There’s a fair amount of buzz about Royal Enfield entering the cruiser market. And, it seems that the brand is not too far off from releasing its new “cruiser” model. What looks to be a pre-production test mule has been spotted on the highway about 30 kilometers from Royal Enfield’s Chennai manufacturing facility.
In a video posted by Karthick Jay, we get our first glimpses of the upcoming machine in traffic. The brief video gives us some idea of the bobber styled machine’s makeup and what the final production version may look like.
Rushlane.com says the Royal Enfield cruiser will likely use the same engine as the brand’s 650 twins – Interceptor and Continental GT. That engine is a liquid-cooled parallel-twin and will deliver its power via chain drive. Some had said that the machine would use a belt. But Karthick Jay confirmed that the machine he videotaped did use a chain final drive.
In what appears to be a first for Royal Enfield, its upcoming cruiser sports upsidedown forks. We are also able to see that the cruiser is equipped with disc brakes on both the front and rear. The setup looks to be quite similar to the brakes found on Royal Enfield’s 650cc twin-cylinder bikes.
Rushlane also speculates that the bike’s instrument cluster comes from the upcoming Royal Enfield Meteor 350. It is a twin-pod design having both a digital and analog display. They also claim that the cluster will have Bluetooth compatibility to provide turn by turn navigation.
According to Rushlane, the bike may be launched as early as next year and will be priced higher than the company’s 650cc twin-cylinder machines. They predict a price in the range of $4,750 TO $5,435 (converted from Indian Rupee).