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Royal Enfield Bullet Classic: A Comparison between 500CC and 350 CC

Guys here I am giving comparison between 500CC and 350CC Royal Enfield Bullet Classic. In production since 1932, Bullet enjoys the reputation of longest running model in the unremitting production. Recently, after 75 years, its new avatar has been launched in the market with new styling and younger look that does not compromise on what is expected from a Royal Enfield. What sets it apart from just about every other motor bike in the market is its authentic vintage styling and styling in single colour. So here we have a bike reminiscent of the native imaginary of British motorcycles, post World War II.

In case you are a diehard Royal Enfield enthusiast just like me, and planning to buy one, I hope the comparison here will help you to make the right choice.

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Engine Single Cylinder, 4 Stroke, OHV, SI Engine, Air cooled, and Fuel Injection Single Cylinder, 4 Stroke, OHV, SI Engine, Aircooled, Twinspark
Displacement 499 CC 346 CC
Bore x Stroke 84 mm x 90 mm 70 mm x 90 mm
Maximum Power 27.2 bhp @ 5250 rpm 19.8 bhp @ 5250 rpm
Maximum Torque 41.3 Nm @ 4000 rpm 28 Nm @ 4000 rpm
Transmission 5 Speed (left foot gear shift) 5 Speed (left foot gear shift)
Ignition Electronic Ignition Digital TCI
Carburetor BS29 / UCAL
Dimensions
Ground Clearance 140 mm 140 mm
Width 800 mm 800 mm
Wheel Base 1370 mm 1370 mm
Length 2130 mm 2150 mm
Height 1050 mm 1080 mm
Tyres
Front 90/90 – 18 3.25 – 19
Rear 110/90 – 18 110/90 – 18
Electricals
Electrical System 12 Volts – DC 12 Volts – DC
Head Lamp 60 W / 55 W, HALOGEN 60 W / 55 W, HALOGEN
Brakes
Front Hydraulic Disc Brake (Disc dia 280mm) Hydraulic Disc Brake (Disc dia 280mm)
Rear Foot Operated 153 mm Single Lead Internal Expanding Foot Operated 153 mm Single Lead Internal Expanding
Maximum Speed
Speed 130 Kmph 120 Kmph
Suspension
Front Telescopic, Hydraulic Damping, Stroke 130 mm Telescopic, Hydraulic Damping, Stroke 130 mm
Rear Swing Arm With Gas Shock Absorbers, Stroke 80 mm Swing Arm With Gas Shock Absorbers, Stroke 80mm

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128 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. BT
    Jan 26, 2010 @ 03:56:15

    Are you married? where do u get time to do all this stuff ? Whoooooooo

    Reply

    • tandoorandtravel
      Jan 26, 2010 @ 06:41:11

      I love motorcycles and that’s why I write this blog.

      Reply

      • Niteen
        Oct 06, 2011 @ 17:27:48

        Hi,

        I really appreciate the effort you have put in in comparing the two bikes.
        What i need to know is the actual mileage comparison between the two bikes and not the one claimed by the company. I am planning to buy the classic350/500 but i am really confused as to which one should i go for.

        Please advice
        Regards,
        Niteen Thakur

      • suj
        Aug 11, 2012 @ 12:52:06

        may i knw where i can get the custom parts i want for my royal enfield. i stay in india. south of india.

  2. Elliot
    Jun 01, 2010 @ 22:40:19

    So which one do you recommend?

    Cheers

    Reply

    • Vikas J singh
      Jun 02, 2010 @ 22:00:32

      I would recmend 500 cc one, but it all depends on your budget and liking.

      Reply

  3. Jass
    Jul 07, 2010 @ 16:05:19

    hi,
    Can you please go little more in detail about the comparision as I am able to get any of these two as I am not like the one who goes for log drives and all but still I am Bullet lover so technically and as per usability point of view which one is better among 500cc and 350cc if budget is also little considerd.

    rgds,
    -Jass

    Reply

    • Vikas J singh
      Jul 07, 2010 @ 16:36:14

      Hi Jass

      The major difference in both the bikes is their displacement tourque and Bhp, rest is more or less same. If you are not the one who go on long drives and will use it in city then 350 cc will be perfect as its is around 25000 rupees cheaper than the 500 cc classic.

      Hope you will get you bike soon and post some pictures.

      take care

      Vikas

      Reply

  4. Mao
    Aug 13, 2010 @ 12:33:43

    I believe its the Electronic Fuel Injection, zapper wheels on both ends (350 has only rear) and the Roll over sensor (malfunction indicator) that makes for the 25 to 30k difference in price. I think more or less the said features justifies the cost difference.
    If you’re going for the classic, I don’t see why you shouldn’t go all out for the 500cc. I can assure you its going to be worth every paise!

    Cheers!!
    Mao

    Reply

  5. Chand
    Sep 08, 2010 @ 17:24:56

    How do you compare 350 classic with Electra UCE and Twinspark?? City drive types and reasonbl long drives of 100kms; any reco for Ladakh trip??

    Reply

  6. Janarthanan
    Nov 22, 2010 @ 11:15:12

    Is it Possible to add a rear seat in 500 Classic..

    Reply

    • Vikas J singh
      Nov 23, 2010 @ 22:19:41

      yes it is possible

      Reply

      • Mayur Parcha
        Aug 06, 2012 @ 15:57:08

        vikas j singh ji hello iam mayur from hyderabad iam just 25 old 72 kgs iam planing to take classic 350cc i used karizma R sinces 2010 jan in 2010 only i bookd classic 350 now iam planing to sell my karizma R. so now can u pls suggest me classic 350 is good for me I only run in day maxmum 45kms. and i want to know what is the mileage in city condtions THANK U

  7. navdeep
    Dec 17, 2010 @ 14:05:22

    is the decision of buying second hand bullet 350cc right?

