After being in news recently for its highly awaited Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650, Royal Enfield hits the headlines once again. The Chennai-based motorcycle manufacturer has helped a team of Indian army create a new record. A team consisting of 58 members of the Army Service Corps (ASC) managed to ride a Royal Enfield 500cc motorcycle for a distance of 1.2 km. This feat was achieved by the team at Air force station in Yelahanka and is a new world record. The previous record was made by the team daredevils from Army signal corps when 56 riders rode a Royal Enfield motorcycle back in the year 2010. The team that has recently created the world record is well known by the name Tornadoes and it is led by Major Bunny Sharma. The motorcycle was ridden by Subedar Rampal Yadav. The team is known for its skills and has numerous records to its name. To be precise, the Tornadoes have created a total of 19 world and national records till date.
The team was founded back in the year 1982 by Captain JP Verma and Colonel CN Rao. The Tornadoes appeared for the first time in the 1982 Asian Games that took place in New Delhi. At present, the team comprises of 35 junior ranks along with two officers and two JCOs (Junior Commissioned Officers).
In other news, as already mentioned, Royal Enfield has recently taken the wraps off its two high anticipated motorcycles that go by the name Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650. The two get power from a 648cc, twin cylinder engine mated to a six-speed transmission system, churning out 47 hp of power and 52 Nm of torque. Braking is done with the help of a 320mm disc brake upfront along with a 240mm disc brake at the rear. An Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) has been fitted as standard for safe and effective braking. The two bikes are expected to be launched in India early next year.