The folks at RideApart have penned a crisp piece detailing the changes on the production version of the Royal Enfield from the design concept showcased at the 2012 Delhi Auto Expo.
The changes include a new top yoke (the triple clamp or in much simpler words, the part the connects the handlebars to the shock absorbers), new tail lamps, a more generic head lamp which might actually be swapped for the final production version with those from the new Thunderbird 500 ( boo? Yaaay?). RideApart ( known better as Hellforleathermagazine) also point out that the forks appear to be from the older RE Thunderbird which raises the front end height. The seat that was bare all the way up until the rear now gets a fibre glass tail. The rearsets (heel guards) are different and are adjustable too. The rear shock absorbers also seem to be Paioli while the concept had Ohlins.
RideApart also adds that the larger tank doesn’t fit flush and lifts up at the rear end. Of note is also a visible weld seam around the tank, probably a measure to cut costs where Royal Enfield possibly can. You might notice the tank on the concept is seamless and adds much to the aesthetic value. The report also says that the fuel cap seems to be much taller, which isn’t something we can attest to with just these images at hand.
Classic Motorworks which is the official importer for Royal Enfield in the USA, has pointed out that the engine powering the Cafe Racer will be a 535cc UCE, which is again confirmed from the branding on the tappet cover.
Riot Engine also discovered that the production variant will forgo the sweet looking Ohlin steering dampers seen on the concept.
Head to RideApart for more details.
Images of the production version of the Royal Enfield Cafe Racer at the EICMA 2012 are from omnimoto.it
Head to our coverage of Royal Enfield at the 2012 Delhi Auto Expo for more images of the Royal Enfield Cafe Racer Concept.