Bullet bike lovers could not have asked for more; the Royal Enfield of the Eicher Group recently launched new variants of Electra Twinspark 350 with kick-start and electric start options in India. The new Bullet, ‘Electra Twinspark 350 comes with a price tag of Rs. 89,846-Rs. 93,846.
CEO of the Royal Enfield Company Mr. R.L Ravichandran has stated that the new Bullet Electra Twinspark is an important step towards modernizing their whole range of motorcycles, and the new UCE or the Unit Construction Engine braced vehicles offer great performance, reliability, besides being fuel efficient. The UCE run machines still maintain the true character of the Royal Enfield bikes. At the launch the CEO further remarks that the main goal of this new introduction is to promote bike riding as a lifestyle unlike other Indian bikes.
How does the new Royal Enfield Electra Twinspark look?
The new Royal Enfield Electra Twinspark kept the looks of the vehicle unchanged; it is simple and maintains the conventional style. Despite the looks being standard it still looks gorgeous and bold, which is a characteristic feature of any Royal Enfield motorcycles and the stand-out feature of the new Electra Twinspark is its finishing quality.
The huge metal logo of Royal Enfield on the fuel tank looks stylish and the front mudguard is cool. The neutral finder makes it easy and convenient to shift to neutral. The seats are kept wider and flatter, so there are not many modifications in the looks department of the new Royal Enfield Electra Twinspark as compared to its predecessor. As regards digitalization Royal Enfield still lags behind the Bajajs and the Hero Hondas. The new Electra Twinspark doesn’t sport digital speedometer and doesn’t sport a tachometer too.
Engine and performance of the Electra Twinspark
The new Royal Enfield Electra Twinspark is powered with a 346cc engine that generates a maximum power of 19.8 bhp at 5250 rpm and a torque of 28 Nm at 4000 rpm. The motorcycle company claims that the Electra Twinspark that the bike will also be able to hit maximum of 120kmph speed. As regards the Unit Construction Engine (UCE) it gives fewer maintenance issues, the company remarks. However, it is early to jump the gun and can be proved only after a driving it for sometime. The carburettor has been kicked off and is replaced with an EFI or the Electronic Fuel Injection that is mated with a five-speed gearbox. This according to the company brings about greater optimization of air-fuel combustion as well as improved power delivery with reduced emissions.
The UCE facilitates smoother operation, power delivery and cleaner emissions too according to the company. The bike has gas-filled shock absorbers that enable smooth riding over potholes and speed breakers. The bike can touch a top-speed of 120kmph and will give you a mileage of around 30-40 kmpl. But the mileage might vary depending on the condition of the bike and how you actually ride it. Well, RE bikers are very well aware of the fact that the Bullets aren’t for mileage.
Handling and comfort of the Electra Twinspark
There are certain claims such as low maintenance made by Royal Enfield as regards to the new Electra but until you own one it is hard to decide the handling of the bike and probably a test ride will help you come to one opinion. Low maintenance as claimed by the company can be one discussed after a year from now and it is too early to talk about it now. The company failed when it came to this with many of its models.
Price and color choices of the new Electra Twinspark
There are two variants of the new Royal Enfield Electra Twinspark- the kick-start model (Electra Twinspark KS) and the auto or the electric-start (Electra Twinspark ES) version. And, the bike will be available in vibrant colors of Black, silver and red. While the new Electra Twinspark bike with the kick-start option is priced at Rs. 94,500 the electric start variant is priced at Rs. 98,500; both are ex-showroom prices of Delhi.
Last word about the new Electra Twinspark
The new Royal Enfield Electra Twinspark kisses the road with loads of promises from the company; of performance and fuel efficiency but the physical features are hardly touched upon, which could keep the bike away from buyers. The new UCE engine is the only feature of the bike that is something worth looking at this point in time. And, only time will tell if the new Twinspark will survive in the market based on this new UCE engine technology; there is so much competition ahead with the influx of super bikes and the camp at the Royal Enfield will be hoping so it will still be able to cling on to the loyal Bullet fans.