2018 Royal Enfield Interceptor 650
Royal Enfield hit the 2018 model year running with an all-new, 650 Twin engine that comes with a brand-new Interceptor wrapped around it. All new from the ground up, the Interceptor 650 has improved handling and agility that its single-cylinder predecessors just couldn’t match. It’s a hot-hot release in its homeland, but will the U.S. market receive it with as much enthusiasm?
Continue reading for my first look at the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650.
2014 - 2018 Royal Enfield Continental GT
India-based Royal Enfield has been busy expanding its footprint as of late. The newly-minted U.S. dealerships will be scampering for a piece of the action with a bike that is sure to appeal to the increasingly-important Millennial buyers— the cafe’-tastic Continental GT. Built with an unmistakeable retro flavor and powered by a 535 cc, 29.1-horsepower engine, the GT brings a relatively authentic cafe’ experience to the table. Maybe even a little too authentic in some ways, perhaps? We’ll find out. The factory established a foothold on U.S. soil just a few years ago and it has introduced its very first engine to be designed in-house, but the GT is more of a reflection of the company’s deep roots than a product of its more progressive agenda.
Continue reading for my review of the Royal Enfield Continental GT.
Loading a Royal Enfield onto a bus, carrying it on the head!
Thinking of it makes me stretch my neck. An average human being will struggle to lift 100 lbs over his head. But folks in India are used to lifting heavy pots filled with water over their head for centuries. Even today, you will find vendors selling fruits, toys and all kinds of stuff from a basket over their head.
Balancing anything on your head is no easy task. When you make that thing a motorcycle, and you scale a ladder as you do it, you enter the realms of the superhuman.
Enfield Customs worth taking the plunge for
For the folks who custom build for a living, BMW’s boxer layout is their holy grail. Nothing else looks as retro and authentic as the two pods pouting out of the frame. Builders turned these spirited machines into a beacon of beauty, simplicity, class and definition.
But then there are so many other machines that carry a charm of their own and builders have always used them to give their creation a new meaning. Royal Enfield, the post-British outfit is one amongst them for its 115 years of making simple and resilient machines.
Royal Enfield, has been the spoilt choice for many custom bikers and builders around the globe. They are mental, and they are a gold find for its simplistic construction and the liberty for customisation. You can chop it up and put them together, and they will carry a whole new charm.
With the soul of ’go anywhere, do anything’ taking up a new meaning every time it goes under the axe, below are the five unique builds we think is worth gauging your eyes out to:
The Royal Enfield 650 gets a ClubRacer rendering
In a bid to create a niche market for themselves, the Bullet maker decided to step up their game both in the number of cylinders and capacity. Enter the 650cc twins, the cafe-racer Continental GT 650 and the classic-retro Interceptor which were launched at the 2017 EICMA.
The bikes are yet to reach showroom floors and people have already started imagining them in a different genre. An Italian artist who goes by the name Oberdan Bezzi, also famously called as OBIBOI, has sketched an impressive looking concept which might be expected from the Royal Enfield stable in the future.
Royal Enfield will bring the Himalayan to North America
The self-attested “oldest motorcycle company in continuous production in the world” has been making the right moves to be heard the world over. And their recent project seems to have gained a lot of traction at the recently concluded EICMA show: The 650cc retro twins running on brand new twin-cylinder engines.
After dominating back home in India, the post-British brand has been relentlessly expanding for half a decade and have increased exports to 93% this year compared to last year. And for 2018, they have no plans for slowing down. Their dual-sport enduro is making its way to our shores.
Royal Enfield’s new Continental GT 650 and Interceptor have twice the number of cylinders than usual
After a million speculations, spy-shots, hue and cry, the Indian company have finally taken the wraps off their newly developed machines running on 650cc parallel twin engines at the ongoing EICMA.
Christened as the Continental GT 650 and the Interceptor, they herald a new chapter for Royal Enfield, a company that until now made only 350cc-535cc single barrel machines.
Motorcycles that take you to the black&white era.
Timeless designs that take you back to the pre-’60s era , heightened feeling of riding free-spirited machines and the sense of freedom. This is what a modern day classic motorcycle offers without that knuckle bending fixes and ghastly scenes of oil dripping everywhere.
Drawing inspiration from the brand’s rich heritage, manufacturers are spinning motorcycles that exuberate the classic appeal and character that goes on to showcase their point of arrival into the world of two wheels.
Recalling the past glories, these neo-classic motorcycles have still managed to retain the charm and posterity of minimalistic elegance along with providing modern day mechanicals and the bits. They run on efficient high output engines that are both reliable and powerful and are equipped with state of the art suspension and brake setups that will bring the bike to a halt not far from their point of application unlike the yesteryears.
Today though, we’ll not get talking about power, torque, springs or brakes. Rather, the aura these bikes bring about with their interpretations of what the ’60s were all about and long before that. Their old silhouettes, round headlamps, spokes wheels and all that chrome.
Here are our top five retro picks available on the showroom floors:
Royal Enfield will get two models in its upcoming 750cc range.
In a bid to create a niche market for themselves, the post-British Royal Enfield has a newfound interest in having multiple cylinders under its hood with added capacities. As we have been speculating about it ever since it was caught testing in Spain last year, fresh new spied shots of the bike has been surfacing the internet for a while now.
