Royal Enfield has come to Milan with a very radical concept that is quite the looker. The 838cc V-Twin Concept KX is a bobber with an attitude hard to match.
Royal Enfield has been on a high ever since unveiling two motorcycles based on a brand new engine the company developed from scratch. The Interceptor and Continental GT 650 have been praised widely for their simplistic approach towards motorcycle design, with just enough modern technology to stay abreast of times.
Continuing on the strong design wave, the Indian motorcycle maker has debuted a concept at the 2018 EICMA. The Concept KX looks like the kind of motorcycle Royal Enfield would have built in the 1930s. The cast girder front, single-sided swingarm, and those huge twin exhausts give it an unmistakable attitude. Pair that with the 838cc (that’s what it says on the engine cover, at least) V-Twin motor, the elongated tank and that floating seat, and it’s hard to ignore the retro vibe the Concept KX exudes.
Look closer, and you can see all-LED lighting on both ends, liquid cooling for the engine (we are again going by the engine inscription), and dual Brembo brakes handling stopping duties up front. There is a monoshock beneath the floating seat concealed neatly behind a fat section of the frame. The thin wheels and Maxxis flat track race tyres add another layer of intrigue to the concept. The whole effect is of an old machine remade for modern times. Perhaps that is how Royal Enfield means the world to view the KX as. Whatever their idea behind the bike though, we definitely think it is one sweet-looking motorcycle.
Royal Enfield has not confirmed or denied that the Concept KX would get the green light for production. It does look like many elements of the bike like the girders, the single-sided swingarm, discreet monoshock, et al will have to be excluded from the final production version. But who knows, the company might find a way to incorporate them if the Concept KX ever enters production.