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A Tribute to military heritage: RE Classic 500 Pegasus Edition, See pics

The new limited edition Royal Enfield Classic 500, called the Royal Enfield Classic 500 Pegasus Edition pays homage to one of the most famous Royal Enfield motorcycles used in World War II.

The RE Pegasus Edition pays homage to the two-stroke RE/WD 125 motorcycle, popularly called the ‘Flying Flea’, used by British paratroopers in World War II, and manufactured at Royal Enfield’s underground facility in Westwood, UK.

The RE Pegasus is conceived as a tribute to the Flying Flea and Royal Enfield’s military heritage.

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The lightweight RE/WD 125 motorcycles were air-dropped from aircraft during the war and used extensively by the then newly formed Parachute Regiment.

The Flying Flea bikes were dropped by parachute, encased in a protective steel cradle or carried in Horsa assault gliders.

The RE Classic 500 Pegasus is a limited edition model of the Royal Enfield Classic 500. Only 1,000 units will be built and 250 will be sold in India. The rest of the bikes will be sold in the UK, Australia and the US.

The Royal Enfield Pegasus Edition shares the same engine with the Royal Enfield Classic 500. The 499 cc, air-cooled, single-cylinder engine makes 27.2 bhp of power at 5,250 rpm and 41.3 Nm of peak torque at 4,000 rpm. The chassis, brakes and tyres remain the same as the Classic 500, and the bike has a kerb weight of 194 kg.

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