ART OF MOTORCYCLING

On the weekend of March 13th/14th, W+K Exp will host a two-day exhibition that celebrates The Art of Motorcycling. Motorcycle exhibits will range from the brand new Classic 500 to an exotic variety of customized Enfields from all over India...
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ROYAL ENFIELD TOUR OF TIBET KICKED OFF

The 1st edition of the Royal Enfield Tour of Tibet shall be flagged off from Lucknow on the 12th of October 2013. There are numerous thoughts that come into one's mind when one thinks of Tibet, "The Roof of the World", "Where Eagles Dare" and many others. This September the first Royal Enfield ride to this mystical land will have 25 riders from across India will set off on this epic journey to Lhasa and back.
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Royal Enfield Classic Desert Storm 500

The Classic Desert Storm comes to you with a “sand” paint scheme reminiscent of the war era, a time when Royal Enfield motorcycles proved their capabilities and battle worthiness by impeccable service to soldiers in harsh conditions of the desert
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ROYAL ENFIELD BULLET CLASSIC REVIEW

It is a blend of post world war II motorcycle and gen next bike. Several things remained the same as a vintage motorcycle such as 'Roar of engine', deep and wide design of front and rear fender, covered headlamp, seating, fuel tank, silencer, spoke wheels, tail lamp and air filer box. , ...
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Royal Enfield Classic Chrome 500 launched

The Royal Enfield Classic Chrome is based on the Classic 500 with a rather generous dose of chrome on it. Like the Classic 500, the new Classic Chrome retains the quintessential classic British styling of the 1950s: simple, harmonious, well proportioned."
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Bullet C5 Military

The iconic Bullet has seen extended duty on several fronts and is now a prize for military enthusiasts and collectors the world over.
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Royal Enfield Rider Mania 2010

The biggest biker bash in the country is courtesy Royal Enfield, and hundreds of zany Enfielders. Here's what the 2010 edition of the Royal Enfield Rider Mania was all about....
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ROYAL ENFIELD LAUNCHES 'CONTINENTAL GT

Royal Enfield has finally launched the highly anticipated Continental GT in India with an on-road price of Rs 2.05 lakh on-road Delhi and Rs 2.14 lakh on-road Mumbai. The Continental GT is the same bike that Royal Enfield had displayed at the Auto Expo 2012 by the name of Café Racer.
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'Handcrafted in Chennai'

Royal Enfield announces the release of a new ad film created and produced by Wieden+Kennedy, Delhi...
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Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500

The all new Royal Enfield Thunderbird now with a powerful 500 cc engine, a 20 litre tank, digital meter console, LED tail lamps and in three striking shades of black gives a new definition to Highway cruising. ...
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    Royal enfield Bullet 350 - End of a Legend





    The legendary Bullet 350 need no introduction. This classic machine has kept place with advances in engineering and ergonomics without diluting its impeccable pedigree. A long wheel base and bigger tyres provide increased stability and road grip, making it ideal for long distance travel. It also features a neutral fider for easy shifting to neutral. Its aristocratic black & gold livery and thumping engine beat remind passers by that they are in the presence of automotive royalty.
    Thus reads the introduction at the official Royal Enfield Bullet 350 webpage. While every bit of that is true, this legend came to an end. Last month (February) the oldest living bike in the world, the Royal Enfield Bullet 350 came to an end. While I knew it had to happen some day, I never imagined it would be so soon.
    This is not the Classic 350 available now, but the original Bullet 350 which used to come in cast iron engine with a right foot gear and a left foot brake. Yes, (if you do not follow Royal Enfield company,) you just read it right. The bike had literally used the same technology that came out in the 50s till 2010. Absolutely no major changes and come to think about it, minor neither. This bike came out last from the Chennai factory this February as it did from the Redditch factory 60 years ago. The last real factory produced classic bike, the original British thumper had finally had to give in to newer technology and norms.

    If you have still not got the entire picture, let me debrief you. Since Royal Enfield motorcycles available in Europe, U.S, India, Australia and Japan are all air cooled aluminum engines with EFI like many other regular thumpers except that the styling is purely from the 60s. In India however, there are two other models The Electra (not the one found in other parts of the world) and the Bullet 350 came in cast iron engines. Of the two, the Bullet 350 had all the characteristics of the 50s motorcycles. From the left foot brake to CB points, it had all. I don’t think the new generation would understand what a CB (Contact Breaker) point is. And how many of you have actually heard about a bike with two separate units for a single motor? The Bullet 350 had a unit for the gear box and a separate unit for the rest of the engine. Just like a bike from the 50s. The first ‘Bullet’ came out in 1948.

    Initially till the early 90s, this was the only model which came out from the factory along with a Machismo model which was the same thing with chromed tank and mud guards. Later with the invasion of Indo-Japanese manufacturers (Hero Honda, Kawasaki Bajaj, Ind Suzuki later transforming into TVS Suzuki and Escorts Yamaha) with smaller engines but much more economical, refined and easier to ride motorcycles, Royal Enfield made variations to the engine and came out with new engines but all the while the Bullet 350 was still kept on production. 

    Even the quality of parts used to be the same which meant in comparison, it was at the very bottom of the list in terms of quality of components. Of course Royal Enfield had to make the changes to keep up with the times and a very big credit goes to Mr. Siddharth Lal, who joined as CEO (I believe in the early 2000) who understood the new bike culture and also because he himself is a passionate biker. Still with just the military/ police orders and the regular Bullet lovers, sale of the entire range of royal Enfield motorcycles were less than 2000 per month where as companies that came in the 80s like Hero Honda were selling more than a 100, 000 bikes a month. 

