Royal Enfield has been in the news lately for a lot of reasons, mainly the aggressive expansion plans and the new Royal Enfield Technology Centre in the UK. Their partnership with Harris Performance is also significant given that the new Royal Enfield 750 has been spotted testing in Spain. The motorcycle that was spotted was powered by a parallel-twin engine in true British tradition, which resided in what looked like the chassis that is currently found in the Continental GT.
The multi-cylinder market holds a lot of promise for the company that is owned by Eicher Motors in India. With the rise of relatively affordable multi-cylinder bikes that are flooding the market now, Royal Enfield will be eager to establish their dominance in a segment of the market currently dominated by Triumph and Kawasaki’s parallel-twin offerings. The new Royal Enfield 750’s parallel-twin engine is expected to produce upwards of 50 hp and 60 nm of torque which is comparable to but slightly lower than the others in the class. However, Royal Enfield will be banking on the brand image they have cultivated in India and competitive price to grab market share.
The new Royal Enfield 750 will most likely be fuel injected and the engine is likely to be manufactured in India. If Royal Enfield has plans to sell the bike in the European market, it must comply with the strict Euro 4 emission norms which mandate ABS among others as a requirement. The engine will feature dual overhead camshafts (DOHC) and oil cooling, and will most likely put the power down through a six-speed transmission and a chain drive. The new Royal Enfield 750 is also expected to feature Brembo brakes and Paioli rear shocks to help with the handling of the motorcycle.
Also seen on the new Royal Enfield 750 is a brand new triple pod instrument cluster. A retro looking circular headlamp and café racer style single seat add to the modern classic design language of the bike. Stylish and angled twin megaphone exhausts complete the look of the bike. The coming of this brand new offering is good news for the Indian biker, as the closest rival, the Harley Street series is likely to be far more expensive than the new Royal Enfield 750 pricing. It can only be hoped that the company has engineered the bike to keep the vibrations down and the reliability high.