Kind of an easy one but what the heck. Yes obviously it’s a Royal Enfield. But what’s unusual about it. For the answer see this thread over on ADV Rider.
A huge thank you to Jonathan Garrish for the “field reporting” on this really nice ride. To be release in India for 2013. I’d be hugely surprised if it gets released with this level of components but it’s a hell of a pre-production / concept. No word if it will be coming to the us. Here’s a link to a decent report from January on Motorcycle USA
I thought you might like this vid of a beautiful new Enfield cafe racer. I don’t know anything about the bike, except that in’s not a concept, but is some kind of pre-production prototype that *may* turn into reality in 2013. Woot!
When I look at builds like this it humbles me. I realize that comparatively, I’m lazy slob who spends too much time thinking and not enough doing. Off to the shop with me to make amends to the gods of the mods..
And for crying out loud head over to the ADV rider build thread and check out the full history on this bike.
As you read in the title, the project was to fix an old beaten up 1965 Royal Enfield to a Scrambler. I live in New Delhi, India and this Enfield was originally imported from UK. All pics from start till today are updated on my advrider thread. Here’s the link :: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=633461
Also a little history on the project, this was my second project (you also featured my other project on your website. It was a Royal Enfield Cafe Racer). This has been named after my wife too (Richa + Enfield = Richenfield). Also, no fancy machines were involved in making of this bike as you will see in the pics, all custom work was done by hand and all body work was done the same way.
So there I was perusing one of the many message board threads that I check in on regularly when I tripped across this AMAZINGLY COOL photo of a Royal Enfield flat track conversion that had been rather casually slipped in to to a “Flat Tracker” thread. My eyes quite literally bugged out of my head. I’m not embarrassed to say that I’m a wee bit smitten with this build.
Well, long story short I inquired about the bike and was hooked up with Art Guilfoil who is a part owner of Doug Douglas Motorcycles in San Bernardino, CA. He’s been working on the prototype. And I mean hot freaking damm… how nice is this!
After getting in touch, Art was kind enough to provide the background info on this really trick build.
The bike you’re talking about is our prototype for a streettracker that we are making parts for. This is something that’s been in the works for about a year off and on and we just got it all together the other day so we could bring it to the IMS show. It has yet to turn a wheel at the track so I don’t have much to say about riding it…yet.
We plan to be up and running building street legal bikes (ed: YES!!) with the parts we are developing within a few months. We still have a lot to do in developing this as a racer but that will progress throughout the year as we develop performance items and test chassis issues not to mention the new parts we are creating.
So, to give you a rundown on what we have so far: New swingarm that is stronger and slightly longer than stock. It uses a disk brake as opposed to the stock drum brake and that’s a major upgrade to begin with. The forks are 43mm R6 modified for flattrack and they are in adjustable triple clamps that have been annodized black and this particular set is engraved “Royal Enfield”. We built the seat loop to use a Champion 250 style seat base and Saddlemen made us the seat. We have relocated the electrics including the battery for looks as well as to protect those pieces. The stainless steel exhaust is a race only unit that’s really loud.
For all of these parts we have some development that will continue before we are willing to offer them to the public but it will come soon enough. The idea is two fold…we do want to race this bike and hopefully it gets a following in amateur racing (ed this seems like a natural!) since there’s not many modern bikes besides dirtbikes that are used for flattrack any longer. So this is that alternative for the guy who wants a proper looking bike and yet wants electric start and reliability. The second part is as a street tracker that allows someone to have a bad-ass conversation piece with a warrantew and can be financed and depending on ow he options it up the price would be 10k to 15k. That’s about half what other builders are getting for their street trackers that are based on old bikes that can’t even be financed let alone have modern comforts such as the e start buttona nd fuel injection.
We think we have a winner on and off the track. For now, we’re just enjoying the build. 90% of the project at this point is personal satisfaction.
I’ve included a couple more photos we took just before it went to the show. Not the greatest shots but it’s all I have right now.
Thanks for the email. If you want mroe info let me know.
“90% of the project at this point is personal satisfaction.” That is the cornerstone to most great success stories.
I’d love to own one of these for putting around the beach towns where I live. Maybe get a cool dog and put some goggles on him and just roll for a weekend. this’d definitely be the ticket.
and thanks to reader Martin Victor Alva who writes in:
Still old school, still beautiful!
A photo of our custom painted Royal Enfield Classic 500 with a sidecar. On sale at Classic Motorcycles LLC, Royal Enfield UAE and North Africa.
Thanks Martin! If it was closer I’d be tempted.
But if I had the time I might seriously consider this one…
Hat tip: Helmet Stories
Now this is just my opinion. But to all the vidoegraphers out there even though (in this case) I like AC/DC and this is extremely well produced, I’d almost always much rather hear the sounds of the ride. Especially a nice thumper like the Enfield.