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