A few days ago, the all-new Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 made headlines as the bike was sighted during one of its test runs. And now, a test mule of the 650cc version of the company's most popular motorcycle - the Classic - has been spotted for the first time in the country. Based on the spy images, the Classic 650 is suspended with the help of telescopic forks with shrouds at the front and twin shock absorbers at the rear. Design-wise, the new Royal Enfield Classic 650 looks similar to the Classic 350. As you can see, the 650cc version gets a headlamp casing, wire-spoked wheels, long mudguards, a split-style seat setup, and even peashooter exhausts. In terms of riding ergonomics, the motorcycle comes with centre-set footpegs and an upright handlebar, intending to offer a comfortable riding posture.
Royal Enfield Classic 650: Expected Powertrain
The Royal Enfield Classic 650 will be based on the same platform that underpins the Super Meteor 650. At its heart will be a 648cc, oil-cooled, parallel-twin engine cranking out 47bhp of maximum power and 52Nm of peak torque. The engine will be coupled to a 6-speed transmission, and a slipper clutch will be standard.
Royal Enfield Classic 650: India Launch Details
Upon its launch, the Classic 650 will become the fourth model in the company's lineup to be propelled by a 648cc parallel-twin engine, following in the footsteps of the Royal Enfield Super Meteor 650, the Continental GT 650, and the Interceptor 650. It is speculated that the Classic 650 will launch in the country in early 2025. Speaking of its pricing, the bike could stand between Rs 3 lakh and Rs 3.2 lakh. Prices are ex-showroom. When launched, it will be Royal Enfield's answer to the upcoming BSA Goldstar.
Royal Enfield Himalayan 450: Design, Hardware & More
In other news, Royal Enfield is planning to roll out the all-new Himalayan 450, which is expected to make its market entry sometime in September 2023. The bike has been spotted on several occasions, revealing a single-pod instrument console, a circular LED headlight, a tall visor, a massive fuel tank, a wide handlebar, a compact windshield, new grab rails, split seats, LED taillamps, rear-view mirrors, and a tail rack.
The suspension setup of the Himalayan 450 will comprise long-travel upside-down front forks and an offset mono-shock at the rear. Braking duties will be carried out by discs at both ends, supported by a dual-channel ABS system. We anticipate the Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 to be priced at around Rs 2.80 lakh (ex-showroom). In terms of market rivalry, the new Himalayan 450 will lock horns with the KTM 390 Adventure, the BMW G 310 GS, and the Yezdi Adventure.