Royal Enfield, the name synonymous with iconic retro looking motorcycles of the Eicher group will be showcasing its Cafe Racer motorcycle at the upcoming Long Beach Motorcycle Show 2012. This motor show will take place from 7th to 9th December 2012. You all might remember that Royal Enfield had showcased a prototype version of the Cafe Racer motorcycle back at the 2012 Delhi Auto Expo held in January. Although, no plans of whether to actually make it into a production unit was revealed by the company officials, it was very much understood that they might be bringing out one soon.
Recently, according to a recent forum chat on Royal Enfield Motorcycle website, one of the members claims to have seen the motorcycle in flesh. According to his post, it seems the production version is nearly ready. The production model however seems to have done away with the Ohlins suspension at the rear and adjustable rear seats. That was expected going by the fact that the company has to keep the price value low to make it appealing to the customers. The prototypes version that was showcased at the Delhi Auto Expo featured race-spec Ohlins springs at the rear. The front suspension seems to have been kept intact.
Underneath, it is rumored to get a 535cc power unit. Apparently, this number was etched on the tappet cover. The 535cc engine could be a Unit Construction Engine (UCE) developed by Royal Enfield. The last motorcycle to be powered by a 535cc engine in the Royal Enfield product line-up was the Lightning 535 whose 535cc engine churned out 25 BHP of peak power and 38 NM of torque. The 535cc unit might be a perfect engine being employed by the company however, with some extra tuning to bump up the power and torque figures to make it properly appealing like a Cafe Racer.