We believe that a Royal Enfield Bobber based on the Interceptor 650 could work wonders for the manufacturer, especially if it goes on sale at around Rs 3 lakh (ex-showroom)
The Royal Enfield 650 twins – Interceptor and Continental GT, are making a lot of noise due to their world-class performance and a fantastic price. However, have you ever thought what if we have a Royal Enfield Bobber based on the Interceptor 650? We feel that such a bike can work well for the South Indian bike manufacturer.
Royal Enfield is right now trying hard to establish its presence in the premium motorcycle segment of the market. With the Continental and the Interceptor striking the right chord with the motorcycle enthusiasts, we think the company should now take the next step and come with another motorcycle on this platform. And what better than a Royal Enfield Bobber with tasty retro styling and a punchy motor?
The 650 twins made a lot of noise at the 2017 EICMA and then at the Rider Mania that was conducted recently. They have suddenly become the talk of the town, which is mostly due to their fantastic pricing. The company could now prepare to make its strike while the iron is still hot.
Prices of the new Interceptor 650 starts at Rs 2.50 lakh for the Orange Crush paint option, while prices of the Continental GT 650 start at Rs. 2.65 lakh for the Black Magic colour shade. The most expensive model in the new Continental GT range is the Mister Clean Chrome, which is priced at Rs. 2.85 lakh. Even if you factor in a slight increase in prices owing to the unconventional body style, the Royal Enfield Bobber should cost no more than Rs 3 lakh (ex-showroom).
For the Royal Enfield Bober, the company can easily use the same 648 cc air and oil-cooled, fuel injected, parallel twin engine with 270-degree firing order without making any change. With a maximum power of 47.6 PS and a peak torque of 52 Nm, it will be sufficient to keep the rider happy.
Thanks to its heavily retro design, the Royal Enfield Bobber is sure to carve out a niche for itself. Also, with really no competition to face, it could become the poster boy for its legendary manufacturer.