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Why won't Royal Enfield produce its stunning Concept KX bobber?

Why won't Royal Enfield produc...
Royal Enfield's Concept KX sports a hell of a profile and is the best looking Enfield we've ever seen
Royal Enfield's Concept KX sports a hell of a profile and is the best looking Enfield we've ever seen
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Royal Enfield Concept KX: on display at EICMA
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Royal Enfield Concept KX: on display at EICMA
Royal Enfield Concept KX: on display at EICMA
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Royal Enfield Concept KX: on display at EICMA
Royal Enfield Concept KX: in development
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Royal Enfield Concept KX: in development
Royal Enfield Concept KX: mockups in the build process
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Royal Enfield Concept KX: mockups in the build process
Royal Enfield Concept KX: the best looking Enfield we've ever seen
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Royal Enfield Concept KX: the best looking Enfield we've ever seen
Royal Enfield Concept KX: a retro-futuristic bobber concept 
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Royal Enfield Concept KX: a retro-futuristic bobber concept 
Royal Enfield Concept KX: triangular single sided swingarm looks great, with the brake disc behind the sprocket
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Royal Enfield Concept KX: triangular single sided swingarm looks great, with the brake disc behind the sprocket
Royal Enfield's Concept KX sports a hell of a profile and is the best looking Enfield we've ever seen
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Royal Enfield's Concept KX sports a hell of a profile and is the best looking Enfield we've ever seen
Royal Enfield Concept KX: hardtail look from the right, interesting single sided swingarm from the left
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Royal Enfield Concept KX: hardtail look from the right, interesting single sided swingarm from the left
Royal Enfield Concept KX: low twin pipes
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Royal Enfield Concept KX: low twin pipes
Royal Enfield Concept KX: reminiscent of the Indian Scout
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Royal Enfield Concept KX: reminiscent of the Indian Scout
Royal Enfield Concept KX: LED headlight
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Royal Enfield Concept KX: LED headlight
Royal Enfield Concept KX: front three quarter view
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Royal Enfield Concept KX: front three quarter view
Royal Enfield Concept KX: girder suspension on the front looks amazing
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Royal Enfield Concept KX: girder suspension on the front looks amazing
Royal Enfield Concept KX: headlight travels up and down with the front wheel
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Royal Enfield Concept KX: headlight travels up and down with the front wheel
Royal Enfield Concept KX: LED headlight with angel eyes
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Royal Enfield Concept KX: LED headlight with angel eyes
Royal Enfield Concept KX: single sided swingarm
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Royal Enfield Concept KX: single sided swingarm
Royal Enfield Concept KX: narrow exits on the twin exhausts
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Royal Enfield Concept KX: narrow exits on the twin exhausts
Royal Enfield Concept KX: girder fork
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Royal Enfield Concept KX: girder fork
Royal Enfield Concept KX: rear fender and brake light
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Royal Enfield Concept KX: rear fender and brake light
Royal Enfield Concept KX: slotted view through to the rear monoshock
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Royal Enfield Concept KX: slotted view through to the rear monoshock
Royal Enfield Concept KX: rear view
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Royal Enfield Concept KX: rear view
Royal Enfield Concept KX: leather solo seat
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Royal Enfield Concept KX: leather solo seat
Royal Enfield Concept KX: slim tank and waist
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Royal Enfield Concept KX: slim tank and waist
Royal Enfield Concept KX: nicely shaped tank
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Royal Enfield Concept KX: nicely shaped tank
Royal Enfield Concept KX: tastefully machined rims
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Royal Enfield Concept KX: tastefully machined rims
Royal Enfield Concept KX: 838cc v-twin
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Royal Enfield Concept KX: 838cc v-twin
Royal Enfield Concept KX: looks like a fun ride
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Royal Enfield Concept KX: looks like a fun ride
Royal Enfield Concept KX: curiously low-res digital dash is a let down
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Royal Enfield Concept KX: curiously low-res digital dash is a let down
Royal Enfield Concept KX: leather-bound cantilevered seat unit says what we're all thinking
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Royal Enfield Concept KX: leather-bound cantilevered seat unit says what we're all thinking
The inspiration: a 1930s-era Model KX Enfield from the 30s
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The inspiration: a 1930s-era Model KX Enfield from the 30s
1930s-era Model KX Royal Enfield V-Twin
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1930s-era Model KX Royal Enfield V-Twin
Concept KX with its inspiration: the 1930s-era Model KX side-valve V-Twin
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Concept KX with its inspiration: the 1930s-era Model KX side-valve V-Twin
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Royal Enfield has been busy of late, particularly with the launch of its new parallel twins, but its Indian design team also had time to knock up a truly sensational concept for EICMA. – the 838cc V-Twin "Concept KX" bobber, which we believe would sell like hotcakes in the Western world if it made it to production.

Inspired by Enfield's own Model KX, an 1140cc side-valve hardtail beauty of the 1930s, Concept KX is a rare and fascinating beauty with many details to enjoy. The front end uses a girder suspension system that lets the headlight travel up and down with the front wheel, sprung with a monoshock back to the steering head.

Royal Enfield Concept KX: girder suspension on the front looks amazing
Royal Enfield Concept KX: girder suspension on the front looks amazing

Meanwhile, the rear wheel seems to hang in the air from the right side, with only a slotted view through to the heavily angled shock giving any impression that the thing moves up and down behind the leather-clad, cantilevered solo seat unit. There's no brake disc to obscure your view of the tastefully machined rim, either. Moving around to the left side reveals a wide, triangular single-sided swingarm that looks terrific, as well as an ABS brake disc stacked in behind the sprocket.

Royal Enfield Concept KX: hardtail look from the right, interesting single sided swingarm from the left
Royal Enfield Concept KX: hardtail look from the right, interesting single sided swingarm from the left

The finish and materials on this thing, excepting the engine and the strangely cheap-looking digital dash, look a mile further on from what we've seen from Enfield's production bikes – and the overall lines and proportions are downright sexy, with the exception of the oddly kinked pipe coming back from the rear cylinder. It reminds us more than a little of the Indian Scout, and any comparison to designer Rich Christoph's work is a huge compliment in our books.

It would be a most enticing and welcome addition to the expanding Royal Enfield range if it were to hit production. But the factory is quick to quash such a suggestion: "Royal Enfield 'Concept KX' will remain a 'concept', taking pride of place at the very front of the Royal Enfield marquee at EICMA 2018 and is not intended for production."

Well we guess that's that, then. Enjoy a ton of photos in the gallery, or check out the video below that goes ever so slightly overboard on the lighting effects.

Source: Royal Enfield

Royal Enfield | KX Concept | Homage to the 1140 V-Twin

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4 comments
Mayakovski
Just like most all other manufacturers. Make a beautiful concept bike that is never intended for production, and then only sell mostly boring bikes to the world. And these companies wonder why motorcycle sales are declining. It's a no brainer, your not giving the riding public what they want. If RE built this bike as is, I would sell my MG and be first in line, cash in hand.
chidrbmt
Agree totally,Mayakovski. Indian did the same with their dirt track replica. The production model doesn't compare with the concept. Plus they add too much weight & complexity that raises the price with more stuff to go wrong. KISS.
usugo
Stunning? Beauty really is in the eye of the beholder Starring too much at the Aussie sun, I think!
Martin Hone
Very few, if any, concept vehicles make it into production in the form that people loved. This one would also be so compromised and lose its original appeal. I reckon the crancase looks very unattractive anyway