Royal Enfield Thunderbird 650 could use Interceptor 650’s engine to be the cheapest 650cc cruiser in India. We speculate it to launch by end of 2019.
During the launch of Royal Enfield 650 Twins, many reports came suggesting that the 650cc engine will be used in other motorcycles as well. RE has confirmed that it would not bring any new model till 2020.
However, they have not denied the fact that new 650cc motorcycles are in development. We expect Royal Enfield Thunderbird 650 and Himalayan 650 to debut either by the end of this year or mostly next year.
Royal Enfield Thunderbird 650 might actually be a success. As of now, there are no 600-700cc cruisers in India, that too under the price of Rs 3-4 Lakhs.
Thunderbird series is the original and only cruiser in their stable. The raised up laid back handlebars and the cruiser-type seat with a backrest qualify its nature.
If Royal Enfield Thunderbird 650 actually comes into play, it would be the cheapest one in town. RE would easily price it under Rs 3 Lakhs, to offer a stiff competition.
In this price range, there is currently no such powerful cruiser. Most of them range between 200-400cc. The nearest competitor for 650cc Thunderbird will be Harley Davidson Street 750, which is way overpriced.
Thunderbird 650 will use the same 648cc air-cooled twin-cylinder engine. The engine puts out 47 BHP at 7,000 RPM and 52 Nm of peak torque at 4,000 RPM. The bike will come mated to a 6-speed transmission.
The styling bits onboard will most likely be similar to the regular Thunderbird. The beefy fuel tank, chrome fillings, spoke wheels and the round headlamps might be the same.
Similarly, Royal Enfield Himalayan 650 might also come into play. Customer reviews have suggested that the 411cc engine for Himalayan might feel a bit underpowered. Even RE would place this bike under Rs 3 Lakh range.
Himalayan 650 will compete with the likes of KTM 390 Adventure and Kawasaki Versys-X 300.