Royal Enfield Open Weekend

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The new Royal Enfield Woodsman was announced at last autumn’s NEC Show, and now you can finally try one for size. There’s plenty of other attractions at this year’s Royal Enfield Open Weekend, too…

The organisers have promised that there will be even more to see and do at the third annual Royal Enfield Open Weekend at the Watsonian-Squire factory, situated in the heart of England, on Saturday and Sunday, 14th and 15th June.

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Following the success of the previous events (and despite monsoon conditions and then floods) visitor numbers are expected to exceed 2000 over the two days this year. The weekend provides existing owners and those considering splashing out on a brand new classic with an unrivalled opportunity to view the current range of 500cc singles, including UK-only specials as well as factory accessories.

A red Huntsman in front of a wooden shed.

A fleet of demonstrator bikes is available throughout the weekend, with IAM guides to accompany riders around local roads, and there are sidecar rides and access to the historic sidecar factory too. Last year the IAM supervised over a hundred test rides each day and this year you’ll be able to try out one of the current range of lean-burn bikes, be it a 1950s inspired Classic, a sport-styled Clubman or the new Woodsman with its distinctive high level exhaust system, trials style bars and solo saddle.

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And suddenly it's a black Huntsman in front of a wooden shed. How do they do that?

Like the others in the Electra range, the Woodsman is powered by the company’s modern all-alloy engine, with a 5-speed gearbox and electric starter. The traditional pushrod design means that owners will experience the characteristic feel of a British single, with plenty of torque combined with impressive fuel economy. The short sports silencer boosts power by 10% for brisker acceleration. The Woodsman is equipped with a handy rear rack and alloy bash plate too. Test rides are available on a first come, first served basis so be sure to turn up good and early because this model is bound to be a popular choice…

While you’re waiting for your turn to take a test ride, there are plenty of other things to do:

  • Winners Enclosure for best machines ridden to the event with prizes for overall winners

  • Technical ‘how to’ seminars covering routine maintenance for beginners

  • Spares Counter open throughout the weekend

  • Treasure Hunt around the site with goody bags for winners

  • Meet Bike Astur Tours, the only resident motorcycle touring company in the North of Spain (run by RC Clubman Phil; a thoroughly nice man if ever there was one!)

    Home cooked refreshments will be on offer (it’s normally a slap-up curry cooked by the local sea scouts), with proceeds from selected activities going to the Chris Jones Memorial Fund (over £400 was collected in 2007).

    Plus the RC Roadshow will be on site for at least one of the two days (the Sunday looks favourite at the moment but check the RC Message Board nearer the time), so you’ll be able to blag a biccy from the tin and see whether Rowena’s managed to wreck her own Electra-X yet (it’s still going fine, thanks. But you know what she’s like…).

  • Bullet Bits on

    The third Royal Enfield Open Day will be held at Watsonian Squire, Blockley, near Moreton-in-Marsh on Saturday and Sunday, 14th and 15th June 2008.

    The secret is out; they used two bikes, the devils.

    If you want to take a machine out for a test ride then you will need to bring both parts of your driving licence, a road legal crash helmet and adequate riding gear.

    Call in advance to ask about local campsites and B&Bs: 01386 700907 or see

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