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Royal Enfield To Showcase Cafe Racer Motorcycle At Long Beach Motorcycle Show 2012
Original Source: Royal Enfield To Showcase Cafe Racer Motorcycle At Long Beach Motorcycle Show 2012 from BikeAdvice.in (India based biker email publication.
Royal Enfield, the name synonymous with iconic retro looking motorcycles of the Eicher group will be showcasing its Cafe Racer motorcycle at the upcoming Long Beach Motorcycle Show December 7-9 2012. This motor show will take place from 7th to 9th December 2012. You all might remember that Royal Enfield had showcased a prototype version of the Cafe Racer motorcycle back at the 2012 Delhi Auto Expo held in January. Although, at that time no plans of whether to actually make it into a production unit were revealed by the company officials, it was very much understood that they might be bringing out one soon.
Recently, according to a recent forum chat on Royal Enfield Motorcycle website, one of the members claims to have seen the motorcycle in flesh. According to his post, it seems the production version is nearly ready. The production model however seems to have done away with the Ohlins suspension at the rear in favor of Paoli and adjustable rear seats. That was expected going by the fact that the company has to keep the price value low to make it appealing to the customers. The front suspension seems to have been kept intact.
Underneath, it is rumored to get a 535cc power unit. Apparently, this number was etched on the tappet cover. The 535cc engine would be a Unit Construction Engine (UCE) developed by Royal Enfield. The last motorcycle to be powered by a 535cc engine in the Royal Enfield product line-up was the Lightning 535 whose 535cc engine churned out 25 BHP of peak power and 38 NM of torque. (older style of engine) The 535cc unit might be a perfect engine being employed by the company however, with some extra tuning to bump up the power and torque figures to make it properly appealing like a Cafe Racer.
Note from Classic Motorworks – The Cafe Racer was shown at the Dallas IMS show recently . It will next be seen at the LA show on December 7-9 2012. VP of Classic Motorworks and Industry veteran Ron Greene will be at the show to answer all of your questions The bike is stunning and what is shown is a pre-production unit but pretty much as it will be in it’s final form. The silencer may have to be adapted to the US market but the design team has worked out something that will be pleasing.
It will be a 535 cc Unit Construction Engine. The 535 mentioned in the article was a variant of the old iron barrel engine and was produced for a short while in the early part of this century. (2000 – 2002 or so)