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Royal Enfield Bullet Electra X AVL

Thursday, September 25, 2008

ahead for Royal Enfield in the Kevin Mahoney has the answers

Enfield has a better Bullet to America but it is not the Electra X on sale now in (shown above). The man with the is Kevin Mahoney of Classic the U.S. importer. I asked him if the X with unit-constructed engine ( UCE ) in Britain by Motorcycle News is the Bullet we have coming.

not. The engine is coming, but it is in a better motorcycle. Here is Mahoney had to say:

(That) Electra X is a stop-gap bike sold in Europe. They to Euro 3 last year and the engine didn ’t cut the mustard wise. That left guys with nothing to Some… bought a year’s of AVL Electras (in advance of the standards).

The rest of the countries took with the UCE stuffed into it.

was good for us as the engine gets out even better than it had To date the only issues been to slightly refine the EFI in very cold conditions. it is quite cold it had a slight spot, but I am told that (makers of the electronic fuel system) worked that out

The downside is the confusion it has created. The you reference is a good example.

What isn ’t apparent and is only to a few is that the new bike (that is is about as new as it can be. For example the body is being made by a new and more vendor. The engines are being by a new company that makes engines so that they are than current ones, aren ’t too bad in and of themselves. The entire is new and was designed by the people in Italy make Ducati frames.

The new really is a new bike. There are a few that are the same, but not many. At a glance it will look a more retro-model of what we now, but a closer examination reveal that it is a way different

It is unlikely the Electra UCE will see the of day here in the U.S. If it does it be not (with) the new frame, etc. It is just a stop-gap measure for the

What we will see here is the new (code name C-5). It be introduced on Oct. 7 at the INTERMOT in Germany. We expect to see the bikes in 2009. It may take us a bit longer to get here because they focused on Europe first.

We now a bike at an EPA testing lab to get an EPA certificate. will be no problem as the bike extremely clean. With the EFI and a catalytic converter it is really a bike.

The claimed mileage of 87 mpg is also quite realistic.

The new C-5 will be expensive than the current but you will also get a lot more for money. At this moment it as if we will have the current line for 2009 as well as the expensive C-5, which give the consumers a better of technology and price point. is not set but they will NOT be as expensive in the as you see ( UCE Electras ) in Europe now (which is $7,500 in England, according to News).

The new engine should be a thing to tinker with. It is so that it can be pumped up to 40 hp with no to reliability. It will be brought to the in a very tightly controlled that will meet all standards and should be in the neighborhood of hp.

I am told that you can put a sport on it and the horsepower goes way up, but then of you have eliminated the catalytic which is illegal.

We do expect a of ‘race track only’ to become available though. I ridden one and it is really strong a lot of torque. They spent a lot of and money on getting the “thump” which is totally critical to in India.

I expect to know a lot more I get back from Germany month.

Mahoney (everybody him just Kevin) shared about new products coming Classic Motorworks. More on next time.


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