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Royal Enfield Classic 500 Now Standard With ABS – And Room for Meghan!


Royal Enfield Classic 500 Now Standard With ABS – And Room for Meghan!

If you’ve visited a bike showroom lately – as our contributor, Alan Pease, has – you’ll know the Royal Enfield logo is popping up with more frequency. Long known for their ongoing build of some of Britain’s best postwar offerings (that’s after World War II and before Vietnam), they’re enjoying a resurgence with the intro – a few years ago – of the Continental GT café and, most recently, the all-new Himalayan ADV bike; the Himalayan was previewed by Alan here.

But this just in: Royal Enfield has tweaked its Classic 500, adding ABS, rear disc brakes and – just in time for the Royal nuptials – a passenger pillion. We’re guessing Harry and Meghan already knew this, and the reason for Meghan’s very bright smile. Not the only reason, mind you – but one of the better reasons. The info provided by Royal Enfield is below…

Milwaukee, Wis. (May 30, 2018) — The new 2018 Royal Enfield Classic 500 motorcycles have been updated and are better than ever. Now standard with antilock brakes, rear disc brakes and a passenger pillion. The motorcycles feature a fuel-injected 500 cc engine with modern classic styling that’s sure to turn heads. The 2018 Classic 500 will be available in June at Royal Enfield dealers across North America.

“The Classic 500 is currently the most popular motorcycle in our lineup, and we are excited to offer improvements to an already fun, accessible and affordable motorcycle,” said Rod Copes, president, Royal Enfield North America. “The addition of antilock brakes is confidence-inspiring for new and experienced riders alike, and the new colors are a great addition to the Classic lineup – including the new flat-black Stealth with a blacked-out engine and exhaust. The base model Classic 500 starts at an attractive MSRP of $5,599.”

All 2018 Royal Enfield Classic 500 motorcycles will come standard with ABS, rear disc brakes and a passenger pillion and will be available in the following colors:

  • Standard Colors – Black and Lagoon – $5,599
  • Military Colors – Battle Green, Desert Storm and Squadron Blue – $5,699
  • NEW Gun Metal Gray – $5,699
  • NEW Stealth – $5,799
  • Chrome Colors – Black, NEW: Green, Graphite – $5,799

The Classic 500 update is the latest of several planned new model introductions for Royal Enfield North America this year. In addition to expanded offerings for the Classic 500, the lineup also features the Bullet 500 and the recently launched and highly anticipated adventure-touring model – the Himalayan. The Classic 500 Pegasus limited-edition model that was recently launched in Europe and India will be available in North America later in the year. For more information about Royal Enfield North America, please visit

About Royal Enfield

The oldest motorcycle company in continuous production in the world, Royal Enfield made its first motorcycle in 1901. A division of Eicher Motors Limited, Royal Enfield has created the mid-size motorcycle segment in India with its unique and distinctive modern classic motorcycles. With its manufacturing base in Chennai, India, Royal Enfield has been able to grow its production rapidly against a surge in demand for its motorcycles. Royal Enfield is a leading player in the global middleweight motorcycle market.

Royal Enfield North America (RENA) is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and is developing a growing network of more than 80 dealers in North America, including the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico. RENA currently offers the Bullet 500, Classic 500 and the Himalayan motorcycles along with a range of genuine motorcycle accessories and apparel. All Royal Enfield models come with a two-year, unlimited mile warranty.

David Boldt

Boldt, a contributor to outlets such as, Kelley Blue Book and Autoblog, brings to his laptop some forty years of experience in automotive retail, journalism and public relations. He is a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, Chicago's Midwest Automotive Media Association and L.A.'s Motor Press Guild. David is the Managing Editor of txGarage and the automotive contributor to Dallas' Katy Trail Weekly.

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