Royal Enfield - the homegrown multinational motorcycle manufacturer surprised the world by launching two middleweight motorcycles - the Continental GT 650 (Cafe Racer) and Interceptor 650 (Classic Roadster). The superstar in both the motorcycles is a parallel twin 650 cc engine which is a reminiscent of the engine that Royal Enfield manufactured in the 1960s for the western markets. The motorcycles already get a number of accessories to choose from and now the homegrown brand is adding more accessories like alloy wheels, electrical and touring luggage.
These additional accessories look like a touring kit offered by Royal Enfield. Motorcycle enthusiasts were continuously asking the manufacturer to make both the motorcycles especially the Interceptor 650 more touring friendly. Royal Enfield 650 Twins will be the only product after Royal Enfield Thunderbird to get an alloy wheel setup. In the electrical section, the twins may receive auxiliary lights and in touring luggage accessory, the brand can offer side panniers with a top box. The official website of Royal Enfield 650 Twins has already mentioned the wheels, electrical and luggage accessories as 'coming soon'.
The twins are powered by an air/oil cooled, parallel-twin cylinder 648 cc motor. The fuel injected motor churns out 47 bhp at 7,100 rpm and 52 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. The rider has plenty of torque at disposal across the rev range and the motorcycles don't seem to go out of breath even when you max out the throttle. The engine is mated to a 6-speed gearbox (first time by Royal Enfield) and this unit is one of the smoothest gearboxes the brand has ever built, all thanks to the slip-assist clutch equipped in both the motorcycles. ABS comes standard on both for additional braking assistance.
The Continental GT 650 STD is priced at Rs. 2.58 lakhs and the Interceptor 650 STD is priced at Rs. 2.43 lakhs. Royal Enfield has aggressively priced both the motorcycles to take the competition head-on. The key competitors of 650 Twins are KTM Duke 390 ABS (Rs. 2.44 lakhs), Kawasaki Ninja 300 (Rs. 3.61 lakhs) and Harley Davidson Street 750 (Rs. 5.14 lakhs).