The all-new Royal Enfield Interceptor and Continental GT650 have both become super hits in the Indian markets and many international markets. Both the bikes are high in demand and have a long waiting period on them. There are thousands of Royal Enfield Interceptor and Continental GT 650 on the roads and Royal Enfield has started offering suspension replacement to the Interceptor and Continental GT free of cost.
Royal Enfield has not issued any such recall or service calls to the customers but it seems like only the first lot of the motorcycles are getting the upgrade. The new rear suspension unit now gets a rubber stopper that the bottom, which was earlier missing from the suspension unit. This rubber stopper, which is highlighted in yellow colour in the new suspension ensures that the suspension does not bottom out. The rubber stopper takes all the impact when the rear wheel hits ditches or potholes. Since the metal parts of the suspension do not hit each other, it does not wear out fast and also saves the suspension from damage.
It seems that it is not a critical part and the motorcycles from the first lot that are reaching the service centres for regular service are getting the upgrade free of cost. It is not mentioned how much time does it take for the whole process. However, Royal Enfield has not officially informed the customers about the replacement. From the second lot onwards, Royal Enfield has started offering the yellow rubber stopper from the factory itself.
Royal Enfield remains the best-selling brand in the Indian market above 350cc segment. The Royal Enfield Interceptor and the Continental GT 650 are further adding on to the numbers of the brand as both of them have massive popularity in the market. The 650 Twins are also on sale in the international markets like USA, UK and Australia. Since both of them are the most affordable twin-cylinder-powered by bikes in India and the design is reminiscent of expensive Triumph bikes, the customers are quite attracted towards them.
Both the bikes have collectively sold more than 5,000 units in the market in the Indian market. The Royal Enfield Interceptor is priced at Rs 2.49 lakh, which makes it the most affordable twin-cylinder bike in India. Both bikes share the same engine and platform. The 649cc, air-cooled + oil-cooled engine produces a maximum power of 47 Bhp and 52 Nm of peak torque. It gets a slipper-clutch system with 6-speed manual transmission. The Royal Enfield Interceptor and Continental GT 650 also offer standard dual-channel ABS.
It is quite possible that the number of bikes affected by the suspension upgrade work is quite low and Royal Enfield will not intimidate the owners as it is a minor upgrade. Also, there is a no online process to check if the motorcycle is affected and needs the upgrade.