The 2019 Royal Enfield 650 Continental GT and Interceptor 650 are two new motorcycles from the brand that is ready to turn the brand upside down. After Classic 350, this is the second bold attempt by the company and the first time with a parallel twin engine since 1970. While everyone is reviewing and posting pics of the motorcycle, here are the 5 things no one told you about 2019 Royal Enfield twins.
In the US the motorcycle is known as INT650 and the same motorcycle is Interceptor 650 in the global market
INT650 for the US is based on the performance-oriented Royal Enfield that was king in the US around 1960’s. For the US, the INT650 is also emblazoned on the side covers. Globally the motorcycle will be sold as Interceptor 650.
Designed in the UK and Made in India
All motorcycles from Royal Enfield are designed in the UK at the Leicestershire facility and the manufacturing is done at Chennai in the southern part of India. Just like all other RE bikes, the 2019 Interceptor 650 and Continental 650 is also designed in the UK and made in India.
Quality is top notch, except the upper triple tree
Royal Enfield has streamlined its manufacturing process and facility which exceeds the ISO 9001 standards. The quality control has improved dramatically and it will translate to reliable products. The company mentioned that earlier the quality differences were due to outsourcing from different suppliers but now it is from the single supplier to ensure build quality. Both the motorcycles come with great details for the packaging but only sore spots are the finishes on the upper triple tree.
It is the cheapest 650 motorcycle with 3 years warranty with one-year roadside assistance
In the US the motorcycle starts at $5799 and it is cheaper by $200 than Chinese made Benelli Tornado TNT 600. It is the cheapest motorcycle available in 650cc parallel twin, same will be in India. In the US the company offers 3 years warranty and one-year free roadside assistance.
Only exhaust note can make you fall in love with this motorcycle
The parallel twin 650 comes with 270-degree crank gives this motorcycle a serious charm. The extremely tractable motor with 47 horses and 52 Nm has an exhaust note that will have people fighting to scrawl their name on the dotted line. The bike is versatile and shows extreme possibilities of customisations over this frame.