Royal Enfield launches in Cambodia

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International motorcycle brand, Royal Enfield, has launched its first flagship store in the capital of Phnom Penh, with TF Motors its official distributor in the Kingdom.

Royal Enfield has made five of its bike models available in Cambodia in 2020, all of which feature either a single-cylinder or twin-cylinder engine.

  • Bullet 500
  • Classic 500
  • Himalayan (411cc)
  • Interceptor 650
  • Continental GT 650 Cafe racer

Royal Enfield’s Head of Business in the APAC (Asia Pacific) markets, Vimal Sumbly, said: “Royal Enfield has become a very important player in the global mid-size motorcycle market by re-inventing this space with motorcycles that are evocative, engaging and great fun to ride. We are delighted to be formally entering Cambodia, which happens to be one of the key motorcycling destinations for avid motorcyclists around the world. Together with TF Motors, we are going to build a bigger, more exciting motorcycle community in Cambodia.”

Homan Tandijono, CEO, TF Motors, added, “We are honoured to partner with Royal Enfield – the world’s oldest motorcycle brand in continuous production. We share the same vision to grow exponentially by expanding our footprints in Cambodia, reaching out to more customers and communities and providing a delightful customer experience.”

In 2019, the number of newly registered motorcycles in the Kingdom was 531,269.

Cambodian driving license

Cambodia updated its traffic laws earlier in 2020 and have been enforcing license and registrations.

The fine for not having a motorbike driving license was previously $4 but increased to $15.

By law, every driver in the Kingdom of Cambodia needs a valid drivers license but currently, you don’t require a license for motorbikes under 125cc. Regardless its recommended you still have a Cambodian or International drivers license. You can find out more about the type of Cambodian driving licenses here.

Type A driving licenses are required for driving motorcycles in Cambodia

  • Type A1: Type 1 of Type A driver’s license for motorcycles with a for 49-125cc.
  • Type A2: Type 2 of Type A driver’s license for motorcycles greater than 125cc.

There is also a smartphone “app” called Cambodia Driving Rules (available on iOS and Android) designed for both Cambodian citizens and foreigners. The app is meant to assist with:

  • Understand the theory of driving.
  • Do a mock exam on the theory of driving.
  • Understand the laws and regulations.

Expat users have remarked that the English language and types of questions on the app are not always ideal.

Who are Royal Enfield?

The British motorbike brand has been operating for 119 and manufactures the oldest motorcycle in continuous production – the Bullet.

The brand has its roots in the UK but has been manufactured in India since the 1950s. The brand is a division of publicly-traded Eicher Motors Limited (EICHERMOT), in India.

The company claims that “today Royal Enfield is one of the fastest-growing motorcycle brands in the world and one of the leading players in the mid-size motorcycle segment (250cc-750cc) globally”.

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