Friday, February 20, 2009

Royal Enfield dealer sees improvements

(Jon Bushey Photo)

While three engineers from India demonstrated the features of the new Royal Enfield motorcycle engine to dealers recently, one man was carefully taking notes. To Jon Bushey, of Rapid Cycle in South Jordan, Utah, the technical tips sounded like selling points.

When he got home, Bushey typed up his notes and shared them with me.

"I think the dealer meeting went well and I am excited about Royal Enfield's future," he wrote. Here are excerpts from his notes about the new Royal Enfield motorcycles and their new unit constructed engine (UCE).

"There will be two new models for 2009 with the G5 available now and the C5 available in July. Both models have the same basic engine, a 500cc UCE EFI.

"Engine selling points:"
  • The genuine sound (long stroke thumper) of the Royal Enfield stays the same.

  • Horsepower and torque are improved over the old engine – stock is 27 hp.

  • EFI system is the Keihin brand, used in Honda motorcycles and scooters.

  • Fuel injection mapping is able to process at altitudes up to 18,000 feet.

  • Two-year warranty on engine, parts and labor.

  • High quality parts used like Brembo brakes, Deniso starter, Italian suspension.

  • Reduced maintenance for life, just change the oil.

  • Has catalytic converter in muffler.

  • Muffler can be changed without remapping fuel injection.

  • Bolts and nuts are metric with consolidated fastener tool sizes.

  • Clutch is heavy duty – much improved over old.

  • Now has seven plates and larger plate surface.

  • Clutch pull is greatly reduced, about half the effort of old clutch.

  • Engine has one oil for all parts and has sight glass for checking oil level.

  • Oil pump is improved type and pumps four times the volume – improves engine cooling.
  • Primary chain is now self-adjusting.

  • Engine does not require break-in, but do not tell the customer that!

  • Crank is balanced three times to insure minimal vibration.

  • Computer simulation was done for three years to insure quality and reliability.

  • Engine uses modern multi-layer gaskets. Gaskets protrude slightly around sealing edges.

  • Engine parts are now pressure-cast and polished.

  • Check Engine light is used to tell rider of possible sensor malfunction.
Jon Bushey samples new UCE G5 Royal Enfield; below, his dealership.

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