With these latest image snapped by enthusiasts on a social media platform, we now have proof of not one, but two 750cc motorcycles will be joining the bandwagon for 2018. Although there is minimal camouflaging, I think I’ve already fallen for this Classic 750 sprouting in all vibrant colours.
Royal Enfield Bullet 500 EFI
Royal Enfield brings old-school, British charm to the American market like no other builder in the world, and the Bullet 500 EFI is no exception. A genuinely dated design, not just another retro/tribute machine, it packs a 27-horsepower thumper in with all that antique appeal. The 87 mph top speed means it is capable of keeping up with any and all legal traffic, but not without a few issues (more on that later). Classic charm and a 499 cc fuel-injected engine make the Bullet a modern blast-from-the-past in the best possible way.
Continue reading for my review of the Royal Enfield Bullet 500 EFI.
Royal Enfield Expands U.S. Footprint – Again
It’s hard not to admire the plucky Royal Enfield motorcycle company. Born in England before the dawn of the 20th century, the company has seen two World Wars and the end of British colonization in Asia. Charmingly, the factory still churns out the most authentic retro-bikes around with a handful of cafe’ racers that torn straight from a history book. In fact, that begs the question, is it still considered “retro” if it never evolved beyond the time period it is associated with? Wherever you land on that, there’s no doubt that Royal Enfield has managed to make a name for itself in the Asian market, and the company just expanded its efforts to carry its success to our side of the drink. R.E. North America has just announced a new location in Muskego, Wisconsin. The proximity to another existing dealership in nearby Milwaukee just illustrates the growing demand for these charming bikes— or maybe it’s a matter of convenience for the Indian Motorcycle of Metro Milwaukee folks who operate the two locations.
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Royal Enfield, India’s British-flavored motorcycle manufacturer, is working on a brand-new engine to help expand its footprint onto the world stage. Designed in conjunction with the Leicestershire-based Royal Enfield Technology Center, this represents the first fruits of that expansion, and the first new engine to come out of RE in a minute. (More like a football minute than an actual minute, decades would be closer to the truth.)
The factory is keeping its cards close to the vest, and if not for some recent spyshots out of Spain we wouldn’t even know this much, but the new engine comes in a parallel-twin configuration, that much is clear. We reckon it will displace something on the order of 750 cubes, and though it aspirates through paired carburetors which is fine for the Indian market, we expect to eventually see a fuel-injected version, necessary to help expand RE’s not-inconsiderable foot print from India onto the world market.
Continue reading for more information on the new Royal Enfield engine.
Just a glance at the Royal Enfield (RE) Bullet C5 family is enough to transport you back to post-war Britain and India. I consider this family of bikes to be a historical treasure, a rare gem whose old-school charm fits right into the whole old-is-new-again, retro style making a comeback right now — except the Bullets aren’t retro bikes, they are the genuine McCoy.
After the war, the Bullet enjoyed quite a bit of success in India, and in 1955, the Royal Enfield trained the crew of the Indian factory that came online in 1956. The factory has been building 1955 Bullets ever since. Sure, they’ve made improvements in materials and methods of manufacture, and pitched the points and carburetor in favor of electronic ignition and fuel injection, but the 1955 Bullet is still there, wearing its simplicity and dated design like a badge of honor. Royal Enfield continues the bloodline with the 2015 Bullet C5 family, and each different sub-model references a specific part of the rich history of this sled. Join me as I take a look at this charming little bike in its various trim packages.
Continue reading for my review of the Royal Enfield Bullet C5 family.
For those who are familiar with his status in the automobile and motorcycle collector’s market, a lot of us know that It takes a lot to get the attention of Jay Leno. The man who arguably has one of the most fascinating car and bike collections in the world isn’t a guy that can be easily impressed by anything.
That said, industrial designer and all-around motorcycle savant Aniket Vardham managed to do it. All it took was for him to hand build his own ‘50s inspired Royal Enfield Bullet, which he proudly calls the Musket V-Twin. Needless to say, Leno was more than impressed with Vardham’s handiwork; he was downright enamored with it.
To be fair, Vardham’s creation truly is a masterpiece in craftsmanship. He builds the bike himself using only his hands and whatever available resources are presented to him. But despite his obvious limitations compared to actual motorcycle companies that routinely build these kinds of bike, Vardham was still able to create bikes that not only looked the part that would make their forefathers proud, but also performs like a modern-day warrior on two wheels.
It’s hard to point out which part of Vardham’s work is more impressive. On one hand, you have the remarkable design of the bike that perfectly captures the spirit of Royal Enfield back in the ‘50s. On the other hand, Vardham was also responsible for the new engines found on this bike. Basically, he put these engines together all by himself, assembling them piece by piece until he had a 700cc and a 1,000cc engine at his disposal.
In other words, and as Leno pointed out, Vardham is creating these bikes by himself without the aid of technology that actual motorcycle companies can tap into whenever they need it.
That’s beyond incredible, and it’s a testament to the talent, skill, and dedication the self-professed Royal Enfield enthusiast has in creating his own version of art.
Continue reading to read more about Aniket Vardham’s impressive Musket V-Twin motorcycle.