Royal Enfield fans would probably know about the fabled Carberry Enfield, a motorcycle with a 1,000cc engine that was created by fusing two existing Royal Enfield 500cc engines in a V-Twin format. After talks with Royal Enfield did not bear fruit, Paul Carberry, the man responsible for the Carberry V-Twin, tied up with Jaspreet Singh Bhatia from Bhilai, Chhattisgarh in India, and shifted operations here last year from Australia.
Priced at Rs 7.35 lakh, bookings for the Carberry Enfield are now open and deliveries are expected to commence within the next four to seven months. This new version fuses two 500cc blocks from the newer Royal Enfield UCE engine, as opposed to the original Carberry Enfield which utilised two of the older cast-iron engine blocks. The 55-degree V-Twin runs a dual carburettor setup. However, a fuel-injected version that will be BS-IV compliant is also under development in India. The engine is mated to a five-speed gearbox with a seven-plate clutch and high-strength primary chain. It also gets a heavy duty starter, while the lifters and oil pump run in their own housing that can protect the engine from wear and damage. The new 1,000cc Carberry V-Twin produces about 53hp and 82Nm of peak torque.
Currently, this engine cannot be fitted onto pre-owned bikes; the engine and bike will be sold as a complete package. Carberry already has test mules of a new bike, dubbed the Double Barrel 1000, running with this engine, in the process of homologation. Unlike the previous Carberry bike which used a heavily modified version of the existing Royal Enfield chassis to deal with the increased load and stresses, the Double Barrel has a brand new double-cradle frame. The bike will also feature front and rear disc brakes with ABS, as well as a two-into-one exhaust system.