A few days ago, Royal Enfield, an Indian motorcycle manufacturer company, has showcased the first ever advanced twin-cylinder engine at the newly inaugurated centre in Leicestershire, England and now unveiled the bikes going to occupy that advanced engine setup.
The precipitated idea to develop the modern 650cc twin-cylinder engine is to build a global stature that could bring the Royal Enfield tradition forward and portrait it in the modern world.
The two bikes which are Interceptor INT 650 And Continental GT 650 launched at EICMA Show 2017 by Royal Enfield depicting the essence of modern amenities. The new bike is powered by air-cooled, eight-valve, four strokes, single overhead cam, 648 cc parallel twin cylinder engine which is manufactured by Royal Enfield’s Chennai team and UK Technology Centre. The engine is mated to a six-speed gearbox and able to churn out a maximum power of 47 BHP and 52 Nm maximum torque to make the ride smooth.
Siddhartha Lal, CEO of Royal Enfield while Speaking about the Interceptor INT 650 said that the bike is aimed to bring the Royal Enfield legacy forward in a modern 21st century. He said in a statement that the engine is facilitated to poise among torque, power, and usability to make an easy going and uninterrupted riding experience.
Basically, the bike is quite a comfortable choice with the touch of classic styling that consolidates plaid twin-seat, a teardrop-shaped fuel tank, and different looking widespread handlebars. It has a fresh steel-tube cradle chassis which makes the bike a cool and multitasking motorcycle to ride in the city and for a weekend cruise as well.
The bike is assembled with 18-inch Pirelli tyres at both ends, front and rear disc brakes with ABS control and twin shock absorbers. In addition, a seat heightened to 804 mm and a ground clearance of 174mm to draw a better riding experience.
The new continental GT 650 borrows some characteristic from 60’s cafe racer and present Continental GT 535. It stakes the same engine, cycle parts and chassis from its comrade Interceptor INT 650 whereas very distinct ergonomics and appearance. It has a sporty and speedy appearance due to front leaning positioning. In addition, the bike has rear-set footrests, upswept exhaust, single-seat, and engraved tank along with a clip-on bar.
The company says that both the motorcycles are available in various colorways in two different styles which are Retro Custom and Standard. To make it more unique, the company offers absolute motorcycle accessories. The bikes are expected to debut in India by November 18 at the Rider Mania event and available in the market by the next year.
In the classic segment, the twin motorcycles with 650cc twin-cylinder engine hardly face any competition. The Interceptor INT 650 will give a straight competition to Triumph Bonneville Street Twin(Priced at 7.17 lakh) and can consume most of the sales of Harley-Davidson Street 750(Rs. 5.15 lakh) as the RE will fit the price of twins in the competitive range.