    Reply

    • Vikas J singh
      Dec 20, 2010 @ 15:46:56

      absolutely, rather I suggest you should buy a used bullet which will cost you around Rs. 20000-25000/- and spend another 25000/- and convert it in a Royal Enfield classic

      Reply

  8. mitesh sanghavi
    Apr 27, 2011 @ 23:01:06

    hi,
    Vikas J singh
    can u just guide me over as i am planning 2 buy a royal enfield.
    i don know much about this bike bt really passionate for getting this into my garage.
    i am much intrested in buying a classic one that is 350cc or 500cc any one.
    i have some questions i hope you could hlp me out.
    1. the main factor is cost. what is cost of this 2 bikes?? for mumbai
    2. i have daily journey of 100km a day.wat average does this both bike give??
    3. which all colours are available in market.. is white available??
    4. what is the approximate w8n period for this bike??
    5. whta do u recomend th1 shld buy between this 2 bikes i.e 500cc or 350cc..

    regards,
    mitesh sanghavi

    Reply

    • Vikas J singh
      May 05, 2011 @ 16:34:39

      But a Royal Enfield Classic 350cc only if you are passionate about it but if you can look at other bikes then buy a Honda CBR 250r as its a great value for money and a bike to last a lifetime. You will never regret buying it.

      Reply

  9. Cash
    Apr 28, 2011 @ 16:22:28

    I want to gift the Royal Enfield to my bro,
    price is not the matter for me, i just want to know which is good and reliable.
    I dont have any idea about this.
    Will you give any suggestion.
    I want to bye it in Pune and handover him at Nashik. Is it ok ,Is there any distance service facility.
    Or its good to bye it in Nashik only..

    Reply

    • Vikas J singh
      May 05, 2011 @ 16:13:45

      If you want to gift than I suggest you gift a Honda CBR250r as its better value for money and your brother will thank you always for such a wonderful gift. Royal Enfield is not a reliable as a Honda. The price of RE 500cc and Honda CBR 250 base model (without ABS which are also not present in RE are same)

      Reply

  10. nimish
    May 12, 2011 @ 22:20:39

    is classic 500 suitable for city ride with minimum running of 50 km/day? price doesn’t matter.

    Reply

    • Vikas J singh
      May 13, 2011 @ 00:57:48

      No its not. Better buy a Honda CBR 250r if price dosent matter. IF you still want to buy a Royal Enfield Classic then go for 350 instead of 500.

      Reply

      • Pinaki
        Apr 07, 2012 @ 08:46:44

        I think Vikas it is like comparing the performance Japanese bikes to a cult brand like HD in US. The RE owner in India owns a RE only because of the pride of ownership. People having RE carry a different feeling of ownership not just a utility factor. I WOULD suggest if you have the desire to be one among the class of RE owners So be there otherwise the market has all sorts of options why only Honda. If going for RE only think of 500 don’t settle for a lesser one

      • Vikas Singh
        Apr 07, 2012 @ 10:12:56

        I completely agree with you Pinaki, RE is in a different league.

  11. shameer
    Jul 07, 2011 @ 10:27:18

    what is the difference between digital tci ignition and electronic ignition

    Reply

  12. Nirvan Jain
    Jul 07, 2011 @ 12:12:31

    Hello Vikas,

    I would also like your advice on these Royal Enfield bikes. I have only recently fallen in love with the idea of owning a motorbike. My plan is to use a bike not just for short trips (such as Delhi to Jaipur or Pondicherry to Bangalore and also for commutes within the city), but to also make very long road trips (i.e. from Pondicherry to Ladakh).

    Personally, I love the look of the 500cc model, but I don’t know whether these two models you have compared would be good for very long road trips – most likely just short trips and within the city. Am I correct in my assumption?

    Concerning only Royal Enfield bikes (the others besides the ones you have compared here), which would you recommend for use within the city/short commutes, long road trips or perhaps one bike that can manage both requirements? Are Royal Enfield bikes like the 500c or the 350cc reliable on long journeys or do they have problems/break down often? Which one tends to break down more easily?

    I know reliability is a big factor for long trips, but I don’t want just a boring, highly efficient bike…I would like some character.

    Are there any other brands/models of bikes that you would recommend besides Royal Enfield for these multi purposes? I’ve also been looking at Harley Davidson models for my long cruising purposes and I’ve heard that the various Japanese bikes are also very good choices. Right now, I’m not concerned with price – I just want to know about the motorbikes themselves.

    Thanks so much for your time,

    Nirvan

    Reply

    • Vikas J singh
      Jul 07, 2011 @ 12:45:21

      Dear Nirvan

      Thanks for your mail.

      If you are looking for a bike which can serve you on both long and short trips then I will never recomend a Royal Enfield. I believe its not as reliable as a Japanese bikes.

      Royal Enfield cant be compared to any other bike and they are in a different league. But its my personal view that its is not a reliable motorcycle for long distance travel like Pondicherry to Ladakh.

      If you are looking at Harleys and money is not the crieteria for you then I suggest you go for Kawasaki Ninja 650r which is a excellent and brilliant tourer as well as city sport bike. It prices around 4.57 lacs ex showroom and has a very refined engine and gives great value for money. Or a Harley 883 superlow which can also be customised in a cruiser and can serve you as a sporstster in the city.

      Or if you want something below 2 lac price range or lets say with price tag close to a royal enfield 500cc then you better get a Honda CBR 250r. This Honda is a great value for money as well and is very good in city as well as if you like to tour across the country as its top model comes with an ABS which can come handy while riding in the tough terrian of Ladakh.

      But if money is not the crieteria then nothing can beat Kawasaki Ninja 650r but you have to wait now as the booking for ninja is closed by Kawasaki for time being.

