2013 Royal Enfield Classic Desert Storm 500

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Royal Enfield proved its value during the First and Second World War and since then the company’s motorcycles have received constant upgrades. Today the Roayl Enfield motorcycles are fitted with modern technologies and contemporary engines, but they keep the same vintage look of their ancestors.

Due to their unique appearance, the Royal Enfield models won a pretty special place in many hearts and there are a lot of old-school fans who love their tasty mix of classic lines and modern features.

The Classic Desert Storm is covered in a “sand” paint scheme which reminds us of the war era when Royal Enfield motorcycles proved their capabilities and battle worthiness by impeccable service to soldiers in harsh conditions of the desert.

At the heart of the bike beats a single cylinder air-cooled pushrod engine which puts out 27.2 bhp at 5250 rpm and 41.3 Nm of torque at 4000 rpm.

Hit the jump for more information on the 2013 Royal Enfield Classic Desert Storm 500.

Overview

Royal Enfield Classic Desert Storm 500

The Classic Desert Storm comes to you with a “sand” paint scheme reminiscent of the war era, a time when Royal Enfield motorcycles proved their capabilities and battle worthiness by impeccable service to soldiers in harsh conditions of the desert. Donning a younger look with styling cues one would expect only from a genuine Royal Enfield: single cylinder air-cooled pushrod engine, 1950s style nacelle and toolboxes, traditional paint scheme and buffed engine components, this motorcycle is all set to bring you the pleasures of modern motorcycling while reflecting the aura of eternal classic styling.

Features

  • 500cc, single cylinder, 4 stroke, spark ignition, air cooled, OHV engine produces 41.3 Nm of torque.
  • Headlight casing features the “Tiger Eye Lamps” for the Bullet look. The headlamp is traditional but with a powerful halogen bulb to provide good illumination.
  • Speedometer and Fuel warning indicator for the EFI system are integrated into the die-cast headlight casing. The speedometer features classic English font.
  • Single saddle seat with springs provides maximum comfort for a luxurious and relaxing ride.
  • Aesthetically designed short silencer for that 1950’s look. Available as an optional accessory for off-road use only.
  • Finely crafted tank with post war era graphics and thigh pads make for a vintage look.
  • Wheels Front: 19” Rear: 18”

Specifications

Royal Enfield Classic Desert Storm 500
Engine TypeSingle Cylinder, 4 stroke,Twinspark
Displacement499cc
Bore x stroke84mm x 90mm
Compression Ratio8.5:1
Maximum Power27.2 bhp @ 5250 rpm
Maximum Torque41.3 Nm @ 4000 rpm
Ignition SystemDigital Electronic Ignition
ClutchWet, multi-plate
Gearbox5 Speed Constant Mesh
LubricationWet sump
Engine Oil15 W 50 API, SL Grade JASO MA
Fuel SupplyKeihin Electronic Fuel Injection
Air CleanerPaper Element
Engine StartElectric/Kick
Chassis TypeSingle downtube, using engine as stressed member
Front suspensionTelescopic, 35mm forks, 130mm travel
Rear suspensionTwin gas charged shock absorbers with 5-step adjustable preload, 80mm travel
Wheelbase1370 mm
Ground Clearance135 mm
Length2180 mm
Width800 mm
Height1080 mm (Domestic) 1050 mm (Export)
Kerb Weight187 Kg (with 90% Fuel & Oil)
Fuel Capacity14.5 ± 1 Ltr
Tyres Fr.90/90 - 19(Domestic), 90/90 - 18(Export)
Tyres Rr.120/80 - 18(Domestic), 110/80 - 18(Export)
Brakes Front280mm Disc, 2-Piston caliper
Brakes Rear153mm Drum, Single Lead Internal Expanding
Electrical System12 volt - DC
Battery12 volt, 14 Ah
Head Lamp60 W / 55 W, HALOGEN
Tail Lamp21 W / 5 W

Quotes

overdrive ---- "If you were to make a list of the best handling, best ride quality, best quality, best performance or greatest value for money motorcycles in India, the chances of Royal Enfields topping any of these lists is slimmer than Kate Moss on a starvation diet. But look at what is going on. The Classic is sold out. Waiting periods are nearing ten to twelve months and we get emails, facebook messages and tweets every day almost from people saying they would have bought one if the waiting period was more reasonable."

Autocarindia ---- "The Classics have a comfortable and commanding upright riding posture, and the newly sprung seat is certainly a big improvement. Royal Enfield bikes are known for not sacrificing much handling despite a full payload, and this duo maintains that reputation. Straightline stability is always rock-solid, and these Classics go around corners with a planted feel. Steering feel is heavier than ideal but neutral and precise, with good ride quality keeping the rider comfortable over most road surfaces. Brake feel is more reassuring now, thanks to the new front suspension with a 280mm disc in the front and a 153mm drum unit at rear."

Motorbeam ---- "Royal Enfields are still not the most reliable motorcycles around and you might end up stranded somewhere just when you don’t want to. The build quality is still not on par with the competition and special care and attention needs to be given to ensure that the chrome and metal parts do not rust. The engine vibrations gives your palms and shoulders a jerky feeling sometimes."


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