Royal Enfield Thunderbird & Classic to Get 1-Channel ABS in India

Royal Enfield Thunderbird & Classic ABS Coming Soon! Royal Enfield bikes will soon feature single channel ABS across Thunderbird, Classic and Bullet series. Only Himalayan, Continental GT 650 and Interceptor 650 will offer dual channel ABS in India.

Classic 350, Thunderbird 350 and other popular options are expected to witness INR 5000 worth price hike after getting single channel unit while Himalayan can expect price hike of INR 10,000-12,000. It would be even better if they use the bigger 648cc engine in their Himalayan and project all three of them as segment leaders in three different riding styles. All this could happen anytime before April 2019.

Royal Enfield Classic ABS
Royal Enfield Classic ABS is Coming Soon!

The number game basically exists for 350cc options in the lineup as other are slow selling products with specific set of buyers across the country. As they presently sell less than 1000 units for Himalayan, launching the same with bigger engine may not affect them much in terms of total sales.

On the other hand, adventure bikes like Versys 650 and Triumph Tiger 800 will get a new rival with impressive power numbers. Classic 500, Thunderbird 500 and Bullet 500 have limited buyers and they won’t worry much with INR 5000 of hike with added single channel ABS.

Royal Enfield Thunderbird

When it comes to sales, majority of number comes from Classic 350 and Bullet 350. If They are ready to push ABS into their entire lineup, discontinuing the Bullet 350 with drum brake will also be a requirement.

This way, Bullet 350 lovers could get a possible hike of INR 10,000 or more in order to add both front disc and single channel ABS into the package. ABS is a great way to avoid motorcycle slips in emergency braking.

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Leaving the rear wheel vulnerable is also a negative point for RE lovers as some fans are more interested in using rear wheel braking on their Bullet and Classic 350.

Royal Enfield Thunderbird & Classic to Get 1-Channel ABS in India
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  1. Matt Lansell says

    “Leaving the rear wheel vulnerable is also a negative point for RE lovers as some fans are more interested in using rear wheel braking on their Bullet and Classic 350.”

    Really? You want to avoid the bike skidding, but you also want to use the rear brake as your primary brake? That’s stupid. The front brake does 70-90% of the braking. When you slow down your centre of gravity shifts forward leaving the load on the rear wheel lighter, so if you only use the rear you almost guarantee that you either won’t stop in time, or the rear wheel will skid.

    That’s not to say that ABS on the rear isn’t desirable… of course it is… but it’s much more desirable and important on the front.

    Learn to brake properly.

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