Royal Enfield had sold a bike named Constellation 700 in North America between 1958 and 1963
Royal Enfield has filed the trademark application for the moniker Constellation, which is likely to be used for an upcoming 650cc motorcycle from the bike manufacturer.
The maker of the Interceptor 650 has been working on several 650cc motorcycles at present. There is the Super Meteor, a Classic-style bike, the SG650 or Shotgun and finally the big-hearted Himalayan.
If we were to pick a bike, only the larger Classic fits the bill for the new moniker and that upcoming bike was spotted undisguised recently on foreign soil (the detailed article can be read here).
Based on the same platform as the current 650 twins, the middleweight had the styling of a retro-style roadster with circular lights and mirrors, wire-spoked wheels, twin exhausts and split seat.
That bike also had conventional telescopic front forks and twin rear shocks. What’s more, it could even be fitted with a top case and panniers, by the look of things.
The original Royal Enfield Constellation 700 was made for the North American market. It was sold between 1958 and 1963 and over the years, the motorcycle came with a 36 BHP 692cc parallel twin engine which then grew to 736cc by the time the bike was discontinued.
Since the Constellation was described as the first superbike of that era, it could do 177 km/hr (?!), the upcoming new age Constellation could well be the sportiest of the lot making use of the same 648cc parallel twin motor.
Expect the motorcycle to arrive by late 2023 or early 2024, ahead of the Himalayan 650 and further strengthen the brand’s middleweight range which would have seen the arrival of the Super Meteor and Shotgun by then.