Royal Enfield 650 Twin Attains 241 km/h
IN A NEW HIGH FOR ROYAL ENFIELD, THE COMPANY RECENTLY REPORTED THAT A SPECIALLY prepared motorcycle, using the Gt650 parallel-twin engine, was able to achieve a top speed of 241 km/h at the Bonneville Salt Flats.
Siddhartha lal, ceo of eicher Motors and royal enfield, shared a video explaining the record attempt. the highlight of this video, apart from the purpose-built bike, was cayla rivas, an 18-year-old motorcyclist from california, who piloted the bike during the record attempt. cayla is a dynamic young biker who also happens to be a 12-time world record holder in speed events. royal enfield partnered with S&S cycles of Viola, Wisconsin, USA, who helped the company build a speed-machine using the 650 engine. the bike features a special hard-tail frame with heavy reinforcement at the rear axle, top-end Öhlins suspension at the front and a nitrous-oxide canister for that extra boost of power. the bike also features slick tyres, lightweight wheels, and a steering damper. Surprisingly, we did not see the bike with a fairing or a streamlined body that help aerodynamics and are usually seen on bikes attempting to beat or create new world records. royal enfield say that they did about 20 runs and were able to attain 241 km/h, though the record is yet to be confirmed officially by FIM. We do hope royal enfield get the certification soon, which will surely do India proud.