    The bike market in India is very large but primarily as a transport mode in an economical way. Still Siddharth knew even a very small fraction of the bike market do look at it as a leisure mode and with India’s booming economy this part was sure to grow. Royal Enfield of course never wanted the volume segment but always was after the niche market. So the changes came.

    First came TCI in place of CB, then came the right foot brake, then came the AVL lean burn engine, then came the ‘Unit Construction Engine’, then came Electric start, then came EFI spilling over various models but the Bullet 350 was always there. Part of it was because of the legendary image it carries, the heritage and also because people ‘wanted’ the Royal Enfield to be Bullet 350.
    Also the fact that in rural India, which is the primary market for Bullet 350, people swear by it and refer to it as ‘Raj Gaddi’ or the ‘Kings Vehicle’. Definitely there is something in the Bullet 350 that is like an addiction. You can ride the new Royal Enfield Classic 500, you can ride a Harley, you can ride a V-Max, but nothing is comparable to the Bullet 350. It is difficult to stat exactly what but you will understand it only if you ride it. Maybe because of the cast iron engine, maybe because of the thump, maybe because of its rock steadiness at 80kmph, whatever it is, you WILL fall in love with it.

    What is so great about the bike? Absolutely nothing. It so hopelessly out-powered by any moving 2 wheeler half its engine size, at anything north of 80kmph, it vibrates as if there is no tomorrow, to start off the big engine on a cold morning sends chill down your spine, it is very very moody and it will suddenly stop for no reason. You will make all efforts of igniting the engine, but it won’t even budge and then after pushing it for 2-3 kms to the nearest garage, it will start on half a kick when the mechanic starts it. He will then just smirk at you when you know inside his mind he is laughing at you saying, ‘God Knows now a days just about anyone thinks he can ride this legend’ and all you can do is swallow your pride. 


    Then reaching home you see your pants are smeared in oil and Mobil from the 1001 leaks available free on the engine. Next day morning when you have to rush to office, you see a young man on a puny Yamaha 150cc bike easily passing you and you think, this is the last day you will be riding this old fossil guzzling dinosaur and you will settle for the mode practical sub 200cc bikes with better fuel efficiency and with 1/10th of niggles. Really there is absolutely nothing good going for it. You are riding at a leisurely pace at 70kmph and all you notice and feel is the rock steady engine, the silken smooth machine not making even a mention of the potholes and the superb straight riding posture and this reminds you about the time when you were riding solo on the Himalayas or the long 7 hour journey on the national highway with pot load of goods all around the bike carrying probably more than 200 kgs and it doesn’t even bother to winch and then you think, ‘I am not that dumb that I will settle for anything else’ and so the Bullet 350 stays with you for some more months till the next time another breakdown happens and the same cycle is repeated.

    I was born in the 70s and have been hearing stories about the Bullet 350 since my childhood. So the Bullet 350 was ‘the bike’ I needed to have and I have been riding one since eternity. But now with the new generation waking up to the faster and lighter Japanese models and our generation graduating more into 4 wheelers as a regular means of transport and leisure (since we have families now), Royal Enfield had to give in to the new generation. Demand for the Bullet 350 has always been the same roughly selling out 300 bikes a month, but the other newer models like Thunderbird and Electra have been Royal Enfield’s primary bread earner. Also it makes sense as all the bikes have the same engine and with tighter emission norms, the Bullet 350 had to go. Still if Royal Enfield could make it as a custom demand bike, it would really be great. Despite all the niggles and everything bad and slow about it, you just cannot forget a Bullet 350 once you have ridden it. The legendary ‘thump’ will echo for the rest of your entire life.






                         specifications of bullet 350 CI :


    EngineSingle Cylinder, 4 Stroke, OHV, SI Engine, Air Cooled
    Displacement346 CC
    Bore x Stroke70mm x 90mm
    Maximum Power18 bhp @ 5000 rpm
    Maximum Torque32 Nm @ 3000rpm
    Transmission4 Speed (right foot gear shift)
    IgnitionContact Breaker Point
    CarburetorMicrab VM 24
    Dimensions
    Ground Clearance140 mm
    Width750 mm
    Wheel Base1370 mm
    Length2120 mm
    Height1080 mm
    Seat Height/ Saddle Height800 mm
    Tyres
    Front3.25 X 19" , 4/6 PR
    Rear3.25 X 19" , 4/6 PR
    Electricals
    Electrical System12 Volts
    Head lamp35/35 W
    Brakes
    FrontDrum 7" Dia. Twin Lead
    RearInternal Expansion (Drum), 6"
    Maximum Speed
    Speed100 Kmph
    Suspension
    FrontTelescopic With Hydraulic Damping. Stroke 130mm.
    RearSwing Arm With Gas Shock Absorbers stroke 80mm


         The Bullet 350 is dead! Long Live the Bullet 350!

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    Enthusiast Rider from Bangalore Attempts 1600 Km Saddle Sore on his Royal Enfield

    Jishnu C, a Royal Enfield enthusiast and a proud owner of 3 Royal Enfield motorcycles from Bangalore recently took a shot at the “Saddle Sore” an endurance ride (classified by the Iron Butt Association USA) in which the rider is required to cover 1000 miles (roughly 1610 KMs) on his Motorcycle within 24 Hours. He took his trusted Royal Enfield Machismo 500 and rode out on the highway. Here’s a firsthand account of his experiences. We congratulate him for his achievement.


