This well-executed cafe racer is the first all-new design out of Royal Enfield in 50 years. The Indian manufacturer currently sells variations of an outdated post-war English design. And we do mean all-new; while the engine is only an updated version of the current unit construction design, the double-loop steel frame, suspension, wheels, bodywork, headlight and all other major parts are new designs.
The cafe racer concept is just debuting at the Delhi Auto Expo today. Bizarrely, the company is putting more emphasis on talking about its moderately-updated Thunderbird 500 cruiser than it is this genuinely-appealing model, so there’s not much information. Don’t worry, we’ve reached out to them to find out more.
Looking at these images, which come courtesy of Motoroids, we see a bike that looks like a real performer, despite its air-cooled single. Parts like the triple-clamp are relatively beefy, rear shocks are remote-reservoir Ohlins, the front wheel looks like a 17 and those Avons are decent tires. Good to see that there's plenty of room on that subframe for a two-passenger seat option too.
This is, apparently, being called a concept right now, but everything here looks decidedly production-ready. Even the indicators are the right size, the right location and look like the kind of things a factory turns out in the thousands, not ridiculous one-off concept items.