Royal Enfield has launched the Bullet 500 ABS in the Indian market priced at Rs. 1,86,961, ex-showroom, Delhi. The update comes before the mandatory safety rules come into force from 1st April 2020. The upcoming safety rule mandates all the two-wheelers with engine capacity of 125 and above to offer single-channel ABS. All the two-wheelers with the engine capacity of below 125cc will have to offer mandatory combi-brake system.
The addition of the dual-channel ABS in the Royal Enfield Bullet 500 makes it Rs. 14,000 more expensive than the regular version of the Royal Enfield Bullet 500. The non-ABS version is priced at Rs. 1.73 lakhs. Royal Enfield has been steadily launching the ABS-equipped versions of their line-up in the market. Currently, only the Bullet 350, 350 ES and standard variants of the Classic 350 do not offer the ABS.
All the Royal Enfield bikes that have received the mandatory ABS get the dual-channel version. The dual-channel ABS works on both the front and rear wheels of the bike ensuring that none of the wheels lock-up under heavy braking. It will make the bikes much safer. Royal Enfield bikes are quite heavy and even with the disc brakes on both the wheels, they take a good amount of distance to stop. The addition of the ABS will allow the bikes to be slowed down quickly from high speed on the highways.
The Bullet 500 is powered by a 499cc, single-cylinder engine that produces a maximum power of 27.2 PS at 5,250 rpm and a peak torque of 41.3 Nm at 4,000 rpm. The Bullet is one of the oldest bikes that is still in production in the world. Royal Enfield is expected to update the remaining bikes from the line-up with ABS versions soon.
Royal Enfield has been launching all-new products in the Indian market aggressively. Last year, the brand introduced the all-new Interceptor and the Continental GT 650 in the Indian market. Both the bikes get the all-new parallel-twin cylinder engine and are one of the cheapest twin-cylinder bikes in the market. Royal Enfield is also planning to launch the scrambler version of the Classic, which will be named as the Royal Enfield Trails.
The Royal Enfield has been offering the ABS in many international markets for a long time now. However, the launch of the safer ABS bikes in India was delayed to the price-sensitive Indian market. But now that the Supreme Court of India has made it mandatory, prices of all the bikes would increase in a similar fashion in the coming times. Many manufacturers are offering only single-channel ABS that works on the front wheel of the bike. It will ensure that the rise in the price is lower than the dual-channel ABS versions.
However, when it comes to sheer safety and effectiveness, dual channel ABS is far superior to single channel ABS. It’s a good thing that Royal Enfield has gone the whole hog to offer dual channel ABS on all its motorcycles. We hope that other motorcycle makers take a leaf out of Royal Enfield’s book.
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