Royal Enfield, one of the biggest motorcycle manufacturers in India has announced a recall of its multiple models. The popular models like the Bullet, Classic and the newly launched Meteor models are affected due to the recall. As many as 2.37 lakh motorcycles are affected by the latest recall.
All the units of the Bullet, Classic and Meteor were manufactured between December 2020 and April 2021. Royal Enfield discovered the defect during its routine internal testing. The issue has been isolated to the specific batches of materials sourced from an external supplier.
Royal Enfield claims that the defect does not affect all the motorcycles manufacturing during this period. However, as a precautionary measure and keeping with the safety regulations, Royal Enfield has decided to do this recall for all the models produced between this period.
These motorcycles were sold in the market between January and April 2021. The defect identified is in the ignition coil of the engine. It can cause misfiring and also reduce the vehicle’s performance. In a few rare cases, the defect and even short circuit the electrical in the motorcycles.
Since Royal Enfield also exports motorcycles from India to various other countries, the units sold in Thailand, the Philippines, Australia & New Zealand and Malaysia are also affected. Royal Enfield estimates that only 10% of the motorcycles manufactured during this period are affected.
As a part of the recall, the customers can check if they have to take their unit to the service centre by putting the Vehicle Identification Number or VIN by calling 1800-210-007 to verify. The concerned Royal Enfield service managers will call the customers of the affected motorcycles to book an appointment. Royal Enfield will change the part for free in the affected motorcycles.
Royal Enfield in India
Royal Enfield is working on a slew of all-new motorcycles for the Indian market. The manufacturer is likely to launch new products powered by its newly developed 650cc parallel-twin engine. They have already registered the name Shotgun in the Indian market. However, no one can say for sure about the name of the cruiser 650. Royal Enfield had also registered the names Sherpa, Roadster, and Hunter. So it can be any of these names.
The brand is also working on a roadster that will be powered by a 350cc single-cylinder engine. It will take on the like of Honda CB350 RS in the Indian market. Royal Enfield announced that it will launch a new motorcycle every quarter and the brand had announced that it will launch at least 28 motorcycles in the next seven years.
Royal Enfield’s next launch is likely to be the all-new Classic 350 that will be based on the same chassis that underpins the all-new Meteor in the Indian market.