Royal Enfield files trademark for ‘Classic 650 Twin’ — launch this year?


It is no big secret that Royal Enfield is working on an extensive lineup of motorcycles in the 350cc, 450cc as well as 650cc ranges. The internet is often flooded with spy shots of various upcoming Enfield bikes spotted testing on the roads. Among the various motorcycles in development, the one everyone has been waiting for is the new 650cc Classic.

Given the Classic 350 has been the primary breadwinner for the Chennai-based manufacturer, the ‘Classic’ moniker holds great value. Test mules of the Classic 650 have been spied on numerous occasions over the last year or so. Now, Royal Enfield has filed a trademark for the upcoming twin-cylinder Classic.

Royal Enfield has trademarked the name ‘Classic 650 Twin’ which essentially confirms the development of such a bike. Prior to this, everything was mere speculation. The upcoming Classic 650 Twin will be based on the same underpinnings as the other 650cc models from Enfield namely— Interceptor, Continental GT, Shotgun, and Super Meteor. 

However, changes are expected to be made to the chassis, especially to the sub-frame. Suspension setup will be tuned according to the requirements of the bike. In terms of look, the Classic 650 will carry over the same styling as its 350cc namesake, barring an additional peashooter exhaust muffler. Both chrome and blacked-out elements will be seen depending on the variant one chooses.

When it comes to features, it is likely to get the same analog instrument console as Classic 350 with a small digital inset, and a USB charging port. That said, Enfield might offer the 650cc Classic with an LED headlight setup.

When it comes to hardware, the Classic 650 Twin will get conventional telescopic forks up front and twin shock absorbers at rear. Braking duties will be carried out by disc brakes at both ends, aided by dual-channel ABS. It is expected to roll on 19-inch front and 18-inch rear wheels— alloy or wire-spoked depending on the variant one chooses.

Powering the Classic 650 will be a 648cc parallel-twin, oil-cooled engine which pushes out 47 bhp and 52 Nm of peak torque. This motor will be paired with a 6-speed gearbox via a slip and assist clutch. We expect the upcoming Classic 650 to be the most affordable model in the 650cc range, slotted below the Interceptor. Therefore, expect to be priced around Rs 3 lakh (ex-showroom).


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