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Author Topic: 2013 Royal Enfield Cafe Racer - anyone seen these yet?  (Read 3169 times)

Offline reds

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Re: 2013 Royal Enfield Cafe Racer - anyone seen these yet?
« Reply #15 on: Nov 19, 2012, 20:21:38 »
I'd ride it. Looks good. I think they did a better job than some of the higher end manufacturers in the styling end of this style bike. Their military styled bikes look good too.
 3 year warranty on Royal Enfields too, where I see most other manufacturers are only 1 year

Offline beachcomber

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Re: 2013 Royal Enfield Cafe Racer - anyone seen these yet?
« Reply #16 on: Nov 20, 2012, 10:30:44 »
The factory could easilly have turned out something like this instead ? Grimeca or similar 4LS front brake ..........

I'd ride one

"if at first you don't succeed, you've already been a failure once"

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Offline beachcomber

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Re: 2013 Royal Enfield Cafe Racer - anyone seen these yet?
« Reply #17 on: Nov 20, 2012, 11:32:28 »
Slight terminal inexactitude .............. I did them a disservice.

The Bullet [ 1999 ] ran 112mph NAKED in 2002 and later with full fairing topped 119mph. Hitchcock's Motors - right here in the Midlands [ 15 miles from my place ! ] Still in business if you want to make your Bullet zing.

Run at RAF station Woodbridge - home of record breaking for many years - with FIM scrutiny and NSA [ National Sprint Assoc. ] timing equipment.

Very minor mods - twin plug head, ported, 2" intake, 36mm. Amal, Forged Rod and piston, Alpha crank.

Dropping what out of an airplane ?????????;) ;)



« Last Edit: Nov 20, 2012, 11:34:07 by beachcomber »
"if at first you don't succeed, you've already been a failure once"

" we're not going back to the sixties - we never left "

"yep, nostalgia ain't what it used to be"

"I used to be indecisive - now I'm not so sure"

Offline WeberKid

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Re: 2013 Royal Enfield Cafe Racer - anyone seen these yet?
« Reply #18 on: Nov 20, 2012, 11:39:13 »
I like it,  I would rather have some nice Hagon, or repro style shocks on it though.  If I had the money and a place for it I would ride it to work.

If you get the bike, I'll pay for your hagons and I'll trade you for the ohlins.

Offline teazer

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Re: 2013 Royal Enfield Cafe Racer - anyone seen these yet?
« Reply #19 on: Nov 20, 2012, 11:43:45 »
What the hell do you guys want? A modern bike that looks like its old skin deep or an old bike built today the same as back then?

If your going authentic, as I have read from Beach' most bikes back in the day did not do the ton, it was the goal, it was the magic number.

My favorite so far is that Velo Thruxton replica. Very nicely done.

Those rear shocks and fender hoops gotta go but I like it.

I like the shocks and the rear loop. :-)  Fortunately we are different in what we like.  The rear loop not only gives them a place to hang the rear fender  but also puts the rear right and plate back where they have to be to meet legal rules on Construction and Use.  The back end looks like a Commando rear fender and that can't be all bad.  Tank looks too much like a CX500 pretending to be a Crusader GT  to my eyes, but again, that's totally subjective.



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Re: 2013 Royal Enfield Cafe Racer - anyone seen these yet?
« Reply #20 on: Nov 22, 2012, 15:14:39 »
A British tuned 500 Indian Bullet reached 112 mph 2 years ago [ officially timed ]. Cafe Racer'd and with a small Avon half fairing.

My own "Race " Bullet [ 500 ] topped out in the flying kilo at 111.8 mph back in 1968.
I'll dig out some details.

BTW - when the current CEO took over there was talk of resurrecting the 700 Constellation they had been working on around 1999. ............................. oh er.

Oh, yeah, the old engines can go over the Ton pretty well with some work.  It's the new unit engines that, while marginally faster and definitely more reliable off the factory floor, are not gonna do it.

The only two bikes I've ever owned are Enfields, so I'm not trashing them.  It's just that the UCE powerplant is not currently going to do the Ton no matter how much you like it.  I'm interested to see what Ace can come up with for it. 

