Update: While we had earlier reported that RE is testing a 750 parallel twin, we now believe (thru a very reliable source) it’s actually a 650 twin. The refined twin engine will come mounted on the Continental GT chassis and on a completely new Roadster chassis. Both these bikes are slated to launch in January of 2018 and we estimate the price to be below the Rs 3 lakh mark. Rushlane.com has posted a few more unmasked images of the bike with close up shots of the engine.
Old story: After having heard rumors about the much needed twin from the RE stable, a fellow Team Bhpian has spotted a 750 cc parallel twin testing in India recently. Built similar to a Continental GT, the twin exhaust bike is rumored to produce close to 50 ps of power and 60 nm of torque. This will put the bike in the Harley Street 750 category and pose a big threat to them if the quality of build and overall reliability is good. We have heard a lot of horror stories about the Himalayan and we are sure RE is taking extra precaution and not repeat their mistakes.
Royal Enfield, the oldest production brand in India currently owned by Eicher Motors came back to popularity with the launch of a new range of models such as the Thunderbird and RE Classic with a modern aluminum engine and crank along with modern gearing, self start and disc brakes. This made the once rugged heavy machine easily motorable by youngsters and soon became a rage in the Indian two wheeler market. Today, a RE product has a minimum waiting period of 45 days. The brand also has a strong fan following and has become a cult with multiple biking clubs across all major cities in India.
With the entry of the 750cc twin, RE will finally be able to target a segment that looks for more powerful cruisers which the existing single cylinder models lack. With the new emission norms kicking in from April 2017, we expect this bike to come with fuel injection system. The tentative timelines for launch would be during the later half of the year and rumors are that a 750 cc Himalayan is also on the cards.
We for once would be really keen to get our hands on one of these twins as this will be a worthy successor to the existing models.