The Royal Enfield 650 Twins (Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650) are commanding a waiting period of up to six months, reports in media suggest. The Royal Enfield 650 Twins have received positive response in all the markets including India. In a bid to meet the increasing demand, the company is planning to ramp up production by next month. The monthly delivery numbers are on the lower side at around 500 units for both bikes. According to company officials, this is because the initial units were delivered for the test ride and dealership display purposes. Besides, the company is also shipping the models to overseas markets such as Brazil, Thailand, Indonesia, and Australia among others which, has caused a further increase in the waiting period.
Another reason for the rising popularity of Royal Enfield 650 Twins is that they offer substantially more than both 350cc and 500cc bikes with respect to power output, features, fit and finish. Among the 350cc and 500cc models, the former is more popular which accounts for over 70 percent of the total sales.
Coming to the Royal Enfield 650 Twins, the production is likely to be revved up from 2,500 units to 4,500-5,000 units by the end of March. Aside from ramping up production, the company is also looking at expanding its dealership network. It inaugurated around 20 dealerships in the last quarter of 2018 and plans to add 20 more outlets in the country by the end of next month, taking the total number of RE showrooms to 900.
Talking of mechanicals, the Royal Enfield 650 Twins draw power from the 648cc, parallel-twin engine. Interestingly, this unit is the first for RE under the Eicher ownership. In terms of power, the 648cc makes 47 bhp against 52 Nm torque. Transmission duties are handled by the 6-speed unit which comes with a slipper clutch as standard. Both the bikes get disc brake units at the front as well as back and come equipped with double channel ABS as standard.
Royal Enfield launched the Interceptor 650 and the Continental GT 650 bikes in the country last year priced at Rs 2.34 lakh and Rs 2.57 lakh (ex-showroom price) respectively. Interestingly, the Royal Enfield 650 Twins are the cheapest twin-cylinder on-sale bikes in the Indian market.