2017 RE Himalayan, Classic 500 & Bullet 500 Launched In UK Gets Updated With ABS & Euro IV Compliant Engine
Royal Enfield surely seems to be taking some big steps; they have recently showcased the updated 2017 Classic, Bullet and Continental GT Cruisers with an updated Euro IV complaint engine and duel channel ABS setup. Besides the new ABS setup both these motorcycles also features a rear disc brakes as well which was missing in the earlier variant.
For all your information the 2017 models are now already on sale in the markets of UK with Cooper B which is actually a Royal Enfield Dealer in UK. Cooper B has already listed the following RE motorcycles in their website including the 2017 Himalayan with ABS, Continental GT ABS, Classic 500 ABS and Bullet 500 ABS.
The prices for the above mentioned motorcycles are provided below:-
2017 Himalayan ABS – £9,999
2017 Continental GT ABS – £5,199 (2016 CGT price £4,799)
2017 Classic 500 ABS (Chrome) – £4,899 (2016 Classic 500 Chrome price £4,199)
2017 Bullet 500 ABS – £3,999
We also have researched a bit and found out that the Royal Enfield UK official website too have updated their motorcycles list with the 2017 models. The updated 2017 list of motorcycles which are available in UK with dual channel ABS setup includes Continental GT, Bullet 500 EFI, Classic (500, Chrome, Desert Storm, Battle Green and Squadron Blue).
When I first heard that someone was fitting two cylinders on a Royal Enfield, I was gobsmacked and almost went off-balance. Then, things on my face changed, from squinting confusion to pale blank to the awestruck excitement that elated to newfound happiness one sees in a child receiving his Christmas present. I was startled enough to start making saliva bubbles, and I wasn’t even sorry for it.
There are not many things in your life that take you to a place where you can feel euphoria. Motorcycling is one that does it in the most humble of manners. The term ‘Motorcycling’ means a lot to many people. Some need it to commute, for some, it is about passion and adventure, others, it is their chance to get away and find more of themselves. And people like me, make it our bread and butter.
Then there are a few divine beings who build motorcycles as an extension of their self. Every motorcycle out there was someone’s dream once upon a time, and it is because they dreamt, we are blessed to be able to feel the way we do while riding. One such man is from Australia who never stopped dreaming about having, not one, but two Enfield engines powering the legendary marquee, the Royal Enfield. People call this dreamer as Paul Carberry and he believes in having fun, twice.
Everthing You Want To Know About the Royal Enfield Redditch Edition
This was actually a surprising move from Royal Enfield; the popular Cruiser manufacturer introduced special edition models for their Classic series towards the beginning of the New Year. The Classic 350 is the best selling motorcycles from Royal Enfield lineup and is the only motorcycle which has helped RE gain those amazing sales numbers.
The Classic is popular amongst the crowd for its old school styling and the new Redditch Edition will further give its sales figure a further boost. Redditch is a small town in UK which is located about 15 miles away South of Birmingham. This is the same town where the Royal Enfield Motorcycles were made.
The history says it all the Royal Enfield Redditch monogram first was used on the tank of prototype 125cc ’Royal Baby’ 2-stroke motorcycle in 1939. While due to World War 2 the plan of its production for the general public was put on hold but the motorcycle was adopted by the British armed forces. In 2008 the RE monogram, still encapsulated within a winged emblem was used on the Classic 350 when it was launched. The Classic monogram is still used in the Classic motorcycles engines of the present Classic, Desert Storm, Battle Green and Squadron Blue motorcycles, the Bullet 350 and 500, the Thunderbird cruisers and obviously the Thunderbird Cruisers as well and lastly on the Continental GT cafe racer.
Comparison of entry level cruisers – Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 vs UM Renegade Sport S
In India, we have always been fascinated by the aspect of speed and thrill when it comes to the word ‘motorcycle’. Especially in our teenage days, when we see one riding a motorcycle, our dreams of owning one and opening up the throttle to the fullest on an open stretch are fueled up. The hands start to itch, to own a fast moving sportbike as soon as possible. This very trait of the Indian enthusiasts has led to the rising popularity of the sales of entry level 150-250cc sportbikes, as these are those motorcycles which form a stepping stone towards the world of motorcycling.
