Royal Enfield is having a great time in the 350CC+ category at the moment. They dominate this class with a 95% share in India and are also among the highest selling motorcycles in the west. The company is well and truly on its successful way to launch 20 motorcycles in the next 5 years as they claimed. Royal Enfield has already launched Himalayan and Meteor 350. The next motorcycles on the cards are Classic 350, Hunter, Interceptor 350, Interceptor 350 and the newly spied Cruiser 650. Watch the below video
What is it?
It’s a Cruiser with a twin-cylinder engine from Interceptor 650. From the spy shots, it looks like the bike would have two riding positions. One in which the footpegs are forward set like a true cruiser and another where the footpegs are slightly rear set. In this video, the motorcycle with the chrome exhaust has front set footpegs and the motorcycle with black exhaust seems to have rear-set footpegs.
Given the motorcycle has twin exhausts it would be safe to assume that it would come with the 650CC twin-cylinder engine from the Interceptor 650. The Int 650 has been an international success that the company wants to scale to other models. The engine produces 47HP of power along with a 52NM peak torque. Royal Enfield Cruiser 650 would have similar power figures with slightly longer gear ratios. The video shows the three bikes comfortably cruising at 120KMPH which is an exciting sight for long-distance riders in the country.
Price and Launch
Royal Enfield is on course to launch one motorcycle every 3 months. The company has already launched Meteor 350 and Himalayan in the last 6 months. The launch of Cruiser 650 cannot be predicted as the company is currently testing Interceptor 350, Classic 350, Cruiser 650, Interceptor 650 and Hunter 350. It is uncertain where the Cruiser 650 fits into the launch cycle. It could be launched in two months before any other model or could be launched after all the others are launched.
Given the Interceptor 650 is around 3.25 Lakh on road, the Cruiser should be expected to command a similar price tag, making it an exceptional value.