Royal Enfield unveiled a new motorcycle at the Long Beach motorcycle show last week, the 2014 Cafe Racer.
The new bike will arrive in North America in the summer of 2013. It’s an interesting push in a growing market – chopper-scorning hipsters are cutting up old Japanese bikes and turning them into mangled, half-finished cafe racers in urban centres all over the world. Now, if you’ve got about $7,300 US, you can simply buy your way into that scene (skinny jeans not included).
The bike has an overbored 535 cc motor that puts out 36 hp, up about 33 per cent from the company’s standard 500 cc motor. The double-cradle frame was designed by UK firm Harris (no relation to our editor, that we know of). The single-disc front brake (by Brembo) has a floating caliper; there’s also a single disc in back. The front forks are larger diameter than the standard Royal Enfield units, and rear shocks are from Ohlins (some say they are Paioli units).
Like any good cafe racer, it has twin instrument pods, clip-on handlebars, and adjustable footpegs.
Will it come to Canada? We don’t see why not …