Royal Enfield has launched its new Classic 350 models that come inspired from the Redditch series of motorcycles from the era of the 1950s. The Eicher owned two-wheeler subsidiary has launched these bikes in three colours namely Redditch Red, Redditch Green and Redditch Blue. The Royal Enfield Classic 350 Redditch range has been priced at INR 1.46 lakh (on-road, Delhi). The name Redditch has been derived from the place in the UK where Royal Enfield motorcycles took their birth. Now, these models have started arriving at dealerships post official launch that happened a couple of weeks back.
In the 1950’s, Royal Enfield motorcycles were manufactured in their pre-world war era factories in the Redditch, a needle making town located fifteen miles south of Birmingham in the UK. The Royal Enfield Classic introduced in 2008 is designed on the lines of the J2 and it is a tribute to the retro look of British motorcycles in the post-World War II era. The Classic retains the quintessential classic British styling of the 1950s; simple, harmonious, proportioned and finished. Powered by Royal Enfield’s 350cc unit construction engine (UCE), front & rear mudguards, the headlight casing, the fuel tank, the oval tool box, the exhaust fins, the speedometer dials, the single-seat spring saddle, tail light assembly and the headlamp cap, all these conform to the native imagery of British motorcycles in the aftermath of World War II.
Although the Redditch plant stopped producing motorcycles in 1967, its effect on the look and feel of a Royal Enfield motorcycle is still distinct even today, the company noted. The outbreak of WWII put an end to the production plans of the Royal Baby – the 125cc motorcycles for the larger public. The Royal Baby was then soon adopted by the British armed forces, in particular, paratroops. Nestled inside custom-made Royal Enfield parachute cages, these motorcycles, officially known as the model WD/RE, were dropped into enemy territory to support airborne troops. Also Read: Royal Enfield Motorcycles to now come with Better Fuel Economy
They soon earned the moniker, ‘Flying Flea’, painted olive green and proudly wearing their Royal Enfield tank badge. Subsequent versions of the Redditch monogram were encompassed by the now legendary Royal Enfield wing design. Series such as the Ensign, Clipper and Crusader, as well as the 2008 Royal Enfield Classic, sported this version of the Redditch monogram either on the engine or fuel tank. Also Read: Royal Enfield Classic 350 Redditch series launched in India
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Source – MotorcycleGear, Aravinduja Motors