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Old 15th February 2020, 11:46   #1
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Default New Royal Enfield spotted; completely fresh bike or new Thunderbird?

All-new Royal Enfield model spied for the very first time. Is it the upcoming Royal Enfield Hunter or the proposed lightweight motorcycle for women and young riders?

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It is not news that Royal Enfield is busy working on the next generation of its popular single-cylinder 350 range such as the Classic, Thunderbird and ThunderbirdX. The Chennai-based motorcycle manufacturer initially intended to launch the all-new models before the April-deadline for BS6 implementation. However, the products are still far from being production-ready and Royal Enfield had to settle for BS6 versions of the current-generation 350 line-up.

Now, an all-new Royal Enfield motorcycle has been spotted testing on public roads for the very first time and it is definitely not one of the next-gen 350 models. Sharing a close resemblance with the Thunderbird, this could be the upcoming Royal Enfield Hunter (we had shared a leaked patent application of the same earlier) or the newly-proposed lightweight RE model for women and young riders. Chances of both being the same product are high as well.

The 2020 Royal Enfield Thunderbird test mule was spotted on multiple occasions across the country. In comparison to the Thunderbird, the motorcycle in question has a conventional single-seat layout that sits much lower and flatter. Still, it shares some components which would most likely be a part of the next-gen ThunderbirdX 350.

Another possibility is that this could be an all-new Royal Enfield aimed to lock horns with the Jawa 42, which does not have a direct rival as of now. The higher ‘Jawa’ or Jawa Classic can be considered as a worthy opponent to the Royal Enfield Classic 350 as well as Benelli Imperiale 400.
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Default Re: New Royal Enfield spotted; completely fresh bike or new Thunderbird?

Rideapart reports that Royal Enfield has registered for the names 'Flying Flea' and 'Roadster' in the European Union.

I'm wondering if this could this be it? Unlike the earlier trademarked 'Sherpa' which sounds apt for an adventure-oriented motorcycle, these two names sound right for a Jawa-42 rival.

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Old 17th February 2020, 13:53   #3
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Default Re: New Royal Enfield spotted; completely fresh bike or new Thunderbird?

So are these the bikes that RE is going to manufacture targeting the women riders, light weight and affordable?

We had a news of this some time back :

https://www.team-bhp.com/forum/motor...kes-women.html (Royal Enfield planning lighter, affordable bikes for women)
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Royal Enfield Working On Multiple New Products. Several names like Sherpa, Hunter and Flying Flea have been trademarked.

The next new Royal Enfield will be the Meteor 350.

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Royal Enfield boss Siddhartha Lal remains unfazed and says the company doesn't need to react in a knee-jerk manner to the current challenges.

If we have a few months of zero revenue, which is possibly the case right now; it's okay, we will survive. We're not hand to mouth anymore, like we were a decade ago, so we can invest tremendously in the future, said Lal.

The Royal Enfield Himalayan could see a new variant with a bigger, and more powerful engine

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The Royal Enfield Himalayan is due for a complete revamp, so a souped-up version, possibly called the Sherpa, is also likely to debut sometime in the near future.

https://www.carandbike.com/news/roya...oducts-2223722
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Default Re: New Royal Enfield spotted; completely fresh bike or new Thunderbird?

Stories about RE working on a 650 scrambler have also surfaced today all of a sudden. Really looking forward to it. It would be something to look try on if the qualities checks match that of the twins.
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I am still hoping the introduce the 650 on the classic model. Will be a killer combination!

Along with that, maybe a useful display console too.
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A little birdie suggests that the bigger offroader from Royal Enfield wont get the 650 engine from the twins. That is interesting.

The 650 scrambler was already showcased by Royal Enfield last year at EICMA. For some strange reason, Royal Enfield didnt showcase the bike front and center but towards a corner of sorts. If I had to guess, its because the Scrambler was production ready and they didnt want to mix it with the other concepts that were clearly showcased and more of design exercises to attract the media.

The response to the Scrambler prototype has been pretty tepid to be honest, it wasnt picked up at all by our media. I found the bike while browsing through videos of EICMA from international video loggers and that was the first that I recall having heard of it.

I just did a quick check on the internet and it appears as though only a couple of the Indian automobile media sites reported the bike, and that too only a day or two after I posted about it on the forum. Who knows, maybe they saw the news from my post and then reported it

Link to post. (Ridden: Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 & Continental GT 650 Twin)
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I am happy to see all-new bikes from Royal Enfield. Excited, actually! That smaller bike, don't know what it will be called yet, looks perfect for what I would want.

I have two hopes though.
- I hope RE continues with the Bullet shape, and produces an all-new Bullet. Previous leaks of a bike on rushlane indicate that this will be the case.
- I also hope RE makes a cruiser with the 650 twin engine, they can easily do it. It will be an unrivaled product in its own niche. Hopefully the design is somewhat inspired by the likes of the Triumph Speedmaster.
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Royal Enfield Hunter spied testing

Spy images of what is believed to be the Royal Enfield Hunter have surfaced online.

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The test bike seen in these images appears to be a roadster. The bike has a circular headlamp and instrument cluster. It has a teardrop shaped fuel tank and a low seat. The bike has a short tail section and is riding on alloy wheels.

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The engine and exhaust are finished in black. The exhaust looks shorter than most Royal Enfield models. The bike has telescopic fork suspension at the front and twin shock absorbers at the rear. It is equipped with disc brakes at both ends.

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It is not the first time the bike has been spotted. Back in February 2020, a similar test mule was caught testing.

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Default Re: New Royal Enfield spotted; completely fresh bike or new Thunderbird?

The original Royal Enfield Flying Flea is a minor motorcycling icon in the UK. It was produced during WW2 and was used by paratroopers, being light enough to be glider and parachute dropped into the frontline. I visited the museum at Pegasus Bridge (the first patch of Europe liberated in 1944 when British paratroopers landed in gliders ahead of the main D-Day assault) a couple of years ago on a motorbike trip, and they had a Flying Flea on display.

I am glad RE have registered the name for a potential future model, it is a great chapter of the RE heritage.

Sherpa on the other hand, may not be a great model name for the UK market, it was the name given to a rather unispiring 1970s van produced by British Leyland!
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