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    Royal Enfield 650 Custom Made Cafe Racer Looks Rad

    Royal Enfield 650 ‘Project Serum’ By MoTeycycle Garage
    Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 is retailed in six variants and is currently priced at Rs 2.67 lakh and Rs 2.88 lakh (ex-showroom)

    Royal Enfield bikes and aftermarket customisation go hand in hand. The versatility in architecture and simplistic stock design are the prime reasons for the brand’s popularity in the aftermarket industry. Not just in India, Royal Enfield has earned its reputation as a friendly customisable brand of motorcycles in overseas markets as well.
    The latest example of RE Interceptor 650 is also one such case that comes from shores far away. Named Project Serum, this Interceptor has been modified into an attractive cafe racer by a Philippines-based automotive workshop called MoTeycycle Garage.
    Design Updates
    In terms of its design, the modified Interceptor 650 takes certain cues from its twin sibling Continental GT 650 as it itself sports a cafe racer styling. This includes a single-piece seat curved at the pillion’s end and a clip-on handlebar.
    It receives a new round headlight wrapped by a fighter-jet inspired cowl. Stock turn indicators have been replaced by smaller LED turn indicators. The motorcycle now gets a custom paint job covering the bike in black and grey with ‘Royal Enfield’ branding on the fuel tank.
    Royal Enfield 650 ‘Project Serum’ By MoTeycycle Garage
    Furthermore, the engine assembly too gets a new paint job with a darkish grey finish, which looks stylish. Two exhaust pipes protrude out of the engine head, however, unlike the stock Interceptor 650, this one gets dual exhaust pipes on the same side.
    The tail section of the motorcycle has been chopped off with new LED turn indicators at rear. Footpegs have been painted in black although their positioning remains same.
    Other aftermarket components include blacked-out rear shock absorbers and fork gaiters at front. It rides on custom-built wire-spoked wheels with white rims wrapped around by block-pattern tyres. Features such as brakes and instrument console have been left untouched. Overall, the modification looks quite tasteful.
    Royal Enfield 650 ‘Project Serum’ By MoTeycycle Garage
    Mechanical Specs
    No tinkering has been done to the bike’s mechanical configurations. It is powered by a 648cc air/oil-cooled, parallel-twin engine which returns an output of 47 bhp and 52 Nm of peak torque. This unit comes paired with a 6-speed gearbox with a slipper clutch. It is based on a Steel tubular double cradle while suspension duties are handled by conventional telescopic forks and twin gas-charged shock absorbers at rear.
    Royal Enfield is currently planning to give a mild update to both its 650cc Twins in the near future. Test mules of Continental GT have also been spotted on numerous occasions in recent times. The update, however, is expected to be on cosmetic lines mostly. More

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    Royal Enfield Cruiser 650 Ground Clearance Detailed In New Spy Shots

    Royal Enfield 650cc Cruiser
    The upcoming 650cc cruiser twins are likely to offer different riding dynamics and wear different monikers

    Royal Enfield fans are an excited bunch as the company has plans to launch multiple new products, hence every spy shot of an upcoming motorcycle gets noticed. While the company has quite a few exciting launches headed in the coming future, one of the bikes that has garnered a lot of attention is the brand’s upcoming 650cc cruiser.
    Test mules of the cruiser have been spotted on multiple occasions over the past year or so but only a couple of months we came to know that there might be more than one derivative of the upcoming bike. It might be the case of two different models or two different variants of the same model.
    Building on the popularity of 650cc Twins, this new cruiser will share its underpinnings as well as its power source with the twin roadsters. The first hint of a new addition to the Royal Enfield family was dropped at the EICMA 2018 where it showcased the KX Bobber Concept. When the first prototype was spotted last year, it bore a lot of resemblance with the concept displayed at EICMA.
    Design Highlights
    Among the two derivatives of the cruiser spotted earlier, one boasts of a traditional cruiser setup with forward-set footpegs, a wide handlebar and a typical low-slung stance. The other one has a more conventional upright seating position with center-set footpegs and slightly shorter handlebars. While the former is expected to wear a brand new name tag, the latter is expected to wear the branding of either Classic 650 or Meteor 650.

