Royal Enfield has unveiled two new bikes powered by a 650cc engine
Taking centre stage at the recently held EICMA Motor Show in Milan was Royal Enfield’s Interceptor INT 650 and Continental GT 650. Both bikes—set to make their debut in 2018—come powered by the company’s all-new 650 cc twin cylinder engine which is touted to be a game changer for the brand.
Interceptor INT 650
The legendary British motorcycle maker first built the Interceptor as a bike specifically for the American market in the 1960s. It had a good run in the market and was a popular choice in California where it became part of the ‘chilled-out hippie and surfer culture’ prevalent at the time. The new 650 is said to carry that relaxed attitude.
It features a classic tear-drop shaped fuel-tank, quilted twin-seat, an all-new steel tube cradle chassis, and distinctive wide braced handlebars. The wide handlebars and large seat offer a commanding riding position and a fantastic riding experience. Add to that, the vehicle is kitted out with 18-inch Pirelli tyres, comes with twin shock absorbers, front and rear disc brakes, and ABS. It also has a ground clearance of 174 mm and a seat height of 804 mm.
Continental GT 650
We’ve already seen one avatar of this café racer in the form of the 535cc version sold in India currently,
however, the new bike steps closer to its legacy of being a stripped down and aerodynamic model that is designed to offer an unparalleled riding experience thanks to the increase in performance due to the inclusion of the new engine as well.
It shares its chassis and running parts with the Interceptor INT 650, but, different ergonomics and styling ensures that it has a character of its own. The front-leaning stance, mid-level handlebars, sleek 12.5-litre fuel tank and upswept exhaust ensure that it offers a lean sporty look. It also gets front and rear disc brakes and ABS. The Continental GT 650 is also expected to go on sale in India in 2018.
Powering both bikes is the first modern Royal Enfield twin cylinder engine that is built on an all-new platform. The parallel twin engine displaces 648 cc and comes with eight valves, a single overhead cam and is air/oil cooled. It is capable of producing 47 bhp of power and 52 Nm of torque. The engine is said to offer a strong low and mid-range performance making it ideal for cruising around town or heading out for a weekend trip. Watch this space for more on the Royal Enfield.