The Royal Enfield Shotgun 650 is a new model built on the brand’s 650 Twin platform that has a unique style and a focus on customization potential. This new bike began as a limited edition build at Motoverse 2023, and the production version Shotgun 650 will be launched across global markets in early 2024.
The Shotgun 650 features a “neo-retro” design that combines Royal Enfield’s heritage with a modern appeal.
“It is a retro-futuristic interpretation of what a factory custom motorcycle with thoroughbred Royal Enfield DNA would look like,” said Siddhartha Lal, managing director and CEO of Royal Enfield’s parent company, Eicher Motors Ltd. “A shape-shifting machine that defies categorization, both in form and in spirit, the Shotgun 650 is something absolutely new and different.”
The Shotgun 650 is powered by the 648cc parallel-Twin also found in the INT650, Continental GT, and Super Meteor 650. In the Shotgun, the engine produces a claimed 46.4 hp at 7,250 rpm and 38.6 lb-ft of torque at 5,650 rpm. The bike is said to weigh 529 lb wet, and its solo floating seat has a height of 31.3 inches. Wheelbase is 57.7 inches, rake is 25.3 degrees, and trail is 4 inches.
Suspension on the Shotgun 650 is provided by a 41mm Showa Big Piston Fork with 4.7 inches of travel and a Showa twin shock rear suspension unit with 3.5 inches of travel and five-step preload adjustability. Braking comes in the form of single discs front (320mm) and rear (300mm) paired with twin-piston calipers, and ABS is standard. The bike rides on wide 18-inch front and 17-inch rear tubeless tires.
Brightening the way is an LED headlight, and the Shotgun 650 includes two round displays and includes the Tripper navigation system. The bike also comes with the new Royal Enfield Wingman in-app feature that allows the user to access the motorcycle’s live location, fuel and engine oil levels, service reminders, and more. Also included is a USB charging port.
Royal Enfield says the Shotgun 650 is designed to be a blank canvas on which the rider can inscribe their own personality and preferences. The bike features a modular design meant to encourage customization. A range of 31 Royal Enfield accessories are available from bar-end mirrors and a sculpted solo seat to contrast-cut billet rims. It can also be fitted with a passenger seat or luggage to fit the needs of the rider.
About the design of the Shotgun 650, Mark Wells, chief of design, said, “The story of Royal Enfield is one of customization. Our customers have been taking our motorcycles and personalizing them for decades. Looking to that rich creative culture for inspiration, we unleashed our designers to ideate in that same spirit of unfettered imagination.”
Additionally, Royal Enfield has partnered with American apparel manufacturer Icon Motorsports for a line of motorcycle apparel for the Shotgun 650, and more details about this partnership are to be announced later.
The 2024 Royal Enfield Shotgun 650 will come in Stencil White, Plasma Blue, Green Drill, or Sheetmetal Grey. Pricing has not yet been announced. For more information, visit the Royal Enfield website.