Royal En­field 650 Twin At­tains 241 km/h

Bike India - - IGNITION -

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.

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