Royal Enfield Rumbler 500

4.33 | 3 Review(s)
This Jan, 1970 Model has expired

In Malaysia, Royal Enfield has discontinued the Rumbler 500 and this Motorcycles model is out of production.

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The Rumbler 500 is an attempt by Royal Enfield to create a mark in a new niche segment. In Malaysia, it came as a re-badged version of the brand’s Thunderbird 500, apart from the name, the two share everything else. Powering it is a 499 cc single-cylinder four-stroke air-cooled fuel-injected mill that churns out a maximum power of 27.2 hp and a peak torque of 41.3 Nm. This unit is paired with the same 5-speed gearbox that is found in other RE bikes as well. By far, it is the best power unit created by the brand; it is more refined and stress-free. However, at the high-end rev range, vibrations are reported by riders. Apart from that, it’s a great bike to ride. 

It is RE’s first offering with front and rear disc brakes, the lack of ABS might concern a few. Note, the ground clearance is low here, which restricts the motorcycles cornering abilities a bit.

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Royal Enfield Rumbler 500 Review 2024

Royal Enfield is one motorcycle manufacturer which has been trying to create its impact on new niche segments of bikes in the country. Once a manufacturer of only retro-styled roadsters, Royal Enfield began to invest in new segments. It all started with the Thunderbird 350, the first proper cruiser from the manufacturer. Although the Thunderbird shared a lot of components with the Bullet range, its distinctive cruiser appeal made it differentiable from the rest of the Royal Enfield range. Over the time, Royal Enfield not only updated the Thunderbird with new generation engineering and features but also introduced a bigger version of the motorcycle in the form of the Thunderbird 500. And it is this same Thunderbird 500 sold in Malaysia under the name, Rumbler 500. Apart from the name, everything else is the same from visual appeal to features to mechanicals. The Rumbler 500 is available in four different color options – Lightning, Stone, Marine, and Flicker – each of which is sober to look at.

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Royal Enfield Rumbler 500 Design

At first glance itself, the Rumbler 500 impresses you with its bulky stance, which makes it look bigger than similar-spec motorcycles. At the front, the Rumbler 500 gets a chrome bathed round headlamp and turn indicators with the two pods of instrument console above the headlamp, which go well with the cruiser theme.

On moving sideways, the Rumbler 500 gets curvaceous fuel tank and quadrilateral side body cowl with the rounded rectangular chrome-finished panels, which give it a unique identity of its own. The fuel tank receives a 3-D logo of Royal Enfield, while the side body cowls have ‘Rumbler 500 imprinted. Unlike a majority of other Royal Enfields, the Rumbler 500’s engine is finished in black color. The long and simplistic chrome finished exhaust pipe with matte black end look glorious on the motorcycle.

At the rear, the Rumbler 500 has a small elliptical LED tail lamp, first in a Royal Enfield. The bike does get split seats as standard, behind which sits a small backrest with integrated grab rail for pillion riders. However, the pillion saddle is a bit lower, which hampers in the comfort of the rider at the back.

The instrument console of the Rumbler 500 is the most comprehensive unit which a Royal Enfield motorcycle has ever bestowed with, after the Himalayan. The two-pod cluster comes with an analogue speedometer in the left and an analogue tachometer with a small rectangular LCD panel for readouts of odometer and fuel gauge in the right pod.

The Rumbler gets a set of black colored stretched set of mirrors, whereas the hand-operated clutch and brake levers are finished in silver. The handlebar is upswept in a typical cruiser manner, with chrome finish ends. The bike gets updated switchgear too, which includes an engine kill switch.

Rumbler 500 Ride & Handling

The 499cc engine of the Rumbler 500 is more than enough for imparting true cruiser credential. Also, the rest of the mechanical hardware does a pretty good job of rounding up the overall package in a practical way. The Rumbler 500 comes with a set of conventional hydraulic telescopic forks at the front and gas-charged adjustable hydraulic coil springs at the rear.

The seat is quite low slung, which makes it pretty accommodating and comfortable for all kinds of heights. However, the limited ground clearance of the Rumbler 500 restricts its cornering abilities, as the underbody gets scraped while turning at leaner angles. It requires caution while turning at sweeping corners.

As understood, the suspension is tuned on the softer side so as to obtain a much more comfortable ride over city streets as well as highway stretches. The Rumbler 500 was also the first motorcycle from Royal Enfield to get disc brakes both at front and rear, which are pretty much effective than before. However, the lack of ABS is a bit of a concern here.

Royal Enfield Rumbler 500 Engine & Fuel Consumption

Powering the Royal Enfield Rumbler 500 is a four-stroke, single cylinder, air-cooled, fuel injected, 499 cc engine, which pumps out 27.2 bhp of peak power and 41.3 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a five-speed gearbox which is shared by all the motorcycles of Royal Enfield.

The engine is by far the best single cylinder powerhouse which Royal Enfield has created. The engine not only feels way more powerful than the one on the Rumbler 350 but is also more refined and stress-free. Clocking triple-digit speeds on the Thunderbird 500 is not at all a tough task, with vibrations pretty much under control in the mid-range. However, it is only in the high end of the rev range where the rider begins to feel the vibrations creeping in. With this, it is quite a comfortable motorcycle to ride.

Rumbler 500 Braking & Safety

The Rumbler 500 was also the first motorcycle from Royal Enfield to get disc brakes both at front and rear, which are pretty much effective than before. However, the lack of ABS is a bit of a concern here.

Royal Enfield Rumbler 500 Verdict

The Royal Enfield Rumbler 500 is a perfect reply for all those motorcyclists who loved the uniqueness of the Rumbler 350 but found the power, refinement, and high-speed manners of the motorcycle below their expectations. Like its 350 cc version, the Rumbler 500 looks smart, is reasonably equipped for the price at which it comes, has an excellent engine, and offers comfortable ergonomics and ride quality.

However, like every other Royal Enfield, this one too has noticeable shortcomings. The fit and finish levels of the motorcycle still have some room for improvement. The Rumbler 500 doesn’t feel vibe-free at the figures near its top speed and is not that pocket-friendly to maintain either. The motorcycle secures full marks because, at this price, there is nothing like the Rumbler 500 in the Malaysian two-wheeler market.

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  • Cruising Partner

    I love unwinding after a long week by taking out my bike and cruising along the beautiful streets of Malaysia with my friends. I wanted to upgrade...

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    Ishraaq Jun 15, 2021 for Royal Enfield Rumbler 500
  • Great tourer

    Royal Enfield Rumbler 500 is a great touring machine as it comes with a higher cc engine and a very relaxed riding position which allows me to ride...

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    galwish Dec 03, 2020 for Royal Enfield Rumbler 500
  • very comfortable and stylish

    I am a proud owner of Royal Enfield Rumbler-500 and its been almost two years with this bike, so I think its the right time to give my user review of...

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    Charles Nov 30, 2019 for Royal Enfield Rumbler 500
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