Select dealerships across the country have unofficially commenced bookings for the much awaited Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and the Continental GT 650. Booking amount stands at Rs 5,000 and deliveries will commence from the end of November. The brand is set to launch the motorcycles on November 14, just prior to the 2018 Ridermania. We expect Royal Enfield to price the bikes under Rs 3 lakh ex-showroom. Here’s our price analysis for the Interceptor 650 based on the US pricing.
At this price point, the bikes would be invading into KTM’s 390 Duke territory while technically competing with the Harley-Davidson Street 750 and the Kawasaki Vulcan S. When launched, the Continental GT 650 would be the most affordable
The two motorcycles share a 648cc parallel-twin engine that’s oil-cooled. Thanks to its counterbalancing tech, the engine is quite refined and vibe-free, as we experienced at the first ride review of both the Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650. The powerplant works in conjunction with a 6-speed transmission with assist and slipper clutch. Coming to the power and torque figures, the engine makes 47.6PS and 53Nm.
You also get an adequately large 320mm front and 240mm rear disc with dual-channel ABS. Suspension is not that sophisticated as the bikes make do with traditional telescopic front forks and twin rear shock absorbers. The Interceptor 650 gets relatively more laidback ergonomics, apt for touring. The Continental GT on the other hand sports clip-ons and slightly rear-set footpegs for an aggressive stance. It also gets a slightly smaller (by 1.2 litres) fuel tank than the Interceptor, whose capacity stands at 12.5 litres.
The Interceptor is available in six colours: Mark Three (Black), Glitter & Dust (Chrome), Orange Crush, Ravishing Red, Silver Spectre and Baker Express (White and Red). On the other hand, colour choices for the Continental are Black Magic (metallic black), Ventura Blue (metallic blue), Mister Clean (chrome), Dr Mayhem (black and grey) and Ice Queen (metallic white).