Royal Enfield is planning to upgrade all of its products to a new platform and BS-VI Compliant engines. The company’s hot-selling cakes, the Classic series of motorcycles will be the first to get upgraded. The next generation 2020 Royal Enfield Classic has been spotted testing near Chennai.
At first glance, the motorcycle looks like it has been customized. On closer inspection, we can find a lot of upgrades and the temporary number plate gives it away. First, the exhaust pipe and the heat shield get an upgraded design. The exhaust pipe also looks visually shorter than the current generation model. The seats and rear grab rail also sport a new design in the test mule.
The tail section gets a visual update. While the tail lamp and the indicators retain the circular shape, the tail lamp mount is now circular and gets a chrome bezel. The diameter of the tail lamp and the indicator looks to have reduced a little. We expect the tail lamp and indicator to be LED Units. We also find that the motor misses out on the kick start lever.
The 2020 Royal Enfield also sports a dated shock absorber instead of gas charged suspensions. This might be only for testing purposes though as RE might be experimenting with options. Another major upgrade is the positioning of the rear disc brake at the right side. This is opposed to the current setup and reveals that the chain position is on the left side, like in the twins.
This also gives away that the engine on the 2020 Royal Enfield might get a major upgrade. As of now, the 350 CC engine is carburetted and other engines get a FI. With the BS-VI upgrade, all engines will get the FI system. They will also have ABS as standard. The swingarm also appears to have been tweaked and runs parallel to the exhaust in the test bike. Expect the upgraded motorcycle to be launched early next year.
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