A big surprise and huge deviation in design language happened at the EICMA show in Italy when Indian motorcycle manufacturer Royal Enfield showed the KX Concept motorcycle. Inspired by the classic KX 1140 V-twin motorcycle of the 1930s, Royal Enfield says the KX Concept is a showcase of their design prowess and was completed in a mere six months.

Although an interpretation of the classic design, the connection between the KX Concept and its predecessor from 80 years ago can easily be discerned. Cues to the 1930s design can be seen in the wide handlebars, V engine, “floating” single seat, flat-tip exhaust and fuel tank finished in British Racing Green.

Royal Enfield did not disclose the engine capacity of the KX but a “838” logo on the engine might be an indication. Exhaust exits on the right side, in the traditional style.

A unique touch on the KX Concept is its suspension, with a girder fork – possibly made from aluminium – installed on the front end, and the headlight cowl integrated into the fork covers. At the back is a triangluar single-sided swingarm attached to a shock absorber under the seat.

Modern equipment installed on the Royal Enfield KX Concept include disc brakes and rear, clamped by Brembo callipers, with the front wheel being a 19-inch hoop shod in Maxxis DTR-1 rubber. Chain drive gets power to the rear wheel and LED lighting is used throughout, while a circular digital instrument readout is found inside the cockpit.