Royal Enfield is finally going to launch the highly anticipated Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 today and as you can imagine, there's quite a buzz about these motorcycles. The 650 twins get a new chassis, new liquid cooled engine and a host of other features that make it the best Royal Enfield yet. We got a chance to sample the 650s in California a couple of days ago and our comprehensive review will let you know all that you need to know about the bikes.
Stay tuned here for the global launch updates!
Bikes will be in stores in India by the end of this year confirms Siddhartha Lal, closing the RE 650 Twins global launch event.
The ABS Classic 500 is $5,500 in the USA. The Interceptor 650 starts at $5,799. Wow. That’s a price difference of just $300 or Rs 22,000! This is madness!
These are stunning prices. 3 year unlimited mileage, free road side assistance, ABS standard in the US. At these prices. This is stunning value!
Basic price is $5,999 (₹4.4 lakh!) Holy cow. That’s for the Continental GT 650.
Custom Interceptor 650 is $5999.
Chrome is $6499.
Basic is a stunning $5799 (Rs 4.2 lakh!)
Wait, theres more!
Prices start at $6249 for custom colours. The $6749 is for the chrome Continental GT only. That’s Rs 4.54 lakh approx for a 650 Twin in the US! That’s a great price!
The Royal Enfield Interceptor & Continental GT 650 prices:
$6,749 MSRP (Rs 4.91 lakh)
The 500s are ~$5,000 (Rs 3.64 lakh)
The Royal Enfield North America president Rod Copes joins Siddhartha Lal on stage. USA prices comes out next.
Many different ideas & configurations were tested-tried. 270-degree, counterbalanced engine was decided on. Both have role in vibration reduction + great sound
- Siddhartha Lal
Here’s the first story of the @royalenfield #Interceptor650 if you haven’t read it. https://t.co/shWJmU8UlP— OVERDRIVE (@odmag) September 26, 2018
#RoyalEnfieldTwins #Interceptor650 #Continentalgt650 #RoyalEnfield #RidePure #PureMotorcycling pic.twitter.com/YbwRAnS7rZ
The RE 650 Twins are made for novice as well as experienced riders. It’s about #motorcycle giving you confidence. You can get it wrong & it stays confident & reliable.
- Mark Wells - Head, Product Strategy & Industrial Design
India will be staggering. But there are other India(-like markets) waiting to be ignited says Rudratej Singh at the Royal Enfield 650 Twins launch.
President of Royal Enfield, Rudratej Singh says 3 million bikes are out there already. Says international markets aren’t growing. RE believes the #650Twins will grow these markets.
The Royal Enfield 650 Twin is to bring back simple, romantic but extremely engaging #motorcycles. Bikes for the real world. Bike that work well in our lives.
- Siddhartha Lal
The Royal Enfield 650 Twin began as a cafe racer and a roadster and a clean sheet with no restrictions. RE decided on a single global spec, single frame from the beginning.
- Siddhartha Lal, CEO
Last year Royal Enfield made 820,000 bikes! That’s huge. Siddhartha Lal believes despite strong opinion for (& against), RE success is because focus on 1 thing & do that as well as possibly can
Not so many great middleweight motorcycles on the market globally says Siddhartha Lal. That’s the problem. Royal Enfield has a solution for in the 650 Twins.
“We don’t do too many things. But the few things we do, we want to do well!”
- Siddhartha Lal, CEO
We are watxhing a corporate recap video while @royalenfield senior leadership readies to take he stage at the global launch of the Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650
That’s Rod Copes, who heads RE North America, who’s just taken the stage
We have already filed stories and videos on the #Interceptor650! Have you seen them? Today’s event should last an hour and the @royalenfield’s US price is expected to be revealed.
The Royal Enfield global launch is starting now at a beach side event in California! Looks great!
While we wait for the launch to commence shortly, check out our first ride review of the Interceptor 650.