      Make sure that you take a good long test drive of all these bikes before you buy any.

      take care

      Vikas

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      • Nirvan Jain
        Jul 08, 2011 @ 16:32:18

        Hi Vikas,

        Thanks for your input. But I’m still confused about certain things. The Kawasaki Ninja 650r and the Honda CBR 250r are both very sporty bikes. Even though they are great for touring as you say (plus great city bikes), I was thinking of something more along the lines of a classic look. That’s why the Royal Enfield 500cc was so appealing. And yes, the Harley 883 Superlow is also great!

        So the Royal Enfield bikes are definitely not good for long distance touring in your opinion? Are they OK for short city-to-city journeys? What is a Royal Enfield 350cc or 500cc ideal for, in your opinion? And what type of cruiser bike (not overly racing-type ones) are good for long distance touring? For example, the types suitable for going cross-country in rough terrain/weather and where you carry all your travelling/camping equipment with you? Stuff like that.

        Regards,

        Nirvan

      • Vikas J singh
        Jul 08, 2011 @ 17:06:49

        Dear Nirvan

        Royal Enfield are cult bikes like Harleys, Indian and Triumphs. The tecnology Royal Enfield is using is old as compared to the japanese, European and American bikes. I will not say RE are outrighly bad for long distance travels, but there are chances they you face problems with them on long distance rides. But with superior technology bikes you are not going to face troubles. This is my opinion but people may differ with me and I respect their opinion as well. RE is a great bike for a road trip of say 1000 kilometers but not for longer trips like pondy to Ladakh

        First of all you need to shun this image that long distance motorcycles should not have sport bike like looks. CBR 250r is inspired from Honda VRF 1200 which is a specialist touring motorcycle.

        For long distance travel you can also consider Pulsar 220 F which is a very capable touring motorcycle. In rough terrains this bike can perform better than RE.

        Ironically there is not much choice of touring motorcycles in India as on today for motorcycles that have classic looks but then you can go for 883 superlow as its my personal favorite also as it has the biggest fuel tank and upright seating position that makes it good for long distance travel.

        But its upto you what you like. But the classic looking curisers are actually not touring bikes.

        Take care

        Vikas

      • S.Prabhu
        Oct 01, 2012 @ 16:06:27

        Dear Vikas Ji,

        Sorry for rate reply, and on the commernt which is used by you “RE is not good for Long Drive”, Peoples have drive RE from Manchester U.K to chennai which cannot done by anyother bikes……..this one example will satisfy the comment.

        It is all depends on the condition of the vehicled. If RE with all original parts and with originality will suitable for all types of Road and RIDE.

      • Vikas Singh
        Oct 01, 2012 @ 17:16:16

        Dear Friend

        I agree with you if you are talking about the old RE’s, but the RE of today are of no match to those old one which were rugged and reliable. Today’s RE is all about problems and complaints. I hope the Thunderbird 500 that is to be launched on 11th October is an improved version.

        Take care

  13. Joshua
    Aug 01, 2011 @ 14:57:42

    Hi,

    I spent quite a lot modifying a 1994 RE, Standard 350cc. However, it struggles to reach 100 KMPH….

    Would you advise changing the engine to a 500 CC one? who much would it cost me?

    Kindly let me know.

    Thanks
    Joshua

    Reply

    • Vikas J singh
      Aug 01, 2011 @ 15:38:45

      Dear Joshua

      By making changes in the 350 cc engine it can be converted to a 500 cc engine. I know a person in my city Ludhiana (punjab) who does this. But obviously he dosent tell me how he do it. This change increases the power of the engine and I am sure you motorcycle will easily cross 100 kmph. I think he mnakes some changes in the bore and crank plus some other minor changes. You can get in touch with some very good and experienced mechnic in your city who also is into modification of RE.

      all the best

      Take care

      Vikas

      Reply

      • Manikyala Srinivas
        Nov 27, 2011 @ 06:56:53

        Hai Vikas,
        Iam RE lover and own TBTS,I would like to convert it to 500cc,Can U please give me contact of the mechanic you mentioned.
        thanks ans regards
        Srinivas.

  14. ritesh kapoor
    Aug 02, 2011 @ 16:42:35

    hey vikas I don’t agree with your opinion that royal enfield motorcycles are not meant for long distance touring infact on the contrary RE are designed for long distance touring and they are proving this for several years my friend !!!
    Coming to your second misconception about RE motorcycles that their technology is out dated. you can go any authorised showroom or google about the above mentioned motorcycles and their specifications… You will be surprised to see that they have revamped all their models with unit construction engine which is very reliable and is euro 4 compliant.
    I own a royal enfield classic 500 and very much satisfied with the bikes performance it has nice uce based engine , efi system from kehien japan, starter motor by denso… I hope the above explanation will help you to change your views about RE motorcycles !! Have a nice day !! For more info visit http://www.enfieldmotorcycles.inenfieldmotorcycles.in

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    • ABHISHEK
      Apr 05, 2012 @ 23:23:48

      could you please telL me whats avg of ur 500cc &its maintaince is IT high ?

      Reply

      • Vikas Singh
        Apr 06, 2012 @ 17:06:42

        Hi Abhishek
        I dont have RE 500 classic. But the average is around 30-32 and yes the maintenece cost depends on the riding style, but yes its towards the higher side.

  15. ritesh kapoor
    Aug 02, 2011 @ 16:45:52

    hey vikas I don’t agree with your opinion that
    royal enfield motorcycles are not meant for long
    distance touring infact on the contrary RE are
    designed for long distance touring and they are
    proving this for several years my friend !!!
    Coming to your second misconception about RE motorcycles that their technology is out dated.
    you can go any authorised showroom or google
    about the above mentioned motorcycles and
    their specifications… You will be surprised to
    see that they have revamped all their models
    with unit construction engine which is very reliable and is euro 4 compliant.
    I own a royal enfield classic 500 and very much
    satisfied with the bikes performance it has nice
    uce based engine , efi system from kehien japan,
    starter motor by denso… I hope the above
    explanation will help you to change your views about RE motorcycles !! Have a nice day !! For
    more info visit http://www.enfieldmotorcycles.in !!

