Royal Enfield has launched the Classic 500 with standard ABS in the US, and the new motorcycles will be available on sale this month across dealers in the US. All 2018 Royal Enfield Classic 500 motorcycles will come standard with ABS, rear disc brake and will be available in new colours as well. The Classic 500 ABS will be available in the standard colours of Black and Lagoon, as well as military colours, including the Battle Green, Desert Storm and Squadron Blue. Two new colours have also been added, the Gun Metal Grey and Stealth, as well as chrome colours in black, green and graphite.
"The Classic 500 is currently the most popular motorcycle in our line-up, and we are excited to offer improvements to an already fun, accessible and affordable motorcycle," said Rod Copes, President, Royal Enfield America. "The addition of anti-lock brakes is confidence-inspiring for new and experienced riders alike, and the new colours are a great addition to the Classic line-up - including the new flat-black Stealth with a blacked-out engine and exhaust."
In terms of mechanicals, the 2018 Royal Enfield Classic 500 continues to be powered by the same 499 cc, air-cooled, single-cylinder engine which makes 27.2 bhp at 5,250 rpm and 41.3 Nm of peak torque at 4,000 rpm. The suspension set-up with a telescopic front fork at the front and twin shocks at the rear remain unchanged, as does the chassis.
Royal Enfield North America has several planned new model introductions this year, including the Bullet 500, and the updated Royal Enfield Himalayan. The Classic 500 Pegasus Edition model which was recently launched in Europe and India will be introduced in the US later in the year. So far, there's no word on when Royal Enfield will launch motorcycles in India with ABS, but considering the deadline for motorcycles above 125 cc to be fitted with ABS by April 2019, we expect Royal Enfield to introduce ABS in the domestic market as well, across all models, maybe much sooner than the deadline next year.