Royal Enfield added a new series in the Classic 350 range called the Redditch series. The motorcycle gets paint schemes inspired by the Redditch series of the 1950s-era. The new series will be available in three colours, Redditch Red, Redditch Green and Redditch Blue, and is priced at Rs 1.57 lakh in Mumbai (OTR). Notably, customers can book the motorcycle after January 7, 2017, across all the RE dealerships in India.
OTR price of Royal Enfield Classic 350 Redditch series –
- INR 157577/- Mumbai,
- INR 147831 /- Chennai,
- INR 155456 /- Bengaluru
- INR 149340 /- Hyderabad.
What is Redditch?
Redditch is Royal Enfield’s birthplace in UK. In the 1950’s, Royal Enfield motorcycles were manufactured in its pre-world war era factories in Redditch, a needle making town located approximately 24 kms south of Birmingham. The Redditch plant stopped producing motorcycles in 1967.
Redditch paint scheme?
The Royal Enfield Classic 350 motorcycle gets Redditch colour scheme – the paint scheme seen on Royal Enfield’s of 50s-era. Apart from the new colous from the 1950’s, the 2017 Redditch series features the Royal Enfield Redditch monogram, first used in 1939 on the prototype of 125cc ‘Royal Baby’, a 2-stroke motorcycle.
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 in olive green on 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.
Why Redditch paint scheme on Classic 350 model only?
Launched in 2008, the Classic 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. The 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.
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