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2018 Royal Enfield 650 parallel twin #714316
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I watched the introduction of this project live this morning. I put it here for discussion because it is not a BritBike but rather another retro bike. You can see how the company has built something for a world market that encompasses youthful and mature audiences. It is not just aimed at the Indian market. It will succeed if it hits the quality and price marks because it has a great retro look.
Don
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=GUUU9ADVCoY


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Re: 2018 Royal Enfield 650 parallel twin [Re: Don Leaming] #714353
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I agree, but the most important thing of all for many buyers is the name on the tank. Owners of the Garner Norton's apparently rate this above the quality of the product. Fair play to the Indians as at least they have a genuine 60 year or so history with the Enfield marque and I'd expect their parallel twins to be well engineered.

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Re: 2018 Royal Enfield 650 parallel twin [Re: Don Leaming] #714365
11/09/17 11:27 am
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Good looking bike, if the build quality and the price is right, this bike can become just as succesfull as the new Bonnevilles.


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Re: 2018 Royal Enfield 650 parallel twin [Re: Peter R] #714385
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Re: 2018 Royal Enfield 650 parallel twin [Re: Don Leaming] #714387
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I still think that they should have gone with the 750 engine size. That would have been in keeping with the original Interceptor's concept. Nice looking bikes, hope that they are successful with them.
Jim

Re: 2018 Royal Enfield 650 parallel twin [Re: Don Leaming] #714394
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The bike in general has the Brit retro style that's popular....But the engine lacks character..The Hinkley Triumph retro bikes have at least some charismatic style to the engine You can say what you want about vintage Brit bikes but the engines have character...Well maybe not the bland BSA unit twins.....In my opinion...


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Re: 2018 Royal Enfield 650 parallel twin [Re: Don Leaming] #714418
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^^^this part was just as good, listening to hi-tech indians complain about tbe bullet.

"made of old-fashioned metal . . . "


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Re: 2018 Royal Enfield 650 parallel twin [Re: Don Leaming] #714423
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The name has traceable provenance and I think it is a britbike, surely as much as, say, a Speed Triple.
Same BHP as my 750 Bonneville, max torque at a relatively low RPM, oil/air, 6 speed, plain bearing crank.
If I was rich I'd be the first to make a 16" wheel sitter from one.

Re: 2018 Royal Enfield 650 parallel twin [Re: old mule] #714642
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It's a bike made in India by an Indian company therefore it's an Indian motorcycle. It's as much a Brit bike as a W650 Kawasaki.


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Re: 2018 Royal Enfield 650 parallel twin [Re: Simon Ratcliff] #714646
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Originally Posted by Simon Ratcliff
It's a bike made in India by an Indian company therefore it's an Indian motorcycle. It's as much a Brit bike as a W650 Kawasaki.


There still is a British connection, Royal Enfield has a tech development center in te UK, of course the production bikes are all from India.
Triumph Bonnevilles are made in Thailand, so is it therefor a Thai motorcycle ? What about Benelli's an old established Italian icon, but now made in China.

In fact, we as Britbike dinosaurs do care about the "britishness" of our bikes, the pubic in general does not care a sh't where their bikes (or other products) are made.
Take the modern Mini cars for example, another so called British icon, these cars are a BMW product, and made here in the Netherlands from components sourced from all over the world, nothing wrong with that, it's a global economy today after all.
My daughter owns one , do you think she, or anyone else cares where her or his car was made ?

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Re: 2018 Royal Enfield 650 parallel twin [Re: Don Leaming] #714697
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I like the bike overall and applaud them for such a design but the timing cover looks like a reverse of the BSA Unit timing cover or "Power Egg" as it has been referred too.


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Re: 2018 Royal Enfield 650 parallel twin [Re: Don Leaming] #714701
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The video is way too much yak yak yak, and not nearly enough varoom!

Sadly, when I found out it is a 270 degree parallel twin, I lost all interest.

It's 360 or nuthin for me...

Cheers,
Bill


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Re: 2018 Royal Enfield 650 parallel twin [Re: Peter R] #714716
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Originally Posted by Peter R


In fact, we as Britbike dinosaurs do care about the "britishness" of our bikes, the pubic in general does not care a sh't where their bikes (or other products) are made.
Take the modern Mini cars for example, another so called British icon, these cars are a BMW product, and made here in the Netherlands from components sourced from all over the world, nothing wrong with that, it's a global economy today after all.
My daughter owns one , do you think she, or anyone else cares where her or his car was made ?


Depends on your definition of 'Britishness'. In the case of the new Indian made Royal Enfield I assume it's the overall look of the machine - the image. Bearing in mind the biggest single market for Brit bikes from the 1950's onwards was North America the bikes got styled to appeal to that market.
The BMW Mini is a good example of people buying into an image - why else are some models available with Union flag roof and door mirror logos?


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Re: 2018 Royal Enfield 650 parallel twin [Re: Don Leaming] #714721
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The styling on the Continental works for me, always been a sucker for a petrol tank with slashed paint stripes e.g. Moto Guzzi S3. Needs a bikini fairing.

Re: 2018 Royal Enfield 650 parallel twin [Re: Don Leaming] #714729
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The BMW mini is also made in Oxford

Re: 2018 Royal Enfield 650 parallel twin [Re: Don Leaming] #714731
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These bikes look great. Given the success of Royal Enfield motorcycles thus far, I expect they'll go far. smile
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