RE has teased a motorcycle, which it will display on 6th November at the EICMA 2018 in Milan. Speculations say that the teased model might be a Royal Enfield 650 Bobber.
Royal Enfield is launching the 650 Twins next month in India. RE Continental GT 650 and Interceptor 650 are the amongst the most anticipated two-wheelers of this year. In development with this, RE had stated that this engine might be used in other upcoming models as well. Now, RE has released a teaser photo of an upcoming model, which will be showcased at 2018 EICMA. Based on the design outline, we think that it might come up with a new Bobber.
So what is a Bobber? Bobbers are basically a type of cruiser motorcycle which is made smaller or is ‘bobbed’. In this type of motorcycle, the front fender and the rear fender are shortened. It gets minimal bodywork with a completely naked body.
The teaser photo shows a cover on the upcoming Royal Enfield 650 Bobber motorcycle. Based on the design cues, we speculate that it is a Bobber. Inside the cover, it gets a round-shaped headlamp and a short front fender. The tires seem to be pretty huge with a chance of spoke wheels.
The Royal Enfield 650 Bobber gets a tall stance. The single spring seat is similar to that on the Classic 500. At the rear end also, you can spot a short fender and a huge chrome exhaust. It could be a fusion of retro-modern design styling.
The engine and platform will be the same as that of the upcoming 650 Twins. So, the Royal Enfield 650 Bobber might use the 648cc liquid cooled parallel twin-cylinder engine. This engine puts of 47 BHP max. and 52 Nm of peak torque. The engine pairs up with a 6-speed gearbox and a slipper clutch.
The RE 650 Twins are built on a new steel tubular, double cradle frame. The 650 Bobber will also use this platform. The Bobber will get telescopic forks in the front and twin coil-over shocks. For braking, the Bobber might use a 320mm disc brake in the front and 240 mm disc at the rear. It will continue to use dual-channel ABS setup as standard fitments.
Sometime back, we reported that HD is planning to enter the premium entry-level with bikes between the 250-500cc range. Meanwhile, RE is also planning to launch a couple of bikes in premium segment to take on Harley Davidson. So, this could be the first one in the list.
As of now, RE is busy with the upcoming Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650. Also, it is updating its existing models with the latest ABS safety feature.