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Royal Enfield Classic 500 Pegasus unveiled

Royal Enfield launched a new limited-edition model of a classic motorcycle inspired by a World War II bike used by British paratroopers behind enemy lines in India. The Royal Enfield Classic 500 ‘Pegasus’ is inspired by the legendary RE/WD Flying Flea 125 motorcycle, which was manufactured at Royal Enfield’s underground facility in Westwood, U.K. Only 1,000 units will be made available globally, of which 190 will be available in Britain.
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“The story of the Flying Flea is both remarkable and inspiring, and it has a history like no other motorcycle,” said Royal Enfield Chief Executive Officer Siddhartha Lal after a grand launch ceremony in Duxford, Cambridgeshire, today.

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The Pegasus is priced at GBP 4,999 (around ₹ 4.5 lakh) and will be available for bookings online from July. India prices have not been announced yet, although 250 of these limited edition bikes will be sold in India as well. Classic 500 Pegasus motorcycles will come with a bespoke set of military-style canvas panniers, like the ones used in World War II, bearing the Pegasus logo, and each motorcycle will have brown handlebar grips, a leather strap with brass buckles across the air filter, blacked out silencers, rims, kickstart lever, pedals and headlight bezel to complete the period look.  

Update : 03 September 2018

As per the information the Royal Enfield Pegasus number was limited only to 250 units was priced at Rs 2.40 Lakh. And it is higher point, more than the RE Classic 350 Signals with almost Rs.80000. 

With the emerging motorcycles market, Royal Enfield recently launched the Classic 350 ABS Signals for Rs 1.61 Lakh in India to pay a tribute to the Indian Armed Forces, only a couple of weeks back. Also Royal Enfield launched the Pegasus 500 Limited Edition based on the Classic 500 with some unique features to pay homage to the British Army and the two wheeler brand’s involvement in WWII.

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But unfortunately the reports are not beneficial for RE with this new launch. Already couple of owners have filed an open letter to Royal Enfield showing their frustration towards the Royal Enfield brand. The owners felt cheated by the company for launching Signals, similar to that of Pegasus, at a very low price. Here’s what an owner commented –

“Feeling really cheated. Why can’t you guys didn’t gave abs to just month before launched Pegasus. Really cheated. Also similar design. Then how Pegasus will be a special edition. Totally uninterested in RE brand.

You people dont know how much struggle we faced to get Pegasus. Firstly we waited and tried booking for July 10 and website crashed. And then no postponed booking date announcement by RE. Before taking delivery, you made us to go in to depression from excitement. Not everyone booked Pegasus are rich. We just booked for uniqueness and got a loans from banks to take this bike. Now I am not at all excited to take delivery.

We are expecting to take 2 decisions from your side.
Atleast callback the Pegasus bikes for abs fitment.
And give back our money which you people charged for uniqueness.
I don’t want to hurt anyone but Pegasus owners are in full disappointment.”

Reply from Royal Enfield – 

Responding to customers, Royal Enfield said “We understand why you might feel that way, but we want to ensure we would not do anything to undervalue your prized possession. The Pegasus 500cc and Signals range share the same platform, but are unique in inspiration and design. Moreover, the Pegasus has a higher displacement.”

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