Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, is a known motorcycle enthusiast. While he’s said to have nearly given up riding after having kids, the Prince is still known to take an occasional spin on motorcycles he fancies. While inaugurating the recently held Commonwealth Summit, Prince William took some time off to check out the Interceptor 650, a motorcycle that Royal Enfield will soon launch. The Royal Enfield head honcho Siddharth Lal was around to show Prince William the motorcycle. In the recent past, Prince William has been spotted taking a quick spin on a Triumph motorcycle at the bike maker’s Hinckley factory in the UK.
Notably, the Royal Enfield Interceptor and Continental GT 650 twins will first be launched in the United Kingdom and European markets in a few weeks from now, after which it will make it to the Indian market. Both bikes were unveiled at EICMA 2017, and since then have been shown at the Royal Enfield Rider Mania at Goa which happens a few weeks after EICMA. Royal Enfield’s international dealers have been showcasing the motorcycle at various events in their respective countries. However, test rides are yet to begin as the dealers haven’t received road-ready motorcycles yet.
Both the Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 and Interceptor 650 motorcycles will be built in India, with heavy amounts of localization to keep costs low. The motorcycles will use a newly developed 650-cc, four-stroke parallel twin engine with outputs of 47 Bhp and 52 Nm. Air and oil cooled, this engine is Royal Enfield’s most advanced ever and features an overhead camshaft, four valve heads and fuel injection. It’s paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox with a slipper clutch as standard. Both motorcycles will get hydraulic disc brakes on both wheels with ABS as standard. They’re likely to be priced between Rs. 3-4 lakhs in India.