The Royal Enfield 650 Twins have garnered sales of 325 units in November. The motorcycles were launched on 14 November, and deliveries started later that month.
The sales figures are barely for a couple of weeks, and it would be interesting to see the sales for the full month of December. As things stand, the Royal Enfield 650 Twins have a waiting period of more than 3 months. The Interceptor 650 is the more affordable amongst the two at INR 2.50 lakh, while the Continental GT 650 retails at INR 2.65 lakh (both the prices are ex-showroom Delhi).
While Royal Enfield has not announced the sales figures for both the bikes, dealerships have revealed that the Interceptor 650 has received more interest from buyers than the Continental GT 650. It is also the easy-going offering of two, while the GT 650 is for the purists.
Furthermore, chrome and custom paint schemes are in demand, which is slightly expensive over the base variants. Royal Enfield is banking on the 650 Twins to make them a truly global manufacturer in the mid-capacity segment.
The 650 Twins will act as a stepping stone for the existing 3.2 million Royal Enfield owners to foray into the world of powerful yet easy-going modern-retro motorcycles. The company did consider offering modern tech and sophisticated equipment on the Royal Enfield 650 Twins but decided otherwise, to stick to its roots of providing the authentic classic experience.
Powering the Royal Enfield 650 Twins is a 648cc parallel-twin 8-valve engine that makes 47 bhp of power and 52 Nm of peak torque. It is mated to a 6-speed gearbox that is assisted by a slipper clutch. The 650 Twins are the first motorcycles from the company to feature dual-channel ABS as standard from launch.