We first saw them at EICMA 2021, and soon the 120th Anniversary Royal Enfield twins—INT 650 and Continental GT 650—will cross the Pacific Ocean and hit American shores. Although mechanically the same as the standard 650 twins, the 120th Anniversary Royal Enfields have many distinctive aesthetic changes, along with functional enhancements.Let’s start with the fuel tank. The limited edition twins get a black-chrome process that Royal Enfield developed at its manufacturing facility in Thiruvottiyur, Chennai, India, which has been turning out Royal Enfields since the 1950s. Royal Enfield claims the graphite-based chroming is an “alternate, sustainable trivalent eco-friendly process.”
To complement the black-chrome tank, which gets hand-applied yellow pinstripes, the engine and exhaust system are blacked out, as are several smaller components.While admiring the tank, it is impossible to miss its incredible brass badges. The badge design was a collaboration between Royal Enfield designers in England and India. However, the magic is in the execution.The Sirpi Senthil family has been creating brass effigies for Indian temples for centuries. Based in Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu, India, the family has produced multiple generations of artisans. The tank badge project with Royal Enfield is the first time the Sirpi Senthil family has worked with a motor company.Fans of the Royal Enfield INT 650 and Continental GT 650 will notice that many Royal Enfield Genuine Motorcycle Accessories have been added to the twins for the 120th Anniversary Edition. Note the bar-end mirrors, flyscreen, engine guards, and heel guards, for instance. Just in case anyone missed all the other styling cues—such as the color-matched brown grips and cross-stitched seat—there’s an unambiguous 120th Anniversary decal on the side panels.The motorcycles will be produced in very limited quantities. There will be 480 examples produced, with 30 INT 650s and 30 Continental GT 650s imported to the United States. The motorcycles will be sent to four regions, with each region getting its own numbered badges on the top of the tank. So, the US versions will each have a number from 1 to 60 on the top-tank badge.We don’t have a date for the arrival of the 120th Anniversary Royal Enfield twins, or a price.
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Suzuki V-Strom 1050 DE + Scott Casey – Living with PTSD and the Rolling Barrage
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends, a weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling.
My name is Arthur Coldwells.
The new Suzuki V-Strom DE has just been announced, and Avery Innis, Training and Publications Manager from Suzuki Motor USA, is just the expert to explain its nuances to us. The V-Strom has always been a superb, yet inexpensive platform, and the new DE variant gets more serious about ADV riding. I find out from Avery whether the new upgrades are worthwhile; and the place that the new V-Strom has in the current market.
Our second segment covers a subject that’s a little more serious than usual.
Many veterans and first responders suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, aka PTSD.
Scott Casey—himself a sufferer—decided to try and help his fellow vets, and started a cross-Canada charity ride in 2016 called the ‘Rolling Barrage’. It was—and is—incredibly successful.
It’s not just a tremendous ride. The Rolling Barrage is a place for like-minded sufferers and their supporters to ride together. They get some serious “wind therapy” whether it’s on just a stop, or a leg of the ride, one day, a weekend, or even the whole ride. Scott opens up with Associate Editor Teejay Adams about his personal history, and how he came to create such a brilliant and worthy real-world event that truly helps.
The Rolling Barrage is a supportive network of brothers and sisters. To quote Scott Casey: “this is the family you never knew you had”.
It was a Nation exploding into civil war. In 1992, the collapse of the former Yugoslavia triggered an international armed conflict that would last more than 3 years and eventually see nearly 100,000 people killed. Canadians were thrown into what was declared a peacekeeping mission, but it wasn’t. They were going well beyond the rules of engagement that were provided by the UN. Told by Scott Casey, Former Canadian Peacekeeper.