    Reply

  16. Rahul Kapoor
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 01:12:22

    I was told that fuel average of 500 is low, so that on long tours you might have to carry extra tank on side saddle for fear of fuel running out between two petrol pumps. Looking to buy a bike basically for Sunday rides. Price isn’t much important. Just wondering if I cud still think of the 500 Classic ?

    Reply

    • KZ Patel
      Aug 30, 2011 @ 17:14:24

      Rahul,

      You dont have to carry extra fuel, With full tank I rode classic 500 from Ahmedabad to Navsari that is around 280 Kilometres and still had some fuel left in my tank. I have never checked exactly what mileage it gives per liter.
      Any classic 500 owners can you please advise if you have changed your exhaust to goldstar exhaust and did that improve the sound.

      Reply

  17. vinodh
    Aug 26, 2011 @ 10:49:34

    Vikas,.

    Its good to see all above views :) can you clarify me for a couple of questions 1) classic 500 runs with petrol or diesel??
    2) Difference between Electronic Ignition and Digital TCI
    3) Difference between Fuel Injection and Twinspark

    I have already booked Classic 500 & eagerly waiting for it :)

    Thanks,
    Vinodh Ganji

    Reply

    • Vikas J singh
      Aug 26, 2011 @ 19:44:19

      Vinodh

      Your questions are actually funny.
      You dont know that whether classic 500 is pertol or diesel and you already have booked the motorcyle.
      take care and happy riding.

      Reply

  18. PARTH VIDHAT
    Sep 06, 2011 @ 20:10:33

    PARTHVIDHAT
    parthdeepika01@gmail.com

    PULLSER 180 THE BEST LONG & CITY
    I MAKE BYK TRIP TO GANGOTRE UTRAKHAND 23 TIMES
    TWO GUYS ON PULSER / HUNK / CBG / BULLET 350 / THUNDER BIRD
    EVERY TIME 180 WINS IN EVERY COMFORT MAILAGE NO BREAK DOUN
    ULTEMATE BYKE

    Reply

  19. ramprasad
    Sep 09, 2011 @ 13:34:57

    Hi guys which is better Classic 500 or Harley 883 . thanks

    Reply

  20. Alex
    Sep 19, 2011 @ 23:58:24

    Hi All,

    Can we have a Comparison between Bullet Standard UCE 350CC and Electra UCE 350 CC….

    Please advise which will be a better model to go for?

    Reply

  21. Bhakta Sharma
    Sep 30, 2011 @ 07:38:41

    I am planning to buy a RE bike but i am confused between thunderbird or classic 350. could any one suggest which one is better (comfort, touring ability). Comfort matters a lot to me and i am even thinking on bajaj Avenger. which is better please suggest

    Reply

    • Vikas J singh
      Oct 03, 2011 @ 08:13:59

      Buy Avenger as its a better package anyday compared to royal enfield

      Reply

  22. Nitin Thakur
    Oct 06, 2011 @ 17:33:35

    Hi,

    I am planning to buy a bike and has to chose between Engield classic350/500/HondaCBR but i am really confused as to which one should i go for. I am looking for a comfortable ride in hills, daily of 80kms. Please advice

    Please advice
    Regards,
    Niteen Thakur

    Reply

  23. Nitin Thakur
    Oct 06, 2011 @ 17:34:11

    I am planning to buy a bike and has to chose between Engield classic350/500/HondaCBR but i am really confused as to which one should i go for. I am looking for a comfortable ride in hills, daily of 80kms. Please advice

    Please advice
    Regards,
    Niteen Thakur

    Reply

  24. shahbaz
    Oct 08, 2011 @ 21:57:03

    sir can u tell me wat is the daily average of bullet classic 500

    Reply

  25. Nithin Sreekumar
    Oct 09, 2011 @ 02:37:52

    hi my name is nithin…..i am staying in Dubai. i wish to take a royal enfield. my options are…classic 350..and thunderbird twinspark…but confused with both…i may spend 60days in an year wid ma bike….wich is suitable for me……
    and just xplain me de difference of dese two bikes…
    plz guide….
    thnx

    Reply

  26. Rohith
    Oct 10, 2011 @ 03:04:30

    which one is physically bigger , 350c or 500 c ?

    Reply

  27. shan
    Oct 15, 2011 @ 11:06:00

    hi friends… i have got a 883 superlow, excellent comfortable ride..
    enfield users will appreciate the power… now i am getting this wildest idea of buying an old RE and convert into a harley… eventhough half the the bike has to be imported..

    Reply

  28. jaat boy
    Oct 16, 2011 @ 09:40:09

    wat is the averaaj of bullet 500 modal i want one guys?i’m jaat phrom haryana and want to rid bulet

    Reply

  29. vijay
    Oct 16, 2011 @ 20:30:33

    Hi,
    i want to buy 350 classic. Is it safe to fit rear seat.what about suspension.

    Reply

  30. Yogesh Khatwani
    Nov 01, 2011 @ 23:22:38

    Hi Vikas,

    I am planning to buy classic 350, i just wanted to how is the maintenance for this bike..

