A couple of months ago, news filtered out of the RE camp that the iconic bike manufacturer was finally going to start making bikes with more powerful engines to keep up with the modern bike market. For this purpose, Royal Enfield set up a new R&D centre in Leicestershire, England. Now, spy shots have emerged of a Royal Enfield 750cc bike undergoing testing with a new parallel-twin engine.
The bike which was spotted with the new motor is a Continental GT which has been slightly and crudely modified to accommodate the largest engine ever made by Royal Enfield. This is obviously just to test the engine only, and RE will definitely be making a brand new bike to accompany its newest engine.
The first thing that strikes you after looking at the photos is the fact that the parallel-twin unit is carburetted rather than being fuel injected. Therefore, we can safely assume that this Royal Enfield 750cc motorcycle will see the light of the day in India first and then will it be exported to other countries. The reason being, that a motorcycle running carburettors will simply be non-conforming to Euro IV emission norms and therefore, won’t be allowed to run on European roads. For the rest of the world, Royal Enfield will have a different game plan.
This is the first newly developed engine from Royal Enfield in the longest time and we believe that this is a sign of good things to come from the Chennai-based manufacturer. The current engines although have seen tweaks over a period of time, but have been around for decades. Royal Enfield already has a fuel-injected version of the 500cc engine on sale in Europe.
India still remains the largest market for Royal Enfield, with over 4.5 lakh units sold domestically. With the likes of Triumph, Harley-Davidson et al, Royal Enfield is keen on stepping up its game and not simply resting on laurels.