It was just a media review event. However, we are sure the Royal Enfield website must have crashed at least a couple of times. After all, so many folks logging in to check the live launch must be taxing on any website. Yes, we are talking about the Royal Enfield Interceptor and Continental GT 650 launch in the US. These twin cylinder motorcycles have been highly anticipated world over. Needless to say, the Indian media is going gaga over the products. We have word that by November, bookings will begin while the commercial launch happens sometime next year. Given the tentative pricing of these motorcycles around the Rs 3 lakh mark, it will be but prudent to compare it against similar capacity bikes.
The biggest competition will be from the Harley-Davidson Street Rod. The motorcycle boasts a higher capacity engine, has been well entrenched in the Indian market and has all bases covered. It though is expensive and a facelifted version may be coming in by the time the REs are launched. If you look at the Kawasaki Z650, then it is even more expensive. It is based on the Ninja 650 platform, which is an excellent start. Unlike the others which are based more on a cruise theme, this one is a naked street fighter. So, how do these three fare in a specifications war? Scroll down to find out the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 vs Harley-Davidson Street Rod vs Kawasaki Z650 battle sheet.
Specifications table of the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 vs Harley-Davidson Street Rod vs Kawasaki Z650
|Type||Parallel twin, air-oil cooled||V-twin, liquid cooled||Parallel twin, liquid cooled|
|Valvetrain||4 valves||4 valves||4 valves|
|Rake/Trail||NA||27mm / 99mm||83.0mm / 60.0mm|
|Fuel tank capacity (litres)||13.7||13.1||15|
|Kerb weight (kg)||202||229||208|
|Front||41mm front fork||Inverted forks||41 mm telescopic fork|
|Rear||Twin coil-over shocks||Gas charged shocks||Horizontal back-link with adjustable preload|
|Price (ex-Mumbai)||Rs 2.50 lakh||Rs 6.55 lakh||Rs 4.99 lakh|