The following in Royal Enfield’s rising vary of 650cc parallel-twin fashions will likely be a retro-styled scrambler, and now new trademark functions from the corporate counsel it’s getting the identify “Bear.”
Royal Enfield’s mum or dad firm, Eicher Motors, has filed trademark functions for the identify “Royal Enfield Interceptor Bear 650″ in Australia and “Interceptor Bear 650″ in New Zealand. The functions go away no grey areas over the upcoming bike’s 650cc capability or the very fact will probably be derived from the Interceptor mannequin, although within the States that machine is known as the INT650 as a result of Honda nonetheless owns the “Interceptor” trademark rights within the US and Canada.
Though Enfield has a number of new 650cc fashions within the pipeline, the scrambler model that’s been noticed testing in India and the UK over the previous couple of months is the almost certainly candidate for the Bear title. It’s very clearly based mostly on the Interceptor/INT650′s chassis in addition to its engine, which aligns neatly with a reputation that means it’s a sub-model of the Interceptor. The time period Bear additionally provides the kind of rugged, outdoorsy overtones that will go well with a scrambler.
Prototypes which were seen on take a look at present a motorcycle that’s very a lot within the mould of the scrambler fashions Triumph has derived from its Bonneville vary through the years. The body and tank are straight from the Interceptor, as is the 650cc, 47 hp parallel-twin engine, however the upcoming scrambler will get an upside-down fork and longer-travel twin shocks to extend floor clearance. The dual exhausts of the INT650 are additionally gone, changed with a 2-into-1 system that sees the header from the left-hand cylinder take a pointy flip to the correct, throughout the entrance of the engine. On the prototypes, the 2 pipes then run collectively down the facet of the engine earlier than merging right into a single pipe working below the footpeg and into an upturned muffler. It’s laborious to think about that the agency gained’t provide a higher-mounted exhaust, just like the Triumph Scrambler’s, as an choice.
Some prototypes of the 650 scrambler have featured oval quantity plates on the facet panels, whereas others borrow the usual INT650 elements, once more suggesting scope for personalization. Deep-treaded, dual-sport tires on wire wheels are one other characteristic, and the place the INT650 has 18-inch rims at every finish, the scrambler-style machine seems to have a bigger entrance and smaller rear—probably a 19-inch entrance and 17-inch rear, matching the Triumph Scrambler 900′s setup.
The trademark functions and the common sightings of prototypes on take a look at counsel the Royal Enfield 650 scrambler is because of launch earlier than the top of this 12 months, to affix the 2024 mannequin vary. Nonetheless, it’s not the one new 650 machine within the pipeline, as Royal Enfield can be believed to be creating a bobber derived from the Tremendous Meteor 650, with a brief rear fender and single seat to match the SG650 idea proven in 2021. That bike is believed to be getting the identify “Shotgun,” which Eicher Motors owns the trademark rights to in a lot of the world, together with the US. The corporate additionally has a pending US trademark over the identify “Constellation,” traditionally used on an upgraded, 700cc model of the Tremendous Meteor within the Nineteen Fifties.