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Royal Enfield, not so long ago, launched their limited edition Pegasus 500 offering in the country. Limited to just 250 units in India, the Pegasus 500 garnered a lot of attention, with all units the motorcycle sold out in 178 seconds.
However, more recently, the company also launched the 350 Signals edition. This motorcycle wears a similar design to the Pegasus 500.
The signals 350 also comes with unique numbers stencilled on the tanks, similar to the Pegasus 500. What's more, the Signals 350 is not a limited edition model and it also features dual-channel ABS as standard.
Now, customers of the Royal Enfield Pegasus 500 feel cheated, with some of them even having written to the company expressing their disappointment. The Pegasus 500 owners in the letter to the company, have stated the consequences of their Pegasus 500 models if Royal Enfield begins deliveries of the Signals edition.
They stated that the owners of the Pegasus 500 would donate the motorcycles to their respective city municipalities, contributing to the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
Some of the owners, stated, "We've decided that if the Signals 350 is delivered to customers with this same design (with stencilled serial nos. & positioning of 2 logos at the front of fuel tank), we all will DONATE our Pegasus to the respective Municipalities of our respective cities & we will contribute to Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan."
They further added, "If the company doesn't keep the value of their prestigious customers, we too will not keep the value of their most hyped bike."
Royal Enfield representatives have in defence, replied to the unhappy Pegasus 500 customers.
The company stated, that although, both the Pegasus 500 and the Signals 350 share the same platform, both motorcycles are uniquely distinct in both inspiration and design. However, the response doesn't address the actual concerns of the Pegasus 500 owners.
The Royal Enfield Pegasus 500 is based on the classic 500 model. The motorcycle pays homage to the British Armyand the company's contribution during World War II. The Pegasus 500 is limited to a 1000 units globally, with India receiving just 250 of them.
Meanwhile, the Royal Enfield 350 Signals edition pays homage to the Indian Army. However, this Signals 350 is not a limited edition model, like the Pegasus 500. Also, the Signals 350 now comes standard with dual-channel ABS, while being priced at almost half of what the Pegasus 500 costs.
The Pegasus 500 is priced at Rs 2.49 lakh,ex-showroom (Maharashtra). While the Signals 350 comes with a price tag of Rs 1.62 lakh, ex-showroom (Pune).
Thoughts On The Royal Enfield Signals 350
Royal Enfield introduced the Pegasus 500 as a limited edition model. The company even priced the motorcycle at a premium for its exclusive graphics and design. However, with the launch of the 350 Signals edition, Royal Enfield offered similar graphics and design as the limited edition Pegasus 500. This beats the main point of a vehicle being ‘Limited Edition'.