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Will you be riding in a Toys for Tots Drive?Royal Enfield brings bigger twin motorcycles to U.S. as Harley-Davidson goes smaller overseas

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The Toys for Tots Glenside chapter serves lower western Bucks and eastern Montgomery counties, providing free toys for needy families.

HORSHAM, PA — It may be hard to believe, but Toys for Tots season is almost upon us.

On Oct. 1, the Glenside chapter of Toys for Tots, which provides toys to more than 1,000 families in lower western Bucks and eastern Montgomery counties, will be up and running again. Guy Vogel, assistant coordinator for the group — which operates out of a warehouse on Gibraltar Road in Horsham Township — said he needs all the help he can get.

“Our shelves aren’t even stocked yet,” Vogel said in a release from the group. “I’ve had nobody coming in. It’s been very slow going.”

The chapter will get some help from a motorcycle ride planned for the second year in a row. Organized by John Davis, of Horsham, the ride begins at 11 a.m. on Oct. 21 at Hannum’s Harley-Davidson, at 3255 State St. in Sellersville.

It will end with lunch at Bikes Built Better, at 133 Horsham Rd. in Horsham.

“There’s no way of knowing how many will come out,” Davis said in the release. “I was surprised last year that we had something like 30 bikers show up and a couple of cars.”

Riders can register for the ride beginning at 10 a.m. on Oct. 21 at Hannum’s Harley-Davidson. Cost to participate is either $10 or one unwrapped toy. Horsham Police will escort ride participants to make sure the group can stay together for the ride.

Davis, a Navy veteran and Patriot Guard rider, has been involved with Toys for Tots since 2006.
Formerly of Delaware, Davis participated annually in a 30-mile motorcycle toy drive in Ocean City, Md.
When he relocated to the greater Philadelphia area, Davis says he looked to get involved with a ride here, but
discovered a similar ride did not exist. So, last year he created his own.

For more information about the ride, call Davis at 302-730-8899

To volunteer with the Glenside Chapter of Toys for Tots, visit its website.

Donations of new, unwrapped toys for kids up to age 13 can be dropped off at 103-109 Gibraltar Rd.,
Suite 109 in the Workspace Property business park.

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Royal Enfield will expand its motorcycle lineup in North America next year with the introduction of its first twin cylinder bikes to be produced since 1970.

Royal Enfield, the Indian motorcycle manufacturer with its North American headquarters in Milwaukee, will roll out the Interceptor INT 650 and the Continental GT 650 in North America next spring. The motorcycles join Royal Enfield’s lineup of middleweight motorcycles but feature the more powerful single overhead cam, eight-valve, air and oil cooled twin parallel engine.

The 648-cubic centimeter engine driving the new models makes the twins the most powerful in the Royal Enfield North America lineup and move Royal Enfield North America, which has its headquarters and flagship dealership at 226 N. Water St. in Milwaukee’s 3rd Ward, into market space that iconic Milwaukee-based motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson Inc. is seeking to carve out with its 500cc Street line.

The new models will be available at North American dealers in spring 2019 and will start at manufacturers suggested retail price of $5,799 for the Interceptor INT 650 and $5,999 for the Continental GT 650. Custom and Chrome models will add to the price. The models will include ABS and a 3-year warranty with roadside assistance.

The Continental GT 650 is a sporty cafe racer, while the Interceptor INT 650 is what Royal Enfield describes as a stylish roadster. The two have links in former twins of Royal Enfield’s past but are entirely new motorcycles developed jointly by Royal Enfield’s development teams in India and at its state-of-the-art technical center at Bruntingthorpe in the United Kingdom.

The models were first unveiled at the EICMA Motorcycle Show in Milan in November and were subsequently introduced in European and Asian markets. At the unveiling, Royal Enfield CEO Siddhartha Lal said the company hoped to lead and expand the middleweight motorcycle segment (250cc-750cc) worldwide.

“In international markets the twins will play a strategic role not just for us but for the industry to expand the mid-weight segment and invite new users into the category,” Rudratej Singh, president of Royal Enfield, said in a press release last week. “We expect the Interceptor INT 650 and the Continental GT 650 to represent the perfect opportunity to upgrade commuters in South East Asia and Latin America, as well as expand the motorcycling segment in USA and Europe.”

While Royal Enfield’s engine sizes grow in North America, Harley-Davidson — the U.S. market leader in heavyweight motorcycles by a wide margin — plans to introduce smaller bikes into international markets like Royal Enfield’s home country.

Harley-Davidson’s new strategic strategy to grow internationally includes the launching of a “more accessible” smaller displacement bike for its emerging markets in Asia, with specific focus on India. Harley also intends to expand in the middleweight motorcycle space, adding its first adventure touring motorcycle, the Pan America, in 2020 and a Streetfighter model targeted for 2020.

 

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