Gaadiwaadi reports that the 650 Twins owners have received a new rear suspension with built-in rubber buffer. The report adds that only the motorcycles from the first lot did not have the built-in rubber buffer and their owners can have the rear shock absorber changed free of cost from an authorised Royal Enfield outlet. Do note that there has been no announcement from Royal Enfield about any such part replacement exercise.
Meanwhile, the company is expanding the availability of the 650 Twins to more overseas markets. Apart from India, Royal Enfield currently offers the Interceptor INT 650 and the Continental GT 650 in markets like the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Vietnam, South Korea, Indonesia and the UK. The exports have improved significantly since November last year. The domestic sales have plummeted for six consecutive months, though.
Check out the six-month (November 2018 to April 2019) export sales performance by Royal Enfield:
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Siddhartha Lal, MD and CEO, Eicher Motors, stated in an interview last year that the company is optimistic about the Interceptor INT 650 and the Continental GT 650. He added that the global sales of the 650 Twins could reach up to 1 million units/per annum in next 5 to 10 years.
IAB’s interaction with Royal Enfield dealerships revealed that the Interceptor INT 650 is in higher demand than the Continental GT 650. Both motorcycles are carrying a waiting period of three to five months and the company is ramping up the production to meet the high demand.
In other updates, Royal Enfield has recalled almost 7,000 units of the Bullet and Bullet Electra (Bullet ES), manufactured between 20 March 2019 and 30 April 2019, due to a faulty brake calliper bolt. The affected motorcycles will get a replacement free of cost from authorised Royal Enfield service centres.