Bullet 500 vs Bullet 350 Standard Comparison Review

Published on: Feb 14, 2017
Royal Enfield Bullet Standard 350 vs Bullet 500 Comparison:


Pricing & Features Comparison: 
The Bullet 500, retails for 1.75 Lakh Rs on road Delhi, which is a mind-boggling 52,000 Rs. more expensive, than the Royal Enfield Bullet Standard 350 Twinspark, costing 1.23 Lakh Rs.
Both bikes are sparse in terms of equipment, with the absence of a sorely missed rear disc brake. But amongst the two, the Bullet Standard 350 is especially poverty class considering the absence of an electric starter!

Performance & Tractability Comparison:


Power-to-Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Bullet Standard 350 - 110, Bullet 500 – 137 (difference 25%) 
Torque-to-Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Bullet Standard 350 - 156, Bullet 500– 212 (difference 26%) 

Power (PS@rpm): Bullet Standard 350 – 19.8@5250, Bullet 500– 26.5@5100
Torque (Nm@rpm): Bullet Standard 350 – 28@4000, Bullet 500 – 40.9@3800
Kerb Weight (kg): Bullet Standard 350 – 180, Bullet 500 – 193

Displacement (cc): Bullet Standard 350 – 346, Bullet 500 – 499
Gearbox: Bullet Standard 350 – 5 speed, Bullet 500 – 5 speed

Reliability & After Sales Service Comparison: 
It is no secret that Royal Enfield makes the least reliable motorcycles in the market. Worse still, they have been making essentially the same vehicle for over 50 years and still haven’t succeeded in sorting out some of the major issues on their bikes. Apart from the excessive vibrations above 80 kmph, other issues like rusting, starter motor and other electrical failures, chain sprocket wear out, oil leakages, loosening of spokes, brake wear and wobbling continue to haunt RE to this date. There is no logical linkage between these reliability issues and the charm of a 500cc long stroke thumper and the fear of losing that charm as an excuse for not sorting the issues out, can only be believed by low-IQ people.

Fuel Efficiency Comparison:  
The Bullet Standard 350 Twinspark was just under 5 kmpl more efficient than the Bullet 500 in our back-to-back tests.

Test Mileage (kmpl): Bullet Standard 350 – 31, Bullet 500 - 26

Fuel Cost (for 60,000 km): Bullet Standard 350 – 1.50 Lakh, Bullet 500 – 1.80 Lakh

Resale & Cost of Ownership Comparison:  

Resale Value (after 5 to 7 years):
Bullet Standard 350 – 60,000 Rs.  
Bullet 500 – 85,000 Rs.  

Total Cost of Ownership: (Price + Fuel Cost - Resale Value)
Bullet Standard 350 – 2.15 Lakh  
Bullet 500 – 2.65 Lakh  

Handling & Ride Quality Comparison:  

Wheelbase (mm): Bullet Standard 350 – 1370, Bullet 500 – 1370

Ground Clearance (mm): Bullet Standard 350 – 135, Bullet 500 - 135

Tyre Size:
Front: Bullet Standard 350 – 3.25 x 19 (82.5 mm), Bullet 500 – 90/90R19
Rear: Bullet Standard 350 – 3.25 x 19 (82.5 mm), Bullet 500 – 120/80R18

Comfort & Ergonomics Comparison:  

Verdict:

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