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Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 & Continental GT 650 International Launch Tomorrow


The flagship twins mark Royal Enfield’s entry into the big bike segment

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UPDATE: Royal Enfield 650 Twins Launched Internationally

Royal Enfield is all set to launch two of its biggest bikes ever, the Interceptor 650 and the Continental GT 650, in the international market tomorrow. Based on an all-new platform, the bikes made their global debut at the 2017 EICMA show in Milan, Italy. The Interceptor’s design is inspired by the 1960’s Royal Enfield Interceptor. Staying true to the tradition of relaxed motorcycling, this retro modern machine features wide handlebars and upright ergonomics. On the other hand, the Continental GT 650 is a proper cafe racer, complete with clip-on handlebars and an aggressive riding stance. Lighting system for both the bikes are halogen with bulb type indicators.

Powering the twins is a 648cc parallel-twin SOHC, counterbalanced air-cooled motor with oil-cooling. The engine is capable of generating 47.6PS at 7250rpm and 52Nm at 5250rpm. These numbers are the highest ever seen on a Royal Enfield, and all that power is transferred to the rear wheel via an all-new 6-speed transmission with a slip-assist clutch. Royal Enfield says 80 per cent of the maximum torque (41.6Nm) is available from as low as 2500rpm.

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The motorcycles’ double cradle steel tubular frame is suspended on 41mm front forks and twin coilover shock absorbers at the rear. Their 18-inch spoke wheels with aluminium alloy rims are shod with Pirelli Phantom Sportscomp tyres for optimal grip. Braking duties are managed by a 320mm front and 240mm rear disc with dual-channel ABS as standard.

When launched in India, the Interceptor 650 is likely to command a price tag of around Rs 3.5 lakh while the Continental GT is expected to cost around Rs 4 lakh, both ex-showroom. The two motorcycles are touted to be beginner-friendly, especially for markets abroad where big bikes are common and the speed limits on the roads are high.

We are at the first ride event being held right now in the USA, so stay tuned to know more about how the motorcycles perform in the real world!

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