BREAKING: Royal Enfield 650 Cruiser Spied Again In Clearest Image Yet!
It will be the most expensive Royal Enfield, positioned above the existing 650 twins
- In a first for a Royal Enfield, the 650cc cruiser gets an inverted front fork.
- It is likely to feature a Bluetooth-compatible instrument cluster with turn-by-turn navigation.
- Expect Royal Enfield to launch the motorcycle in mid-2021.
The Royal Enfield 650cc cruiser has been spotted again and this time, we have the clearest image yet, revealing all the intricate details of the motorcycle. In a first for a Royal Enfield motorcycle, it comes with an inverted front fork. It holds a larger front wheel with a disc brake clamped by a 2-piston caliper. The front disc looks different from the one used on the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650. The company is likely to have changed the rotor to ensure it is compatible with the new front fork.
At the rear, it gets a smaller alloy wheel suspended on twin shock absorbers. There’s a large disc brake at the rear too, and it will get a dual-channel ABS as standard. The tyres appear to have a different tread pattern than the not-so-grippy Pirelli Phantom Sportscomp in the 650 twins. The double-cradle frame seems to be derived from the 650 twins, albeit with heavy modifications, particularly at the rear section. That portion looks a lot similar to the Royal Enfield Meteor 350.
The cruiser uses the same 648cc parallel-twin air-cooled engine with oil cooler as the 650 twins. In the twins, it produces 47.6PS and 52Nm. Expect the same figures from the cruiser as well. It’s pretty much a given that it will carry over the same 6-speed transmission with assist and slipper clutch. However, it remains to be seen whether Royal Enfield tweaks the ratios to suit the cruiser’s character.
The bike gets a low seat coupled with a wide handlebar and forward-set footpegs to ensure properly laidback ergonomics. The highway-friendly, refined nature of the engine combined with the easy-going riding stance should make the bike a much better milemuncher than the Interceptor 650. While the tear-drop fuel tank looks butch, we hope it has a bigger capacity than the Interceptor’s 13.7-litre unit.
The test mule also seems to be packing a twin-pod instrument cluster with one of the pods looking smaller than the other, just like the one on the Meteor 350. We wouldn’t be surprised if the smaller pod is for turn-by-turn navigation.
The 650cc cruiser is likely to be called the Royal Enfield Roadster 650, just like the Harley-Davidson Roadster. Expect Royal Enfield to launch this motorcycle in mid-2021. It will be positioned over the 650 twins, making it the most expensive Royal Enfield. Going by the kit the test mule packs, the cruiser could likely be priced at around Rs 3.5 lakh (ex-showroom). It will compete against the Kawasaki Vulcan S BS6.
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