Is Royal Enfield planning to launch the Bullet 500 in India during 2013?

A MydigitalFC report suggests that Royal Enfield has not one but two launches lined up for 2013. While we always knew that the Cafe Racer 535 would be launched in the second half of 2013, the other interesting launch could be that of the Royal Enfield Bullet 500. The Royal Enfield 500 is a motorcycle that the Indian retro motorcycle maker builds for export markets. Essentially, a 500cc version of the Royal Enfield Std 350, the 500cc model brings a bunch of extra features such as a front disc brake, fuel injection and of course the more powerful and torquey 500cc single cylinder engine.

2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Motorcycle Front

2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Motorcycle Front

Like the smaller capacity Royal Enfield Std 350, the Royal Enfield 500 will feature the instantly recognizable fuel tank with hand painted pin striping. The motorcycle rides on 19 inch wheels, comes with metal front and rear mudguards and features a single piece seat design. Powering the Royal Enfield 500 is the 500cc single cylinder unit construction engine. The engine is fuel injected and outputs a peak power of 27.2 Bhp while peak torque is rated at 41.3 Nm. The engine is mated to a five speed manual gearbox that drives the rear wheel through a chain drive.

Given that it shares a bunch of parts with the Std 350, the Royal Enfield 500 could be the least priced 500cc motorcycle in Royal Enfield’s Indian line up. The Royal Enfield 500 is expected to be launched before the second half of 2013 and could be the motorcycle maker’s first launch of the year. The motorcycle could roll out from Royal Enfield’s upcoming factory at Oragadam, off Chennai. The Oragadam factory will be capable of producing 150,000 motorcycles a year. Eventually, the current factory at Tiruvottiyur will become an engine assembly unit.

The new Royal Enfield factory at Oragadam is expected to result in much better quality levels than ever before, what with better equipment and manufacturing processes in place in the new factory. So, expect better quality from Royal Enfield from the middle of 2013.

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