A Ton of Fun: Royal Enfield INT650 and Continental GT650

The Royal Enfield INT650 and Continental GT650 are coming to the U.S. with hopes that they’ll bring back the carefree Swingin’ Sixties.

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by EL3
The new Royal Enfield Continental GT (left) and INT650 (right).

Engine: 648cc air/oil-cooled SOHC parallel twin, 78mm x 67.8mm bore and stroke, 9.5:1 compression ratio, 47hp @ 7,250rpm (at crankshaft)
Top speed: NA
Fueling: Bosch multipoint sequential fuel injection
Transmission: 6-speed, chain final drive
Electrics: 12v, digital electronic ignition
Frame/wheelbase: Dual downtube steel cradle frame/55.1in (1,400mm)
Suspension: 41mm Gabriel telescopic fork front, twin Gabriel gas-charged piggyback shocks w/5-stage adjustable preload rear
Brakes: Single 12.6in (320mm) disc front, single 9.4in (240mm) disc rear
Tires: 100/90 x 18in front, 130/70 x 18in rear
Weight (dry): 444.4lb (202kg) INT/435.6lb (198kg) Continental
Seat height: 31.7in (804mm) INT/31.1in (790mm) Continental, 31.2in (793mm) dual-seat Continental
Fuel capacity: 3.6gal (13.7ltr) INT/3.3gal (12.5ltr) Continental
Price: Starting at $5,799 (INT650) and $5,999 (Continental GT)

After more than 50 years of manufacturing the venerable overhead valve 350cc to 500cc Bullet singles, Indian manufacturer Royal Enfield has finally produced its long-awaited, first-ever parallel-twin models, the 650cc Continental GT and INT650.

The overhead cam 650cc Continental GT and Interceptor (known in the U.S. as the INT650, since Honda owns the rights to the Interceptor name) are finally heading for dealerships around the world in early 2019. The company’s dynamic CEO, Siddhartha Lal, believes these new bikes bring the carefree Swingin’ Sixties era back to motorcycling – in price and volume, as well as carefree performance.

When deliveries start in January 2019 to the 90-plus dealers in what Lal forecasts will become Royal Enfield’s largest export market, the U.S., followed soon after by its 1,340 outlets elsewhere in the world, a large selection of eye-catching retro paintwork choices will be available in the U.S. across the Standard, Custom and Chrome versions for bargain basement prices. These start at $5,799 for the INT650 roadster, $5,999 for the equivalent Continental GT café racer models, and only up to $6,749 for the top-of-the-range versions. That’s a lot of motorcycle for the money. Better yet, those prices include a three-year unlimited mileage warranty and roadside assistance for bikes sold in the U.S. and Canada.

Order the January/February 2019 issue of Motorcycle Classics to read more about the Royal Enfield INT650 and Continental GT650. Contact Customer Service at (800) 880-7567 or contact us by email.

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