pulls n eats up the road in no time...love da way guys look at her..lol...love everything 'bout her. In fact, I even drive her to office, leaving my car behind mosty of the time.

    However, much as I praise her...Royal Enfield as usual has lived up to its repo of leaving behind niggling issues. Apparently it's a much -aspired dream of all RE lovers to get a fault-free machine.

    Observations throughout my ride to 8k kms:

    1.Oil seal and fuel float had to be replaced within a month of delivery.
    2. Sprag clutch goes off...replaced recently.
    3. Battery goes off...bike is out of action till it gets replaced by next week (hopefully!)
    4. Snooty emmision...could not get it completely rectified even after multiple rounds at service centres
    5. Horn goes off, (thankfully I got a single bosch to go on)
    6. Engine cuts out at night on disengaging clutch...this has been rectified to a good extent on engine increasing the rpm.

    Did not expect such clatters @ 1.45 L. However, I would still suggest all those of you who may be frustrated with such issues.....pls do not contemplate selling it off! These machines are born to live on till ages...and my observation for all my enfield bikes are...the care I take on her only brings both of us together. I am sure these problems can be sorted out, as we were the ones who decided to go for them within a year of release (that's a risk anyways for anything you buy, rite?)

    Do lemme knw in case you guys have faced similar issues...n' how u got dem rectified.

    Just my two cents...ride on 'n ride safe!

    Soumyajit
    Pune.

  • Rajiv Prashar

    07:20 PM Sat, October 30, 2010
  • A lot of owners including myself have reache a little overindicated 140 kph on the C5. Though this was achieved after lowering oneself down in a "chin on tank" riding position. If this is correct or lower than actual is debatable, as some have verified it on a GPS as well.
    Cheers.

  • Suryank Sharma

    11:49 PM Sat, December 25, 2010
  • April 21st, 2010 is when I got my Classic 500 in Green. I just loved the ease to ride it. It was easier to ride it after it moved compared to the 100-150 CC motorbike.
    I am located ina neighbouring country of India and when I lived in India for couple of years, I always went for the indo-japanese bikes. Had a Karizma, and I remember a localite in Noida saying me I should have gotten a Royal Enfield. I didn't knew the history of the bike nor the passion that it had.

    But after moving back to my country, I wanted a motorcycle for an easy commute. The option was a Suzuki GS 500. But I ended up for a RE electra and by the time it was on its way, the CL 500 was launched, I just fell in love with the looks, the style, and then started reading on the history and the passion it had.

    Had to extend my wait period for another 6 months before I could get it in April, as soon as it was in the showroom I got the bike the next day. Initially I wanted the 350 but couldnt resist the torque or the power or the envious green color of the 500.

    I guess I was one of the first ones to have the bike so they were not many reviews.

    Here is the list of problems and pros and cons I have to share : (I have fitted the retro exhaust)

    Pros:

    i)Perfect Elegant Sound. Not as raw as the older bullets. I find it more refined and subtle.
    ii) Styling is great. I always here comments from people for the very different color that RE came up with plus the styling. People wonder the old classic design and think I have repainted it. It just starts a conversation. A dream for many.
    iii) Good amount of power and the torque is amazing for the instant acceleration.
    iv) EFI- Good Mileage I get about 30-32 KMPL. But havnt checked the mileage with the Retro Exhaust Fitted. The sound is much better though.
    v) Great Ride and value for money.
    vi) Dropped my bike, but no dent no scratch.
    vii) The seats are comfy for me. It is an individual choice. No complaints from the pillions either.

    Cons:

    i) Pain to clean the water spots on the engine. Seems like oxidation, need to sand it to clean it away.
    ii) Rusting is a problem for the nuts and bolts.
    iii) Taking the pillion seat is not easy at it seems. Need to get it done at workshop.
    iv) Paint peels off at the tank while feeling it up.
    v) Cant adjust the rear shocks with the tommy bar. Get it done at the mechanic.
    vi) The front fork strikes the fender if high pressure due to potholes.
    Tips:

    i) Make sure the tyre pressure is well maintained. Else can result in drastic fuel consumption and stability. The rear would be a bit unstable at low speeds of 40-60 KMPH as well.

    ii) Keep the chain well oiled and greased.

    iii) Get the rear nuts and bolts tight else might wobble due at high speed

    iv) Seems like the handle gets bent due to regular pressure while trying to put the bike on the central stand. So the bike seems to drift to the left often. So have to make a note.

    v) The battery doesnt get charged itself easily after keeping the bike idle for too long. So better charge it externally.

    vi) Do not use leather polish on seats. Not so good to slide around on the seat at high speed.

    vii) ALWAYS WEAR A HELMET :D



  • Rajiv Prashar

    03:59 PM Fri, January 7, 2011
  • I recently got mine tested by the company's engineer. He put 4 lts of fuel and did a 30 kms ride. On returning back he measures precisely the remaining fuel. The outcome is an amazing 48-50 kms per ltr. This was done on a highway at an average speed of 60 kmph.

