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Norcroft Royal Enfield V-Twin Engine Production in India

 
From time to time, among Royal Enfield enthusiasts we see roar about bringing a V-twin engine in Royal Enfield. There is no official words from Royal Enfield if they are even working on one. However, in one of the recent article in a Auto magazine, Royal Enfield Spokesperson were quoted saying that they will not compete in bigger engine anytime soon and are more interested in their own niche.

But this lackluster behavior of official Royal Enfield can’t stop Royal Enthusiast to build their own. Infact, there are noticeable work already in the field of V-Twin out of Royal Enfield Singles, we already know about Musket V-Twin by Aniket who is offering production version of his bikes in both 700cc and 1000cc. There is another V-Twin project from RE by Carberry Enfield from Australia which is now defunct due to its rising costs and slow process. Though they did sold some production version and you can still find few running in Australia. But again nothing much for India.

India, which is by far the biggest market for Royal Enfield and have biggest fan base here due to various reason has lot to be desired when it comes for Royal Enfield V-Twin in India. Importing one could be nightmare as already custom V-Twin bike costs a lot more than regular bike as well as enormous import duty levied by Indian Govt. on import of CBU vehicles. But there is good news, long before Carberry and Musket V-twin, there was a Royal Enfield Venture as Norcroft which was shelved due to rising cost and practical feasibility of producing such bikes has been revived and have production base in India.

 

Norcroft Royal Enfield V-twin original engine closeup

Norcroft Royal Enfield V-twin original engine closeup

This project was started by Bill Hurr and Richard Hurst, longtime friends with a shared interest in motorcycles. Experience of various Triumphs, BSA’s and Nortons, etc followed by Moto-Guzzis, Ducatis and a plethora of Japanese machines left both with a firm notion of their ideal machine. To build custom V-twin out of Royal Enfield single was a mammoth task, there were many problems to overcome, such as how to arrange the timing drive, finding space for the front carburettor, clearance for the rear exhaust pipe, etc. but eventually they came up with their first prototype. Infact, their second prototype is still running and going good. However, this project was shelved like Carberry because of tight budget and dejected monetarily benefits.

 

This is May 2014 picture of the Norcroft working in India on the engine.

This is May 2014 picture of the Norcroft working in India on the engine.

Now they call it Rise of Phoenix as they are reviving. Since, the project was dormant, there were two guys from Germany who were interested in Royal Enfield based V-Twin, they even tried to work with Carberry at some moment by providing them help financially and production but it never worked out. So they turned their attention to Norcroft. They located Bill Hurr and even visited him in the UK, seeing the original Norcroft for the first time. After some discussion, a new team was formed, consisting of Bill, Andreas and Mathias along with their friend Uma from India. They decided to restart the project and made plans to update the engine and build it in India, the present home of Royal Enfield.

 

Work in progress for engine

  • They have used aluminum pattern instead of wooden which as per them is more common.

    They have used aluminum pattern instead of wooden which as per them is more common.

  • The process of pattern machining.

    The process of pattern machining.

  • Sand moulds in which liquid aluminum will go.

    Sand moulds in which liquid aluminum will go.

  • A driveside crankcase for Norcroft V-Twin Engine.

    A driveside crankcase for Norcroft V-Twin Engine.

 

 

Hence the bike is being worked upon in India. They had first revived the original Norcroft prototype and then created team, decided to work in India as it would provide them cheaper production and better resources being current home of Royal Enfield.

They are ready, they have molds, machining and everything in line to commence production of commercial Royal Enfield based V-twin engine bikes. However, they say still they are working on it and once they have everything in place, they will make official announcement and may start taking the orders for the bike.

 

  • Work in progress on V-Twin engine based on Royal Enfield.

    Work in progress on V-Twin engine based on Royal Enfield.

  • This is Norcroft's recent work on V-twin which is being prepared in India.

    This is Norcroft’s recent work on V-twin which is being prepared in India.

 

 

 

Meanwhile here are few pictures of original Norcroft based bike revived.

Norcroft Prototype Front- Cafe Racer

Norcroft Prototype Front- Cafe Racer

Norcroft bike after a long stretch of riding after first engine repair.

Norcroft bike after a long stretch of riding after first engine repair.

Norcroft V-twin Bike

Norcroft V-twin Bike

A video running engine of Norcroft V-Twin

Apparently it sound good and looks soild. Looking forward to see it action in the country soon.

Hopefully success of their venture can bring real V-twin in India, not to all but at least to some of the enthusiast. We will keep you updated as we get more information and progress about this V-Twin based on Royal Enfield in India. Your comments, feedbacks are appreciated.

Picture courtesy:
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17 thoughts on “Norcroft Royal Enfield V-Twin Engine Production in India

  1. rohan

    Hey hi I read it all your struggle for v twin engine . N I m also fan of enfield n I also want to make enfield with v twin . I loved to have a twin engine enfield . Plzz inform if its possible n sucsess
    Thanxx

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      1. steve

        This company does not answer questions like how much and when is it available and where can I buy it.these are basic questions to a company that wants to do business.why is this?

        Reply
  2. nizarbabu

    Hello
    I’m interested to purchase engine and all necessary hardware to modify my bike. Please send me quotation including engine and all related parts.
    Looking forward to hear from you

    Thank You
    Nizar

    Reply
  3. Ranjodh singh

    Hello , sir I want v twin engine for my royal Enfield..I want to contact with you please reply ASAP…..thanks

    Reply
  4. Gopalakrishnan

    Its awesome… im interested to remodel my 350cc classic with V engine…
    were can i find this guys in India.. let me know… pls.

    Reply
  5. SAMEER KALYANKAR

    hey brother I want to make a v twin engine for royal enfield…
    where should i get all engine parts for v twin engine..
    plz send me the details of suppliers..
    my email address is kalyankar51@gmail.com
    my phone is 09920045974

    Reply
  6. SAMEER KALYANKAR

    Hello
    I’m interested to purchase engine and all necessary hardware to modify my bike. Please send me quotation including engine and all related parts.
    Looking forward to hear from you

    Thank You

    Reply
  7. steve

    Why do you keep posting this story,this company does not exist! If it does than tell your readers the information that they are requesting.I suggest you contact them and get to the bottom of it for the sake of your own reputation.

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    1. Mohsin Hasan Post author

      This is not a company yet , these people are bunch of creative guys who are trying to achieve something which is not easy. They are trying to make it feasible for general production and we merely shared their vision here on our website.

      Reply
  8. sanjeeb khuntia

    Hi Team,

    I require one Royal Enfield V2 twin make converted from 500 cc to 1000cc engine.
    Please mention the cost of the above model.

    It’s an urgent requirement.

    Awaiting reply from your end.
    Phone 9937289086

    Reply
  9. GOVIND

    Hi I am interested in building a Royal Enfield with a V-Twin. Kindly send me the details of where I can buy this engine.

    Reply
  10. sudarshan

    Hello sir
    I want to buy twin engine royal enfield
    please contact me or message me on my no . 7666721041
    regarding cost n feature n further detail
    thanks

    Reply