However, to the contrast, there is one more category of riders who believe to ride slow and enjoy each and every second of the moment of their motorcycling, by keeping a smooth and calm pace. These riders don’t want to rip off their throttles, but ride their motorcycle sedately. For such riders, the segment of cruisers prove out to be a big boon, for these motorcycles give you torque enough to climb a mountain, but the power delivery is something which is not as adrenaline rushing as a roadster of supersport, but has a relaxed nature in the way it shoots to higher rpms.
Previously, the Indian market hadn’t been that friendly with the cruiser motorcycles, with a very limited option of cruisers in India. However, in the past decade, the sales of cruisers has seen an instant surge and thanks to the rising popularity of brands like Royal Enfield and Harley Davidson which are traditional players in making cruisers, the cruisers too have started to have their own fan following. Talking about the former, Royal Enfield, from the day one, is making some of the most famous retro styled motorcycles, and only in the late nineties, it came up with its first ever cruiser, the Thunderbird 350, which since its launch, has remained an unchallenged cruiser in the lower end of the market. In its current generation model, it has only become better and evolved, with the facelift having a number of contemporary features.
Seeing the success of Royal Enfield in making cruisers and retro roadsters, the renowned American brand United Motorcycles, popularly known as UM globally, has made its way in India with two motorcycles for the time being, with the Renegade Sport S being one of them. Targeted specially at the Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350, the Renegade Sport S has a slightly different and more contemporary approach towards the cruiser segment, with new styling cues and features introduced to this segment of entry level cruisers.
In this features story, we are going to compare the Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 and UM Renegade Sport S, which happen to be the only two motorcycles in the entry level segment of cruisers (300-400cc), and find out which one emerges out to be better choice for the cruiser lovers in India. Here we go:-
5 Different kinds of Royal Enfields For Different People That You Could Buy In India
Royal Enfield is one motorcycle manufacturer which in recent years, has emerged out to be one bike maker which truly understands the needs and wishes of the modern day bikers and makes motorcycles as per their requirements. Easily the oldest motorcycle manufacturer of India, the company has evolved a lot in recent years, from a company which was in doldrums due to loss in sales to a company whose each and every model commands a substantial waiting period. This arising success of Royal Enfield is majorly credited to the vision of its head honcho, Mr. Siddhartha Lal, and the varying kinds of motorcycles it is offering today.
Speaking of the latter reason, the company has a wide range of motorcycles which cater to different kinds of needs and people. While all of them have a nostalgia factor attached to the previous generations of motorcycles which Royal Enfield used to produce, all of them are modern enough to make themselves as a motorcycle which can hold all the actions of today. The longevity and reliability too has improved a lot in recent years, which is why many enthusiasts are now beginning to show trust on the brand.
Following is a list of all kinds of motorcycles which Royal Enfield makes for the Indian market. All of them have different approaches to the world of motorcycles and enthusiasts related to them, but the one thing common between all of them is the pure passion with which they have been crafted. Here you go:-
2016 Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 - Road Test Review
Passion, rebellious and single-handed reign – these three words truly define the path and philosophy of Royal Enfield towards two wheeler motoring. The immense fan base and the customer centric approach with its built-to-taste products, beautiful and fun filled rides and various programs make sure that no other motorcycle manufacturer in the mass market segment is as passionate towards motorcycling as Royal Enfield. The fact that Royal Enfield has chosen a path to make an altogether different kind of motorcycles and segments like retro roadsters, café racers, cruisers and now an adventure tourer truly signify the rebellious nature of Royal Enfield, where other manufacturers are busy in the rat race of churning volumes through commuters, scooters and sportbikes, none of which is manufactured by Royal Enfield, and it has no plans of making them in future as well. And lastly, the fact that it hasn’t been challenged by any other manufacturer till date, with no direct rivals to its motorcycles, has ensured that Royal Enfield is the sole player and ruler of its own playground.
