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AK Mike

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on: August 22, 2019, 09:33:53 PM
Greetings all,
I saw some chat on-line about RE developing a new Classic 500.  This seems to be a real overhaul, with a new engine... not just cosmetic add-ons.  I wonder if any of you good folks have heard any details?

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Reply #1 on: August 23, 2019, 12:04:03 AM
Not me.

Just some wild speculation on an Indian web site.
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Reply #2 on: September 24, 2019, 06:13:12 PM
I've seen a couple of articles that discuss Royal Enfield's skunkwork plans.

Here's one:  https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/auto/two-wheelers-three-wheelers/royal-enfields-upcoming-jack-queen-and-king/12-new-bikes-in-five-years/slideshow/65606191.cms

It appears to me at this point:

Project Codename "J" will be a redesign of the singles.
  codename "P" refers to development of the existing twins
  codename "Q" was discussed as being another bike in the ~650cc range
  codename "K"  was discussed as being a 900cc machine.

Maybe Q or K will turn out to be something to do with that V Twin bobber concept bike that was drawing so much attention at the bike shows last season?


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Reply #3 on: September 24, 2019, 10:36:02 PM
I hope RE isn't overdoing it a bit.  I imagine that many older Indians are going to hate to see the classic Bullet go to be replaced by new and strange new motorcycles.   ???
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Reply #4 on: September 24, 2019, 11:13:46 PM
I haven't witnessed it personally, but there's plenty of evidence on the internet that there were no shortage of harsh words spoken about the AVL engine 15 years ago, and they are still discussing whether the UCE engines have a proper thump, or whether an injector can truly be trusted to deliver fuel.

On the other hand, to the average observer, differences between the various engines and the various RE bike models are probably subtle indeed.  Ask a die hard Harley guy whether the Pan, Shovel, EVO, or Twin Cam is a better engine and you will hear some very strong opinions.  They are all air cooled, 45 degree, long stroke V-twins to me.

I think RE can be trusted to serve their market wisely.  It certainly appears that the new twins are being well received critically, although the majority of sales in India are still the 350s.  My guess would be that this codename J "redesign" is directed towards two goals, 1) meeting BS-VI emissions standards, and 2) reducing production costs.  The existing RE bikes, as inexpensive as they seem to the US market, are still premium priced in India.  To get a substantial part of the transportation market, RE needs to cut the price of a basic bike by something like 30%.