    Cruisers generally have a longer wheelbase and low seat height. This combination probably results in lower ground clearance. The latest spy video is credit to way2speed. As can be seen above, the video gives a better idea about the ground clearance of the 650cc Cruiser.
    Design-wise, both motorcycles adopt retro classic elements although the KX650 looks like a proper cruiser while the other one is a classic roadster. The former also wears a fatter 130 section of tyres and a larger rear fender. Common design elements on both bikes include a retro-styled round headlamp, a low split-style saddle and twin exhausts. A pillion backrest could be offered as an accessory on both bikes.
    Expected Hardware, Features & Powertrain
    As mentioned earlier, both bikes will share underpinnings with the current 650cc Twins- Interceptor and Continental GT. However, suspension setup is likely to be different. These cruisers are expected to feature upside down USD forks at front and twin shock absorbers at rear which are mounted at a greater angle than what is seen on 650 Twins.
    RE 650cc cruiser
    Disc brakes on both ends are almost a given. Other features expected to be on offer are dual-channel ABS, slipper and assist clutch and a semi-digital instrument console with a dedicated pod for Tripper Navigation.
    As far as powertrain is concerned, it will draw its power from the familiar 648cc parallel-twin air-cooled motor that cranks out 47 bhp and 52 Nm of peak torque. It will be mated to a six-speed gearbox. More details on these motorcycles are expected to be furnished ahead of their launch. We expect at least one of them hit showrooms by the end of this year. More

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    Royal Enfield 650cc Cruiser KX650 Spied Testing With Pillion

    2021 Royal Enfield 650cc Cruiser
    Royal Enfield is working on at least two new derivatives of its well received 650 cc parallel-twin platform

    Royal Enfield’s product pipeline for this year looks very exiting. The company is in the process of transforming its entire portfolio, representing a clear shift in the paradigm. In order to achieve its long term goal of establishing leadership in the global medium displacement motorcycle segment, Royal Enfield needs to aggressively expand its product lineup, offer cool new features and increase the overall quality. That is exactly what brewing at the brand’s tech centers in India and the UK.
    Royal Enfield cruiser 650
    Following the strong response to its flagship twin-clinder 650 cc models, Royal Enfield is working on variant extensions on this platform in a bid to cater to wider tastes.
    First hint of a new family member was provided in the form of KX bobber concept at the EICMA 2018. After almost two years, first prototypes of a 650 cc twin-cylinder cruiser started to appear in public last year.
    A near production ready prototype of the Royal Enfield cruiser 650 has been spotted up close once again in Chennai, giving us a proper idea on what to expect. The latest spy shot shows the test mule being tested with pillion. It is to be noted that RE is also working on a roadster variant which is sufficiently different from this cruiser as well as the existing Interceptor 650.
    2021 Royal Enfield 650cc Cruiser
    With a low seat height, quintessential feet-forward riding position and a front heavy stance, the Royal Enfield cruiser 650 sticks to the script. The test mule appears to be riding on 19-inch front and 17-inch rear alloy wheels just like the Meteor 350.
    The circular headlamp, turn indicators and taillight set a retro-classic tone and the simple fuel tank (we liked the KX’s unit better though) and instrument dial fit right into the scheme of things. Speaking of the instrument dial, it will incorporate Tripper Navigation system which is currently available in Meteor 350 and updated Himalayan.
    Hardware
    In the interest of economies of scale, Royal Enfield is likely to carry forward the existing 650 cc twin-cylinder, air-cooled, parallel-twin engine which produces 47 hp and 57 Nm of torque in its current state of tune. The 6-speed transmission with tweaked ratios should make for good mile munching. The video gives us a sample of how the motorcycle sounds like and we like what we hear.
    2021 Royal Enfield 650cc Cruiser
    In a first for modern Royal Enfields, the cruiser 650 is equipped with an inverted telescopic front fork. The rear employs traditional twin shock absorbers.
    Rivals
    Globally, the Royal Enfield cruiser 650 will be aimed at the likes of Kawasaki Vulcan 650, Harley Davidson Street, Honda Rebel, and so on. In India, the upcoming medium displacement motorcycle is expected to be have a starting price a shade under INR 3 lakh (ex-showroom), making it a compelling proposition. More

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    2021 Royal Enfield 650 Twins New Colour Options Leak Ahead Of Facelift Launch

