Royal Enfield Classic Chrome UCE500 and Desert Storm UCE500 launch tomorrow!
Royal Enfield, the purveyor of timeless long stroke single cylinder retro motorcycles is all set to usher in two more of its UCE ilk, the Classic Chrome 500 and the Desert Storm 500 tomorrow. Team ICB was the first motoring publication in India to break this story and in line with our report, both the Classic Chrome and Desert Storm will debut in Mumbai, tomorrow. Both these variants are mainly new color schemes of the existing UCE500 platform, on which the Classic 500UCE is based on.
Mechanically though, the motorcycles will be bog similar to the Classic 500UCE. This means that both the Classic Chrome 500 and the Desert Storm 500 will feature the 499cc unit construction four stroke long stroke pushrod engine tuned to produce 27.2 Bhp of peak power and 41.3 Nm of peak torque. This engine is fueled by a fuel injection system, which has seen a recent revision through a remap to eliminate the jerking issue that the early UCE500 EFIs encountered.
The Classic Chrome 500, like its name suggests brings dollops of chrome to the equation. So, you get a chromed fuel tank, quite reminiscent of the Machismo series of Royal Enfields of yore, a chromed battery cover and chromed mudguards. Chromes costs money and all that chrome means that the Classic Chrome 500 could be Royal Enfield’s new flagship motorcycle, displacing the Classic 500 EFI off its perch as Royal Enfield’s priciest motorcycle.
Coming to the Desert Storm, a sandy beige paint job, to complement its name perfectly is what will be offered. Incidentally, this is the first time in Royal Enfield’s Indian history that there are three 500cc motorcycle variants in its line up. Waiting periods for both the Classic Chrome 500 and the Desert Storm 500 are expected to be quite high as it will be only in 2013, when Royal Enfield will begin production at its spanking new facility in Chennai that is expected to boost production volumes quite significantly.
Team ICB will be at Mumbai tomorrow to witness the launch of the Classic Chrome 500 and the Desert Storm 500. Watch this space!