Royal Enfield’s UCE500 based Cafe Racer to see a launch in 12-18 Months!
Cafe Racer fans in India have two options. One: To buy a Royal Enfield motorcycle and then spend big money on getting a customizer to convert it into a Cafe Racer or, buy a Cafe Racer kit like the one made by Sans Inc and convert their existing rides into cafe racers, albeit a little more economically. In a year or a year and a half’s time, cafe racer enthusiasts in India will have a third and a very compelling option, of that of a factory built Royal Enfield Cafe Racer based on the UCE500 engine.
So, this essentially means that you can book your cafe racer through your nearest Royal Enfield dealership and when the big day arrives, ride off into the sunset on what will be a momentous occasion in Indian motorcycling history, of that of a retro cafe racer motorcycle being launched by India’s oldest motorcycle manufacturer, Royal Enfield. Incidentally, Royal Enfield showcased a UCE500 engine based Cafe Racer model at the 2010 Indian Auto Expo.
That model created tremendous buzz with Royal Enfield enthusiasts very eager to buy the model, only to be told that this was a one off model with serial production being a distant reality. Royal Enfield importers like Watsonian Squire of the UK and Classic Motorcycles of USA, have been selling a cafe racer kit for quite some time now, replete with an extended fuel tank and a racy riding position achieved through a revised handlebar, rear set control levers and foot pegs.
So a factory built Royal Enfield Cafe Racer built around the retro modern unit construction engine will be a a reality some time in 2013, when Royal Enfield manages to tide over the capacity constraints it has been facing thus far, even as a spanking new production facility being built on 50 acres of land off Chennai will house, in the CEO of Royal Enfield Dr Venki Padmanabhan’s words, “A no-excuses, world class factory with top notch quality”.