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Royal Enfield has taken the wraps off its Interceptor 650 retro roadster and the Continental GT Twin cafe racer at the 2017 EICMA. The company has brought back the Interceptor name, and this bike is symbolic of Royal Enfield’s return to twin-cylinder motorcycles. Both bikes are powered by a 648cc, air-cooled, SOHC, fuel-injected parallel-twin motor that makes 47hp and 52Nm. The engine is mated a six-speed gearbox with a slip-assist clutch on both bikes.
The chassis of both bikes have been developed from scratch by Royal Enfield’s UK Technology Centre and Harris Performance. Both the bikes also weigh less than 200kg. The Interceptor is a highway-biased motorcycle while the Continental GT Twin is a cafe racer. There are a whole host of Royal Enfield Genuine Motorcycle Accessories available on both bikes that are both functional and aesthetic.
RE will launch the bikes in Europe in April 2018 and will then bring them to India once production is ramped up to appropriate levels. The bike will hit Indian markets roughly six months after the launch abroad.