The 650 twins will be available across 120 dealerships in India in its first phase and the dealerships have already started accepting bookings
Royal Enfield has launched the 650 twins in India on 14th November and the bookings have already commenced from the same day. According to the latest reports, RE will begin deliveries of the new 650 twins from 3rd January onward but there is a clause here.
Only the first 2,000 customers who have booked the RE twins will get their motorcycles delivered to them from 3rd January while the rest of the customers who do not fall under the first 2,000 category will get their motorcycles delivered to them only from February onward.
Now, this may come as a surprise for many owners who have already booked their 650 on the day of its launch and also for those are looking to book within the next few days. Perhaps RE is delaying the delivery of this 650 twins because of the dispute that was raised in between the RE officials and the factory workers.
The first strike occurred at the RE plant in Kanchipuram district near Chennai during the month of September when the workers refused to work until they were paid more wages. The second strike occurred again at the same plant during the beginning of the month of October because the workers were not allowed to bring their mobile phones inside the plant premises.
All these strikes resulted in slower and almost no production of the RE bikes. However, the work at the Royal Enfield plant has resumed once again, however, there has been a long backlog which they need to overcome to meet the demands now.
Both the 650 twins are powered by the same 648 cc, fuel-injected inline-twin engine that produces about 47 Bhp of peak power at 7,250 rpm and 52 Nm of torque at 5,250 rpm. The engine is paired with an all-new 6-speed manual gearbox. ABS and Slipper clutch is offered as standard. The prices of the RE Interceptor 650 starts from Rs. 2.50 Lakh onward while the Continental GT 650 prices start from 2.65 Lakh onward.