  • Gopinath Sricandane

    06:59 PM Fri, January 7, 2011
  • I recently got mine tested by the company's engineer. He put 4 lts of fuel and did a 30 kms ride. On returning back he measures precisely the remaining fuel. The outcome is an amazing 48-50 kms per ltr. This was done on a highway at an average speed of 60 kmph.

    Those are some amazing fuel figures; combined with extraordinary restraint to keep such a lovely bike on 60 kmph!!...Well done and good to know Cruiser, Mark in Pondy

  • Suryank Sharma

    11:59 PM Sat, February 12, 2011
  • I got the offroad exhaust fitted on my C5 about 2 months back. The sound is great and the mileage seemed to be better initially at about 30 kmpl.
    Now the mileage seems to be only about 15 to 20kmpl? Is this normal?

    Please advise

  • Suryank Sharma

    02:26 PM Sun, February 20, 2011
  • I have the C5 for about a year now. Is there any precautions to take if the bike is constantly driven less miles every month.
    I have logged about 1900 Kms in the last 12 months. I drive a month and the bike is idle for a month. So anything different or special care that needs to be done since this is constant rather then a rare thing?


  • Bruben Abraham

    10:51 PM Tue, October 4, 2011
  • He Friends ,Plz advice is it true classic 350 is giving milage above 35 + km in standerd city ride condition.
    Or my Dealer is laying with me .

    Regards,
    Nilesh

    Hi i am getting around 50 kmpl for highways and 40 + kmpl in city for my classic 350

  • Vinayak G Kamath

    10:34 AM Thu, November 3, 2011
  • April 21st, 2010 is when I got my Classic 500 in Green. I just loved the ease to ride it. It was easier to ride it after it moved compared to the 100-150 CC motorbike.
    I am located ina neighbouring country of India and when I lived in India for couple of years, I always went for the indo-japanese bikes. Had a Karizma, and I remember a localite in Noida saying me I should have gotten a Royal Enfield. I didn't knew the history of the bike nor the passion that it had.

    But after moving back to my country, I wanted a motorcycle for an easy commute. The option was a Suzuki GS 500. But I ended up for a RE electra and by the time it was on its way, the CL 500 was launched, I just fell in love with the looks, the style, and then started reading on the history and the passion it had.

    Had to extend my wait period for another 6 months before I could get it in April, as soon as it was in the showroom I got the bike the next day. Initially I wanted the 350 but couldnt resist the torque or the power or the envious green color of the 500.

    I guess I was one of the first ones to have the bike so they were not many reviews.

    Here is the list of problems and pros and cons I have to share : (I have fitted the retro exhaust)

    Pros:

    i)Perfect Elegant Sound. Not as raw as the older bullets. I find it more refined and subtle.
    ii) Styling is great. I always here comments from people for the very different color that RE came up with plus the styling. People wonder the old classic design and think I have repainted it. It just starts a conversation. A dream for many.
    iii) Good amount of power and the torque is amazing for the instant acceleration.
    iv) EFI- Good Mileage I get about 30-32 KMPL. But havnt checked the mileage with the Retro Exhaust Fitted. The sound is much better though.
    v) Great Ride and value for money.
    vi) Dropped my bike, but no dent no scratch.
    vii) The seats are comfy for me. It is an individual choice. No complaints from the pillions either.

    Cons:

    i) Pain to clean the water spots on the engine. Seems like oxidation, need to sand it to clean it away.
    ii) Rusting is a problem for the nuts and bolts.
    iii) Taking the pillion seat is not easy at it seems. Need to get it done at workshop.
    iv) Paint peels off at the tank while feeling it up.
    v) Cant adjust the rear shocks with the tommy bar. Get it done at the mechanic.
    vi) The front fork strikes the fender if high pressure due to potholes.
    Tips:

    i) Make sure the tyre pressure is well maintained. Else can result in drastic fuel consumption and stability. The rear would be a bit unstable at low speeds of 40-60 KMPH as well.

    ii) Keep the chain well oiled and greased.

    iii) Get the rear nuts and bolts tight else might wobble due at high speed

    iv) Seems like the handle gets bent due to regular pressure while trying to put the bike on the central stand. So the bike seems to drift to the left often. So have to make a note.

    v) The battery doesnt get charged itself easily after keeping the bike idle for too long. So better charge it externally.

    vi) Do not use leather polish on seats. Not so good to slide around on the seat at high speed.

    vii) ALWAYS WEAR A HELMET :D



    Thanks Suryank that was some information for me to know about the bike.