Royal Enfield has now
introduced its popular Classic 350 motorcycle in three Redditch series variants
- Redditch Red, Redditch Green and Redditch Blue. These variants have been
inspired by the paint schemes on 50s-era Royal Enfield motorcycles that were
produced in Redditch, UK – the birthplace of Royal Enfield motorcycles. The
Royal Enfield Redditch series will be available at Rs 146093 (on-road Delhi).
In the 1950s, Royal Enfield
motorcycles were manufactured in its pre-world war era factories in Redditch, a
needle making town located fifteen miles south of Birmingham in UK. The Royal
Enfield Classic introduced in 2008 is designed on the lines of the J2 and it is
a tribute to the retro look of British motorcycles in the post World War II
Powered by Royal Enfield’s
350cc unit construction engine (UCE), front & rear mudguards, the headlight
casing, the fuel tank, the oval tool box, the exhaust fins, the speedometer
dials, the single seat spring saddle, tail light assembly and the headlamp cap,
all these conform to the native imagery of British motorcycles in the aftermath
of World War II. Although the Redditch plant stopped producing motorcycles in
1967, its effect on the look and feel of a Royal Enfield motorcycle is still distinct
Apart from the new colours
from the 1950’s, the 2017 Redditch series will feature the Royal Enfield Redditch
monogram, first used in 1939 on the prototype of 125cc ‘Royal Baby’, a 2-stroke
The outbreak of WWII put an
end to the production plans of the Royal Baby - the 125cc motorcycles for the
larger public. The Royal Baby was then soon adopted by the British armed
forces, in particular, paratroops. Nestled inside custom-made Royal Enfield
parachute cages, these motorcycles, officially known as the model WD/RE, were
dropped into enemy territory to support airborne troops. They soon earned the
moniker, ‘Flying Flea’, painted olive green and proudly wearing their Royal
Enfield tank badge. Subsequent versions of the Redditch monogram were
encompassed by the now legendary Royal Enfield wing design. Series such as the
Ensign, Clipper and Crusader, as well as the 2008 Royal Enfield Classic,
sported this version of the Redditch monogram either on the engine or fuel tank.
Introducing the new Redditch
colourways, Rudratej (Rudy) Singh, President, Royal Enfield said, “Royal
Enfield launched the Classic in 2008 based on its popular ‘J2’ model, as our
brand has always taken inspiration from its rich heritage to come up with
evocative motorcycles in the modern era.”
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