More than 16 months after the Royal Enfield range was launched in Europe with dual-channel ABS, Australian fans can finally buy the Continental GT, Bullet 500 and Classic 500 range with these upgraded brakes.
We asked Royal Enfield Australia distributors Urban Moto Imports (UMI) last January now long it would take for them to come to Australia, but they failed to reply to calls or emails.
Perhaps they were stuck with a lot of floor stock they wanted to get rid of and didn’t want to draw attention to the fact that they were selling old stock.
From November 2019, all new motorcycle models sold in Australia will either have ABS or combined braking systems (CBS).
However, Europe already requires all bikes over 125cc to have ABS.
The Royal Enfield Rumbler 350 is not sold in Europe so it still does not have ABS.
It also appears that the Himalayan we get here does not come with ABS even though it is available in Europe.
Finally in Australia
Now that the Royal Enfield 500cc models have finally arrived in Australia with ABS, we have asked UMI whether they will cost more with this added feature but again they have not bother to reply.
In the UK, they cost an extra $800-$1000, so we could expect a similar price hike here.
Previously they were available at these ride-away prices are: Bullet 500 $8490, Classic 500 $8790, Classic Chrome $8990 and Continental GT $9590.
The 2018 bikes not only come with dual-channel ABS and a 240mm rear disc instead of drum brake, but also a “Redditch” selection of bright new colours.
The Classic range now comes in 15 colours with the addition of Gunmetal Grey and Stealth Black, while the Bullet 500 and Continental GT come in three colour choices.
All engines now meet the new Euro 4 emissions measures that applied from April 2017.
Apparently the compliance has been achieved by “retuning” the EFI single-cylinder engines as well as a new muffler, which probably means it’s choked up even more.