Royal Enfield Classic 500 Review

2012 Royal Enfield Classic 500 from India

Model year2012
Year of manufacture2012
First year of ownership2012
Most recent year of ownership2012
Acceleration marks 6 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 6 / 10
Handling marks 6 / 10
Braking marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired13 kilometres
Most recent distance27000 kilometres

Summary:

Like a friend, who wants you to enjoy the little details in life

Faults:

The clutch wire broke when the odometer was around the 25000 km mark.

The indicators switch also turned faulty around the 25000 km mark.

General Comments:

The RE classic 500 EFI is not the best in the business. The torque is adequate, but the brakes are not precise.

This is not the quickest of bike, nor the smoothest.

Yet, I look back at least once, when I park her in the garage after returning from a ride... it's kind of a thank you :)

They coined it rightly as 'Classic', as the styling cues are taken from 1950's, and the overall characteristics of the bike take you back through history, like a magical lamp.

Indian roads throw some serious challenges to bikes, and the RE Classic 500 has taken most of them in her stride.

I have ridden her into the Himalayas, in the desert, in the plains & in the mud, and she never left me stranded.

The RE hits a sweet spot around 60-80 kmph, and within this range, you melt down... There are 5 gears in the transmission, and that signature thump sound asks you to keep her riding.

The mileage is around 36-38 kmpl, and a full tank consists of 11 liters.

In her share of problems, the engine vibration reaches the handle bar & reminds you where your tailbone is located on a long ride.

To sum up, when I ride her, the passing Japanese, American, Korean and Indian bikes don't bother me, as I am in a totally different world, with a smile across my face.

PS: Together we rode 27000 (& some) in 1 year, and she has given me the faith in her to plan a pan India ride, for the coming season.

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

Review Date: 3rd February, 2013

Average review marks: 6.5 / 10, based on 1 review