The rumors were about 650 twins receiving Alloy wheels, but its Classic 350 and 500 which will get them first
There was news about Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 motorcycles will be receiving an option for alloy wheels. This is because in the configure page, there is an option for choosing wheels but it is actually shown as ‘coming soon’ upon clicking. Other coming soon sections are Electricals and Luggage options.
There is a piece of new news coming out of established channels that Royal Enfield Classic 350 and 500 will get the option of Alloy Wheels as an official accessory. This will reduce the buyer’s dependency on the aftermarket alloy wheels for their bikes. Sometimes people think that the alloy wheels on Classics and Bullets are made available by the Royal Enfield itself. But in the near future, things will change. Addition of Alloy Wheels will also make possible the use of tubeless tyres on these bikes.
Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350X, as well as Thunderbird 500X officially comes equipped with alloy wheels. Tyre sizes are 90/90-19 up front and 120/80-18 at the rear. The tyre size in both Thunderbird 350X and 500X are same as that in Thunderbird 350 and 500 with spoke wheels.
Spoked wheels don’t allow slapping of tubeless tyres because of the obvious reason that spoked rims are not completely sealed. Tubed tyres are also problematic in case of a puncture whereas a punctured tubeless tyre is easily patched up. However, spoked wheels are the one which absorbs shocks and impacts better than the alloys. Alloy wheels are not used in the adventure bikes for this very reason. There are some high-end adventure tourer motorcycles which come with tubeless tyres along with spoked wheels.
Now as we know that Chennai based cruiser maker is working on to bring alloy wheels for its Classic range of motorcycles. Classic 350 and 500 will get alloy wheels with colored wheel borders. Let’s wait and watch when these options will come out for the eager customers and fans.
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