2024 Royal Enfield Shotgun 650 review – Cruiser, custom and unlikely sportsbike in one


  • Based on Super Meteor 650
  • Removable rear subframe
  • Superb value for money

At a glance

Power: 46 bhp
Seat height: Medium (31.3 in / 795 mm)
Weight: High (529 lbs / 240 kg)


New £6,699
Used £6,700

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
4 out of 5 (4/5)

There’s more to Royal Enfield’s Shotgun 650 custom cruiser than meets the eye. On the face of it it’s a simple retro cruiser dripping with Bike Shed custom cool and it’s laid back and all-day comfy, but it’s also sporty and fun to ride with neutral handling, lots of grip and an engine that’s packed with torque and a deep throbbing exhaust note.

There are few things not to like and that’s quite a trick, but it gets better, because it’s also solidly finished and nicely detailed. It punches well above its weight and all for a lot less than its retro cruiser competition.

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Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
4 out of 5 (4/5)

At its world launch in California, Royal Enfield were keen to demonstrate how the Shotgun 650 is more than just a cruiser and has the minerals to fire through the twisty canyon roads in the hills north of LA. It’s through these seemingly endless switchbacks where it shows off its sporty side.

New generation Royal Enfields are neutral handling, surefooted and roll effortlessly into corners. Developed, engineered and tested by many an ex-Triumph employee, the Indian-built Shotgun 650 has the easy, balanced feel of a Hinckley machine. It too, has pounded endless laps of Bruntingthorpe Proving ground at their Leicestershire Technology Centre, around their Idiada test base in Spain and on the road. It’s a machine that looks like it’ll trip over its own shoelaces at speed, but never does.

The steel backbone chassis is based on the Super Meteor 650 cruiser’s, albeit with sportier-sized wheels and steering geometry. Upside down Showa Separate Function Big Piston Forks and twin shocks give a clue to the Shotgun 650’s intentions and while it’s a hefty 240kg, crashes over big bumps and will easily graze its mid-mounted pegs, it carries its weight beautifully and shines on smooth, winding tarmac. Caress the bars with light inputs and it floats from corner to corner with little effort, using the engine’s low-down grunt and smooth power to maintain momentum.

Royal Enfield Shotgun 650 tested for MCN by Michael Neeves

Ceat tyres (100/90 x 18 front, 150/70 x 17) have all the dry grip you need (we haven’t tested it in the rain) and while the single front disc and twin-piston Bybre caliper set-up won’t set the world alight, the rear with its 300mm disc/twin piston caliper, has monstrous power. If you’re used to giving it big footfuls of rear brake, you’ll need to introduce some finesse to your braking.


Next up: Reliability
4 out of 5 (4/5)

Like the chassis, the Shotgun 650’s air-oil cooled parallel twin-cylinder engine is the same as the Super Meteor 650’s and the one that’s wowed us before in the Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650. Producing 46bhp@7250rpm and 39lb-ft@5650rpm of torque, it’s perkier than its modest power figures might suggest, thrives on its low-end grunt, has a smooth throttle response and just the right amount of character without, being too vibey.

Royal Enfield Shotgun 650 engine

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
4 out of 5 (4/5)

Out of the crate there’s nothing cheap feeling about the Shotgun 650, despite its affordable price tag. Its blue, white, grey or green paintjobs are quality, and classy touches include the enamel-like finish on the rocker and engine covers, handlebar clamp and cast headlight surround.

The seat is nicely stitched and the mudguards and side panels are metal, not plastic. It’s too early to say how reliable it will be but looking at our Owners’ Reviews of the almost-identical Super Meteor 650 and the Interceptor 650 and Continental GT twins, which have the same engine, it’s a mixed bag.

Many have found their Royal Enfields to be trouble-free with minimal corrosion and good build quality for the price and for some the opposite, so buyer beware.

Royal Enfield Shotgun 650 fast cornering

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
4 out of 5 (4/5)

As a mid-pegged custom cruiser, the Shotgun 650 doesn’t have any direct rivals, but compared to retros from the big brands it’s affordable and great value for money, which is why the new-generation Royal Enfield have been such a success. Claimed fuel consumption is a 62mpg, which isn’t as good as it could be for a 650 in such a light state of tune and short, 3000-mile service intervals.

Other models in a similar market sector include the Honda Rebel 500, which uses the firm's well-used parallel-twin engine in a small cruiser chassis and the Kawasaki Vulcan 650, which does likewise with the engine from the Ninja, Z and Versys 650s.

Royal Enfield's own Super Meteor 650 and Interceptor 650 are also rivals, being based on the same platform, and the incoming Moto Morini Calibro does a very similar job, too, although we've not ridden one yet.

Royal Enfield Shotgun 650 front with valley view


4 out of 5 (4/5)

The Shotgun 650 is a cruiser and a scratcher, with styling inspired by the custom world. Royal Enfield teased it as the ‘SG650’ prototype at the 2021 EICMA motorcycle show, with its mix of old school ‘restomod’ styled bodywork and modern upside-down forks.

It’s sold as a two-seater, but the pillion seat can be removed to reveal a rack, or the whole rear subframe can be quickly unbolted with four screws for a bobber-style, single-seat set up. From there you could go full ‘Bike Shed’ and cut down the mudguard, fit a loud pipe, or wherever your turn-ups take you.

Standard equipment includes a centre stand, Showa suspension, a classy dash, LED lights, coke bottle grips, finned exhaust clamps and a Monza stye fuel cap. The dash is a classy analogue/digital mix of old and new. Separate gauge is a turn-by-turn Google sat nav that links to a smartphone via Bluetooth. Neat switchgear is sturdy, simple and easy to use with button to scroll through dash. Old school-style rotary switches operate headlights and kill switch.

Royal Enfield Shotgun 650 dash


Engine size 648cc
Engine type Air/oil cooled 2v parallel twin
Frame type Tubular steel spine
Fuel capacity 13.8 litres
Seat height 795mm
Bike weight 240kg
Front suspension Showa 43mm USD forks non adjustable
Rear suspension Showa twin shocks, preload adjustable
Front brake 320mm disc with twin piston Bybre calipers. ABS
Rear brake 300mm disc with twin-piston caliper. ABS
Front tyre size 100/90 x 18
Rear tyre size 150/70 x 17

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption -
Annual road tax £117
Annual service cost -
New price £6,699
Used price £6,700
Insurance group -
How much to insure?
Warranty term Two years

Top speed & performance

Max power 46 bhp
Max torque 39 ft-lb
Top speed 115 mph
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range -

Model history & versions

Model history

  • 2024: Royal Enfield Shotgun 650 arrives in dealers

Other versions

Royal Enfield Super Meteor 650. Feet-forward cruiser style. Shares the same engine and frame.

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