Royal Enfield parallel-twin coming next year

Three new models using two new engine platforms | Future models to be developed in the UK | Legendary designer Pierre Terblanche recruited

Posted: 19 February 2015
by Visordown News

ROYAL Enfield will launch at least three new models in 2016 including a parallel-twin, according to a source at firm’s UK importer.

The new models will use two new engine platforms which are in advanced stages of development.

‘There will be at least three of four new models in 2016 based around two new engine platforms,’ the source said.

‘There’s a new 410cc single-cylinder overhead cam and a parallel-twin.’

He said the capacity of the parallel-twin had not yet been confirmed by the factory. Rumours suggest it will be around 750cc.

He said one of the new 410cc machines would be a scrambler-style model.

Visordown revealed last week that Royal Enfield had trademarked ‘Himalayan’, pointing to a possible name for one of the new models.

The firm's Chief Executive Siddhartha Lal has announced plans for a new ‘technology centre' in Leciestershire, due to open later this year as part of moves to increase global production by 50%.

According to the UK importer, MotoGB, the UK operation will be involved in model development rather than production.

Our source said: ‘It will be a research and development facility. I’m sure design will be part of that process.’

Big names to join a newly assembled team include legendary former Ducati designer Pierre Terblanche.

The team is unlikely to work on the 2016 models as they are already too near completion but will develop future Royal Enfields, according to our source.

‘To do that we’ve taken on some serious people,’ he said. ‘Pierre Terblanche has been with Royal Enfield for a couple of months.’

Triumph’s former Project Manager, Simon Warburton, has also been recruited, as Royal Enfield’s Head of Product Planning and Strategy.     

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Sounds interesting. I thought a twin would come along eeventually.

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 16:44

Lipstick on a pig... still the reigning world champion of worst bike made in every category. Have an RE Bullet in my garage can't decide if I want to take to the range and kill it with the M2HB or just set it on fire. Pieces o'crap they are.

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 18:17

They seriously need to address quality issues and finish issues. But, that didn't matter to 300,000 people last year.
I can't see how anyone would buy a Bullet and not see the obvious fit and finish issues in the showroom.

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 21:29

I rode one 1000 miles over the himalayas in two weeks and it never missed a beat. Brutal roads and not so much as a flat tyre. They are noisy (charming rather than exciting), basic, underpowered (both going and stopping) and they are neither Italian, German nor Japanese and it shows. I'm not blind to their flaws but I enjoyed every day of the trip and can absolutely see why they are selling in their 100,000's. If I was allowed a garage full of bikes, one would be a Royal Enfield.

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 21:59

My AVL is a little... idiomatic... but once it's running, it runs OK. I'm led to believe that the newer UCE engines are actually fairly reasonable. If you get a good one.

My major issue that they're about £1K overpriced in the UK. They're very cheaply made bikes with the bare minimum of features, and I really can't justify splooging £4500 to £4700 for the nicer looking models.

If they price the twin at anywhere near Bonneville money, they can forget it.

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 22:08

Brenboy please pass it this way. I too had one in India and would like to use one in the UK.

Posted: 20/02/2015 at 11:30

I have to agree they are overpriced. There are Japanese bikes that are better at those prices.

Posted: 20/02/2015 at 16:58

an indian guy i know reckons they cost £1500 in india before greedy importers and dealers get hold of them,i would have one to mess about on at 2k ish

Posted: 20/02/2015 at 20:26

You really have no idea of how business economics work, do you?

Posted: 20/02/2015 at 22:34

No need to be so personal.

He's got no idea of how anything works.

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 01:05

That made me laugh.... :)

Posted: 23/02/2015 at 20:59

This could be good. I'm very keen to see what the 410cc "Himalaya" is like. If it's A2 compliant then we might see 35BHP out of it. If it weighs less than 175KG they'll have a winner.

Posted: 25/02/2015 at 11:38

I bought a 2011 g5 . 2 shorts in the loom in the first week . At 5000k the muffler cracked . At 7000 the frame cracked . At 10000 the big end failed . At 17000 the tank cracked . At 18000 the rectifier / regulator failed destroying the battery . Great bike though . Love it .

Posted: 02/05/2015 at 05:41

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