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Capacity : 500
Model : Bullet
Production : 1990 - 1991
Category : (R) Street Bike


500 Bullet - 1990

A peaceful bullet

The British Enfield armaments company had begun the production of motorcycles in 1907, under the marque name of Royal Enfield; it launched the Bullet in 1951. In its 1955 version, the Bullet went into production in Madras, in southern India.

Too Dear for the Indians

Even though the Royal Enfield factory in England closed down in 1967, the Madras factory continues to build the Bullet, as the flagship of a range of an industry which is still relatively lively but generally oriented towards even more basic machines. In India, the Bullet is built for various state departments rather than private owners. Twenty thousand machines are assembled each year, and the factory employs some two thousand workers: this 500 (painted maroon, not black like the 350) is intended for European markets.

Changes for Europe

The decline in Eastern markets, the opportunities offered by low tariffs and the nostalgia boom, plus the demand for ''basic'' motorcycles have led recently to the export of these exotic machines to Europe. Compared with the original Bullet, the principal differences concern the carburetion (a Japanese Mikuni replaces the British Amal) and the ignition, nowadays by coil and battery and not by magneto.


Engine: 499cc (81x90mm) single-cylinder four-stroke wet-sump

Power Rating: 22 hp @ 5250 rpm

Valves: overhead

Transmission: 4-speed; chain final drive

Suspension: telescopic forks (front); swinging forks (rear)

Brakes: drum (front & rear)

Wheels: 3.25x19 inch

Weight: 359 lb

Maximum Speed: 80 mph

The only English 350 of the Fifties still available new is the Bullet built by Enfield of Madras! Now popular all over Europe they are named again Royal Enfield

Le fichier Moto Passion réalisé par François-Marie Dumas réunit près de deux mille photos accompagnées d'un historique très complet des machines présentées.
Il sera progressivement mis à jour ici et toute information complémentaire est la bienvenue sur info@moto-collection.org.

Cette documentation unique, qui constitue sans doute l'encyclopédie la plus exhaustive jamais écrite sur l'histoire de la moto, a été réalisée avec l'assistance de nombreux spécialistes dont principalement Didier Ganneau, Christophe Gaime, Mick Woollett, Jean Goyard, Bernard Salvat, Christian Rey, Yves Campion, Helmut Krackowizer, Michael Dregni, Michel Montange, etc. que je remercie ici.

Disponible sur demande :
- Les fiches originales sur papier
- Les photos et archives signées de mon nom en haute définition ou les documents originaux.
Me contacter sur info@moto-collection.org pour les conditions et droits d'utilisation.