Royal Enfield have given the Classic 500 model an aesthetic makeover with three new colors inspired by the models built during the 1950s at the Redditch factory
Based on the Classic 500, all bikes come with ABS braking and re-mapped fuel injection for low emissions and , for 2017, the Classic comes with an optional pillion sear pad, in case a passenger needs to hitch a ride.
The unit construction engine meets the latest Euro 4 regulations, but retains the original bore & stroke, so the exhaust note is a characteristic Bullet ‘thump’ and modern tyres on 18” wheels enhance road-holding.
Three colour options are available in the Redditch range;
Wedgewood blue was a distinctive soft tone available as an optional colour scheme for the Crusader, Bullet and Big Twins in 1958.
Surf green was first used on 2-stroke 150cc Ensign II and III models then later on the all-new 250cc Crusader when launched in 1957.
Chinese red was a favourite for sports models and was mostly used on machines made for the USA with ‘Indian’ badges. It also featured on the famed 1959 – 1961 Royal Enfield Fury.
Other changes from the standard Classic 500 include white beading on the rider and pillion seats and a special Redditch Edition logo on the rear mudguard. This is based on the iconic Royal Enfield monogram, which first appeared in 1939 on the tank of the prototype 125cc 2-stroke motorcycle, called ‘Royal Baby’. The outbreak of WWII saw the model transform into the now legendary ‘Flying Flea’ used by airborne troops.
Type Single Cylinder, 4 stroke, Twinspark
Bore x stroke 84mm x 90mm
Compression Ratio 8.5:1
Maximum Power 27.2 bhp @ 5250 rpm
Maximum Torque 41.3 Nm @ 4000 rpm
Ignition System Digital Electronic Ignition
Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Gearbox 5 Speed Constant Mesh
Lubrication Wet sump
Engine Oil 15 W 50 API, SL Grade JASO MA
Fuel Supply Keihin Electronic Fuel Injection
Air Cleaner Paper Element
Engine Start Electric/Kick
CHASSIS & SUSPENSION
Type Single downtube, using engine as stressed member
Front suspension Telescopic, 35mm forks, 130mm travel
Rear suspension Twin gas charged shock absorbers with 5-step adjustable preload, 80mm travel
Wheelbase 1360 mm
Ground Clearance 140 mm
Length 2140 mm
Height 1080 mm ( Without Mirrors)
Kerb Weight 195 Kgs (with 90% Fuel & Oil)
Fuel Capacity 13.5 Ltr (3.56 Gallon)
BRAKES & TYRES
Tyres Fr. 90/90 – 19” – 52V
Tyres Rr. 110/80 – 18” – 58V
Brakes Front 280mm Disc, 2-Piston caliper
Brakes Rear 240mm Disc with single piston caliper
ABS Dual Channel
Tail Lamp 21 W / 5 W
Turn Signal Lamp –
Electrical System 12 volt – DC
Battery 12 volt, 14 Ah
Head Lamp 60 W / 55 W, HALOGEN