The first lot of Royal Enfield Classic 500 Pegasus Editions has been delivered to six customers in the Philippines. The bikes were handed over to the respective owners at the 1st Philippine Moto Heritage Weekend, which was organised alongside the Philippine Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride.
The Royal Enfield Classic 500 Pegasus Edition is inspired from the legendary RE/WD Flying Flea 125 motorcycle, which was used by the British Royal Army during the World War II. The ‘Flying Flea’ moniker comes from the RE/WD’s ability to be air-dropped behind the enemy lines with parachutes.
The Classic 500 Pegasus Edition is limited to 1,000 units globally, with 250 units reserved for the domestic market. Globally, the Pegasus Edition is offered in two paint schemes - Olive Drab Green and Service Brown. The motorcycle features the Pegasus emblem with an exclusive serial number stencil on the fuel tank and a 'Made Like a Gun' graphic on the battery box.
Royal Enfield Classic 500 Pegasus Edition receives brown handlebar grips, a leather strap with brass buckles on the air-filter box, and matte black finish to the headlight bezel, wire-spoke wheels, exhaust canister, and the kickstart lever. The motorcycle also comes with accessories like military-style canvas saddlebags with a Pegasus Logo, a Pegasus edition T-shirt and helmet.
The Royal Enfield Classic 500 Pegasus Edition employs a 499 cc, single cylinder, 4-stroke, air-cooled engine. The fuel-injected motor is tuned to pump out a maximum power of 27.2 bhp at 5,250 rpm and 41.3 Nm of peak torque at 4000 rpm. The engine works in harmony with a 5-speed transmission that sends power to the wheel via a final chain drive.
Suspension duty on the Royal Enfield Classic 500 Pegasus Edition is handled by telescopic forks at the front and twin coil-spring shock absorbers at the back. Anchorage comes from a 280 mm rotor at the front with 2-piston calliper and a 240 mm rear disc brake with a single-piston calliper.
While dual channel ABS is standard on the global-spec Classic 500 Pegasus Edition, the Indian version doesn’t get it even as an option. Royal Enfield received backlash from Pegasus owners after it launched the Classic 350 Signals Edition in August in India, which gets a dual-channel ABS. The bike features 19-inch front and 18-inch rear wire-spoke wheels that pair with 90/90-section and 120/80-section tube-type tyres at the front and back, respectively.