Royal Enfield Classic 500 'Scrambler' caught testing for the first time in India

Ajinkya Lad

Ajinkya Lad, A motorcyclist at heart, I love going on long rides; especially the Himalayas.

What you see here are the exclusive images of the Royal Enfield Classic 500 Scrambler caught road testing for the first time, courtesy of IAB reader Suraj Suprabhan.

Royal Enfield Classic 500 Scrambler Spied Testing
The test mule features knobby tyres, raised handlebar and a rear parcel rack, and could also be testing components for BS6 readiness.

A report, dated 27 November, claimed that the scrambler was spied with an “On test by ARAI” license plate; however, there were no images released to back the claim. The Classic 500 Scrambler here looks like an early prototype with a lot of rough edges. What we can assure you though, that Royal Enfield is brewing something for the Indian enthusiasts.

The Classic 500 Scrambler could be a variant extension, and unlikely to become the brand's best seller, especially when Royal Enfield has the Himalayan in their stables.

Royal Enfield could be using this prototype to test a BS-VI ready engine. However, we’ll keep the speculations at bay until further details are revealed. What we can decipher from the images is that the test prototype features knobby off-road biased tyres, short fenders at both the ends and a tall and wide handlebar with a centre brace.

The pillion seat has been removed on the test mule and it is devoid of the rear parcel rack that was seen on the earlier images. The off-road spec exhaust gets an awkwardly upswept angle. Royal Enfield has mixed and matched parts from various Classic 500 variants. For instance, the fuel tank is from the chrome variant while the side cowl has a silver finish.

The taillight and the turn indicators are from the Royal Enfield Continental GT 650’s parts bin. The front suspension comes with fork gaiters and a brace, which is also lifted from the GT 650. The rider triangle shows the relaxed ergonomics on the Royal Enfield Classic 500 Scrambler test mule. An earlier image of the prototype displayed a small wire running into the front brake, which has us believe that the test mule features ABS.

Royal Enfield Classic 500 Scrambler Spied Testing
If launched, the Royal Enfield Classic 500 Scrambler won't have a direct rival. It could retail around INR 1.85 lakh (ex-showroom).

Also Read: Royal Enfield Bullet 350, 350 ES & Bullet 500 with rear disc brake launched [Video]

While the engine specifications are unknown at the moment, the 499cc, single-cylinder BS4-compliant engine on the Royal Enfield Classic 500 produces 27.5 PS of power and 41.3 Nm of peak torque. A 5-speed gearbox transfers control the wheel.

Royal Enfield Classic 500 Scrambler - Image Gallery

Royal Enfield Classic 500,Royal Enfield Classic News & Updates

Royal Enfield Classic 500 Scrambler spied testing in India - Report

Royal Enfield Classic 500 Scrambler spied testing in India - Report

Discontent Pegasus owners offered upgrade to the Royal Enfield 650 - Reports

Discontent Pegasus owners offered upgrade to the Royal Enfield 650 - Reports

Custom Royal Enfield Classic 500 modified into a Vintage Hardtail Bobber

Custom Royal Enfield Classic 500 modified into a Vintage Hardtail Bobber

Royal Enfield offers 3 solutions to angry Classic 500 Pegasus owners - Reports

Royal Enfield offers 3 solutions to angry Classic 500 Pegasus owners - Reports

Royal Enfield Classic 500 Pegasus with dual-channel ABS announced in Argentina

Royal Enfield Classic 500 Pegasus with dual-channel ABS announced in Argentina

Eimor Customs' Royal Enfield Desert Storm 500 'Allura' is about vintage charm

Eimor Customs' Royal Enfield Desert Storm 500 'Allura' is about vintage charm

Contribute to IAB
Submit Spyshots & get Bragging rights! Click Here
Custom Mods on your ride? Get it featured on IAB Submit