Royal Enfield 650 twins

Royal Enfield 650 twins pricing to start lesser than KTM 390 Duke


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The Interceptor 650 and the Continental GT 650 have been priced starting USD 5,799 (Rs 4.21 lakh) and USD 5,999 (Rs 4.36 lakh).

Royal Enfield has unveiled the US pricing for its 650 twins which is the Interceptor and the Continental GT. The price of the Interceptor is from USD 5,799 onwards (approximately Rs 4.21 lakh), and the price for the Continental GT starts from USD 5,999 (approximately Rs 4.36 lakh). However, these are the base prices for the motorcycles. Royal Enfield has offered a host of customizations and color schemes which will increase the price of the motorcycles. The Royal Enfield Interceptor and the Continental GT are slated to come to India by the end of this year. In terms of pricing, there are various reports floating online which points towards the fact that the RE 650 twins price range will start lesser than the KTM 390 Duke in the Indian motorcycle market which is priced at Rs 2.90 lakh, on road.

The Interceptor in the United States is priced differently according to the trim level. For instance, the Custom Trim Interceptor is priced at USD 5,999 (around Rs 4.36 lakh), and USD 6,499 (around Rs 4.72 lakh) for the Chrome variant. In the same manner, the Custom Continental GT variant is priced at USD 6,249 (around Rs 4.53 lakh) and USD 6,749 (around Rs 4.91 lakh) for the Custom and Chrome variant.

The Interceptor 650 looks like a Roadster and gets an all-new, dedicated steel-tube cradle chassis. The Interceptor also gets wide-braced handlebars. The motorcycle is equipped with classic 18-inch front and rear Pirelli tires and twin shock absorbers, along with front and rear disc brakes with ABS. The Interceptor 650 also gets a ground clearance of 174mm and a seat height of 804 mm.

The twin motorcycles are powered by RE’s own 650cc twin engine. The new platform is a single overhead cam (SOHC), 8 valves, air/oil cooled, 648cc parallel twin which produces 47bhp and 52Nm. The engine is slated to get a strong low and mid-range performance, which retains the Royal Enfield’s accessible torque through the rev range. Also new to the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 is the six-speed gearbox which has been developed for this motorcycle. The gearbox is supported by its slip/assist clutch which prevents wheel-hop when downshifting gears at high speeds.Also, Royal Enfield’s all-new Continental GT 650 retains its central cafe racer character with added engineering and design improvements.

It shares its engine, chassis and running parts with its twin, the Interceptor 650, while it offers completely different ergonomics and style. The motorcycle has a front leaning stance. The Continental GT 650 also gets a mid-level 3-piece clip-on handlebar and gets a standard 12.5-litre fuel tank capacity.

The Interceptor 650 and the Continental GT 650 get disc brakes on the front and the rear with ABS. The upswept exhaust and rear-set footrests give the motorcycle a massive lean angle, essential for a cafe racer. The motorcycle also gets a single seat, sculpted tank, and clip-on bars.

While the standard range of color which takes inspiration from the motorcycles of the 50s and the 60s, the custom range is a bolder and retro version of graphics and colors. The Interceptor 650 comes in Orange Crush and the Ice Queen Continental GT 650 were displayed at EICMA last year.

The two motorcycles have already been subjected to various lab and bench tests, in addition to being tested on race tracks and public roads. With over one million kms of testing prior to production, more than 70 different tests have been conducted on the vehicle and individual chassis components. Modern CAE techniques and CAD systems have been applied during the development of the chassis and comprehensive data logging and analysis have been undertaken. The gearbox has undergone extensive test miles, resulting in an optimum shift feel, reliability of engagement, quiet notch-free selection, and perfect ratio spacing. These motorcycles have been tested for real-world riding conditions in both Europe and India.

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