Get Ready For The Royal Enfield Shotgun 650

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Ready for another double-barrel from Royal Enfield? The new Shotgun 650 bobber has been officially released after months of rumors, and we expect it in Canada sometime in the next 12 months or so.

Familiar face

The Shotgun 650 is powered by the same parallel twin engine that Royal Enfield first debuted in the INT650 and Continental GT models (not the old single-cylinder GT, that’s a different beast entirely).

Expect the P-twin to make about 47 hp, and 38 lb-ft of torque. It’s not neck-snapping, but it’s good enough for a bike this size. When Costa rode RE’s original 650 twin models, he went pretty in-depth into the engine and had a lot of good things to say about it—read that here.

Some of the rest of the bike is obviously closely related to the Super Meteor, Royal Enfield’s 650 cruiser that debuted at the 2022 EICMA show. The Shotgun 650 also has an inverted Showa SFF-BP fork up front; in rear, the shocks are five-way adjustable.

Modern niceties

Although the Shotgun has a sprung solo saddle just like a post-war American machine, it has other modern touches that bring it well into the 21st century. Of course dual-channel ABS and EFI come standard, and LED headlight. Royal Enfield also adds its circular hybrid dash, which includes Tripper navigation capability. There’s also a USB-C charging port to keep your phone charged up.

Fuel capacity is 13.8 liters, and the bike weighs roughly 240 kg at the curb.

Trick it out

Royal Enfield loves the upsell, and the Shotgun 650 will have more than 30 OEM accessories available at launch, and there will be multiple paint choices as well What that means for the Canadian market is yet to be seen, but generally speaking, we get the same paint and accessory options as the rest of the world’s RE customers do (take note, Japanese OEMs!).

We do not know exactly when this machine will arrive here, or at what price. Royal Enfield officially confirmed the bike, but gave no arrival date for North America, and no MSRP. We would expect a price in the $7,000-$8,000 range, and availability late next riding season, if we had to bet.


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