|Motorcycle News shows photos of Royal Enfield twin.|
"They have a front page story of Royal Enfield's new twin being tested in Spain complete with spy shots. Looks like a Triumph, sort of, and has a front mounted spin-on oil filter and an oil cooler. Dressed up for sale this really looks like it will be a 2017-2018 Interceptor," he wrote.
John is a strong advocate of Royal Enfield selling a powerful parallel twin to rekindle memories of the mighty Royal Enfield Interceptor of the 1960s. In April, 2015 he spotted spy photos on the Internet of a parallel twin motor in a Royal Enfield Continental GT.
That may have been the beginning of Royal Enfield's marketing campaign for the new motorcycle. The introduction of the Royal Enfield Himalayan adventure motorcycle was marked by a months' long campaign of ever more revealing "spy photos" of the new bike. Some may have been legitimate lucky spottings, but the suspicion lingers that Royal Enfield was just teasing us.
The Motorcycle News photos aren't fuzzy selfies or roadside grab shots. They are professionally produced photos that show both sides of the motorcycle. They will ignite interest across the Internet and maybe cause a few people who are saving up money for a Triumph to wait to consider the new Royal Enfield, when it comes.
The question John and thousands of others across the globe are asking is not whether this new Interceptor is coming, but when.
For now, all MCN could tell us for sure is that this motorcycle was "seen testing here in Spain last week with a predominantly British development team in attendance."
Beyond that, it could only speculate about the motorcycle.
It is indeed easy to assume that this is the motorcycle that explains why Royal Enfield bought out esteemed frame builder Harris Performance, recruited renown designer Pierre Terblanche, developed an engineering center in Britain and freed CEO Siddhartha Lal to move to London to oversee it all.
No wonder John Donlon is excited.