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Royal Enfield planning lighter motorcycles for women

Written by Parichay Malvankar

A brand new set of roadster motorcycles are reportedly in development. Royal Enfield has codenamed these bikes as J1C and a market debut or unveiling is expected in Q1 of 2020. These new range of motorcycles would be lighter, lower in seat height and would be positioned to attract newbie riders and even the female motorcycling crowd. The bikes could be much more easier to manage than the current base model Bullet on offer. Of course, these bikes would be launched with all-new BS6 engines which have been on road tests for quite some time now.

Expected to be launched under a new brand Explorer, these bikes will stay true to the Royal Enfield DNA of being a modern classic, but would appeal to a new audience. The new J1C Explorer range would also be more affordable, opening the Royal Enfield doors for those who have been fence sitting for long. Rumours suggest that there is another product to be launched which would be called as the Meteor, but that could very well be a rebadged motor from the existing line-up. The new motorcycles have been developed after taking market sentiment and feedback in consideration; and to steer clear from the common perception of bulk that Royal Enfield products holds on to.

After the introduction of this all-new J1C Explorer range, Royal Enfield will launch the updated Thunderbird followed by the BS6 iterations of the Classic and Bullet motorcycle range. The current UCE (Unit Construction Engine) has been updated to meet BS6 emission standards.

Royal Enfield is also yet to update their flagship 650cc Interceptor and Continental GT to BS6 standards. These bikes will see a noticeable jump in the price tag, but would still remain the most affordable 650cc motorcycles to be on sale in the country.