Aniket Vardhan now builds a 998cc Royal Enfield Musket V-Twin engine; Serial production plans in the works


A while ago, Aniket Vardhan, an Indian industrial design teacher based out of the United States, wowed Royal Enfield enthusiasts across the globe with the original musket, a 700cc V-Twin motorcycle that used two 350cc jugs. The one off Royal Enfield Musket 700 looked like a million bucks and sounded as sweet as it looked, with a steady V-Twin thrum that emanated from the air cooled 700cc engine. Now though, Aniket has decided to take things to an all new level by coming up with a much bigger V-Twin engine, which displaces about 40% more cubic capacity than the 700cc motor.

Royal Enfield Musket 998cc V-Twin Engine

Royal Enfield Musket 998cc V-Twin Engine

The 998cc V-Twin engine that Aniket has now built uses two 499cc cast iron cylinders. While the Musket 700 used the services of an independent machinist, Aniket has now learnt machining and his efforts have plenty to show for,  given the terrific finish  that the 59 degrees-998cc V-Twin motor now features. The Musket 998cc V-Twin engine keeps the retro look of the 5 decade old engine  design true to tradition with external oil lines and a big dollop of chrome. The pre-unit construction is retained as it is, with the engine block, gearbox and clutch being housed independently.

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Also, the V-Twin motor uses most of the standard Royal Enfield parts when it comes to the engine head, the cylinder and the pistons. The 4 speed gearbox replete with the neutral finder gets a right shifting gear lever with the brake to the left, another bit of detailing that signifies the retro design of this engine. The 998cc V-Twin engine is currently housed in a Royal Enfield motorcycle with a modified frame. However, Aniket Vardhan is said to be working on a brand new frame that’ll do justice to this custom made engine.

Aniket Vardhan does have plans of putting the Royal Enfield Musket 998 engine into serial production and  has designed the engine with small scale production in mind. Notably, the Musket 998 isn’t the only custom Royal Enfield motorcycle to come with a 1000cc V-Twin motor. Paul Carberry in Australia has built the Carberry 1000cc V-Twin, fashioned in the same way as Aniket Vardhan has, with two 499cc Royal Enfield cylinders. The Carberry Royal Enfield V-Twin is available for sale in Australia. In the coming months, expect USA made Musket 998cc V-Twin engines to be available for fitment on Royal Enfield motorcycles.

Source CyrilHuzeBlog

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    January 8, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    I m awtg for it… 998cc bike…

  2. raheem

    April 13, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    eagerly waiting own one

  3. Nitin Desai

    May 25, 2013 at 11:16 am

    I want to own 1000cc V-Twin motor for my 350cc 2008 RE.Kindly send me the quote and lead time for dispatch to India.

  4. Bhavesh

    June 12, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    hi aniket.. i wud like to buy the engine in india.. can u send me your quote for the same

  5. Ishwar

    September 5, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Hello Aniket,
    I am a motorcycle lover and interested in British bikes I have worked on many Norton featherbeds and Triumph 500 and 650 while I was in India I still own a couple of Nortons a Triumph and a BSA Golden flash I am very interested in our 998 cc engine would you please email me with some info how can I purchase this engine complete or at least the crank case I will be thankful to you.
    Thank you

    • vijay krishna

      December 27, 2014 at 9:51 pm

      sir you sell royal enfield 700cc v-tin musket, I like this bike , my bike 350cc made in england, model 1961 very good perpormance your ditals

  6. Indar Danve

    November 9, 2013 at 6:24 am

    I own some Royals . I would love to ride 998 cc . it’s a path to heaven

  7. bittu

    February 3, 2014 at 8:09 am

    I want to buy v twin musket engine for bullet pls tell me price

  8. akshay

    November 11, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Sir Please mail me a full feature and price.
    I owe a HD forty eight

  9. syam

    January 18, 2015 at 12:15 pm


    I want 998cc V-Twin motor for my 350cc royal enfield.Kindly send me the quote and lead time for dispatch to India.

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