Royal Enfield took part in its first-ever competitive Flat Track race this past weekend in the Production Twins class. The race saw the Royal Enfield Twins FT Production Twins racer in competitive action for the first time. The team will continue competing in all the remaining races in the American Flat Track calendar this year.
Royal Enfield’s competitive Flat Track debut has been in the making for a long time now. The brand took interest in the sport after it launched the Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 in the American market. The 650cc twins changed the way the world looked at Royal Enfield and gave the brand a premium feel.
Royal Enfield wanted to make its presence felt in the American Flat Track Championship where Harley-Davidson and Indian Motorcycles are the only manufacturers competing for the title. Flat Track Champion Johnny Lewis was roped in to develop and ride the bikes. As a result of this, Moto Anatomy – the Flat Track team owned and operated by Johnny Lewis – co-developed the Royal Enfield Production Twins Flat Track Racer.
Brands involved in the development of the motorcycle are Royal Enfield, Moto Anatomy, Harris Performance, and S&S Cycle. These are some big and reputed names pitching in with their expertise. As a result of all this development, the motorcycle was pretty fast. The racer is based on the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 but features extensive modifications to make it capable enough to take on the big giants on the first surface.
In the semi-final, with Johnny Lewis at the helm, the motorcycle bagged third place, while in the final race, it took sixth place. For the moment, competitiveness is not exactly the priority, but the development of the bike and making it faster is the top priority. Once the bike has been developed properly, it will be inherently competitive.
To get a perspective of how good the Royal Enfield Production Twins Flat Track motorcycle is, one would have to look at the competition. The motorcycle is going against the likes of the Harley-Davidson XG750R, Yamaha MT-07, Kawasaki Ninja 650, etc. All eyes are on Johnny Lewis and his team for the next event which is the Dallas Half-Mile.
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