Royal Enfield is receiving much love at the moment. We all know what it is for. The company has just launched its first 650cc twin cylinder motorcycles in India. The Royal Enfield twin cylinder motorcycles are already in transit to dealerships for display purpose. Yes, you read it right. Bookings are already on but the first batch of deliveries start only by February. In fact, there are no test rides available right now. Dealerships have been strictly instructed to not allow test rides till the first week of December 2018. Written permissions have to be taken to even take the motorcycle to the workshop.
Why so much protocol for motorcycles that has been launched nationwide? It seems that the company doesn’t want to keep customers waiting for too long after they have had test rides. The Royal Enfield twin cylinder motorcycles have been launched in India at a starting price of Rs 2.50 lakh for the Interceptor and Rs 2.65 lakh for the Continental GT. This makes them the most affordable of the twin cylinder motorcycles in India. That too for a 650cc. Expectations of high sales aren’t futile too. The company simply wants to maintain the demand-supply ratio.
The Royal Enfield twin cylinder motorcycle, as we all know, are available in Interceptor and Continental GT forms. The former is a more easy-going motorcycle for leisure riding while the latter is a more committed cafe racer. Both boast a 650cc air/oil-cooled parallel twin engine that makes 47PS @ 5,250rpm while the peak torque of 53Nm comes in at 5,200rpm. The gearbox is a new 6-speed unit. The claimed range will be around 300km on a tankful. There are disc brakes on both the ends as well as dual channel ABS.
So far, the Mumbai region has received around 2,000 bookings for the 650cc twins. Out of these, around 91 per cent are for the Interceptor while the rest for the Conti. Dealers say that rest of the Continental GT customers are also planning to shift to the Interceptor.