Royal Enfield has some really big plans for this year and the next with a number of new motorcycles lined up for launch. If the existing lineup of the new Classic 350, Bullet 350, Meteor 350, Himalayan, Scram 411, and the 650 twins does not tickle your fancy, the 650cc parallel-twin engine is set to get many new avatars and the new J platform 350cc engine too will spawn new bikes. Here’s a look.
Royal Enfield Hunter 350
The Hunter 350 will be based on the Royal Enfield J platform as are the Meteor 350 and the new Classic 350. It’ll be styled as a roadster with slightly rear-set footpegs and more upright ergonomics. Directly rivalling the likes of Honda CB350RS, it’ll be powered by the same 349cc single-cylinder engine as the Meteor and the Classic, delivering 20.2 hp and 27 Nm of torque. It would also get the Tripper navigation pod but as an optional extra. The Hunter 350 could be the most affordable Royal Enfield sitting above only the Bullet 350 which is still powered by the UCE engine. Expect a launch sometime in early August.
Royal Enfield Bullet 350
The quintessential Royal Enfield, Bullet 350 will be brought to the J platform as well, powered by the new engine that also sits on the new Classic 350, Meteor 350, and the upcoming Hunter 350 as well. So, the power figures will be the same 20.2 hp and 27 Nm of torque but the Bullet will in this version become a lot more refined than before.
Renditions of the Royal Enfield 650 twin
The Thunderbird/Super Meteor 650 cruiser, a bobber based on the SG650 concept, and a retro-themed 650cc roadster have been spotted testing a number of times now. Royal Enfield’s 650 parallel-twin engine was quick to grow popular, even more so in the international markets.
A production-ready version of the Shotgun 650 was seen while on test recently and is expected to launch sometime next year. These upcoming 650 models will all be powered by the 648cc parallel-twin engine that makes 47 PS and 52 Nm of torque, paired with a six-speed gearbox. The bikes should get a slipper clutch and a dual-channel ABS as standard fitment.
Royal Enfield Himalayan 450
After much anticipation over a 650 twin Himalayan, it is now confirmed that the new Himalayan 450 will have a new engine and platform. The new 450cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine will likely deliver figures close to 40 hp and 45 Nm of torque, paired with a six-speed gearbox. It will likely feature three ride modes – Road, Rain and Off-Road. Unlike the current-generation Himalayan 411, it’ll have ride-by-wire and also, switchable ABS. Expect its launch in early 2023.