Carberry Motorcycles: India’s cheapest litre-class bike is here

Austrailian custom Royal Enfield motorcycle builder, Carberry Motorcycles has launched its first motorcycle in India. The made-in-India litre-class engine is priced at Rs. 4.96 lakh and is the cheapest 1,000cc engine available in the Indian market. However, Carberry is yet to ARAI approval for the complete motorcycle, and only the engine is currently available for the existing Carberry bikes, exports or display purposes.

Hand built motorcycle

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The motorcycle is an outcome of the partnership between Austrailian Paul Carberry and India’s Jaspreet Bhatia. Paul is known for building world’s first 1,000 cc V-Twin engines based on the 500 cc Cast Iron Royal Enfield cylinders. Paul has now moved to Bhilai, Chattisgarh, India and is working on the hand-made motorcycles from the country. The duo will soon move the operations to Pune, Maharashtra.

The hand-made engine gets a lot of modifications. The V-Twin four-stroke engine only retains the drive shaft and two cams from Royal Enfield engine. Everything else has been redesigned and has been custom designed. The engine produces a maximum power of 56.32 Bhp at 4,800 rpm and the torque peaks at 108 Nm at 5250 rpm.The engine is completely hand built and sits in a custom designed chassis. The Royal Enfield chassis that are used to build the motorcycles have been strengthened to carry the extra weight and power.

The engine also gets seven plate clutch with strengthed primary chain drive, 5-speed transmission, hydraulic lifters and a heavier crankshaft. Carberry has also added a new heavy-duty starter motor and the clutch design similar to a 2.0-litre car engine. It has an oil capacity of 3.7 litres, and the lifters and oil pumps have been given their own housings.

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The engine is said to have a very linear power delivery throughout the rev range and has a very old school design that will be appreciated by custom bike enthusiasts. The exhaust system is independent of the engine is a part of the motorcycle frame.

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The V-Twin engine is completely hand built and sits in a custom designed chassis. The Royal Enfield chassis that are used to build the motorcycles have been strengthened to carry the extra weight and power. The motorcycle will arrive later this year for the certification process and will be up for sale in the Indian market.

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The company is currently accepting bookings for the engine at 50% deposit. The waiting period will be from four to seven months for the engine. Carberry is currently planning to sell the engines to the custom motorcycle makers in India and will also export to various foreign countries.