A test mule of the next-generation Royal Enfield Classic motorcycle was recently captured in spy images. Unlike the previous sighting of the test mule, the latest one reveals the optional accessories. Do note that most of the accessories seen on the test mule are already available for the current Classic range.
The optional extras seen on the text mule include a tall, clear windscreen that is currently offered at INR 5,000. The motorcycle also features the optional, air-fly crash guard that is priced at INR 3,550 for the chrome unit and at INR 3,750 for the black unit. The saddlebags are sold for INR 5,500 a pair. However, the test mule was seen with select accessories that are yet to be listed for the Classic range of motorcycles. The footrests, for example, are wider, and they should provide better comfort than the standard units. The pillion backrest, too, is a new addition, although it is similar to the one that is seen on the Thunderbird range.
Apart from the optional accessories, we also get a clearer view of the next-generation Royal Enfield Classic model. The motorcycle, as reported in the past, will pack several changes over the BS-IV model. The revised rear section gets different mounts for the tail light. The new tail lamp gets a chrome surround. The springs under the rider seat have been removed, while the padding seems to have been improved for enhanced comfort. The updated model has a revised positioning for the disc brakes and the drive chain. The front and the rear discs now sit on the right side of the wheel, while the drive chain has gone to the left side of the motorcycle.
The repositioned drive chain hints at several updates to the engine in the new form. The Classic 500 range already comes equipped with a fuel injection system, while the 350 cc models will get it with the BS-VI upgrade. All BS-VI compliant motorcycles and scooters will benefit from fuel injection tech.
The performance numbers may not change much, and the 499 cc single cylinder, twin-spark, air-cooled engine will most likely continue to deliver close to 27.2 bhp of power at 5,250 rpm and 41.3 Nm of peak torque at 4,000 rpm. The 346 cc single cylinder, air-cooled, twin-spark motor will most likely churn out about 19.8 bhp at 5,250 rpm and 28 Nm of peak torque at 4,000 rpm. The next-generation motorcycle won't have a kick-starter.
Other changes include a revised design of the swingarm that now runs parallel with the exhaust. Disc brakes on both ends will perform anchoring tasks. The safety net, similar to that of the current generation model, will include dual-channel ABS as standard. Conventional telescopic front forks and twin-sided, gas charged, 5-step adjustable springs at the back will perform shock absorption duties, just like on the old model.
The next generation Royal Enfield Classic range will be costlier. For reference, the current Classic 350 ABS and Classic 500 ABS are priced at INR 1.53 lakh while and INR 2.01 lakh respectively – both ex-showroom Delhi.
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