    Reply

  31. Yogesh Khatwani
    Nov 01, 2011 @ 23:25:20

    Hi Vikas,

    I am planning to buy classic 350, i don’t know much about classic 350, and how is the maintenance of this bike…can you please help…

    Reply

  32. vijendra
    Nov 04, 2011 @ 15:50:32

    Hi Vikas,
    Wanted to know if i take re classic 350 without fuel injection now and some years later can it be cobverted to fuel ingection… silly thought but useful..
    as classic 500 still have issues with its ecu and anyhow indian 500 doesn’t have O2 sensor and many felt jerking issues and planning to change the ecu to get rid of all this. no one complained for 350 with carburator. don’t know how good it is..
    felt rear tire better than other re but still just 110mm fz still have thicker one even pulsar 180/220 have 120mm i feel. superlow in bangalore costing 6.7 lacks on road 1 lack road tax.. i felt better take re classic 350 and enjoy instead of spending too much… 40km daily city ride that too on highway…
    whats your suggestion. haven’t took proper test ride for re but heard… cbr never drove heard of bad plastic quality… single cylender etc. 1.67 on road bangalore and 2 lacks for abs version here…

    Reply

  33. PAVAN KUMAR
    Nov 10, 2011 @ 15:17:43

    I am great lover f royal enfield. I am confusd between 350 r 500. whc one to buy. i am col stdnt studin at 1st puc. so i am planin to buy it nxt year. whc one wil u suggst me. and also tel me mileage

    Reply

    • Vikas J singh
      Nov 11, 2011 @ 12:59:19

      I suggest you a RE Classic 350 with fuel injection. You can choose from new colours (Desert strom. chrome and battle green)

      Reply

      • Peter Savio Lourenço
        Nov 24, 2011 @ 14:33:33

        The 350 is not available with Fuel Injection. Only the 500 comes come with Fuel Injection. Desert Storm, Chrome etc are exclusive 500 models.

  34. Raj
    Dec 09, 2011 @ 16:08:53

    Battle Green Is Reserved For Army Personells…

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  35. Raj
    Dec 09, 2011 @ 16:21:21

    classic 350
    UCE Engines (For better mileage n less maintenance)
    Mileage : 35-40 city
    40 to 45 Highway (Depends on how the person rides it)
    110 – top speed
    maintenance is less due to UCE engines and better mileage
    black, maroon, silver
    124000/- On Road Mumbai
    =====================

    classic 500
    UCE Engines (For better mileage n less maintainance)
    Mileage : 20-25 city
    25 to 30 max 35 Highway (Depends on how the person rides it)
    120 – top speed
    maintainance is a bit high dan 350
    black, aqua blue, maroon
    153000/- On Road Mumbai

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  36. Raj
    Dec 09, 2011 @ 16:23:32

    Engine of Royal Enfield Classic 350cc
    The bike runs on a powerful 346cc engine from Thunderbird Twinspark, and it generates a torque of 19.8 Bhp of maximum power at 5250 revs giving 28 Nm of torque. We will talk about UCE or the Unit Construction Engine in detail. However, there is not much of a difference between Royal Enfield Classic 500 and Classic 350cc other than the engine capacity.

    Reply

  37. Raj
    Dec 09, 2011 @ 16:24:18

    UCE: The Royal Enfield Classic engine comes with clutch and the gearbox which are integrated into crank case and they are situated outside. The UCE or the Unit Construction Engine reduces transmission losses and are absolutely hassle free when it comes to maintenance.

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  38. ben
    Dec 12, 2011 @ 13:51:25

    I hear the new C5s (2012 models) made by RE is coming out with heavy mods, compared to the up to date C5s released, is this true? i mean, RE did bring changes in the air filter and swing arms. does anybody here know how to track these mods?
    thnx.
    happy thumping.

    Reply

  39. akshay
    Dec 20, 2011 @ 19:59:14

    I want to buy a bke but my father says that he only wants bullet and i want r15.plzz tell which is better in these both.And plzz tell which is better in classic 500 and classic 350

    Reply

    • Vikas J singh
      Dec 20, 2011 @ 20:06:55

      There is no comparison of both the motorcycles. RE is a cult motorcycle and R15 is a sports bike. If you want to enjoy the ride experience, and need a high performance motorcycle then go for R15 as its technologically ages ahead of RE Bullet but if you are looking to own a cult motorcycle them go for Bullet.

      Reply

  40. Akshay
    Dec 22, 2011 @ 18:01:03

    And which is better in classic 500 and classic 350.

    Reply

  41. Akshay
    Dec 24, 2011 @ 19:13:37

    And if i want to show d sound that d bullet produces then which one is better.

    Reply

    • Vikas J singh
      Dec 25, 2011 @ 10:58:35

      I will still go for a Honda CBR 250r and I am sure end of the day you will value the quality and performance of the CBR over the sound of the bullet
      over

      Reply

  42. Krunalsinh rathod
    Jan 21, 2012 @ 16:47:15

    Hiii vikas..can u tell me why u r offering honda cbr250 instead of royal enfield 500cc bike..i m confused about it because i think honda cbr250cc looks like baby bike in front of royal enfield 500cc..as nobody see honda cbr when royal enfeild is also present at that time…

    Reply

    • Vikas J singh
      Jan 22, 2012 @ 11:02:23

      Hi Krunal
      I think my commenets are misundersttod and I owe a clarification to all. Well CBR 250 and RE are two different motorcycles and should not be compared.
      What I want to say is that those who buy RE buy it for the love of it. RE is a great motorcycles because it is legendary and has a glorious history. But we all must also accept that it is poor when it comes to technical comparison. Actually someone asked me that he wants to buy a RE for long drives and I gave my view about CBR and RE that If I have to buy a motorcycle for long drives I will certainly go for a CBR 250 for its handling, looks and technical superiority. Yes, now you will say that for decades people are doing long cross country rides on RE but let me tell you that they have faced a lot of problems and if you try a long cross country drive on a CBR you will feel the differnce.

      But to sum it all I am a great fan of the legendary Royal Enfield and always hold a great respect the RE Motorcycles.

