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Royal Enfield 650cc cruiser strikes nearer to manufacturing | Autocar India

Written by Ravi Kapoor

Upcoming 650cc cruiser from Royal Enfield has been noticed with USD forks, Tripper navigation, amongst different options.

Sightings of Royal Enfield’s 650cc cruiser take a look at mules are nothing new at this cut-off date however the latest one signifies that the bike is sort of near being production-ready. 

Royal Enfield 650cc cruiser: key observations

The take a look at mule noticed right here bears greater than a passing resemblance to the smaller cruiser in Royal Enfield’s line-up, the Meteor 350. The swooping rear fender, the spherical tail-lamp and even the instrument cluster with the Tripper navigation pod, all very intently resemble the Meteor. 

Probably the most obtrusive distinction right here is the presence of the 648cc parallel-twin from the Interceptor and Continental GT 650. Mated to a 6-speed gearbox with a slip-and-assist clutch, the air and oil-cooled engine makes 47hp at 7,250rpm and 52Nm of torque at 5,250rpm within the present fashions, and the cruiser ought to get related, if not similar figures.

An essential mechanical change on the cruiser is the presence of a USD entrance fork compared to a traditional telescopic fork on the entrance on the present 650 twins. It additionally rides on alloy wheels versus the wire-spoke wheels discovered on the Interceptor and Continental GT. The cruiser’s switchgear too is borrowed from the Meteor. All these similarities reinforce the hearsay that this upcoming bike could possibly be referred to as the Tremendous Meteor 650. 

The take a look at mule spied right here includes a black end on the case covers in addition to the engine head, whereas the 650 twins get a brushed aluminium end on these components. One other distinctive characteristic is the presence of a heel-shifter, as soon as once more one thing that you just get on the 350cc Meteor. 

The cruiser seems to be almost production-ready, with absolutely fashioned physique panels, well-finished instrumentation and an general full look. It’ll fairly presumably be unveiled by the top of this 12 months. When it does lastly make its approach to showroom flooring, anticipate a variety of variants, color choices and equipment on supply, as is typical for current bikes from Royal Enfield. This cruiser has additionally been noticed in a extra reasonably priced kind elsewhere, with a traditional entrance fork and wire-spoke wheels. It will likely be fascinating to see the place issues stand as soon as the mud settles with RE’s 650cc line-up, as soon as all the brand new fashions are launched. Count on the cruiser fashions to sit down barely larger than the Interceptor 650, which is presently priced from Rs 2.88 lakh-Rs 3.14 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). 

Would you decide this over the 650 twins in RE’s line-up when it’s launched? Tell us within the feedback part beneath.

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