    "100 km more, Nearing Tumkur, Time: 19:30 (Approx.)

    The rain kept lashing out viciously, leaving me with no choice other than to stop the bike. I cleaned up the visor and the eye-glasses for the n th time in an hour. Over the last twenty odd hours I had made up a lead of about an hour, but now I could see it crumble right in front of me. With stunted visibility and no sense of time, it made good sense to keep moving slow or fast. Like in any night rain ride, I searched for a ‘bakara’, found a speeding Qualis, held on to it keeping a safe distance, using its headlight, I began speeding finally. About 30 odd kilometres later, the rain finally cleared. I had an empty stretch for myself. For the first time in the whole day, I opened the throttle, speeding way above the 120 km-ph mark. The bike was singing, despite everything. She just tore apart the night, speeding down the empty road. Soon I reached the familiar city of Yeshwantpur. A friendly cop guided me towards the Petrol Pump. The petrol station attendant, recognised me and ran up to me, grabbed the bank card and dashed into his office. A minute later he walks out with the receipt.
    The time said 21:18 Hrs, 09-Oct-2010.
    I had just successfully finished the Saddle Sore 1000 Miles.

    For those who came late, Saddle Sore 1000 is a ride certified by Iron Butt Association. As per the rules stipulated one has to cover 1000 miles in 24 hours, in other words 1610 km in 24 hours. Simple math, your average speed has to be maintained at just above 67 km ph. Now if you ask me is it doable, yes of course, have a good plan and you can do the distance.


    One of the factors that aided me in the ride was the Plan, nothing else. My intention was to cover 1700+ km in 22 ½ Hours, having extra hour and half to spare is always good and so is the extra distance so as to account for any odometer error. In the end I had done the total distance of 1740 km in 22 Hrs 59 Mints and I had done full justice to the plan I had worked upon.


    A few minutes on the website, www.ironbutt.com, would give you tips as to how to plan the ride. Selecting a good highway, eg: GQ in India, is essential. Being aware of the road conditions helps, doing a recce does help but is not essential. And again till now if you have not had experience of riding in rain and night rides then one recce would not change much. Another hurdle is petrol pumps near highways, which accept cards.


    The chances are there will be enough petrol pumps open all day, from experience yes there are. I would not be joking if I said; I had planned even where I had to stop. BPCL petrol pumps, is a big help. They have printed receipt with the time, vehicle number and date. Their website provides enough info as to their locations, hence spending a few minutes on their website helps. Planning your petrol stops makes a huge difference. I used to average about 30 km per litre, but for this ride I got different mileages; as low as 21 and as high as 31 km per litre. The quality of petrol and temperature and ride speed makes a huge difference. I made plans keeping in mind a mileage of 30 km per litre and in the very first section I hit reserve at 270 km full tank. The next 30 km, I crawled in low rpm (maintaining 60-70 till) I found a petrol pump. I had almost cancelled the ride there.

    Fitness is another aspect. Being in top shape is much better than top speed. I go for cycling almost daily and every weekend. The usual weekend routine is to cover anywhere between 100-140 km. Also love doing off roads on both Trek and Bullet. Did the above help, yes it did, very much. If you can cycle 140 km in 7-8 hours covering 140 km, it only means you can have a bit more of saddle time. Secondly the joint, knee and hand pains, I was lucky not to have. Do an off road on a hard tail Trek bike and sitting on a RE Seat will be like sitting on Pam Anderson’s Lap.


    A mech, who understands your riding style and your bike, is essential. Telling him why you are doing the service will also helps. If you are planning to fix those glaring battery draining extra lights just for this ride then I would say it is a wrong move. A good Philips H4 bulb would do just fine for the highway ride. Having all the riding gears is a must, and this is not the time to try out a new jacket or boot. The one you are used to is always the best. If you are one of those superstitious types, be so, it helps. If you are selectively superstitious, then this is one occasion just like those exam mornings. You see a cat crossing the path just as you leave home, stop let someone else cross. All I am saying is a bit more of comfort with regard to what you wear, think or ride just gives you that extra cushion.


    Anyone who says you need to be at top speed most of the ride is just blabbering. At top speed (every one has their standards, as for me anything above 110, is top speed) the focus and alertness is at a peak. Simple logic, your engine is strained and so are you. Meanwhile keeping a comfortable speed of 90-100 km per hour over a very long stretch, gives you enough time to relax yourself, do some stretching on the bike, and does not put a strain on your mental faculties. In short high speeds are best avoided.


    I made quiet a few mistakes; importantly it was the wrong assumption of the mileage. Taking a spare litre or two of petrol makes sense. Selection of the end point on your side of the road also helps. The advantages I had was the bike just did wonders. I reached the U-turn point a full forty five minutes ahead of the planned time. While returning, the rains actually cooled the engine enough, giving it the needed impetus to push for the last 40 km at Top Speed. Believe it or not, this was the only time the entire ride, I had pushed the bike beyond 110 km per hour, I was ahead of schedule by close to forty five minutes and I had no need to punish the bike or myself. The priority has always been Safe Ride and Safe Bike, the list of don’t do’s were more and I also had decided that I would not push myself or the bike. I would rather call off the ride than having to push either myself or the bike. Safe Ride any day.

     

    Once completed, the first thought was god I am Hungry. For the next two days, I was just waiting for that knee pain and hand ache, luckily it never came by. Then the documentation process began, and suddenly it hits you as to what you have done. It’s crazy but then so are a dozen other things which we do on day to day basis.

