We just returned from Santa Cruz where we rode the Royal Enfield Continental GT & Interceptor 650 Twins. Our launch reports will be up later this week. Meanwhile, check out this development video...

The Royal Enfield Interceptor and Continental GT 650 Twins have just been put through their paces by the motorcycle media at an event held in Santa Cruz, California, USA. Journalists from all corners of the globe spent two days each riding the GT and Interceptor over some of the best roads imaginable, testing the bikes in all world conditions, mostly to the limit on the limiter!

Jeff testing the Interceptor 650 Twin in the hills behind Santa Cruz. He was impressed with the balance of the bike and the engine smoothness, torque and character. His initial video impression is on our Facebook page...

Jeff testing the Interceptor 650 Twin in the hills behind Santa Cruz. He was impressed with the balance of the bike and the engine smoothness, torque and character. His initial video impression is on our Facebook page…

BikeReview.com.au were there, with Jeff heading over for the ride and to meet the development team and learn about the bike. Our full review will be up shortly and to answer a quick question – yes we were impressed. The development and testing shone through from every angle. Here is an official Royal Enfield video outlining some of the key development points and including chats with the highly passionate and enthusiastic team from Royal Enfield.

The Continental GT shares an identical tune, engine, gearing, chassis aside from one step more rear prelaod and the cafe racer riding position, however, it is a very different bike to ride than the Interceptor. Both are fun, it's up to what you prefer style and seating-wise... Jeff preferred the GT in the fast open sections and the Interceptor in the tight and twisty roads and around town.

The Continental GT shares an identical tune, engine, gearing, chassis aside from one step more rear prelaod and the cafe racer riding position, however, it is a very different bike to ride than the Interceptor. Both are fun, it’s up to what you prefer style and seating-wise… Jeff preferred the GT in the fast open sections and the Interceptor in the tight and twisty roads and around town.

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ROYAL ENFIELD 650 TWINS SPECIFICATIONS

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Price: $TBC
Claimed power: 47hp@7250rpm
Claimed torque: 52Nm@5250rpm
Weight: 202kg wet (INT) 198kg wet (GT)
Fuel capacity: 13.7L (INT) 12.5L (GT)
Engine: SOHC air-cooled 648cc parallel twin four-stroke, eight-valve, 78mm x 67.8mm bore x stroke, 9.5:1 compression, 270º firing order crankshaft, Bosch EMS/EFI
Gearbox: Six-speed constant mesh
Clutch: Wet multi-plate slipper clutch, cable actuation
Frame: Double-cradle tuned tubular steel frame
Rake: 24°
Trail: 106mm (INT), 105mm (GT)
Suspension: 41mm forks, 110mm travel, twin shock, 88mm travel, rear preload adjustment
Brakes: 320mm stainless steel floating rotor (f), ABS, two-piston sliding ByBre caliper, Bosch ABS, conventional master-cylinder, 240mm rotor (r), ByBre caliper.
Wheels & Tyres: 36 spoke alloy rim 2.50 x 18in, 36 spoke alloy rim 3.50 x 18in, Pirelli Phantom 100/90-18, 130/70-18.
Wheelbase: 1400mm
Seat height: 804mm (INT), 790mm (single GT), 793mm (dual GT).
Ground clearance: 174mm
Overall width: 789mm (INT), 744mm (GT)
Overall Length: 2122mm
Overall height: 1165mm (INT), 1024mm (GT)
Instruments: Dual clocks, tacho, speedo, dual trip, warning lights/fuel.
Electronics: Bosch Two-Channel ABS, Bosch EMS.

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