Is This The Royal Enfield Classic 650?
The bike has been spotted testing along with the 650cc cruiser that we’ve already seen before
Royal Enfield seems to be cooking multiple dishes out of its versatile 650cc platform. After the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and the Continental GT 650, the Chennai-based bikemaker is all set to launch a more premium 650cc cruiser, likely to be called the Roadster 650. But this time around, along with the cruiser, a more classically styled motorcycle has also been spotted testing. We believe it could be the Royal Enfield Classic 650.
The riding posture is clearly different from the 650cc cruiser because of the low handlebars and upright ergonomics. The footpegs are also mid-set instead of the forward biased units on the 650cc cruiser. The rear fender is also shorter than the cruiser’s, and you can’t miss the trademark pea-shooter exhausts, quite similar to the one on the Royal Enfield Classic 350.
The Classic has had a very strong brand recall and it feels natural for Royal Enfield to offer something more powerful in a similar, delightfully classic package. While it will share the same powertrain as the current 650 twins, the motorcycle’s underpinnings are likely to be shared with the 650cc cruiser. You can read more about the cruiser here. In terms of pricing, it is likely to be a little more affordable than the cruiser, which is expected to cost around Rs 3.50 lakh (ex-showroom).
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The Royal Enfield Classic 650 will also enjoy the distinction of being the only classic-styled motorcycle with modern mechanicals in the segment. Will it manage to become Royal Enfield's cash-cow in the 650cc segment? Only time will tell.
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