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Royal Enfield mulls two-cylinder bike

bullet enfieldRoyal Enfield part of Eicher Group is considering the introduction of twin motorcycles in India in the next three years. May be mounted on the push rod engine system and the company’s current engine series line, the new bike can be powered by a 600cc to 1000cc engines, to meet customer demand, in large horsepower category.

Chief Executive Officer, Venki Padmanabhan told AUTOCAR professional design twin-cylinder model will not stray from the company’s tradition, but it will be a branch of the 1950s and 1960s British model of simple design. “Dust can design and use of the model, making it the latest technology considering the current buyers of a new brush. Bike will be more beautiful than the old model. It will be a practical casual retro bicycle cater niche buyers, “He said. Twin motorcycle was highway- par with higher horsepower reminiscent of the early classic Royal Enfield models. Drawing a parallel with the BMW Mini Cooper, which is an iconic brand in the 1960s by the British car manufactured, later acquired by BMW, Padmanabhan believes that it still has a loyal customer retention, although present in the modern small car segment.

Currently, the Royal Enfield in the process of determining its potential customers needs. Putter technical definition of Royal Enfield bikes, wherein the cam gear is connected to the crankshaft for actuating push rod, which was then operating arm and the inlet exhaust valve single cylinder engine unit structure characters.

On the other hand, the other two-wheeled vehicle manufacturers for use in their motorcycle overhead camshaft (OHC) engine, wherein said cam is disposed above the crankshaft by a sprocket (with toothed wheel) and a chain mechanism from the crankshaft to operate. Turn cam-operated valve directly or through the use of short arm. These are generally high-speed engine, provides high speed and high torque and traction.

On the other hand, the development of the push rod engine maximum power at a lower speed than the OHC engine, and also to provide greater torque. Pushrod engines are generally happy torque, low-speed engines have a very strong structure. Rugged construction in high torque, low speed operation, which means that at low engine throttle, they have enough pulling power. In cylinder class competitors Harley Davidson Sportster 883 and Kawasaki, and so on. Padmanabhan describes a backup overhead cam engine, which has a lower capacity, but produces higher horsepower can also be considered as a two-cylinder bike but fewer opportunities.

Earlier, news motorcycle manufacturer plans to introduce diesel bikes in India. Although dismissed as companies explore exercise, Padmanabhan commented, Royal Enfield sold in 2001 in the Taurus brand diesel bikes “These still exist in Chennai, in the state of Gujarat and the diesel pump as customers.” To retroactive Royal Enfield history of the diesel engine bicycle, interested iconic brand water pump engine. The 325cc engine is integrated into the vehicle retro, provide 6.5bhp and over 70kpl mileage, but retrostyled bike is more suitable for the rural segment. And a key benefit is the fuel economy, the other side is that they are very noisy, with high vibration and oil spills, it was discontinued.

“This is the dream of the company’s research and development, so that the diesel engine, motorcycle manufacturing for customers’,” explained Padmanabhan. Currently in India for the past 50 years, Royal Enfield is a well-known motorcycle, hit and wait currently experiencing its classic bullet and its more recent classic brand 350 and 500 models have been out of control for a long time. Padmanabhan said that the challenge is not with other players through a sufficient number of available existing models in order to reduce the waiting time of the introduction of new models, but the competition.

When the classic 500 in November 2009 launch, the company had expected sales of more than 100,000 per month a few hundred rupees pricing. Demand, however, far exceeding the company’s expectations with sales of 2,000 units per month, both the classic models. To tide over the case, the additional capacity added in Tiruvottiyur factory in Chennai and to be further stretched to its maximum of about 70,000 units per year, this year’s capacity. In the meantime, Royal Enfield has been scouting existing plants in Chennai and Andhra Pradesh nearby land. Currently, the company’s classic 350 results in eight to nine months followed by the classic 500 model, which has sold the southern region of the waiting period of five to six months waiting period product salvo, with a bullet in the back of the heel with a wait three to four months.

Royal Enfield hoping to notch up sales of 70,000 units in 2011, 35% to 40% growth over 2010 so, 3000 units will move towards the export market. Classic 350 is in the development of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, Africa and South America market sentiment. However, in the United States and Canada as well as Germany, Spain and Italy dominated the high-powered motorcycles, classic 500 more sought after. Meanwhile, in the last Auto Expo, Royal Enfield has demonstrated its cafe racing is scheduled to launch within 18 months, and will be lighter and faster than its current product lineup. Padmanabhan said, racing cafe will be placed in the segment over 500cc, will be a vintage sports car. This means that it will not faster than modern sportsbikes, but will have the look and feel 60 years and sportsbikes 70’s equipped with the latest technology and hardware. Obviously, Royal Enfield’s heritage to pay huge returns.

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