Royal Enfield are on an upswing, after the Himalayan, they have another major new engine, a 750cc parallel-twin, and a few new names in their list of company’s executives.
It was three years ago that the Royal Enfield Continental GT arrived. More recently, the Himalayan made an impressive entry with an all-new engine and several firsts for Royal Enfield. Now their latest engine – a 750cc parallel twin, as mentioned earlier – has been spotted, being tested in Spain in a recreated Continental GT.
Several things can be observed from what we’ve seen, The frame is specifically built by Harris Performance, now owned by Royal Enfield. The parallel-twin engine uses a completely new crankcase and a much larger oil-cooler to aid the air-cooled twin cylinders. The cylinders themselves are angled forward and the engine appears to be mounted much lower than the ones we’re used to seeing – no doubt facilitating handling with a lower center of gravity. No work on power output as yet, but, like the Royal Enfield Himalayan, we expect the bore-to-stroke ratio to close in even further. The twin gas-damped coil-springs are also mounted inverted, as compared to the current Royal Enfield Continental GT 535.
We know from reliable sources that Royal Enfield has also engaged the services of Paul Ventura. Some reporters from other motorcycle publications had a chat with Ventura at the World Ducati Week recently. Paul Ventura, now nearing the end of his present stint at Ducati Motor Holding as their product manager, will join Royal Enfield from the beginning of this month (August 2016).
Over the past two years, Royal Enfield have taken on board Simon Warburton, who recently moved from Triumph, and Pierre Terblanche, who made a shift from Confederate Motorcycles in 2014.