    If you are one of those who want to have a proper saddle sore done, then you should have following. A printed receipt bill, usually a credit/debit card slip, showing the time, date and location is essential. Having a receipt of the petrol stations you stop at, with your vehicle number written on it also adds on to it. Have a printed receipt at the U-turn point if you are doing an up and down ride. Having a picture of the odometer with the receipt also adds to the documentation. Ideally keep as many electronic receipts of bank cards as possible. Have someone sign for you at the start and end of the ride, who can verify about the ride and also speaks and understands English, this is essential because it would be someone from USA who would be calling him/her and the person better understand what is being asked.


    Let me stress on the fact that I have only qualified for the IBA Certification Process by doing this ride, the process has only started and would generally take anywhere between 3-4 months for completion since it has a rigorous verification process. The documentation has to be done meticulously since it involves lots of logs, tables and notifications.


    So after having done this ride, what next, ideally I would like to do a long distance ride on my Trek.

    Would I ride a Saddle Sore once more?

    Not really but again I have no idea, if my bike behaves very well and I really feel the need to do a long ride, then I would just take off.


    All the best for anyone who is planning to do a Saddle Sore 1K, guys the bike we ride is a real strong one, it can really take a lot of “beatings” on and off the roads. Make a good plan and ride safe.

    God Speed."


    courtesy : royalenfield.com



    Royal enfield "SOUTHERN ODYSSEY 2010"


    Keeping in line with the tradition of promoting leisure and adventure motorcycling culture across the country, Royal Enfield brings the Southern Odyssey 2010, a fortnight of adventure riding across the hills, forests and sea coasts of southern India.
     
    Start this epic ride with a chance to visit the birthplace of your bike - the Royal Enfield factory – the birthplace of a legend. Followed by a complete day on an exclusive race track - a practical course aimed at improving riding techniques, skills and safety consciousness with guidance from some of our most experienced factory riders. Safety is a primary concern that underlines leisure and adventure motorcycling rides undertaken by Royal Enfield.

    On this trip, water comes in two flavors, fresh and salt. Feel the whiffs of salty sea breeze on your weather-beaten face as you ride along the east coast to Rameswaram and Kanyakumari – the southern-most tip of India. The coastal road is largely smooth & straight with coconut palms and a view of the deep blue sea; it skims the coastline and disappears into the beach at some places and dives into thick banana plantations where it curves, rises & falls like a roller coaster ride.

    We will then venture into endless scenic landscapes through interior roads that will test your navigation skills. We will ride past the back waters of Kerala followed by the jungles, the wild life reserves, plenty of hills with steep gradients and sometimes treacherously narrow hilly roads, as you encounter wildlife in the form of wild elephants, bison and deer, to name a few. On the hill tops we will ride through major tea, coffee and spices plantations - the world’s envy for centuries.

    You are in for a surprise with the south’s offerings. Not only is this a true test of man and machine with 3000 kilometers of path and over 22000 meters of ascent, it also gives you an opportunity to spend time with likeminded riders and share the Royal Enfield passion in some of the most scenic environments and that India has to offer.

    For more information visit the website Welcome to Royal Enfield Motorcycles | Motorcycle India or feel free to contact Kanwardeep: +91 9445070491, kdhaliwal@royalenfield.com


    Royal enfield "SOUTHERN ODYSSEY 2010"

     

    2010 RE Rider Mania dates announced !!


    As the most successful, the Royal Enfield is busy preparing for its all time awaited competition, the Rider Mania which is to be held from 19Th to 21st of November.

    It is one of the most amazing competition from the heritage company of the Royal Enfield. This is an event for the Enfield enthusiast where also the patrons and the owners would be seen joining the competition. The famous company from years has been providing its customers with the best quality products accompanied with complete style and efficiency. 

    The company is known for presenting its models with the latest technology, fascinating the customers. The grand competition's venue is decided to be at the Hill Top, Vagator in Goa. A large number of the alluring bikes would be seen at the place in the next month with their outstanding and the most impressive looks. 


    The competition is planned with the spirit of brotherhood. A combination of the bike, beers, beaches and complete enjoyment could be seen at the event. From past a few years the Rider Mania is experiencing good response from the bike lovers and also the audience, attracting large masses towards it. With the eighth edition of the Royal Enfield's Mania, it is expected to gather a hub of the Enfield lovers with their bikes. 

    The Mania includes some of the amazing competitions for the riders like that of the slow race with their ever loved Royal Enfield, dirt track race, arm wrestling and the all unique "Carry your Royal Enfield" event. Riders from all round the country are invited to become an eminent part of the event making it the most vivacious to the world.

    The event includes a complete bash for three days which comprises of live performances from some of the most famous Rock Bands, DJs with their rocking collection and also general biker camaraderie that has long held the Royal Enfield patrons together. The enjoyment time is soon to start for the Enfield Riders as well as to the company of the Royal Enfield. The registration to ride the classy and stylish Royal Enfield with the most awaited Rider Mania are still open to its riders with their extremely fascinating bikes.



    Motorcycle monarch: The Royal Enfield's love affair with India


    There are a few sturdy icons that spring to mind when it comes to road travel in India. There's the ubiquitous rickshaw, the black and yellow cab, the rusting train carriage with people hanging out of the sides. And then there's the Royal Enfield motorcycle.  

    For serious road trippers it's an Enfield or nothing and no amount of ads featuring Priyanka Chopra astride a Honda Hero will convince them otherwise.  

    "It's a passion," says Gauthier Deschamps, French managing director of Vintage Rides, a company offering guided Enfield tours of India. "All of us fell in love with India from the back of an Enfield." 

