Why didnt they just drive the Clutch basket off the primary gear like 99% of all motor cycles do.
Gotta leave something for the 1% that's left.CJ
Don't feel cheated Chinoy , this is not a modern Jap bike EFI or not, like you said in one of your posts some where else you now have the best of both world's ,dont bother about it not being gear driven the chain drive run's just fine...actually a lot of us like it this way.If you think about it why OHV and not OHC or DOHC?? The answer-it is not a totally modern bike that is part of the charm, the main reason they shifted to EFI is becuse of the Emissions norms becoming more stringent.Ride it a little longer open your mind, try not to be a speed junky you will get it.
A big, BIG consideration with the new UCE engine was with traditional look and feel. In Royal Enfield's home market, India, a huge amount of attention is paid to look and sound, and if the new engine didn't have a primary cover, or they put the starter in a different spot instead of making it look like a distributor, then I guarantee you it wouldn't sell nearly as well when they bring it out.
Are doing so for one very very simple reason.Its 500cc. It makes 28 BHP (Claimed).That puts it at close to double the power output and CC size of any engine made in the country.