It is no secret that Royal Enfield has dreams to go big internationally. Their latest Himalayan is a fresh new attempt keeping in mind a lot of markets. With an aim to attain the numero uno position in the middle weight category, Economic Times claims that the company is developing a new 600-650 cc twin cylinder motorcycle next.
The report further states that the bike in question is being worked on at the brand’s UK based Research and Development facility and will be launched next year. This goes in accordance with the official statement issued by RE that they will launch a new bike every year.
The Eicher owned brand also saw Siddhartha Lal, their CEO, shift base to London last year to be a part of its development process. While the Himalayan was a bike developed for the adventure enthusiasts in India & similar markets, this new twin cylinder RE will be centred towards a global audience. A true blue cruiser which will be a highway mile muncher. It must be noted that a Continental GT has been snapped testing a dual-cylinder motor last year (spyshots here).
The CEO understands that their present crop of bikes, despite their tremendous fan following in India, are not powerful enough when it comes to typical highway cruising speed of the West. Royal Enfield doesn’t have a double cylinder engine in the entire line-up and to be a global player to worry the likes of Harley and others, they need to have multi-cylinder engines.
And this is what the next focus point of Royal Enfield is. The new double cylinder mill can be instrumental in the manufacturer’s success globally and will definitely spawn a lot of motorcycles of different genres. They are also strengthening their presence in the international market with new ‘experience‘ oriented stores in key European cities.
The report also reveals that Royal Enfield is working on new and bigger versions of the Classic and Thunderbird codenamed D41 and D61 respectively. Can this be the introduction of the new LS 410 mill from the Himalayan?