    2021 Royal Enfield 650 Twins Colours
    An update from Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 is on the cards which are expected to be launched sometime later this year

    At the end of last year, Royal Enfield made its intentions clear that from here on we will see many new and updated products from the bikemaker for the next seven years or so. It started with the new Meteor 350 and continued with the updated Himalayan earlier this year.
    While there are plenty of upcoming motorcycles in the brand’s scheme of things, exact launch timeline of these products is still very much unknown. Plenty of testing prototypes from the Chennai-based manufacturer have been spotted on roads in recent months. This clearly suggests that the company’s R&D currently has its hands full.
    Amidst all this, new details have emerged online which might excite Royal Enfield fans. New colour options for the 650cc Twins- Interceptor and Continental GT have leaked on the internet which indicates that the modern classic roadsters might be given a mild-facelift soon.
    This is further established by the fact that the latter was recently spotted testing earlier this year. Both bikes made their debut in 2018 and with almost three years in the market, an update shall benefit the brand.
    2021 Royal Enfield 650 Twins Colours
    Updates Expected
    Although we believe that this update will mostly be cosmetic and in line with the updated Himalayan rather than a major makeover. This includes new colour schemes and subtle variations in styling. The manufacturer might also take the opportunity to rectify certain ergonomics issues on both the motorcycles which hamper the riding experience.
    Although, the biggest update expected is the addition of the Tripper Navigation which displays turn-by-turn navigation on the instrument cluster when paired with the Royal Enfield App on one’s smartphone via Bluetooth. This feature made its first appearance in Meteor 350 and later in the updated Himalayan.
    New Colour Options
    Coming back to the colour options leaked, the images show several new paint schemes on both motorcycles. These colour schemes resemble the options available on the 650cc Twins in the Italian market which launched in November last year.
    From the images, we see Interceptor with seven new colour options out of which Orange Crush, Glitter and Dust and Baker Express are already on offer in India. On the other hand, Continental GT is shown in five colour options including British Racing Lean, GT Red, Venture Black and Blue, Cookies and Cream and Mister Clean. Out of these, the last option is already on offer.
    Engine Specs
    Mechanically both bikes are identical. Both draw their power from a 648cc air-cooled parallel-twin engine which puts out 47 bhp at 7150 rpm and 52 Nm of peak torque at 5250 rpm. This unit is mated to a six-speed gearbox with a slipper clutch. There has been no official confirmation from Royal Enfield regarding this update. More

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    Royal Enfield 650cc Continental GT Modified Into A Racing Machine

    Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 Modified by Goblin Works. Images – Bike Exif
    The modified Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 gets carbon fiber panels, a bigbore kit and a lot more

    With their simple mechanical and electronic architectures, the Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 and Interceptor 650 have quickly established themselves as modifiers’ delight. Since their global debut we have come across numerous tastefully modified RE 650s but this one, executed by UK-based Partridge Design, is one of the sharpest we have seen.
    Modified Royal Enfield Continental GT 650
    Conceived and executed by Anthony Partridge who co-hosts Goblin Works Garage show on Discovery Channel, this modified Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 came with a simple brief from RE’s head of industrial design Adrian Sellers – “to build a thoroughbred racer”. That is exactly what Anthony set out to build.
    The end result is a sharp looking racing equipment swathed in exotic carbon fiber elements which hardly has anything in common with the stock Continental GT 650. However, the modified bodykit is designed with the help of 3D printing technology to be able to fit a stock motorcycle quickly and easily. So, it is not just a one-off project for a TV show but it is also a commercially available kit any Conti 650 owner could purchase.
    Custom parts
    Forming the centerpiece of the race bike’s styling is its carbon-fiber fuel tank which was custom made by GIA Engineering. The Racefit fuel filler cap is an art in itself. The custom swing arm was also GIA’s handwork. The custom motorcycle is suspended by premium Ohlins FGR300 inverted telescopic forks at the front and Ohlins TTX GP Pro monoshock at the rear.
    Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 Modified
    The modified Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 boasts of Moto GP-like quick-release axles which hold BST carbon fiber wheels. The tyres are Dunlop Sportmax GPA units. Braking is taken care of by Galfer discs with nickel plated Brembo calipers, Venhill brake lines and Magura front master cylinder. Magura also supplied the racer’s hydraulic clutch system.
    The motorcycle also gets a new rear sub-frame, complete with a fresh carbon fiber tailpiece. Some tweaks were made to the frame so as to accommodate wider rear wheel. Other noteworthy items on the motorcycle include Motogadget electronic elements, Rizoma clip-on handlebar, foot pegs, mirrors and turn indicators, Highsider LED headlamp, Reese Racing switch gear and Antigravity lithium-ion battery.
    The engine
    Powering this modified Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 is a modified 750 cc engine with S&S Cycle bigbore kit with custom power commander, foam filter and a hand-made exhaust system. Power and torque figures are not being discussed but it is definitely well over the stock motorcycle’s hp and Nm respectively.
    Partridge Design pitted its creation against the stock motorcycle on a test track under icy conditions. Not surprisingly, it was observed that the custom GT 650 was much faster, sharper and more fun to ride than what rolls off RE’s assembly line.

