Third time's a charm: Could this be Royal Enfield's 650 cruiser?
A pair of short videos have been uploaded to YouTube appearing to show a new Royal Enfield cruiser in testing, powered by the same basic engine as the firm’s existing 650s - the Interceptor and Continental GT.
Lasting just 22 seconds in total, the two clips (available here and here) look to show the rear and side profiles of a new bike featuring a parallel twin engine sharing similar dimensions to the current Interceptor and the Continental GT models. Although Royal Enfield refused to comment when asked about the clips, this capacity assumption is further supported by a similarly egg-shaped right-hand engine case, complete with Royal Enfield logos.
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Unlike the existing models, the mystery blacked-out bobber has been equipped with upside down forks and does away with spoked rims for a more modern design. The single front disk brake has also been shifted from the left to the right-side of the wheel and, up front, the dual analogue clocks have been dropped in favour of a more centralised main instrument, with a smaller secondary display.
Flowing backwards from there, the bike sports a low-slung bobber design and flat tank reminiscent of a Harley-Davidson Iron 883 - complete with twin pipes and twin shocks. it’s hard to say for certain from these videos just how the chassis has been altered to achieve the cruiser look, though.
With both existing 650 twins costing in the region of £5699 to £6399 and producing around 46bhp, a new cruiser model would sit in direct competition with Honda’s CMX500 Rebel, which uses a retuned version of the CBR500R parallel twin to create a 46bhp bobber, costing between £5799 and £6199.