Friday, January 13, 2017

Dreaming of the new Royal Enfield parallel twin

My Bullet and I take an imaginary trip to Royal Enfield's UK tech center.
Like everyone else, I've been anticipating the new Royal Enfield parallel twin motorcycle. The spy photos have begun to appear. The press says Royal Enfield will reveal the new motorcycle in March or April.

But not until last night did the new Royal Enfield Interceptor (if that is what it is) actually appear in my dreams.

True story. I really was dreaming. Here's how it went.

I found myself driving to an appointment at the new Royal Enfield technical facility at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground, in England. As I approached I noticed a single motorcycle parked just outside the wide gate of the garage entrance. By its hunched outlines I knew it must be the new twin.

No one was around, but my appointment was in the office, not the garage, and it seemed uncouth to approach the still Top Secret motorcycle.

I dutifully entered the office and was surprised to notice, hanging around near the front windows, Royal Enfield boss Siddhartha Lal. He was dressed to ride and clearly killing time. No doubt he was waiting for some famous motor journalist to appear for an unofficial peek at the new motorcycle.

The lucky journalist must be running late, I guessed. And I began to hatch a plan to wander back outside to where the motorcycle was parked. The photos I could get would be a world exclusive for this blog.

Suddenly the skies opened and the building was slammed by powerful wind and rain. Employees rushed to slide the office windows closed, as water came flying in.

No chance for photos now. The motorcycle would probably have been fetched back into the garage at the first gust.

There was a bit of rain water on the floor of the office. Once a janitor always a janitor, and I grabbed a mop and swept it up. It was instinctive.

To my surprise, Siddhartha Lal had noticed me for the first time and had noticed my good deed as well. He was smiling. Outside, the sun began to return. Perhaps I would be seeing that new Royal Enfield twin after all.

Instead, I woke up.


  1. You can bet two of your regular blog visitors are Sid Lal and Rod Copes. The new twin should be introduced on this website.

  2. Anonymous1/14/2017

    Blasco you chump !What a ruddy time to wake up-Ye Gods!
    I have no doubt that your animated dreaming of wind , water and mopping up had the memsahib worried in the extreme and she put her foot in the small of your back and booted you out of bed - quite so .
    Ah but wait a moment Blasco , see here , you might have had a premonition - don't yer know .
    One doesn't have to be a genius to deduce that the new twin bike will be called " Interceptor" - deed not .
    But no doubt there will be other models .
    The wind could have been a " Hurricane" or p'raps a "Typhoon" OR mebbe a "Tempest" all names of interceptor fighters and good names for a motorcycle to boot .
    I rather favour the name "Gamecock" .
    But no doubt the Interceptor's companion models will eventually be Meteor and Comet and no bad thing either - by Jove .
    Hurraaaaaah for Royal Enfield !
    Your servant ,
    Maj Bunty Golightly , MBH , Defender of the Kickstart , Companion of the Royal Floatchamber , Chairman of the Sidecar Advisory Steering Group.

    1. The Gloster Gamecock was a single-seat British fighter plane of the 1920s.


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