From April 1, 2018, it is mandatory for all two-wheelers above 125cc to be equipped with ABS. Now, CarBlogIndia reports that Royal Enfield Bullet will be the first motorcycle to get ABS as a standard feature.
The report states that the Royal Enfield Bullet will be equipped with single-channel ABS. That means only front wheel with disc brake will be equipped with the safety net of ABS. The Royal Enfield Bullet 350 and the 500 will be the first RE bikes to get the safety feature.
The single-channel ABS is not as good as dual-channel ABS, but it's a lot better than not having ABS. Considering the heavy weight of the Bullet, the ABS will drastically improve the braking performance of the bike.
The reason behind Royal Enfield opting for a single-channel ABS is to keep the costs down. A single-channel ABS is much cheaper and will also comply with the new regulations. With the single-channel ABS, the Royal Enfield Bullet will not get a significant price hike.
Expect the Royal Enfield Bullet ABS to be dearer by Rs 10,000 to Rs 12,000. The Royal Enfield Bullet ABS is expected to be launched in early April 2018. Apart from the Bullet, the Himalayan will also get the safety net of ABS.
The Royal Enfield Himalayan which is being exported to foreign markets is equipped with a dual-channel ABS, so the India-spec model is also expected to get dual-channel ABS. The upcoming RE 650cc twins, the Continental GT 650 and Interceptor 650 will feature dual-channel ABS as standard.
Thoughts On The Royal Enfield Bullet Getting ABS
Due to the new safety regulations, Royal Enfield has finally decided to offer ABS on the Bullet range. But we hope that other RE bikes such as Thunderbird and the Classic range will also get the safety feature. We recommend you to go for bikes equipped with ABS as spending some extra money on ABS is worth and can be a lifesaver in panic braking situations.