The Royal Enfield Cafe Racer, introduced as a prototype model at the 2012 India Auto Expo, should soon be moving into production so it can be in dealerships early in 2013.
Royal Enfield’s prototype Café Racer, introduced at the 2012 India Auto Expo, was one motorcycle that slipped under the radar as other earth-friendly models grabbed headlines. With the emphasis on electric technology, it’s funny to think that one of the most striking new prospective motorcycles revealed at the show though is a throwback model. But since a similar bike was introduced at the Expo back in 2010, whether the café racer was really going to become a production model remained to speculation. So we spoke with Classic Motorworks Kevin Mahoney who confirmed that yes, indeed, we’ll see the Royal Enfield Café Racer in production. Classic Motorworks is the official OEM distributor for Royal Enfield Motorcycles in the US.
“Yes, it will be available in early 2013. It is coming with 100% certainty. I spoke to the CEO last night to confirm even though they have told me this repeatedly,” Mahoney said in a recent email.
He also answered our second question – will it be coming to the States? To which he replied “It is a global bike. When we get it in the US has not been announced for sure yet.” Let’s keep our fingers crossed that we will indeed see it on American roads.
Royal Enfield has done a splendid job of capturing the spirit of the “Ton-Up” club with its Café Racer, from the sculpted, scooped-out tank and humped leather seat to the requisite rear-set foot pegs and clip-on handlebar arrangement. Add details like a twin-pod instrument cluster (after all, you’ll need a speedo to officially break the ton), retro taillights and a megaphone exhaust and you’ve got the looks of a winner.
Its pulse will be provided by a 500cc twin-spark unit construction design (UCE) engine. When asked whether Mahoney was aware if any modifications were planned for the standard UCE powerplant, he wasn’t sure but said if so they’d be nominal, stressing that the weight of the bike is considerably less than the current Royal Enfield lineup.
Though a spec sheet hasn’t been circulated, pictures show its 500cc engine is mounted in a twin spar frame. The Royal Enfield Café Racer is equipped with Ohlins gas shocks and single disc brakes front and rear with Brembo calipers. It also offers both kick and electric start.
Riders have been making café racers out of their Bullets for a long time. Now they won’t have to.
• Special thanks to photographer Bobby Roy for the wonderful photos of the Royal Enfield Cafe Racer he shot at the India Auto Expo.