Prices for the much-awaited Royal Enfield Classic 500 Pegasus edition were announced today. The limited-edition bike has been designed to pay homage to one of Royal Enfield early motorcycles - two-stroke RE/WD 125 that was used by the paratroopers in the British army who served in the World War II. In India, the bike is priced at ₹ 2.49 lakh (on-road Maharashtra) and ₹ 2.40 lakh (on-road Delhi) and bookings for the limited edition Classic 500 motorcycle will be done online and they will commence only on July 10. Although Royal Enfield will be making 1000 examples of the new Classic 500 Pegasus edition, India will be getting only 250 motorcycles, while the remaining units will be sold in the UK, the US and Australia.
Only 250 units of the Royal Enfield Classic 500 Pegasus Edition will be sold in India
At the heart of it though, the Royal Enfield Pegasus Edition is modern and uses the same engine as the standard Classic 500. The 499 cc, air-cooled, single-cylinder engine makes 27.2 bhp at 5250 rpm and 41.3 Nm of peak torque at 4000 rpm, while paired with a 5-speed gearbox. The suspension setup with telescopic forks up front and twin shocks at the rear, along with disc brakes at either end remain the same as well. The bike has a kerb weight of 194 kg.
The Royal Enfield Classic 500 Pegasus comes with unique serial number stencilled on the fuel tank
The Pegasus edition takes inspiration from the military RE motorcycle ' Flying Flea - that was used at the time and recreates that period look visually on the Classic 500. The Royal Enfield Classic 500 Pegasus Edition is priced at a premium over the standard version. For the premium, the bike gets the Service Brown paint scheme (Olive Drab Green available internationally), while every example produced will come with a unique serial number stencilled on the fuel tank, just like the motorcycles used in World War II carried the numbers of the regiment they represented. The Pegasus emblem, which represents the Parachute regiment insignia, also sits on the fuel tank, and the bike gets period-correct Royal Enfield badges.
In addition, you get brown handlebar grips, a leather strap with brass buckles across the air filter, while the chrome bits including the headlight bezel, kickstart lever, rims, exhaust, and foot pegs have been blacked out for the utilitarian look. There are military-style canvas panniers added to the Pegasus edition as well.
Bookings for the Royal Enfield Classic 500 Pegasus Edition commence from July 10
As mentioned earlier, the Pegasus Edition has been inspired by the RE/WD 125 two-stroke motorcycles that were used during World War II. Nicknamed as the 'Flying Flea', the bikes were dropped from the Horsa Glider to provide reconnaissance, communications support to soldiers behind enemy lines. Over 4000 examples of the Flying Flea were deployed during the war. Apart from India, 190 units of the Pegasus Edition will be sold in the UK, while the remaining 560 examples will go to Australia and the US.
Bookings for the Royal Enfield Classic 500 Pegasus Edition commence today while deliveries will start sometime next month. The limited-edition bikes celebrate a piece of history including that of Royal Enfield.