Royal Enfield is an India-based motorcycle manufacturing company, which has its headquarters in Chennai. Previously, it was jointly owned by a British motorcycle company, Royal Enfield and an indigenous company named Madras Motors. However, now it is under the banner of the Indian automakers, Eicher Motors Limited.
The Royal Enfield is one of the oldest two-wheelers company in the country and is popular for producing some best classically designed motorcycles. It has been around 116 years since the two-wheeler company is been providing reliable services to its customers with some of the best-in-class designed vehicles. The company offers eight new models in various variants, where each one comes with a different story altogether.
Recently, Royal Enfield has launched its popular Classic 350 edition bike in three Redditch series variants - Redditch Red, Redditch Blue and Redditch Green. It resembles the Royal Enfield Classic 350 of the 1950’s with similar features and offers the same classic look. The new model also comes with certain interesting facts, here are a few of them.
History behind the product
The naming of the Redditch series is done from the Redditch city, which is situated 15 miles away from Birmingham. In the year 1890, the Enfield Cycle Company Limited was established in the city of Redditch. It was from here that the beginning of Royal Enfield bikes started. In 1901, the first sturdily engineered Royal Enfield motorcycle, with a prominent engine setup, was manufactured and rolled out for sale from the city. Though the production firm of Redditch is ceased since 1967, yet the models today from Royal Enfield have a clear effect of look and feel from those production days in Redditch.
Monogram takes you to a flashback
The popular monogram of the Royal Enfield company featured for the first time in 1939 on the tank of the prototype named as “Royal Baby”, which offered a 125cc, 2-stroke engine. The same monogram is present on the tanks of the new Classic 350 Redditch series bikes. However, the monogram has received some design changes and has been redefined with a wing-like design, which also appeared in the 2008 Royal Enfield Classic edition motorcycle.
The tiger lamps have been an integral part of the Royal Enfield Classic model since the year 1954 and now has taken a legendary stance. It was first introduced in the Royal Enfield 350 cc Meteor and 500cc Twin bullet. This unique setup of casquette and tiger lamps has remained the major styling aspect of the Bullet motorcycles produced in India ever since it came into existence. The Tiger lamp has taken a legendary stance and now it has become a major styling aspect the manufacturer look into.
The Royal Enfield at Redditch Carnival
The Redditch Carnival was an annual event that saw the whole town turn up to celebrate the achievements of the people and businesses. Royal Enfield participated in this carnival each year and was treated as the center of attraction. It has won lots of awards in the event, which is a matter of pride for the company. It was even awarded as the best manufacturer of two-wheeler for three consecutive years from 1948 to 1950.
The Royal Enfield has been known for offering models in different colour variants since 1950. So, the company is looking forward to keeping up the tradition and has offered the new 2017 Classic 350 Redditch Series in three different colour variants - Red, Green and Blue.
Red has always been the favourite colour, when it comes to a sports bike. However, the Royal Enfield motorcycles, Bullets and Classics are also offered in red colour option. It was first tried in the Royal Enfield Fury in 1959. During the same period, a Cherry Red colour variant was available in the 500cc Meteor Minor, 350 Clipper and Prince 2-stroke. The flame was used in large scale in the early 1960s and the 736 cc Interceptors featured Candy Apple Red.
In 1958, the big twins - Crusader and Bullet featured an optional colour variant as Blue. The color was replaced by Peacock Blue, which looks darker than the normal blue. Another variant, Cambridge Blue, was used on a 350cc unit of the new Bullet models in 1964.
Green is another colour variant of Royal Enfield Classic 350 Redditch series. It was first used on the 2-stroke Ensign II and III models. After that, it featured on the all-new 250cc Crusader launched in 1957.
The Power plant
The all-new Royal Enfield Classic 350 Redditch series comes with the same engine specifications as of the standard Classic 350 model. It features a 346cc, single cylinder engine that churns out a maximum power output of 19.8 bhp against a peak torque of 28 Nm. The transmission duty of the vehicle is taken care of by a 5-speed gearbox. The powerful engine mechanism manages to clock a top speed of 120 kmph, while it can reach a speed of 60 kmph from standstill position in just 4.2 seconds.
The Royal Enfield has a glorious history behind itself and is a strongly built motorcycle from one of the most reliable and oldest two-wheeler manufacturers in India. The interesting facts are good enough to amaze you. The tradition of the manufacturer is to move in the forward direction without leaving behind its heritage. It has been their greatest strength over the years and has managed them to evolve into a big name. The classic styling of the Royal Enfield Classic 350 Redditch takes you back to the history and reminds you of their glory.
The new products from the Royal Enfield are certainly the revised version of the Classic variant, while the colour variants take you back to the 1950s. It is sturdily built and features a classic look to amaze you, which shows how much the manufacturer is exposed to its history. It has already been launched and is available across the country with a competitive price tag of Rs. 1.46 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi).