All You Need to Know About the New Royal Enfield KX Concept

Royal Enfield (RE) recently unveiled the Concept KX bobber styled motorcycle at the EICMA 2018 show. Design inspiration for the Concept KX was drawn from the Model KX of the 1930s. Royal Enfield’s design team took roughly six months to come up with the design and development of this concept bike. However, the motorcycle maker has stated that it is only a design study and not intended for mass production. We feel there may be more in-store, let’s take a closer look at the concept.

  • Disc Brakes with ABS – Royal Enfield has incorporated a perforated disc brake setup on the bike, the front gets a larger ring while the rear unit is a shade smaller. The front also gets a two piston brake caliper. The brake setup in the rear comes with a single pot unit. Front brakes also feature an ABS ring.
  • The Engine - an 838 cc liquid cooled unit is smaller than the original 1,140 cc side valve unit. RE has incorporated an oil cooling setup on the bike with a reasonably sized radiator. While the upcoming new Royal Enfield Twins – Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 have a parallel twin layout, the Concept KX features a V-Twin layout.
  • Bobber Design – the bike features a hard tail look, but has a monoshock which has been neatly tucked away under the seat. Another distinct bobber design cue is the floating seat pan, which does strikingly look similar to the Triumph Bonneville Bobber.
  • Headlamps – The headlamps come with an integrated LED unit with DRLs. The front cluster comes in the form of a digital TFT cluster which does give the retro looking cruiser a very modern touch.
  • Side Stand – Royal Enfield has catered to only a side stand, and considering the low slung stance of the bike, it (if ever) may not come with a centre stand as most enthusiasts have seen.
  • Frame – The way the Concept KX has been designed does incorporate a few elements from an era long gone, yet seen on modern day classics from the brand. These includes the bike’s frame which showcases the engine as a stress member in the frame.
  • Exhaust – Unlike the original 1930’s Model KX, the new Concept KX features a two into two exhaust setup. The pipes are contoured nicely and covered with metal padding at contact zones.
  • Riding Posture – The Concept KX has an aggressive riding postures, as seen on the Continental GT. The bike is long and low, typically a bobber design, the Concept KX’s design will enable the rider to crouch in while riding fast.
  • Tank – The design of the fuel tank is long and slender, unlike other models from the RE stable, this tank may not hold too much fuel, if the concept were to enter as a production model (this never happens).
  • Instrument Cluster – the cluster looks to be a digital unit and as showcased may come with navigation, Bluetooth and other related capabilities.

 

 

   

Joshua David Luther
Author: Joshua David Luther
Joshua’s passion for cars & bikes brought him into the automotive media industry more than half a decade ago. A grease monkey at heart, he loves understanding how new technologies work and spends his time interacting with engineers and CXOs of companies, learning about these technologies. In his role of a Principal Correspondent, Joshua writes about technology, new vehicles and the automotive industry. He tweets @joshuadavidlut1