Talking about one of the categories in which Royal Enfields has its mastery, the cruiser segment has not seen an alternative to the Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 since the motorcycle made its inception in the Indian market almost a decade ago. Yes, Bajaj did came with the various versions of Avenger, but then, it is strategically positioned much below the Thunderbird 350, in terms of powertrain and pricing. The Thunderbird 350, on its very first arrival, was an altogether fresh wave of change from the otherwise retro styled roadsters under the ‘Bullet’ brand. Branded as a leisure motorcycle which is a treat for those who plan for long distance touring most of times, the Thunderbird 350, after the Classic 350, is the highest volume bringer for Royal Enfield. So high is the charm, aura and demand of the Thunderbird 350 is that even after decade long existence, counting in the four years of the current generation version, the motorcycle still commands a waiting period of almost 2-4 months. Yes, there is a 500cc version of the Thunderbird too, but then, it is targeted only for a niche audience who value performance more than any other aspect.
So, what all things and traits do make the Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 such a special motorcycle in the hearts of enthusiasts? What could have been a better way to take the motorcycle itself for a spin and find out!
Royal Enfield Electra ES Is The New Name Of The Electra
There were rumours that Royal Enfield discontinued the Electra from the Indian market because of the low demand and perhaps in order to promote some more premium models like Classic. However that is not the case according to the latest report Eicher Motors has denied the rumours of discontinuing the Electra from the Indian market.
They also said that motorcycle won’t be taken out of the market but instead decided to rename the motorcycle to Electra ES where ‘ES’ stands for Electric Start.
An official said that the motorcycle is very much in sale and available across all the RE dealers. The motorcycle is available in four different colours which include Black, Silver, Grey and Blue. The officials also included that the name of the Bullet Electra was officially changed to Electra ES couple of months ago but because it did not showed in the website was the main reason people though that the motorcycle was discontinued. The only difference between the Electra and the Bullet 350 is that the former gets the additional Electric start option while the rest of the specification is identical.
The technical specification of the Electra ES too remains unchanged and it is powered by the same 346cc Single Cylinder, 4 strokes, Twinspark, Air-cooled engine which produces about 19.8 bhp of peak power at 5250 rpm, and 28 Nm of maximum torque at 4000 rpm.
Royal Enfield Electra Discontinued
Royal Enfield has decided to discontinue the Electra Cruiser from their lineup. This decision was taken to promote sales of other motorcycles of their lineup. RE’s current lineup now consists of their flagship motorcycle the Continental GT, their recently introduced Himalayan tourer, Thunderbird (350 & 500), Classic (350 & 500) and the Bullet range which also consists of the 350 cc and the 500 cc unit.
Although RE has not released any official statement yet on this matter but the motorcycle was taken down from the official Indian RE website. However what some of the reports states that the RE Electra was a low priced motorcycle in the brand portfolio and thus the margin of profit was also low for the company and thus it was stopped to promote some more expensive motorcycles like the Classic and the Thunderbird. Recently the demand for the motorcycle also dropped after RE introduced their newer range of motorcycles and thus there was no reason for continuing the sale of this motorcycle.
However if you are still looking to get your hands on the Electra model then you should definitely look into some dealerships because they are still selling the discontinued model until their stock lasts.
The now discontinued Electra was powered by four stroke, single cylinder, twinspark unit, which displaces 346cc and churns out 19.8 bhp of maximum power and 28 Nm of maximum torque. The mill comes paired to a 5-speed gearbox and also an electric start alongside the kickstart option.
List of 400-650cc middleweight motorcycles in India
After the quarter liter category of 200-400cc motorcycles, if there is one category of motorcycles which is growing at a rapid pace, it has to be that of the 400-650cc motorcycles. Preferred more by the seasoned riders, this category of motorcycles is the most sensible way of stepping up from a quarter liter category, to satiate the growing hunger of power and better riding capabilities, which does the job of honing one’s riding skills in an even better way.
