Aiming to strengthen its market in the middleweight bike segment, Royal Enfield will introduce two new motorcycles – Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 and Royal Enfield Interceptor 650. Both the motorcycles had their global debut at the EICMA show in Milan early November, 2017. Prior to their India launch, the company has exported the 650 twins to Australia for their official unveiling. Prices have also been announced by the bikemaker. The Continental GT is slightly more expensive than the Interceptor 650. While the former has been priced at 10,400 Australian dollars (Rs 5.2 lakh), the latter one costs 10,000 Australian dollars (Rs 5 lakh).
Both the bikes will be launched in several countries including India that have more compatible roads for cruising high-speed bikes. Interestingly, design and styling bits of the all-new Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 and Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 have been derived from RE’s 50-60s motorcycles. Both the models also marked debut of the Royal Enfield’s all-new 650cc parallel-twin engine that was showcased at the UK Technology Centre near Leicester. The RE Continental GT 650 and Interceptor 650 will be the most powerful bikes from the Chennai-based bikemaker in India.
Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 Features
– Cafe-racer styling
– Twin-cylinder, 648cc, oil-cooled FI engine
– ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System)
– Slip clutch assist
– 18-inch spoke wheels
– LED headlight
– Chrome twin-exhaust pipe
– Twin-pod analogue instrument cluster
– Dual disc brakes Check Out – Upcoming Royal Enfield Bikes in India
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Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 Price in India
|Model||Estimated Price (ex-showroom)|
|Royal Enfield Continental GT 650||Rs 3.5 lakh to Rs 4 lakh|
Royal Enfield CEO Siddhartha Lal confirmed that the all-new Continental GT 650 bike would come at an ‘accessible pricing’. That means, it would surely be priced pretty aggressively against its arch rival Harley Davidson Street 750 that comes with a price tag of Rs 5.14 lakh. The local manufacturing will surely help the bikemaker to come up with aggressive pricing. We believe that the new Royal Enfield 650cc bike might come in the price range of Rs 3.5 lakh – Rs 4 lakh (ex-showroom). Pictures & Details – Modified RE Surf Racer and Gentleman Brat Bikes
Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 Launch Date
In August 2017, Royal Enfield revealed its plan to launch new bikes every six months. As part of this strategy, the bikemaker will introduce the new 650cc middleweight motorcycles in select global markets including India and Brazil. The Continental GT 650 first broke cover at the EICMA show in Milan early November, 2017 alongside the Interceptor 650. At the 2017 Rider Mania in Goa, Siddhartha Lal had confirmed the launch details of the bike. Though the exact launch date is yet to be announced, the RE Continental GT 650 is reported to go on sale in the summer of 2018. Read More – 2018 Royal Enfield Himalayan Price & Details
Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 Design
Built on all-new twin cradle chassis, RE’s new middleweight bike shares a strong resemblance with other bikes from the Continental GT series that carry cafe racer styling. The architecture used for the bike has been designed and developed by Harris Performance, which is renowned for manufacturing racing motorcycle chassis and components. Interestingly, this bike follows design philosophy from 1960s cafe racing culture. Styling bits such a sculpted fuel tank, retro-styled twin-pod instrument console and clip-on handlebars enhance its cafe-racer styling. The bike also gets rear set footrests and upswept exhausts. The Continental GT 650 rides on 18-inch spoke wheels and 100-section front and 130-section rear tyres. The company will also offer a range of modular accessories with the bike including fly-screen, a lower clip-on handlebras, twin-seats, etc. Read – Royal Enfield Himalayan 750cc Adventure Tourer Confirmed
Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 Colours
RE will offer the Continental GT 650 model lineup in three paint schemes, namely, Ice Queen, Sea Nymph and Black Magic.
The overall length, width and height of RE’s new middleweight motorcycle stand at 2,122mm, 744mm and 1,024mm respectively. The bike offers a seat height of 790mm (single seat)/793 ((dual seat), and stands tall on a ground clearance of 174mm. Its tank fuel capacity stands at 12.5-litres. The Continental GT 650 carries a kerb weight of 198kg, and has a payload capacity of 200kg. Read: – Royal Enfield 1000cc Carberry Motorcycle – All You Need To Know
Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 Specifications
|Specifications||Continental GT 650|
|Engine||648cc, single-cylinder, air-oil cooled|
Powering RE’s new middleweight bike is an all-new parallel-twin, 648cc, oil-cooled, SOHC 4-valve fuel injected engine. This motor consists of a small radiator positioned at front of the engine on the double cradle chassis. It gets fins for air cooling, and has a 270 degree crank with a balancer shaft to smoothen out vibrations. The new Royal Enfield 650cc motorcycle comes with a compression ratio of 9:5:1. The new 650cc unit is capable to deliver a maximum power of 47bhp at 7,100rpm, while pushing out a peak torque of 52Nm at 4,000rpm.
Transmission duties on the bike will be taken care of by an all-new 6-speed gearbox with slip assist clutch. The bike is claimed to have a thrilling exhaust note, but that can only be confirmed after seeing that in the flesh. Royal Enfield confirmed that this engine will offer similar power throughout the global market. This engine is A2 license compliant in UK. Picture Gallery – Barood: A Tastefully Modified Royal Enfield 350
Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 Mileage
As mentioned in the beginning, the Continental GT 650 will be the most powerful from the Chennai bikemaker in the country. With hefty body-build and a powerful engine, this middleweight motorcycle is expected to be slightly less fuel efficient. We expect this cafe racer to return a mileage around 15-20kmpl.
Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 Suspension & Braking System
Designed on the tubular steel double cradle frame, the motorcycle comes equipped with 41mm telescopic front fork and a pair of twin gas-charged shock absorbers for performing damping duties. The front and rear suspension units have 110mm travel and 88mm travel respectively. For braking purposes, the bike gets 320mm and 240mm disc brakes at the front and rear axles. The ABS (anti-lock braking system) comes as standard across the model lineup. Read – Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350X and 500X Price & Details
Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 Competition
In the middleweight segment, the new Continental GT 650 bike will lock horns against the Harley-Davidson Street 750, albeit the former is likely to carry a lucrative price tag.
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