Royal Enfield Interceptor 650, Continental GT 650 Accessories List Revealed


The accessories for the new Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and the Continental GT 650 include guards, seats, mirrors, panniers and more, priced between Rs. 600-6000.




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Accessories for the Royal Enfield 650 Twins are available at dealerships

The Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and the Continental GT 650 were introduced last month at a stellar price tag. The price range for the 650 twins starts at ₹ 2.34 lakh (ex-showroom in certain markets), going up to ₹ 2.70 lakh for the range-topping chrome version. With deliveries begun, Royal Enfield has now revealed the accessories list on the 650 twins along with its prices. Much like the motorcycles, the accessories too are cost effective ranging between ₹ 600 and ₹ 6000. Like all offerings, the 650 Twins also get its individual merchandise.

Also Read: Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 India Review

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Accessories on the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 include handlebar bracepad priced at ₹ 600, fork gaiters at ₹ 850, engine guards at ₹ 2900, short flyscreen at ₹ 1500, pannier mounting kit at ₹ 1600 and soft panniers priced at ₹ 6000. In addition, the Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 can be had with a single-seat that is priced at ₹ 3200 along with a cowl priced at ₹ 2500. The Interceptor 650, meanwhile, gets a touring seat that aims to be comfortable for longer distances and comes with quilt stitching.

Also Read: Royal Enfield Continental GT 650, Interceptor 650 Launched In India

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The Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 can be had in a single-seat option with a rear cowl

Other accessories include short engine guards, tall flyscreen, bar end mirrors, touring mirrors, touring handlebars, bobber swingarm, fuel reservoir cap, engine sump guard, and more. Most accesories are common to the 650 Twins, barring the different seat options and the differently designed heel guard for the Interceptor 650. Lastly, the bikes come with water resistant covers priced at ₹ 900. With respect to the merchandise list, Royal Enfield is offering four new jackets, riding pants, a helmet, short motorcycle gloves and more, themed on the 650 Twins.

Also Read: Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 India Review

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The Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 are completely new offerings, powered by the 649 cc parallel-twin, air-cooled engine tuned for 47 bhp and 52 Nm of peak torque. The motor is paired with a 6-speed gearbox and comes with telescopic forks up front and twin shock absorbers at the rear. The bike also comes with dual-channel ABS as standard.

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2018 L.A. Auto Show: 2020 Mercedes AMG GT Unveiled


The 2020 Mercedes GT gets a new top ranging GTR Pro trim which is even rich in aerodynamics.




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The 2020 Mercedes AMG GT will be available in the GT, GT C, GTR and GTR Pro trim.

Mercedes-AMG has unveiled the new 2020 AMG GT at the 2018 L.A. Auto Show and the new model has received styling updates along with technological and performance upgrades. The 2020 Mercedes AMG GT will be available in the GT, GT C, GTR and a new top ranging and even more manic GTR Pro trim. However, the 2020 Mercedes AMG GT is more mature than manic, especially in the matte grey paintwork it is showcased in. It’s still a two-door sports car and the Panamericana grille has also been retained but is more angular at the edges and the headlights have also been re-worked- essentially has been borrowed from the new AMG GT 4-door.On the AMG GT  C, the rear has been tweaked so minutely that it’s hard to differentiate and the only thing which comes quite apparent at the rear is the new tailpipe design.

n9ea3g6oThough the interior layout of the 2020 Mercedes AMG GT remains identical, there is a good dose of features update.

The most significant changes are seen in the cockpit. For starters, it gets the new touchpad-based infotainment system and a wide 12.3-inch digital screen as standard. The new steering wheel too has made way inside this model with two touch-sensitive nubs through which we can control the functions on the instrument cluster and obviously on the 10.3-inch console-mounted screen. Moreover, it gets an AMG specific LCD display which integrates the controls for the performance and drive modes. In the central console, there are colour display buttons and the TFT switches are to adjust things like transmission and chassis settings, exhaust system, start-stop system, and the DRS controls.

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Though the 2020 spec model is a minor update that isn’t limited only to cosmetics. The performance of the 2020 Mercedes AMG GT has been improved with the new AMG Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) where the system gels with the drive modes to offer different level of settings- Basic, Advanced, Pro and Master. The Basic mode takes care of slippery and comfort drive modes and has the stability control setup at its best. The Advance settings come in the sports drove mode and pro takes care of the sports+ drive modes. But Master does the best to leave the driver uncanny as it shuts down all the electronic nannies and let the GTR go completely insane.

