Royal Enfield has started upgrading their products with the Anti-Locking Braking System (ABS). This comes before the implementation of the new rule that makes it mandatory for the two-wheelers in India to offer ABS as a standard feature. The new rule is applicable for all the two-wheelers which are powered by 125cc or above engine capacity.
The new ruling will come into force on 1st April 2019 and Royal Enfield has already started upgrading their portfolio in India. The newest motorcycle to join the ABS bandwagon is the Royal Enfield Classic 350 Redditch, which was launched in the Indian market last year. The Redditch series remains identical to the regular range in terms of mechanicals but it offers attractive and bright paint schemes to attract the young buyers.
Royal Enfield has introduced dual-channel ABS on the Classic 350 Redditch edition. With the new feature, the Classic 350 Redditch is now priced at around Rs. 1.79 lakhs. There is a non-ABS version of the bike available in the Indian market too and it gets a rear drum brake set-up. That version comes with a price tag of Rs. 1.46 lakhs, ex-showroom, Delhi.
The new bike has started to reach the showrooms and is expected to be available across the country very soon. The Classic 350 Redditch is based on Classic range, which received the safety net sometime back. Apart from the addition of the new feature, the motorcycle remains identical to the non-ABS version. The Classic 350 Redditch even uses the same engine option as the regular Classic model. It gets powered by a 346cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled, twin-spark engine that produces a maximum of 19.8 Bhp at 5,250 rpm and 28 Nm at 4,000. It gets a carburettor instead of the fuel injection that is available with the Classic 500 engine.
It gets a 5-speed transmission. The Classic 350 Redditch gets a single disc brake in the front wheel with 280mm diameter. At the rear, there is a 240mm disc brake. The front disc brake gets a dual-piston calliper while the rear one gets a single-piston calliper. Royal Enfield Redditch series is available in three contrasting colours in the Indian market – Red, Green, White, Orange and Blue. However, a few colours are limited to the Redditch 350 while a few others are only available with the Redditch 500 models.
Earlier this year, Royal Enfield introduced the first-ever twin-cylinder bikes in the Indian market. Royal Enfield launched the Interceptor 650 and the Continental GT 650 in the market and they are the most affordable twin-cylinder motorcycles in the Indian market. Royal Enfield has also launched the Classic 350 and 500, Himalayan and Thunderbird X with the ABS earlier this year. With the update, almost all the Royal Enfield motorcycles now get ABS in India.