Unlike the previous decade in which we were left to choose only from a couple of options, the Indian enthusiasts are now spoilt with a variety of options to pick up one from. Right from a sport tourer to a naked streetfighter to an adventure motorcycle and even one café racer, this segment has now got everything which one can imagine, including from the motorcycles from both home-grown manufacturers as well as international players.
In this feature story, we are going to have a look on each and every motorcycle which falls in this woo-worthy category of 400-650cc. It is upon you to decide which option to put your hand down as your next dream machine. Here you go:-
List of Quarter Litre (200-400cc) motorcycles available in India: PART 2
This is actually the continuation of the quarter litre (200-400 cc) motorcycles available in the Indian market..
In this feature story, we are going to have a look on each and every single motorcycle which falls under this space of Indian two wheeler industry, which ranges from naked roadsters to adventure motorcycles.
Royal Enfield Different Silencers Exhaust Note: Video
Royal Enfield Bullets are known for their thump and exhaust note but recently due to stricter emission norms Royal Enfield was forced to make the engines more environment friendly. In order to make the engine environment friendly they actually have to compromise on the exhaust note and also make sure that these engines causes less pollution. Although this may make the Government happy but the riders are noty happy because their Cruiser now lost the original thump which actually was the signature of the motorcycle once.
Although Royal Enfield actually now uses exhausts which actually generates less exhaust note but there are always aftermarket exhaust available which actually helps to give back the lost thump. Now here in this video you can actually hear what type opf noises different exhaust makes. In the very beginning you will notice the tailegunner exhaust which is then followed by Indore silenecer who actually has fitted the exhaust on 1952 G2 bullet. Then later you can also notice the newly launched Royal Enfield Himalayan 410 cc exhaust sounds followed by Megaphone silencer on the Classic.
Now remember all these silencers that are shown here may not fit every motorcycle so before you actually choose anyone for your motorcycle please read the instructions provided in this video.
2018 Royal Enfield 750
Now we have got some really good news for the Royal Enfield fans of India. Motorcyclenews.com recently spotted testing a completely new motorcycle in Spain. Royal Enfield definitely has proved their capability in the Indian market and which is quite evident from their recent sales figures. Their last few launches include the Continental GT and the Himalayan. Now both these motorcycle actually are powered by two newly developed engines while the Continental GT uses a single cylinder 535 cc unit which evolved from the 500 cc unit and is also Royal Enfield’s most powerful unit on offer while the Himalayan too uses a newly developed 410 cc engine.
The motorcycle which was caught testing was actually a test mule which used the Continental GT chassis but what was more interesting is the fact for the first time it uses what it looks like 750 cc parallel twin engine which was spied for the first time. This when launched will definitely be the most powerful engine that Royal Enfield has ever offered in the Indian market even leaving behind the 535 cc, sin gle cylinder air cooled unit that the Continental GT uses.
From what it looks like the new Royal Enfield model which was caught testing especially with the new engine was a carbureted unit instead of a fuel injected unit which we all expected. This carbureted engine actually means that the new motorcycle is meant especially for the Indian market keeping all the European emission norms in mind.
Click past jump to read more about the upcoming Royal Enfield 750
Yamaha YZF R3 and Royal Enfield Himalayan recalled in India
Recalls over malfunctions and faulty issues by automobile manufacturers has become a common notion not only in international markets, but in India as well. Till date, we have seen almost all the major passenger and commercial auto makers issuing certain recalls to fix the possible issues in the vehicles they have manufactured. However, there are very few instances when two wheeler manufacturers in India have issued any such recall, but considering the strict norms and customer satisfaction processes, there have been some recalls taken by two wheeler manufacturers as well.
In recent examples, Yamaha and Royal Enfield, two of the fastest growing two wheeler makers in the Indian market, have issued specific recalls for their respective latest launches – YZF R3 and Himalayan. Both the motorcycles are targeted towards a niche audience, where customer satisfaction is of utmost importance. That’s why, even after very few units of both the motorcycles sold till date, the manufacturers have taken this step to show their gratitude towards the customers of both these products. The details of the issued recalls are as follows.