New Royal Enfield 650 Twins

September 26, 2018

Quick update from Santa Cruz, California and the global launch of the Enfield Twins.

 

Two bikes are being launched, a 'roadster' called the Interceptor and the cafe racer named the Continental GT 650. Above is the Interceptor with the original Enfield twin Interceptor in the background.

I have yet to ride the bikes, I leave for the ride in an hour, but I've had the tech presentations and the razzmatazz. 

 

Both bikes share most of their components, only footrest, bars and bodywork differ. The bikes are as low tech as a 2018 EU4 compliant bike can be, and they have price tags to match. They're aimed at newer generation riders moving from their singles (in the Indian market), and riders who want the simplicaity of a classic bike without the hassle. Women riders feature heavily in the marketing videos.

The engines are air-cooled SOHC cam parallel twins with 270-degree cranks and Bosch fuel injection and a slipper style clutch. Claimed power is 47bhp with 52ft.lb of torque.

 

Both models share duplex, mild steel frames, RWU forks, budget twin shocks and single front disc with a Brembo caliper. 

The two models are available in a combined 11 different finishes, including a factory chrome tank for both models.

 

Only the US prices have been announced and they start at an incredibly low are $5799 for the Interceptor and $5999 for the Continental. That includes a 3-year unlimited warranty and roadside recovery in the US. I'm expecting prices under £5000 in the UK.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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