Rudratej Singh, President – Royal Enfield, has confirmed that the ABS variants of Royal Enfield Classic 500, Thunderbird 500 and Himalayan will be launched next month.
Moreover, Singh confirmed that the other Royal Enfield 350 cc motorcycles will also receive dual-channel ABS over the course of the next four months. The announcement comes on the sidelines of the launch of the new Royal Enfield Classic 350 Signals Edition, which is priced at INR 1.62 lakh (ex-showroom Pune).
Furthermore, the entire Royal Enfield line-up will be equipped with dual-channel ABS before the April 2019 deadline set by the government of India. According to the new safety norms that come into effect from 1 April, ABS is mandatory in motorcycles above 125 cc engine displacement. Royal Enfield already sells its range of dual-channel ABS-equipped bikes in some of the developed export markets. The introduction of a dual-channel ABS unit will result in a price hike of around INR 25,000 over the standard models.
The Royal Enfield Classic 500 is priced at INR 1.85 lakh, while the Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 costs INR 1.91 lakh for the base model. On the other hand, the Royal Enfield Himalayan comes with a price tag of 1.68 lakh (all the prices are ex-showroom Delhi). The company will also introduce ABS variants of the Thunderbird 500X and the various special editions of the Classic 500.
The company currently sells the Royal Enfield Bullet 350, Bullet ES, Classic 350 & 500, Thunderbird 350 & 500 and the Royal Enfield Himalayan in the domestic market. Over them, the company has special-edition models of the Classic and Thunderbird range in India.