In a bid to create a niche market for themselves, the post-British Royal Enfield has a newfound interest in having multiple cylinders under its hood with added capacities. As we have been speculating about it ever since it was caught testing in Spain last year, fresh new spied shots of the bike has been surfacing the internet for a while now.
With these latest image snapped by enthusiasts on a social media platform, we now have proof of not one, but two 750cc motorcycles will be joining the bandwagon for 2018. Although there is minimal camouflaging, I think I’ve already fallen for this Classic 750 sprouting in all vibrant colours.
|Royal Enfield Continetal GT|
It should be a no-brainer by now that Eicher owned Royal Enfield is stepping into unknown territories. Both in the number of cylinders and capacity. With Harris Performance backing their engineering team and with the newly launched Royal Enfield Technology Center in the UK, RE has committed to foraying into higher capacity and better-engineered bikes.
Spied last year, we saw Royal Enfield testing a 750cc parallel twin motor under the belly of its Café-Racer designed motorcycle, the Continental GT which is believed to be called The Interceptor 750. Now, there is a new player that has emerged out which will use the same mechanicals of that of the Interceptor 750.
What could be speculated as the Royal Enfield Classic 750, it will carry a completely different vibe when compared to the Interceptor 750. While the interceptor will be a street focussed Cafe-racer, the Classic 750 will be a modern retro rival for the Triumph Bonneville class. Especially the T100.
It will share the chassis and other mechanicals like the tyres, brakes and suspension units with the Cafe-Racer. What makes it apart though is the fuel tank, saddle and the handle bar. To give it a retro outlook, Royal Enfield has given it the Classic 500 lookalike fuel tank and a long, flat saddle that can comfortably seat two. The foot pegs position in the Classic will have a forward-set position for a relaxed ride compared to the sporty rear-set foot pegs with heel protectors in the Interceptor.
|triumph Bonneville T100|
With respect to the handlebar, however, the image does not clearly indicate if it is a single pullback handlebar or clip-on ones. It sure is not a “Clubman” handlebar used on the Interceptor. Apart from the obvious twin cylinder setup with two exhaust canisters, this bike gets the radiator atop the twin cradle chassis, a new grab rail, rear suspension gas shocks change positions and the chain-sprocket changes to the left side.
Features may include a fuel injection tech, ABS braking and oil cooling. With the introduction of another cylinder, we can expect an all-new exhaust tone reverberating out of the Royal Enfield unit. Power output, although cannot be accurately said, is touted be in the range of 50 bhp and the peak torque would be around 60 Nm.
|The interceptor 750 seen with Clubman handlebars and Continetal GT styling|
We have been giving your reports of Royal Enfield developing a brand-new, game changing product that will set the standards for the middleweight category. Looks like Royal Enfield is in no mood to prove us wrong. RE is going to invest a tune of 800 crores in their development for 2017 and will soon be launching a ‘significant’ bike accompanied by other variants. And we have enough proof to say that this ‘significant’ bike might be the 750cc ones seen here.
This move is to reach a wider audience base in a country not shying to splurge on class leading products. Although no official word on the launch and pricing is out, we can speculate it to be placed in a premium price bracket of under ₹ 3-4 lakh. RE is also planning on a 400cc motorbike that can produce 40Nm of peak torque including a 600-650 cc motorcycle developed for global markets like the USA and the UK.
This will be a pure British connection.