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A new “old” Royal Enfield is born. We ride the Enfield Classic.
By : Kyle Pereira | Published : November 28, 2009
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Royal Enfield Classic Reviews
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Goa is a place that seems to be wrapped in a sort of time warp, relatively untouched by the frenetic pace seen in other parts of India. It’s a perfect setting then, for riding a motorcycle that seems to have emerged direct from the 1950s — seemingly untouched by five decades of evolution. I am at the 2009 edition of the Rider Mania, in Goa — it’s a celebration of all things Enfield, plus I got the opportunity to swing my legs over the new Classic 500.

Royal Enfield takes pride in the fact that they make their motorcycles the old-fashioned way, and that ethos runs deep with the new Classic (sounds paradoxical, doesn’t it?) but there’s a twist here. Unlike any other period motorcycle, this one can be ridden without a care in the world.

Although styled like a period motorcycle, there is no doubt that the Classic 500 is a modern machine. Fuel injection has given the unit-constructed 500cc motor a sharp thrust forward whenever the throttle is wrung open and this Bullet moves like no other. After having ridden Bullets all my life, I can say this with certainty — this Enfield goes like the blazes.

What keeps you in control around the corners is the stickier rubber. Now downsized to 18-inchers, the tyres give the Classic great cornering ability and braking is now no longer the on-and-off kind. Even under hard braking, the tendency of the bike to lock up and lose the rear end has decreased substantially.

Bullets have long been the steeds of choice for people out to see the country, and even the world, from the saddle of a motorcycle. As I see it, the Classic takes this attribute of the Enfield a notch higher. Capable of holding higher cruising speeds for longer durations of time, the Classic is just the machine to conquer everything, from the frigid mountains of Ladakh to the balmy coasts of the south. A comfortable and upright riding posture does wonders to keep the soreness at bay, and although everything about the trip is in the ride itself, getting to your destination will be a less painful event.

With charming classic styling like the flattened tool boxes and deeply valenced mudguards cocooning a pair of chromed spoked wheels, all deeply infused with modern-day technology and reliability, the Classic is the perfect blend of both worlds — just the machine to sport that old leather bomber jacket, sturdy boots and a top-notch full-face helmet. It’s time you get off that couch and go wherever the road takes you, at a pace where everything that goes by isn’t a blur. Go on then, ride with a retro-cool motorcycle beneath you and a deep thump for company.

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  Posted by RE-lover at 31st March,2010
500cc comes with Electronic fuel injection(FI) with twin spark, its injection module is done by kehin. the 350cc comes with the normal carburetor with twin spark .... thats the one of the major difference. to feel a beast try 500 cc ... when u spend 98k y dont u spend another 20 k to buy the 500cc....
  Posted by Amrish at 17th March,2010
sir coluld u suggest me a choice between 350 classic and 500 classic.. m really confused and almost mad deciding the rigth thing... m going for enfield for the first time in life,,, so i wish i buy 500 cc as it would be one time and life time thing.. and 500 is really tempting, specially the sea blue colour in tht 500.. plz help me out.. money is not the issue.. help..
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