MAHWAH, NJ – Having lost the Victory line of motorcycles a year ago when Polaris announced it was folding the brand, Locomotion Powersports here is restocking its showroom in 2018 by adding Royal Enfield. Paperwork was signed Thursday, according to Royal Enfield’s regional manager for the northeast, Omar Buker.
The Triumph, Polaris and Slingshot store at 79 Franklin Turnpike expects to begin receiving new Royal Enfield models next week. “I carry Triumph so I thought it would fit well and they have a low price point. I like what they have coming down the pike,” Locomotion Powersports owner Anthony Petralia said Friday.
Royal Enfield is coming out with three new models for 2018 – a 411cc adventure-touring model called the Himalayan and two 650cc retro twins (pictured above), the Interceptor and the Continental GT. They join existing 500cc models.
“I like the authenticity of their current models, the history of Royal Enfield and the fact that they’re getting back to their roots with the twins,” said Petralia. The Interceptor and Continental GT will sell for less than $7,000, while the Himalaya is priced at only $4,500.
Locomotion Powersports is the second dealer in the Hudson Valley to pick up Royal Enfield in the past couple of months. It joins Royal Enfield of Albany in Schenectady, NY.
Besides serving customers from northern New Jersey, it will also likely draw shoppers from New York City as well as Rockland, Westchester, Orange and Putnam counties in New York, and perhaps beyond. The only other Royal Enfield dealer in the northeast is Mark’s Motorsports in Enfield, CT.
Petralia added that Locomotion Powersports is still technically a Victory dealer. While the brand didn’t build any new motorcycles for the 2018 model year, the company still exists from a dealer standpoint until June 2018. A check of the dealership’s website showed a few remaining Octane models for sale.
– By Bud Wilkinson
(Photos courtesy of Royal Enfield and Locomotion Powersports)