    The hefty bikes are good for riding on India's notoriously badly maintained roads and in varying terrain. Their low center of gravity and weight of roughly 190 kilograms means they provide a stable ride. 

    "We love Enfields because they're vintage, they're a piece of living history. The mechanics are simple all the way through and they're solid and sturdy," says Deschamps. "Old is gold, as far as Enfield lovers are concerned." 


    Royal Enfield began life as a division of a British arms manufacturer in the late 1800s and carried the motto "Made like a gun, goes like a bullet". Production of Bullet motorcycles began in India in the 1950s and, with the UK company ceasing production in 1971, the Indian arm acquired the rights to the Royal Enfield name 15 years ago.
    The Chennai-based manufacturing plant now churns out tens of thousands of bikes each year and they can be seen with all sorts of Indians cruising the Rajasthani desert, gliding along the Kerelan backwaters or hitting the high-altitude snow passes of Ladakh. 

    Vintage Rides is one of numerous outfits offering Enfield tours. It's a relative newcomer to the market, having been around just three years, compared with other groups, some of which have been running for more than two decades. As the founders are French, the clientele has traditionally been mainly from France, Belgium and Quebec, but Deschamps says this is changing as awareness about the company grows.

    Vintage Rides offers tours to a variety of destinations, including Ladakh, India's remote, mountainous northeast, Bhutan, Nepal and, security situation permitting, Tibet. 

    Vintage Rides, C-66 Okhla Phase I, New Delhi; tel. +33 9 70 448 404; www.vintagerides.com; please email chloe@vintagerides.com for a catalogue or check the Facebook group for current details.

    courtesy : www.cnngo.com



    Is Royal Enfield the World's Oldest Motorcycle Brand?


    Royal Enfield probably is the world's oldest "surviving" motorcycle brand.

    I have been hearing about this for sometime now. So I decided to find it out the truth. Is Royal Enfield really the world's oldest motorcycle brand?

    Imagine if Royal Enfield models gets the tag of "Manufactured by the World's Oldest Motorcycle Brand..!!"
     
    who wouldn't want to own a piece of history like that?

    After some "Googling" on the net, the following facts came into light:

    • Triumph started to produce motorcycles in 1902
    • Harley-Davidson started making motorcycles in 1903

    Now there are some guys who say that Royal Enfield made its first motorcycle in 1901..!! The photo posted below is claimed as that of the first Royal Enfield motorcycle manufactured in 1901.

    If it is true then that would definitely make Royal Enfield the world's oldest surviving motorcycle brand..!!




     More about that later.. but first,

    A brief history of Royal Enfield:

     1893: The Origins

    Royal Enfield was founded in 1893 in Redditch, Worcestershire, England; as "Royal Enfield Manufacturing Co. Ltd." with the trademark "Made Like a Gun".
     Prior to that it was started by a gentleman called George Townsend as "George Townsend & Co." in 1851. It manufactured objects as diverse as sewing needles and fish hooks, bicycles.

    It was sold off in 1891 to Albert Eadie and R.W. Smith, and renamed as "The Eadie Manufacturing Company Limited", the firm made bicycles and also started supplying precision rifle parts to the "Royal Small Arms Factory" in Enfield, Middlesex. Soon a new company called "The Enfield Manufacturing Company Limited" was created to market these new design "Enfield" bicycles.
     The following year the word Royal (after the Royal Small Arms Company) was added and thus "Royal Enfield" came into being in 1893.

    1899-1971: The beginning and end in the UK

    Royal Enfield made motorized tricycles, quadricycles and even cars during the initial years. Later it started to make motorcyces of all types. 2 strokes, v-twins even triple cylinder models. The single cylinder, 4 stroke "Bullet" was first launched in 1933.
     In the mid and late 1960's, the once mighty British motorcycle industry could not withstand the invasion of the Japanese brands. Royal Enfiled also had to wrap up its business in England in 1971.

    1949-2000: Royal Enfield Bullet arrives and thrives in India

    Royal Enfield motorcycles had been sold in India since 1949. In 1955, the Indian government ordered a batch of 800 350cc Bullets its police and army

     In 1955, the Redditch company partnered Madras Motors in India and formed "Enfield India"presently Chennai).

    In 1994, Eicher group acquires "Enfield India Company". The company name is changed to "Royal Enfield Motors Limited".

    2010: Alive and kicking in India.. exported worldwide..!!
    to assemble, under licence, the 350 cc Royal Enfield Bullet motorcycle in Madras

    Coming back to the earlier question:

    Did Royal Enfield make a motorcycle in 1901? If the answer is "Yes" then Royal Enfield, India has a potential goldmine which it should definitely utilize.

    Imagine if Royal Enfield models like the Classic 500/350 gets the tag of "Manufactured by the World's Oldest Motorcycle Brand..!!", wouldn't that make the Royal Enfield models even more desirable and possibly increase its sales 3 to 4 times (at least worldwide if not in India)? After all who wouldn't want to own a piece of history like that?

    But the Royal Enfield (India) website doesn't mention anything about the 1901 motorcycle model in its History page. In fact in the official website, the first mention about a motorcycle is made in 1909. So is Royal Enfield India not sure of the existance of the 1901 model?


    On the other hand, Royal Enfield UK Site mentions that Royal Enfield had produced its first motorcycle in 1901 and that it is the world's longest running motorcycle brand.

