The Royal Enfield Classic 500 Pegasus is a commemorative bike that recalls a story from World War II that you may have never heard. In 1941 and 42, General “Boy” Browning assembled the British Armed Forces. He commissioned a flash—the badge worn by soldiers to designate their troop. The early designs of lightning strikes were rejected. Instead, Major Edward Seago designed a flash of the warrior Bellerophon riding Pegasus into battle.
Not only did the soldiers wear that flash, but the 125cc motorcycle designed by Royal Enfield also bore it. The “Flying Flea,” as the motorcycle was called, was a pivotal piece of equipment given to the paratroopers. Paratroopers needed a means of transport once they paratrooper behind enemy lines. Originally, the idea was to jump with bicycles strapped to their backs. Instead, Royal Enfield created a lightweight, versatile bike that could be dropped with the soldiers. The Pegasus Regiment used the flea to facilitate movement and communication.
Royal Enfield is offering a limited edition commemorative run of the Flying Flea. More robust than its veteran ancestor, the Classic 500 features a single cylinder 4 strokes, air-cooled, 499cc engine. The single downtube design remains, but the ride is a bit more cushioned with telescopic, 35mm forks in the front and twin gas-charged shock absorbers with 5-step adjustable preload in the back. The bike is short, just 2140mm in length, and light, 194kg. Royal Enfield is also offering matching gear inspired by the men who originally wore the colors.