This brand has a huge fanbase in India. Royal Enfield has 13 bike models on offer for the Indian markets. Classic 350, Bullet 350 and Classic 500 are the most loved one’s in the country. In the upcoming year, the company is expected to add 2 more models to the crew.
It’s currently an Indian company from Chennai. Known for its rich heritage and history, RE is the oldest two-wheeler manufacturing company. They had assembled their 1st model in 1901 and since then it still retains the charm. Royal Enfield has ruled the mid-size motorbike segment since a very long time.
The Royal Enfield Classic 350 is available in 6 variants. It is powered by a 346cc single-cylinder air-cooled engine which makes 20PS at 5250rpm and 28Nm of torque at 4000rpm. A 5-speed gearbox sends the power to the rear wheel through a chain drive. The motorcycle gets dual-channel ABS as standard. The legendary bike now comes with ABS as an option.
This is more of a retro classic motorcycle than a practical sports bike. And that’s why it retains its age-old features like the fuel tank cap, rubber finished knee pads, etc. It lacks some very important features like the fuel gauge meter. Moreover, the weight of this vehicle is huge because of which it cannot be maneuvered as easily as its competitors. Moreover, it costs more than a lakh and at that price point you experience high vibrations.
The bullet is available in two variants and 6 color options and manages to fit into a budget of 1.2 lakhs to 1.3 lakh INR. The best part about the bullet is that the pin striping is painted by hand and that is very perfect. The tires of this vehicle are narrow. This vehicle still retains its authentic look. It has its very famous fuel tank, stepped seats, and chrome battery box.
The usage of chrome to this vehicle is exhaustive. The bullet handles like a big boss and gives you that typical upright feel. Vibrations are a lot and you cannot complain about the exhaust note as it really sounds great. The electra model gets a disc break and also a push button start which the normal bullet misses out.
This one is made for the highway rides because vibrations are less there as compared to city driving conditions. Because of the lack of the gas charged suspensions like the classic the ride quality is a bit on a firmer side. There are no tubeless tires on offer. This bike could be a bit cumbersome for shorter riders because of its height and weight.
This bike is available in 7 variants and 10 colors. The engine displacement is of 500-cc and it makes 27.57 PS at 5250 rpm. It now comes with a dual channel ABS. This bike is great to be driven around rough sections and mountains as it has a great pulling powder.
The bike is capable of cruising and it retains a retro look which is much loved by most. The design is very well similar to its 350-cc sibling. The bike feels best driven between 60-80 kmph after which lot of vibrations can be experienced. Ride quality of this bike is extremely good.
The Interceptor costs 2.51 lakh Rupees and is available in four color options. It is powered by a 648-cc engine which makes 47.65 PS at 7100 rpm and 52 Nm of torque at 4000 RPM. The fuel efficiency for this vehicle is around 25 kmpl. It comes with Pirelli tires which are the best in class. The handle bars feel very well finished.
Vibration level has been reduced drastically and you wouldn’t believe it to be a royal enfield for once. The seating position is completely upright just like other models from the same brand. This bike rides smoothly through all the rough patches. Unlike the other Royal Enfields, this bike is quick and 0-100 kmph can be done in 6.54 sec. Overall, it’s a very exiting bike to drive.
Royal Enfield Himalayan now comes with a dual-channel ABS system. It is priced at Rs 1.78 lakh for the standard ABS variant and Rs 1.80 lakh for the Sleet ABS variant. The Himalayan is available in 3 color options. Other than the safety upgrades the bike feel is the same as that of any Royal Enfield. This is an adventure bike and comes with a lot of kit that is handy while off-roading and exploring new places.
The Himalayan is powered by a 411cc oil cooled engine which is very well refined and versatile for long drives. The engine is mated to a five-speed transmission.
The minimalistic design, and the offroad kit make this bike the best thing for touring. It has a very good braking capacity which is great for city driving. The suspensions of this bike are great. You can just go through a speed braker without braking and you wouldn’t even here the suspension sound. Acceleration is linear, and the power delivery is consistent.
The thunderbird 350X costs 1.64 lakhs and is available in 1 variant and 2 colors. The bike manages to look stylish while maintaining its retro look. It makes 20.07 PS at 5250 rpm. There are no technical changes from the original thunderbird.
The vibrations are still felt at lower RPM’s. The refinement level is not at par with its rivals, but this is a bike of a completely different segment. This bike has a tremendous road presence. Also, the 20-liter tank offers a great range for this vehicle. The suspensions offer a beautiful ride quality. The seat height of this new thunderbird is low enough so that short riders would also be comfortable.
Bullet 500 now comes with a fuel injection system unlike the old carburetor system. This has been added to make the bike BS-IV compliant. It’s one of the least expensive 500cc motorcycles that one can buy in India. It is a fusion of classic, charming looks and modern technology.
The engine produces 40.9 Nm of torque at just 3,800 rpm and its mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. It also comes with ABS as option. The price of the ABS model goes up to 1.89 lakhs ex-showroom.
This bike is available in 2 variants and 2 colors within a range if 1.99 to 2.15 lakh INR. It has a good low-end punch. Above 80 kmph the vibration level increases drastically. This bike however, needs a lot of maintenance, there is a starting trouble once in a while.
The ride quality is better than the thunderbird. High speed stability is not great as there are a lot of vibrations around. However, it’s a bike you would take as a matter of pride and not as a value for money.
Other bikes from this brand include Thunderbird 350, Continental GT, Bullet Trials, Thunderbird 350 and Thunderbird 500. Surely, they are made like a gun and they do run like a bullet, but they also vibrate a lot and they are really costly. Royal Enfield surely is the only brand assembling motorcycles for a decade and it does have its own charm. However, considering the competition around them they really lack behind.
The ride becomes a bit stressful because of the vibrations and the weight of the bike makes it a bit slow. But, if you need an armor protected bike, then this is the best option you have. The quality of materials is extremely rigid and made to last longer. For Example, my family owns a royal enfield from last twenty years and that bike is still running great and feels absolutely fantastic. It does turn heads around because of its antique glory. Ultimately, it’s a bike that you buy with your heart and not your brain.
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