That said, the GT range has a new wild offering- the GTR Pro which is even more track focused. It has drawn inspirations from AMG GT3 and GT4 race cars and is equipped with a new coil-over suspension setup which has manually adjustable dampers, adjustable front and rear anti-roll bars and spherical bearings for the rear suspension’s lower and upper wishbones.

Moreover, the 2020 Mercedes AMG GTR Pro gets carbon ceramic brakes and model specific bodywork which improves the aerodynamics. There are carbon fibre elements used upfront in the corner winglets while the sizeable front fender limits the front axle lift. Additionally, the modification includes a tweaked rear splitter and a Gurney flap on the carbon-fibre rear spoiler along with carbon fibre roof duck tail and racing stripes in light green or gray which is only standard on the models in Selenite Gray Mango paint.

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Despite all the additions in the variants and body, it’s still a minor upgrade and going by the standards there hasn’t been any change mechanically. Under the hood is the same 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged, V8 engine which produces 462 bhp in the standard GT coupe and roadster while 542 bhp in the GT C coupe and roadster. The top ranging GTR and GTR Pro have the same engine tuned to churn out a whopping 570 bhp.

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Audi e-Tron GT Concept Teased Ahead Of LA Auto Show Debut


Audi e-Tron GT Concept is set to become the third fully-electric vehicle, to receive the e-Tron tag, after the Audi e-Tron SUV and upcoming Audi e-Tron Sportback, and will be revealed at the LA Auto Show.




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The new Audi e-Tron GT Concept at the LA Auto Show on November 28

Audi will be finally pulling the wraps off the new e-Tron GT Concept at the LA Auto Show on November 28, 2018. Ahead of the electric concept car’s official debut, the Ingolstadt-based carmaker has recently put out a teaser, giving us a short glimpse of it. Expected to share its underpinnings as the Porsche Mission E, the Audi e-Tron GT Concept is set to become the third fully-electric vehicle, to receive the e-Tron tag, after the Audi e-Tron SUV and upcoming Audi e-Tron Sportback that is due for 2020. The production version of the Audi e-Tron GT is expected to arrive in 2021 or 2022.


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Audi e-Tron GT will come with the signature sloping roof, sleek-looking end-to-end LED taillamp and rear diffusers

This is not the first time that the Audi e-Tron GT has been teased. Early this year in March, the carmaker teased an early design rendering of the car, and it will be a 4-door GT sedan. Based on the new and older teaser, we can see that the car will come with the signature sloping roof of a GT model and will come with some long proportions. The rear section of the car will feature a sleek-looking end-to-end LED taillamp and rear diffusers. The front portion, on the other hand, appears to come with a long bonnet, sleek LED headlamps, and while it’s nowhere visible in the teaser, the car could feature the larger single-frame grille design element, similar to the e-Tron crossover.

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Audi e-Tron GT Concept appears to come with a long bonnet, sleek LED headlamps,

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As of now, there is no update on the car’s electric powertrain, but we know that the car will take on the likes of the Tesla Model S, which by then should already be in a Series II form. More update on the concept car will be revealed at the LA Auto Show this week, so keep watching this space.

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Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 India Ride Review


The Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 is the cafe racer version of the new Royal Enfield 650 Twins. While the RE Interceptor 650 is priced at ₹ 2.5 lakh (ex-showroom), the RE Continental GT 650 is priced marginally higher, at ₹ 2.65 lakh (ex-showroom). And like the Interceptor 650, the Continental GT 650 also comes in three variants – standard, Custom ( ₹ 2.7 lakh), and Chrome ( ₹ 2.85 lakh). And we spent some time riding from south Goa, through some twisty roads, through rush hour traffic and down a relatively fast highway into Vagator in north Goa, just in time for the RE 650 Twins launch event.

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The Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 has a more committed riding position, although the engine, chassis and cycle parts are same as the Interceptor 650

Also Read: Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 India Ride Review

The Cafe Racer

So, let’s get down to the basic differences between the Interceptor 650, and the Continental GT 650. While the Interceptor 650 is a more laid-back, modern classic with relaxed ergonomics, the Continental GT 650 takes its design inspiration from the 1960s factory cafe racer that Royal Enfield had introduced – the Continental GT 250. Before that, cafe racers in ’60s Britain were essentially stripped down, bareback jobs of production models which were used by the riders to zip between one cafe hangout to another. Minimalistic bodywork, low-mounted clip-on handlebars and engines tuned for performance with free-flow air filters and the like. The idea was to have a fast machine which made as much a style statement as boasting of having street cred as a lightweight and fast machine.

