The new Continental GT Cafe Racer by Royal Enfield was launched this month in London England at the famous Ace Cafe. They should be available in US dealerships by the end of the year!!
Great interview with Siddartha Lal the CEO of Eicher Motors about RE. Spot the new Continental GT Cafe Racer on the assembly line and test track.
Late breaking report from Dan Holmes and the Bonneville speed record team at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Today they made a run at just over 120 miles an hour on a Bullet. It was a Nitrous assisted Bullet at that.. On the return run they estimate that they were going about 130 when they suffered some problems. Even at that they came across the finish line at over 100MPH. More tomorrow
I brazenly took this article from www.royalenfields.com written by the world famous Royal Enfield Blogger David Blasco.
It is worth subscribing to his blog. He has some of the most interesting articles about RE’s old and new.
I was part of the team Bonneville Team in the first attempt and have never had so much fun in my years with Royal Enfield. This is a great group of “grassroots” racers who exemplify the RE community.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21, 2013
Bonneville Bullet races for world’s fastest Indian Bullet
Going racing again is the Bonneville Bullet.
“Dyno Dan” Holmes and the Bonneville Bullet will return to the Salt Flats this week in a second effort to become “the world’s fastest Indian Bullet.”
His DRS Cycle team, based in Indiana, will use a partially streamlined 500cc Royal Enfield Bullet with crankshaft and cams by Hitchcocks Motorcycles and “hope to do 120,” Dan told the Royal Enfield Yahoo Group on Aug. 3. The Bonneville Bullet will compete both on gas and with a nitrous oxide system (NOS), he wrote. It will use a 22-tooth front sprocket.
In 2008 the team set three records with a road racing Bullet it brought along, but the semi-streamlined Bonneville Bullet was sidelined.
“Our nemesis last time with this bike was jetting. We were being cautious not to burn it up and were taking baby steps. Anyone who has jetting experience would understand that going down six jets sizes all at once is reckless! We ran out of time as many remember we were on the starting line with the engine running and they closed the track due to a fatality. In any event we are going back and we will make our best effort,” Dan wrote the Yahoo group.
The AMA Racing BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials are Thursday Aug. 24-29 this year at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. Dan provided these details:
“Glen Kyle is our engine builder and Phil Myers is our tuner, Jim Myers has become our sponsor and our electrician, and tuner for the past few weeks…
“Once again we will be accepting donations to our PayPal account if anyone is inclined. We are still a grass roots race team, so thanks in advance!” The PayPal account is [email protected]
When you donate, include your name and address in the space provided for a note to Dan.
“We will send a autographed photo of the team members and bike on a 8X10 to all donors. I will need them to include a mailing address of course,” he wrote me.
Aside from money, a volunteer is needed to update the team’s website. If you want to volunteer you can contact Dan at [email protected]
“Many people claim to have the worlds fastest Bullet, but they increase the displacement and so it is a frivolous claim,” Dan wrote. “I am hoping that DRS Cycle will prove to have the worlds fastest (500cc) Indian Bullet!”
Holmes was one of the early Royal Enfield dealers when the brand returned to the U.S. in the mid-1990s. His DRS shop in Indiana marketed a “shift kit” that cured some of the ills of the notorious left-side shift bodge on four-speed Royal Enfield motorcycles then being sold in the United States.
I have added some pictures from the bike that the Holmes team won their class for 2003 ARMHA racing and earned the right to carry the #1 number plate and some other pictures from the first Bonneville attempt. You can see that Dan and his team are serious about what they do.
I stopped in at the new factory last week to preview and ride the final version of the Cafe Racer on the test track at the new Royal Enfield factory. The Cafe Racer is the worst kept secret in the industry. I cannot reveal much about the final form other than it was a lot of fun and you will note my picture is not that revealing (drat!). I will say that we are on track for 2013 deliveries and we will reveal more about the technical aspects of the bikes soon.
The new factory was fabulous! It is a wonderful 50 acre, mix of absolute state of the art manufacturing and where it counts traditional hand craftsmanship . The environment was also much better for the workers – quiet, clean, safe,good temperature control, ergonomic assembly positions etc. It is amazing what you can do with a brand new clean sheet of paper facility. For the first time I noticed women in the good paying assembly line jobs. The owner has a goal of having 50% women in the new factory which would be great. Not as easy as it sounds in India but a good goal for certain.
For 2013 we will manufacture 175,000 units, up from 25,000 units just a few years ago then 250,000 in 2014. Virtually all of these units are presold already with some small exceptions in the export market where dealers carry inventory. (In India there is at least an 8 month waiting list). By way of comparison Triumph is said to have a current capacity of 50,000 units per year.
The addition of the Cafe Racer this year will now give us 4 distinct Royal Enfield products to sell.
8th Annual Royal Enfield Reunion
June 14-16, 2013
The 8th annual Royal Enfield reunion will be held the weekend of June 14-16, 2013 at Eagle Cliff Campground in Lanesboro Minnesota. There will be a $30.00 per person registration fee. The registration fee will cover 2 nights of camping, breakfast and dinner on Saturday and relaxing evening campfires. Check in starts at 3:00 on Friday. There will be a motorcycle ride on Saturday. Please contact Jane at Classic Motorworks (800-201-7472) to make your reservation. We welcome all models of bikes.