condition: excellent engine displacement (CC): 500 fuel: gas odometer: 2854 paint color: black title status: clean transmission: manual
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Up for sale is my 2008 Royal Enfield Bullet 500 ES. Purchased last year. Had a blast cruising around town but it is time to move on in my motorcycle journey. If you do not know the name Royal Enfield, I suggest doing a little research or talking with myself.
First off, if you are looking for an elaborate, modern street devil, this is not the bike for you. Royal Enfield has kept the tradition with this single-piston driven, kick start, air-cooled, carburetor beauty. It tops out around 80 MPH although I wouldn't keep it at that speed for too long (because of the single piston, I don't think your privates would want you to either). It has no gas gauge or tachometer; only a trusty amp meter. No ABS. Drum brakes. Center and kick stand. 75 to 100 MPG.
This model has the cast iron barrel / block with an aluminum head. They do not make the iron barrels anymore. They last longer and have a more pronounced Royal Enfield "thump." They take more time to warm up but get hotter so have better combustion. Exhaust was changed to a silencer type to make the bike more quiet.
Electric start never functioned. One of the few faults in Enfield's history is their poor ability to produce a reliable electric start. To be honest though, I never wanted to repair the ES. Having to kick start the bike every time helps it keep its character. If you are interested in repairing the ES, I have a pretty good idea where the problem lies. I also know of a mechanic who is willing to swap the entire ES out for a more reliable model. Kick start is reliable and has no problem even in cold weather.
Chassis is in great condition. When I received the bike from its previous owner, there was minor rust on the console. I was able to remove it with some naval jelly and steel wool.
Bike has never gone more than one week without at least being started. That's how I keep my bikes fresh and free from all the problems that come along with stagnation. Only highest quality gasoline. Regular oil change. No leaks / mechanical issues. Entirely garage kept. Saddle bags not included.
The bike has had two previous owners. The man I purchased the bike from was a Royal Enfield aficionado. He ended up buying a newer fuel injection model and was looking to make room in his garage. Like myself, he only used the bike to cruise around town. The battery was replaced when he owned it and I have never had any trouble with the bike's electronics (I have the ES disconnected too so it doesn't drain the battery).
This bike has a classic, simple, antiquated feel. It is cheap to insure, cheap to maintain, and guaranteed to put a smile on your face every time it starts. Expect curious looks from onlookers.
This bike attracts a certain type of person who is willing to respect it for its elegance. Because of that, I am firm on $2300. That is very reasonable with such low mileage. I have some spare odds and ends that will be included in the sale: filters, bulbs, spare clutch cable, etc. Also have the manual along with a third-party manual which goes into great detail about every aspect of the bike.
Feel free to message me with any questions. If I can think of any other information pertaining to the bike's condition, I will surely update the post. Overall, it's in great shape ready for another enthusiastic owner.
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