Royal Enfield 650 Twins: The Modern Classic Roadsters that caught the attention of Prince William

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This time, it’s not just hardcore Royal Enfield fans, but the whole biking community is excited about Royal Enfield Interceptor 650. The quintessential modern classic roadster – that’s a blast to ride on twisty back roads, highways, or the urban jungle, with equal ease and grace, for novices and experienced riders alike.


Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, had his first encounter with the retro classic twins at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting Summit earlier this year. The bikes caught his attention and he had a short conversation with CEO Siddhartha Lal.



Specifications


Specifications

Interceptor 650 Continental GT 650

Engine

Parallel-twin, Air-Oil cooled, Fuel Injection Parallel-twin, Air-Oil cooled, Fuel Injection
Displacement 648 cc

648cc

Power

47bhp @ 7250rpm 47PS @ 7250rpm
Torque 52Nm @ 5150rpm

52Nm @ 5150rpm

Bore x Stroke

78mm x 67.8mm 78mm x 67.8mm
Compression Ratio 9.5:1

9.5:1

Gearbox

6-speed 6-speed
Fuel Management Fuel injection

Fuel injection

Suspension, Wheels And Brakes

Front suspension Telescopic 41mm front fork, 110mm travel

Telescopic 41mm front fork, 110mm travel

Rear suspension

Twin coil-over shocks, 88mm travel Twin coil-over shocks, 88mm travel
Tyres Front 100/90-18

100/90-18

Tyres Rear

130/70-18 130/70-18

Brakes Front

320mm disc, ABS

320mm disc, ABS

Brakes Rear 240mm disc, ABS

240mm disc, ABS

Dimensions

Wheelbase

1400mm

1400mm

Ground Clearance 174mm

174mm

Length

2122mm 2122mm
Width 789mm

744mm

Height

1165mm 1024mm
Seat Height 804mm

790mm

Kerb Weight (No Fuel)

202kg

198kg

Fuel Capacity 13.7-Litres

12.5-Litres


So we all are waiting for the twins since a long time. Royal Enfield revealed the bike last year itself and hopefully will go on sale in a couple of months from today. The 650cc engine is all-new. It gets a four-valve SOHC valvetrain, oil-cooling and fuel injection. ABS is standard. No ride-by-wire, no traction control and no riding modes. Remember, this is a retro classic modern roadster!



The engine makes 53Nm at 5150rpm and 80% of the torque will be available right from 2500rpm along with a peak power output of 47hp. Remember, this is an all-new Royal Enfield, the parallel twin engine is counter balanced and hence don’t expect vibrations as you have experienced in other RE bikes. The engine is mated to a smooth 6-speed gearbox.

The bike is developed to serve long rides with ease while also nimble to handle inside the city. The 650 can hit a top whack of 160kmph without much fuss.


Classic Styling



With upright riding position and classic retro look, the Interceptor 650 is promising to be a good, stylish, all-round motorcycle that’s suitable for just about any city riding to highway cruising.


The GT650 is a modern sporty café-racer with same frame and engine as that of the Interceptor. The GT650 has offers you a revised riding position with mid-level handlebars, a different fuel tank, and a solo seat with a painted cowl.

Available Colours


Pricing


The pricing part is where the whole biking community is excited about! Royal Enfield has revealed the prices of the 2018 Continental GT and the Interceptor 650. The base price of the Continental GT 650 is USD 5,999 that makes it equivalent to Rs 4.4 lakh while that of the Interceptor 650 is USD 5,799 that makes is roughly Rs 4.2 lakh. The prices mentioned here are the base prices of both the bikes. For custom colours and that sweet chrome treatment, you have to shell out extra.



Coming to India, the expected pricing is below INR 3.5 lakh and that is going to be a killer pricing for these motorcycles. Rumours are out that it will be priced below 3 lakh (ex-showroom). If so, the streets are going to be filled with the Royal Enfield Twins!

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