The latest sighting of the BS-VI Royal Enfield Classic motorcycle has brought rucksack style bags into the picture. While the details are scarce, we could be looking at a rucksack style bag that doubles up as a saddlebag. Royal Enfield is probably testing the accessories for the pillion as well as rider comfort.
The test mules of the BS-VI Royal Enfield Classic series appear to be in their final stages of testing, and they should reach the production line soon. The test mules do not reveal any new and previously unknown details. The BS-VI compliant Classic range will retain the retro-styling while receiving a few tweaks to the instrument console, switchgear and the tail section. The revised instrument console, as seen in the previous spy photographs, will feature a semi-digital display that will comprise an analogue speedometer. The new switchgear will bring rotary-style controllers for ignition, engine kill and high/low beam functions.
The saddle setup will also undergo some changes, and the Classic will drop the springs under the rider seat for a relatively modern look. The motorcycle will retain the split-seat layout. The BS-VI Classic range will be underpinned by the company's new J architecture.
Bigger changes will come to the engine that will receive additional hardware, such as O2 sensors and catalytic converter among others, to comply with the BS-VI emission norms. Fuel injection tech will be available as standard. The current 499 cc engine already features a fuel injection system, while the 346 cc version uses a carburettor. The power and torque figures are not likely to be much different. The new, BS-VI range is expected to hit the Indian market in early 2020.
In other updates, Royal Enfield has introduced a lower-spec variant of its existing Classic 350 model to boost the sales. The entry-level Classic series motorcycle, christened as the Classic 350 S, features a single-channel ABS and a drum brake on the rear wheel. With its lower-spec hardware, the Classic 350 S retails at INR 1.45 lakh*, which is about INR 9,000 less than the standard Classic 350’s INR 1.54 lakh* tag.
Leaked documents have also confirmed that Royal Enfield will introduce a budget variant of the Thunderbird 350 that, similar to the Classic 350 S, will pack a rear drum brake and a single-channel ABS.