Royal Enfield will launch the World War inspired Pegasus 500 motorcycle on the 30th of May, 2018, in India. Bookings of the motorcycle will happen online, on a first-come-first-serve basis. The motorcycle was showcased last week. It’s built as a tribute to the Flying Flea, an ultra light motorcycle that Royal Enfield produced for use by British troops during the World War.
The Flying Flea was made light mainly to be air dropped during the World War, so that troops could use it for last mile connectivity in the war fields of Europe.The Classic 500 based Pegasus will be anything but light though. Expect the 500cc motorcycle to tip scales at well over 180 kilograms.
The motorcycle will use the same 499cc, four stroke engine that is found on the Classic 500 range that Royal Enfield sells in India and abroad. This air cooled engine produces 27.2 Bhp-41.3 Nm and is fuel injected. It’s paired to a 5 speed manual gearbox.
The motorcycle gets disc brakes on both wheels and will get twin channel ABS as standard for the European market. However, it remains to be seen if Royal Enfield offers ABS on the 250 units that have been earmarked for the Indian market. As for other changes, the Royal Enfield Classic 500 Pegasus will feature a unique war inspired paint job.
The dual tone paint job is carried over to the engine as well. While it’s sold in Service Brown and Olive Dab Green colours in Europe, it remains to be seen if the Olive Green colour will be offered in India considering the fact that this color is reserved for exclusive use by military vehicles here.
Other changes on the Royal Enfield Classic 500 Pegasus will include a leather strap with brass buckle across the air filter, blacked out silencers, rims, brown handlebar grips and headlight bezel. Other cycle parts will be the same as those offered on the Classic 500.