The 2021 Royal Enfield Classic 500: A Bike for Motorcycle Purists

The 2021 Royal Enfield Classic 500 follows the mantra that has followed the model line from its inception: If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it. The 500 has been around since the post-war years, and, as its name implies, is a classic, uncomplicated standard motorcycle with the ability to cruise endless miles on the open road, or navigate city streets in British style. Its style gives it a robust place in the 2021 Royal Enfield lineup.

For motorcycle purists, the Classic 500 is the kind of bike that speaks to them. No frills, no gimmicks, no 20-setting traction, and stability control. With this bike, what you see really is what you get. It carries Royal Enfield’s timeless and time-tested 499cc single-cylinder thumper at its core, pushing out 27.2 BHP and 30.5 lbs-ft of crank torque. And, if you like, you can kick start it. When they say it’s stripped down and simple, they mean it.

That’s not to say it doesn’t have modern conveniences, though. There is an electric starter, and it does come with dual-channel ABS. It has telescopic front forks, and twin coil-over gas shocks at the rear. The center stand is built sturdy and strong and is simple to operate.

There are currently 5 models of the Classic 500,  which basically cover the color and chroming options. The Classic 500 itself has chromed exhaust but is blacked out pretty much everywhere else. The Stealth Black is fully murdered, dark as the night, and looking mean. The Classic Chrome features a lot of chrome for those that like their bikes shiny and clean. The Classic Gunmetal features a matte gunmetal finish with chrome headlight surround and exhaust. And finally, the Classic 500 Battle Green features army olive green as its color of choice and has chrome exhaust which lifts at the back for more rough-road and cross country style riding.

The 2021 Royal Enfield Classic 500 starts at $5,599 USD / $7,299 CAD depending on sub-model.

On this page: we’ve curated specs, features, news, photos/videos, etc. so you can read up on the new 2021 Royal Enfield Classic 500 in one place.

2021 Royal Enfield Classic 500


Model Overview

General Info

  • Price: $5,599 USD / $7,299 CAD
  • Key Features:
    • Timeless, classic styling
    • Simple and stripped down
    • Air cooled 499cc single
    • Rugged design, great riding feel
    • Multiple model styles to make it your own

Main Specs

  • Engine: 499cc single
  • Power:  27.2 BHP
  • Torque: 30.5 lbs-ft at the crank
  • Wet Weight: 429 lbs (194.6 kg)
  • Seat Height: 31 inches (787.5 mm)

2021 Royal Enfield Classic 500


2021 Royal Enfield Classic 500 Specifications

From Royal Enfield

ENGINE

Engine 499 cc, Single cylinder, 4 stroke
Engine Power 27.2 Hp
Bore x Stroke 84mm x 90mm
Compression Ratio  8.5:1
Fuel System Fuel Injection
Starter Electric/Kick
Torque 41.3 Nm @ 4000 rpm

DRIVETRAIN

Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Transmission 5 speed constant mesh
Final Drive

CHASSIS

Suspension Front Telescopic, 35 mm forks, 130 mm travel
Suspension Rear Twin gas Charged shock absorbers with 5-step
adjustable preload, 80mm travel
Brakes Front
Brakes Rear 240mm Floating Disk, Single Piston Caliper
Tires Front 90/90-19” – 52V
Tires Rear  110/80 – 18” – 58V
Fuel Tank Capacity 3.5 Gal
Color Black, Lagoon, Tan

ELECTRICAL

Ignition Digital electronic ignition
Spark Plugs
Headlight 60W/55W, Halogen
Tail Light 21W / 5W

DIMENSIONS

Overall Length 84 in
Overall Width 31.5 in (without mirrors)
Overall Height 42.5 in (fly screen top)
Wheelbase  53.5 in
Ground Clearance  5.5 in
Seat Height 31 in
Curb Weight 429 lbs

WARRANTY

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