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2016 Royal Enfield Classic Desert Storm - Coolness Factor = 64.7%

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Apr 29, 2016 11:31 am

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1950's Style....

The Classic Desert Storm comes to you with a “sand” paint scheme reminiscent of the war era, a time when Royal Enfield motorcycles proved their capabilities and battle worthiness by impeccable service to soldiers in harsh conditions of the desert. Donning a younger look with styling cues one would expect only from a genuine Royal Enfield: single cylinder air-cooled pushrod engine, 1950s style nacelle and toolboxes, traditional paint scheme and buffed engine components, this motorcycle is all set to bring you the pleasures of modern motorcycling while reflecting the aura of eternal classic styling.


2016 Royal Enfield Classic Desert Storm http://www.Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits


Engine

500cc, single cylinder, 4 stroke, spark ignition, air cooled, OHV engine produces 41.3 Nm of torque.




Headlamp

Headlight casing features the “Tiger Eye Lamps” for the Bullet look. The headlamp is traditional but with a powerful halogen bulb to provide good illumination.




Silencer

Aesthetically designed short silencer for that 1950’s look. Available as an optional accessory for off-road use only.




Tank

Finely crafted tank with post war era graphics and thigh pads make for a vintage look.




Wheel

Front: 19” Rear: 18”











2016 Royal Enfield Classic Desert Storm - http://www.Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $ See Dealer for pricing in USD
Canada MSRP Price: $ See Dealer for pricing in CDN
International MSRP Price: £4499 GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)



engine

Type Single Cylinder, 4 stroke,Twinspark
Displacement 499cc
Bore x stroke 84mm x 90mm
Compression Ratio 8.5:1
Maximum Power 27.2 bhp @ 5250 rpm
Maximum Torque 41.3 Nm @ 4000 rpm
Ignition System Digital Electronic Ignition
Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Gearbox 5 Speed Constant Mesh
Lubrication Wet sump
Engine Oil 15 W 50 API, SL Grade JASO MA
Fuel Supply Keihin Electronic Fuel Injection
Air Cleaner Paper Element
Engine Start Electric/Kick


chassis & suspension

Type Single downtube, using engine as stressed member
Front suspension Telescopic, 35mm forks, 130mm travel
Rear suspension Twin gas charged shock absorbers with 5-step adjustable preload, 80mm travel


dimensions

Wheelbase 1370 mm
Ground Clearance 135 mm
Length 2160mm
Width 800 mm
Height 1050mm
Kerb Weight 187 Kg (with 90% Fuel & Oil)
Fuel Capacity 14.5 Ltr (3.83 Gallon)


brakes & tyres

Tyres Fr. 90/90 – 19” – 52V
Tyres Rr. 110/80 – 18” – 58V
Brakes Front 280mm Disc, 2-Piston caliper
Brakes Rear 153mm Drum, Single Lead Internal Expanding


electricals

Electrical System 12 volt - DC
Battery 12 volt, 14 Ah
Head Lamp 60 W / 55 W, HALOGEN
Tail Lamp 21 W / 5 W
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Re: This Week: 2016 Royal Enfield Classic Desert Storm

Unread post by montanalifter » Fri Apr 29, 2016 5:47 pm

Looks great, would be a fun in town commuter.

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Re: This Week: 2016 Royal Enfield Classic Desert Storm

Unread post by ceemes » Fri Apr 29, 2016 8:17 pm

another meh bike IMHO, while I generally do like the Royal Enfield line, this bike is basically just a marketing ploy, take a bog standard RE 500 single, tart it up with a bit of paint and sell it to the gullible.........far too many bike manufacturers have been going down this route lately.....so uncool bordering on fail.
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Re: This Week: 2016 Royal Enfield Classic Desert Storm

Unread post by blues2cruise » Fri Apr 29, 2016 9:54 pm

I guess when you run out of ideas.....you make it look old.
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Re: This Week: 2016 Royal Enfield Classic Desert Storm

