India’s first 1,000 cc ‘hand-built’ V-Twin motorcycles are just months away. No, we’re not talking about backyard custom bike builders here but a boutique bike company from an Australian – Paul Carberry – and an Indian – Jaspreet Singh Bhatia. Say hello to the Carberry 1,000, a made-in-India handbuilt motorcycle that uses Royal Enfield components to keep costs low.
Tell me more…
Paul Carberry is an Australian who built the world’s first 1,000 cc V-Twin engines based on 500 cc Cast Iron Royal Enfield cylinders. He then modified Royal Enfield motorcycles with strengthened frames to host these engines, thus creating the world’s first 1,000 cc Royal Enfields.
The man’s moved to Bhilai, India, and has now partnered Jaspreet Singh Bhatia to restart Carberry Motorcycles here. The first motorcycle from Carberry will feature a 1,000 cc V-Twin four stroke engine. Apart from the drive shaft and two of the four cams, every part in the new engine has been custom designed and built.
The motor makes 56.32bhp @ 4800 rpm, while torque is rated at 108 Nm @ 5250 rpm. Each engine will be hand built, and will sit in a custom-built chassis, again designed by Carberry. The final bikes are expected to have a retro look, somewhat like Royal Enfields, but will have their own distinct identity with the Carberry badge, and of course, the 1,000 cc V-Twin engine.
Meanwhile, here’s a video showing the completed engine in action.
How much for it, and when can I buy one?
Paul Carberry expects to start taking orders for complete bikes in three months from now. Export orders for standalone engines will start sooner than that. Given that the bikes are hand-built, they’ll command a price of about 7 lakh rupees. This is about half the price at which they were sold in Australia as both labour and parts are cheaper in India.
Of course. The engines and chassis will carry markings from Carberry, and will be homologated as all-new motorcycles, to be sold under the Carberry brand . This means that you can ride these motorcycles on Indian roads like any other high-end bike, and also get them registered at an RTO near you.
PS: Royal Enfield owners around the world, who want to plonk in the Carberry 1,000 V-Twin engines in their bikes may begin contacting Carberry Motorcycles. The V-Twin engines for export are nearly ready.