Royal Enfield Himalayan, Classic bikes and Thunderbird bikes are going to get rear disc brakes and Dual-Channel ABS from the next month. We expect the prices to go up by around Rs 10,000 on the normal variant.
Yesterday, the Royal Enfield Classic Signals 350 was launched in India. It was the first Royal Enfield bike to feature a dual-channel ABS feature. At that event, Royal Enfield confirmed that Himalayan, the Classic series, and the Thunderbird series will be getting dual-channel ABS next month. The first bike to get this technology will be the Himalayan, followed by Thunderbird 500 and Classic 500. The 350cc models will get ABS sometime later. Now, Bullet has a single disc brake only. So, it might give a single-channel ABS for the Bullet. The RE bikes needed this ABS feature because even 150cc bikes were offering one now. The prices are going to rise definitely, so we expect it to increase by Rs 10,000 over the rear disc variants.
Usually, most of the ABS bikes in this price range are priced between Rs 10,000 to 15,000 more than the rear disc variant. So, with this, we expect RE to increase the prices of ABS variant by Rs 10,000-12,000. If it increases this much, then it is priced very competitively in its segment. The first one to get will be the Royal Enfield Himalayan, which might offer ABS for Rs 12,000 more.
If you see other ABS bikes, Dominar 400 is priced at Rs 15,000 more than the non-ABS variant. Honda CBR 250R ABS charges over 30,000 more and the Hornet charges 7,000 more. Gixxer ABS is priced Rs 6,000 more for the ABS variant. Even Pulsar charges around Rs 12,000 more for the ABS feature.
The recently launched Classic Signals 350 was the first Royal Enfield bike to feature a dual-channel ABS. It was priced Rs 15,000 more than the Classic 350 Rear Disc variant. The new bike was a tribute to the Indian Army and Indian Air Force and their association with Royal Enfield for 65 years. It comes in Blue and Sandcolourr with special stencilled numbers on the fuel tank. These numbers are basically the unit number.
Royal Enfield is one of the oldest Bike manufacturers in the world. It is basically based in the UK, but went bankrupt and had to shut down services. However, a Chennai based dealership revived the Royal Enfield in India and now it is exported to many countries in the world. The lineup includes Bullet 350, Classic 350 and 500, Thunderbird 350 and 500, Royal Enfield Himalayan, Continental GT 535 and the upcoming RE 650 twins; Continental GT and Interceptor.
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