      Reply

  43. Kapil R
    Jan 21, 2012 @ 23:23:47

    Thanx Vikas for your expert comment its realy help me n others too
    Kapil

    Reply

  44. nikhil
    Jan 25, 2012 @ 21:42:47

    hey buddy cna we modify any royal enfield bikes in a royal enfield classic 350cc one seater please do mail me thnx

    Reply

    • Vikas J singh
      Jan 25, 2012 @ 23:36:32

      Hi Nikhil

      Yes royal enfield can be modified in RE classic 350 one seater. you can get in touch with me on my mobile 9872969366 or mail me at vks_10@yahoo.com

      Reply

  45. hitesh
    Feb 13, 2012 @ 09:11:08

    hi….
    i hv a bullet stAndard 350 bt nw i want to change my machine….can u suggest me that which is better…bullet classic 500 or
    standard 2009 model which costs around 85000….???

    Reply

    • Vikas J singh
      Feb 13, 2012 @ 09:34:10

      Hitesh I suggest you go for a 500cc classic only as its a better machine with better styling and a good resale value. You can also consider Classis 350.

      Reply

  46. Ralph
    Mar 09, 2012 @ 08:05:45

    what I really want to knw is the comparison between standard 350 and classic 350..! bullet, though they hv been for 75 years, they really lack technology barring few changes in electronic ignition and new engine.. but I dont think it makes much difference..! even the 500 doesn’t give th power of a 250 cc make ..!! bullet only rides on tradition.. I hv 2 bullets in my house, ’68 and ’90 models.. u just cant find any difference…!
    pls lost a comparison of the standard 350 and Classic 350.. pls highlight on new technologies brought in classic 350..!

    Reply

    • Vikas Singh
      Mar 09, 2012 @ 09:56:23

      Dear Ralph
      I second you everthing you have written above, I am also of an opinion that Royal Enfield is riding on the good will it has created few decades ago. The technology is old and the motorcycle is seriously underpowered. I can write the comparison on the classic and standard 350 but there is not much to tell about the technoligical advancements in the Motorcycle.

      Ralph if you go through all the comments I had got on this post you will find one of my comments where I have highlighted this fact about the outdated technology.

      Reply

  47. Dorothy Dawson
    Apr 01, 2012 @ 21:57:23

    My family have been looking at whether to get a Honda 250 or a Royal Enfield 500, and as reliability is very important I think you have just persuaded us in favour of the Honda. But re: petrol or diesel – I think somebody somewhere started a rumour that the 500 was actually a diesel! Thanks for your help!

    Reply

    • Vikas Singh
      Apr 02, 2012 @ 08:20:42

      You have made a right choice as honda CBR 250R is a better motorcycle in every field if compared to the Royal Enfield 500. Royal Enfield 500 is a petrol motorcycle only.

      Reply

      • dr gurpreet singh bali
        Apr 08, 2012 @ 22:01:14

        dear vikas,
        great comparison…but missin out the point royal enfield cannot be compared to the honda or bajaj or yamaha…its in a different class..its a legend…nobody should buy an enfield because u want a bike ..i started 10 years ago with a machismo…and all along these years i have had 5 different enfields (classic,electra) i fell in love with bikin and the very presence of the bike ….i mean to say its not for everyone … but then who r v inside ..everyone buys a bike then how many r bikers??? few right…enfielder for life(chd enfield club)

      • Vikas Singh
        Apr 08, 2012 @ 22:21:08

        Dear Gurpreet,

        I completely agree with you, but I compared RE with Honda because someone asked me which one is value for money and I believe that Honda is value for money and RE is not value for money but RE is much more than value for money, its a cult motorcycle and has no comparison.

  48. dr gurpreet singh bali
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 21:52:45

    HI everyone ,
    i am a RE 500 classic owner .let me tell u a couple of things…great bike superb on rough terrain.great to drive around the city…good looks everyhing a biker needs ..but guys what r u comparing enfield to?…thats the question ..most of the people who buy enfield or atleast me is for the love of it…nothing compares to ridin an enfield (just returned to chandigarh from kinnaur h.p) . i have driven enfield for last 10 years …yeah high maintanance ..some glitches but isn’ t that the fun of it all. I just want to put forward a simple thought if u just wanna drive a bike dont buy enfield ..if u wanna fall in love with bikin buy one

    Reply

    • Pinaki
      Apr 10, 2012 @ 13:10:19

      Well expressed. I wonder why is the discussion on RE vs others is still on. There is no comparison possible. Can one compare mind and heart. If one uses too much of mind then one should not consider RE. RE users have a heart which has beats of a different resonance.

      Reply

  49. Jayvardhan Joshi
    May 21, 2012 @ 10:28:33

    Hello..
    I own a honda CBR 250 r..11 months old..now i am lookin forward to shift to royal enfield but i am really confused what to do..Sell my cbr get a brand new classic 350 or 500 or get a second hand classic and keep my cbr!!!…help!!!

    Reply

    • Vikas Singh
      May 21, 2012 @ 10:40:39

      I will suggest to keep both. Try to get an old RE and customise it as per your needs. Dont sell you CBR. Both are great motorcycles

      Reply

      • Jayvardhan Joshi
        May 27, 2012 @ 21:18:38

        Thanks!!!

  50. PS
    May 27, 2012 @ 00:33:19

    Good thought well said RE cadres to the niche group the loves riding and not all who ride for the heck of it..I am just going to book myself a classic 350 ! Also I think the bike is reliable enough for long distances ..Re group has been arranging the trips themselves ..

    Reply

  51. Pinaki
    May 27, 2012 @ 08:54:07

    CBR caters to Sports bike enthusiasts while RE is for mature bike lovers who carry the pride of driving a RE. After all there is a “Royal” element in it……..
    I have driven both Classic 350 and Classic 500 but I feel C5 is a class different. The Higher torque and cc is clearly felt

    Reply

  52. parnit
    Jun 01, 2012 @ 18:25:32

    @vikas – would be glad if you could help me with this one!
    got my C500 a week back, IT NEEDS the change of the rear tyre! (not a personal opinion but the rear tyre is actually not good enough for the amazing engine).
    it is 110/90-18″
    i have 2 questions;
    1. can the rear one be changed to 120/90-18″ ones?
    2. is it possible to get a shorter tyre eg- 110/90-17″ or 120/90-17″ ?

    another technicality i wanted to clear from my head. when we say 110/90, 110 is the width, & 90 is height/ width, so if we buy 120mm width tyre does the spec change to 120/80 (taking the ratio into consideration), OR DOES THE REST REMAIN THE SAME 120/90 after the change in tyre width?

