Royal Enfield recalls 7,000 Bullet and Bullet Electra motorcycles in India
Chennai-based motorcycle manufacturer Royal Enfield has recently issued a voluntary recall of two of its motorcycles, the Bullet and the Bullet Electra. The company confirms that close to 7,000 units of these two motorcycles will be recalled to replace the brake caliper bolt. These faulty bolts have been found in the motorcycle models that were manufactured between March 20 and April 31, 2019. The motorcycle manufacturer mentions that its service investigations have revealed that the torque maintained on brake caliper bolts, as supplied by vendor, on a few of these motorcycles were not as per stringent Royal Enfield quality standards.
In the motorcycles mentioned above, if the torque applied on the brake caliper bolts are not right, it may tend to make the whole assembly come loose thus affecting the braking performance of the motorcycles. The company has not received any case of an unfortunate incident over this fault, however, all the concerned customers are being called for a service intervention. The dealerships have also been informed accordingly. The replacement will be done free of charge across the dealerships.
In terms of specifications, the Bullet ES is offered with a 346cc single-cylinder engine that makes 19.8PS at 5,250rpm and generates 28Nm at 4,000rpm. This engine is mated to a five-speed gearbox. The Bullet is offered in two versions, the 350 and the 500 and both these models are part of the above mentioned recall. While the 360 makes use of the same ES engine, the Bullet 500 is powered by a 499cc engine that makes 27.2PS of power at 5,250rpm and produces 41.3Nm at 4,000rpm. This engine too is paired with a five-speed gearbox.
In terms of sales performance, the going has not been easy for one of India's oldest motorcycle manufacturers. The company posted sales of 62,879 motorcycles in the month of April 2019, against the sales of 76,187 motorcycles over the same period last year, reporting a drop of 17 per cent. While the General Elections 2019, higher insurance costs and altering fuel prices were seen as the prime reasons, there are other factors that have affected this decline. Get all the details here.