- Royal Enfield India is planning to reintroduce the Sherpa in 2020.
- The Sherpa could be the 250cc motorcycle.
- The Royal Enfield Sherpa used to be sold in the 1960s.
We all know that Royal Enfield will be introducing new motorcycles in 2020 to extend their line-up. Currently, the sale of 350cc motorcycles is decreasing and they are taking steps to increase sales by introducing BS6 compliant engines and new paint schemes. The 650cc twins received a very positive response from the media and from the consumers.
The Royal Enfield Interceptor and the Continental GT have been selling well due to its performance of its parallel-twin engine which is buttery smooth when compared to the other motorcycles from the Royal Enfield. The twins are placed very competitively in the Indian and the foreign market when you compare them to the other parallel-twin motorcycle.
Now, talking about the new motorcycle the Chennai-based manufacturer has just filed a trademark application for the name "Sherpa". Sherpa used to be a motorcycle that Royal Enfield sold throughout the 1960s. It was powered by a 173cc, two-stroke, single-cylinder engine that was sourced from Villiers Engineering. The engine was paired to a 4-speed gearbox and a multi-plate clutch. Villiers Engineering was a part of Norton-Villiers-Triumph as they held most of the holdings at that time. Eventually, the company failed and was dissolved in 1978.
Royal Enfield Sherpa was marketed as a safe and economical motorcycle. The company claimed that the motorcycle could hit around 90kmph. Eventually, the Sherpa was discontinued and was redesigned and rebadged as the "Royal Enfield Crusader". The Crusader was also available with a 250cc engine.
Considering the heritage of the Royal Enfield, we speculate that the Sherpa could be the 250cc motorcycle that the manufacturer is planning to launch in India. As of now, there is no information regarding the 250cc bikes from RE. However, once launched they will be a lot smoother and more refined than the current generation of bikes and will be priced competitively in the Indian market.