    Reply

  53. Pinaki
    Jun 02, 2012 @ 17:12:45

    c500 on paper comes with 120/90-18 plz check with the website. so need be check wth ur dealer.
    both aspect ratio may be available u need to check options avalable higher the ratio (percentage) side wall changes so does the comfort level. low aspect ratios will lead to more comfortable rides but be ware of Indan bad roads were lower ratios is not suitable

    Reply

  54. devesh
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 15:57:28

    i have heard tht there is some problem in classic 500 .

    Reply

  55. Pinaki
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 22:55:12

    What problem? as far as I know there is no problem. If you could elaborate I could throw some more light. As per me it is a very good RE perhaps the best of the recent REs in the market.

    Reply

  56. Jassi
    Jul 01, 2012 @ 13:28:41

    Can center of gravity of c500 be further lowered?

    Reply

  57. Pinaki Ghosh
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 09:44:47

    It can be lowered only by modification and changing the seat position some alterations are required.

    Reply

  58. Jassi
    Jul 06, 2012 @ 18:51:03

    Does company offer such modifications at the time of buying/booking?

    Reply

  59. Pinaki Ghosh
    Jul 07, 2012 @ 05:43:07

    No not by the company but your dealer service station can do it at their own end

    Reply

  60. David
    Aug 06, 2012 @ 15:35:06

    Seen the comments given, I’m here in Assam, plan to go for 350cc, can the rear Tyre 120/80-18″ from a 500cc, which the dealers are giving “MRF” brand here, can it be fitted on to a 350cc classic rear, would the additional weight or slight variation in dimension change the performance of the bike, fat one’s at the back, sure do look good!!!

    Reply

  61. Zaid
    Aug 10, 2012 @ 12:16:04

    how said royal enfield motorcycles don’t stands for value for money? it dose and much better than those jap toddlers. believe me. they dies young. no long life.

    Reply

  62. Sandip Dubey (@sndipdubey)
    Sep 07, 2012 @ 12:13:45

    hey vikash,,,,first of all thanks for clearing all confusion above…….i just want to know that i have to drive 60 kms a day,,is classic 350 is good for that or not,,,,,i am driving sporty type bike(pulsar,discover) since last 6 yrs and i am literally fed up….just want to change the taste….my budget is also 1,30000,,,,so pls suggest me whether i shud go fir it or not.

    Reply

  63. rahul
    Sep 07, 2012 @ 19:05:30

    hey i want to buy re,,which model is best chrome 500c or desert 500 c?

    Reply

  64. satvinder
    Sep 08, 2012 @ 12:04:03

    which one is better classic 350 or electra

    Reply

    • Vikas Singh
      Sep 10, 2012 @ 08:26:15

      Both are good. It depends on your taste. But I would prefer a Classic over Electra as I feel its handy to ride and sports better looks.

      Reply

  65. Jattitude
    Sep 11, 2012 @ 00:27:04

    Well I am amazed to see bullet being compared to Avenger/other sport bikes..

    One cant really compare d Bull with other.. its a class apart and stand out any day…CL500 is best you can get if its not much pain to your pocket, its worth every penny… From looks from original 1950 & technological updates this bike got it all… Pride for any owner to have it in his/her garage… Riding one is sheer pleasure….

    Reply

  66. pinaki ghosh
    Sep 11, 2012 @ 21:49:18

    I have got my Bull CL 500 delivered and I am enjoying every bit of it. truly I have driven a CBR 250, and other bikes which claim to give you pleasure. But now after having driven almost 200 kms on the first day itself. I no CL 500 is pleasure unlimited other bikes are real kid stuff. NEIGHBORS envy OWNERS pride

    Reply

  67. Yogesh
    Sep 27, 2012 @ 10:41:55

    I have booked classic 350, and i want to know that can i change the stock to upswept silencer at same time of delivery, or later. Then when should i change that.

    Thanks

    Reply

    • Vikas Singh
      Sep 28, 2012 @ 10:08:44

      Classic 350 is a great and right choice. You can change the silencer at the time of delivery.

      Reply

  68. Yogesh
    Sep 29, 2012 @ 10:45:29

    I heard, classic 350 rear tyre and mudguards clearance so poor. It will harms mudguard while ofroad driving. Is it true. (2 person on classic 350)

    Reply

  69. fredy
    Nov 06, 2012 @ 01:06:20

    hai guys
    can any one help with my confusion whether to buy an old 350 std good condition added crank or new classic 500 ….

    Reply

  70. LGLG
    Dec 20, 2012 @ 13:44:06

    Hi Vikas/ Frens ,
    Please suggest me if I should go with clasic 350 or Desert storm 500 .. Am in big confusion . I need some cons and Pros of both 350 nd 500.. Am making my mind to 500 becaus of the colour of Desert Storm. I am taking this bike mainly fo Wekend drive . Also I want to kow he worst city milage fo both.

    your inputs are much appreciated !!

    Reply

  71. Munna
    Dec 28, 2012 @ 11:18:41

    Vikas can u pls tell me whether if there is any change between classi 350 and 500 in lookwise??
    I feel 500 looks like a bull and 350 does not have that look why?

