Motorcycles that you can buy if you miss booking the limited edition Royal Enfield Classic 500 Pegasus
Royal Enfield launched a special motorcycle yesterday, in India, the Classic 500 Pegasus edition. Inspired by the Royal Enfield RE/WD 125 aka the Flying Flea, a motorcycle that was used by the armed forces during the World War II, the Classic 500 Pegasus Edition showcases the company's rich legacy. It is based on a standard Classic 500, however, there are special elements like the brown shade, canvas panniers, Pegasus motif and serial number that is stencilled on the tank. The Royal Enfield roundel is identical to the one on the tank of the Flying Flea.
Priced at Rs 2.49 lakh on-road Mumbai and limited to 250 units in India, the Classic 500 Pegasus edition is indeed a collector's item, if you an RE fan. Bookings open on June 10, 2018, and bikes will be allotted on first come first serve basis. Yes, you will be disappointed if you miss the bus and yes this a limited edition motorcycle so the desirability quotient is sky high. But don't lose hope as there are some interesting motorcycles that sit in the same price bracket.
Royal Enfield Classic 500
If retro is what appeals to you the Royal Enfield Classic 500 is your next best bet in case you didn't manage to grab the Pegasus. It is the exact same motorcycle barring the period-specific additions, so in terms of riding experience, it is right up there with the Pegasus. If the Royal Enfield Classic 500 is what you always desired
Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500X
Ok, so you are an RE aficionado and no other motorcycle makes the cut? Well, in that case, you can choose the Thunderbird 500X. If you are the rebellious kind or the one that simply likes to stand out, the Thunderbird 500 X is that kind of motorcycle. It breaks away from the traditional mould that shapes other, retro-styled Royal Enfields. The bright colour on the tank, blacked out engine and alloy wheels lend the bike a sporty character. It looks modern, although it's based on the Royal Enfield Thunderbird that debuted years ago, without losing out on the essence of a Royal Enfield. You also set the same 499cc, 27PS, 41.3Nm motor that powers the Pegasus, so in essence, you aren't losing out on too much.
It is the polar opposite to a Royal Enfield in every way imaginable. After all, it is a supersport, bred on a racetrack and built to offer thrills of a different kind. While Royal Enfields are all about a relaxed cruise and oodles of swag, the RR 310 is all about speed, agility and carving your way up a mountain road as quickly as possible. It looks amazing, is really well built and packs in modern technology including ABS. The suspension set up is another highlight of the Apache, offering a good balance between ride and handling. If you are in the market for a well-rounded sports bike around the Rs 2.5 lakh mark the Apache RR 310 makes for an interesting choice.
The 2017 KTM 390 Duke cuts a dashing figure. The SuperDuke inspired panels and graphics look very nice. The side slung exhaust could have been made to look classier though
But what if a supersport is not your thing and riding one will require a visit to a chiropractor? You'll need streetfighter then, one with a relatively upright position and sporty enough to keep you hooked. Enter the KTM 390 Duke. The bike has ruled the roost when it comes to performance street fighters and in 2017, it received a raft of updates to make it more..er..user friendly. The suspension does a decent job of ironing out bumps and way this motorcycle handles is incredible. The TFT dash and other modern bits like ABS (also standard on the Apache RR 310) make this baby Duke quite appealing.