The legendary Indian motorcycle manufacturer Royal Enfield plans to launch 1000cc bike in 2013. The new bike was exhibited at the Royal Enfield pavilion during the Auto Expo 2010 and was named Cafe Racer. Even though Enfield India officials denied the launch of Cafe Racer in India, the very recent statements made by CEO of Royal Enfield gives a narrow hope that the new 1000cc bike will be launched in 2013.
The Cafe Racer has a 1000cc, Air-cooled, OHV, pushrod, four valves, 55 degrees V-Twin Engine producing 49.6bhp @ 4800rpm. The bike has a five speed gear box with wet, multi-plate clutch. The Ducatis, Harleys, and Triumph are gaining strength in the Indian market. This clearly indicates that the Enfield Motors India is forced to launch the Cafe Racer model. In a recent statement, Mr Venki Padmanabhan, CEO of Royal Enfield, said the new Thunderbird model is being prepared with a 500 cc engine. But the most interesting news is the plans of developing an all new Twin Cylinder engine, probably in the range of 750/1000 cc.!! “Interesting, very interesting. I’ll say”, he added.
The Royal Enfield is emerging as a very popular brand in the Indian as well as the International markets. Currently The Enfield India is not able to satisfy the customer demands in India because of insufficient production. To own a new Royal Enfield, Classic 350 and 500 models, one has to book and wait for up to 6 months and nearly 3 months to have a Thunderbird 350 in India. Royal Enfield is planning to expand their production capacity by launching a new plant in India. The new plant is said to be completed by the year 2013. This will help the company to launch new models and increase the production capacity from 70,000 units to 1, 50,000 units a year in a moderate price.
Dr. Venki Padmanabhan, CEO of Royal Enfield India, said “We thought that new Enfield models would have a very small demand. With the Classic we expected to do 200 units a month, surprisingly the demand is close to a 1000. We’re building both capacity and R&D capability. In the next 2-3 years we’ll be doubling capacity”.
The introduction of new twin-spark engines and Unit Construction Engines made the company more popular in India. The company’s research and development wing is on a roll to bring out new generation of bike engines and other parts. This might lead the company to launch new 750 and 1000 cc engines.
The Royal Enfield bike enthusiasts have to wait until 2013 for the launch of new models such as 1000cc Cafe Racer and new 500cc Thunderbird in India.
About Royal Enfield
Royal Enfield was formed in 1955 in India. The company first started manufacturing engines and body frames. In 1968 Royal Enfield UK was sold to Norton-Triumph-Villiers (NVT) and the company was dissolved in 1971. But the Indian Plant continued to manufacture the Bullet models. In 1994, March Eicher Group acquired Enfield India Company and its name was changed to Royal Enfield Motors Ltd.
Enfield Cafe Racer Conversion Kits
Sans Inc., a Delhi based company deals Cafe Racer conversion kits for Royal Enfield Bullets and markets Goldstar mufflers for Royal Enfield motorcycles. The kit in itself will feature everything required to convert a stock Royal Enfield motorcycle into a cafe racer with mudguards, mudguard stays, the handlebars, the fuel tank, the seat and the rear cowl.