Is Royal Enfield working on a 250 cc model? It depends who you ask.
Some Indian mags (over there, motorcycle news actually makes it to the business papers, not just moto-mags) are saying the manufacturer is working on a quarter-litre comeback – they haven’t made 250s since the days when the company was still based in the UK.
Supposedly, this hot tip came from an inside source. But when pressed, the company’s official line was contradictory – they said they have no plans for 250s.
So, are the mags making it up? It’s hard to say – the company is likely feeling pressure from western manufacturers trying to muscle into their market, but would the answer to that problem be Royal Enfield in turn trying to muscle into the territory of marques like Bajaj and Hero? After all, their core market has always been the 350 cc and 500 cc segments.
With 250 cc bikes hot around the world these days, though, maybe this would be a great move for the Indian company. Would it be suitable for the Dawn til Dusk rally? Stay tuned!