Launched towards the end of 2018, the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and the Continental GT 650 (650 twins in short) have been doing well for the company both in terms of sales as well as reputation. In the month of July, the 650 twins have outsold a number of other motorcycles in its price range that are pretty popular in the market. This includes the KTM Duke 390, Bajaj Dominar and TVS Apache 310. To be precise, the Chennai based manufacturer sold a total of 2,225 650 twins in July, which is a considerable growth compared to June when the company sold 1,751 units of the dual cylinder bikes.
In comparison, KTM sold 346 units of the Duke 390 in July which is degrowth of 31 per cent compared to the sales in July 2018 when the Austrian manufacturer sold 498 examples of the bike. Talking about the Bajaj Dominar, which is also the flagship bike in the company’s lineup, a total of 1,363 units of the bikes were sold in the month of July. This is almost on par with the number of units sold in July 2018, when the company sold 1,381 units of the bike. Coming to the TVS Apache 310, the company sold a total of 237 units of the bike in July. This is degrowth of around 31% for the flagship bike of the company as it sold 351 units in July last year.
Talking about the 650 twins, both the Interceptor 650 and the Continental GT 650 are build for the grounds up by the company and are also the most powerful production bikes by Royal Enfield till date. Powering the bikes is a newly developed 647cc, four-stroke twin-cylinder air-oil cooled engine that makes 47 Bhp of peak power at 7,250 rpm and 52 Nm of peak torque at 5,250 rpm. The engine is paired to a 6 speed manual gearbox with a slipper clutch offered as standard. To let you know, the 650 Twins are the most powerful bikes in their price range and also in a few segments above.
The 647 cc twin cylinder engine is extremely refined and has been praised for its vibe free nature across most part of the rev range except the very top. This is among the reasons for its high sales as the behaviour of the engine is a far cry from other Enfield bikes in a good way. The engine also uses other technologies and parts like, fuel injection, four-valve heads and a single overhead camshaft among others. Further enhancing their riding character is the newly developed double-cradle chassis that which has received inputs from Harris Performance, UK. The Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 get telescopic front forks and gas-charged shock absorbers. Royal Enfield recently increased the prices of the 650 Twins by Rs. 5,000. In the coming time, the prices of the 650 twin are likely to increase even more when the engine will be upgraded to meet the BSVI norms.