- The test mule reveals a low seat height and a lean design
- One test mule was equipped with optional accessories such as crash guards and saddle holders
- The motorcycle could use a 350cc engine
The mysterious Royal Enfield motorcycle has been spotted once again during its pre-production test runs. The new spy images reveal two motorcycles – a standard bike and another equipped with optional accessories such as crash guards and saddle stays. At first, the motorcycle appears to be a budget-spec variant of the company’s Thunderbird range. However, Royal Enfield may introduce this as a completely different model.
The motorcycle is noticeably different from the 2020 Thunderbird range products that were seen through spy images in the past. The new model appears to be leaner, and it seems to get a lower seat height. The foot pegs, too, seem to be relatively rear-set than any Thunderbird model we have seen in the past. The exhaust on the new model, too, is shorter than the units which we saw on the test mules of the 2020 Thunderbird or Classic series motorcycles.
While the details are scarce, there’s a good possibility that this is the rumoured Royal Enfield motorcycle that will be aimed towards first time buyers and women riders.
The test mule reveals a retro-styling that packs a round headlight and blinkers along with a LED taillight. The instrument cluster isn’t clearly visible, although it appears to be a single-pod unit that would most likely feature a semi-digital layout. We could also see rotary-style switches, which were revealed by several other test mules, on this new motorcycle.
The fuel tank features a curvy design, but it appears to be relatively leaner. The saddle packs a single-piece layout instead of a split-style design that we saw on other 2020 test mules. The seat is followed by split-style pillion grab-rails.
The budget-friendly hardware on the motorcycle comprises of conventional telescopic forks at the front and twin-sided springs to perform the shock absorption tasks. Anchoring department comprises disc brakes on both wheels and there’s a good possibility that we could see a dual-channel ABS on the motorcycle.
The details about the engine specifications are scarce. However, Royal Enfield has axed the 500cc motor from its portfolio, and thus the new motorcycle will most likely come with a 350cc engine, if not a 250cc mill. A single-cylinder, air-cooled layout along with a repositioned chain is clearly visible in the photographs.