    There are also some die hard Royal Enfield fans like Mr. Jorge Pullin from LA, USA (he has been keeping a blog dedicated to covering anything about Royal Enfield..!!) who also mentions that Royal Enfield had made its first motorcycle in 1901.

    Royal Enfield Bullet, the world's longest running production model..??

    According to what I have come across on a couple of sites (click here), the Bullet is the world's longest running production model.
    Now if that is true as well, somebody should wake up the marketing dept. of Royal Enfield India! Shouldn't such powerful and potent brand associations and rich heritage be marketed as well?



    Carberry's Royal Enfield V-twin underway

    Update: Two readers from Australia graciously came forward to answer my question as to whatever happened to the Carberry Enfield V-twin.

    Jeff writes from Alice Springs: "there are about three Carberry Enfields on the road in Australia and more on order plus one engine exported to New Zealand. This is a hand built motorcycle and apparently it is a slow process to construct one. I have seen the prototype and ridden around Canberra with Paul aboard it and it is an impressive machine. I understand the production model is even nicer."

    And Norm Keen writes: "If you are interested there are now a number of these bikes running around Australia and one in a race bike in New Zealand. It is always a long slog with basically a one man opperation."

    To dreamers and doodlers like me, the idea of putting two Royal Enfield Bullet motors together to make one V-twin seems perfectly logical. Aniket Vardhan, working alone in a borrowed shop, actually did it.

    How much easier, then, would it be for Carberry, an Australian firm with multiple minds and real resources, to design, manufacture, market and sell their Enfield V-Twin?

    But I'd heard little of the Australian firm since encountering their awesome website in 2008.

    It's rather discouraging that the website still features a link to "Progress Report as at April 2009." When you click, there is an update for "January 2010," but nothing since.

    Whatever happened to Carberry?

    Paul Crowe tells us in an article on the blog The Kneeslider.

    "The Carberry V-Twin has been through a very slow and methodical process on its way to production... I just got word they're now taking orders with 12 crankshafts being assembled and 12 crankcases being machined, not to mention they have a number of the gorgeous V-Twin engines already on the road."

    If you'd like to order one, the inquiry form is on the web site.

    I guess that dreaming and doodling are one thing. Making a motor, putting it in a motorcycle and getting it certified to sell to the public is another. It takes time.

    Meanwhile, here's a recent doodle of mine for your consideration.



    by : david blasco



    Royal ride at Rajputana Custom Motorcycles

                                                        Photo: Rajeev Gaikwad

    The Lightfoot put together by Rajputana Custom Motorcycles is a perfect vehicle to travel into the past. A cohesion of design and execution, with very little to let on that this was originally a Royal Enfield Classic 500!

    Put forts, palaces, jewels, chariots and elephants all in one place. That's Rajasthan. If not for skilful and creative artisans of that time, the State never would have earned this reputation. But as the royal courts faded so did these artisans. We discovered a richly talented Rajasthani craftsman, who has made a mark with the new royalty of India. 

    A glance at the works of Rajputana Custom Motorcycles of Jaipur is enough to have you understand how it creates works of art. Look at the Lightfoot created by Vijay Singh and you'll see a cohesion of design and execution with very little to let on that this was originally a Royal Enfield Classic 500. The Lightfoot has a clean look, inspired by the ‘Bullet' of Falcon Customs, California. 

    The size of the Lightfoot is hard to miss. The low-set headlight sits atop industrial-looking forks. The massive 21-inch front rim has no fender. The sharply dropped handlebar seems to lend this bike ears. The teardrop-shape tank is custom-made and flows backwards into a sprung saddle. The chassis is skinny, stretching back to an almost lonely rear wheel. The electrical box is the only body work, the rest just a clean void. 

    The bike took sixty days to build. The first 20 days were spent getting the chassis stretched, lowered and stiff enough. By stiffened, we mean the shocks were taken out and replaced with solid sections. The front suspension is really old school. The Lightfoot harks back to classic bikes and its hard tail is just one reference. The Lightfoot's girder front forks look beautiful in matt black, contrasting with the gleaming stanchions and springs. Its front hub and single-side drum brake are custom-made and fitted in keeping with the vintage image. The attention to detail is simply astounding. 

    Classic Indian cues have been melded into the Lightfoot. Its lever and ornate Rajputana logo on the tank are handmade from brass. The leather seat is said to be crafted by the same hands that make saddles for the Indian polo team and is discreetly supported on leaf springs. Unlike coil springs, a leaf spring tucks away and helps give the bike a neater look. That isn't a one-off for if you pay attention you'll realise there's no throttle assembly — yet another attempt to help the clean look. Vijay has used an internal throttle assembly. Rajputana has gone to the extent of shaving screw heads to ensure the cleanest possible, flush fit. The result is a bike that has achieved a high level of artistry and craftsmanship that's befitting a king. 

    But there are also bits that stick out sorely including the shiny new engine that looks a little too new for an ‘antiquated' motorcycle. A more vintage look for the crankcases would help the motor blend better. Also, the battery gobbles up a lot of empty space around the rear. 

    This custom motorcycle has been made for actor John Abraham, who's known to be a passionate two-wheeler enthusiast. In his superbike garage, the Lightfoot will majestically hold its own.

    courtesy : The Hindu
    author : Kartikeya Singhee


    Royal Enfield launches full line in California


    Classic Motorworks, the official importer and distributor of Royal Enfield motorcycles in the United States, announced today that the full Royal Enfield model line are now available at authorized dealers in California.

