Royal Enfield discontinues 500cc engine used in Bullet and Classic

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Royal Enfield have officially confirmed that they will cease production of their 500cc engine currently used in the Classic and Bullet models.

The single-cylinder engine has been used by the brand since 2009 and helped power Enfield’s growth into a global player in the modern motorcycle market.

The Indian brand will concentrate instead on building upon their successful 650cc platform as seen in the Continental GT and Interceptor models.

"Since 2009 the Royal Enfield 500cc motorcycles have proudly set the stage for the middleweight motorcycling segment," said Mr Vinod Dasari, CEO of Royal Enfield.

Royal Enfield Classic Tribute Black side view

"The Classic 500 in particular has garnered success for Royal Enfield across various international markets with its sublime retro-chic design and engaging ride experience."

To mark the end of its run, 1000 of the last 500cc models will be available in Europe from May 2020 in limited-edition Classic Tribute Black trim with a special two-tone paintjob and ‘End of Build’ serial number plate.

Mr Dasari added: "As we sign off the last of the Royal Enfield 500cc motorcycles, the Classic 500 Tribute Black is an opportunity for aficionados to own a piece of Royal Enfield and motorcycling history."

You can register interest in the Classic Tribute Black at the Royal Enfield website now. There’s no word yet on price, but MCN will bring you more news as we get it.

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Ben Clarke

By Ben Clarke

Staff Writer, hick for life, two cylinders max