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    Royal Enfield Cruiser KX650 Spied Again – Riding Stance Revealed

    2021 Royal Enfield 650cc Cruiser. Credit – Abhinav Bhatt
    Likely to be called the Royal Enfield KX 650 – pricing expected to start from around Rs.3.5 lakhs

    Royal Enfield is actively testing the new 650 Cruiser, which is expected to launch later this year. It has been spied in a near production format recently by Abhinav Bhatt / Rishi Raj Saini. Latest spy shots shows the front angle in a much better way than before – revealing some hardware and styling cues.
    Features and Hardware
    The model on test draws its inspiration from the KX Bobber Concept which was on display at 2019 EICMA. Design elements include a rounded headlamp, split seating, tear drop shaped fuel tank and being a cruiser bike.
    Though there is no windscreen seen in this image, there will be one on offer, as can be seen there is fitting made for the same. The 650 Cruiser sits on alloy wheels fitted with tubeless tyres.
    Royal Enfield 650 cruiser gets suspension via upside down forks in the front and twin springs at the rear. Braking is through single discs at the front and rear with dual channel ABS offered as standard. Tripper Navigation System will also be a part of its features.
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    Being set to launch in the Cruiser segment, the new RE 650cc motorcycle sports a pillion backrest. One can also notice there is support on the rear for fitting accessories like panniers.
    Engine Specs
    The upcoming cruiser will share its engine lineup with the RE Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650. This 648cc, twin cylinder, air cooled engine makes 47 hp power and 52 Nm torque on the 650 Twins mated to a 6 speed gearbox. Set for launch in the months ahead, the RE Roadster 650 could be priced from Rs.3.5 lakhs and will take on the Kawasaki Vulcan S in its segment.
    The launch of the new 650 Cruiser is in line with an announcement that Royal Enfield had made a few weeks ago. As per that, the company will launch one new motorcycle every quarter, for the next 7 years. That means 4 new motorcycles launched every year. The new Meteor 350 was the first motorcycle which was launched under this new plan.
    Along with the 650 Cruiser, Royal Enfield plans to expand its Indian portfolio with bikes ranging from 250cc to 750cc. These will include the new-generation RE Classic 350, a 350cc version of the Interceptor motorcycle, updated version of the RE Himalayan, INT 650 and GT 650.

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    2021 Royal Enfield 650cc Cruiser Imagined In 8 Colour Options

    Royal Enfield 650cc Cruiser Orange
    The upcoming medium displacement cruiser is expected to be launched in mid-2021 at a competitive price point

