Following the spectacular debut of a very special, limited-edition motorcycle at Motoverse 2023 – the Shotgun 650 Motoverse Edition – Royal Enfield today unveiled the production version of the Shotgun 650. The Royal Enfield Shotgun 650 is a stunning custom culture-inspired machine that will be available in four unique paint finishes: Stencil White, Plasma Blue, Green Drill and Sheetmetal Grey.
Siddhartha Lal, Managing Director and CEO of Eicher Motors Ltd, explains: "The Shotgun 650 was inspired by our long-standing collaboration with the custom community. It's a retro-futuristic take on what a custom factory machine would look like with Royal Enfield's authentic motorcycle DNA. The Shotgun 650 is so multifaceted that it cannot be forced into a specific category, but represents something completely new and different. It offers plenty of driving pleasure and confidence-inspiring driver ergonomics – and it knows how to hold its own in the city centre as well as on winding country roads and on the motorway. With the Shotgun 650, we want to bring motorcycles from niche and new categories closer to all those who want to express their individual style."
Based on Royal Enfield's internationally proven 650 twin platform, the Shotgun 650 is not only a tribute to custom culture, but also a new chapter in Royal Enfield's design – with an exciting vision for the future. The retro-futuristic look of the Shotgun 650 is clearly reminiscent of its predecessor, the SG650 Concept, presented at EICMA 2021. A celebration of true creativity, it provides thousands of riders around the world with a blank canvas to customize their dream machine.
Commenting on the engine at the heart of the new model, B Govindarajan, CEO of Royal Enfield, said: "The Shotgun 650 is absolutely unique within our portfolio, but it also has Royal Enfield's unadulterated motorcycle DNA inside. The 648cc parallel-twin engine that powers this machine is a versatile, characterful platform that can be adapted to any type of riding style and format. In the new groundbreaking Shotgun 650, this engine delivers a thrilling and carefree ride with enough power for the real world, a strong mid-range and plenty of torque across all gears. It was a lot of fun to develop and test the Shotgun 650. Now we are delighted to be able to present them to the motorcycle expressionists of this world."
In keeping with custom culture, the new Royal Enfield Shotgun 650 is a machine defined by its rider. Their completely new appearance is like a blank canvas. It does not allow itself to be forced into a conventional category, but rather adapts to the personality of the owner. Its modular design combines three very different motorcycles – single-seater, two-seater and tourer with enough space for luggage. The pillion seat can be removed with a flick of the wrist for ultimate flexibility. Whether confident and fast-paced or rather chilled and relaxed – with its upright riding position, the Shotgun 650 enables both and willingly adapts to the respective mood and preferred riding style.
Commenting on the design and development of the Shotgun 650, Chief Designer Mark Wells said: "The history of Royal Enfield is a story of customisation. Our customers have been designing our motorcycles according to their own wishes for decades. We were inspired by this diverse creative culture and asked our designers to set no limits to their imagination. The resulting design looks very modern on the one hand, but also respectful of our heritage on the other – a vision of what a Royal Enfield Custom of the future could look like."
With its internationally award-winning 650 twin engine at its heart, the Shotgun 650 offers plenty of driving pleasure. It has also been extensively optimised in terms of ergonomics: centrally mounted footrests, a relatively low seat height of 795 mm and an intuitive handlebar position that conveys a sense of presence and control are complemented by a floating single seat that is equal parts retro and modern. The Shotgun 650's specially tuned suspension includes a 43mm diameter Showa SF-BPF (Separate Function Big Piston Fork) front fork and stereo struts with five-stage adjustable rear spring tension. Together with a wheelbase of 1465 mm and a low centre of gravity, it ensures a lot of driving pleasure without sacrificing comfort – in city traffic, on the motorway and on winding country roads. Wide tubeless tires with rim diameters of 18 inches at the front and 17 inches at the rear, combined with disc brakes measuring 320 mm and 300 mm respectively, keep the machine stable and provide ample control at any speed.
The Royal Enfield Shotgun 650 combines retro-futuristic design with modern features. An LED headlight in a gorgeous neo-modern custom housing stays true to the machine's Fusion aesthetic while providing improved visibility and visibility. The motorcycle has a digital-analogue instrument cluster with our TBT navigation, which provides all the necessary information while riding. There is also a USB port so that the smartphone can be charged while driving.
For those who want to dedicate themselves entirely to the spirit of custom culture, there is a wide range of 31 original accessories at your disposal, which contribute to an even more individual aesthetic – from bar-end mirrors to a shapely single seat and rims made of billet aluminum with a contrasting finish.
The prices for the Shotgun 650:
• Sheetmetal Grey – €7,590 • Plasma Blue / Green Drill – €7,690 • Stencil White – €7,790