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Clip-on handlebars, a different fuel tank design and rear set footpegs give the Conti GT 650 a different personality

The RE Continental GT 650 looks similar to the now-discontinued Royal Enfield Continental GT 535, but it definitely stands out as being bigger, and slightly more muscular. The Continental GT 650 also gets clip-on handlebars, so you sit on the bike crouched low over the fuel tank. The fuel tank design is different, and the footpegs have been moved slightly towards the rear to give a ‘sportier’ riding position. And the rear suspension has been set up two notches stiffer on the pre-load than the Interceptor 650. The idea is to have the same engine, chassis and feature-rich model, yet give it a slightly different personality.

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Performance is smooth and refined, and you can hit upwards of a speedo-indicated 170 kmph as we found out during our first ride in California

Also Read: Royal Enfield Continental GT First Ride Review

The Performance

The Continental GT 650 shares the same 648 cc, counterbalanced parallel-twin engine with the Interceptor 650. The state of tune is the same, and there is no difference in the output as well – 47 bhp at 7250 rpm, and 52 Nm of peak torque at 5250 rpm. The six speed gearbox is the same slick-shifting unit, and the cycle parts are identical as well. A single piece forged counterbalanced crankshaft with a 270-degree firing order results in a nice burbling exhaust note which only gets better with the throttle opened further and as the revs climb. And it’s a vibration-free engine, if you’re thinking “Royal Enfield and smooth engine?”. Yes, the engine is actually very smooth and there’s no sense of any vibration, even at the 7500 rpm redline! Yes, this Royal Enfield is a refined and smooth engine and you will be hit with surprise how this could be so!

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The 648 cc, air-cooled parallel-twin engine is counterbalanced, and offers smooth and linear performance

The engine is the result of more than four years of testing, development, re-engineering and several hundred thousand kilometres of mileage testing, so Roya Enfield says. And the performance immediately floors you. The torque comes in low and strong, so at any gear, at any speed, just a twist of the throttle is more than enough to pick up the pace. The throttle response is very friendly, fuelling is spot-on, so there’s no on-off jerkiness, which you can experience even in bigger displacement parallel-twin engines.

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The Continental GT 650 has a more committed riding position, and handles beautifully. Ride quality tackles most surfaces with satisfaction.

Ride and Handling

The RE Continental GT 650 has a slightly firmer ride than the Interceptor 650 with the pre-load on the shocks dialled up by two notches. Our test ride was in the second half of the day, after we switched bikes, and immediately it feels firmer and the tyres also feel tauter; possibly the mid-day heat contributing to slightly higher air pressure. The suspension still isn’t back breaking, and like the Interceptor 650, the Continental GT 650 also sailed through everything we threw at it – potholes, broken tarmac, speedbreakers which we blatantly disregarded. And there’s no sense of the suspension bottoming out, or crashing with uncomfortable jolts. Yes, it’s firmer than the Interceptor 650’s settings, but not really back-breaking.

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The Continental GT 650 inspires confidence around a twisty road. The party piece though is the parallel-twin engine.

The rear-set footpegs, and the clip-on handlebars make for a sporty riding position and it dips in and out of corners with ease. Most riders will appreciate the neutral and quite likeable handling and ride quality. Of course, it’s not an out-and-out sportbike, so it’s unrealistic to compare, or expect sportbike precision. But in the end, it’s just a fun bike to ride, around corners, and along a fast open highway. The Continental GT 650 tips the scales at 198 kg (without fuel), so it’s about 4 kg lighter than the Interceptor 650, thanks to weight savings in the centre stand (which the Conti GT 650 doesn’t have) and the steering triple clamp. Overall, it’s a thoroughly enjoyable bike and for short blasts around town, it can make every ride a very enjoyable one. And standard dual-channel ABS ensures you can shed speeds in a jiffy without a care in the world of the wheels locking up, or the bike careening out of control.

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The Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 is a fun-to-ride motorcycle. Smooth engine, decent build quality and great road manners.

