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.
“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.
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.