Engine can be retro-fitted to RE models; fully-built bikes expected by this year end.
Years on and on, the elegance of Royal Enfield motorcycles hardly fade away. With every new customization and personalised rendering, its splendid looks and solidness gets more and more refined. Australian custom bike maker Carberry is stepping in with a heart-thumping 1,000cc engine for Indian customers, will be assembling them at their Bhilai facility in Chhattisgarh. The company will offer fully-built motorcycles hosting the 1.0-litre engine sometime later, most likely by December 2017.
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The carbureted, twin-cylinder engine with a 5-speed gearbox has been priced at INR 4.96 lakhs, excluding freight and handling charges and taxes. The fully-built bike that is currently under ARAI homologation processes will cost around INR 7 lakhs, featuring a double-cradle chassis developed from scratch by the company. The bike will still resemble the Royal Enfield Classis visually, but with a redefined vigour and character. A fuel-injected version of the 1.0-litre engine is also under development, says the company.
The mammoth air-cooled engine pumps out a max power 56.32 bhp at 4,800 rpm and a torque of 108 Nm at 5,250 rpm. It is mated to a 5-speed gearbox with 7-plate clutch, and a heavy-duty starter motor has been employed for hassle-free start. The engine oil capacity is 3.7 litres, while the lifters and oil pumps run in their own housings, thereby protecting the powertrain casing from wear and tear. The entire system does not include the exhaust, as it varies based on the frame used in the bike.
The custom-built bike will sport disc brakes on both the wheels and assisted by ABS. The company says that it aims to built 150 units by the end of this year. Once ARAI-certified, the custom-built engine will become road legal in India.