Royal Enfield launches Classic Chrome and Desert Storm


Royal Enfield has just launched two classic new models. Both these models, named Classic Chrome and Desert Storm are here to meet an ongoing demand from biking enthusiasts who wanted something new from Royal Enfield. There are slight modifications in the chassis, Engine tuning, Exhaust muffler design, front suspensions forks design etc…

The Classic twins were launched in November 2009, since when they’ve gone on to comprise 40 percent of total Royal Enfield motorcycle sales. Not one to sit back and rest on its laurels, Royal Enfield has worked hard behind the scenes to add extra value to its popular thumpers.

Enter the Limited Edition Desert Storm and Classic Chrome. The Desert Storm’s matte, sand-coloured scheme takes you all the way back to the World War II era with its distinct, smoothened, classic silhouette looking all dressed up and ready for action. Its teardrop fuel-tank comes with thigh pads inbuilt on each side. The Classic Chrome bikes, available in maroon or black, show off their predominantly metal body thanks to a generous helping of chrome, as evident on the motorcycle’s hooded headlamp, fuel tank, swooping mudguards, oval tool-box and silencer.

Minor modifications have been made to Royal Enfield’s present generation, fuel-injected 499cc, unit construction engine. It now gets a more powerful charging circuit as well as an improved piston assembly. The four-stroke, single-cylinder and long stroke powerplant musters 27.2bhp at 5250rpm, and 4.2kgm of torque at 4000rpm, the same as on earlier variants. Electronic ignition is offered, as are a hydraulic tappet system and automatic chain-tensioner.


The chassis remains basically the same, the burly bike using a better damping rate for its spring-mounted single seat. At the front, you get a 90/90 section MRF tyre and 19-inch rim, while the rear comes with 120/80 section rubber and an 18-inch wheel.

The new Classic Chrome variants are priced at Rs 1.65 lakh – Rs 10,000 more than the Classic 500 variants, while the Desert Storm retails at Rs 1.58 lakh – making it dearer by Rs 3,000. All prices are on-road Mumbai.


Detailed specifications of Royal Enfield Classic Chrome and Desert Storm –

  • Single Cylinder 499 CC Petrol Engine
  • Max power of 27.2 BHP @ 5250 RPM
  • Max Torque of 41.3 Nm @ 4000 RPM
  • Digital Ignition System
  • Keihin Electronic Fuel Injection System
  • 5 Speed Constant mesh manual transmission
  • Electric and Kick Start
  • Front Suspension – Telescopic 35 mm forks, 130 mm travel
  • Rear suspension – Twin gas charged shock absorbers with 5 step adjustment, 80 mm travel
  • Front Tyre Size 90/90 Front 19 inch wheel
  • Rear Tyre Size 120/80 18 inch wheel
  • Front Brakes: 280 mm disk brakes with two-piston caliper
  • Rear Brakes: 153 mm Drum brakes
  • Length 2180 mm
  • Width 800 mm
  • Height 1080 mm
  • Wheelbase 1370 mm
  • Kerb weight of 187 Kg
  • 12 V 14 Ah battery
  • 60 W / 55 W Halogen Headlamps

Also see – Royal Enfield plans 750cc and 1000cc bikes in India

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