Economic Times reports that the Royal Enfield P61 (codename), a new twin-cylinder motorcycle with a displacement of around 600-650 cc, is currently taking shape at the company’s new UK R&D centre. The new motorcycle which is designed to target the cruiser riders of Europe and the US is expected to be ready for the market sometime in 2017.
Concrete information about the P61’s body style will be known only when the prototypes are spotted testing on public roads. Intended rivals include popular middleweight models like Harley Davidson Street 750, Triumph Bonneville, etc. We expect the new RE to cater to the European A2 license holders and hence would have a power output less than the statutory limit of 48 PS.
More specifics about the project is not known yet. Siddhartha Lal, MD and CEO of Eicher Motors (RE’s holding company) has moved to the UK for a year to keep a close watch on the motorcycle’s development process. Though the model could be sold in India, Europe and US would be the key markets. It’s to be noted that the company has established a wholly owned sales and marketing subsidiary at Milwaukee, Wisconsin (US) – right in Harley’s home turf.
In addition to the Royal Enfield P61, bigger and better versions of the Classic (codenamed D41) and Thunderbird (codenamed D61) are also in the pipeline. While the newly launched Himalayan is purpose built for the Indian market, the upcoming middleweight motorcycles will be spearheading the company’s global operations. Royal Enfield’s long term objective is to dominate the global medium displacement (250-750 cc) motorcycle market.