Next-gen Royal Enfield Bullet coming in 2023
Royal Enfield CEO Vinod Dasari said the brand was working hard to develop new platforms and models. In June 2020, he claimed that the Indian manufacturer hoped to unveil at least one new model each quarter. Around this time, Dasari is quoted as saying:
We have the platforms, and under the platforms we have the models, within each model we have variants, within each variant we have multiple color and graphic trims, and then we have the limited editions.
So five levels, we’re so excited that up to a point, every quarter, for the next three to four years, every quarter we have a new model. It’s not just about changing the colors or something, it’s almost going to be a new model, or a variant, coming for the next three to four years.
Following Dasari’s feedback, the company has announced several new bikes in recent months. The latest to arrive is the company’s Scram 411 released only in the Indian market at the moment. It is a modified “urban” version of the company’s Himalayan in a scrambler format. If you want to know more about the Scram 411, you can find it in our front page section.
Next Generation Bullet 350
And now it looks like the company’s venerable Bullet model will be getting a generational update. According to TimesDrive, the popular entry-level 350cc machine is already undergoing generational changes, as seen on test mules spotted in India. So the supposed next generation of 350cc Bullet models makes sense, especially since the company has already released the new Classic 350 and the Thunderbird replacement, the new Meteor 350. To “sort of” back it up, spy photos have emerged of at least one supposed Bullet 350 test mule.
However, Royal Enfield has not officially released any details about the potential new machine. But Times Drive says the bike is based on Royal Enfield’s new J-series platform; unlike the single downtube frame on the current machine, it uses a double cradle frame.
Power-wise, the engine would be the same as the new Classic and Meteor 350 models. If so, the new Bullet will produce around 20 hp and 20 lb-ft (27 Nm) of torque. Other running gears will also receive upgrades with larger telescopic forks and improved braking components.
Finally, the bike will receive some styling changes. According to Times Drive, the bike will likely get different front and rear fenders, a stepped seat, and new color schemes. Additionally, as is the case with some newer Royal Enfield models, the motorcycle’s instrument cluster can be fitted with a new semi-digital unit. The new configuration will likely offer Royal Enfield’s “Tripper” system for navigation.
According to Rushlanethe new machine could be on the streets of India in early 2023.