Royal Enfield has finally got some impetus with a strong dealer network and interesting learner-approved models arriving, including the Classic 350.
The dual-seat bike will be available in early 2016 at just $4990 (plus on-road costs) in white, blue or black with a two-year, unlimited kilometre warranty on parts and 10,000km and one-year warranty on labour.
With its classic looks, it should become a darling of the young hipster set, as well as a great second bike for more mature-aged riders.
It should also appeal to the many world travellers who have toured with companies such as Ferris Wheels Motorcycle Safaris (known as World on Wheels from January 2016).
They will be familiar with and have a certain affection and admiration for these tough little Indian-made bikes.
It’s based on the Classic 500 chassis and is powered by a lower-capacity bulletproof Thunderbird Twinspark with carburettion by Keihin.
Things are looking good for Royal Enfield in Australia with a 650cc Himalayan adventure bike coming and the brand in the hands of established importer.
Royal Enfield has been in a blind spot in Australia for may years but is now being imported and distributed by Melbourne-based Urban Moto Imports who also import MV Agusta, Benelli, Bimota, Confederate and Viper Motorcycles with a dealer network across Australia and New Zealand.
Urban Moto Imports CEP Joseph Elasmar says Royal Enfield has “a phenomenal future”.
Meanwhile, Royal Enfield is spending $80m to build two new factories, one in India and the other in the UK, bringing the former British brand back to its home country for the first time in 45 years.