Unread post by faded sun » Fri Apr 29, 2016 10:37 pm

I have seen last year's model. It reminded me of the "antique" furniture that is manufactured by taking new furniture and beating it to death with chains and soaking it in tea. I don't know any other company that successfully markets a WWII era model besides Jeep, and even they haven't tried to make theirs a complete replica. Having owned a 30 year old Shadow I know you can tell when it's vintage and when it's a "look". This just looks like a GI Joe accessory. Uncool.
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Re: This Week: 2016 Royal Enfield Classic Desert Storm

Unread post by Jarlaxle » Sat Apr 30, 2016 6:52 am

Kind of cool...has EFI, a kick starter (which all bikes should have), decent power around town and should be highway-capable if necessary, and should also run on just about any grade of gas. Rear suspension travel is a bit short, but the sprung seat will help that. I give it a "cool".

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Re: This Week: 2016 Royal Enfield Classic Desert Storm

Unread post by Gummiente » Sat Apr 30, 2016 1:22 pm

Jarlaxle wrote:Kind of cool...has EFI, a kick starter (which all bikes should have), decent power around town and should be highway-capable if necessary, and should also run on just about any grade of gas. Rear suspension travel is a bit short, but the sprung seat will help that. I give it a "cool".
I just retired from an Ural and Royal Enfield dealership last year. The rear suspension is not as short as you think; I'm a big boy and took many of them out on their PDI test runs without ever bottoming out the rear or front suspension. The sprung seat took a bit of getting used to for some of the customers, as they found it a bit unsettling to have their body bouncing over bumps while the bike seemed solid. A light rider can wick up to around 75mph (with the factory free flow exhaust and K&N filter), but the bike is really not happy at that speed. 50-60mph is where it is most content and will purr along all day. Anyone who wants the RE experience in fast forward should take a look at the Continental GT instead; 80mph+ out of the box and a lovely ride. Premium unleaded is the only recommended fuel, as lower grades can not be compensated for by the EFI and pinging will result under high load and hot weather conditions. At 70mpg with a 3.8gal tank, though, one doesn't lose a lot of money by using the recommended fuel anyway.
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Re: This Week: 2016 Royal Enfield Classic Desert Storm

Unread post by Jarlaxle » Sat Apr 30, 2016 6:42 pm

Wait...this bike with 8.5 compression needs premium fuel...while my Burgman with 12.5:1 compression calls for 87 octane? Seriously?!

It's not the expense...it's that I have been in places where you couldn't GET premium fuel. (And those places had some really nice riding!)

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Re: This Week: 2016 Royal Enfield Classic Desert Storm

Unread post by Gummiente » Sat Apr 30, 2016 6:51 pm

Jarlaxle wrote:Wait...this bike with 8.5 compression needs premium fuel...while my Burgman with 12.5:1 compression calls for 87 octane? Seriously?!

It's not the expense...it's that I have been in places where you couldn't GET premium fuel. (And those places had some really nice riding!)
The EFI system is an off the shelf Keihin unit that was tuned to RE specs. Keep in mind, though, that it has to pass emissions standards and as a single cyliner two valve air cooled motor it has to be set to run lean and hot. Low octane fuel does not work well in that situation. You can run lower octane fuel in it, but eventually you will pay the price - and I don't mean at the pumps.

Your Burgman benefits from twin cylinders, water cooling, better technology and 4 valves per cylinder. And yet it gets half the fuel economy of the RE.
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Re: This Week: 2016 Royal Enfield Classic Desert Storm

Unread post by Jarlaxle » Sat Apr 30, 2016 11:00 pm

No, my Burg is a 400cc single. There is no possible way a 500cc Enfield tops 100MPG.

