Next-gen Royal Enfield Classic BS-VI spied during road test

22/07/2019 - 14:36 | ,  ,   | Suvil Susvirkar

Royal Enfield is extensively testing its range of next-gen products. Recently, a test mule of the 2020 Classic motorcycle was spotted on the road, courtesy The all-new model appears to be almost ready to hit the production line.

2020 Royal Enfield Classic Spied Right Front Quart
Apart from the Royal Enfield and the Classic branding, the test mule appears to be nearly production-ready.

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The body panels and various chrome bits appear to be fresh out from the factory and the only thing missing from the motorcycle is the Royal Enfield badge on the tank and Classic branding on the side panels. There appears to be some sort of cover over the engine, but apart from that, the test mule is completely uncamouflaged.

The black body panels are complemented by chrome highlights throughout the bike. The fascia, for example, resembles the current generation model and packs chrome mask. The rearview mirror stalks and housing get a chrome finish. The round shape of the mirrors gives it a retro look. The rotary style dials, which were seen in previous spy photographs, would enhance the old-school look of the Classic range.

The fuel tank and the side panel’s design isn’t very different from the current generation (BS-IV) models. A different style for the branding to distinguish the BS-VI models from the outgoing range could be there, though. The saddle retains the split style layout, although the spring setup under the rider seat has been removed. The pillion seat and grab-rail are identical to the current Classic range. The tail section has been given a revised look to distinguish it from the BS-IV models. While the tail lamp has retained the round shape, it will come with a chrome mask for a refreshed look.

The suspension and braking setup continue using the same hardware as the current Classic motorcycles: conventional telescopic front forks and twin-sided springs at the back perform. The rear springs have a bigger cover on the top, though. Disc brakes provide the stopping power, and the safety net of dual-channel ABS govern the setup. The rear disc now sits on the right side of the bike, while the drive chain goes on the left.

2020 Royal Enfield Classic Spied Right Rear Quarte
The test mule once again reveals the repositioned rear brake and drive chain on the next-generation models.

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Details about the mechanical specifications are scarce, but it will be safe to assume that the next-generation range will use a fuel-injection system instead of a carburettor that is seen on the 350 models. The 500 range already comes with fuel injection tech. The current generation models, for reference, are available with 346 cc and 499 cc single-cylinder, air-cooled engines. The single-cylinder, air-cooled layout will be retained.

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