One of the main attractions of Milan Auto Expo 2017 was unveiling of Royal Enfield’s 650 twins - Continental GT650 and the Interceptor 650. In 2013, RE had launched their 535cc single cylinder cafe racer bike, the Continental GT 535. Sadly, this motorcycle did not fare well in the market. But now, this brand learning how to play in the market has launched twin bikes Continental GT 650 and Interceptor 650, two new bike models with 650cc engines. What makes them twins is the fact that they both share most of the parts including the engine.
Today when I chose to take these two bikes with my friend for a spin, this is what we found out about the siblings. Here is a detailed review of these two motorcycles from my end. Please feel free to share your opinions, reviews and feedback too about the same.
Talking about the design, as we all know the classic retro looks that the bikes display is the most ravishing part. Round classic headlights and dual meters adorn the front profile on both models. The side profile are different from one another, with Interceptor carrying a large tank with good thigh support, while GT features a slim tank which reminds us of cafe racer segment motorcycles from the past. Interceptor 650 gets bar handle that is comfortable for long rides, whereas GT is fitted with a clip on handle which enhances its sporty looks giving a lean forward position.
The foot pegs too are different on the brothers. GT has a sporty and well positioned footpeg bent backwards, while on the Interceptor, they are straight making the rider feel comfy enough during long rides. The chrome finished dual silencers and the engine case accentuates the retro looks on the twins. Both rides are built on the same double cradle tubular frame that renders more stability. The wheel base and seat height of the GT is slightly less while comparing to that of the Interceptor. Both bikes feature similar rear parts too including chrome finished small indicators and brake light.
The 650 twins get all new parallel twin engines from RE. 650cc parallel twin air cooled engines on the bikes produce 47bhp @ 7250rpm and 57Nm torque @ 5250rpm. The engines are coupled to 6 speed transmission gearbox units.
What enticed me about this duo is their highly refined engine and the company claims of 0% vibration on the new twins. It appears that they render the best in mid and high range performances. And yes, I strongly felt it too.
The Interceptor 650 is more comfortable for both long and short rides, while the rider on GT may find it bit difficult to handle during city rides, as it feels little bit heavy on the handle part while riding.
320mm disc at the front and 240mm disc at the rear is enough to break down the speed with ease, which is also installed with a dual channel ABS from Bosch.
What attracts the enthusiasts?
Linear power delivery
Not a beginner friendly
Best in price
Classic and retro looks
The vintage name Royal Enfield