According to their Yahoo forum, they just got the initial flow bench results back and are mulling it all over, and wondering whether to try and keep the fuel injection or retrofit a carb.

Me?  I sold my unit bike and have a 1977 I'm trying to breathe some life into.

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Re: 2013 Royal Enfield Cafe Racer - anyone seen these yet?
« Reply #21 on: Nov 25, 2012, 10:47:02 »
Apparently the cafe bike is going to be a 535.

Offline Getnjgywitit

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Re: 2013 Royal Enfield Cafe Racer - anyone seen these yet?
« Reply #22 on: Nov 26, 2012, 10:25:43 »
I like it!  I also like the chrome one!  I'd change a few little things, but it is a step in the right direction!
"Sleep late, have fun, get wild, drink whiskey, and drive fast on empty streets with nothing in mind except falling in love and not getting arrested." ~ Hunter S. Thompson

1976 Kawi KH500 Cafe
1980 Yami SR500 Street Tracker
2002 Suzi SV650 Race Bike
1967 Wards Riverside 125 (In Need of Restoration)

Offline miob

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Re: 2013 Royal Enfield Cafe Racer - anyone seen these yet?
« Reply #23 on: Nov 26, 2012, 14:38:22 »
For a stock motor I can only say that I love the looks. I would never want a single as a cafe racer, because the engine character of a single is not racy in anyway (imho).

I do own an Enfield. A '76 350cc Indian Bullet. I turned it into a scrambler and it's a hell of a lot of fun off road.

My Enfield (not yet finished, I slabbed it together last summer just to be able to ride, I'll improve it this winter)






A very nice video (not mine) showing nicely what Enfields are very good at:


Offline fvtenfanatic

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Re: 2013 Royal Enfield Cafe Racer - anyone seen these yet?
« Reply #24 on: Nov 26, 2012, 17:28:40 »
I like the new Enfield Cafe Racer, but I still like mine alot better!

and Before the new English seat.


Online AgentX

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Re: 2013 Royal Enfield Cafe Racer - anyone seen these yet?
« Reply #25 on: Nov 26, 2012, 21:44:27 »
I would never want a single as a cafe racer, because the engine character of a single is not racy in anyway (imho).


BSA Gold Star, anyone?


Edit:  Knew the Enfield guys would come out of the closet soon...good to see you guys over here.  Two of my favorite bikes from the Enfield forum there.

Offline Kafay350

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Re: 2013 Royal Enfield Cafe Racer - anyone seen these yet?
« Reply #26 on: Nov 26, 2012, 21:55:24 »
Stumbled across a Royal Enfield Cafe Racer that they have came out with for 2013.  Looks pretty cool but I doubt it has any performance updates. 

http://austin.craigslist.org/mcd/3405473594.html

found more info
http://www.returnofthecaferacers.com/2012/01/royal-enfield-cafe-racer.html

Dont care for the rear end, the rest looks good.

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Re: 2013 Royal Enfield Cafe Racer - anyone seen these yet?
« Reply #27 on: Nov 27, 2012, 08:46:20 »
BSA Gold Star, anyone?


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+ ............................ Manx, AJS 7R, Matchless G50, Ducati, Aermacchi, etc.,etc.,etc.
"if at first you don't succeed, you've already been a failure once"

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Re: 2013 Royal Enfield Cafe Racer - anyone seen these yet?
« Reply #28 on: Nov 27, 2012, 12:56:31 »
+1

check out a Drixton Aermacchi or a late model 7R or a Petty Manx and tell me they are not sporty.

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Re: 2013 Royal Enfield Cafe Racer - anyone seen these yet?
« Reply #29 on: Nov 27, 2012, 23:15:56 »
I like the new Enfield Cafe Racer, but I still like mine alot better!

It's like a classic Mustang vs. a modern Mustang IMHO.  Both have their advantages, but only one is the real deal from way back, for both better and worse.

However, only one is gonna pass modern emission standards, too, so there's no way to sell the old Enfield engines off the showroom floor anymore.