Royal Enfield launched the all-new Interceptor 650 and the Continental GT650 in the Indian market earlier this year. Both the motorcycles have become extremely popular in the market and are riding high on success. While both – Interceptor and Continental GT650 are popular around the world, in the domestic market, both have been outselling all other bikes present in the segment collectively. And that too, by a huge margin.
According to the latest sales figure for the month of June 2019, Royal Enfield has sold 1,751 units of the Continental GT and the Interceptor. It should be noted that Royal Enfield does not release individual figures for these models. Now that’s much higher than the sales of the competitors like the KTM 390 Duke, which sold 355 units in the same period. Even the bikes powered by parallel-twin engines like the Kawasaki Ninja 300 received a very low sales figure of 110 units. Other bikes in the similar price bracket like the TVS Apache RR310 sold 338 units while Honda sold only 80 units of the newly launched CB300R in the Indian market in the month of June.
None of these bikes offers a retro style combined with modern technology like the Royal Enfield Twins. It should be noted that Royal Enfield has remained the biggest manufacturer and leading seller on the charts above 300cc segment in India for a long time now. Both Interceptor and the Continental GT650 have received a lot of appreciation for various factors including the ride quality and the smoothness of the engine.
Both the 650 Twins are quite different from all other Royal Enfield motorcycles available in the Indian market. In fact, they are the first modern-day twin-cylinder bikes from the brand. Powering both the bikes is a newly developed 649cc, parallel-twin, air-cooled plus oil-cooled engine that develops a maximum power of 47 Bhp at 7,100 rpm and peak torque of 52 Nm at 4,000 rpm. Both these bikes get a 6-speed transmission as standard. The engine is fuel-injected and the crankshaft is forged from a single piece. Adding the smoothness to the bike is the balancer shaft, which counters the vibrations generated by the engine and keeps the ride smooth. In fact, the 650 Twins are the smoothest bikes that have been launched by the brand ever.
Royal Enfield 650 Twins misses out on the signature thumping sound. Instead, they make a smoothe rumbling sound that is soothing. Since they are extremely popular in the market, a wide range of aftermarket accessories and exhausts are available in the market.
A lot of new motorcycles are expected to be launched in the coming years, which will utilise the same platform. In early 2020, Royal Enfield may showcase bikes like Himalayan 650 alongside the Classic 650 too! However, the exact launch dates of these iterations cannot be confirmed yet.