You might own a Royal Enfield motorcycle but did you know what is the procedure followed to design them? Each RE motorcycle is a bit unique. Some motorcycle consists of parts that are handcrafted while some get the artwork done by a skilled artist. We can get a better idea about this if we get a chance to visit a manufacturing facility of Royal Enfield and take a look at their manufacturing process. Recently a YouTuber named ‘Autospinn Channel’ posted a video capturing a detailed walkaround of Royal Enfield’s manufacturing unit in Oragadam, Chennai.
When it comes to powertrain, then the Royal Enfield engines are known for their rugged performance and air-cooled design. Royal Enfield manufactures its engines in house. The engine is first completely assembled and then independently tested on an engine test rig. Various parameters such as emissions, sound, and vibrations are tested to ensure that they are within the specified limits. With the advent of BS6 Emission Norms, the engines now are far more advanced than their predecessors.
Starting with fitting the engine on the chassis, the products are given their final shape in the assembly line. The other parts such as the front and rear tyres, fenders, electrical wiring, fuel tank, instrument console, headlight, seat, front & rear indicators, and tail lamp are added next. Once the motorcycle is ready, it is put through another round of testing. This includes checking acceleration, brakes, and exhaust. Apart from this, the motorcycle is also tested at the test track facility which is outdoor.
Recently, certain restrictions were lifted in the green and orange zone. With this, Royal Enfield started production at its Oragadam factory. The operations are being carried out with less number of staff working in shifts. The company is strictly following social distancing and sanitization norms that are critical for controlling the spread of coronavirus. The other two manufacturing units of Royal Enfield in Tiruvottiyur and Vallam Vadagal are yet to begin production.