I’ve ridden and loved the newest iterations of Royal Enfield’s single-cylinder fashions, however none of them, not even the top-spec (29 horsepower) Continental GT café-racer, make sufficient energy to be comfy to experience in trendy, high-speed site visitors situations. Till now, at the least.
Let’s give a heat welcome to what could be the first actually all-new mill within the firm’s lengthy historical past, the 648cc parallel Twin. It’s not likely a shock – Royal Enfield has been open about wanting a bigger, extra highly effective bike for abroad markets, and I’ve even seen spy pictures of prototypes. Now the corporate has revealed element pictures and particulars.
The brand new mill drags the 62-year-old Indian firm kicking and screaming into the late 20th century. Designed by Royal Enfield’s Know-how Centre in Leicestershire, England, it’s a fairly customary piece of engineering that wouldn’t look misplaced in a 1970’s Japanese product, however it does have some trendy options. It’s fuel-injected, makes use of an overhead cam and 4 valves per cylinder, and it’s even received an oil cooler, to maintain up with mid-’80s Suzuki know-how. It additionally has fairly oversquare dimensions, with a 78mm bore and 67.8mm stroke.
The fashionable options mixed with a reasonably zesty 9.5:1 compression ratio yields a claimed 47 horsepower at 7,100 rpm, with about 39 ft.-lbs. of torque awaiting at simply four,000 rpm. We don’t understand how a lot the engine weighs – we’ll discover that out on November seventh – however we predict the powerplant’s position is to impart an genuine 1960’s Twin expertise, solely smoother, because of a 270-degree crank and balancer shaft.
Forty-seven hp will let a motorbike cruise comfortably at no matter authorized speeds you need, however it’s not going to win any races, both. Nonetheless, that’s not Royal Enfield’s aim. In 2014, Royal Enfield CEO Siddhartha Lal instructed us his American clients “need a enjoyable, city, evocative, period-like cafe racer. So, our thought is to not dominate the market however to herald one thing which may be very totally different from what is accessible.” Youthful riders – and Lal instructed us RE is promoting to a whole lot of youthful, first-time consumers – need ease of use, reliability, character and worth. A manageable, worth priced 40-horsepower retro-Twin might do very nicely on our shores.