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Spied: New Royal Enfield Thunderbirds on way?

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New 350 and 500X Thunderbirds spied.

Spy shots have been circulating the web recently of a couple of new Royal Enfield motorcycles. Whilst the video below doesn’t really show much detail, the bike in the video is the supposed update for the Royal Enfield Thunderbird.

The new 2018 versions will be the 350X and the 500X and will share the same running gear of their 2017 variants. This means either a 350cc or a 500cc air-cooled single cylinder “thumper” and that these new machines will predictably receive a slight facelift and a few styling tweaks to differentiate the new and old versions.

Out goes the chrome finished touches and dark colour schemes, in comes matte black detailing on the engine and exhaust and bright glossy colours for the fuel tank.

Could these new “X” models be aimed at a younger target market that is after a cruiser style motorcycle?

The new Thunderbirds are likely to be released initially in India later this month but there is no indication of these new machines coming to Europe or the US sadly.

Rumoured specifications of the new Thunderbirds:

Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350X

· Engine: 346cc, single-cylinder

· Maximum Power: 19.8 BHP @ 5,250 RPM

· Peak Torque: 28 Nm @ 4,000 RPM

· Transmission: 5-speed Manual

· Suspension: Telescopic Forks (Front), Twin Shock Absorbers (Rear)

· Brakes: Disc (Front), Disc (Rear)

Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500X

· Engine: 499cc, single-cylinder

· Maximum Power: 27.2 BHP @ 5,250 RPM

· Peak Torque: 41.3 Nm @ 4,000 RPM

· Transmission: 5-speed Manual

· Suspension: Telescopic Forks (Front), Twin Shock Absorbers (Rear)

· Brakes: 280mm Disc, 2-Piston caliper Disc (Front), 240mm Disc, Single piston caliper Disc (Rear)

Source: Car Blog India

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Is the Manx Missile Cavendish about to trade cycling lycra for motorcycle racing leathers?

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Could the Manx Missile hang up his lycra and pedals for something a little more petrol propelled?

Mark Cavendish has been the fastest thing on two (pedal-powered) wheels for a while now, but in recent interviews, the Isle of Man native and good friend of Cal Crutchlow has expressed an interest in two-wheeled vehicles of a motorcycling kind.

Speaking in an interview with Esquire Magazine from when he was in Abu Dhabi for the Formula One last year, Cavendish shared his love of fast cars and bikes, telling the interviewer that he’d ‘always loved anything to do with motors, or machines… Vehicles really. Just love them’. Before being asked if he’d ever considered being an F1 driver?

‘Nah. I don’t think I’m good enough. Everybody thinks that it’s like driving a car down the promenade, it’s totally not the same. To be honest, I prefer motorbikes more; I would like to race them instead.’

Ok, so it’s not a huge admission or a massive surprise – it’s something we’ve all probably dreamed of and one time or another, but when pressed on the issue he does seem to have considered the possibilities more than just in passing.

When asked if motorcycling racing might actually be next for him he replied with an emphatic, ‘In all seriousness, I think so’.

Adding fuel to the fire have been comments from him earlier this month made during press conferences in support of the Dubai Tour.

When asked explicitly if he’d consider hanging up his cycling blocks for motorcycle leathers, he certainly didn’t dismiss the idea, ‘Anything is possible, you know… I will just look at my options for the short term and the long term and see what I do with my future’.

So that’s definitely not a no.

For cycling fans fearful that he might be closer than expected to making the jump, there’s probably not any immediate cause for panic. In the very same Esquire feature he also explicitly stated that he had a ‘fair few years‘ left in his professional career.

Could a cycling pro move over to motorcycles with any expectation of success? Multi-discipline racers aren’t unheard of. Rossi loves his car racing and Lewis Hamilton has always expressed an interest in a taking turn in MotoGP.

But that’s from a motor vehicle on short track racing onto another motor vehicle on a similar track. We’d imagine that the speeds and skills involved from pedal cycle to internal combustion engine are a little less transferable for any moral human.

But then Mark Cavendish isn’t your average human being and reports suggest that the times that he has spent on track have been pretty impressive.

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Indian electric Emflux claims 120mph, over 100 miles range for under £8,000

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Startup company put its first electric sportsbike concept on display, alongside some impressive claims.

The Emflux can hit 62 mph in 3 seconds and charges to over 80 percent in half an hour. Couple that with a range of around 115 miles and a top speed of 120 mph and you have an electric motorcycle to pique anyone’s interest. Throw in a claimed price of under £8000 and you get the room to take notice.

That’s what the Indian startup Emflux did this week at the 2018 Auto Expo in New Delhi.

The 25-strong company has completely developed the machinemachine i and the team have designed everything except for the brakes, suspension and tyres.

Featuring a steel-trellis frame and single-sided swingarm, the chassis of the machine certainly looks the part, and along with the 60kW motor and 9.7 kWh lithium-ion cell battery the entire package only weights 169 kgs.

Alongside the mechanics, the technology on-board features a built-in GPS system, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and 4G connectivity – all alongside an NVIDIA Jetson TK1 core processor. That’s a mighty big brain to go alongside some mighty big claims from the startup firm.

The company say that they are planning to build 199 of the bikes for the local, Indian market, with another 300 for export.

Oh and if you want Ohlins suspension, forged alloy wheels and carbon-fibre bodywork, then the price will go up by another £10,000 or so.

With new companies coming out with interesting designs and ideas for new electrically powered motorcycles almost weekly now, surely it’s time for one of the major manufacturers to step in? Isn’t it?

Source: Emflux

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