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Upcoming RE 650CC Cruiser Spied Testing in New Guise

This new version has been spotted with a host of accessories installed, and gets mid-set footpegs, a conventional front fork and wire-spoke wheels.

With the bikes currently undergoing testing, the long wait for the Royal Enfield 650cc cruiser line-up is expected to continue for at least a little longer. New spy photos reveal yet another version of RE’s twin-cylinder cruiser, complete with its own set of ergonomics and specifications.

While prior sightings of the 650cc cruiser revealed it to be equipped with alloy wheels and an upside-down fork, these new images reveal a test mule with wire-spoke wheels and a conventional front suspension (one example has the fork tubes finished in golden while another has them painted silver).

Earlier photographs revealed a bike with forward-set footpegs situated near the front of the engine covers, near the exhaust downpipe, however the latest test mule had mid-set footpegs mounted closer to the back of the engine covers.

The fuel tank’s rounded shape, the shape of the side panels, the overall design and arrangement of the frame, and the exhaust system are all the same, however the finish (chrome or blacked out) varies in some sections.

Hard panniers (presumably aluminium), a top box, and wider pillion footpegs are among the equipment fitted to this newest test mule.

However, one exception to the ‘new variety’ test mules was a test unit with the more recognisable layout seen previously — black alloy wheels and an upside-down fork. This bike also had a unique set of accessories, including a wide front windscreen, significant crash protection, and smaller, sleeker hard panniers, most likely made of plastic. It also appeared to have an LED headlight, as opposed to the halogen bulb on the other motorcycles. Its top box, however, looks to be identical to the other specimens’.

It would appear that these are largely the same bike underneath, being offered in two different variants or levels of trim – a more premium version with LED lighting, a USD fork and alloy wheels, alongside a more affordable version equipped with a conventional fork, wire-spoke wheels and a halogen headlight.

At this point, it remains quite unclear exactly how many new models will be added to Royal Enfield’s 650cc line-up, but we expect to see at least two new additions, most likely called the Shotgun 650 and Super Meteor 650.

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