Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Electra X Review

2008 Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Electra X from United Kingdom

Model year2008
Year of manufacture2008
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Acceleration marks 5 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 5 / 10
Handling marks 6 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.1 / 10
Distance when acquired15 miles
Most recent distance16950 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda XBR500


A cheap modern reliable classic


Head gasket went at 7000 miles.

Starter motor stator failed (it has a kick start though).

Rear light assembly including number plate and indicators fell off.

All fixed under warranty.

General Comments:

I bought this bike as a commuter in June 2008 for my daily 95 mile commute.

Petrol had just reached £1.20/litre and I needed economical transport.

It took the first 4000 miles for the engine to free up properly.

In 12 months and 16000 miles it averaged 74mpg.

I got an 18T front sprocket to raise the gearing; it would cruise at 60mph and do 75 if pushed.

A great bike, with real soul. Small though and consequently quite cramped for my 6'3" body.

Got a bit uncomfortable after an hour or 50 miles, but unbelievably cheap to keep and run.

Spares are ten times cheaper than an equivalent Japanese bike.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 15th August, 2009

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 1 review