Royal Enfield 650 twins have been one of the most successful products from Royal Enfield. Both the motorcycles are not only a huge success in India but also in other countries also. So, it makes sense for the Chennai-based manufacturer to trickle down the same design elements to lower capacity motorcycles too. This was true for the Thunderbird and the Classic which was available in 350cc and 500cc too. Now, there are new spy shots of a motorcycle which looks like an Interceptor 350 that have been posted on Facebook.
The new motorcycle takes design cues from the Interceptor 650. We can see that the motorcycle in the spy shot has a more upright seating posture due to the tall handlebars that mean that there are high chances that it is an Interceptor’s design instead of the Continental GT which has a more aggressive riding stance with clip-on handlebars and rear-set foot pegs. We can see a similar tail lamp and turn indicators like the 650 twins. The biggest change is the single exhaust on the right side which is finished in Black. This means that there are high chances that this is a single-cylinder motorcycle.
It could be powered by the same 350 cc engine that we have seen on the recently launched Meteor 350. The engine will produce 20 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 27 Nm. The engine will be mated to a 5-speed gearbox. Also, Meteor is the only motorcycle currently that gets a factory matte black exhaust just like we have seen on the test mule.
Braking duties will be carried by a disc brake in the front and at the rear. Whereas, Dual-Channel ABS will be standard on the motorcycle. As far as suspension setup is concerned, Royal Enfield will be offering telescopic fork upfront and twin spring shock absorbers at the rear. The Interceptor 350 is expected to be underpinned by the same double downtube chassis that debuted with the Meteor 350 and will also be used for the upcoming Classic 350. If we look closely we can see that it is using the same footpegs as the Interceptor 650 and the Continental 650. There will be features like the Tripper Navigation system that debuted with the Meteor 350 and an instrument cluster with a tachometer and trip meters.
Royal Enfield has already announced that they will be launching 28 new motorcycles over the span of the next 7 years. This means that 4 motorcycles will be launched per year. Having said this, if Royal Enfield is working on an Interceptor 650, there is also a chance that they might also be working on a Continental GT 350. The model would be aimed towards people who want a factory cafe racer looks, but are on a budget or do not want a powerful motorcycle. We know that the Royal Enfield will launch a new Classic 350 and a Bullet 350 which will be based on new engines and platforms. There are also rumours of an affordable motorcycle named Hunter. A Royal Enfield power cruiser was also spied earlier, which would be the new flagship for the manufacturer. It will come with Up-side down forks, straight exhausts and will provide a more relaxed riding posture for cruising.