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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Royal Enfield shines at California show

Royal Enfield was the marquee sponsor of the Venice Vintage Motorcycle Club show July 11 in Venice Beach, Calif. It was impossible to attend the show and not realize that.

To see it would have inspired pride in any Royal Enfield owner, too often the subject of shouted questions from fellow motorists along the lines of "Hey, what year Triumph is that?"

Giant banners splashed Royal Enfield images across walls.

Examples of the new motorcycles were on display.

And there were people to talk to. From India came Royal Enfield senior manager for international business Andrew Anantharaj and Royal Enfield head of industrial design Singaravelu "Siva" Sivakumar.

From the U.S. there was President of Royal Enfield USA, Kevin Mahoney.

From California came representatives of motorcycle dealers including NoHo Scooters in North Hollywood and Doug Douglas Motorcycles in San Bernardino.

Outside the venue, privately owned motorcycles on display lined both sides of two city blocks.

I spotted only one Royal Enfield in the line-up but it was a shiny black motorcycle with a vintage helmet slung from the handlebars. Lovely.

All in all, the Venice show was an inspiring display of the brand to the California market.

3 comments:

  1. "I spotted only one Royal Enfield in the line-up..."
    Are you a traveling correspondent on assignment for Classic Motor Works? Or just lucky enough to go out to CA for the show? Either way, congrats David!

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  2. Thank you, Chris. I have family in California, so going to Royal Enfield events there is an excuse to see them as well. My dad, Lefty, went along to the Venice show and we had a great time.

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  3. Well you got just a bit of my back this time. I did not realize in your earlier post you were the photographer. I wish I had known you were there so I could meet you since I read your blog daily to keep me going until California will let me buy a RE G5. When that does finally happen I will send a picture of it with me on it.

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