Stunning Bullet Classic 500 is like riding a time machine
The New Paper|October 18, 2021
It mesmerises with its thumping single-cylinder sound and vintage looks
ZAIHAN MOHAMED YUSOF

There are motorcycles that can stop bikers in their tracks. I know this because in the last three weeks, I have been riding one of them.

I – or rather my test motorcycle – received curious stares from all sorts, ranging from middle-aged men to trendy riders in their 20s.

In a world of high-tech riding aids and over-the-top performance, Royal Enfield’s Bullet Classic 500 stands out for having none of these.

Like Medusa’s stone-turning gaze, the Bullet Classic 500 mesmerises with its thumping single-cylinder sound and vintage looks.

The Desert Storm beige Classic 500 I rode would have been at home in a World War II movie, except that it is missing a side car and a mounted machine gun.

Its charm is being not what most motorbikes are today.

Small touches like a visor on the headlamp, springs on the bucket seat, a kick-starter and a pea-shooter chrome exhaust pipe celebrate traditional styling.

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