    Demand for the vintage-inspired Royal Enfield Bullet motorcycle line has been growing sharply in the United States and world-wide since the introduction of Royal Enfield's unit construction engine two years ago, which brought new levels of performance, user-friendliness, and reliability to the world's oldest motorcycle brand. Royal Enfield Motors has responded to world demand with significant investments in production to increase capacity and allow the brand to enter new markets like California, where the bike's retro aesthetic and outstanding fuel economy are expected to make the line particularly popular with riders and enthusiasts.


    “It's very exciting to be bringing Royal Enfield to California, especially now that we have an ideal product line and a hand-picked network of outstanding dealers to make a strong entry into this important market,” says Kevin Mahoney, president of Royal Enfield USA.


    According to the company's announcement, the full U.S. range of Royal Enfield motorcycles, including the popular Bullet C5 Classic, will be immediately available at seven debut dealerships in California: Doug Douglas Motorcycles in San Bernardino, Il Motorino in Soquel, Munroe Motors in San Francisco, NoHo Scooters in North Hollywood, Rocket Motorcycles in San Diego, San Celmente Scooters in San Clemente, and South Bay Triumph in Lomita. Royal Enfield USA is also looking to answer strong demand in California by establishing additional dealerships in the state over the coming year. Complete model and dealer information can be found on the company’s website at
    www.enfieldmotorcycles.com.

    Royal Enfield USA is a division of Classic Motorworks, the exclusive licensed distributor of Royal Enfield motorcycles in the United States. Royal Enfield USA operates in direct affiliation with Royal Enfield Motors, founded in Redditch, England in 1901 and manufactured and headquartered in Chennai, India since 1955.

    source : motorcycle-usa.com


    How Royal Enfield motorcycles got a part in 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows'

    A Royal Enfield motorcycle and its sidecar appear in the new Harry Potter movie coming to theaters Nov. 19. But it took more than one Royal Enfield outfit to make a movie — seven of them in fact.

    The Harry Potter movies are the highest grossing film series in history. The Royal Enfield motorcycles will appear in the final two, starting with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1.

    That they're there at all is due to Watsonian Squire, distributor of Royal Enfields in the United Kingdom.

    The company seems a perfect fit for the young, British accented wizard. According to its website, "Watsonian Squire Limited is one of the longest established companies of the British motorcycle industry. Founded in 1912 by T. F. Watson, the company has been manufacturing sidecars in the Heart of England ever since. In 1984 Watsonian merged with the... young Squire company to create the UK’s biggest sidecar operation."

    Watsonian Squire director Ben Matthews kindly explained how he set up Royal Enfield for its movie role:

    "I was approached a couple of years ago by a company that specialises in sourcing vehicles for movies; they were looking to purchase some sidecars from us for the next two Harry Potter films. I managed to persuade them that they also ought to use Royal Enfield's!

    "So they took a bike down to the studios to show the producers and they agreed and thought they would be perfect for the movie! (Great news!!)

    "We sold them seven outfits in total, most of which have been heavily modified by the special effects department; some have been adapted for flying rigs, some have been ridden into a lake!

    "We are currently speaking to Warner Brothers about getting one of the bikes back so that we can have a Harry Potter feature at the UK's largest Motorcycle Exhibition in November (but this hasn't been confirmed yet).

    "The bikes are no longer in a condition that is suitable for the road, and it sounds like Warner Brothers will keep all the outfits (they have kept all the vehicles from previous films).

    "In our ongoing discussions with Warner we are discussing assisting them with UK premiers, etc. We are not allowed to use the film to endorse our products, but we are currently looking at a whole range of ideas to ensure the world knows that the bikes in the Harry Potter film are Royal Enfield's, and of course fitted with our sidecars too!"

    This is absolutely magical. In a stroke, Royal Enfield motorcycles will become visually familiar to people, many of them young, all over the world. Think what Steve McQueen did for the Ford Mustang in Bullitt (1968) and (for those who recognized the bike) Triumph in The Great Escape (1963).

    Someday, we may realize that, for Royal Enfield outside of India, Nov. 19, 2010 is when it all began.

    from : www.royalenfields.com



    Fund aims to help Royal Enfield dealer KRW

    I just got off the phone with Tom Bapaille, a member of the family whose Royal Enfield dealership, KRW Cycles, was destroyed by fire Sept. 5.

    "Now I see why people like these guys," I told my wife. "What a nice guy he is."

    "There's the lead to your story," she replied: "Now I see why people like these guys."

    KRW Cycles had been in their building in Phillipsburg, Ohio, for 42 years. It was a tough cement building, "like a bunker," Tom Bapaille said.

    With the economy what it is, they decided to take a chance and go without insurance.

    But the fire department reportedly had trouble with the hoses, and the intense fire melted steel supports, bringing down the roof. Destruction was total.

    "Have you been able to rescue anything from the fire?" I asked.

    "Ahhh," Tom replied, "every time I turn a corner, I break into tears."

    Among the losses was a Royal Enfield Tom's son Kirk was building with an eye on a run at Bonneville.

    "He's quite an engine builder, Kirk is, so naturally it had all the best stuff in it," Tom said. "And there were all the special tools Kirk made, pictures at races..."

    Like his brother Tony, who talked to me earlier, Tom was surprised by the support they are getting from customers, friends, neighbors "and people we'd never met, people all across the country."

    In video of the fire, two men sadly embrace and then walk away. It's terrifically sad.

    Will KRW rebuild? Maybe, if the authorities approve use of the existing site and floor, Tom said. "It's in their hands now."

    There is a fund to help out. I reached Anne Roesch at Fifth Third Bank in Dayton, Ohio, who confirmed it.

