Complying with the ever-tightening emission and safety norms, Royal Enfield has finally bit the bullet (pardon the pun) and has unveiled the ABS-enabled, euro 4-compliant Bullet 500, Classic 500, Continental GT and the Himalayan in the United Kingdom. The updated bikes are expected to be launched in the UK by next month. Prices for these bikes in the UK are ridiculous, though. According to an article by Indianautosblog.com, the 2017 RE Himalayan ABS costs a whopping 9,999 Pounds, whereas the Continental GT ABS is priced at 5,199 Pounds. The Classic 500 Chrome and Bullet 500 are priced at 4,899 and 3,999 Pounds respectively. Starting off with the Classic and Bullet, the bikes get front and rear disc brakes and ABS. The pillion seat for the Bullet is redesigned to be more comfortable while the front forks of both Classic and Bullet come with reflectors. The Classic gets a simple screw-type fuel lid instead of the lockable one. Coming to the Continental GT, there are no changes other than the inclusion of ABS and Euro 4 compliance. The Himalayan now comes with a fuel injected, Euro 4 ready engine and is equipped with ABS as well. The power figures of these bikes haven't been revealed yet but expect them to stay more or less the same. Fuel efficiency may see an improvement, I hope. Expect the updates to be carried over to RE's Indian portfolio in the coming months.
PC: facebook I just noticed, all the bikes in the pictures have a single horn, which is perfect for developed countries like the UK. I'm glad RE provided our bikes with powerful twin horns which are perfect to shoo away those lane hoggers, oncoming side drivers, et al.
Praveen I don't expect these bikes to be upgraded in India anytime soon, the reason being our emission norms rules. The latest update is that all bikes / cars launched on or after April 2016 will need to be Euro IV emissions and crash-safety standards compliant (as well as a few other safety standards for bikes) by April 2017. However, if a bike or car was already in production before April 2016, the manufacturer has until April 2019 to comply. So I'm sure many would be waiting a while before investing more money in upgrading their cars & bikes.
Roshun Yes, that is there. But now that Royal Enfield already has the manufacturing prowess and the facility to mass produce bikes that are euro 4 compliant and are ABS enabled, I think they'll just implement it to their India-spec models as well. Moreover, with only two factories that make bikes for the entire world, I don't think it's that complicated to add on machines that churn out bikes complying with the latest emission and safety norms. Also, the new Continental GT 750 will be launched soon and that will have to comply with the latest norms, I think. So RE might as well upgrade their entire portfolio along with it instead of waiting until the deadline. It also gives them that extra credibility of 'Keeping up with the modern times while maintaining the traditional design principles'.