Royal Enfield Shotgun 650: The One-off Darkhorse

Royal Enfield Shotgun 650 is a kg lighter than the Super Meteor 650, comes with a plethora of features and has no direct rivals in the Indian market. Should you buy one? Read on to know more about this motorcycle…

Apr 27, 2024 TEAM TOS No Comments Like

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Over the last few years, Royal Enfield has been on a roll and has introduced some of the most iconic motorcycles in the country. Be it roadsters, cruisers or adventure motorcycles, the brand has nailed it in practically every segment out there. However, the Royal Enfield portfolio in India was missing a single-seater neo-retro styled bobber motorcycle, which led to the introduction of the Shotgun 650. The Shotgun 650 (Motoverse Edition) debuted at the Motoverse 2023, formerly known as Ridermania, in Goa in a unique colourway, and was limited to merely 25 units. The production-ready Shotgun 650 was launched in Jan 2024 with sales commencing at the same time. Here’s a look at what makes the Royal Enfield Shotgun 650 special.

Based on the SG650 Concept which had its global debut at EICMA 2021, Royal Enfield Shotgun 650, is built on the brand’s 650-Twin platform. It retains the majority of the elements from the Concept model such as cast aluminium nacelle, chopped fenders, fuel tank and angular bodywork. The motorcycle rides on ten spoke wheel rims and can be transformed from a single-seater to a dual-seater motorcycle in minutes. The floating solo seat is hand-stitched in black leather.

Some of the notable design highlights of the Shotgun 650 are LED headlamp, low-slung silhouette, flat handlebar and mid-set footpegs. It also boasts an all-new engine cover in gloss black finish along with a custom exhaust system.

The motorcycle has been equipped with a plethora of premium features in the form of a semi-digital instrument console, Tripper navigation system, USB charging port and dual-channel ABS, though it must be noted that most of these bells and whistles are borrowed from the Super Meteor 650. A special mention goes to the Royal Enfield Wingman in-app feature which allows the rider to access the motorcycle's live location, fuel and engine oil levels and service reminders.

The motorcycle features 18-inch front and 17-inch rear tubeless tyres while suspension duties are helmed by 43mm Showa-sourced USD forks at the front and five-step adjustable  twin-shock absorbers at the rear. As far as the brakes go, the Shotgun 650 gets a 320mm front disc brake and a 300mm rear disc brake as standard. It tips the scale at 240 kg, which is just a kg lighter than the Super Meteor 650.

Powered by the same 648cc twin-cylinder oil-cooled petrol engine as the other 650 motorcycles in Royal Enfield line-up, it returns top power of 46 bhp at 7,250 rpm and peak torque of 52.3 Nm at 5,650 rpm. The engine is linked to a 6-speed gearbox. Royal Enfield Shotgun 650 has a fuel tank capacity of 13.8 litres while it delivers a fuel economy of around 28-30kmpl.

Shotgun 650 comes in four paint shades namely Sheetmetal Grey, Green Drill, Plasma Blue and Stencil White. While the Sheetmetal Grey is priced at INR 3.59 lakh, the Green Drill and Plasma Blue set you back by INR 3.70 lakh, followed by the flagship Stencil White, which attracts a sticker price of INR 3.73 lakh. All the aforementioned prices are ex-showroom. The Motoverse Edition, mentioned earlier in the article, was priced at a whopping INR 4.25 lakh (ex-showroom).

Royal Enfield Shotgun 650 is a custom-styled neo-retro motorcycle and it has no direct rivals in the Indian market.


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