The new Classic variants are available at a price of of Rs. 1.59 lakh for Classic 350, and Rs. 2.05 lakh for Classic 500 - both on-road, Chennai.
Royal Enfield has officially incorporated rear disc brake into its Classic series. Additionally, the Chennai based company has also introduced new colours for the motorcycles.
The addition of a rear disc brake is new to the Classic series, and has been made possible by employing the same swingarm from Thunderbird into these motorcycles. The addition of a new swingarm is an essential change made to Classic, as this makes it ABS ready. While ABS still isn’t offered on the Classic series, it won’t be long before the two bikes get it after the 2018 safety norms come into play.
Shifting gears towards the new colours, the Classic 350 is now available in Gun Grey shade - which is a mix of gunmetal grey and matt black. The Classic 500, on the other hand, gains Stealth Black shade - which is basically jet black, and paints most elements of the motorcycle (including the muffler) in either glossy or matt black.
The Classic series contributes to a big chunk of sales volume for Royal Enfield. The Classic 350 is powered by a 346cc, single cylinder, carbureted engine that makes 19.8bhp and 28Nm. The bigger Classic 500, on the other hand, gets a 499cc, single cylinder engine with fuel injection. It produces 27.2bhp and 41.3Nm.
Introducing the new motorcycles, Rudratej, President, Royal Enfield said, “We try to stick to doing things that are authentic. In that spirit, the new Gunmetal Grey and Stealth Black variants of the Classic are an ode to our riders and their journeys. It is an authentic expression of self and a celebration of the dark and the spirit of the various shades of the night when a rider reminisces the day gone by and the day that is to unfold. We are confident that this will resonate with riders and aspirants who believe in what we believe. Pure Motorcycling. With these new Classic additions, riders have more ways to tell their story”