The Chennai based motorcycle making brand has been introducing limited edition bikes from time to time. And recently it announced the launch of the new Classic 500 Pegasus bike that pays homage to the two-stroke RE/WD 125 bike that was used by the British army during World War II. The bike was then famous by the name ‘Flying Flea’ and British Paratroopers used the same to fight during the war times. The bike was manufactured in Westwood, UK at the Royal Enfield's underground facility and the new Classic 500 Pegasus is built as a tribute to the Flying Flea.
They were airdropped during World War II
These war motorcycles were made to be light in weight so as to enable them to be air-dropped at the site of need from warplanes. They were parachute attached and encased in protective steel frames so as to deal with minimal damage during the landing times. Once they touched the ground, they were assigned to various soldier units including communications units, battle units, logistics and first-aid units.
Royal Enfield Classic 500 Pegasus is a limited edition
Royal Enfield announced that Pegasus being a limited edition bike will only be restricted to 1,000 units and out of these India will get only 250 units. While rest of the 750 bikes will be assigned to Australia, UK, and the US.
Two color options
Throughout the world, the Pegasus will be made available in two colors including Service Brown and Olive Drab Green. On the other hand, in India, the bike will be sold only in sold in the Service Brown shade. Also, each and every bike in this series comes with a serial number badged to its tank. In the older times, these numbers stenciled to the fuel tank used to represent the units they were deployed to. And for sure these numbers make these bikes unique.
Same old 500cc engine
The bike comes with the same 499cc, air cooled, single cylinder engine delivering 27.2 bhp of maximum power at 5,250 rpm and 41.3 Nm torque at 4,000 rpm. This is the same engine that is also seen on the Classic 500 motorcycle. Apart from the bike, the company also looks forward to sell special merchandise such as shirts and tee shirts, caps, pins, bags and helmets, sporting the Pegasus brand.
Talking of the design and looks of the bike, it reminds of the bikes of the bygone era with its military design and classic elements such as brown handlebar grips, a leather strap with a brass buckle across the air filter, blacked out silencers, rims, kickstart lever, pedals and headlight bezel.
The company has given no clues on the pricing part yet but being an exclusive motorcycle it may cost a bit on the higher side. And hence expecting something close to Rs 2 lakh will be fair for a motorcycle like this.