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, Chattisgarh in India, and shifted operations here last year from Australia.
Bookings for the Carberry engine 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 new 1,000cc Carberry V-Twin produces about 53hp and 82Nm of peak torque. This motor is priced at Rs 4.96 lakh (ex-factory; freight, handling and taxes extra), with 50 percent of that amount going towards the initial deposit. For now, though, the engine will be available for use with existing Carberry bikes which have already been homologated, or for display purposes, as it’s not road-legal in India yet.
However, 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.
Bhatia estimates that the Double Barrel 1000 will be ready for production by the end of 2017 and will cost around Rs 7 lakh.