Royal Enfield Cafe Racer Launch in 2013

Royal Enfield Cafe Racer Launch in 2013


Royal Enfield’s prototype Cafe Racer is one of the sportiest looking concepts from big daddy of Indian motorcyle market. But it was unclear if the concept will ever make it into production, as a similar concept was shown back 2010 but has not seen the light of the day.

But putting rest to all the speculation is Kevin Mahoney from Classic Motorworks (the official OEM distributor for Royal Enfield Motorcycles in the US) and he has confirmed that Royal Enfield Cafe Racer will be in production by 2013. “Yes, it will be available in early 2013. It is coming with 100% certainty. I spoke to the CEO last night to confirm even though they have told me this repeatedly,” said Kevin Mahoney.

Royal Enfield Cafe Racer seems to have been inspired from the Royal Enfield Classic. Though it sports the sculpted and scooped-out tank that is no where near the other thumping machines. Talking about cosmetics, features like the clip-on bars, chopped mudguards, twin pod instrument cluster, megaphone muffler and the retro tail lamp cluster makes a style statement. The huge racing number plates on the sides seem to be quite appealing. It also gets gas shocks and single disc brakes front and rear with both kick and electric start. Rumors suggest that the standard Classic 500 engine and the valve gear could get some tweaking and hence the displacement would be higher.

Powered by the 500cc twin-spark unit construction design (UCE), the power plant might possibly see modifications to accomodate the fact that the weight of the bike is considerably less than Royal Enfield’s existing lineup.

The first impression of the bike definitely suggests that it is designed to be a hardcore performance bike. And as regards the price the new Royal Enfield Cafe racer is estimated to be something around Rs. 1,70,000.

Eicher Motors is making an investment of Rs. 80 – 100 crores in the coming two years so that the manufacturing capacity doubles to 1 lakh units from its plant at Chennai. In 2009, the company sold 52,000 RE units which was a good rise when compared to 2008 where they managed only 43,000 units. After the launch of Cafe Racer the company can raise bars and look up at bigger targets.

As long as Royal Enfield marches on producing beasts like these, India’s heart will thump synnymously. Thump.. thump… thump.. Sigh!




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