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Rs. 1.79 lakh
Discontinued Model since 21 Apr 2020

About Royal Enfield Classic 500

The Classic 500 comes with a fuel injected 499cc engine which offers superior performance to the Classic 350 in the form of 27.2 bhp of power and 41.3 Nm of torque. The bike is priced at Rs. 1.62 lakh for the base version. Although the bike is visually similar to the Classic 350, there are minor differences such as the amp-meter is replaced with a low fuel light and EFI malfunction indicator light. The bike is available in five colours

Royal Enfield Classic 500 Overview

Royal Enfield will bid farewell to the Classic 500 with a special limited edition paint scheme. Called the Tribute Black Limited Option, this scheme features a dual-tone gloss black/matte black design, and will be produced on order in limited numbers. Those interested will have to log onto the manufacturer's website on February 10 between 2pm and 5pm.

The Classic 500 is the 350’s bigger brother which comes with the added advantage of a bigger, 499cc fuel-injected mill producing a massive 41.3 Nm of torque at 4000rpm. The abundant pulling power is perhaps one of the unique selling propositions of this bike. The Classic 500 also comes with a low fuel light, apart from engine-check light, making it useful for long rides. The Classic also comes in attractive paint schemes like the Desert Storm, Squadron Blue, Chrome, etc giving the motorcycle a distinct personality.

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Must Read Questions & Answers Before Buying Classic 500

Q. Is there any production of Classic 500 stealth black model now?
  • 500 models are discontinued the company is only producing 350 and 650 cc engines
Q. If we order the BS6 stealth black version is there any possiblity to get the bike with spoked wheels instead that alloy and without that red intervention which bugger ups the look of the stunning matt colour - Classic 500?
  • Classic 500 is out of production and the new color of 350 is the matt black with red trimmings and i dnt think it is possible to remove the trimmings and alloy wheels can be swapped out after you buy the bike.
  • No.but i is better that you ask your dealer near by.
Q. Planning to sell my one year old classic 500 to buy the jawa. Royal enfield quality is seriously poor got lot of maintainance issues and i use for daily work commute. Considering it makes bhp like C500 and torque is like C350. Will it be a good choice to get a Jawa after using C500? And also service centres and spares cost are concern for the jawa. - 42 - 42 - 42?
  • Well Re buyer are vintage lovers nobody cares for performance and you don't had a options earlier. Jawa is a vintage looking modern performer bike. Re don't have bad reputation in maintenance, I don't know location you are using your re maybe it's your dealer issue. Jawa are expanding and but at least no complaints on engine and performance.
  • We can't give any verdict here about the ride quality of Jawa as the bike hasn't been launched yet. Although, we can expect good performance by Jawa bikes in market based on its history. Moreover, Jawa dealership will be available in the market after 5th of December this year. Related Read - Jawa Perak vs Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 X: Spec Comparison: https://www.zigwheels.com/news-features/news/jawa-perak-vs-royal-enfield-thunderbird-500-x-spec-comparison/32379/
  • Fully agree , until unless a product spends minimum 6 months in the market a clear cut verdict can’t be given.What drawback l presently see with Jawa is lack of kick start along with self start. At times when you have issue with Self/alternator/battery , kick is always handy.
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Q. Which one is best to buy classic 350 or classic 500. I am looking for better performance, average & long terms with comfort as I am traveling with family.
  • Nothing comes close to the Classic range from the Retro Street family when it comes to proper vintage-style motorcycles with a quintessential British charm while being affordable for a majority of Indian two-wheeler buyers. This is one of the reasons why it single-handedly became the highest-selling model from the brand’s stable. This motorcycle comes in two engine variants with multiple colour choices. The Classic 350 is apt for budget-conscious riders who want a distinct old-school pizzaz in their motorcycle. However, if you crave for more torque and are not worried about the relatively higher fuel bills than the 350, go for the Classic 500 instead. It also offers the advantage of fuel injection, which helps in providing crisper throttle response and easier cold-starts. Click on the link to compare: https://bit.ly/2o1tnEA
  • Classic 500 comes with fuel injection system which gives better throttle response , and 500 has slightly better torque and power output . if you are buying this for long distance touring 500 would be a better option as it can cruise comfortably at 90 to 100 kmph on the downside though 500 is less fuel efficient and maintenance costs are higher when compared to 350. if you are looking form a more pocket friendly bike for city as well as for shorter rides then 350 would be the choice
  • RE STD 350 has ABS , Kick start & Black color only. RE 350 Electra has Self start , ABS & Many color & Chrome . Rest more less same .Go for RE 350 Electra ABS or RE STD 350 ABS.
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Q. Which is better classic 350 or classic 500 in performance?
  • M having stealth black 500 and its such a special feeling to own the RE which cannot be expressed in words but when it comes to 350 or 500 it is totally on your usage as the first thing is mileage which does not differ much as i m getting around 30+ and in 350 it is around 35 but when it comes to driving for sure you feel d diff the 500 variant is much more plesant in driving. so in my opinion just go for 500 but if you are luking price wise u can choose 350 bcz in looks both are same if you are not choosing the 500 only colour variant
  • Difference will be on the inflow of the fuel . 350 is with carburetor and 500 is with fuel injection. 500 got more pickup but lack in fuel efficiency as compare to the counterpart.i' ve rode my classic 350 for almost 5 years, most of the times in the himalayan region.i found no issue regarding the capacity of the engine.on my personal level i would have picked himalayan for classic 500. decision is yours brother. thanks and keep thumping
  • Having owned the Classic 500 I can tell you that it is not worth the extra money. The performance upgrade is not noticeable. I would suggest you gofor the Classic 350 . But the one thing I noticed is the exclusivity of the Classic 500. As far as I know there are only around 10 in my city out of the 1000s of bullets and that really is something special, so if you are looking for exclusivity then go for the 500.
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Q. Can civilians buy bullet 500cc in battle green colour In India - Classic 500?
  • "Royal Enfield Does Not Sell The Classic Battle Green In The Indian Market, Our Motor Vehicle Act Does Not Permit The Color Olive Green To Be Used On Any Civilian Vehicles. There Is No Way You Can Buy The Color" Is this quote true? I have heard this repeatedly...
  • No option available in battle green colour. However you can repaint your vehicle at a cost of around 25k at enfield service station.
  • No we can't but you can wrap your vehicle according to your wishjust have to do some documentation in RTO
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Royal Enfield Classic 500 User Reviews