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Re: This Week: 2016 Royal Enfield Classic Desert Storm

Unread post by Gummiente » Sun May 01, 2016 5:19 am

Jarlaxle wrote:No, my Burg is a 400cc single. There is no possible way a 500cc Enfield tops 100MPG.
Your Bergman still has the benefit of liquid cooling and better technology and at 56mpg is still not as efficient. And it is possible to crack the 100mpg barrier with an RE, but it can only be done on the Electra model, which was dropped from the North American market two years ago. It came with a 17T front sprocket and taller wheels as opposed to the Classic's 18T. It also had different sidecovers on the motor which gave JUST enough clearance to fit an 18T front sprocket in there. I did that to two of our customer's Deluxe models and both of them recorded average mpg figures of 102mpg.

All that aside, it's still comparing apples to oranges. The RE and the Bergman are two distinctly different vehicles in purpose and execution.
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Re: This Week: 2016 Royal Enfield Classic Desert Storm

Unread post by Gummiente » Sun May 01, 2016 6:32 am

I voted "cool", but only because there isn't a "meh" option. I've sold, ridden and worked on the new Royal Enfields and I think they are fantastic value for the money and an absolute blast to ride. From an aesthetics viewpoint, though, I find the Desert Storm to be lacking. The Military is a much better looking paint scheme IMO, as it extends the flat olive drab colour to the wheel rims and spokes, shock absorbers and tail light housing, which gives it a more authentic look than the shiny rims and other miscues on the Desert. Also, as mentioned on here already, it isn't really a distinct separate model from the rest of the lineup. It's simply a standard Classic with a different paint scheme.
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Re: This Week: 2016 Royal Enfield Classic Desert Storm

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri May 06, 2016 11:21 am

Thanks Gummiente for jumping in there with your RE expertise, very helpful and much appreciated!

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Re: This Week: 2016 Royal Enfield Classic Desert Storm

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri May 06, 2016 11:26 am

I voted: Cool

It's a classic, not just in name but in design. In fact, I would hedge to bet the Royal Enfield is the most classic of all bikes in current production, even the Harley-Davidson sportster as I believe the RE design goes even further back than the HD design and RE is less changed than the HD has been. (wow, that's a lot of abbreviations).

That said, it's a cool bike and I like the new tract Royal Enfield is going down. Sad to see no new models for 2016, but I'm hoping 2017 will bring along something that is using the Continental GT engine/R&D to it. I like the color choice on the Desert Storm and it looks quite authentic military to me. I like the RE Classics, but love the GT :)

Royal Enfield wants to be THE LEADER in 500-750cc bikes, so let's see them shoot for the moon... even if they fail at it, it will only be better for all us riders and might even encourage other brands to take them on!

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Re: This Week: 2016 Royal Enfield Classic Desert Storm

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri May 06, 2016 11:38 am

2016 Royal Enfield Classic Desert Storm - Coolness Factor = 64.7%
Featured: April 29nd - May 6th, 2016
Most popular vote category: Cool

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Motorcycle Cool Wall discussion: viewtopic.php?f=61&t=52988
Total Motorcycle model page: http://www.totalmotorcycle.com/motorcyc ... -Storm.htm


Your Coolness Factor of the 2016 Royal Enfield Classic Desert Storm is:

Awesome (3 points) 18% [ 3 ]
Cool (2 points) 59% [ 10 ]
Uncool (1 point) 24% [ 4 ]
Fail (0 point) 0% [ 0 ]

Total votes: 17


= a Coolwall Factor of 64.7%


Notes: One of the oldest (if not the oldest) current classic bike in production with only few changes over decades. Did you know Royal Enfield has a huge cult following in countries like India where it is akin to Harley-Davidson in America? The majority of TMW readers agree, it's a cool bike, but could use a little something to make it a little more special.

