Royal Enfield 650 Twins still carry 3-5 months waiting period

12/04/2019 - 12:50 | ,  ,   | Suvil Susvirkar

The Royal Enfield Interceptor INT 650 and Continental GT 650 continue to have a long waiting period in the domestic market. Our interaction with the dealerships in Mumbai and Chennai revealed that the waiting period for both the models stands between four to five months. A Mysore dealership said that there's a three to five months waiting period for the deliveries.

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The long waiting period of the Royal Enfield 650 Twins could be associated with not only the strong demand but also the exports and the strike at the company's Oragadam plant.

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Royal Enfield is working on ramping up the production to reduce the waiting period of its flagship models. In February, Siddhartha Lal, CEO and MD, Eicher Motors, said that the company would increase the production from 2,500 units a month to 4,500-5,000 units a month.

The Interceptor INT 650, as reported earlier, is in high demand than its cafe racer sibling. However, both models carry a similar waiting period. Apart from high demand, other reasons for the long waiting period could be the exports and the strike at the company’s Oragadam plant.

While the domestic market witnessed negative growth for five consecutive months, exports have been delivering positive numbers since the launch of the 650 Twins. The Interceptor INT 650 and the Continental GT 650 are exported to markets like the UK, the USA, Australia and Thailand among others. The company plans to open its first overseas CKD plant in Thailand, and the operations of this project are scheduled to commence by the second half of 2019. It has received over 700 bookings for the Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 in Thailand.

The Royal Enfield 650 Twins have a very attractive pricing in the domestic market. The Interceptor INT 650 can be purchased for as low as INR 2.50 lakh while the Continental GT 650's prices start at INR 2.65 lakh – both ex-showroom Delhi. Check out the monthly sales performance of the 650 Twins below:

Month Sales
November (Launch month) 325
December 629
January 1,069
February 1,445

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While the Interceptor INT 650 is in higher demand than the Continental GT 650, both motorcycles carry the same waiting period. The cafe racer carries a marginal premium over the Interceptor INT 650.

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Both motorcycles share the same underpinnings and engine. Propelling tasks are performed by the company’s new 648 cc parallel-twin, air-cooled engine that churns out 47 bhp and 52 Nm. Royal Enfield offers optional accessories via its showrooms for the 650 Twins. The list would soon be extended with the launch of alloy wheels. The addition of alloy wheels would bring the convenience of tubeless tyres, which are easier to fix in case of a puncture.

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