Retro motorcycle maker Royal Enfield’s next big launch will be in 2013, when the motorcycle maker will launch the Cafe Racer model powered by a 500cc UCE engine. The Cafe Racer 500 model is expected to be lightest Royal Enfield motorcycle, that will be added to the current line up. The motorcycle will feature the 500cc unit construction engine, albeit in a higher state of tune to pump our marginally more power and torque. The biggest change on the Cafe Racer model however is expected to be the styling, which will make it the most sporty Royal Enfield to be sold in India and elsewhere.
Rear set footpegs, dropped down handlebars and revised suspension is expected to make the Cafe Racer a sharp handler. As is the case with the just launched Thunderbird 500, the Cafe Racer will get a rear disc brake in addition to the one on the front wheel. The muffler will be upswept to endow the motorcycle will a racy look. The tank is an all new item that comes with recessed flanks for better grip during high speed cornering. In true cafe racer style, the seat is stretched for the rider to crouch on the tank during high speed runs.
With all these changes, the Cafe Racer 500 is expected to be priced somewhere in the whereabouts of the Thunderbird 500 model. The motorcycle is expected to be produced from Royal Enfield’s upcoming factory at Oragadam, off Chennai. The arrival of the 2013 Royal Enfield Cafe Racer 500 will mark an important chapter in Indian motorcycling history given that this motorcycle will be the first cafe racer to be designed, developed and launched in India. Royal Enfield’s foreign importers and enthusiasts have been modifying their Royal Enfields into Cafe Racers.
Also, there are kits now available to convert existing Royal Enfields into cafe racers. However, the official model released by Royal Enfield will come with a manufacturer backed warranty and better reliability, which is something that most, if not all motorcycle enthusiasts attach a very high importance to. Viewed in that light, the factory built Royal Enfield Cafe Racer 500 seems like an attractive proposition for motorcyclists looking for a retro ride, which stands out from the rest of the motorcycles available in the Indian market.