ROYAL Enfield, the world’s oldest motorcycle brand in continuous production, introduces the special Redditch Edition to its popular Classic 350 series. Available in Redditch Red, Redditch Green and Redditch Blue inspired by the paint schemes on 1950s-era Royal Enfield motorcycles that were produced in Redditch, UK, the birthplace of Royal Enfield motorcycles.
Rudratej (Rudy) Singh, President, Royal Enfield, said, “Royal Enfield launched the ‘Classic’ in 2008 based on its popular ‘J2’ model from the 1950s as our brand has always taken inspiration from its rich heritage to come up with evocative motorcycles in the modern era. The Classic then became one of the most loved motorcycles from Royal Enfield. Looking back into our decades old legacy, we have given Classic a makeover taking cues from the motorcycles produced at Redditch, Royal Enfield’s birthplace in the UK. In 2017.”
In the 1950’s, Royal Enfield motorcycles were manufactured in its pre-world war era factories in Redditch, a needle-making town located 15 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 era. The Classic retains the quintessential classic British styling of the 1950s—simple, harmonious, proportioned and finished. Powered by Royal Enfield’s 350 cc 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 even today.
“The 2017 Redditch series will feature the Royal Enfield Redditch monogram, first used in 1939 on the prototype of 125 cc Royal Baby, a two-stroke motorcycle. The use of the original Redditch monogram makes the Redditch series more special as it revives our association with the motorcycles produced out of Redditch in that era,” added Rudy
The outbreak of WWII put an end to the production plans of the Royal Baby 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.
The Redditch Classic 350 goes on sale in April at dealerships across Australia and New Zealand. In Australia the rideaway price is $6490 which includes two-years warranty and roadside assist and in New Zealand the price is $5990 inc GST that includes two-years warranty.
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