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350cc UCE launched in India
« on: May 19, 2008, 08:03:11 pm »
Hi everyone,

Just wanted to share this with you guys. The 350cc UCE has been launched in India in certain dealerships.
The new engine has found room in the current model - THUNDERBIRD that is sold in India with a 350cc AVL Lean Burn motor.

http://www.cubiccapacity.com/royal-enfield-thunderbird-twin-spark-finally-in-showrooms/

The company will officially launch this in sometime i guess.

happy thumping,

Rochit

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Re: 350cc UCE launched in India
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2008, 10:52:05 pm »
I'm surprised no one has replied to this as of yet. 

If the UCE motor is polished up it will make a much better impression on the US market.  I don't like the flat metal look to it in the photo.

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Re: 350cc UCE launched in India
« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2008, 05:36:07 am »
I don't like the sheet metal shifter;  looks cheesy and Honda-like.  I don't like the kick start lever;  too many bends, looks like some kind of an offset crow's  foot ratchet or wheelchair part or something.  But I like the engine, and I like the flat finish. 
The shape of the cylinder and head looks somewhat like the cylinders on a new design V-twin engine that came out last year;  S&S X-Wedge. 
(Now if they would tip that jug forward about 22.5 degrees, and stick another in back of it at 22,5 degrees, now that would be an engine)!!
 

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Re: 350cc UCE launched in India
« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2008, 09:17:52 pm »
The Stomach Pump cometh..

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Re: 350cc UCE launched in India
« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2008, 09:36:07 pm »
Well I am glad I have an old Iron Classic, I am sure that this is a great motor but it's too new for me.  The two spark plugs is cool, but it reminds me of many a Honda, not that there is anything wrong with that, I guess........ :-\

Would make a fine dirt bike!

just my 2 cents.

abe out....

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Re: 350cc UCE launched in India
« Reply #5 on: May 30, 2008, 04:44:05 pm »
(Now if they would tip that jug forward about 22.5 degrees, and stick another in back of it at 22,5 degrees, now that would be an engine)!!
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Geez, if they did that it'd look like a Hardly Ableson, and our favorite Thumper'd just be another in that over-cluttered potato-potato patch. :'(  IMHO the vertical single cylinder has CLASS.  But that's just my opinion. ;D
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Re: 350cc UCE launched in India
« Reply #6 on: May 31, 2008, 03:54:32 am »
They need to not smear chrome all over the place. 
I would design in a few more inches of wheelbase;  I think it would make for a more graceful frame, and make it a bit easier on us long legged fellows.
I would offer the option of a nacelle/no nacelle,  maybe an option of blacked out cases.
They're not gonna make a V-twin, but if they did, it certainly would be unique from a Harley.  Everybody made V-twins years ago,  I think even the hardcore Harley guys appreciate a break and diversion from the otherwise banal sea of Road Kings, and "soooofffttails." 
A lot of the aftermarket and garage built industry is all about getting as far away from "corporate" as we can.  Don'cha just "meet the nicest people on a Harley." 
Anyway,  I would bet its not something RE has discounted alltogether.  A small V-twin (350 jugs), wouild certainly be an interesting powerplant.

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Re: 350cc UCE launched in India
« Reply #7 on: May 31, 2008, 06:44:40 am »
Anyway,  I would bet its not something RE has discounted alltogether.  A small V-twin (350 jugs), wouild certainly be an interesting powerplant.


Agreed except the arangement should be ala Moto Guzzi. Keeps the bike from being to loooong.

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Re: 350cc UCE launched in India
« Reply #8 on: June 03, 2008, 04:41:47 pm »
I bet an EFI parallel twin in a revived Interceptor would sell well in the US and European markets.

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Re: 350cc UCE launched in India
« Reply #9 on: June 04, 2008, 07:15:27 am »
To fast for me!

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Re: 350cc UCE launched in India
« Reply #10 on: June 04, 2008, 07:39:54 am »
or how about a brough superior copy
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Re: 350cc UCE launched in India
« Reply #11 on: June 06, 2008, 01:07:53 pm »
I bet an EFI parallel twin in a revived Interceptor would sell well in the US and European markets.

I wholeheartedly agree. I bought an RE because the non-unitized engine/gearbox is pure nostalgia, (for me), and I don't think this thing will fly in the US market unless its a resurrected twin. As it stands now, I think this motor is pure Japanese-ish boredom. I wouldn't touch it with a 10 meter cattle prod.

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Re: 350cc UCE launched in India
« Reply #12 on: June 06, 2008, 06:13:55 pm »
I have always thought a parallel twin would be a real seller. With the same long stroke as the stock 350, a 700 would be a real torquer. That's pretty much what RE did when they developed the 736, and later the 750. It had a reputation of a long smooth power band that no other bike could duplicate. On the other hand, it would add complexity that I don't really want to fool with right now.

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Re: 350cc UCE launched in India
« Reply #13 on: June 29, 2008, 01:28:44 pm »
i still don't quite get the hate for the engine, well i do, but i still think it's silly. this new engine will pull in a bigger audience: people who want to ride these things on the freeway. i'm getting into motorcycling because i want to take road trips on it, and as nice as it is to take all the back roads and twisties, sometimes i just want to get to my destination. i'll take the long way when i have the time. if this thing gives me 80 miles to the gallon AND highway speeds, well, i'll have a hard time saying no.

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Re: 350cc UCE launched in India
« Reply #14 on: June 29, 2008, 01:47:22 pm »
Doomed1, I occassionally take my RE on the highway. I have an Electra with the AVL engine, performance kit and a 19-tooth front sprocket. This combination allows me to hit 60 before shifting to 5th. I can cruise at 70+, tuck in behind some more leisurely traffic and go all day (actually, I've only riddenfor about 70 miles at a stretch on interstate). Problem is, the bike is small, light, and does not have the stretched out frame geometry that makes that kind of riding enjoyable. Also, I noticed there are very few other bikers on the superslab, regardless of size/power. The RE is capable of short stretches of interstate when you need totake shortcuts to better secondary roads. Careful trip planning is the key.