Royal Enfield Classic 350 Redditch Edition
Royal Enfield, the world’s oldest motorcycle brand in continuous production, introduces the special Royal Enfield Classic 350 Redditch Edition.
In the 1950’s, Royal Enfield motorcycles were manufactured in its pre-world war era factories in Redditch, a needle making town located fifteen miles south of Birmingham in UK. The Royal Enfield Classic introduced in 2008 is designed on the lines of the original 1950s J2 and it is a tribute to the retro look of British motorcycles in the post World War II era. The Classic retains the quintessential classic British styling of the 1950s; simple, harmonious, proportioned and finished. Powered by Royal Enfield’s 350cc unit construction engine (UCE), front & rear mudguards, the headlight casing, the fuel tank, the oval tool box, the exhaust fins, the speedometer dials, the single-seat spring saddle, tail light assembly and the headlamp cap, all these conform to the native imagery of British motorcycles in the aftermath of World War II. Although the Redditch plant stopped producing motorcycles in 1967, its effect on the look and feel of a Royal Enfield motorcycle is still distinct even today.
It is perhaps this reason why the Classic has since gone on to become one of the most loved motorcycles from Royal Enfield. Today the new Redditch Edition plays special tribute to the paint schemes of the motorcycles produced at Redditch from the 50s with 3 colourways; Redditch Red, Redditch Green and Redditch Blue. Piping on the seats and a distinctive Redditch monogram seen first on a 125cc in 1939 also give way to the early styling of Royal Enfield motorcycles.
With the timeless design and dependability of the Classic, the new Redditch Edition will make any motorcycle enthusiast or first-time rider proud to own a piece of history.
ROYAL ENFIELD MONOGRAM – THE MARK OF THE HERITAGE
The iconic Royal Enfield monogram first appeared in 1939 on the tank of the prototype 125cc 2-stroke motorcycle, called ‘Royal Baby’. The outbreak of WWII saw the model transform into the now legendary ‘Flying Flea’ paratroopers motorcycle, which still proudly wore its RE tank badge. Subsequently, the Redditch mark was flanked by a wing design, and was proudly adopted by the Royal Enfield Classic in 2008. Carrying the legacy forward, the original Redditch RE insignia has now been revived expressly for use on Royal Enfield Classic 350s with Redditch colourways.
The legendary RE monogram first adorned the tank of the prototype 125cc ‘Royal Baby’ 2-stroke motorcycle in 1939. The outbreak of WWII put an end to Redditch Royal Enfield’s civilian production plans, but the bike was soon adopted by the British armed forces, in particular, paratroops. Nestled inside custom-made Royal Enfield parachute cages, the motorcycle, officially known as the model WD/RE, was dropped into enemy territory to help airborne troops establish communication lines. It soon earned the nickname ‘Flying Flea’, and although painted a drab olive green, it still proudly wore the RE tank badge.
With the advent of peace, the Model Royal Enfield reverted to civilian trim, providing affordable commuter transportation for the masses. The RE monogram was now incorporated into a flamboyant wing design that graced the sides of each petrol tank. By 1950, the motorcycle had telescopic forks and a year later, a foot operated gearbox. A redesigned engine was then embellished with the RE logo, a theme that continued throughout the model’s production life as it evolved into the 150cc Ensign and Prince 2-strokes through the 1950s and into the early 1960s.
In 1957, Royal Enfield introduced the trailblazing 250cc Crusader. Versatile, economical to run, highly manoeuverable and with a great turn of speed, it was an instant success. The RE monogram, still encapsulated within a winged emblem, was now cast into the bike’s highly polished alloy engine covers. Sportier versions followed, like the Crusader Sports in 1959 and the Continental in 1963. All were resplendent with an ‘RE’ motif highlighted bold red against gleaming aluminium engines.
2008 saw the birth of the legendary Royal Enfield Classic, its heritage clearly visible in its every contour. Like many of its predecessors during the previous 70 years, the Classic’s lustrous alloy engine cases were bejeweled with the historic RE monogram. And the tradition continues to this day, with the design embossed onto the engines of the present Classic, the military inspired Desert Storm, Battle Green and Squadron Blue motorcycles, the Bullet 350 and 500, the Thunderbird cruisers and of course, the Continental GT cafè racer.
15 MILES SOUTH OF BIRMINGHAM, A TOWN HEARD AROUND THE WORLD EVEN TODAY.
The 1950s. A good time to be a Royal Enfield.
Redditch came to prominence during the Industrial Revolution, earning a worldwide reputation for its needles and fishing tackle. The earliest Royal Enfields, sturdily engineered bicycles produced there in the 1890s, were equipped with an engine in 1901 making them the first motorcycles to be rolled out of Redditch. Thereafter the town earned a permanent place in British motorcycling history. Production at Royal Enfield’s Hewell Road factory may have ceased in 1967 but the company’s Redditch years still have a palpable effect on the look and feel of a Royal Enfield today.
The Redditch Edition is now available across Australia and New Zealand.
*Learner Approved (Australia & New Zealand)
|Engine||Single Cylinder, 4 stroke, Twinspark, Aircooled|
|Bore x Stroke||70mm x 90mm|
|Compression Ratio||8.5 : 1|
|Maximum Power||19.8 bhp @ 5250 rpm|
|Maximum Torque||28 Nm @ 4000 rpm|
|Ignition System||Transistorised Coil Ignition|
|Gearbox||5 Speed Constant Mesh|
|Fuel Supply||15 W 50 API, SL Grade & above, JASO MA|
|Air Cleaner||29mm, Constant Vacuum Carburettor Paper Element|