Royal Enfield to launch BS6 compliant motorcycles in late 2019 or early 2020
There are many sightings of next-generation Royal Enfield Classic 350/500 nowadays as testing is being done in full swing. The overall design remains the same with subtle changes. There are some changes done to the cycle parts like the chain drive will be on the left side from the current gen’s right.
Now fresh images are out which shows semi-digital instrument console of the Classis 350/500. The speedometer is regular analog unit with a retro touch. Digital display sits below the speedometer which will show odometer, trip meter and fuel gauge (hopefully).
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The ignition is on the left side with tell-tale lights studded into the right side of digital display. However, on the test bike, the new console was looking as if it is an aftermarket fitment done by the company itself. We expect Royal Enfield to re-check the quality of the components used before making it only the showrooms.
There more to this, the switchgear is also changed in the new model. Unlike the regular on-off switches, Royal Enfield chose to give regulator knob for Engine Kill switch and high-beam/low-beam. In my opinion, the red knob for engine kill is kind-off cool but a knob for high-beam/low-beam will have an operational issue while riding. I hope this is not the case and these new knobs work ergonomically good.
Speaking about the engine, the company, at max, will add EFI, a larger catalytic converter, O2 sensor to comply with BS6 emission norms. But the engine block is telling another story, it seems Royal Enfield has drastically changed the engine and power output. It the forces of nature with us, the new Classic 350 might deliver 24-25bhp power and a bike with 500cc will pump out 32-34bhp.
Expect a price hike of around Rs 10,000 over the existing models as EFI doesn’t come cheap. All in all, Classics will now have a fresh lease of life after 2 decades.
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