Royal Enfield is testing a new cruiser for the Indian market. It is likely to be called KX 650 and it seems like it is almost production-ready as it is being tested on Indian roads. It will be the most equipped Royal Enfield motorcycle that the manufacturer has ever produced and it will be Royal Enfield’s new flagship too. The video has been uploaded by Masked Moto on his YouTube channel. The power cruiser was spotted in Chennai and from the video, we can see how the new cruiser will look when it hits the Indian market.
In the video, we can see the KX 650 just cruising along the road. The design inspiration of the KX 650 comes from KX Bobber Concept that was showcased at the 2019 EICMA. However, the powertrain is not as the Concept. The engine is derived from the 650 twins. So, it is a 650 cc parallel-twin engine instead of 838cc, liquid-cooled, the fuel-injected V-twin motor.
First, we get a good look at the front where we can see a circular halogen headlamp with orange circular turn indicators that has mounts for a tall windscreen but it is not mounted on this test mule. The earlier spy shots have confirmed that the KX 650 will come with a windscreen either from the factory or as an official accessory. Then we see the teardrop fuel tank, a radiator that looks quite similar to the 650 twins, a blacked-out engine and a split seat setup. The riding triangle is clearly laid back just like a cruiser style. The footpegs are front-set and the handlebar is wide, giving enough leverage and comfort to the rider. The motorcycle gets simple silencers on both ends that come straight from the engine. At the rear, there is a pillion seat with a backrest and a circular brake light and circular turn indicators. We can also see the factory fitted black alloy wheels that will come with tubeless tyres.
Suspension duties will be done by upside-down forks at the front which will be a first for Royal Enfield and twin shock absorbers at the rear. Braking duties will be done by a disc in the front and a disc at the rear. Royal Enfield will be offering Dual-Channel ABS as standard. The instrument cluster is also expected to be one of the most advanced units offered by Royal Enfield. So, it should offer some type of information to the rider and it will also come with Tripper navigation that debuted with the Meteor 350.
Royal Enfield is currently working on launching one new motorcycle every quarter for the next 7 years. So, there should be 4 motorcycles from the manufacturer every year. The latest motorcycle to join the line-up will be the 2021 Himalayan which will be launching tomorrow. It was also spied recently and you can click here to read more about it. Through the spy shots, we got an idea of what all things will the Royal Enfield offer with the new Himalayan. They are also working on a Classic 650, Classic 350 and less powerful Interceptor which will be more affordable.