Royal Enfield, the global leader in the midsized motorcycle segment, opened the latest chapter in its storied 117-year motorcycle production history with the initial outing of its highly anticipated twin cylinder motorcycles - the Interceptor 650 and the Continental GT 650. The motorcycles were launched in the presence of senior motorcycling journalists and editors of leading automotive and lifestyle publications across the world in the sun-drenched, surf loving city of Santa Cruz, California, USA in September 2018. With these motorcycles, Royal Enfield is set to disrupt this segment by bringing back ‘Twin Fun’ with its first twin-cylinder motorcycles in 50 years. Inspired by its iconic motorcycles in the 1960’s, the 650 Twins powered by an all new 648cc air-cooled twin cylinder engine are Royal Enfield’s first truly global motorcycles.

The 650 Twins - Bringing back fun in mid-sized motorcycling

The first twin cylinder motorcycles to be produced by Royal Enfield since 1970, these two new motorcycles recall a golden era for the marque that began in 1948 with the arrival of its first 500cc twin cylinder motorcycle that evolved into several famed high-performance models ultimately leading to the original Interceptor of 1960. The Continental GT was a much-loved café racer motorcycle in the UK and Europe and the first mass produced café racer at that time.

The 650 Twins are entirely new set of motorcycles developed ground up jointly by Royal Enfield’s development teams in India and UK . They combine classic looks with modern engineering to inspire confidence in new riders and excite experienced motorcyclists. They are aircooled to simplify maintenance, produce a gorgeous twin-cylinder exhaust note and retain true heritage design. Built for real world riding, the 650 Twins come with ample torque, making light work of city traffic, and with sufficient power to effortlessly cruise on the open road.

All about an easy yet fun riding experience

While the 650 Twin offer more than adequate 47 horsepower, their 'rideability' secret lies in seamless torque delivery from low in the rev range – 80% of the peak 52Nm torque delivered at 2500rpm. This ensures smooth and steady progress without constant gear changing. This when combined with an extremely agile chassis developed at Royal Enfield's UK Technology Centre in conjunction with legendary design and engineering firm Harris Performance, the secret of their all-round competence begins to reveal.

Evocative, simple and timeless design language

The 650 Twins are beautifully executed and thoughtfully detailed motorcycles. Their intricately-designed engines, perfectly replicate the classic look, while touches such as forged handlebars, 'Monza' fuel caps and carefully finished ancillaries echo the quality to be found inside and out. These motorcycles resonate with Royal Enfield’s brand ethos of tapping the growing popularity of classically-influenced, modern-day motorcycling and match the diverse persona of the riders across the world.

The 650 Twins reflect Royal Enfield’s respect for longevity by being the definition of two-wheeled sustainability in a world where short-term trends, conspicuous consumption and disposable products are fast losing their appeal. They are intended to be machines that deliver the growing needs of today’s motorcyclists who see the machines as extensions of themselves; which they can make their own and ride throughout the adventure of life.

The Continental GT 650, with its committed riding stance, optional single seat, sculpted fuel tank, rearset footrests and race-style clip-on handlebars appeals especially to sporting riders. Perfect for enjoying high-speed blasts on twisting backroads, its ergonomics also make it a comfortable stylish city bike, for tackling highway or weekend escapes to the wilds.

The Interceptor INT 650, harks back to the historic inspired model with its distinctive teardrop tank with traditional knee recesses, comfortable, quilted dual seat and wide, braced handlebars redolent of the 60’s California street style scrambler. Providing comfortable and commanding riding position, it is both fun and practical on all types of terrain, from curving coastal roads to the urban jungle, for heading out of town two-up or for cruising down to the beach.

Canvas for customisation

With individuality becoming a key for modern day riders, Royal Enfield focusses on providing diverse retro customisation to the 650 Twins. From special paint colours and pin stripes to retro-cool bar-end mirrors, optional fly screens and alternative finishes for wheels, lights and suspension components, Royal Enfield steps-up the style quotient to woo customers.

A means of self-expression with motorcycle with motorcycle apparel and accessories

The 650 Twins come with a range of Royal Enfield gear, apparel and genuine motorcycle accessories. The gear and apparel are inspired by the 60’s, reflecting the cuts and silhouettes from the cultural contexts and the motorcycles’ era. The range of gear includes Clymer and Spirit jackets, a curated range of t-shirts, helmets, boots, ankle-high sneakers, and covert Cordura jeans and Streetborn gloves, which aesthetically fuse classic styling with contemporary functionality.

The accessories are designed to provide comfort, styling and protection in addition to being a means of self expression for the rider. The range comprises new functional and protective accessories such as engine guards, lifting handle, pannier mounts and an auxiliary electrical port, and styling accessories such as chrome and stainless-steel silencer slip ons, acrylic fly screen, single and twin seat cowls, and soft canvas panniers.

The Twins will play a strategic role in expanding the global middle-weight segment market.

