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MCN overall verdict rating is 2

There are plenty of cracking classics you could buy for the price of a Royal Enfield Bullet Electra . These are the Indian-built ‘modern’ takes on the Fifties single, but to be honest even the addition of electric start can’t save this bike from being something that perhaps ought to have died out with drainpipe trousers and Teddy Boys.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

The Royal Enfield Bullet Electra's lazy SOHC single cylinder lump makes peak power at around 5500rpm, though keeping it there for any length of time will probably strain both you and the bike beyond endurance. Boasts a newer ‘lean burn’ engine for emissions purposes, which replaces the old British designed motor.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

Thankfully the absence of any serious urge doesn’t test the Royal Enfield Bullet Electra's brakes too much. The ride is pleasant, but compared to something like Kawasaki’s W650 or the more expensive Triumph range it lacks polish. The heavy weight makes the Bullet feel heavy around town, too. Comfy as you like. Until the vibes intrude.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

There are few concessions to modernity with the Royal Enfield Bullet Electra . No rev counter, for example, the lights are poor and older model Bullets (pre-2004) have old-school right hand side gearshifts and an upside-down shift pattern. Enfield offer a massive range of tuning parts.

Royal Enfield Bullet Electra (2004-current)

Detail Value
New price £4,385
Dealer used prices
£2,320 (2005) - £4,610 (2014)
Private used prices
£2,080 (2005) - £4,150 (2014)
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Engine size 499 cc
Power 25 bhp
Top speed 78 mph
Insurance group 6 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 2 rating is 4
Engine rating is 2 rating is 3.5
Ride & Handling rating is 2 rating is 3.5
Equipment rating is 2 rating is 3.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 2 rating is 4
Value rating is 4 rating is 3.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 4

New bikes only come with a 12-month, 7500-mile warranty. Reliability is patchy at best, with poor electrics. They’re very easy to work on and nothing can’t be put right with a little patience and a Haynes manual. Finish is poor and goes off quickly if not cared for.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

With excellent fuel economy, returning over 70mpg, cheap servicing you can easily do at home the Royal Enfield Bullet Electra can make a frugal commuter. New bikes are very cheap and used examples can be had for the price of a shonky scooter. Find a Royal Enfield Bullet 500 for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 6 of 17

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Model History

1949: The Bullet goes into production at the British Royal Enfield company.
2002: First electric start Bullet introduced.
2004: Bullet Electra X introduced along withc onventional  left foot gear shift/right foot brake set-up.
2011: Electra DL EFI released. "Deluxe" edition featuers chrome tank, chrome mudguards, pinstripe side panels and Avon Speedmaster tyres [£4,585]

Other Versions

Bullet Trials: Alloy mudguards, wide bars, a solo seat, different sub-frame, alloy bash plate, enduro-style tyres and upswept exhaust.
Bullet Electra Sportsman: Rear sets, clip-ons add up to a saucy café racer style.
Bullet Classic: Has a chrome-sided tank and matching chrome mudguards. There’s a Classic Solo, too, with a single seat and luggage rack.

Specifications

Top speed 78 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 17.5 secs
Max power 25 bhp
Max torque 29 ft-lb
Weight 197 kg
Seat height 770 mm
Fuel capacity 14.5 litres
Average fuel consumption 75 mpg
Tank range 240 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 6 of 17
Engine size 499 cc
Engine specification 4v single, 5 gears
Frame Steel tube cradle
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment Preload
Front brakes Single 280mm disc
Rear brake Drum
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 140/60 x 17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 3.5(3 reviews)

  • My '08 Bullet Electra

    chirple

    Average rating rating is 2.5

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    Fit and finish from factory or importer/dealer poor.Very economical 80-90mpg.Guarantee patchy on certain items.A load of rubbish really but i like it.Sounds good with character.Be prepared to talk to people when you turn up on one.A lot of pig iron for the money.Go and ride one.

    04 June 2010

  • 2008 Bullet Electra X

    Tremus

    Average rating rating is 5

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    After nearly 100 bikes I have finally rediscovered the enjoyment I experienced when I started biking nearly 40 years ago. Yes I could have bought some faster slicker or conventionally more desirable bike for the money, but would I be riding around with a silly grin on my face all the time? I doubt it. Adding a less restrictive silencer and pipe transforms the feel of the bike and it still returns unbelievably mpg. Handling is more than acceptable and spares are dirt cheap: A reliable classic bike with brakes that you don't need to book in advance.

    01 August 2009

  • Good light weight commuter with classic styling. I bought the latest Electra X version

    davidangel

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    I love singles, so this goes with my Jawa 650, which I have also reviewed. It's lighter and easier in town, but really can't handle motorway speeds. Economy is incredible at over 80 MPG. Parts are easy to get and there are tonnes of add ons to make it just the way you want. I've got the louder pipe, better mirrors and leather panniers. If you are happy ploding along at 60 mph listening to the exhaust note you'll like this. Latest Avon tyres are way over specification for this bike, so it gives huge amounts of confidence in corners. On paper the 25 bhp seems too little, but the engine is just so flexible for an every day ride to work bike it really is enough. Strengths: How it looks, narrow in traffic, electric start. loads of aluminium to polish. A bike to love and be proud of. Weaknesses: Looks dirty, really quickly. No one believes it's new. Useless rear view mirrors.

    21 April 2006

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