Royal Enfield Scram Trademark Filed: Is It A 650cc Scrambler Or A Meteor 350-based Scrambler?
The Royal Enfield Scram trademark was filed just last week
Royal Enfield filed a trademark for the name ‘Royal Enfield Scram’ just last week. It says ‘Formalities Chk Pass’, which means the application has been filed correctly, pending further inspection. This trademark application comes in just after the ‘Royal Enfield Shotgun’, filed last month. So what does it mean, exactly? Well, according to our analysis, there are two possibilities:
A 650cc Scrambler
This is the most obvious route Royal Enfield may take for its upcoming scrambler. The Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and the Continental GT 650 have been the brand’s truly global products, so it makes sense to bring out another iteration, just like how Triumph did with the Bonneville series, with the Street Twin and its scrambler variant, the Street Scrambler.
The 648cc parallel-twin air-cooled engine’s 47.6PS and 52Nm output figures are good enough for the upcoming scrambler to take on the trails. We’d be delighted if Royal Enfield tunes the gearing appropriately for a better low-end grunt. Expect the bike to have spoke wheels at both ends with block pattern tyres, perhaps a bash plate, taller scrambler-style reinforced handlebars, raised fenders, and if we’re lucky, bear-claw footpegs. With these additions, the Royal Enfield Scram 650 could be priced at around Rs 20,000 over the Interceptor 650, which currently retails at Rs 2,75,467 (ex-showroom Delhi).
A Royal Enfield Meteor 350-based Scrambler
Royal Enfield may just go with the new J-platform and offer a scrambler based on the Meteor 350 and the upcoming new-generation Royal Enfield Classic 350. We’ve already seen the naked roadster variant, the Hunter 350, being tested so it seems natural for Royal Enfield to bring out another variant designed to tackle light trails. If you can recall, Royal Enfield tried this before by launching the Royal Enfield Bullet Trials 350/500. But it didn’t exactly do well in India as the dated 350cc and 500cc motors and the cumbersome chassis weren’t really cut out for the job that the Trials range was meant to do.
The new J-platform’s brand new chassis, an all-new, more refined engine seem to be ideal for the upcoming Royal Enfield Scram 350. Like the Trials range, this motorcycle could also get spoke wheels at both ends with rugged tyres, metal bash plate, and perhaps raised front and rear fenders. Changes to the chassis or the powertrain are unlikely to keep the costs in check. If Royal Enfield makes the Scram 350, it could cost around Rs 10,000 more than the Royal Enfield Meteor 350, which is priced at Rs 1,84,319 (ex-showroom Delhi).
Royal Enfield is unlikely to worry about the Himalayan cannibalising the Scram 350 if it is pegged at our estimated price point. That’s because the company knows the Scram 350 will have its own niche following. Moreover, niche genres such as scrambler and cafe racer work quite well in the international market, so, like the Royal Enfield Continental GT 650, the Scram 350 may be ideal for the export market.
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All said and done, the trademark has just been filed, and we haven’t seen any test mules on the road so far. So the Scram 350 or the Scram 650 may only be launched in mid-to-late 2022, which is a fair timeline considering the impact of the ongoing second wave of the coronavirus pandemic on the brand’s business plans.
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