    Reply

  72. Reggie
    Dec 30, 2012 @ 16:07:26

    Its very simple really.To own a Royal Enfield you simple need to either know a bit about how a four stroke engine works or willing to improve your knowledge about it,then there’s nothing better than a Royal Enfield.Its ideally for a person who just likes the feel of it,the roughness the raw power, the idea of owning a work of art,its like the bikes in Motorcycle diaries,its like a world war two bike.its just meant for a different kind of person.its more manly and has a responsible look to it as long as you don’t change the look to much,as compared to the more boyish and yes you could even say more stylish bikes around. In short you got to love it for what it is and not just because it has a big look.
    I think Royal Enfield has done a remarkable job so far and improved what really will make a difference. A CV carb a similar model in almost all bikes and used even in some of the Bajaj bikes…takes care of fuel problems.A cdi unit so there’s no need for timing gears and the manually points system ,shifting the gear shifter to the left and getting ride of the neutraliser…You look after the bike and ride it knowing what.s happening in the bike I would say its as reliable as any other bike.
    And if someone says its out dated maybe so but you still have a slower speed 350 cc engine with a lot of power giving you a mileage of 50km a leter is good for me. The old traditional Tappids,rocker arms pushrods are replaced buy timing belts in other bikes and things like a more compact engine makes them a little more reliable and smoother and hence at higher speeds less chances of something going wrong thats about it…
    In short lets just say the Royal Enfield is something like a old seiko winding watch while the modern other motorcycles is some like a fasttrack watch…
    Of course you don’t need to be a mechanic to own a bullet just give it for its regular services,follow the manual and ride sencibly and it won’t let you down.

    Reply

    • Dr.Amit
      Sep 07, 2013 @ 13:54:05

      Hi reggie
      I wanna buy a RE.. So please tell me which one is better, bullet 350 UCE Or bullet 500 UCE !? And please I’m talking about the standard models not these new classic models! As I’ve heard from almost all the bullet fans in my friend circle that the 350 standard model is the best! Please give your expert comment!

      If any other respected bulleteers can advice me on this topic, then please help me out!
      Thanks in advance!
      Kind regards!
      Dr. Amit

      Reply

  73. policemanju
    May 31, 2013 @ 23:06:34

    want to drive c500 eagerly waiting for it.. its my darling

    Reply

  74. Hex.Io
    Jun 24, 2013 @ 08:05:17

    Thanks for finally talking about >Royal Enfield Bullet
    Classic: A Comparison between 500CC and 350 CC | Cars And Motorcycles <Liked it!

    Reply

  75. Andre Machielsen
    Jul 12, 2013 @ 17:31:56

    I have a specialist question. Can a 500 cc cylinder fit a 350 cc engine block, stroke is the same in both, as is the compression. Can a 500 cc complete engine fit the 350 frame? I ask because here in Thailand we cannot import RE bikes, but I found a legal one (with book) which is 350 cc. and want to make a 500 cc out of it. Also, can one buy engines and/ or cylinders in India? Please can someone enlighten me, I really want this bike.

    Reply

  76. marshall
    Jul 18, 2013 @ 21:53:11

    Hi i have just booked my CS 500 black is it okay??? loved black v much

    Reply

  77. sujith
    Sep 15, 2013 @ 12:58:25

    i buyed classic 350 yesterday…and 70 km rided , now am facing too much jerking when gear in newtral position…. any body please tell me why it is happening and how to minimise it? thanking you very much…

    Reply

  78. Milind
    Oct 03, 2013 @ 11:33:35

    HI,

    I am thinking of buying a Classic 500 Chrome. However i saw a few comments above which says Desert Strom is better.

    I will be using this bike for commuting as well as short touring, but mileage is not a consideration factor for purchase (just respect the bike too much). However i may need a rear seat installed, can it come company fitted or would I have to get it done separately?

    Also does the classic 500 have a better “thump”, than the newly released Bullet 500?

    Reply

    • Vikas Singh
      Oct 03, 2013 @ 16:57:38

      Hi Milind

      Both Classic Chrome 500 and Desert storm 500 are same, its just the paint job that’s different. If you are going to use it for touring as well then I think Desert Storm color will be better as it will be easy to maintain. The rear seat is part of the package and you will get one fitted when you purchase the motorcycle. As far as the thump is concern the thump of classic 500 is as good as standard 500 but I have felt that the classic 350 cc had a slightly better thump then the 500 cc engine but at the same time while touring I have felt that the 350 cc is a little under power. Nevertheless both 350 and 500 are good and my suggestion is to go for Classic 500 Desert Storm as it will give you more power and a good thump as well.

      Ride safe and take care

      Vikas

      Reply

  79. Ramki
    Dec 16, 2013 @ 19:01:24

    Hi Vikas,
    I have booked RE C350, however i like DS 500. Still in dual mind to decide which would be the best bike for me. Need more + and – on both the models. Please help me!! Thanks!!

    Reply

  80. sushil
    Dec 22, 2013 @ 12:11:52

    ok guys i read most of the discussion here . I am new to bikes drove hero honda scooter ( vespa old ) etc and love RE the sound look and everything i wana buy outside bangalore and bring it here ….the question is 350 classic or 500 price diff 35 40 k …some how i can manage but i am looking at perfomance and mileage ..and the thump sound …please suggest which on to go ..driving 45 50 km per day sometimes highway…

    Reply

  81. sandip
    Jan 02, 2014 @ 03:17:21

    I have 1974 model bullet I like bullet sound bullet 500cc have sound like old bullet

    Reply

  82. sourav
    Jun 24, 2014 @ 03:06:04

    hi i am planning to buy a 500cc Royal enfield, but i am confused between desert storm and thunderbird.

    Can anyone please help me on this

    Reply

    • Vikas Singh
      Jun 24, 2014 @ 10:05:05

      Hi Sourav

      Both are very good bikes but Thunderbird is much much more comfortable and handles better than Classic. You can do long rides without getting tied on a Thunderbird. I am riding a Thunderbird for last 18 months and I have nothing to complain about. Its an excellent machine. For me go for Thunderbird 500. There are two beautiful new color option also available in Thunderbird now.

      Ride Hard Ride Safe

      Vikas

      Reply

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