Royal Enfield has long enjoyed a euphoric popularity in India, especially owing to its Classic and Bullet models. For years, the Classic 350 and Classic 500 have remained more or less the same in terms of design. But turns out that the traditional design is what has helped RE fans pledge allegiance to these motorcycles. However, times! They are a-changing. Other brands have come up with newer and fresher designs and Royal Enfield does not plan to stay behind. It has now decided to give the two of its most popular models - Classic 350 and 500 - an update that will include a new design. In a set of images posted on TeamBHP forum, the motorcycles will be given new colour options and cycle parts, however, the engine is likely to remain the same.
The leaked brochure suggests that the Classic 350 will come in a new gunmetal grey colour scheme, along with a disc brake at the back and an upgraded swingarm borrowed from the Thunderbird.
On the other hand, the Classic 500 will get a new black paint job. The motorcycle in black in the leaked image definitely looks meaner. Along with upgraded looks, the Classic 500 will also get a disc at the back and the swingarm from the Thunderbird.
The Classic 500 is powered by a 499cc twin-spark, air-cooled engine that makes 27.2 bhp at 5250 rpm and 41.3 Nm at 4000 rpm. The motorcycle is priced at Rs 195,500 (ex-showroom, Delhi).
The Classic 350 is powered by a 346cc twin-spark, single cylinder engine that develops 19.8 bhp at 5,250 rpm and 28 Nm at 4,000 rpm mated to five-speed manual transmission. It is priced at Rs 126,300 (ex-showroom, Delhi).
While these leaked images suggest that the Classic models are about to get a smarter new look, along with upgrades to the brakes, Royal Enfield has not made any official statement regarding the same. The brand has lately seen stiff competition from Bajaj Dominar 400, a competition that we recently saw spilling on the television when Bajaj came up with an advert involving elephants! Watch advert here. And this is what Royal Enfield fans thought of it.
When all is said and done, Royal Enfield still has a strong following, something that we've seen being continued ever since our grandfathers learnt to ride.
Image source: TeamBHP