A new spy photograph has captured the instrument console and the updated switchgear of the next-gen Royal Enfield Classic.
The console, as seen in the photograph, uses a semi-digital layout while retaining its retro styling. The next-generation Classic motorcycles will feature an analogue speedometer while rest of the information will be available on a compact LCD screen. Royal Enfield branding is visible inside the analogue meter. There is an empty space on the right side of the console, and it will be interesting to see what Royal Enfield adds in the dial.
The updated switchgear, on the other hand, features a unique design. On the right side, there is a dial-style Engine Kill switch with an integrated Electric Starter function. The starter switch is accompanied by a Hazard Light control. The left side comprises a similar, dial-style switch for the high/low beam control along with an integrated Pass function. The rotary style dials get “Royal Enfield” and “Since 1901” tags. There appears to be another button that occupies the space of a conventional pass switch although its function remains unclear.
The spy photograph also reveals an adjustable front brake lever. The clutch lever isn’t visible in the pictures, but it is not likely to have an adjustable lever.
Last month, spy images of a test mule of the next-gen Royal Enfield Classic motorcycle revealed finer details about the upcoming product. The 2020 Classic range will have the familiar retro-styling, albeit in an enhanced form. The rider seat mounts, for example, will be new, and there won't be springs under the saddle. The revised rear section will include new mounts for the tail light and the blinkers. Regular readers would know that the 2020 Classic range would use Royal Enfield’s new J architecture.
The engines are likely to retain 350 cc and 500 cc of displacement. Previous spy shots had revealed a repositioned drive chain on the BS-VI models. The air-cooling, however, will be retained and the performance numbers are not likely to be much different from the existing range.
Anchoring department will be unaltered, and the Royal Enfield Classic range will continue to use disc brakes on both ends along with dual-channel ABS as standard. The lifecycle makeover will increase the price from the current INR 1.53 lakh* (Classic 350 ABS) and INR 2.01 lakh* (Classic 500 ABS) levels.
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