Verdict

The Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 is a fun bike, if cafe racer styling is what you’re looking for. If you were to choose one bike between the two, one bike that will do everything from commuting, weekend rides and the occasional long ride, I’d probably pick the Interceptor 650 for its laid back ergonomics and more comfortable riding position. But if you’re looking to make a statement with your ride, and a classic cafe racer is all you need, the Continental GT 650 offers everything you need, at a very delectable price point. In India, it may not sell as much as the Interceptor 650, but I see a lot of riders warming up towards the Continental GT 650, as a second bike, or a bike to be used on the weekend, or for blasts around town.

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The Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 makes a very good case as a great second bike for in-city duties. It’s fun to ride, looks great and has a fantastic engine.

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Our test ride for over two hours in Goa was enjoyable, but towards the end, the committed riding position makes you yearn for the more relaxed riding position of the Interceptor 650. So, maybe long hours on the highway aren’t exactly what you’d want to be doing with the Continental GT 650. But for a great everyday bike, which looks great, sounds great, and is an absolute cracker of a bike for the money you pay, by all means check it out. Royal Enfield has made a cool, cafe racer with the personality and performance to make every ride enjoyable. If that is what you’re looking for, and that too, at an unbelievable budget, it will be worth every dime you spend on it! A lot of current big bike owners in India may well be considering getting this cool cafe racer, that too, at a very reasonable price! As for me, I need some more saddle time with the 650 Twins!

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Royal Enfield Interceptor 650, Continental GT 650 vs Rivals: Price Comparison


As of now, the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 has no direct rival, however, purely on the price tags, two other motorcycles that we think the bikes will be compared to are the KTM 390 Duke, BMW G 310 R.




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Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 starts at Rs. 2.5 lakh, & the Continental GT 650 starts at Rs. 2.65 lakh

With the launch of the new Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650, the Chennai-based two-wheeler manufacturer has finally brought in its first modern parallel-twin motorcycles to India. Launched at a starting price of ₹ 2.5 lakh for the Interceptor and ₹ 2.65 lakh for the Continental GT (ex-showroom, Delhi), the bikes are quite aggressively priced and are expected to open new avenues for Royal Enfield, in both domestic as well as global markets. Interestingly, as of now, the bikes don’t exactly have any direct rivals in the Indian market, especially at this price point.

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Also Read: Royal Enfield Interceptor 650, Continental GT 650 Launched In India

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 The Royal Enfield Interceptor comes at a starting price of ₹ 2.5 lakh

However, if we look at the cruiser space, the only competition we can think of is the Kawasaki Vulcan S, which is priced almost twice as much at ₹ 5.48 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). So, based purely on the price tags, two other motorcycles that we think the bikes will be compared to are the KTM 390 Duke, BMW G 310 R.

Also Read: Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 First Ride Review

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Together with the Interceptor 650, the Continental GT 650 could possibly disrupt the middleweight segment

Both the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and the Continental GT 650 come in three variants – Standard, Classic, and Custom. The former is offered at ₹ 2.55 lakh for the single-tone Standard variant, ₹ 2.57 lakh for the dual tone Classic trim and ₹ 2.70 lakh for the top-end Custom chrome option. Similarly, the Continental GT 650 is priced starting at ₹ 2.65 lakh for the Standard variant, ₹ 2.72 lakh for the classic version and ₹ 2.85 lakh for the similar chrome finished Custom trim. The on-road price of the base models is under ₹ 3 lakh for the Interceptor 650 and just a tad over that mark for the Continental GT 650. Powering both the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 is a new 649 cc, air and oil cooled, parallel-twin engine that churns out 47 bhp at 7250 rpm and develops 52 Nm of peak torque at 5250 rpm.

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2017 KTM 390 Duke is offered in one variant which is priced at ₹ 2.44 lakh

Also Read: Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 First Ride Review

Compared to it, the KTM 390 Duke is only offered in one variant which is priced at ₹ 2.44 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The bike is completely different compared to the Interceptor 650 or the Continental GT 650, but in terms of the power and torque figures, the bike is almost at par with the REs despite being a single-cylinder. The 390 Duke is powered by a 373 cc liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine that produces 44 bhp at 9000 rpm and 37 Nm of peak torque at 7000 rpm.