4.1 /5
576 reviews & ratings
  • Performance
    4.5/5
  • Comfort
    4.4/5
  • Features & Styling
    4.4/5
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  • Maintenance Cost
    3.4/5
  • Mileage
    3.6/5

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  • 4.2

    Stylish design and thump is awesome. But this bike vibrates too much after 80 km/ hr. Even i use motul 5100 still its uncomfortable. Build quality of bike is going down day by day. Welding joints are not cleaned properly and directly painted. Chrome parts get rusty. To get optimum comfort one need to change handle bar seats. RE service centre charge you unnecessary for unwanted spare parts. I am using this bike for past 5 years and mileage never goes below 32kmpl. On bombay goa road via pune i got 43kmpl average. It depends on your riding style. If you run always above 100 then petrol consumption is rapid. Maintain speen between 60 to 90 on fifth gear. Its awesome bike on of my best buy but company is just making money by selling cheap quality product.

  • 2.6

    The quality of the vehicle is very cheap. The vibration from the engine makes it really uncomfortable to1drive. Infact, i am planning on selling the bike which has just run 6500kms. The maintenance cost is too high.The fuel pump is a failure for bs4 models and frequently gets damaged on its own. But, for that replacement,i should pay around 9000rs. I had already paid 2 times. So, i am planning on selling the bike. I waited around 41years for getting the desert storm. But, all the dreams that i had during the 4 years has shattered now. This is the last time i am buying an RE.

  • 3.4

    BIKE IS GOOD TILL THERE IS NO TROUBLE BUT THE MOMENT YOU HAVE AN ISSUE, MOST OFTEN THE DEALERS ARE NOT ABLE TO ADDRESS IT IN ONE GO AND REQUIRES MULTIPLE VISITS WITH BELOW AVERAGE EXPERTISE LEVEL. COMPANY RESPONSE TO CUSTOMER CARE IS POOR AND MOST OFTEN THEY ARE IN SUPPORT OF THERE DEALERS ONLY AND YOU ARE MADE TO GO BACK TO THE DEALER ONLY IN SPITE OF REPEATED REQUESTS FOR A CHANGE OF DEALER DUE TO POOR WORKMANSHIP AND EXPERTISE. THE BIKE IS CERTAINLY NOT TROUBLE FREE WITH HIGH VIBRATION LEVELS BUT IT MORE THAN COMPENSATES FOR WITH HIGH TORQUE AND GOOD ACCELERATION.

  • 2.6

    I bought the bike in 2014. Had good experience till 2016. Thereafter i started to come across problems one by one. Authorised service centre is pathetic with incompetent and untrained staff having poor understanding of the bike and defect. Off late i have been facing the problem of starting the engine. They recommended to change the battery so i did. After sometime, they asked to change a lot of components and now ECU unit. Still problem persist. Royal enfield has failed to provide satisfactory solution and i am living with the problem. Planning to dump the bike.

  • 4.2

    Riding experience with the bike so far has been very good . Its a good mile muncher with lots of reserve power for hiway overtaking manoeuvres. The weak area is service support. service support is at Manjunatha Garage Banaswadi , Bangalore . But in all service centres always noticed that mechanics don’t mount split pins . Mechanics are not aware of the importance of split pins and self locking nuts . Mileage ranges between 20 and 30 kms, deprnding in riding habits . Stick to 90 kms speed , except while overtaking , and highway mileage improves dramatically ..

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Royal Enfield Classic 500 Expert Reviews

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October 23, 2015  By Team ZigWheels

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May 13, 2010  By Team ZigWheels

54 years to the day the original Bullet rolled out from Redditch, Royal Enfield now has an all-new single cylinder motorcycle. Adil Jal Darukhanawala needed to not just have his eyes checked but also got a reality dose after an extensive test aboard this latest big bore machine.

January 18, 2010  By Team ZigWheels