New image gives clearest indication of Indian manufacturer’s strategy and planned move into ‘big’ bikes.
Usually spy shots leak onto the internet and it’s huge news because photographs of unreleased bikes are rare, and most people aren’t aware of the details of the bike being spied upon.
But with the new Royal Enfield 750cc machine, it’s been impossible to browse the web without stumbling across images of it out testing – we’ve ran essentially the same story at least twice – and it feels like we know pretty much all there is to know about the proposed 750cc ‘big’ bike by now.
Now, with this latest photograph found on the ‘Behind The Handlebars’ Facebook page, we have conclusive evidence of Royal Enfield’s plans and the TWO new versions of the 750cc twin that have reached the final stages of development.
The biggest difference between the two models shown would be in the seat and tank area.
Whilst the GT-Continental’esque Café Racer shows a sculpted seat and sharper lines/knee recesses within the tank, the Street version would appear to be aiming towards a more standard, flat bench seat (suitable for pillions) and a smoother, rounded fuel tank. A closer look would also seem to indicate higher, flatter handlebars compared to the sportier, clip-ons seen on the Café Racer.
This sportier stance would also appear to be reinforced with heel plates behind the Café’ Racer’s footpegs and a slightly different mirror set-up.
Outside of these changes, the two engines seen on the bikes within this photo would appear to be identical – it’s the same, air-cooled, parallel twin motor and even the suspension and brake set-ups looks similar.
On top of the data we can glean from these photographs, Motofire has also heard rumours coming from sources from within Royal Enfield itself that suggest that when it’s finally revealed at the Milan motorcycle show (EICMA) in November that the bike’s capacity will actually be closer to the 800cc category.
And that would make it a direct competitor of bikes like the successful Triumph Street Twin.