Almost every other Royal Enfield motorcycle owner in India opts for an after market exhaust. So, it was only a matter of time before the recently launched Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 twins got aftermarket exhaust options. While folks abroad have the option of buying S&S exhausts for the Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650, in India, Red Rooster Performance is the brand that has made the first move.
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Red Rooster Performance has come up with an after market exhaust for the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650. The exhausts are slip on type, stock replacement units. For now, there’s no information regarding the exact price at which the after market exhausts for the Royal Enfield twins will sell at. Going by Red Rooster’s historic pricing though, expect an affordable price tag, but slightly on the premium side.
What also remains to be seen is whether the Red Rooster aftermarket exhaust for the Royal Enfield twins is legal. In most cases, any exhaust that’s not ARAI certified for on-road use is illegal, and cops can potentially flag down a motorcycle equipped with such exhausts. This is especially true in case of loud aftermarket exhausts but if the exhaust isn’t loud enough, cops are unlikely to flag down such motorcycles.
Red Rooster Performance is also expected to put out dyno charts, detailing the power and torque gains that the free- er flowing after market exhausts offer. We expect the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 to gain at least a couple of horses from these aftermarket exhausts. Currently, both motorcycles make 47 Bhp-52 Nm from their 650cc twin cylinder engines.
The 647cc parallel twin engine is a newly developed unit, and is based on a clean sheet design. Royal Enfield claims to have tested this engine extensively for reliability and performance. In fact, reports suggest that Royal Enfield has put this engine through more than a million miles of testing in order to ensure that it’s a robust unit – capable of sustained performance for years.
The initial impressions of the new parallel twin engine from owners and reviewers alike have been positive. Particular praise has been accorded to the refinement levels of this engine, and most people seem to agree that it’s the smoothest motor that Royal Enfield has ever produced. In fact, many Youtubers have even compared this engine’s refinement to that of the Yamaha R3 – which is high praise indeed.
Royal Enfield has priced both the Interceptor 650 and the Continental GT 650 exceptionally well. Prices of the Interceptor start from Rs. 2.49 lakhs while those of the Continental GT 650 start from Rs. 2.69 lakhs. The motorcycles are now being delivered to customers although the bulk of deliveries will happen from January 2019.