For more than a decade, the Royal Enfield Classic has been the most popular motorcycle. Over the years it has slowly and steadily witnessed modernization in itself from a technological perspective, yet has stayed true to its post-war retro-cool design language. Here’s a quick glance into the timeline of this motorcycle over the past few years, one that also lists down some of its most popular and beloved avatars.
The all-new Classic adds a new chapter to Royal Enfield’s legacy of building authentic post-war-era British motorcycles that are loved by enthusiasts around the world. The legacy of the Classic dates back to 1948 with the groundbreaking Royal Enfield Model G2, the first to have swinging arm rear suspension on a full production motorcycle. As dependable as it was beautiful, the Model G2 served as a strong design inspiration for the hugely popular Classic 500 and Classic 350 launched in 2008. Its simple and elegant design philosophy with signature styling details, combined with a commanding, comfortable riding stance, and dependable UCE engine made it a favorite amongst leisure motorcycling enthusiasts.
Ever since its launch, the Classic has emerged as a motorcycle that has redefined the middleweight motorcycling space and spawned the revival of Royal Enfield, kickstarting its journey to lead the segment globally. 12 years and more than 3 million motorcycles later, the Classic has built a legacy of its own, and the new Classic 350 is all set to take this legacy ahead.
Classic Legacy over the years through pictures -
G2 350 Bullet
C5 Classic 500
October 2008. The 500cc Bullet Classic, with the new fuel injected UCE engine, was unveiled on Royal Enfield’s stand at Intermot, Cologne.
November 2009. Introduced in India as Classic, not Bullet Classic, establishing a new sub-brand.
Since its launch in 2009 the classic has been a huge success selling over 3 million units globally in a decade. It has been the driving force behind the growth of the brand.
2010 - Battle Green
2011 - Classic Chrome
2011 - Desert Storm
2015 - Despatch