Royal Enfield reveals Classic Chrome and Bullet 500 for U.S.

Thursday, January 27, 2011, 11:19 by Auto Correspondent

Royal Enfield has two new models, Classic Chrome and Bullet 500 for U.S. market and the bikes are expected to be launched in April 2011.

The Classic Chrome model, as the name suggests, has chrome skin shiny enough to boast the strong Royal Enfield’s rich heritage. Classic Chrome appears to have taken design cues from the current Bullet Classic C5 EFI sold in the U.S. market. The welcome addition in the new Classic Chrome is the kick start lever which is missed out in the C5.

The second model, the Royal Enfield Bullet 500 is just the evolution of Royal Enfield’s iconic Bullet 350 model. According to Royal Enfield chief executive, Venki Padmanabhan said that the future is looking bright for larger displacement version of Bullet 500 soon. Thinking on this line, the company has already showed off a 600 cc café racer concept at the 10th Auto Expo in New Delhi and there are speculations that Royal Enfield is working hard to develop a new parallel-twin (and not a v-twin) engine of capacity between 750-1000 cc. Related: Royal Enfield bikes in India

royal enfield bullet 500 photo

Photo: Royal Enfield Bullet 500

The concept Café Racer had ‘bump stop’ seat, chopped mudguard, clip-on bars, new twin pod instrument cluster, racing number plates on sides, megaphone muffler and retro tail lamp cluster. The Café Racer was based on the Classic UCE EFI 500 model.

Royal Enfield, in November 2010, also showcased the Royal Enfield Fury at UK’s Carole Nash Motorcycle Live Show at the Birmingham.

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Photo: Royal Enfield Classic Chrome

Fury is an answer to young motorcycle enthusiasts and stays apart from its classic retro styled motorcycles meant for mature buyers. Fury gets a racing inspired design, wider bars, redesigned seat units, chrome headlight, chrome indicators and twin exhausts.

While the Fury is meant for the UK market, the company may also consider other markets such as U.S. and India. But, Fury will be subjected to different opinions because, Royal Enfield is attempting to address a new bunch of customers and it is a breakaway from its classic retro styled models for which it is always associated with.

The rumor mill surrounding the upcoming adventure model for the United States in 2011 say that the company may develop a diesel engine. But, we have to wait and watch Royal Enfield’s further moves because real adventure is not part of the company’s hardcore classic models. What say?