Global Launch in the golden state of California, USA

Royal Enfield’s Interceptor 650 and the Continental GT 650 motorcycles are redolent of the heydays of motorcycling's golden era of the 1950’s and 60's. It began in 1948 with the first Royal Enfield 500cc twin cylinder motorcycle which evolved into its famed high-performance models – the Meteor, Super Meteor and, ultimately, the original Interceptor of 1960. The motorcycle sold mainly in the USA and Canada and the 700cc Interceptor and its 750cc successor quickly became a part of California’s sun-drenched culture. It served as twowheeled expression of fun, excitement, freedom and optimism in the form of fast and stylish road bikes and as successful competition machines for scrambles, desert races and flat track.

Inspired by this deep historic link of twin-cylinders with the Golden State of California, Santa Cruz was the most ideal destination for the global launch and first global media ride of the much-awaited 650 Twins, as well as marking the revival of the twin-cylinder production. This was one of the biggest launch events by Royal Enfield and it saw the participation of more than 120 journalists from 13 countries across the globe. The journalists rode the Interceptor 650 and the Continental GT 650 extensively through five days around the Pacific Coast Highway and the Redwood forests and were left highly impressed.

The Interceptor INT 650 is intended to appeal to the novice (or experienced) rider who wants to return to the simple and fun days of motorcycling without breaking the bank. It’s got a combination of retro-cool authenticity and modern day approachability that just might be one of the game-changers the motorcycle industry needs right now.

- Cycle World, USA

650 Twins launched in Europe, Australia and South East Asia

RRoyal Enfield launched the 650 Twins across Europe at EICMA Motor Show in Milan, Italy in November 2018. The first fullproduction version of the all-new 650 Twins were displayed to the general public at the Royal Enfield marquee at EICMA show. The Continental GT 650 café racer and Interceptor INT 650 roadster were displayed in standard, custom, and chrome colourways. Royal Enfield also showcased its wide range of official Genuine Motorcycle Accessories, specifically designed for the 650 Twins, garnering a great response from the Europe-based automotive publications and enthusiasts.

Following the public display of the 650 Twins in EICMA, Royal Enfield initiated bookings and enquiries across dealerships in Europe and UK starting mid-November 2018. Being the first truly global line of motorcycles intended to usher Royal Enfield owners globally, the region was chosen as the first where customers could place orders. The evocative line-up of Continental GT 650 Twin and Interceptor INT 650 Twin were put on display across dealerships starting January 2019 giving enthusiasts a chance to experience them.

Royal Enfield’s new 650cc Interceptor and Continental GT retros are looking good. sweet handling and well made. And we’re expecting them to be of stupendous value. Time to put an Indianmade bike in your garage? This bike that we are riding will surely be the world's biggest selling bike of 2019.

- Bike Magazine, UK

Taking forward its global ambitions, Royal Enfield launched the 650 twin motorcycles at the Melbourne Motor Show held in November 2018. These motorcycles offer a perfect blend of authentic appeal, contemporary fun ride experience and accessibility, for motorcyclists in Australia.

650 Twins launched in India

The much-awaited Interceptor 650 and the Continental GT 650’s were launched in India at Goa in mid-November, 2018. Royal Enfield announced the beginning of test rides, retail availability and bookings along with the price. The motorcycles were received extremely well by the Indian automotive journalists and amongst the customers who test rode these motorcycles for the first time at Rider Mania. The price launch and media ride was attended by a huge majority of journalists from across all leading publications and media houses in India. The motorcycles also made their debut at Rider Mania 2018 - India’s largest gathering of Royal Enfield riders from across the world. Participants at Rider Mania had an opportunity to pre-book test ride seats for these motorcycles at Goa and place their bookings.

The 650 Twins will not only appeal to a newer breed of motorcycling enthusiasts who were longing for a more powerful Royal Enfield motorcycle but also enable more than 3.5 million+ of its existing customers in India to own the next expression of pure, simple and fun motorcycling by moving up towards the top end of the middle-weight segment.

An extremely astute motorcycle that straddles the twin goals of being accessible to many and a motorcycle that brings Royal Enfield's refinement and quality levels at par with anything on the market today. Holy wow, that's a game changer!


Twins stun global motorcycle enthusiasts

20-years testing and 23-years racing means I ride a lot of bikes. It’s maybe once per year that a new model sticks out so quickly. Ultra smooth. Balanced. Torquey. Sounds sweet. Fun.

Bike Review, Australia

At its core, with great retro looks, nice engine, and a respectable chassis, the INT 650 should be getting some attention, and, with the aggressive pricing structure, Royal Enfield is about as serious as you can get about shifting the tide.

Ultimate Motorcycling, USA

The Interceptor 650 has exceeded my expectations by far. I like its stable handling that comes along with a nice combination of sportiness. The Engine is very flexible and at low revs it’s quite smooth. I have ridden a lot of big twins in the past like Ducati and Triumph but overall I've found Interceptor to be smoother and superior.

Peter Radau, owner of Interceptor 650 Chrome in Australia