BH CORRESPONDENT, New Delhi: Royal Enfield has announced the end of production of 500cc motorcycles for India. The bike maker has advised that its current range of ½ litre models like Royal Enfield Classic, Bullet and Thunderbird 500cc will be available till March 31. However, there are no plans to discontinue the export business for these models.
As a sign off the end to the production of these specific models, Royal Enfield has prepared a special series model called the Classic 500 Tribute Black Limited Edition. Vinod Dasari, CEO, Royal Enfield says: “since 2009, Royal Enfield 500cc motorcycles have proudly set the stage for the middle-weight motorcycling segment in India. The Classic 500 in particular has garnered success for Royal Enfield across various international markets with its sublime retro-chic design and engaging ride experience. As we sign off the last of the Royal Enfield 500cc motorcycles, the Classic 500 Tribute Black is an opportunity for aficionados to own a piece of Royal Enfield and motorcycling history.”
The 2020 Classic 500 BS IV Tribute Black will be exclusively made to order in a limited production run with each of the motorcycles carrying a hallmark commemorative “End of Build” serial numbered plaque ensuring every motorcycle remains unique to its owner.
Meanwhile, Royal Enfield has applied for the trademarks for Sherpa and Hunter names which are expected to be used in adventure models. There are strong signals that the Chennai-based bike maker is also looking at smaller displacement models in a bid to lure new entry-level buyers to the brand. Autocar India and some other portals have published spy-shots of a new motorcycle under development and is most certain belonging to an under 350cc segment.