Royal Enfield 1931 976cc 2 cyl sv



Royal Enfield  1931  976 cc side valve  V-twin frame 8627  engine K 9291 697

The Redditch  based Royal Enfield firm entered the motorcycle business as early as 1898:  In the early days engines from De Dion powered their tricycles and quadricycles; Minerva supplied the power for the first motorized cycles. 
In the years before WW I  the company was very successful with light  Motosacoche-engined V twins. 
These machines were equipped with the famous Enfield two-speed gear, involving twin primary chains. 
In the rear wheel  hub a rubber cush drive was fitted, to take the punch out of the chaindrive. 
This feature was to be incorporated into all Royal Enfields until the very end.  In the 1914 Junior TT eight out of nine Royal Enfield twins finished, with a very creditable five in the first twenty places.
Directly after the Great War Enfield marketed two successful models: the  light 2 ¼ HP two stroke and the V-twin sidecar machine. 
Later in the twenties the range was expanded, and  for the 1931 season  no less than nine models were catalogued, of which the model K was the top model. 
Later on in the thirties  the model KX would appear, which sported an 1140 cc engine.
This model K is a nicely restored machine and  equipped with Lucas electrics.