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The BMW G 310 R is the most expensive compared to the 650 Twins and 390 Duke

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On the other hand, the BMW G 310 R naked bike is the more expensive one at ₹ 2.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) and has more in common with the KTM 390 Duke, than the 650 twins. Like the KTM 390 Duke, the BMW G 310 R also comes with a single-cylinder engine. Interestingly enough, the G 310 R is dearer than both the Royal Enfield 650 Twins as well as the KTM 390 Duke, however, it makes the least amount of power and torque. The bike is powered by a 313 cc single-cylinder, liquid cooled engine which pumps out 34 bhp at 9,500 rpm and peak torque of 28 Nm at 7,500 rpm.

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Royal Enfield Interceptor 650, Continental GT 650 Launched In India; Prices Start At Rs. 2.50 Lakh


The Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 come in three variants – Standard, Classic and Custom. The bikes have been launched at a starting price of Rs. 2.50 Lakh for the Interceptor and Rs. 2.65 lakh from the Continental GT.




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Royal Enfield CEO Siddhartha Lal and President Rudratej Singh announcing the prices of the bikes

Royal Enfield today officially launched the company’s new 650 cc twins – Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and Continental GT India. Introduced at a starting price of ₹ 2.50 Lakh for the Interceptor and ₹ 2.65 lakh from the Continental GT, both the bikes will be offered in three variants – Standard, Classic, and Custom. The top-of-the-line Custom variant of the Interceptor 650 is priced at 2.70 lakh which Continental GT 650 Custom is priced at ₹ 2.85 lakh (all prices ex-showroom, Goa). These prices have truly surpassed our expectations. In some states, the prices will start as low as ₹ 2.34 lakh (ex-showroom).

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Powering both the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 is a new 649 cc, air and oil cooled, parallel-twin engine that churns out 47 bhp at 7250 rpm and develops 52 Nm of peak torque at 5250 rpm. We have already ridden both the motorcycles and the engine is possibly the smoothest and most powerful Royal Enfield engine we have ever experienced. About 80 per cent of the torque is available from 2500 rpm and a flat torque curve results in ample power all the way till about 6000 rpm. Sending power to the rear wheels is a 6-speed gearbox that comes with a slipper clutch, for a lighter lever operation. The bikes are capable of speeds in excess of 160 kmph.

Also Read: Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 First Ride Review

Visually, both the Royal Enfield 650 twins are designed based on the original motorcycles of 1960-70s. The bikes come with a retro flavour and use an all-new frame developed by RE subsidiary Harris Performance in the UK. Furthermore, the chassis of both the bikes have been optimised to offer excellent handling and superior comfort. In terms of dimensions, the bikes measure 1024 mm in height and have a ground clearance of 174 mm. The Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 will have a fuel tank capacity of 12.5 litres, while the Interceptor 650’s fuel tank will be slightly larger at 13.7 litres.

Also Read: Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 First Ride Review

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The Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 and the Interceptor 650 will come with the conventional 41 mm telescopic front forks and twin shock absorbers for the rear suspension. Braking will be handled by a 320 mm disc at the front and a 240 mm disc at the rear. Both bikes will come with dual-channel ABS as standard. The bikes will also ride on large 18-inch wheels wire-spoked wheels.

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Royal Enfield Interceptor 650, Continental GT 650 India Launch Live Blog: Prices, Images, Specifications, Features


The Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 is all set to be launched today and the bike maker will finally announce the prices for its all-new middleweight motorcycles. We’ve ridden the bikes and did come back quite impressed with what they have to offer. This does raise expectations from Royal Enfield’s modern-day large capacity motorcycles, which could be game changers for the segment and the company as well. The 650 Twins are expected to do wonders for RE globally too, establishing the Chennai-based bike maker on the global front.

Also Read: Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 & Continental GT 650: Price Expectation

Royal Enfield has announced prices for the US and UK markets, while that for the Indian market still remains a mystery. Dealers have unofficially started accepting bookings for the motorcycles while deliveries are expected to begin towards the end of this month.

Also Read: Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 First Ride Review

The Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 also mark a major leap for the brand technologically. The bike uses a newly developed platform developed by UK’s Harris Performance, while the engine is a 649 cc parallel-twin motor, a first-ever for Royal Enfield. The air/oil cooled motor is tuned to produce 47 bhp and 52 Nm of peak torque, while paired with a 6-speed gearbox and also gets a slipper clutch. The bike also comes with dual-channel ABS across both versions.

Also Read: Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 First Ride Review

The Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 will be offered in three versions – Standard, Classic and Custom – each of which will be offered in different colour options. More details on the motorcycles will be available in sometime from now.

