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Royal-Enfield Interceptor 650, Continental GT 650 bookings open in India

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Royal-Enfield Interceptor 650, Continental GT 650 bookings open in India

23 Oct 2018: Royal-Enfield Interceptor 650, Continental GT 650 bookings open in India

The Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650, set to launch in India next month, are now available for pre-orders.

Royal Enfield dealers have started accepting bookings for the bikes for a token amount of Rs. 5,000.

Notably, dealers have promised deliveries in mid-December but this still remains unofficial.

Here's more about the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650.

Styling: Royal Enfield Continental GT 650, Interceptor 650: At a glance

Both the Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 share the same chassis with a double cradle frame designed by Harris Engineering (UK) - Royal Enfield's subsidiary.

Style-wise, both bikes sport rounded headlamps and bear a lot of chrome work that adds to the retro design.

However, the Interceptor 650 offers a relaxed riding position whereas the GT 650 gets a more aggressive riding posture.

Engine and power: Under the hood

Like the chassis, both the Interceptor 650 and the Continental GT 650 share the same mechanics.

Both the bikes are powered by an all-new 649 cc, air/oil cooled, parallel-twin engine which delivers 47 bhp of power at 7,250 rpm and 52 Nm of peak torque at 5,250 rpm.

The engine, which is counterbalanced to repress vibrations, comes mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox.

Details: On the road

The Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 sport 18-inch wire spoke wheels and tubed tires.

For braking duties, both the bikes come equipped with a 320 mm front disc, a 240 mm rear disc by ByBre and Bosch-developed dual-channel ABS.

Suspension duties on both the bikes are handled by telescopic front forks and twin gas-charged shock absorbers at the rear.

How much?: Pricing and Availability

Taking cues from the international prices of Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650, both the motorcycles are likely to be aggressively priced in India.

The Interceptor is expected to be priced around Rs. 3 lakh while Continental may be costlier by Rs. 30,000.

Notably, the bikes will be offered in Standard, Custom and Chrome variants with the same mechanics but different styling and finish.