The Royal Enfield 650 platform could spawn different variants like Scrambler or Flat Tracker, depending on market trends and customer demands.
The development was confirmed by Rudratej Singh (Rudy), President - Royal Enfield, on the sidelines of the Royal Enfield Classic 350 Signals Edition launch. When questioned about a possible scrambler variant of the 650 cc platform, Rudy said, -
When we talk about segments, an adventure tourer or a scrambler; we are an everyday use, accessible fun-motorcycling brand but yes, there will be certain leanings towards certain sides, which are fitting in the brand.
Royal Enfield aims to become a global leader in the middleweight motorcycle segment (250-750 cc). The bike maker has confirmed a year-end launch of the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and the Continental GT 650 in the domestic market. The introduction of a niche offering like a Scrambler/Flat Tracker variant may not be a priority, but it would help RE break into new markets.
If introduced, the Royal Enfield 650 Scrambler/Flat Tracker could rival the Triumph Street Scrambler and the Ducati Scrambler regarding market segment. The Scrambler 650 could use most of the cycle parts from the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650. Expect it to share the engine, chassis, electricals, and instrumentation among other aspects.
The bike could feature a minimalist design with redesigned bodywork, chopped fenders and relaxed ergonomics with raised handlebars. The Royal Enfield 650 Scrambler is likely to share the suspension hardware with the 650 twins, but it could receive different parameters for rebound and compression damping with higher wheel travel.
Royal Enfield could take a leaf out of Triumph’s book when it comes to wheels and tyre sizes. The company could use a 19- and 17-inch wire-spoke wheels at the front and back, with knobby off-road tyres. The Scrambler 650 could come equipped with a single-seat option and a rear parcel rack in place of the pillion seat.
Powering the Scrambler 650 could be the same 648 cc, parallel twin engine that powers the Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 and the Interceptor 650. On the 650 twins, the oil-cooled, fuel-injected motor churns out 47 bhp of max power at 7,100 rpm and 52 Nm of peak torque at 5,250 rpm. The engine works in tandem with a slipper-clutch assisted 6-speed gearbox.
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