The price of petrol I paid during April 2018 averaged $1.45 per litre for 91 Octane unleaded petrol add up to 15 cents more for 95 Octane petrol and usually up to 25 cents for 98 Octane petrol, location is Melbourne Australia. Prices have been consistently high it’s annoying and unjustified.
The last time I looked diesel was price $1.59 per litre.
Note that fuel prices vary according to area, the level of competition and a whole heap of other factors like shopping discounts and so forth, however unreasonable high prices (relative to crude oil prices) is greed. Also note that the Octane level I post here represents Australian measurement which is different from those in other countries eg. US.
I’ve covered the Royal Enfield 500 before and I’m more than happy to write about it again. This time it’s about why it’s an affordable and special motorcycle and one motorcycle you need to short list this one,
The Royal Enfield Classic 500 is an affordable motorcycle, it’s priced under $8000 AUD in the showroom in 2018 which is perfect as it’s competitors the LAMs bikes and other retro styled motorcycles are in the same price range. The 500 is an affordable motorcycle! That said you can always get the 350cc version under $6000 AUD if you wanted something cheaper.
Defining what makes the Royal Enfield 500 special is simple. Just look at the design is genuine continually manufacture of a 1940’s design. Sure it is an evolution of the original Enfield Bullet but I think it has gotten better looking over that time. The engine may not be exactly the same as the original but you need the updates to be saleable in 2018. EFI and now ABS are part of the modernisation of the ancient design. Furthermore it’s not just the look there’s the engine and traditional drive train without balance shafts so expect vibes and it’s mild engine is about enjoying the experience of the ride than cutting corners.
On the street a Royal Enfield Classic 500 looks like an amazing restoration of an old motorcycle to the passerby and those not into motorcycles or not informed which is arguably the point. Think of this way, someone shopping for a new motorcycle that is not sports bike, cruiser style, scooter or adventure motorcycle something a little different that doesn’t come with any negative press apart from being a motorcycle. Bam! and the Royal Enfield 500 appears, it’s retro, it’s not very popular, and known yet unknown model, it’s good brand image and history, it doesn’t appear with many Instagram pictures with traditional old hairy bikers or scantly clad women all over them take note Ducati and Harley Davidson – The Classic 500 has got class.
The Royal Enfield Classic 500 is a genuine Royal Enfield with a direct line to it’s ancestors. It is not a remake a quite the opposite of Triumph and BMW which are just Simulacra.
Royal Enfield Classic 500 Key Specifications (2018)
1 cylinder 4-stroke Twin Spark EFT
Approx 20 Kw @ 5250 RPM 41.3 Nm @ 4000 RPM
5 speed manual
0-100kph N/A seconds Approx Max Speed N/A Kph Approx