Royal Enfield Bullet Classic 500 Military

 

 

 

Make Model

Royal Enfield Bullet G5 Military EFI

Year

2009 - 10

Engine

Four Stroke, single Cylinder,  OHV

Capacity

499 cc / 30.4 cu-in
Bore x Stroke 84 x 90 mm
Cooling System Air Cooled
Compression Ratio 8.5:1

Lubrication

Wet sump

Engine Oil

15W50 API, SL grade, JASO MA

Induction

Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI)
Electrical 12V System; Headlamp 60/55W; Tail lamp 21/5W

Exhaust

One-into-one

Ignition

Electronic Ignition Keihin
Starting Electric & Kick

Max Power

20.3 kW / 27.2 hp @ 5200 rpm

Max Torque

41.3 Nm / 4.2 kgf-m / 30.5 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

Clutch

Wet, multiplate

Transmission 

5 Speed, constant mesh

Final Drive

Chain

Frame

Single downtube, engine used as stress member

Front Suspension

Telescopic, Hydraulic Damping, Stroke 130 mm wheel travel

Rear Suspension

Swing Arm With Gas Shock Absorbers, Stroke 80 mm wheel travel

Front Brakes

Single 280mm disc

Rear Brakes

Foot operated, 153 mm drum

Front Tyre

90/90 -19

Rear Tyre

100/90 -19
Dimensions Length 2160 mm / 85.0 in
Width   800 mm / 31.5 in
Height  1050 mm / 
Wheel base 1370 mm / 53.9 in
Seat Height 800 mm / 31.5 in

Dry Weight

168.0 kg / 370.4 lbs

Fuel Capacity 

13.5 Litres / 3.2 US gal

The rugged Military model has seen extended duty on several fronts over the years and is now a prize for military enthusiasts throughout the world.

This highly unusual motorcycle is painted olive drab and comes standard with metal panniers (saddle bags) and engine bars, a unique look that harkens back to World War II.

Royal Enfield has a long and illustrious association with the British and Indian armies. In 1892 the company's predecessor won a lucrative contract to supply precision rifle parts to the Royal Small Arms Factory in Enfield, Middlesex and to celebrate produced a bicycle called the 'Enfield'. When motorcycle manufacturing commenced in 1901, the Royal Enfield was born.

During The First World War Royal Enfield supplied motorcycles to the British War Department, including a machine gun combination and the 6hp stretcher-carrying outfit. However the company’s most famous military motorcycle is possibly the ‘Flying Flea’ that was developed for airbourne forces in the later stages of the Second World War. Sometimes referred to as the ‘Airborne’, this lightweight 125cc motorcycle could be fitted into a steel tubular cage called the ‘Bird Cage’, which had a parachute attached to it and so could be dropped by parachute with airborne troops.

Royal Enfield opened a plant in Madras in 1949 to supply motorcycles to the Indian army. Since then the plant has supplied over 100,000 machines to the Indian army and a further 25,000 to the Police.

The current Army specification Royal Enfield looks almost identical to the original 350cc Bullet of 1949 at first glance, but is fitted with many discreet modern conveniences, including a 5-speed gearbox, electric starter and 12-volt electrics. However, a classic 500cc single cylinder engine with an authentic exhaust note powers it. These machines are painted olive green (including the mudguards and engine casings) and fitted with a heavy-duty rack with “ammo box” panniers and crash bars, as supplied to the Indian Army. It complies with all current European regulations so it is fully road legal and is available via Royal Enfield's nationwide dealer network.

Unique Features

New aluminum alloy Lean-Burn engine

A complete military look harkening back to WWII

Metal panniers (saddlebags) and engine bars standard

Improved for higher speeds, better handling

Now more environmentally friendly with lower emissions and increased fuel economy