Can someone help me? Did RE import this model Bullet 500 to the U.S. or only to Europe?

Just4fun

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Thanks everyone. I was surprised when I saw this 2020 RE Bullet 500. I've seen many Bullets around the states and only the the black Bullet 500 in 2019. I've never seen a 2020 RE Bullet in the US.
 

OldGuy

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Yup, just ran into a guy at the grocery store today with one with a sidecar. He said it was a 2009, and hadn't been too well cared for, but it ran, but he was working on the restoration. If I'm to believe him, he paid $1K for it (with the sidecar). Pretty sweet deal, if you ask me.

OG
 

Morgan60

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NW USA
Hello Just4fun,
What you have there is a Royal Enfied Classic, also known as a C5.
The C5 is not a Bullet but a Classic. They look a lot a like but they are definitely deferent. The C5 had a deferent frame then the Bullet. Then their is the wheel size, the Bullet had 19” front and rear, the Classic had 18” front and rear, than later they changed it to 18”rear and 19” front in 2014. The rake was 27 degrees and trail was at 3.2 inches on the Bullet the C5 had a rake of 26.0 degrees the trail was 2.83 in. Even the front forks sliders are of deferent. The Rider Magazine link I posted back in May called it wrong. Again the C5 is a Classic not a Bullet.

In the early years 2010-2013 my local dealer stopped carrying the C5 because many of his customers complaining of a high speed wobble that he said RE would not acknowledge. Maybe that is why the newer 2014 and up changed to a bigger 19”front wheel also the wheel base is also different from 1360mm on the older model to 1370mm on the newer models I have yet to find the rake/trail on the newer 2014 and up models. 🤔

Here is 2020 Bullet. See how deferent It is.

 
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Eatmore Mudd

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Hello Just4fun,
What you have there is a Royal Enfied Classic, also known as a C5.
The C5 is not a Bullet but a Classic. They look a lot a like but they are definitely deferent. The C5 had a deferent frame then the Bullet. Then their is the wheel size, the Bullet had 19” front and rear, the Classic had 18” front and rear, than later they changed it to 18”rear and 19” front in 2014. The rake was 27 degrees and trail was at 3.2 inches on the Bullet the C5 had a rake of 26.0 degrees the trail was 2.83 in. Even the front forks sliders are of deferent. The Rider Magazine link I posted back in May called it wrong. Again the C5 is a Classic not a Bullet.

In the early years 2010-2013 my local dealer stopped carrying the C5 because many of his customers complaining of a high speed wobble that he said RE would not acknowledge. Maybe that is why the newer 2014 and up changed to a bigger 19”front wheel also the wheel base is also different from 1360mm on the older model to 1370mm on the newer models I have yet to find the rake/trail on the newer 2014 and up models. 🤔

Here is 2020 Bullet. See how deferent It is.

Imho they were both 5th generation based Bullets, each a variation with names.
A G5 Electra can be turned into a C5 Classic by swapping parts, and vice versa.
B5, C5, E5, G5..... Imho the Classic 350 is the latest evolution of the Bullet lineage.

Hard to imagine what things would be like today if Enfield had come out with that bike in 1995.
 
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