Photos: Royal Enfield Classic Chrome and Bullet 500

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Here’s high-res photos of the two “new” Royal Enfield’s unveiled at the New York Motorcycle Show on Friday. The 2011 Royal Enfield Bullet C5 Classic Chrome uses a very long name to tell you that this bike has chrome bodywork while the 2011 Royal Enfield 500 is an updated take on the classic standard that the company’s been making in India for decades. Both are mechanically identical to the C5 Military we reviewed last year.

  • Roman

    Sat on a couple Royal Enfields at NYC IMS. It’s hard to overstate how great these bikes look in person. I really, really want one…

  • 2ndderivative

    Isn’t this the same tactic HD uses to convert its 6-model lineup into 30?

    • Wes Siler


      • slowtire

        It worked for Triumph w/ the Bonnevilles, Thruxton, Scrambler etc, but I don’t know about RE making it happen.

  • Jason

    Could Yamaha just come out with the XS650 again so we can have a bike that looks like this but is bulletproof?

  • Shaun

    Having ridden an Enfield up a very tall hill in the Himalayas (a non-electric, proper one) you’d not want anything else and you can fix most things with a large hammer. Having ridden an Enfield up a road in Cambridge (UK), an electric version, I felt a right prat and for modern roads and traffic they’re pretty awful. They do have a lot in common with mainstream Harley’s though in that they’re more about the thought than the actual. If that makes sense….

    • ontheroad

      I suspect that if you were to browse the catalog of Enfield special tools, you would find little more than an assortment of very large hammers. I think you hit in on the head though: great in the backwoods where speed matters little and simplicity much, not so great on modern roads where the opposite is true; like a Ural, only not painful to look at.

  • dux

    +10 Style Points