    Make your check out to KRW Cycles, put the word "Donation" in the memo line, and mail it to:

    Fifth Third Bank
    1 S. Main Street
    Drop 332911
    Dayton, Ohio 45402
    Attention: Anne Roesch

    video :


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    by : david blasco


    Harley is made affordable, but would you leave your Enfield?


    Importing a Harley Davidson isn't the only route to motorcycle mecca for Indians anymore.
    Just stroll into the Mumbai showroom and you could cruise out on your own Night Rod in minutes. Or one of the other hogs on display.

    Over 100 years after this Milwaukee-based firm was founded, Mumbai gets its own Harley Davidson dealership. Pesky potholes and tumultuous traffic be damned.

    Christened 'Seven Islands Harley Davidson,' the showroom off Linking Road is one of the five dealerships that have sprung up across the country.

    "Because the city is a cluster of seven islands," explains Arjun Bafna, the dealership head and self-confessed auto junkie.

    Seven Islands is selling 12 models full-throttle, including the Sportster, Street Bob and Fat Boy.

    The price range starts from Rs 683,000 (approx. ex-showroom) and goes up to Rs 3,400,000 for the limited edition 2010 CVO Ultra Classic Electra Glide, which was sold within the first week of the launch to a city-based advertising honcho.

    Mumbaiker bikers Riyaaz Amlani and Freddy Pithavala weigh in

    Mocha's Riyaaz Amlani, famous Mumbai bike-head and co-founder of the Mocha Bikers Association, says he looks forward to "welcoming the Harley brothers into our fold." 
    Amlani owns a BMW motorcycle and three Japanese Monsters but not a Harley. He feels the heavyweight may not be an ideal choice for his hometown. "The engine could overheat given our traffic conditions," but adds, "Harley is an aspiration for any biker."

    Freddy Pithavala, one of the earliest customers at the Seven Islands dealership and a beaming owner of the first Night Rod Special in Mumbai says, "Harley Davidson is an icon and inspires a way of living. I had been waiting for this moment for years and it has finally arrived."

    The dealership also sells H-D merchandise, managed by an ex-Gucci merchandiser who happens to also know her Harley from her handbag. Resting above the bike display, on the first floor, are biker jackets, boots, shades and casual wear for both sexes screaming the iconic brand name. A cap costs Rs 831 and a biker's jacket up to Rs 26,000.

    Harley is made affordable, but would you leave your Enfield?

    Most of the Indian biking community (read: indiethumpers) consider the Royal Enfield Thumper to be the nation's true biking icon.

    Animal activist and biking enthusiast NG Jayasimha says, "Growing up, I saw most of my male relatives ride an Enfield. Turns out, my father-in-law rode one too. You can only imagine the topic of discussion at most family get-togethers. It'll be hard for Harley to beat the Thumper's legacy."

    Given its price range, the Harley will be out of reach for many, but it may not be entirely unaffordable. The store, along with ICICI Bank, offers installment loan schemes, including one that comes to Rs 450 a day.

    On the open road, two Harleys of the same model rarely ever look the same. For crazy cruisers, the bike must reflect their individuality.

    Kyron Gomes, sales consultant at Seven Islands says, "According to Indian government rules, we can't change the frame of the body or the engine, like they often do in other countries, but most other customization needs can be met."

    For intricate customization, the bike will have to be sent to the dealer's center at Andheri and the cost varies on the demands of the customer. But smaller modifications, like changing handles and footboards, can be done in store.

    Will there be Harley Days in Mumbai like in Europe?

    Harley Days see riders cruising around the cities like Hamburg and Barcelona, with dragster shows, music acts and biker bars in allegiance.

    Smaller scale promotional events are already coming up, like the Harley Rock Riders Tour with performances by Mumbai indie group Split touring the cities with dealerships, collaborating with other underground rockers like Indus Creed and Thermal and a Quarter.

    The Harley Owners Group (H.O.G), which has over one million members worldwide, will get its own Mumbai Chapter led by the dealership.

    Bafna says, "H.O.G members will meet every month, enjoy rides together and interact with each other." This probably means that most of the H.O.G events will be limited to owners.

    For the rest of u, meanwhile, there's the new showroom to gawk at.

    Seven Islands Harley Davidson, lane opposite Amarsons, 30th Road, off Linking Road, Bandra (W); tel. +91 (0) 22 6155 7777




    Royal Enfield Musket 1000cc – The Musket V-Twin Gets Bigger Guns and Plans for Production


    Aniket Vardhan just told me the Musket V-Twin is bringing bigger guns to the fight. Since Royal Enfield only offers the 500cc Bullet in the U.S., the Musket will be moving up to 1000cc. The crankcase design will be modified to accept the 500cc barrels found here which also means you'll be able to use whatever performance parts are available, that's right, YOU, because Aniket's plans are to introduce a production kit late this year!
    The plan is to offer the Crankcases as a "complete it as you like" kit, with ONLY the custom castings, machined and ready to accept stock parts. Experienced folk can do it themselves with full step by step instructions or have it done at a shop/by a friend. This will keep it as affordable as possible. They can add stock or performance parts for the kind of output/costs they are comfortable with.
    I am really excited about this. As detailed in our original post, Aniket decided to design and build the engine because he thought it would be a neat idea, so he jumped in and began learning what he needed to know and started the project. Many years later, the engine is running and, if everything goes as planned, will be offered as a kit later this year.
    Many of you have indicated how much you like what he's done, I know I do, and the thought of this project coming to market makes me smile, a lot. Go Aniket!



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