Following an enthusiastic reception from the world’s press at the recent global launch of all-new Continental GT 650 Twin and Interceptor INT 650 Twin mid-sized motorcycles, and following its recent European launch at EICMA 2018, Royal Enfield is delighted to bring the full-production versions of the motorcycles to riding enthusiasts in Australia.
The Interceptor INT 650 and the Continental GT 650 will be on display at dealerships in Australia starting February 2019 and booking across dealerships will begin from 23 November 2018. The Royal Enfield Twins 650 motorcycles will come with a 3-year warranty and Roadside Assistance service. These motorcycles will also come with a wide range of Genuine Motorcycle Accessories that will have a 2-year warranty.
Addressing the press conference at the Melbourne Moto Expo, Mr. Vimal Sumbly, Head- Business Markets – Asia Pacific (APAC), said, “We are excited to bring these evocative and fun motorcycles to Australia, which clearly is witnessing an appetite for such offerings that has led to our growth from a mere 150 units to nearly 1000 units in just about 4 years. Now with the launch of the Royal Enfield 650 Twins, riders can have all more fun and pure motorcycling joy on both city roads and on highways, Australia becomes one of the most important markets for us amongst International markets.”
The 650 Twins will be priced at A$ 8440 for the Interceptor INT 650, and A$ 8640 for the Continental GT 650, for the Standard colourways, making these motorcycles a perfect blend of authentic appeal, contemporary fun ride experience, and accessibility. The Custom and Chrome colourways will be priced at A$ 8640 and A$ 8940 for the Interceptor INT 650 and at A$ 8840 and A$ 9140 for the Continental GT 650 respectively. (plus on-road costs)
It was at Sydney Motor Show 2016 that Royal Enfield unveiled the prototypes of its first twin-cylinder offering for the Australian audience. After months of developing, refining and improving the initial design based on tens of thousands of kilometres of road and track testing on parts, aggregates and motorcycles, the production motorcycles are now rolling off the line and ready to be shipped across International markets in a phased manner as part of the marque’s global expansion programme.
Commenting on the retail launch of the Interceptor INT 650 and the Continental GT 650 in Australia, Siddhartha Lal, CEO – Royal Enfield said, “We’ve been on an exciting journey over the last ten years, and believe that we are excellently poised to grow the mid-weight motorcycling segment globally. We have invested in our capabilities, and in building an ecosystem of pure motorcycling lifestyle through gear and apparel, rides and events and other new formats. The launch of the 650 Twin motorcycles adds many more miles to this journey, and is the perfect opportunity to further our ambition of growing the leisure motorcycling market across the world. Keeping these motorcycles accessible is a key objective for us to bring in new people to the Royal Enfield way of pure motorcycling lifestyle. We strongly believe that the 650 Twins will be an attractive, evocative motorcycle for our customers across Australia”
At the heart of every Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 Twin and Interceptor INT 650 Twin, however, is the built-in fun factor provided by each model’s special combination of an agile chassis (developed at the marque’s UK Technology Centre with legendary sports motorcycle frame builder Harris Performance) and a simple but state-of-the-art air-cooled, 650cc engine producing a punchy yet user-friendly 47 horsepower.
In addition to emitting a gorgeous exhaust note, the engine offers ample pulling power across wide RPM range to make the motorcycle easy to ride in urban traffic and exhilarating on the open road – meaning the Continental GT 650 and Interceptor INT 650 offer the perfect motorcycling package for both experienced and novice owners across daily rides and longer excursions.
The Continental GT 650 will appeal especially to sportier riders with its optional single seat, sculpted fuel tank, rearset footrests and race-style clip-on handlebars, all of which have been ergonomically designed to remain comfortable in the city, on the highway or on the twisting back roads where the motorcycle really comes alive.
The Interceptor INT 650, on the other hand, harks back to Royal Enfield’s 1960s twins through its teardrop tank with traditional knee recesses, comfortable, quilted dual seat and wide, braced handlebars reminiscent of the street scrambler style that emerged in ’60s California. Its comfortable and commanding riding position make the Interceptor 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.
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