It's 'Old School' British styling is straight out of the mid-60's, often very pretty, but also utilitarian by most modern measures. It's what also could be referred to as a 'standard', which is what bikes such as these are now classified as in a many sub-divided market of sportbikes, sport tourers, adventure tourers, heavy tourers, cruisers, power cruisers, and on and on...
Before motorcycles became so specifically specialized, as they are now, with few exceptions, almost everything was a direct derivative of a 'standard' machine, tourers, road racers, desert racers, etc.
This Royal Enfield 650 is about as much of a 'back to the basics' street bike as one can find these days, no engine 'power modes' or other extraneous electronic bullcrap to insert itself between the rider, engine, wheels, and road surface. It does, of course, have ABS braking, and that's ok, it's mandated as standard on almost all production motorcycles world-wide these days anyway.
The Royal Enfield 650 has a relatively low hp, 270 degree engine rated at a conservative 47 hp, uses a six-speed transmission and can probably do around 100 mph if you insist, but they're much happier running out there on the curvy, hilly backroads at about 50-75% effort.
So...a 270-degree crank phasing; interesting. Does the three-lobed amoeba-shaped left engine cover suggest that it has an “underhead” cam and pushrods? Or is it OHC/DOHC underneath retro-looking castings?
Something about the sweep of the pipes and forward cant of the cylinders reminds me of the old Yamaha TX750 twin even though it’s much curvier in both castings and bodywork.
Looking forward to your ride report.
I still need a Stearman biplane.
Man, talk about orders of magnitude increases in time suck!
Ever been up in one? A local airport (Washington, MO) used to be run by a guy who had about four of them, and at least one was usually in residence. You could rent time in them, and a friend who was building hours in his log would fly one sometimes instead of the Cessna 172 or Aeronca Champ. Sometimes after work I’d tag along. I got to take the stick and circle our place and look at it from the air a few times.
These were the 220 hp Continental R670 powered ones, not the big radial airshow hotrod ones. But they still make a big mean rumble and make nice burning avgas and hot oil smells.
I don’t recall the gallons per hour figure but I remember thinking the fuel consumption was prohibitively astounding even back then.