The Royal Enfield Classic Chrome is based on the Classic 500 with a rather generous dose of chrome on it. Like the Classic 500, the new Classic Chrome retains the quintessential classic British styling of the 1950s: simple, harmonious, well proportioned. The Chrome sports a seat with a leather finish and adds to the visual appeal of the motorcycle. Built of old-fashioned metal, in clean elegant lines of Chrome combined with a rich paint finish the design of the Royal Enfield Classic Chrome is a tribute to the retro look of post war British motorcycles.
The fuel-injected 500cc unit construction engine, which Royal Enfield got Italy's Engines Engineering to design and build, is the strongest point of the whole package. Outputting over 27 horses and a mammoth 42Nm of peak torque, the Bullet finally lives up to the reputation of its tagline "Built Like a Gun, Goes like a Bullet". After dispatching nought to sixty in under five seconds, you'll be hurtling past the ton mark in just over 10 seconds (if you keep her pinned that is). Its top speed is about 130kph, with 140 being registered on the analog speedometer.
There is plenty of torque everywhere in the rev range and the copious torque is what this motorcycle is all about. The vibes though, make their presence felt at two points of the rev range. The first set is at speeds of 60kph, where the typical single cylinder resonance tingles your palms. The next is at the top of the rev range at about 120kph, after which the engine smooths down near the top speed. An endearing factor of the Classic Chrome is that the throttle response is crisp and very un-Bullet like, all credit to the fuel injection system that brings a modicum of modernity to what is otherwise a retro looking motorcycle. The thump though is subdued by the long Bazooka exhaust. Naturally, the shorter bottle muffler is what will be the first accessory that Classic Chrome owners would resort to and that takes care of the all important thump.
A clean response throughout while revving is what Royal Enfield has engineered into this motorcycle after some jerking concerns on the first few batches of Classic 500s. The high speed fishtailing issue too has been sorted out with a revised suspension layout that dumps the offset front forks for a more conventional design. Handling, though slightly heavy at lower speeds, is very stable and the 187-kilo Classic Chrome actually loves long sweepers and twisted sections of tarmac as long as the biker takes it easy and doesn't indulge in histrionics that would feel just right with smaller capacity, lighter motorcycles.
The Classic Chrome represents the secret sauce that Royal Enfield finally seems to have gotten right with the 500cc unit construction engine, stuff which is the most potent part of the whole package.
The Classic Chrome 500 is a motorcycle that both you and your granddad would be very happy thumping about on.