Royal Enfield Interceptor INT 650 and Continental GT 650 – it had been a long wait for fans in India before the two were finally unveiled at EICMA 2017 in Milan. And now, the Royal Enfield twins have arrived in India. The two have been showcased at Royal Enfield Rider Mania 2017. Before the motorcycles were unveiled, it was widely believed that the new bike would be a 750cc, but the company made a surprise revelation earlier this month, unveiling a brand new 650cc parallel twin engine, which powers the two new motorcycles. The Interceptor INT 650 is a Roadster and the Continental GT 650 is a Cafe Racer iteration of it. Royal Enfield says that the objective behind the development of the 650cc air-cooled parallel twin is to build a global platform that would carry the Royal Enfield legacy and character into a modern context. The brand also confirmed some days back that the Interceptor and Continental GT will come with Pirelli Phantom Sportscomp tyres as factory fitted equipment. Royal Enfield Rider Mania was concluded this weekend at Vagator in Goa.
The Interceptor INT 650 ushers in the idea of the 1960’s fun, relaxed motorcycles, with its classic tear-drop shaped fuel-tank, quilted twin-seat and distinctive wide braced handlebars. An all-new, dedicated steel-tube cradle chassis makes the Interceptor INT 650 an easy-going, versatile motorcycle which is perfect for riding in the city, as it is for a leisurely weekend cruise.
The motorcycle is equipped with classic 18” front and rear Pirelli tyres and twin shock absorbers, along with front and rear disc brakes with ABS. It has a ground clearance of 174mm and a seat height of 804 mm.
Introducing the Interceptor INT 650, Siddhartha Lal, CEO Royal Enfield said, “The Interceptor INT 650 carries forward the Royal Enfield legacy into the 21st century. While in its essence it retains the design and old-school character, it has all the underpinnings of a modern machine. It combines agility, usable power, excellent ergonomics and style in an unintimidating manner. However, the Interceptor INT 650 is more than the sum of its parts; it is great fun to ride and brings a smile on your face every single time that you ride it.”
The Continental GT 650 has a cafe racer character while bringing in new engineering and design improvements. It shares its engine, chassis and running parts with its twin, the Interceptor INT 650 while offering completely different ergonomics and style.
Both the Continental GT 650 and the Interceptor INT 650 will be available in a variety of colour options and two distinct styles – Standard and Retro Custom. A total of 11 options have been developed. While the Standard range of colours takes inspiration from the motorcycles of the 50’s and 60’s, the Retro Custom range is a bolder version of graphics and colours. The Interceptor INT 650 in Orange Crush and Glitter & Dust and the Continental GT 650 in Ice Queen and Mr Clean were displayed at Rider Mania.
Like the Interceptor INT 650, the Continental GT 650 sports disc brakes front and the rear with ABS. The upswept exhaust and rear-set footrests give the motorcycle plenty of lean angles, essential for any true cafe racer. The single seat, sculpted tank, and clip-on bars complete the authentic look.
Both Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 will meet Euro 6, BSVI norms and is expected to make its market debut in 2018. European markets would be the first markets to get these motorcycles in April 2018 and expect an India launch by in the second quarter of FY 2018-19.
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