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Author Topic: Royal Enfield brings production back to UK  (Read 168 times)

medra42

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Royal Enfield brings production back to UK
« on: February 19, 2015, 02:16:11 PM »
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Guaire

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Re: Royal Enfield brings production back to UK
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2015, 02:54:24 PM »
"Royal Enfield started life as a British company making single-cylinder engines that produce a distinctive “thump” sound more than 110 years ago, but it closed its last domestic factory in 1970."
  Looks like the press release is re-writing history by omission. No twins.

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Re: Royal Enfield brings production back to UK
« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2015, 03:46:42 PM »
3 new models for 2016 including a 410cc single and a parallel twin (rumored).

http://www.visordown.com/motorcycle-news-new-bikes/royal-enfield-parallel-twin-coming-next-year/26302.html

Looks like the UK set up is for R&D while production will remain in India.

http://www.visordown.com/motorcycle-news-industry/royal-enfield-to-open-british-technology-centre/26299.html

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Re: Royal Enfield brings production back to UK
« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2015, 03:58:42 PM »
They say that the 410 will be overhead cam. That means a whole new engine, probably, although I suppose they could convert the same basic bottom end to an OHC top end.

And they mention the 750 parallel twin again. Maybe it will actually happen.

In any case, it appears that I will have some busy times ahead with developing things for yet another RE platform or two.
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Re: Royal Enfield brings production back to UK
« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2015, 09:03:32 PM »
That would be ironic and appropriate, seems like there are more Indians in England than English people.
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Re: Royal Enfield brings production back to UK
« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2015, 12:20:55 AM »
India was the jewel of the empire. (Not like the Irish and those Australian guys.) For me RE is the torch bearer of the original Brit bike industry. The big twin may have the juice for the wide open highways and freeways. I'm hoping. I was watching a youtube today:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MhQl-y4Kkt8
  The Bulleteer says 50 - 55 is a good speed, but not to get up to 65 for long. Yeah we all know that, but a twin wouldn't be as restricted.

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Re: Royal Enfield brings production back to UK
« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2015, 04:44:05 AM »
I agree with the 50-55 and 65 for short distances if we are talking about the old Iron Barrel.

The UCE's can run all day long at 65-70, even on a hot 105 degree F day in the deserts of Arizona.
I know.  I've done it with no problems at all and now at 17,000 miles (27,420 km), it's running better than it ever has.  :)
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medra42

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Re: Royal Enfield brings production back to UK
« Reply #7 on: February 20, 2015, 10:48:56 AM »
I maintain 70mph-ish on my Conti for around 25min each way to/from work on the interstate, with periods of 30-40mph on surface roads.. no problems thus far. Still a newish engine, though. Less than 7k still.

I'll be excited to see what they do with a 750 twin, but I'm only slightly curious about that 410 single.

I want them to do some engine improvements to the 535, myself, but I want some RE off-the-shelf after-market parts to get some more HP out of it.
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Igorina: 2013 Honda CB500X