Rushlane has learnt that Royal Enfield is working on a new Electra variant powered by the familiar 500 cc engine. The objective of the Royal Enfield Bullet Electra 500 is to have a Bullet to suit every taste.
The amount of work needed to whip up a Bullet Electra 500 won’t be much since the difference between the Bullet and Bullet Electra are primarily cosmetic. Compared to the Bullet 500, the Bullet Electra 500 would feature chrome fenders, new color options, different taillight, new air filter box and different tyres.
The familiar 499 cc single-cylinder air-cooled Twinspark engine produces 26.1 bhp at 5,100 rpm and a meaty torque of 40.9 Nm at 3,800 rpm. Transmission is a 5-speed unit. The Bullet Electra is currently available only in the 350 avatar, outputting 19.8 bhp at 5,250 rpm and 28 Nm at 4,000 rpm.
Both Bullet and Bullet Electra are underpinned by single downtube frame which holds the engine as a stressed member. Front telescopic fork has 130 mm travel while the rear gas charged shocks (Electra’s units are adjustable for preload) have 80 mm travel.
The Royal Enfield Bullet Electra 500 is expected to be launched in the second half of 2016. Except it to be priced at a slight premium over the regular Bullet 500. All the attention however would be showered upon the eagerly awaited Himalayan adventure tourer which is slated to hit the market in early 2016.