Royal Enfield has been working on revamping the Thunderbird and Classic motorcycles series for some time now and test mules have been spied several times to date. The spy shots have revealed that the bikes will come with substantial changes and will be much modern than the current generation of Classic and Thunderbird motorcycle. The engines powering these motorcycles will be BSVI compliant as that will be mandatory from April 2020. To give you a better idea of how the new Classic will look like, here is a render by IAB which shows the possible design of the 2020 Royal Enfield Classic.
As seen in the render above, the basic design language of the bike has been kept almost the same. However, a lot of alterations have been made on the bike to enhance its performance, riding comfort as well as overall feel. As seen in the render, the bike now features a new tail lamp and a new exhaust pipe design. The saddles are also new and look more comfortable than the current generation’s unit. The front end is largely the same with a chrome-ringed headlamp and old-school indicator design. However, the instrument cluster will be a semi-digital unit with an analogue speedometer along with an LCD display that will show all relevant information.
To let you know, Royal Enfield will use a new chassis and swingarm for the 2020 Classic motorcycles. A double-cradle chassis is likely to be used on the new Classic bikes along with revised rear shock absorbers. The footpegs will also receive an update along with the brake lever as well as the switchgear. Other bits like the fuel tank, side panels and the fenders would remain more or less the same as suggested by the render.
The other big change will be in the form of the new engine that will power the bike. It will be a BSVI compliant unit and most probably feature fuel injection technology. The new engine will, therefore, have lower emissions, better fuel efficiency and a crisper throttle response. A bump in power could also be expected though there has been no word on the same by Royal Enfield.
Talking about the current-gen Royal Enfield Classic 350, the bike is powered by a 346cc, unit construction engine that pumps out 19.8 Bhp of power along with 28 Nm of torque. The motor gets a carburettor as standard, along with a 5-speed manual gearbox. The bigger Classic 500 is powered by a 499cc version of the same engine, but the engine output here is pegged at 27.2 Bhp of power and 41.3 Nm of torque. Like on the 350cc motor, a five-speed manual gearbox is standard on the 500 cc engine too. The new Classic bikes could be launched during the second quarter of next year after the BSVI emission norms come into play.