2018 Royal Enfield Classic 500 FI upgrades include ABS for North America. Features include antilock brakes, rear disc brakes, and a passenger pillion as standard and the bikes are available across dealerships in the region beginning June 2018. RE also sells the Bullet 500, and Himalayan here, and the limited edition 500 Pegasus will soon join the product portfolio in America. Only 1,000 units of the limited edition 500 Pegasus go on sale. 250 will be sold in India, 190 in Britain, and the others globally.
In regards to 2018 Royal Enfield Classic 500 with ABS, there’s no indication as of now as to when RE will introduce ABS across its product range in India. The deadline for all existing bikes above 125cc to be fitted with ABS in India is April 2019.
“The Classic 500 is currently the most popular motorcycle in our lineup, and we are excited to offer improvements to an already fun, accessible and affordable motorcycle,” said Rod Copes, president, Royal Enfield North America. He added, “The addition of antilock brakes is confidence-inspiring for new and experienced riders alike, and the new colors are a great addition to the Classic lineup – including the new flat-black Stealth with a blacked-out engine and exhaust. The base model Classic 500 starts at an attractive MSRP of $5,599.
Royal Enfield Classic 500 for America is available in the following colours – Standard Colors – Black and Lagoon – $5,599; Military Colors – Battle Green, Desert Storm and Squadron Blue – $5,699; NEW Gun Metal Gray – $5,699; New Stealth – $5,799;Chrome Colors – Black, NEW: Green, Graphite – $5,799.
Royal Enfield sales for May 2018 are reported as follows. Sales for models with engine capacity upto 350cc – 68813 units, up at 23 percent from 55823 units sold in May 2017.
Models with engine capacity exceeding 350cc – 5884 units sold, up 21 percent from 4873 units sold in may 2017. In all, the company reported 74697 units sold, up 23 percent from 60696 units sold in may 2017. Of total sales, exports accounted for 2187 units, up 7 percent from 2049 units sent overseas in May 2017.
Correspondingly YTD numbers stand as follows – Models with engine capacity upto 350cc – 138924 units, up 24 percent from 112172 units sold in may 2017. Models with engine capacity exceeding 350cc – 11960 units, up 38 percent from 8666 units sold in may 2017. Total sales for FY18-19 stands at 150884 units, up 25 percent from 120838 units for the same period last FY. Exports for the current fiscal stand at 3747 units, up 3 percent from 3627 units exported in the first two months of last fiscal.