Royal Enfield (RE) is perhaps the oldest motorcycle manufacturer in the world, who, up until recently, has mainly focused on standard and cruiser body styles. The last couple of years saw the introduction of the 411cc Himalayan adventure bike, the 650cc Interceptor and Continental GT; and more recently, the 350cc Meteor.
A couple of days ago, it was reported that RE filed for a trademark for the “Scram” name with the Indian Intellectual Property Office, suggesting that a new scrambler model is on the way.
Will it be a 350 or a 650?
While this development is fairly new, no information has been released officially by Royal Enfield. Industry experts, however, suggest that if RE decides to push through with the project, the most likely candidate that it will be based on is the Interceptor / Continental GT platform.
In fact, there are already lots of custom bike builders who used the 650’s platform as the base for their custom scrambler projects. Just add longer forks and rear shock absorbers, more durable wire wheels (possibly 21 front and 18 rear), dual-sport tires, some chain and sprocket upgrades, a higher ground clearance and you got yourself a scrambler.
Some industry experts, on the other hand, suggest that a smaller, 350cc Meteor-based scrambler is more feasible, especially considering that a lighter and more nimble bike is best suited for off-road exploits.
Whatever it is, a dedicated, off-the-showroom Royal Enfield Scrambler is something nice to have.