Royal Enfield Shotgun 650 Clear Spy Image shows clear SG650 concept inspirations with few modern features…
So, Royal Enfield have a number of motorcycles lined up to be launched based on their various platforms in the upcoming months.
Earlier in the year, the Scram 411 made its debut, while a few weeks back the Hunter 350 joined the stables. The 350 platform is still waiting for the new-gen Bullet 350 to join it, which is undergoing testing and during its last spotting, looked production-ready.
They even have a brand new 450 cc platform on which two motorcycles are under testing – Himalayan 450 & alleged Roadster 450. This platform is brand-spanking-new and has been developed overseas at their new R&D centre in the U.K. The novelness of this platform could be seen in the new design language which the Himalayan 450 & Roadster 540 test-bikes are carrying.
Upcoming Royal Enfield Shotgun 650 Captured Clearly; Appears Production-Ready
Yet, the most anticipated motorcycles from the oldest motorcycle manufacturer in the world (of course other than the Himalayan 450) are the Super Meteor/Thunderbird 650 & the Shotgun 650 based on their premium 650 cc platform.
However, till now we didn’t have much information on the new Shotgun 650 motorcycle, which is based on the ‘SG650’ concept showcased at the EICMA 2021. But now, we have a clear capture of the upcoming Shotgun 650 being tested on our roads, thanks to fellow bike enthusiast – N.D. Santhosh.
Looking at the image of the captured test-bike, the fit & finish of the bike suggest that the bike is in the production-ready avatar, and probably is undergoing its final stages of testing & benchmarking.
The stance of the bike appears to be closer to a roadster than the traditional cruiser bike. This fact is also supported by the riding triangle of the bike illustrated by the test-rider riding the bike. The handlebars are flat & mounted higher, the seat is relatively in-line with the lines of the fuel tank and the footpegs are set between the knees & the hips of the rider. This riding triangle offers an upright and comfortable riding position and is generally characteristic of a roadster motorcycle.
The design language of the bike continues to be RE staple – Neo-classic. Round headlight & taillight, round amber-coloured turn indicators, teardrop-shaped fuel tank, big front & rear fenders, flat seat etc, all are the elements that add to the retro appeal of the bike.
Yet, adding the new-age touch to the roadster are elements like – single-disc braking hardware aided by dual-channel ABS, Upside Down Forks (USD) at the front, semi-digital instrumentation, liquid-cooled motor and standard or optional Tripper Navigation pod.
The upcoming Shotgun 650 will be the fourth bike for the Chennai-based company based on their premium 650 cc platform and will share a lot of fundamental elements from its siblings. It will borrow the same 648 cc, parallel-twin engine which currently powers the Interceptor 650 & Continental GT 650 and will also be found on the upcoming Super Meteor 650/Thunderbird 650. This motor boasts an output of 47 HP and 52 Nm of torque connected to a 6-speed transmission system.
Expect the new Royal Enfield Shotgun 650 to make its debut not before next year, i.e. 2023. There are a lot of motorcycles in the pipeline waiting for their debut. Currently, the RE Super Meteor/Thunderbird 650 could be the latest bike to be released sometime in late October or November 2022.