|Aaron Clarey, author of "Bachelor Pad Economics," poses on a Royal Enfield.|
No sooner had Rod Copes, Royal Enfield's new President North America, suggested this to me than I came across these photos of two young men posing with a Royal Enfield in Seattle, Wash. Their obvious enthusiasm prompted me to send a link to Rod.
"Another data point!" he responded.
It's too soon to guess what new strategy Royal Enfield will employ in the U.S., if any. Plenty of people responded to what Rod told me with encouragement for Royal Enfield to recreate the Interceptor — the fast twin-cylinder motorcycle of the 1960s.
John Donlon of LaGrange Park, Ill. wrote to tell me that the time for a new Royal Enfield Interceptor is sooner, not later. Like so many others, he feels the power of the big twin is needed for U.S. conditions. But he also thinks the legacy of the world-beating Interceptor is slipping away.
If Royal Enfield doesn't hurry, guys like us will begin aging out of the hobby. Then who will care?
Maybe these two young guys will care.
|The Royal Enfield is not THAT old, and neither is its rider.|
"Met up with a fan Leif from Seattle who drove a Royal Enfield motorcycle. The motorcycle is about four times older than he is, but he still allowed me to sit on it," Aaron wrote.
When I asked permission to use the photos, he responded:
"Oh HELLS YES! I was so impressed with Leif's motorcycle and was happy to find out they were making essentially the 'old school bike' brand new. I'm intending on purchasing one upon finishing my new book. Whatever you need to market it more and get them here in the U.S., absolutely."
So. There's a data point for you.