Royal Enfield Drops Plans For 250cc Motorcycle
It appears that the bikemaker will not manufacture motorcycles below 350cc
It was previously reported that Royal Enfield was working on a new 250cc motorcycle. We had our reservations about these plans and it now appears that the bikemaker will not be manufacturing motorcycles below 350cc. According to ET Auto, the bikemaker has dropped plans to build a 250cc motorcycle.
Also read: Royal Enfield Meteor 350: Pre-launch Roundup
There are several reasons for Royal Enfield to drop the 250cc motorcycle idea. For one, the bikemaker has been making 350cc motorcycles for a while now and has become pretty good at it. In fact the Classic 350 has been the best selling bike in the 300cc to 400cc segment by a large margin. It is even working on a new J platform for its upcoming Meteor. One logic behind the making of the 250cc motorcycle was for it to appeal to women riders. If Royal Enfield were to make an all new motor and use the J-platform, the new motorcycle would still weigh close to 170kg, which defeats the purpose of having a lightweight, easy-to ride bike. With the 250cc segment already populated with motorcycles such as the Bajaj Dominar 250, KTM 250 Duke, Yamaha FZ 25, Royal Enfield would have a hard time finding a niche for its new motorcycle.
Royal Enfield in India has always been associated with big motorcycles and that's what we expect the bikemaker to focus on. Along with the Meteor, Royal Enfield plans to launch multiple bikes in India by next year. You can check out the details here.