It's a retro and regal ride aboard a Royal Enfield
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"It’s more fun when you are dodging rickshaws, dogs, cows and chickens,” riding pal Keith tells me about his recent 12-day motorcycle tour through southern India aboard a classic Royal Enfield. He’s not kidding either. On a street somewhere in Goa he was nearly skewered by a kamikaze cockerel who took an instant dislike to him.
Keith, aboard a Classic in 'Desert Storm'.
With his tour guide in India
Fortunately there are less taxing alternatives closer to home and with the arrival of America’s long-established EagleRider franchise in Australia, it’s now possible to ride locally on a superb Royal Enfield classic motorcycle.
When EagleRider Australia first opened their doors at Burwood, Sydney, in November 2013, their signature bike was the venerable Harley-Davidson. Their showroom was full of every type of ‘hog’ from zippy Sportsters to leisurely cruisers like the fabulous Electra Glide Ultra - akin to riding a 100hp sofa.
Last year four of us banded together and took a brace of Harleys out into NSW’s glorious central west, rounding up Wollongong, Goulburn, Bathurst and the Blue Mountains. It was a great week filled with open roads, wind in our helmets, oversize steaks and lots of bloke talk.
The exercise was made all the more easier by using using Best Western’s designated ‘Rider Friendly’ hotels and motels along the way.
Now that EagleRider have added the 100-year-old Royal Enfield brand to their stable, it’s easy to meet the pent-up demand and accommodate riders with less experience.
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Two glorious Classic 500s are in the Burwood showroom right now and a whole bunch are on their way from the factory in India, including a very sexy Continental GT cafe racer. In red of course.
So, I’m on the phone to Keith. “Let’s go for a ride,” I say and we’re both on the back of a Classic faster than you can say ‘cock-a-doodle-do’.
|Writer aboard a Classic in tan|
at EagleRider HQ
“Hey mate! Is that your Enfield? That’s a great restoration.” I turn around and see three burly chaps in leather waistcoats looking at Keith and I.
“Actually, it’s brand new.”
This is common for our day out. Folks stopped and asked us what they were and where we bought them because even though the wonderful Classic 500 looks like an immaculate museum piece, the machinery is very much up-to-date.
The single-cylinder 500cc engine is fuel-injected, even though the intake is carefully disguised as an authentic-looking carburettor. The oversize bicycle-style seat is surprisingly comfy and there’s a disk brake up front. While there is an effortless electric starter, you can still impress onlookers by using the cool retro kicker and, needless to say, it sounds every bit 1950.
|Continental GT cafe racer. Yep, that's what we thought.|
Call EagleRider to book a Royal Enfield on +612 9747 3064