A Right Royal Weekend

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The Royal Enfield Open Weekend hoves into view on the horizon, and the new Electra Clubman promises to be the star of the show…

Last year, during one of the wettest weekends of the summer, Royal Enfield threw open the doors to their UK HQ to the public. Before the monsoon swept stallholders and small children aside, some 1600 people had the chance to view the entire range of Royal Enfield machines and more than 200 folks took a Bullet for a test ride.

The Shipston Sea Scouts provided refreshments (including handsome helpings of curry!); Enfield author Gordon May spoke volumes; Rowena was on hand to confirm that modern Electras really can clock up the miles (nearly 3000 in 11 days on her Round Britain Ride); and a concours winner went home each day with a special RC prize.

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Curry *and* ice cream? What are you waiting for?

It was so much fun that Royal Enfield are doing it all again this year on July 28th and 29th. If you’ve ever wondered whether you might like to try a modern Enfield, then this is your chance.

You’ll be given an exclusive inside view of what goes on at Royal Enfield and Watsonian Squire, plus kid’s entertainment, technical talks, competitions and all that jazz. All the current RE models will be on display – including the new Clubman seen here, with its polished aluminium tank, ace bars and upswept Goldie-style silencer (but you have to bring your own Best Gurl; the one in the photo ain’t included!).

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Warm-up exercises are essential before using the kickstart.

Royal Enfield Electra Clubman

The Electra Clubman is the latest in a long line of café racer styled machines from Royal Enfield’s UK distributor Watsonian Squire. This authentic-looking machine has been developed in their factory in the heart of England to combine the look and sound of the classic cafe racers of the Sixties with the reliability and performance of a modern lean burn engine and, of course, the heritage of the Royal Enfield badge.

At the heart of the Clubman is the proven all-aluminium 500cc single cylinder Electra engine which has impressed the press and owners alike with its frugal fuel economy (on the Round Britain Ride we easily achieved 85mpg). The frame, gas filled rear shock absorbers and Avon Super Venom tyres also come from the standard road bike, as does the efficient 280mm single front disc brake.

However the Clubman looks as radically different from the road version as the original rockers’ machines did because it boasts all of the ‘race specification’ parts of that era, the most striking of which is the 4.5-gallon polished aluminium tank, sandwiched between ace bars and the handmade fibreglass single seat unit. Rear-set footrests work with the low bars to push the riding position forward into a sportier attitude without sacrificing comfort or cramping the stance.

The upswept Gold Star-style silencer not only reinforces the classic racer image, it also allows the lean burn engine, (designed to help Royal Enfield meet stringent modern emissions controls) to breathe more freely. Watsonian have also added discreet mini indicators, chrome mudguards and a more compact tail light assembly. The Royal Enfield Bullet Electra Clubman sells for £4,599 on the road and the price includes a 12-month warranty.

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Wet roads are optional.

Royal Enfield Electra Clubman

So if you fancy test riding a Clubman – or any of the RE range – then you should contact Watsonian asap to book your test ride during the Open Weekend. Don’t forget to bring along your driving licence…

It’s going to be an extra special day for Rowena, because she’ll be reunited with the Electra which took her all around the country in 2005. So come along and join the RC Crew from 10am until 5pm – and remember that all bikes and riders are welcome, whether you own an Enfield or not!

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  • WHEN: Sat and Sun, July 28th & 29th
  • WHERE: Northwick Business Centre, Blockley, near Moreton-in-Marsh, GL56 9RF
  • OPEN: 10am to 5pm both days
  • MORE INFO: 01386 700907 or see www.royal-enfield.com

    Open Day Events

  • Turn up for your test ride
  • See the whole RE range
  • 350s, 500s, Electras, Trail, Clubmans, etc
  • Concours compo for visiting Royal Enfields
  • View the Watsonian sidecar range
  • Sidecar rides for novices
  • Bouncy castle and children’s games
  • Go on a factory walkabout
  • Film show of Bullets being built
  • Hundreds of parts and accessories
  • Technical advice
  • On-site refreshments
  • Local camping available

    And meet up with Frank and Rowena and the RC Roadshow… of course!

    The prize for the 'Whitest Legs Competition' was this vintage Enfield outfit...

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