Get excited as the next TMW Cool Wall bike for 2016 is now up for voting and discussion, have fun!
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Re: This Week: 2016 Royal Enfield Classic Desert Storm

Unread post by High_Side » Mon Jun 20, 2016 10:25 am

Gummiente wrote:
Jarlaxle wrote:Kind of cool...has EFI, a kick starter (which all bikes should have), decent power around town and should be highway-capable if necessary, and should also run on just about any grade of gas. Rear suspension travel is a bit short, but the sprung seat will help that. I give it a "cool".
I just retired from an Ural and Royal Enfield dealership last year. The rear suspension is not as short as you think; I'm a big boy and took many of them out on their PDI test runs without ever bottoming out the rear or front suspension. The sprung seat took a bit of getting used to for some of the customers, as they found it a bit unsettling to have their body bouncing over bumps while the bike seemed solid. A light rider can wick up to around 75mph (with the factory free flow exhaust and K&N filter), but the bike is really not happy at that speed. 50-60mph is where it is most content and will purr along all day. Anyone who wants the RE experience in fast forward should take a look at the Continental GT instead; 80mph+ out of the box and a lovely ride. Premium unleaded is the only recommended fuel, as lower grades can not be compensated for by the EFI and pinging will result under high load and hot weather conditions. At 70mpg with a 3.8gal tank, though, one doesn't lose a lot of money by using the recommended fuel anyway.
Heya Gummy - it's been a long time!

A few years ago the local Ducati dealer (they change about every two years here in Calgary) was selling Enfields and I had the opportunity to ride the classic and absolutely loved the bike. The only issue that I had with it was the vibes when you got to 100km/hr. At 80km/hr it was silky smooth and I cannot help but think it would be a great way to explore back roads, taking my time and enjoying what a simple bike can bring. I think the GT is great looking bike but honestly if I am playing with 25hp. a cafe riding style is not what I am after. Therefore - when you were at the dealership had anyone upgraded the motor bits on a classic to GT spec? It seems like a no-brainer to me and I am surprised that Enfield has not done it themselves yet.

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Re: 2016 Royal Enfield Classic Desert Storm - Coolness Factor = 64.7%

Unread post by Gummiente » Mon Jun 20, 2016 4:53 pm

It's good to be back, Mr High Side.

In theory, one could graft the naughty bits from a GT onto a Classic, but in practice it's a bit complicated and would be a lengthy process. OEM spares for the GT are in short supply due to the world wide demand for these bikes, but compounding the issue is that RE does not allow its North American dealers to maintain a stock of rare internal bits like the 535 con rods, pistons, cams, EFI module and so on. The only way we (when I worked at the dealer) could get parts like that was if they were part of a warranty claim - and we had to provide photographic evidence of the failed parts first before they would ship out replacements.

Aside from that, stuffing GT internals into a Classic motor really doesn't gain much in the end anyway, as the Classic still has the somewhat antiquated traditional suspension and frame that will inhibit enjoyment in the fast lane. Dropping in the complete 535 motor at the factory is unlikely to happen, at least not until the insane demand for the GT has leveled off and extra motors are available. We were able to coax a precious few more HP out of our customer's Classics by switching to an NGK Iridium spark plug (much easier cold starting, idling, better spark at high RPM), a K&N air filter and a D&D exhaust system or, if money was a concern, the RE "off road" low restriction, slip on mufflers. The parameters of the Keihin EFI chip were able to compensate for this without needing a reflash, which is good because RE did not make access available to the chip by its dealers. I have heard, though, that Dyno Tune has come out with a plug and play replacement for the stock EFI. Coupled with the K&N filter and D&D full stainless exhaust, this should give all the extra HP that is sufficient for the Classic frame and running gear to handle.

As for the vibration at higher speeds, keep in mind that there is no counterbalancer in this motor (which is amazing, considering it is a solid mount to the frame, too) and the natural sweet spot by design is in the 80-95kmh zone for these bikes. The GT is the bike you need if you want to see regular duty in the 110-120kmh zone, as the bike has been designed for those speeds.
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Re: 2016 Royal Enfield Classic Desert Storm - Coolness Factor = 64.7%

Unread post by High_Side » Mon Jun 20, 2016 6:38 pm

Thanks Gummy.

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Re: 2016 Royal Enfield Classic Desert Storm - Coolness Factor = 64.7%

Unread post by Gummiente » Mon Jun 20, 2016 6:43 pm

De nada.
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