Royal Enfield motorcycles enjoy a huge fan following in India. The retro styled bikes have come a long way since the days of cast iron engines and troublesome mechanicals. The bike maker is trying hard to tap the sales in the mainstream bike market and has been working to make its motorcycles more reliable and apt for daily use.
The biggest rivals that Royal Enfield bikes face in today’s world are the 250cc offerings from Japanese bike manufacturers. While Royal Enfield bikes are as different from these 250cc Japanese bikes as chalk is from cheese, the fact that both the above retail for almost the same price and have high displacement engines make them indirect rivals.
It was being said that Royal Enfield might be contemplating coming up with a smaller 250cc entry level motorcycle to take the battle straight to the likes of Bajaj Pulsar 220, KTM Duke 200, Bajaj Pulsar 200NS and the Honda CBR250R. However, Royal Enfield has stated that it has no plans of coming out with a 250cc product. Royal Enfield currently has no plans to come up with a ‘smaller than 350cc’ bike and the only bike that the manufacturer would launch in times to come will be the 535cc Cafe Racer.
The Cafe Racer is powered by a 535cc, UCE engine that would have more power and torque than the 500cc motor on the Classic and the Thunderbird. The engine would have bigger injectors, high performance cam shafts and a new exhaust system. The Cafe Racer will be built on a new frame and will employ a new suspension setup.
The Cafe Racer will also be lighter than other Royal Enfield bikes and will be the fastest motorcycle in Royal Enfield’s line up. Easily expect the upcoming Royal Enfield to come with a sticker price of INR 2 lakhs.