After inviting us to experience its new 650cc motorcycles, Royal Enfield is now all set to launch its new twin cylinder motorcycles in India by mid-November.
The launch of the Continental GT 650 and the Interceptor 650 will mark the return of Royal Enfield’s into the world of twin-cylinder motorcycling as the last twin-cylinder made by the British turned Indian bike maker was manufactured a good 50 years ago. Royal Enfield refers to those years as its ‘golden era’ that was kick started, literally, by the 500 twin in 1948 which then led to its high-performance motorcycles and ultimately the original RE Interceptor that was made in 1960.
This new liquid cooled 650cc parallel twin cylinder engine that is good for 47bhp of max power and 52Nm of peak torque is mated to a six-speed gearbox featuring a slipper clutch. The Interceptor 650 is aimed for long distance laid-back riding with its relaxed riding ergonomics, while the Continental GT 650 is a café-racer and has a sportier approach with its single-seat setup.
Both motorcycles are built on a new chassis and share the same underpinnings. They share an all-new steel-tube cradle chassis, which features telescopic suspension up front and twin gas-charged shocks with adjustable preload at the back.