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    Royal Enfield: Book tells story behind making of Indian biking giant

    Synopsis

    From the beginning of the brand's journey in India in the early 1950s, the Enfield bikes have had quite a ride. Initial success and acceptance notwithstanding, by the 1980s, the brand was considered an underachiever and a basket case.

    Royal Enfield is also beefing up with an aggressive product strategy to protect its turf.
    A new book maps the trail-blazing story of the brand, the company and most of all, the individuals who have made Royal Enfield what it is now -- a premium homegrown consumer brand for the global markets. The book, "Indian Icon: A Cult Called Royal Enfield", is written by journalist Amrit Raj. Beside spilling the beans on the "behind-the-scenes takeover dramas" and the "bare-knuckled battle" to create the iconic brand, it is also the story of the clash of the old guard with the new leading to dramatic changes in the business.

    "New brands inspire the kind of devotion that an Enfield does. Its distinctive look and feel, the sound of its engine and the image that it creates of its rider have all contributed to putting the brand on the kind of pedestal that others could only dream of.. The book takes you to the heart of the Royal Enfield story," said Raj.

    From the beginning of the brand's journey in India in the early 1950s, the Enfield bikes have had quite a ride. Initial success and acceptance notwithstanding, by the 1980s, the brand was considered an underachiever and a basket case.

    Come 1990, Vikram Lal of Eicher took over the brand and gave it a whole new lease of life in 1990. Later, his son Siddhartha brought marketing and product together and catapulted the bike to an iconic status.

    Today, Enfield has come to epitomise successful business turnarounds.

    Touted to be "deeply researched and expertly narrated", the book, according to publishing house Westland, is a worthy addition to the shelf of both business readers as well as Royal Enfield aficionados.

    It also got high praise from who's who of the auto industry including Sunil Kant Munjal and R C Bhargava, chairman of Hero Enterprise and Maruti Suzuki, respectively.

    While Munjal said no chapter on India's motorcycle and scooter industry would be complete without a "meaningful documentation" of the Royal Enfield, Bhargava described the book as a "fascinating story" of the transformation of a brand.

    "It is a great Indian example of entrepreneurship, grit, passion and resilience," said Bhargava.

    The 301-page book, priced at Rs 699, is currently available for sale on online and offline stores.
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    3 Comments on this Story

    kumar54 days ago
    Unfortunately youngsters are modifying bikes and making it a source of noise. This needs to be curbed. As technology progresses we need machines which make less sound and disturbance. A city is livable if weakest is able to lead a happy life. Would you go past your parents who are heart patients and make this noise ??
    Valerian Pereira55 days ago
    wonderful Bike:
    Elegant:
    and the Sound is like DADKAN..Heart Beat...DAG...DAG..DAG..
    Sexy..
    very versatile.
    Mf: Electric..
    make it safe to ride..
    sell to the world especially Africa and South America.
    Srila Ramanujam55 days ago
    ..well even as its nearest competitor Mr.Harley is reeling with fixing its prices on its per unit products, Royal might enjoy taking away the market share.....of course a HD cannot be a RE but.....if a choice of mountain- tough bikes, both come up as a choice i guess!
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