Royal Enfield has just revealed the chromed versions of the Continental GT 650 and the Interceptor 650 motorcycles at the 2017 Rider Mania in Goa. Both bikes get chromed tanks and chromed mudguards. They look quite classy though despite all that chrome.
This is the first time that the new twin cylinder bikes from Enfield are being shown in India. The crowd at Rider Mania seemed quite excited to see these machines in the flesh. Both bikes were first revealed a few days back at EICMA 2017. EICMA is a yearly motorcycle show that happens in Milan, Italy.
The chromed ones revealed at the Rider Mania are also expected to be sold in the Indian market. They may be priced higher than the regular shades because of the additional cost involved in chrome plating components. People who’re interested in buying these machines must also remember that maintaining chromed bikes requires more effort.
Apart from the chromed parts, both bikes don’t get any mechanical changes. In fact, the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 sold in India will be identical to the ones sold abroad. Both bikes feature a 650cc parallel twin engine. This four stroke engine is brand new, and features fuel injection and oil cooling. It is a short stroke motor with emphasis on performance rather than a thump.
The engine produces 47 PS of peak power and 52 Nm of peak torque. It gets a 6 speed manual gearbox with a slipper clutch. ABS will be standard on both bikes that also get hydraulic disc brakes on both wheels. Price indications are yet to be revealed. Both the bikes will be launched in India after April 2018. They are meant to be affordably priced so as to allow 350cc Royal Enfield riders to upgrade. Like all other Royal Enfield motorcycles, the new 650 twins will be built in India, and sold across the world.