Royal Enfield Drops Pirelli Tyres From 650 Twins, Prices Hiked

Royal Enfield 650 Twins

Prices for the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 now start from Rs 2.70 lakh, while the entry-level Continental GT 650 will set you back by Rs 2.86 lakh (both prices, ex-showroom Delhi)

Royal Enfield recently announced a price hike for its entire line-up, however, the 650 twins are the ones that are subject to the biggest increase in price, while they will also lose out on one of their unique components – the Pirelli tyres. Royal Enfield has decided to use Ceat tyres for the 2021 Interceptor 650 and Continental GT motorcycles.

This comes as a shocker since prices of both the 650 cc bikes have been increased instead of being reduced. But should be noted that the government recently restricted import of tyres from foreign markets, in a bid to boost domestic sales. Hence, Royal Enfield is one of the manufacturers that decided to switch to Indian tyre brands.

The new tyres on the 2021 Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 will be Ceat Zoom Cruze tyres, which will be available in the same size as the previously offered Pirelli Phantom Sportscomp ones, i.e. 100/90-18 front and 130/70-18 rear.

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Nonetheless, the new Ceat rubber costs significantly lesser than the Pirelli tyres, but Royal Enfield hasn’t reduced the prices of the two motorcycles. Take a look at the new price list of the Interceptor 650 and the Continental GT 650 as of January 2021 –

Motorcycle New Price* Old Price* Premium
Interceptor 650
Mark Three,
Orange Crush,
Silver Spectre
Rs 2,69,764 Rs 2,66,755 Rs 3,009
Interceptor 650
Ravishing Red,
Baker Express
Rs 2,77,732 Rs 2,74,643 Rs 3,089
Interceptor 650
Glitter and Dust
Rs 2,91,007 Rs 2,87,787 Rs 3,220
Continental GT 650
Ventura Blue,
Black Magic
Rs 2,85,680 Rs 2,82,513 Rs 3,167
Continental GT 650
Ice Queen,
Dr. Mayhem
Rs 2,93,648 Rs 2,90,401 Rs 3,247
Continental GT 650
Mr. Clean
Rs 3,06,923 Rs 3,03,544 Rs 3,379

*All prices are ex-showroom, Delhi

Powering the 650 twins is a 648 cc parallel twin, air-oil cooled engine that makes 47 bhp of max power at 7250 rpm, along with 52 Nm of peak torque, which is delivered at at 5250 rpm. The transmission duties are taken care of by a 6-speed gearbox. Braking setup consists of a 320 mm floating disc at the front, along with a 240 mm unit at the rear, coupled with a Bosch dual-channel ABS.

As of now, Royal Enfield is also working on introducing a 650 cc cruiser motorcycle, and the upcoming bike has been spied on test a host of times in the last few months. That being said, the upcoming cruiser bike will be borrowing its powertrain from the 650 twins.