If “heritage” and “authenticity” are what motorcycles are all about going forward, then no company is better equipped to prosper than Royal Enfield. The company’s roots date back to the 19th century, and its Bullet—whose engine the new Continental GT is based upon—was first produced in 1933. That makes the Bullet the oldest motorcycle in [...]Read Full Post | Comments(56)
2014 Royal Enfield Continental GT – First Ride The Other New Indian is an Ace Café Racer ready to take on the world.
Photographer : John Burns and Rich Cox
Royal Enfield Press Release: Royal Enfield today started commercial production from its new manufacturing facility at Oragadam, Tamil Nadu. Spread over 50 acres, the Oragadam plant starts with an installed production capacity of 150,000 units in the first phase. An initial investment of Rs 150 crores has been made towards construction of this facility that [...]Read Full Post | Comments(2)
Photographer : Jeff Allen
Got the café itch? Royal Enfield is ready to scratch with the 2014 Café Racer. “Nothing about the bike is the same,” said Ron Greene, VP of sales and dealer development at Royal Enfield USA about the CR’s relationship to the rest of the 500cc line. The standard 84 x 90mm Single has been bored [...]Read Full Post | Comments(15)
Essential elements of a big (formerly) British Single? The “Beat,” as Royal Enfield calls it. It’s that sound that booms out as if emanating from the bowels of the Earth. It used to echo mostly through England, but since Enfield in Blighty shipped its Bullet 350 and 500 tooling to India back in the mid-1950s, [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
Ten Bikes with Soul and Character Ten ways to keep it soulful (and sometimes a little strange) while having a good time on two wheels.
For decades, the implacable march of technology and improved performance has driven motorcycles to incredible heights. Even our dyno and GPS-based timing equipment are so shocked by what they’re recording that they’ve started putting exclamation points after some of the horsepower and quarter-mile numbers. But as awesome as all this performance, economy, reliability, comfort and [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
Photos from the Cycle World Archives, Brian Blades, Kirk Willis The reason why faster is better is simple enough: Whoever gets there first gets to reproduce with the most desirable member(s) of the opposite sex and gets the best parking spot. Then it became more complicated. After the invention of cosmetics, getting there too fast [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
Have you ever wanted to play 1950s Man? It’s a fun game where you get to smoke “healthy” unfiltered cigarettes, swill whiskey for “medicinal” purposes and eat barely cooked red meat with absolute impunity. Sounds fun, eh? Well, dammit, it gets even better… You get to add oil to your motorcycle frequently, have dim (or [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
The Royal Enfield Dynasty – First Look After 54 years, this Indian vestige of the golden era of British motorcycling builds an all-new model.
We had arrived on the other side of the Earth. Not only is India a land far, far away, but it felt a bit like we had traveled through time, too. And it wasn’t just the jetlag and 3 a.m. arrival after almost 30 hours of flying. No, the greatest sense of time travel came [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
2009 Royal Enfield Bullet Classic 500 EFI – First Look A Passage to India to Ride the All-New Enfield, with Bonus Factory Visit.
Photography by Jeff Allen The modern retrograde motorcycle pays homage to simpler times that actually weren’t so much simpler. Although many of us love the old-time silhouettes of vintage bikes, modern bikes are where it’s at for trouble-free running and ease of ownership. The strange thing about Royal Enfield is that it has been building [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)