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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Royal Enfields approved for California sale

New Royal Enfield motorcycles are approved for sale in California.

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) issued Executive Order M-179-0001 ordering "that the engine and emission control systems produced by the manufacturer are certified as described below for on road motorcycles."

The order was signed Monday Aug. 30, 2010 by Annette Hebert, chief of CARB's Mobile Source Operations Division, and issued Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010.

I am indebted to reader Andy Quach for alerting me to to this. It's a big moment in Royal Enfield history in the United States. California is a huge market. Until now, riders who wanted a new Royal Enfield there had to find their own way past California's strict regulations.

Now there is a network of California dealers. With state approval, motorcycles will be for sale.

The engines approved by CARB for the model year 2011 are the new Unit Constructed Engines, with electronic ignition, fuel injection and emissions controls.

It appears from the CARB order that you may be able to tell a Royal Enfield that is approved from one that is not by its Vehicle Identification Number. There will be no "C" or "3" in the eighth position of the VIN of an approved motorcycle.

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