Royal Enfield will soon start to exploit the 650cc segment, likely to offer more bikes with the 650cc twin-cylinder engine
Royal Enfield is currently focussing on the upcoming BS-VI emission norms. The recently launched 650 Twins are based on the Royal Enfield’s “P” platform and as per the brand, no new bikes will be launched on the same platform for the next couple of year. Here are five bikes apart from the Royal Enfield Interceptor and the Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 that would be launched in the Indian market in the near future most likely around 2021.
1. Royal Enfiled Himalayan 650
The Royal Enfield Himalayan is the first adventure bike from the brand and it has gathered a decent number of sales in the market. However, there are many who feel that the Royal Enfield Himalayan is underpowered for its weight. Even though the Himalayan is powered by a new LS410 engine, the 24.5 Bhp and 32 Nm produced by it is not enough for the heavy bike.
Royal Enfield is expected to launch the all-new Himalayan 650 and it is expected to get powered by the newly developed 650cc parallel-twin engine. With the new fuel-injected, air-cooled engine in place, the new Himalayan could get more power and a smoother running engine.
Being an adventure bike, the Himalayan needs a strong low-end and the all-new engine can be tuned to do just that. It produces a maximum of 47 Bhp and 52 Nm of peak torque but that can change as per the need of the bike.
2. Royal Enfield Cafe Racer Flat Tracker
The Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 is an excellent cafe racer and is the cheapest bike in in its segment in India. Royal Enfield first introduced the Continental GT with the single-cylinder 535 engine but it was not a very popular model in India due to the extreme weight and under powered engine. However, the all-new Continental GT has become quite popular in the market. Going forward, Royal Enfield may launch a semi-faired, flat tracker version of the Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 as a variant of the bike.
Inspired by iconic vintage bikes, the flat tracker will get a semi fairing to ensure maximum protection against the windblasts. The bike also gets the similar vintage styling and a single-seat set-up. Rest of the bike’s body is expected to remain similar to the Continental
3. Royal Enfield 650 Scrambler
There is no doubt in the fact that Royal Enfield is one of the most verstile brands in India. It experiments a lot with its products and products like Himalayan and Continental GT are examples. Royal Enfield will soon launch Scrambler version of the 350 and 500 Classic in the Indian market and they would be known as Royal Enfield Trials. In the future, Royal Enfield may offer a bigger version of the Scrambler powered by the 650cc parallel-twin engine. The Royal Enfield’s 650 Scrambler is expected to be designed very attractively for the youths.
It could get a monoshock suspension in the rear with a suspended rider seat. While the body, engine and the headlamp may remain similar to the Interceptor, being a Scrambler, Royal Enfield will do minute changes like installing upswept exhausts and a different handlebar on the 650 Scrambler. There would not be any direct rival of the 650 Scrambler and it would be the most affordable twin-cylinder Scrambler available in the Indian market when launched.
4. Royal Enfield Thunderbird 650
The Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 and 500 have been around for a long time in the Indian market now. With the upcoming waves on new bikes coming to the market, Royal Enfield may launch the all-new Thunderbird 650 in the market. The Thunderbird is a long-distance cruiser bike is aprreciated by the long-distance tourers in the market.
It gets a laid-back riding position thanks to the long and wide handlebars which allows the riders to cruise for hours without getting tired. The bigger 650cc engine would only make things better for the Thunderbird riders as the bike would perform much better on the highways and would be able to attain more speed. The Thunderbird 650 would be a dream bike for many long distance tourers.
5. Royal Enfield Bobber 650
The Bobbers are extremely stripped down versions of bikes. Going forward, Royal Enfield may launch one in the coming years. The Bobber 650 can be the stripped down version of the Classic 650. The Bobber gets the minimalistic look and from the looks of it, the all-new Bobber 650 will open up a new segment in the market.
The Bobber 650 is expected to get broader tyres, a mono suspension in the rear, and a unique, floating single seat for the rider. It will be like a factory-custom model from Royal Enfield if it goes into production. But then, Royal Enfield is known for launching unexpected bikes in the market and the Bobber 650 may just become a dream come true for many.