When the Royal Enfield SG650 shed its veil at the EICMA 2021, everyone stopped and stared. Even the international media went berserk over the concept. Lucky for us, it has finally started transforming into reality. The SG650 or Shotgun 650 as it is most likely to be called in its production avatar, has been spied testing on Indian soil.
Commendable job by Royal Enfield to camouflage the bike as the boxy structures hide away all the body panels underneath. It is most likely going to retain the circular headlamp setup as we have witnessed on the SG650 concept. The prime takeaway from the spy video is the riding posture as the test rider can be seen hunching a bit forward to grip the handlebar. It looks like it is not going to be as comfy as its super-popular cousin – the Interceptor 650. The Shotgun 650 is expected to become the most expensive Royal Enfield to date, placing itself above the soon-to-be-launched Super Meteor.
This single-seater Bobber variant of the Super Meteor will most probably borrow its cycle parts from the Super Meteor. But aesthetically speaking, it is going to command a world of a difference and is also expected to don fancy new clothes as its concept version. The Shotgun 650 will also make do with USD forks, courtesy of Super Meteor. In terms of performance, this thumper will derive the go from a 650cc parallel-twin air-cooled engine that we absolutely adore. This unit hasn’t been updated significantly since the time it marked its debut on the 650 twins, so it is quite possible that RE could play around with the internals to squeeze out some more juice. The overall performance figures might vary but the overall experience and refinement are likely to remain the same.
RE is going to go all ballistic this year with a series of launches lined up to annihilate the competition completely. The 650cc platform that we have come to adore, is going to spawn as many as 3 new motorcycles including a Cruiser 650, Super Meteor and the star of the show – Shotgun 650. Exciting times lie ahead, so buckle up!