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Archive for June, 2010

BMW is great but how about an Enfield?

Random Notes

Terry from Florida spent a few weekends in the Valley of the Sun (aka Phoenix, AZ) where she rented motorcycles and enjoyed the scenic rides between Scottsdale and Sedona.

The first weekend she took the trip clockwise on a BMW F800ST. The next weekend she wanted to get a different perspective of this scenic route and rode it counterclockwise, but this time on a Royal Enfield C5 Classic.

Royal Enfeild C5 Classic

Here is the experience she came away with:

“Although it has been over a week since I left, my memories of my month out west were most vivid of the four days off which I spent on AZ rental bikes. I just can’t say enough about what fun it was! The first two on the lower F800st were just superb. That is the bike for me, the lower frame was a perfect fit. It was the easiest thing and a joy to ride. Definitely sold me on getting rid of my RT and downsizing to something more nimble.
But when the ST was already taken for my next set of days off, and I took the Royal Enfield on a lark, I just can’t say it loud and long enough,— what an absolute blast that was! That was as much fun as a human being can have alone. It was soooooo much fun! I gave away almost every card you gave me. A real social interaction device, that Enfield. I guess I would have to admit that I had more fun on it than even the ST. It was a stop and smell the cactus kind of bike. I saw more, enjoyed more, and met more people.”

Royal Enfield to double capacity

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Several news outlets have confirmed that Royal Enfield is bound to serious expansion. According to the recently published data, the expansion plan will nearly double Royal Enfield’s production with increases in capacity over the next three years. The plan forecasts unit production growth from Royal Enfield’s 2010 unit volume of 52,000 to as much as 70,000 units for 2011, followed by up to 90,000 units for 2012 and finally 100,000 units or more for 2013.

Eicher Motors and Royal Enfield CEOs

Siddhartha Lal, Managing Director and CEO, Eicher Motors (left), and R.L. Ravichandran, CEO, Royal Enfield

Kevin Mahoney, president of Royal Enfield USA, said “Consumer response to the new model line in the United States and elsewhere has been remarkably strong and it’s very encouraging to know that Royal Enfield will be ready as the market continues to grow.”

Kevin Mahoney

Kevin Mahoney, president of Royal Enfield USA

USA Cross-Country on a Royal Enfield

Random Notes

A dream, a plan, and a Royal Enfield Bullet 500es Classic with Jonathan D. Price in the saddle. Those are the essential ingredients for a Cross-Country adventure.
Curious? Follow him on his blog at http://blackmotorbike.com.

Don’t Try This At Home

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Royal Enfield K&N

K&N’s 2010 Performance Filters Powersports catalog features this racing Royal Enfield. The skid is performed by a professional, in a closed course race. Don’t try this at home!

     
Enfield in Twighlight