The 650 Twins is the best selling twin-cylinder motorcycle in the country beating Harley Davidson Street 750 and Kawasaki Ninja 300
Royal Enfield officially launched the Continental GT 650 and Interceptor 650 in India last month at Rs. 2.65 lakhs and Rs. 2.50 lakh respectively. The 650 Twins is yet to complete one full month but the cruisers have already taken the lead in twin-cylinder segment as they beat the Harley Davidson 750 and Kawasaki Ninja 300.
R.E has managed to sell 350 units of 650 Twins in India while Kawasaki has managed to sell just 118 units of Ninja 300 and Harley Davidson sold 154 units of Street 750. But the 650 Twins is priced much cheaper than these rivals as the closer one is Ninja 300 at Rs. 2.98 lakh and the entry-level model from Harley Davidson is priced at Rs. 5.56 lakh (Ex-Showroom).
Kawasaki has started assembly of Ninja 300 in India and it has helped the company to drop the price considerably. The Street 750 is also manufactured in India but the American manufacturer priced the model at a premium and the current model has been in the market for some time as we are expecting an updated model to come soon.
The Continental GT 650 and Interceptor 650 doesn’t come with any fancy new features like a LED tail lamp or digital instrument cluster but the old-school styling does make especially the Interceptor 650 stands out from its competitors and Continental GT 650 continues the same design theme from the GT 500, which was earlier available in India.
The 650 Twins gets telescopic forks at the front and dual gas-charged shocks at the rear, which is tuned for comfort but handling is not as bad as other RE motorcycles. The new 648 cc, parallel-twin cylinder, air and oil cooled engine is completely new and this engine is expected to power future models, which is targeted at global customers.
This engine produces 47 bhp of maximum power at 7,250 rpm and 52 Nm of torque at 5,250 rpm, mated to a 6-speed gearbox and 650 Twins is the first bike from Royal Enfield to come with a slipper clutch. The braking duties are handled by 320 mm disc at the front and 240 mm at rear with dual channel ABS system as standard.