Royal Enfield has undergone a exceptional transformation over the previous few years, evolving from an archaic also-ran to a market chief. The Indian agency seeks to cement that place in 2023 by launching a spread of cruiser fashions impressed by final 12 months’s SG650 idea.
For months now, prototype Enfield cruisers displaying quite a lot of kinds from tourers to bobbers have been noticed on take a look at in India. Some members of the general public have been capable of report movies of the bikes and put up them to YouTube. All share the identical 650cc parallel twin engine mounted in a twin-shock chassis, and carefully mirror the design of the SG650 idea. When the SG650 was launched late final 12 months, the agency mentioned it confirmed “what the Royal Enfields of the future could look like.” It appears that future may be very practically upon us.
All prototypes function the acquainted 648cc parallel twin used within the INT (Interceptor exterior of the US) and Continental, the place it clocks in for 47 hp and 38 pound-feet of torque. Those numbers aren’t more likely to change a lot for the cruisers: it’s a easy engine, with two valves per cylinder operated by a single overhead camshaft, and its energy degree completely aligns with European license guidelines that restrict much less skilled riders to not more than 47 hp.
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The body used on the brand new cruisers is extra like that of RE’s Classic 350 or Meteor. It’s an ideal match for the chassis that appeared within the SG650 idea. Like different latest Royal Enfields, the SG650 was developed on the firm’s UK R&D facility below the watchful eye of design and product planning chief Mark Wells, and the body is bound to have been penned by the consultants at Harris Performance, which was purchased by RE in 2020.
Spied variations of the upcoming cruiser have recommended a number of potential fashions. At least three variants have been noticed: a touring mannequin, with upside-down forks and alloy wheels; a extra conventional cruiser, with wire wheels and right-way-up forks; and a bobber model with shortened fenders, USD forks and alloy wheels. There have been sightings of accesszorized variations with tall screens, baggage and pillion backrests in addition to stripped-down single seaters that carefully resemble the SG650 bobber idea.
Several potential names have been recommended. “Super Meteor” has been extensively used, reflecting the bottom model’s visible similarity to the prevailing single-cylinder Meteor. Other titles embrace ‘“Roadster,” a name trademarked by Enfield’s dad or mum firm, Eicher Motors, final 12 months. The title “Shotgun” was additionally the topic of a number of emblems relationship again to early 2021, and one which’s clearly hinted at by the “SG650″ identify used on final 12 months’s idea bike.
Just because the INT650 basically acts as a cut-price various to classics like Triumph’s Bonneville and the Continental appeals to clients who would possibly aspire to a Triumph Thruxton, the brand new cruisers seem like a great stepping stone for riders searching for low-cost, low-power equivalents of the Bonneville Speedmaster and Bonneville Bobber. It’s a market that Triumph itself has recognized; it’s engaged on a spread of single-cylinder machines, basically utilizing half a Bonneville 1200 engine, to plug that hole in its vary.
All indications are that the brand new Royal Enfield twins might be prepared for launch in direction of the top of this 12 months. Like different latest RE fashions, they’re anticipated to have a stripped-back enchantment, so don’t anticipate TFT screens, high-powered multimedia techniques and layers of menus to navigate. That mentioned, the bikes will seemingly function helpful nuggets of know-how, just like the Tripper navigation system already used on a number of of the corporate’s bikes.