Royal Enfield 838cc Bobber KX REVEALED at EICMA 2018

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Indian motorcycle manufacturer has unveiled the Concept KX motorcycle at EICMA 2018 in the Italian City of Milan. The new 838 cc Concept KX revealed at EICMA 2018 is a design study based on the 1938 Royal Enfield 1140 KX which was powered by 1140 cc V-Twin engine.

Like the 1938 bike it is based on the Concept KX bike seen at EICMA 2018 is also powered by a V-Twin engine which displaces 838 cc and is the first V-Twin produced by Royal Enfield India. The 838 cc V-twin engine performance figures haven’t been released but it is mated to a 6-speed transmission.

The grapevine suggests that it will produce about 90 PS, which is more than ample for a motorcycle with this capacity.  The engine used in the concept was developed as part of the Eicher Motors partnership with Polaris Industries who are the parent company of Indian Motorcycles.

The KX Concept 838cc V-Twin concept features a rather distinctive Bobber design. The front end features an all-LED headlight with integrated LED daytime running lights. The front end features girder forks up front similar to ones found on the original KX 1140 from the 1930s. Also seen up front are dual discs on the large front wheels and flat handlebars. The sculpted fuel tank features stylised RE logos.

The Royal Enfield KX Concept only features a single seat in true bobber fashion and the bike also sports a monoshock suspension setup at the rear and a single-sided swingarm. The rear wheel is brought to a halt by a single disc brake at the rear. Both wheels are snazzy looking alloy units and the bike is painted in a snazzy green paint job. The dual exhaust setup also promises a rather throaty sound setup from its twin tailpipes.

The Royal Enfield KX concept unveiled at EICMA is a design study but it is still the third bike from Royal Enfield India to adopt a twin-cylinder engine after the 650 twins – the Interceptor 650 and the Continental GT 650 that were unveiled at EICMA last year.

Unlike the concept bike seen at this year’s EICMA, the Continental GT 650 and Interceptor 650 are now in production and this year’s motor show in Milan marked their launch in Europe. The Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 will be launched in India later this month on November 14.

Production timeline for the KX Concept has not been revealed. Royal Enfield is likely to have used EICMA  – a global platform – to gauge show goer feedback. Don’t be surprised if the retro-motorcycle brand brings this motorcycle into production within a couple of years as its new flagship motorcycle.

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