Also Read: Royal Enfield 650 Twins: Top Questions Answered

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Royal Enfield Interceptor 650, Continental GT 650 Prices Leaked; Starts At Rs. 2.34 Lakh


Prices for the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 have been leaked online and the motorcycle starts at a highly competitive sticker price of Rs. 2.34 lakh (ex-showroom).

The Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 are all set to be launched in a few hours from now. RE has kept the prices hidden for the big day today, but a leaked price sheet has made its way online revealing the prices on the motorcycles. According to the leaked image, prices for the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 start at ₹ 2.34 lakh for the standard version, while the Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 starts at a price of ₹ 2.49 lakh (all-prices, ex-showroom). Those are truly breathtaking prices for the motorcycles and by far the most affordable twin-cylinders to go on sale in India.

The Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 is at ₹ 2.34 lakh for the Orange Crush, Mark Three Black and Silver Spectre colours of the standard range, while Ravishing Red and White and Red colours are priced at ₹ 2.41 lakh, part of the Classic range. The custom Interceptor 650 Chrome is priced at ₹ 2.54 lakh (all prices, ex-showroom).

Meanwhile, the Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 starts at a price tag of ₹ 2.49 lakh for the Black Magic shade, while the grey and black paint scheme and queen white colours are priced at ₹ 2.56 lakh. The Continental GT 650 Ventura Blue is priced at ₹ 2.69 lakh (all prices, ex-showroom), same as the chrome version.

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(Together with the Interceptor 650, the Continental GT 650 could possibly disrupt the middleweight segment)

The prices will make the new Royal Enfield 650 Twins a complete game disrupter in the middleweight segment and also for the competition. In comparison, the KTM 390 Duke is cheaper by ₹ 20,000, but the BMW G 310 R is about ₹ 66,000 more expensive than the standard Royal Enfield Interceptor 650.

It is likely that these prices will be introductory, but even then they are extremely competitive undercutting every 650 cc offering on sale. For the price, the bikes come with a completely new 649 cc parallel-twin engine with 47 bhp and 52 Nm of torque, newly developed chassis, dual-channel ABS, 6-speed gearbox with slipper clutch and more. The bike is by far the most powerful RE offering to go on sale in modern times.

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Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 & Continental GT 650: What To Expect


With prices yet to be revealed, a lot is riding on the 650 Twins. With the launch just a day away, here’s what you can expect from the Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 and Interceptor 650.




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The Royal Enfield 650 Twins will be launched on November 14

After waiting for a little over a year, Royal Enfield will finally introduce the highly anticipated Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 in India on November 14, 2018. The bikes were first showcased at EICMA 2017, followed by its domestic showcase at RE Rider Mania the same year. Since then, we’ve spoken a lot about the Royal Enfield 650 Twins which mark a new chapter for Royal Enfield not only in India but globally as well. We’ve also ridden the motorcycles on the sunny highways of California, US, and were quite impressed with what they have to offer. With prices yet to be revealed, a lot is riding on the 650 Twins. With the launch just a day away, here’s what you can expect from the Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 and Interceptor 650.

Also Read: Royal Enfield 650 Twins: Top Questions Answered

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(The Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 is promising, but pricing will be key)

Design

The Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 borrow heavily from the original motorcycles of 1960-70s. The bikes are retro in design, underpinned by an all-new frame developed by RE subsidiary Harris Performance in the UK. The chassis has been optimised to offer excellent handling without compromising on comfort. Both the Interceptor 650 and the Continental GT 650 measure 1024 mm in height, and have a ground clearance of 174 mm. The Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 will have a fuel tank capacity of 12.5 litres, while the Interceptor 650’s fuel tank will be slightly larger at 13.7 litres. The twin pea-shooter exhausts finished in chrome add the retro touch on the motorcycles.

Also Read: Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 & Continental GT 650 Launch Details Revealed

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(Different variants will have different decals and colour options; the mechanicals remain the same)

Engine

The Royal Enfield 650 Twins are based on the brand new 649 cc, air and oil cooled, parallel-twin engine that belts out 47 bhp at 7250 rpm and 52 Nm of peak torque at 5250 rpm. About 80 per cent of the torque is available from 2500 rpm and a flat torque curve results in ample power all thee way till about 6000 rpm. Sending power to the rear wheels is a 6-speed gearbox that comes with a slipper clutch, for a lighter lever operation. The bikes are capable of speeds in excess of 160 kmph.

