The Royal Enfield Pegasus Edition Classic 500 bikes were launched in India back in July. 1000 copies of the bike , among which India got 250, were available worldwide to pay respect to the the RE/WD 125 motorcycle, also known as ‘Flying Flea’, which were extensively used in World War II by the British Army. An underground facility in Westwood, UK was the manufacturing unit of the bike. The much awaited Pegasus special edition classic 500 was priced at Rs 2.49 lakh (on-road Maharashtra) and Rs 2.40 lakh (on-road Delhi). When launched it took 178 seconds to get all the 250 copies sold.
Recently the company has come up with Signals 350, a bike of the same platform and also has stencilled serial numbers. The bike is available in two colours, Airborne Blue and Stormrider Sand. This is not a limited edition bike and also comes with features like dual channel ABS as standard. Now this has made the owners of the Pegasus 500 feel cheated. So they have unanimously decide to donate their bikes to the municipalities of their respective town once the manufacturers start handling out the Signals 350. Royal Enfield has responded to their complains but not directly enough. They claimed that only the platform is same for both the bikes, but the inspiration and design are way too different. The answer did not seem satisfactory to the customers.
One of the owners made a statement, “We’ve decided that if the Signals 350 is delivered to customers with this same design (with stencilled serial nos. & positioning of 2 logos at the front of fuel tank), we all will DONATE our Pegasus to the respective Municipalities of our respective cities & we will contribute to Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan.” He further added, “If the company doesn’t keep the value of their prestigious customers, we too will not keep the value of their most hyped bike.”