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Royal Enfield brings ‘Twin fun’ to Thailand

[Bangkok] Royal Enfield, the global leader in the mid-size motorcycle segment launched the all-new Continental GT 650 and Interceptor INT 650, strengthening its commitment to Thailand and adding a significant chapter in an already storied 117-year history of motorcycle production, with the initial outing for its highly anticipated twin cylinder machines.

The first twin cylinder motorcycles to be produced by Royal Enfield since 1970, the new motorcycles recall a golden era for the marque that began in 1948 with the arrival of its first 500 twin that evolved into its famed high-performance models, the Meteor, Super Meteor and, ultimately, the original Interceptor of 1960.

Sold mainly in the U.S.A and Canada, the 700cc Interceptor and its 750cc successors quickly became part of California's sun-drenched culture, serving as two-wheeled expressions of fun, excitement, freedom and optimism in the form of fast and stylish road bikes and as competition machines that enjoyed huge success in scrambles, desert races and flat track events.

Launched here today in Thailand, the Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 will be available in three variants - Standard, Custom and Chrome, in various colour ways, as per the below prices:

Variants
Price (MSRP) in THB
Continental GT 650 Twin
Interceptor INT 650 Twin
Standard
221,000
213,000
Custom
223,700
215,000
Chrome
226,000
218,000

The price includes, three year warranty and road side assistance cover. The Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650, comes with a host of 40+ genuine motorcycle accessories available with two year warranty.

Speaking on the launch of the Royal Enfield Twin motorcycles, Vimal Sumbly, Head of Business, APAC at Royal Enfield, said, “Since our launch in Thailand in 2016, the brand has seen immense pull among motorcycle enthusiasts in Thailand and with the launch of the 650 Twins, we see our customer base expanding further, adding an absolutely new set of enthusiasts. The Twin motorcycles are authentic in inspiration and modern at the core, and mark the beginning of a new chapter at Royal Enfield. We are delighted with how the Interceptor INT 650 and the Continental GT 650 are our first truly global line of products and will play a very strategic role in ushering the next set of Royal Enfield owners across the world. The Twins will play a strategic role not just for us but for the industry, to expand the mid-weight segment and invite new users into the category in Thailand.”

Despite their links to the past, the Continental GT 650 and Interceptor INT 650 are entirely new motorcycles from the ground up, developed jointly by Royal Enfield's development teams located both in India and at its state-of-the-art technical centre at Bruntingthorpe in UK. The motorcycles - the Continental GT 650, a sporty cafe racer, and the Interceptor INT 650, a stylish roadster - combine classic looks with carefully considered engineering that has resulted in a brace of machines with a common engine that will inspire confidence in new riders as much as they will satisfy the expectations of more experienced motorcyclists.

Air-cooled to simplify maintenance, to produce a gorgeous twin-cylinder exhaust note and to ensure lines that are faithful to a true heritage design, the Continental GT 650 and Interceptor INT 650 are built for real world riding. The motorcycles come with ample torque available just off idle, enabling them to make light work of city traffic, and with sufficient power to effortlessly cruise on the open road.

Un-fussy motorcycling is what Royal Enfield's new twins are all about. While offering a more than adequate 47 horsepower, the secret of their 'ride-ability' lies in the way their torque is delivered - seamlessly, and from low in the rev range - with 80% of the peak 52Nm torque delivered at 2500rpm - enabling smooth and steady progress without the need for constant gear-changing. Combine that with an extremely agile chassis developed at Royal Enfield's UK Technology Centre in conjunction with legendary sports bike frame builder Harris Performance, and the secret of the all-round competence of the new motorcycles begins to reveal itself.

The Continental GT 650 and the Interceptor INT 650 offer a great deal more than accomplished engineering - they tap-in to the growing popularity of classically-influenced, modern-day motorcycling that has been at the heart of Royal Enfield's ethos for decades. The new twins, like the famed, single-cylinder 'Bullet,' are motorcycles that are inspired by the past but built for today and designed to remain relevant tomorrow - as such, they reflect the marque's respect for longevity by being the definition of two-wheeled sustainability in a world where short-term trends, conspicuous consumption and disposable products are fast losing their appeal.

Increasingly, today's motorcyclists see their machines as extensions of themselves; motorcycles that they can make their own and ride throughout the adventure of life. The Continental GT 650 and Interceptor INT 650 are intended to be just such machines that, though similar at heart, offer very different riding experiences.

The Continental GT 650 will appeal especially to sporting riders with its optional single seat, sculpted fuel tank, rearset footrests and race-style clip-on handlebars. Yet, as much as it is perfect for enjoying high-speed blasts on twisting backroads, its ergonomics enable it to remain comfortable when used as a stylish city bike, for tackling the highway or simply as a means of making weekend escapes to the wild.

The Interceptor INT 650, meanwhile, harks back to the historic model after which it is named, with its distinctive teardrop tank with traditional knee recesses, comfortable, quilted dual seat and wide, braced handlebars redolent of the street scrambler style that emerged in '60s California. It’s comfortable and commanding riding position make the Interceptor INT 650 both fun and practical on all types of terrain, from curving coastal roads to the urban jungle, for heading out of town two-up or for cruising down to the beach.

Both the Interceptor INT 650 and the Continental GT 650 are beautifully executed and thoughtfully detailed motorcycles. Their engines, though of up-to-the-minute design, perfectly replicate the classic look, while touches such as forged handlebars, 'Monza' fuel caps and carefully finished ancillaries echo the quality to be found inside and out. With individuality being key to today's riders, both the Continental GT 650 and the Interceptor INT 650 can be had in Standard or Custom versions with a wide range of retro options ranging from special paint colours and pin stripes to retro-cool bar-end mirrors, optional fly screens and alternative finishes for items such as wheels, lights and suspension components.

Both motorcycles, come with a range of Royal Enfield Gear and apparel that are inspired by the 60’s and reflect the cuts and silhouettes from the cultural contexts and the era of these motorcycles. Comprising of Clymer and Spirit jackets, a curated range of t-shirts, helmets, boots, ankle-high sneakers, and covert Cordura jeans and Streetborn Gloves, the range of Gear, aesthetically fuses classic styling with contemporary functionality.

The Interceptor INT 650 and Continental GT 650, also come with a suite of Genuine Motorcycle Accessories, that in addition to providing comfort, styling and protection, also lend as a means to self-expression for the rider. The range comprises of new functional and protective accessories such as engine guards, lifting handle, pannier mounts and an auxiliary electrical port, and also includes styling accessories such as chrome and stainless steel silencer slip ons, acrylic fly screen, single and twin seat cowls, and soft canvas panniers.

The significance of these machines to the future of Royal Enfield is huge. Just as the original Interceptor made the marque a hit in America, so the Continental GT 650 and Interceptor INT 650 are set to ignite the mid-weight motorcycle segment in emerging markets such as India , South-East Asia and Latin America while providing a new and disruptive option to buyers in Europe, Australia and the United States.

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