How about a 650cc Royal Enfield Classic motorcycle? Well, here’s a realistic render that shows what a Classic 650 could look like if in case Royal Enfield decides to build such a motorcycle. The render done by IAB shows the Royal Enfield Classic with the 650cc, parallel twin engine borrowed from the Interceptor 650/Continental GT650 – both bikes that will be launched by the middle of 2018 in India. Royal Enfield has not announced any plans to put this engine in the Classic range just yet. But it’s something that could happen in the future.
For this to happen though, the Classic line up of motorcycle will have to move to the double cradle frame used by the Royal Enfield Interceptor/Himalayan. Currently, the Classic, Thunderbird and Bullet range of motorcycles use a single downtube frame that uses the engine as a stressed member.
Only the Himalayan (half duplex) and the upcoming Interceptor/Continental GT use the dual cradle frame or its derivatives. The newly developed 650cc engine from Royal Enfield produces 47 Bhp of peak power and 52 Nm of peak torque. Meanwhile, here is a picture of the Classic with the single cylinder, 350cc UCE engine currently on sale.
The twin cylinder engine is a clean sheet design, and uses four valves per cylinder, fuel injection and is air-oil cooled. It also has a single overhead camshaft and a crank with a 270 degree firing angle. It won’t produce the classic thump that Royal Enfields are known for but will be more of a growl that motorcycles such as the Triumph Street Twin and Bonneville Scrambler make.
All said and done, we’ll be very happy if Royal Enfield decides to offer the 650cc parallel twin engine on the Classic range. But that’s something that will not happen at least until 2020. For now, the only other motorcycle that will receive the new, 650cc engine is the Himalayan, which will be launched with the new engine in 2020.