Royal Enfield has released a teaser image of a bike under wraps, with the caption – “6.11.2018, LIVE from #EICMA2018. Block your dates!” The company is thus all set to unveil a new motorcycle at the famous EICMA motor show in Milan, which is scheduled to commence from 6 November 2018.
Not much is known about the upcoming new Royal Enfield motorcycle. However, reports suggest that it will employ the same 650cc, twin cylinder engine that is seen on the Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650. The silhouette of the bike looks to adorn a Bobber architecture. As a result, we expect to see a new Royal Enfield Bobber 650 to be unveiled at the upcoming show. Reports are also pointing towards the Chennai-based automaker extending its Classic range of motorcycles with the launch of a Classic 650.
Under the veil, a few design elements can be seen that point towards the motorcycle being designed like a bobber. These include a chopped front fender, a double cradle frame, and a curvy nacelle which is eerily reminiscent of the Indian Scout Bobber. The front wheel appears to be larger than the rear wheel. We thus expect the front to get 19-inchers while the rear might be equipped with 18-inch wheels. This is a combination that is widely adopted in various bobber motorcycles.
The teaser image shows a circular headlamp assembly with semi-circular LED daytime running lights (DRLs). However, it is not yet known whether the headlamp illumination is through halogens or LEDs. The bike also features a single cantilevered seat that looks similar to the ones found on the Classic 350 and Classic 500 models. Interestingly, the bike comes with RE’s latest font style on the fuel tank, albeit with the old logo’s layout. This might be an indication of the motorcycle coming with various modern-day elements while being in line with RE’s heritage and retro theme.
Powering this new model will likely be the same 650cc engine that made its debut under the Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650. This twin cylinder motor generates 47.6PS at 7,250rpm while pumping out a peak torque of 52 Nm at 5,250 rpm. Transmission duties are handled by a 6-speed gearbox with a slip-assist clutch.