Set up at the Imperial War Museum, bring in a classic Dakota and the Red Devils Parachute Display Team, that’s how you launch a motorcycle!
The oldest motorcycle brand in continuous production, Royal Enfield, launched the Classic 500 ‘Pegasus’ limited edition motorcycle. Conceived as a tribute to the Flying Flea and Royal Enfield’s military heritage, the Classic 500 Pegasus offers a chance to own a piece of motorcycle history with only 1,000 units available globally, of which 190 will be available in UK. The motorcycle will be available to be booked online from July and will be priced at GBP 4,999 (on the road).
Royal Enfield has a proud and enduring history of military manufacturing, as the motto ‘Made Like a Gun Since 1901’ suggests. Royal Enfield produced munitions, artillery equipment and motorcycles during both World Wars and supplies the Indian Armed Forces with motorcycles to the present day. Royal Enfield was called upon during World War One to supply motorcycles to the British Armed Forces and also for the Imperial Russian Government, and continues to make simple, authentic, classic motorcycles today. But by far its most storied wartime creation was the airborne troops’ ‘Flying Flea’, a compact and capable, two-stroke 125cc motorcycle that saw action in some of greatest battles of World War Two, including D-Day and Arnhem.
Conceived as a tribute to the Flying Flea and Royal Enfield’s military heritage, the Classic 500 Pegasus is a chance to own a piece of motorcycle history. Just 1,000 units will be made available: 190 on sale in UK and 810 for the rest of the world.
It’s a Classic 500 at heart and on a short demo ride with Russ Malkin (of Long Way Down, Long Way Round fame) it’s fair to say that we had an absolute blast on the backroads of Duxford.
We’ll bring you more on this latest bike from Royal Enfield and the history of the Flying Flea in our next issue out 1st June.