    Royal Enfield is gearing up for an eventful 2021. First, the existing Himalayan is set to receive an update. After that, Interceptor and Continental GT 650 models are set to receive model year updates which will involve addition of alloy wheels.
    Then, the company will set out on a product blitzkrieg with next gen 350 cc family of products and the eagerly anticipated 650 cc cruiser. Based on the popular demand by our readers, we imagined the upcoming Royal Enfield 650 cruiser in 8 new colours.
    Royal Enfield 650 cruiser
    Currently in the advanced phase of testing, the Royal Enfield 650 cruiser will take on the likes of Kawasaki Vulcan 650, Honda Rebel, etc., on the global stage. The low-rider was first previewed at EICMA show in Milan back in 2018. Going by the prototypes that were spotted recently, the production version sports a significantly toned down design but the fuel tank could be a make shift unit.
    Royal Enfield is expected to offer the new flagship cruiser will an array of interesting colour themes. We already have presented you with range of palettes before and now here is the second lot. The motorcycle certainly would look good in unconventional color themes of mild orange, yellow, maroon and purple.
    Royal Enfield 650cc Cruiser Yellow
    Specifications
    The specifications are still under wraps. While presenting the concept, RE hinted that the cruiser, if produced, would feature a twin-cylinder engine with displacement of around 830 cc. However, the prototypes appear to be sporting the existing 650 Twin motor that has received widespread appreciation for its refinement and performance.
    On board the Interceptor and Continental GT, the air-cooled V-twin motor displacing 648 cc produces 47 hp and 52 Nm of torque. The 6-speed transmission is likely to be tweaked for relaxed highway touring.
    The motorcycle is suspended by inverted telescopic forks at the front, a first for a modern RE. The rear suspension is composed of traditional twin shock absorbers. Alloy wheels, thick tyres and dics brakes at either end are standard. The motorcycle will also be equipped with standard dual-channel ABS.
    Royal Enfield 650cc Cruiser Night Violet
    Keeping up with the connectivity trend, we expect the upcoming Royal Enfield 650 cruiser to offer Bluetooth enabled smartphone connectivity for music and navigation.
    Launch and price
    The yet-to-be-named Royal Enfield 650 cruiser is expected to be launched in India sometime in the middle of next year. We estimate the price to undercut INR 3 lakh (ex-showroom). The new product will be important for the brand in export markets where it is likely to undercut all its primary rivals.

    Royal Enfield 650cc Cruiser Pearl Brown

    Royal Enfield 650cc Cruiser Teal

    Royal Enfield 650cc Cruiser Blue

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    Royal Enfield 650 Gets A Mig21 Makeover – Looks Ready For Takeoff

    Royal Enfield 650 Interceptor Modified
    Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 has been modified by Bulleteer Customs

    Launched in 2018, Royal Enfield 650 twins (Interceptor and Continental GT) have emerged bestsellers in domestic as well as international markets. With their simple design, 650 twins are also preferred for customization projects. We have seen quite a few of these modified versions in recent past and most of them have been a true delight in terms of their creative design.
    Mig-21 design theme for Interceptor 650
    The latest in the series of experimentations with 650 twins involves Interceptor, which has been modified based on core design elements taken from Mig-21 fighter jet. This customization has been carried out by Bengaluru-based Bulleteer Customs, one of the leading auto workshops in the country.
    Applying Mig-21 design theme to Interceptor 650 has worked out seamlessly in this mod job, as both share a retro design. Had the designers used the theme of a modern aircraft like F-35, the results would have been highly incompatible. The circular, hollowed nose of the headlamp unit at the front and airbrushed rivets at the sides are among the key design characteristics borrowed from Mig-21.
    Modified Interceptor 650 also gets various other visual updates such as multi-coloured strips on the right side of front cowl and smoked out windscreen. Stock handlebar has been replaced with clip-on units, which enhances the motorcycle’s sporty profile. Similarly, 17-inch alloy wheels replace the stock 18-inch wire-spoke wheels.
    Royal Enfield 650 Interceptor Modified
    Another key change is aftermarket exhaust, which can be expected to output a superior aural experience to resonate more with the overall theme of Mig-21. The motorcycle also exudes patriotic fervour, as can be seen with the ‘Mig-21’ and ‘IND’ badging.
    No engine tweaks
    This modification project is primarily about visual updates. It’s unlikely that changes have been made to the engine to boost its performance. Interceptor 650 is powered by a 650 cc air-oil cooled engine that is capable of generating max power of 47 hp and peak torque of 52 Nm. It is mated to a 6-speed gearbox.
    Why Mig-21?
    In case you are wondering why Mig-21 and not any other fighter jet, the answer is that Mig-21 is one of the most successful fighter planes ever created. More than 11k units were produced from 1959 to 1985. It was the first supersonic jet aircraft in the world and has been used by around sixty nations across four continents.
    Royal Enfield 650 Interceptor Modified
    Mig-21 has special relevance for India, as it had played a key role in 1971 Indo-Pak War. It had remained a backbone of Indian Air Force (IAF) for several years during those times. Recently, Mig-21 was in the news for downing American made F-16 that was being used by Pakistan air force. More