Friday, June 21, 2024

Royal Enfield racing draws attention

BTR racers on podium.
Cassie Creer on podium after BTR Race 1 at Road America, with Emma Betters, left, second, and Camille Conrad, right, third. Mikalya Moore missed Race 1 but won Race 2. (Photo: Steve Magargee/AP)

 Royal Enfield's Build Train Race program brought the brand wide attention in news outlets across the U.S. June 14. 

An Associated Press story by Steve Megargee appeared on the websites of newspapers and broadcast stations. 

Datelined "Elkhart Lake, Wis.," the story featured the BTR road racers at their appearance there during Road America competitions. 

The article explained that the BTR program "is designed to teach women how to build and race their own motorcycles. The women selected to compete in this initiative are given a Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 twin that they convert into a racing bike they use throughout the season." 

It opens with Mikayla Moore, the 20-year-old leader of this year's series, and last year's champion.

The article quotes Nathan Kolbe, head of marketing for Royal Enfield Americas.

“It seemed like female racing was underserved. There was a lot of demand and a lot of passionate individuals out there who had expressed interest in racing. So we just kind of said, 'OK, what would this look like?'’'

My Google feed shows that the AP article was at least carried on the websites of the Toronto Star, Seattle PI, Washington Post, Janesville Gazette, The Herald Journal, Spectrum News, AM 870, KSL News, and KXRA.

Since Elkhart Lake is in Wisconsin, it's appropriate that the story turned up in a chain of newspapers with such evocative names as Price County Review, Eau Claire Leader Telegram, Rice Lake Chronotype, Sawyer County Record and Spooner Advocate.

The AP headline focused on Moore alone; unfortunate, as the article and photos also included racers Shea McGregor, Lucy Blondel, Kate West, Holly Varey, Sonya Lloyd, Cassie Creer, Emma Betters, Camille Conrad, and BRT coach and veteran racer Freddie Spencer.

Build Train Race includes the 13 women road racers who ran at Elkhart Lake, and a separate series of 10 women running on flat tracks. Competitors were chosen from among 90 applicants, and the intention is that each will compete for only one or two years.

No prize money is awarded, but the women get to keep their motorcycles at the end of the season.

Friday, June 14, 2024

A Royal Enfield with everything on it

Royal Enfield advertised for sale.
Royal Enfield advertised for sale with 35 accessories.

 What's better than a baked potato? A LOADED baked potato. 

Many of the used Royal Enfield motorcycles listed for sale on this blog come with valuable accessories added by previous owners. Some of these Royal Enfields are truly exceptional. 

Here's an example: A 2020 Royal Enfield INT 650 advertised in Maryland. 

The seller lists 35 separate accessories and improvements added to the motorcycle. 

Royal Enfield features a fairing.
Fairing is most noticeable accessory added. 

Of course, his ad says, you'll get the original parts that were replaced, in case you want to change back. 

And then the seller says he will throw in a Royal Enfield leather jacket with armor, a Royal Enfield hat, and even a Royal Enfield beer koozie. 

The attention this Royal Enfield got is amazing. Its shiny fenders are alloy, replacing the original plastic versions. 

The side covers are labelled "Interceptor," as they are everywhere in the world except the U.S

Accessory tank tie-down strap.
Accessory tie-down strap looks good.

Interceptor is the evocative Royal Enfield model name from the swinging sixties. Unfortunately, in the U.S., the side covers carry the "INT 650" designation. It's a copyright work-around because Honda owns the Interceptor name here. 

There's a luggage rack, luggage side boxes, and a Corbin seat.

The tires are next to new, the ad says.

All in all, the asking price listed strikes me as a real bargain.

BUT.

Royal Enfield leather jacket.
Royal Enfield leather jacket is nice to have.

I have no connection to the sale; I don't know the seller; I can not vouch for the claims in the advertisement. The motorcycle may have been sold since this blog item was written.

NOTE: You can not see the motorcycles listed for sale on the mobile version of this blog. Sorry.

I only list Royal Enfields for sale that I find interesting or in some way unusual.

I might list a motorcycle because I'd want to buy it or because I'm horrified by the prospect of owning it. Either could be true and I'll bet that in most instances you can guess which way it goes.

This ad struck me as showing a special Royal Enfield that I would personally like to own.

Parts removed from Royal Enfield for sale.
A nice touch: ad shows the parts removed from the bike.
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