Royal Enfield continue to go from strength to strength in Australia and it was the introduction of the twin-cylinder 650 Interceptor and Continental that effectively turned the brands somewhat antediluvian image into something more alluring to younger customers.
Royal Enfield have sold over 2500 of the 650 Twins in Australia since the model went on sale here a little over two years ago. In fact, demand is currently far outstripping supply, and there are hundreds of customers on waiting lists. Royal Enfield expects to reach 3000 sales before the end of 2021 if they can clear some of that backlog. That success is also being experienced across the ditch in New Zealand.
30-35 per cent of the sales are for the sportier styled Continental GT, but most customers, 65-70 per cent, plump for the more upright Interceptor.
An affordable price point, three-year warranty and attractive styling has made the models a big winner among new riders due to its LAMS certification and that the bikes lend themselves to individualisation.
There are also plenty of experienced riders that have been won over by the honest simplicity of the bikes.
Both 650s continue to be powered by the oversquare air-cooled SOHC parallel-twin that puts out 47 horsepower at 7250 rpm, and delivers peak torque of 52 Nm at an accessible 5250 rpm.Its gait has plenty of character and it feels larger than its 648 cc displacement might suggest. The powerplant has undergone a myriad of changes to meet Euro5 specification but this hasn’t resulted in any changes in the claimed power and torque figures.
Royal Enfield 650 Twin changes from Euro4 to Euro5
Catalytic convertor changes
Higher powered ignition coil
Introduction of second MAP sensor for RH cylinder and throttle body modified to accommodate
ECU change from Bosch to Continental
New purge valve and O2 sensor
Magneto rotor changes
Change in the crankcase LH mounting boss
OBD-2 and wiring harness changes
Elimination of the secondary air injection system
A new soft pannier system for the 650 Twins is also expected to arrive in the coming weeks that will add more versatility to the models.
Royal Enfield also claim that quality improvements in regards to the seat stitching and overall fit and finish of the models has been made.
Vimal Sumbly, Business Head, Asia Pacific markets at Royal Enfield
“The launch of the 650 Twins marked a new chapter for Royal Enfield and for the mid-sized motorcycle segment. The global success of these motorcycles over the last couple of years has been phenomenal with the Interceptor growing the 500cc+ category by more than 4-times in India, and winning many accolades globally. In Australia, Twins 650 motorcycles have been doing extremely well and have over 2500 proud customers. Overall in the APAC region, the 650 Twins contribute to more than 50% of the volumes with the highest demand of the motorcycles in Thailand where the 650 Twins account for more than 65% of the volumes. The introduction of genuine motorcycle accessories (GMA) further enhanced the personalization possibilities and overall appeal of these motorcycles. With close to 10,000 happy customers, we believe that the newly introduced colourways on the Interceptor 650 and the Continental GT 650, along with unique customisation options will go a long way in bringing more enthusiasts into the brand fold.”
The 2022 colourways and their Australian ride away pricing is listed below. All models now score black rims and fork gaiters for 2022.
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