The year began with Royal Enfield launching the twin bikes and most probably we’re going to get a surprise year ending too. Recently a few images surfaced on facebook of the Scrambler 500 which bore resemblance to the Classic 500. It has been spotted at a Royal Enfield authorized workshop.
The bike has the same platform as that of the classic fused with Scrambler styling like the knobby tyres and chopped fenders. The manufacturers have done away with the rear seat and installed a neat luggage rack. The up-swept exhaust has been positioned in a unique way, angled upwards more like off-roading bikes. Rubber gaiters protecting the telescopic front forks, braced handlebars proving extra stiffness to aid trail riding and a higher wheel travel makes the ride more comfortable. A switchable dual channel ABS is expected and is also really necessary to enhance the sliding capacity of the beast on dirt.
A 499cc single cylinder, air cooled motor will provide 27.5 PS power at 5250 rpm and 41.3 Nm torque at 4000 rpm making the bike blaze up to its top speed. A 5 speed transmission system will provide all the necessary help.
This can be a commissioned bike, one of a kind by an enthusiast. But mostly one-off custom bikes are not found at the authorized workshops and are serviced in the unauthorized ones. A dealer mod can be a probable explanation. But then again more of such automobiles would be seen. Because, clearly it would be an opportunity for making money. So we deduce it has to be the new Scrambler model.
The beginning of the new year might be a good time to launch the Scrambler. The price although has to be less than the Interceptor 650. So it is predicted to be within the same range as that of the Classic 500, i.e. Rs 1.85 lakh (Ex-showroom, Delhi). Let’s hope it will do well as the lack of natural competitors (as of now) is really a plus point.
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