Royal Enfield Interceptor 650, Continental GT 650 launched, prices inside
Royal Enfield Interceptor 650
The long waits are finally over! Royal Enfield has finally launched its most awaited motorcycles in the Indian market, the 650 twins. The Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 starts at an ex-showroom price of Rs 2.65 lakh, and the Interceptor 650 starts at an ex-showroom price of Rs 2.50 lakh. Deliveries are slated to begin by December 2018.
The twins first made ground at the 2017 EICMA motorcycle show held last year with its Indian reveal at the 2018 Auto Expo held in February. Bookings for the 650 twins have already begun.
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.
Additionally, 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-liter 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 been subjected to various lab and bench tests, in addition to being tested on race tracks and public roads. With over one million km 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.
In terms of pricing, the closest rivals to the 650 twins will be the KTM Duke 390. In terms of specifications, the closest rivals to the RE 650 twins are the Kawasaki Z650, Ninja 650, Kawasaki Versys 650, Harley-Davidson Street 750, and the Harley-Davidson Street Rod. Rest assured, the 650 Twins from Royal Enfield are two of the cheapest 650cc motorcycles on sale in India. read more posts…
News Credit: INDIA Today
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