According to a fresh media report, Royal Enfield might discontinue its 500cc motorcycles in the country. The models that could be phased out are Royal Enfield Bullet 500, Classic 500 and Thunderbird 500. The reason behind this decision said to be the poor sales of the motorcycles and the high cost of upgrading them to BS6 emission norms.
Royal Enfield will continue to sell its volume generating 350cc bikes with an all-new BS6-compliant engine. In fact, we have already seen spy pictures of the new, BS6-ready Royal Enfield Classic 350 and Thunderbird. Both models will also witness comprehensive design and feature upgrades along with an all-new double cradle chassis.
The Chennai-based bikemaker is also working on higher displacement bikes that will be based on the brand’s new ‘Q’ and ‘K’ architectures. While the ‘Q’ platform will be used for a 900cc bike, the ‘K’ platform based motorcycles will range from 600cc to 700cc. The new higher displacement RE motorcycles are likely to hit roads post 2020-21.
Royal Enfield will also give an update to the RE Himalayan sometime next year. Recently, the bikemaker showcased the new colour variants of the Himalayan at the 2019 EICMA Motor Show. The bike will receive BS6-compliant 411cc, single-cylinder engine paired to a 5-speed gearbox.