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Exclusive: Carberry Enfield moves operations to India

Carberry specialises in 1,000cc V-twins based on existing Royal Enfield engines

Executive Editor

Paul Carberry’s name should ring a bell if you like motorcycles, especially if you like Royal Enfields. Paul is the Australian gent behind Carberry Enfield, the firm that successfully crafted a 1,000cc V-twin engine based on the Royal Enfield 500cc single cylinder engine. Carberry Enfield sold a few of these machines. Recently, they closed doors in Australia. OVERDRIVE spoke to Paul earlier today and he is making ready to open Carberry Enfield for business once again. The new base of operations is – wait for it – India! Paul Carberry has found an Indian investor who has, obviously, invested, but also convinced Paul to move to Bhilai, India.


The Indian operation is still at a very early stage. Paul Carberry said he is still working out the suppliers he needs to make his motorcycles and that includes, among other things, foundries who produce good, well-made castings. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the Australian Carberrys ran smoothly and well, so Paul Carberry’s reputation for meticulous engineering is perhaps well-deserved. It’s that level of quality that Paul intends to keep while making the motorcycles here.

While it is too early to comment on pricing, Paul did suggest that the cost of the motorcycles, because of India’s scale as well as lower cost of operation, could drop to just over half of what it was in Australia. But actual numbers will come later. Cost is not something that Paul is concerned about right now. He is busy setting up the operation and getting ready to make the motorcycles. The first India-made Carberry Enfield 1,000cc V-twin is still six to eight months away.

Carberry engine

Paul Carberry also noted that moving to India also has another advantage. From the very beginning, Carberry’s Enfields were designed to use as many original parts as possible so that the bike could be fixed as easily as possible. The spread of spare parts in Australia, it stands to reason, is vastly smaller than in India where 98 per cent of all Royal Enfields made annually are sold. When asked about service, Paul says he’s working out whether the company needs to be represented across the country or some other form of customer service needs to be employed.

Australian magazine Motorcycle Trader reports that Royal Enfield, was in fact, one of the first customers of the Carberry Enfield. There was an exploration as to whether Royal Enfield would just absorb Carberry Enfield but this didn’t lead anywhere. The company reportedly ended the discussion saying that Paul was using the non unit-construction engine and that migrating the V-twin to the new UCE platform would be too much work.

Carberry enfield

The man who has invested in Carberry Enfield is a Bhilai-based businessman Jaspreet Singh Bhatia. Bhatia has a real estate business, a paper mill and a carton factory. But he’s a motorcycle enthusiast. His friend supplied him with an old Royal Enfield parallel twin crankcase and Bhatia – not an engineer – managed to cast and craft himself a running – “not very well” he rushes to clarify – engine. But this interest in Carberry Enfield actually started with him reading about the motorcycle in OVERDRIVE years ago. At that time, Paul was not actually making bikes and their chats led Jaspreet into investing in Carberry Enfield and bringing the operation to its new home in India.

If you’d like to get in touch with Paul Carberry for more details, or to book one of his wonderful 1,000cc V-twin Royal Enfield-based specials, email him at carberryenfield@hotmail.com or call him at +91-90094 11111. His website and other details should become available in a couple of months as the business re-establishes itself in its new Bhilai-based headquarters.

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  • Ganesh

    Indeed it’s very best news for today

  • https://twitter.com/prasenjit220 Prasenjit Debroy

    Great story. Looking forward to some gems!

  • jeetendra jagwani

    This was long long awaited. Finally a move in the right direction. Now..all the enthusiasts please wake up and support a good move. I am sure he will have order books full for way too long. I want to place an order already. Just let us know when and how!!

  • jeetendra jagwani

    Thought god for that. I wonder why Royal Enfield thought the Himalayan model had a better market than a 750 twin!! Even a cursory scan of the forums would have told them otherwise. Himalayan is not going to go anywhere. Frankly Enflied India hasnt done anything innovative till now to drastically take up the Bullet sales. Just slight tweaks here and there. The Royal enfield has been selling on its own steam. The groups are all so well managed and self managed. Its been a breeze for Sid. Since ages there were talks of Fritz egli etc etc supposed to be consulting with Enfield for a more powerful model…nothing came of it. Even now the power has been bumped up from 22bhp to 27bhp…the engine has yes has changed from CI to unit construction..so more power at the rear wheel…but how much more? why havent we already moved to a refined twin??

    • shiva

      People love that single cylinder sound…that’s why they puchase bullet….for v-twin there r a lot of option available in the market.

      • jeetendra jagwani

        great! and so how come you were interested in this article?

        • shiva

          It’s an innovation….people will be interested in buying this bike….but in no way it can outsell the original RE

          • paul

            not possible to out sell RE if a RE is required for a donor

    • Nibin Najeeb

      The Himalayan will sell more than any vtwin considering that this is the only royal Enfield that appeals to the “jap bike” crowd and the only “sell by paper specifications” bike they have.
      Royal Enfield normally was never a logical purchase but now it is, thanks to the Himalayan, v twin Enfield is awesome but if costs more than street 750 it makes no sense as well… sadly

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