Perhaps one of the most awaited motorcycles by scores of Royal Enfield fans! The Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 twin and Continental GT 650 twin cylinder motorcycles will be launched in India this year. Both these motorcycles were showcased at the 2017 Rider Mania held in Goa. Previously RE had said they will launch both the motorcycles here sometime next year after the global launch. However, it now seems that India too will get the bikes at the same time as other markets. However, availability of the motorcycles will be in limited quantities.
Apparently, a leaked service manual gives the details of these highly anticipated vehicles. However, all these details are readily available on the Royal Enfield website as well. It shows that the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 twin and the Continental GT 650 make identical amount of power at 47PS. The torque generated from the 648cc air cooled, fuel injected motor, is 52Nm. This is the most powerful bike built by RE and is the first time that they are doing a parallel twin set up. A 6-speed gearbox with a slip and assist clutch is provided for as well. The engine oil capacity is 3.1 litres.
The styling of the Royal Enfield Inteceptor 650 twin is similar to other modern classics by competing manufacturers. We can think of both Triumph with the Street Twin as well as Ducati with the Scrambler that boast similar styling. The Continental GT 650 in the meanwhile looks like the erstwhile Conti GT 535. RE is quick to clarify though that both the twins have been made from scratch and don’t share any parts with existing bikes.
Frame, suspension and brakes of Royal Enfield twins
The frame is a new steel tubular unit and there are 18-inch wheels on both ends. 41mm front fork with 110mm travel and coil over shock absorbers with 87.5mm travel form the suspension components. The headlight is a 55/60w halogen unit. The kerb weight of the Conti and Interceptor are 198kg and 202 kg respectively. Ground clearance, wheelbase and seat height are shared at 174mm, 1400mm and 804mm respectively. Disc brakes on both the ends are standard and so is dual channel ABS. It is the first time that a RE motorcycle will have ABS in the country. Speaking of which, all of RE motorcycles will get ABS as standard from Feb 2019.
At launch, the RE twins will be the most affordable of twin cylinder motorcycles in the country. Currently, the most affordable twin cylinder bike in the country is the Kawasaki Ninja 300. Bookings for the twins are expected to start from November 2018.