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Chennai based motorcycle manufacturer Royal Enfield has temporarily stopped dispatch and deliveries of the Interceptor 650 and the Continental GT 650 motorcycles.
The company is expected to launch BS6 compliant models quickly. The new BS6 compliant 650 twins may not feature cosmetic upgrades, but expectations are that Royal Enfield will use the opportunity to administer changes based on owner feedback.
Ergo, design and styling will continue to remain vintage, and the new BS6 650 twins will feature finance -friendly hardware like the halogen headlight assembly, and the semi-digital instrument cluster.
Both the Royal Enfield Interceptor and Continental GT will also continue to feature conventional telescopic forks at the front, and dual-side suspension at the rear.
Braking duties are handled by a single 320mm disc at the front, and a single 240mm disc at the rear. Dual-channel ABS is offered as a standard.
The current generation Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 feature a BS4 compliant 648cc parallel-twin, air-oil cooled engine that produces 47bhp of power and 52Nm of torque.
The BS6 models will continue using the 648cc engine but will see a minor drop in power and performance figures. The engine will continue to arrive mated to a six-speed transmission, and will continue to feature a slipper clutch assist feature.
The Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and the Continental GT 650 are currently priced between Rs 2.5 lakh and Rs 2.93 lakh, and expectations are that the BS6 compliant models will carry a premium of between Rs 10,000 and Rs 12,000. Prices mentioned are ex-showroom, India.
In RE related news, the company has just launched their Classic 350 BS6 model at Rs 1.65 lakh. While the motorcycle is Rs 11,000 more expensive that the BS4 compliant model, it does feature alloy wheels, and two new colours - Stealth Black and Chrome Black.
The company said that the Classic 350 BS6 has been tuned and optimized to deliver the best performance, but has not revealed power figures just yet. Bookings however, are open for an amount for Rs 10,000.
Thoughts About Royal Enfield Temporarily Stopping Dispatch And Deliveries Of The 650 Twins
Well this comes as a surprise. One would expect any manufacturer to cater for enough BS4 stocks in order to transition to BS6 models seamlessly. We hope they start dispatching the twins soon. We're sure customers are waiting for their motorcycles.