Finally, Royal Enfield's much-awaited new motorcycle has a name - the Shotgun 650. The bike made its debut at Motoverse, the company's ongoing motorcycle event in Goa. The Indian bike manufacturer also announced the price of the Royal Enfield Himalayan, another highly anticipated bike, at the same event today. The new Royal Enfield Himalayan is available for purchase in India at an introductory price of Rs 2.69 lakh (ex-showroom). Talking of the new Shotgun 650, the motorcycle takes inspiration from the SG650 concept, which made its debut at EICMA 2021. The two-wheeler showcased at the event is a factory custom motorcycle that will be limited to only 25 units, and accessible to only festival visitors. There isn't much substantial information revealed about this motorcycle, which the company describes as a 'surprise for the audience.' This new Shotgun 650, however, has an exquisite hand-painted colour scheme that will not be available on the production model. The limited-edition Shotgun 650 Motoverse Edition, which retails for Rs 4.25 lakh (ex-showroom), will be shipped to 25 customers beginning in January 2024.
The production-spec Royal Enfield Shotgun 650 will most likely sit alongside the Super Meteor 650 in the manufacturer's portfolio. If this turns out to be accurate, we may expect highly comparable pricing, with the base model costing around Rs 3.50 lakh (ex-showroom) in India. Let's take a closer look at this bike's engine and other features.
Royal Enfield Shotgun 650: Design
The limited Shotgun 650 Motoverse Edition shown at the event is a nod to the customising culture, according to the automaker. It exhibits a roadster-like design with its clipped fenders and bar-end mirrors. The bike has eye-catching artwork with a black and blue colour scheme. Among the features are a fully LED lighting system and a semi-digital console with a Tripper navigation unit. A round headlamp with an offset console on top, bar-end mirrors, a single seat configuration, and more are further prominent design elements.
Royal Enfield Shotgun 650: Engine On Duty and Hardware
Although precise details are under wraps, the Royal Enfield Shotgun 650 is most likely to share mechanical components with its other 650cc siblings, the Continental GT, Interceptor, and the Super Meteor. In terms of hardware, the bike is likely to feature an inverted fork and a double shock unit at the rear for suspension. Additionally, disc brakes on both ends—a feature shared by the Super Meteor—are also expected to be included.
Royal Enfield Shotgun 650: What the Company Has to Say?
Speaking about the launch of this new motorcycle, Siddhartha Lal, Managing Director of Eicher Motors Ltd., said, “The Shotgun 650 is a drop-dead gorgeous, custom-inspired motorcycle that brings together more than a century of Royal Enfield’s pure motorcycling DNA with the renegade spirit of custom culture. The objective was to build this modular, shape-shifting machine that is almost like a mutant disguised as a motorcycle. Powered by our award-winning 650-Twin platform, and an absolute delight to ride on straights and the twisties, the Shotgun 650 is our attempt to bring niche and newer categories of motorcycles to growing enthusiasts of self-expression across the world. The Shotgun 650 Motoverse Edition is just the start of our journey on this factory custom model; there’s a lot more to come.”