The Royal Enfield 650 Twins have garnered a combined sales of 5,168 units in less than 5 months since its deliveries began. Their deliveries had commenced in the second half of November 2018.
With the Indian two-wheeler market maturing, the 500 cc to 800 cc motorcycle segment has seen tremendous growth. From just 3,585 units in the financial year 2017-18, sales volumes in the segment have grown to 8,264 motorcycles in FY2018-19. That’s a growth of a whopping 130%, lead primarily by the introduction of Royal Enfield 650 Twins.
Sales of Harley Davidson (Street 750 and Street Rod) faced a massive slump from 2,043 units in FY2017-18 to 1,513 units in FY 2018-19. Export volumes of the company's two entry-level models, though, stood at 5,395 units. In comparison, the Royal Enfield 650 Twins' exports were at 4,442 units. Royal Enfield claims that the new 650 Twins will pave the way for the company to be a global bikemaker. In fact, they expect global sales of the two motorcycles to reach a million units in a year over the next decade.
Powering the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and the Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 is a 648 cc parallel twin fuel injected mill. Coupled to a 6-speed gearbox, the engine is capable of producing 47 bhp of power and 52 Nm of torque. It even gets a slip-assist clutch and a dual-channel ABS as standard.
The Royal Enfield 650 twins share a lot of core components, like the frame, wheels and suspension. The Royal Enfield Continental GT 650, a neo-classic café racer, features a tear-drop fuel tank, rear-set footpegs and clip-on handlebars. The Royal Enfield Interceptor 650, on the other hand, is a modern-retro roadster that features an upright riding posture and round fuel tank.
The strong demand for the 650 Twins has led to a long waiting period in the Indian market, ranging between 3 to 5 months, depending on the location. Royal Enfield has increased its production to 4,500-5000 units a month to meet this demand.