New 350cc-700cc+ Royal Enfield Motorcycles in the Making: A recent report claims that Royal Enfield is working on a brand-new strategy to take competition right to the doorsteps of Harley Davidson and Triumph Motorcycles. They are dividing the product range into J, P, Q, and K platform. The J segment will handle the most-selling 350cc-500cc single cylinder platform, waiting for a complete overhaul from last few years. Royal Enfield is expected to launch an updated version of 346 and 499cc bikes with modern technology and redesign of certain elements, same as Harley did with most of the bikes in their lineup. The exact time-frame for this change is not official.
The brand has already introduced ABS and plan to shift the safety-focused feature on all variants by end of 2018. The codename P fits both upcoming Continental GT 650 and Interceptor 650, leaving buyers with an option of twin-cylinder large displacement in the price segment of sporty 300-400cc bikes. Platform Q is expected to rival entry-level Harley bikes like Street 750 and Street Rod. The comparison will require a tuned version of their present engine or something bigger with more emphasis on torque than peak power. Still, undercutting these Street series bikes by INR 1 lakh will be their preference.
The K platform is expected to rival premium Bonneville series from Triumph, using a 700cc+ engine (most probably closer to 900cc for right competition) and set of premium components. The price range for this motorcycle is expected to fall in line with present Harley entry level bikes, offering more torque to ensure that buyers don’t give them a miss. Royal Enfield is currently retailing 346cc, 411cc and 499cc engines in India. The wait for a bigger 648cc bike will soon end but, that may not be enough to keep aspiring eyes and die hard fans away from both Harley Davidson and Triumph Motorcycles.