Since at least 2019, there have been reports that Indian motorcycle manufacturer Royal Enfield has introduced a bike called the Sherpa. According to the latest update, the company’s plans to expand its 650cc product portfolio in India feature a potential spot for the Sherpa. Royal Enfield’s Super Meteor 650 is set to launch in the next few days, but Bikewale’s report points to a motorcycle in the pipeline likely to be called the Royal Enfield Sherpa 650.
This expected vehicle is most likely a scrambler style bike. Lightweight and specifically designed for off-road use. It is understood that the 650cc Scrambler has already reached the road test stage, as prototypes have been tested in the UK and India.
Although there are a few modifications, the Sherpa is planned primarily around the Interceptor 650 platform, sharing a chassis and parallel twin engines. The same engine powers the Continental GT 650 and Super Meteor 650. It is mated to a 6-speed gearbox via a slipper clutch, generating 47bhp and 52Nm.
Spy shots of our test bike showed dual shock absorbers in the rear and inverted fork suspension up front. It sports a two-in-one exhaust system to keep the bike light. This system also adds to the overall aesthetics of the bike. The Royal Enfield Scrambler bike, which will be built primarily for off-road use, will also feature wire-spoke wheels with dual-sport tires. Subframes are different from interceptors.
The Royal Enfield Sherpa 650 will be available in 2024. It will occupy a spot between the Interceptor 650 and the upcoming Super Meteor 650 in the lineup.
It’s interesting to note that this isn’t the first time Royal Enfield has used a Sherpa name for one of its models. According to Financial Express, the bike of the same name was part of the company’s lineup in the 1960s. At the time, this model could be equipped with a 173cc engine. The motorcycle was renamed the Crusader in 1970.