Royal Enfield introduced their 650 Twins- the INT 650 and Continental GT650 last year. This heritage Indian brand has been on the rise the past few years, whilst similar manufacturers like Harley Davidson are losing sales across the globe. They are currently working on new motorcycles, certain upgrades and four new platforms.
These lagship motorcycles get a newly developed engine-Royal Enfield’s first twin-pot in almost fifty years. Production takes place in India (where they retail for less than $4000) and limited numbers are exported to other markets, including south-East Asia, Europe and USA.
Demand in the home market has been overwhelming with 5000 units already booked with waiting period extending up to three months.
|Continental GT 650||$5,999|
Free demo runs of both the models will start in eight locations in Canada and USA from next month. The event will have live music, food, activities, and giveaways but seats are limited. So interested readers can register to their preferred event online on the tour’s official Website.
Here are the events scheduled so far:
- May 11: Miami, Florida — Miami Supercar Rooms
- May 18: Summit Point, West Virginia — Summit Point Motorsports Park
- June 1: Milwaukee, Wisconsin — Boone and Crockett
- June 8: Acton, Ontario, Canada — Town Takeover
- June 15: Denver, Colorado — META Headquarters
- June 22: Monterey, California — Laguna Seca Raceway
- June 29: Brea, California — SoCal Motorcycles
- June 30: San Diego, California — Royal Enfield of San Diego
2020 Royal Enfield INT 650 | Continental GT650 design and specs
The INT650 is a spiritual successor to the last centuries’ Interceptor and thankfully, looks the part. The Continental GT650, on the other hand, replaces the GT535 and now shares most of its parts and features with the INT. It is shorter and lower than the INT though, and gets a smaller fuel tank (13.7-liter tank, versus 12.5 on the GT). There are other changes as well, including clip-on handlebars, small single seat and an aggressive ride position.
Suspension duties are carried out by 41mm front forks and twin shocks at rear. There’s a 320mm disc at the front and a 240mm disc at the back (with ABS), with power coming from twin-piston ByBre (By Brembo) calipers. The 18” spoke wheels provide a nice retro touch and comes shod in Pirelli Phantom Sportcomp tires.