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.

  • 2013 Royal Enfield Classic Desert Storm 500
  • Year:
  • Make:
  • Engine:
    Single Cylinder, 4 stroke,Twinspark
  • Transmission:
    5 Speed Constant Mesh
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    27 @ 5250
  • Torque @ RPM:
    30 @ 4000
  • Energy:
    Keihin Electronic Fuel Injection
  • Displacement:
    499 cc
  • Top Speed:
    68 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    INR 128000


2013 Royal Enfield Classic Desert Storm 500 Exterior
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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.


  • 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”


2013 Royal Enfield Classic Desert Storm 500 Exterior
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Engine Type Single Cylinder, 4 stroke,Twinspark
Displacement 499cc
Bore x stroke 84mm x 90mm
Compression Ratio 8.5:1
Maximum Power 27.2 bhp @ 5250 rpm
Maximum Torque 41.3 Nm @ 4000 rpm
Ignition System Digital Electronic Ignition
Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Gearbox 5 Speed Constant Mesh
Lubrication Wet sump
Engine Oil 15 W 50 API, SL Grade JASO MA
Fuel Supply Keihin Electronic Fuel Injection
Air Cleaner Paper Element
Engine Start Electric/Kick
Chassis Type Single downtube, using engine as stressed member
Front suspension Telescopic, 35mm forks, 130mm travel
Rear suspension Twin gas charged shock absorbers with 5-step adjustable preload, 80mm travel
Wheelbase 1370 mm
Ground Clearance 135 mm
Length 2180 mm
Width 800 mm
Height 1080 mm (Domestic) 1050 mm (Export)
Kerb Weight 187 Kg (with 90% Fuel & Oil)
Fuel Capacity 14.5 ± 1 Ltr
Tyres Fr. 90/90 - 19(Domestic), 90/90 - 18(Export)
Tyres Rr. 120/80 - 18(Domestic), 110/80 - 18(Export)
Brakes Front 280mm Disc, 2-Piston caliper
Brakes Rear 153mm Drum, Single Lead Internal Expanding
Electrical System 12 volt - DC
Battery 12 volt, 14 Ah
Head Lamp 60 W / 55 W, HALOGEN
Tail Lamp 21 W / 5 W


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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