The Chennai based auto maker is planning to the launch a more kitted version of its famous motorcycles, the Classic 350 and the Classic 500. This is for the first time that these motorcycles will be offered with a rear disc brake.
Since Royal Enfield motorcycles have mostly been criticized for the lack of braking feel and stopping power, an addition of rear disc brake might help to resolve this issue that has persisted ever since in Royal Enfield motorcycles.
Apart from the addition of rear disc brakes, the bikes will also get new colours. The new Classic 350 will be launched in Gun Grey colour scheme while the Classic 500 will be introduced in Stealth Black colour option.
· What’s new in the upcoming Royal Enfield Classic series of bikes?
The new colour option and the rear disc are the obvious upgrades, the new bikes will also receive another mechanical upgrade in the form of a new swingarm that has been taken from the RE Thunderbird series. The new swingarm is expected to improve the overall riding dynamics of the bikes but we can only comment on the same when we actually get our hands on one. The new swingarm will allow the rear setup to accommodate a disc brake, in the place of the present drum brake unit.
· How does the new paint schemes look?
The new Gun Grey colour on the Classic 350 is significant on the fuel-tank, mudguards, side boxes and on the other hand, there is matte black touch on the sticker sets. While the seats come in contrast colour.
Talking about its elder brother, the Classic 500, it gets black all over its headlamp ring, handlebar and its clamp and the spoked wheels. While the front and rear mudguards, fuel-tank, toolbox and the air-filter box come finished in matte black colour.
· Will these bikes also get an ABS?
The company is already working on to introduce ABS in the upcoming models but the Classic 350 Gun Grey and Classic 350 Stealth Black will not get an ABS as of now. But since the new swingarm setup makes them ABS enabled by allowing the placement of ABS line, these bikes are expected to get ABS by 2018.
· Royal Enfield Classic 350 Gun Grey Engine?
Talking about the engine, the Classic 350 gets the same 350cc single-cylinder engine. The engine delivers 19.8bhp of power and 28Nm of torque. The company has not brought any changes in terms of a cooling system or new injection in the Classic 350.
· Royal Enfield Classic 500 Stealth Black Engine?
Unlike the Classic 350, the Classic 500 gets a new fuel-injection, while running on the same 499cc single-cylinder air-cooled engine that delivers the same 27.2bhp of maximum power and 41.3Nm of peak torque. There is also no change in the transmission department as it gets the same 5-speed gearbox as the present motorcycles.
· Expected launch date and price?
Both bikes are expected to receive a price bump of Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000. The company might launch both of these bikes in a couple of days.