Also Read: Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 First Ride Review

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(The fit and finish on the Continental GT 650 is immaculate)

Suspension and Braking

The Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 and the Interceptor 650 will come with the conventional 41 mm telescopic front forks and twin shock absorbers for the rear suspension. Braking will be handled by a 320 mm disc at the front and a 240 mm disc at the rear. Both bikes will come with dual-channel ABS as standard. The bikes will also ride on large 18-inch wheels wire-spoked wheels.

Also Read: Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 First Ride Review

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(The 650 cc engine has been developed in partnership with Harris Performance)

Different Ergonomics

While both motorcycles share the same chassis and engine, the bikes will appeal to a different set of riders. The RE Interceptor 650 is designed as a relaxed cruiser with a more comfortable riding position complete with a tall and wide handlebar, centre-set footpegs and a comfortable seat. Meanwhile, the Continental GT 650 is slightly more aggressive with rear-set footpegs and clip-on handlebars that make for a more dedicated riding position. The seat height is also taller on the CGT 650 at 804 mm, as opposed to the Interceptor’s 790 mm.

Also Read: Royal Enfield 650 Twins Price Expectation

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(The RE Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 mark a new era for the brand)

Accessories

An integral part of the RE-verse in today’s times, both new offerings will come with a host of additional gear on offer. This includes apparel, accessories, merchandise, motorcycle safety gear and more. Royal Enfield will not only sell you the motorcycle but a lifestyle around it that you can flaunt in more ways than you think.

Also Read: Royal Enfield 650 Twins Prices Announced For The US

Pricing

This one is a big question for RE fans and potential buyers alike. A market-disrupting price tag has been promised, which means that the Continental GT 650 and Interceptor 650 just might be the most affordable twin-cylinder motorcycles to go on sale in India. They will surely be the most affordable 650 cc bikes to be on sale. A price tag around ₹ 2.75 lakh (ex-showroom) is possible for the Interceptor 650, while the Continental GT 650 is likely to command a premium of ₹ 10,000-15,000. The bikes will also be available in a number of versions including Standard, Custom and Chrome, so do expect prices to increase depending on the variant.

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We will be bringing all the details live from the launch event tomorrow evening. So make sure to catch all the action here for the new Interceptor and Continental GT 650.

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EICMA 2018: 2019 Yamaha Niken GT Leaning Motorcycle Unveiled


The three-wheeled 2019 Yamaha Niken GT is mechanically similar to the standard model but gets additional equipment which make it a better touring motorcycle.




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The new Yamaha Niken GT has gotten more comfortable and suitable for longer commutes.

We first saw the Yamaha Niken three-wheeled motorcycle last year at EICMA and this year, the new Yamaha Niken GT that’s been unveiled at the 2018 EICMA in Milan, Italy has definitely gotten more comfortable and suitable for longer commutes. Instantly noticeable are the 25-litre panniers which also feature grab handles for the rear passengers and has a 12-volt outlet to charge a smartphone or any other gadget. The 2019 Niken GT also gets a centre stand unlike the standard Niken. Moreover, it gets a taller windscreen, wider seats and heated handle bar grips.


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Mechanically the 2019 Yamaha Niken GT is similar to the standard three-wheeled Niken. It is also based on the Yamaha MT-09 and has two 15-inch wheels with modified cycle parts which help it lean at corners. The wheels are connected to the frame with two separate pairs of inverted forks which allow the Niken GT to lean through corners just like a regular two-wheeler. It is powered by the same 847cc in-line three-cylinder engine which is seen in the MT-09. The engine develops 114 bhp at 10,000 rpm and 87.5 Nm of peak torque at 8500 rpm. The 2019 Yamaha Niken GT is equipped with a standard slip and assist clutch, quickshifter and three-mode traction control. It also gets cruise control which is effective from fourth gear and over the speed of 50 kmph.

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The Niken was the first three-wheeled motorcycle from Yamaha and as radical it may look, Yamaha is sure about this design and is planning more such motorcycles. Earlier, the company had also acquired the leaning three-wheeler designs and concepts from a Norwegian firm called Brudeli. The Yamaha Niken is already on sale in some of the international markets like the UK and US for $ 15,999. However, the company as of now is producing the Niken in limited numbers and has similar plans even for the 2019 Niken GT.

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