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Royal Enfield Pegasus owners to get the new 650 twins as a replacement. It is not news that Pegasus owners were upset about the brand launching the new Classic 350 Signals Edition — the first models from the British-origin brand to come with ABS in India. The Royal Enfield Pegasus was launched in the country at a price of Rs 2.49 lakh ex-showroom (Maharashtra).
The owners claimed that the company had fooled them by introducing ABS and the unique paint scheme at a much lower price. Furthermore, the exclusivity (limited to just 250 units) of the Royal Enfield Pegasus was tarnished by making the Signals Edition motorcycles, non-limited.
Royal Enfield Pegasus owners had to buy the motorcycles through a dedicated online purchase platform on 25th July 2018. The brand had to previously cancel the bookings on the 10th of July 2018 as the website crashed due to excessive traffic. All the 250 models were sold out in just 178 seconds.
The Pegasus came with a higher price tag than the regular Classic 500 even though it still didn't feature ABS like its foreign counterparts. But that wasn't an issue to the owners since no Royal Enfield sold in India was available with the safety feature. However, with the launch of the Classic 350 Signals Edition, things took a new turn.
The owners first showed their reproach by sharing an open letter to Royal Enfield, for which they got an unsatisfactory reply. From then on, online forums and comment boxes started witnessing heated arguments regarding the issue.
Some owners even dumped their Pegasus models in a pile of garbage to show their disapproval while some others refused to take deliveries. Meanwhile, certain dealerships were ready to buy back the limited-edition motorcycles if the owners were willing to sell them.
Now, Royal Enfield has opened a new option for the owners. They can exchange their Pegasus 500 with the upcoming Royal Enfield 650 Twins (expected to be launched on 14th November 2018). Of course, the owners have to pay the difference in the list price but it still seems to be a good deal. Royal Enfield is also offering an additional warranty period of one year, two extra free services and a helmet.
The Royal Enfield Pegasus 500 is powered by the existing 499cc air-cooled single-cylinder engine which makes 27.2bhp and 41.2Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a 5-speed gearbox.
As for the new Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 and Interception models, power comes from a 649cc parallel-twin engine making 47bhp and 52Nm of torque. The gearbox is a 6-speed unit.
Thoughts On Royal Enfield Pegasus Being Replaced By 650 Twins
Royal Enfield has faced a lot of accusations regarding the omission of dual-channel ABS on the Pegasus models while the newer Signals Edition and Classic 500 models came with it. Now, with the option to exchange the Pegasus variants for a new 650 parallel-twin model (that too, considering the actual price which each customer paid for the limited-edition model), Pegasus owners have finally got something to dissolve their regret. What do you think?