For the first time, the news of Royal Enfield is updating its entire lineup with a new platform and a new powertrain was surfaced last year. Following the same, the company has plans of launching up to 12 new motorcycles in the next 3 year. All the models will underpin the new chassis. Expected to belong to the same updated range of Royal Enfield motorcycles a test mule has recently been observed performing test runs in the country.
In terms of looks, the motorcycle was evidently similar to the current RE Classic range. However, the modern styling along with reworked body panels and fenders are hinting towards it would be the next generation of the outgoing Classic models. The test mule was finished in glossy black colour with mild chrome treatment but with the upcoming variant, we expect to get more colour options. Moreover, the motorcycle was featuring the low slung riding posture in association with split seats and a flat handlebar.
However, the displacement of placed air-cooled engine setup on an all-new chassis is not certain though, it is Royal Enfield Classic 350cc or 500cc. The gearbox setup also seems to be an all-new unit. The underpinned chassis here is also a redesigned twin-down pipe cradle frame, which appears similar to the one observed on the Continental GT 535 and on the 650 twins.
Among others, the motorcycle was embellished with a new exhaust unit and an LED tail lamp which was encased in a round barrel like structure with a chrome bezel, similar to appear on the current Classic series. In addition to this, the rear placed nitrox suspension seems to be replaced with more conventional shock absorbers. The swingarm here was also a redesigned unit in order to comply with the new exhaust.
The braking department has also been altered with the rear disc placement to the right of the wheel, which means the model gets chain setup on the left side. Vice versa of the setup in the current model. The test mule was without a kick, hinting a redesigned UCE engine, probably updated for the upcoming more stringent BS6 emission norms. Seats also were different in look.
All in all, the next-generation Royal Enfield Classic will not only get a new powertrain but also rest on an all-new platform. Also, there will be a number of altered or new cycle parts. According to the sources, the forthcoming would be a more refined Classic trim ever and will be almost vibration free bike. Also, the top speed and mileage figures for the bike are also reportedly increased. The Royal Enfield fans who always want a refined and vibration free Classic, it’s good news for them. And the brand’s timing of updating its most selling Classic range is great as the Jawa Motorcycles has also entered the market and about to start deliveries soon of its dual-channel ABS equipped variants. The 2020 RE Classics are expected to launch in 2020 before the implementation of the BS6 norms on 1st April 2020.