Royal Enfield has launched a limited edition of the Classic 500, called the Royal Enfield Classic 500 Pegasus Edition. The Royal Enfield Classic 500 Pegasus Edition is inspired by the legendary Royal Enfield RE/WD 125 motorcycle, a lightweight 125cc two-stroke motorcycle commonly known as the ‘Flying Flea’. It is designed to pay homage to the British paratroopers of World War II and it was manufactured at Royal Enfield’s underground facility in Westwood, UK, during World War II. The legendary Royal Enfield RE/WD 125 motorcycle used to be air-dropped via parachutes directly behind enemy lines and were used by British paratroopers for running communication and support lines.
The Royal Enfield Classic 500 Pegasus Limited edition priced at GBP 4,999 (around ₹. 4.5 lakh excluding taxes & duties) and the bookings set to commence online starting from July 2018. The company hasn’t revealed the India pricing and only 1,000 units will be made available globally, out of which 190 will be available in Britain while 250 units designated for the Indian market. The company also offer a limited range of gear too and it includes shirts, t-shirts, caps, lapel pins, bags & helmets. All these accessories will be adorned by military insignia and the Pegasus emblem.
The Royal Enfield Classic 500 Pegasus limited edition will sport a retro military design reminiscent of two-stroke motorcycles used in WWII. The Pegasus Edition available in two distinct colour options internationally – Service Brown and Olive Drab Green. However, Indian buyers only get the Service Brown colour. Also, the engine case and the swingarm painted in the same shade as of the body colour.
Each of the 1,000 Classic 500 Pegasus limited edition motorcycles will carry a unique serial number stenciled on the fuel tank, reminiscent of the 250th Airborne Light Company, now in Royal Enfield’s official collection at the company’s UK Technology Centre. Other unique cosmetic touches are a bespoke set of military-style canvas panniers, Pegasus logo on the fuel tank, and each motorcycle has a brown handlebar grips, a leather strap with brass buckles across the air filter, blacked out silencers, rims, kickstart lever, pedals, and headlight bezel to complete the period look.
The Royal Enfield Classic 500 Pegasus Limited Edition is powered by the same engine that is seen on the standard Classic 500. It is powered by a 499cc air-cooled single-cylinder engine that churns out 28PS of peak power at 5250 rpm and produces 41.3Nm of maximum torque at 4,000rpm. The frame, brakes, and tyres remain the same as of the Classic 500 and the bike has a kerb weight of 194 kg.
Press Release Quote
Commenting on the launch, Siddhartha Lal, CEO, Royal Enfield, said:
“The story of the Flying Flea is both remarkable and inspiring, and it has a history like no other motorcycle. Rugged military motorcycles have been an integral part of Royal Enfield’s heritage and continue to be till date, as we endeavor to build classic, simple, enduring motorcycles. Our machines have played important role in both World Wars, earning a reputation for endurance in the toughest conditions. The Classic 500 Pegasus is a homage to the legendary war stories and to the resilience and pedigree of Royal Enfield.”
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