The Eicher motors owned Royal Enfield motorcycles, being one of the top selling brands in the cruiser segments in India is also well known for waiting periods. Yes, even for all the motorcycles in from the company is said to have a waiting for 3 to 6 months. But time has changed and they moved from 3 motorcycles to more than 6 variants including the newly launched Interceptor & Continental GT 650 twins, the new Himalayan and the ABS variants of the existing motorcycles. The waiting periods for the classic and standard variants have come down to less than a month depending on the color.
Ever since their launch of Royal Enfield Interceptor & Continental GT 650 twins November last year, the Royal Enfield 650 twins have had not let the hype around them die. The bikes have been in demand by the customers and now after around 5 months since their launch, the waiting period on both the bikes hovers around for four to six months across India. This probably is the longest wait period on a regular production Indian bike. Surprisingly, the waiting period is the same for both the bikes, though the Interceptor 650 is more in demand that its cafe racer counterpart. Moreover, the waiting period is the same for different paint schemes.
Royal Enfield motorcycles India is already working towards revamping its production facilities and plant in order to meet the demands of the 650 twins. Also, Royal Enfield faced some trouble from its factory workers earlier who went on strike, therefore affecting the production. Considering the Autopunditz sales report, Royal Enfield sold 1445 units of the Interceptor 650 in February alone. For a bike with 500 plus cc displacement, that is quite an impressive number, and has crossed the record sales in the above 500 cc segments.
Royal Enfield Interceptor & Continental GT 650 twins opened a new way of segment, as of the current trend bikers are now aiming to look for other segments apart from regular commuter bikes. The recent success of the KTM 125 Duke is a good example that shows people are ready to a premium if the bike is really good. The 125 Duke has become the top-selling KTM bike in just months after its launch. A plus point with the Royal Enfield 650 twins is that they are actually pretty value for money bikes considering their quality, engines and ride. Take a look at the technical details below which will emphasize this point further.
Specifications and Price:
Royal Enfield Interceptor & Continental GT 650 twins are powered by a,
- 647 cc, twin cylinder, air-oil cooled engine.
- Maximum power of 47 Bhp with 52 Nm of torque.
- 6-speed gearbox along with a slipper clutch.
- Dual Exhaust with cradle chassis
Considering the price,
- Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 has a starting price of Rs. 2.50 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
- Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 comes with a base price tag of Rs. 2.65 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Royal Enfield Interceptor & Continental GT 650 twins: Waiting periods get LONGER