ROYAL ENFIELD UPCOMING BIKES IN 2018.
The retro bike making company, Royal Enfield is going to introduce new bikes for 2018. The company is all set to launch new bikes somewhere around the third quarter of this year, near festive season. Royal Enfield has already showed up two new big bikes for 2018 including the Interceptor 650 and Café Racer 650. Both the bikes will mark the entry of the company in the big segment that is currently ruled by Harley-Davidson and Triumph Motorcycles. Apart from that, the company will also introduce other bikes about which you can read in the article below.
1.ROYAL ENFIELD INTERCEPTER 650.
Royal Enfield will be launching two new bikes with their new 650cc powerplant. The bikes will feature a new chassis to accommodate the larger powerplant. One of the bikes will be a Street Classic while the other will be a Cafe Racer. The highlight of the bikes are the new 650cc air-cooled and fuel-injected twin-cylinder motors. The motor is an entirely new unit built from the ground up. The parallel twin motors feature a balancer shaft and a single piece forged crankshaft for better refinement and lesser vibrations. The engine head has a single overhead cam layout and features a four-valve per cylinder arrangement. The motor has a 270-degree firing order that gives it low-down torque characteristics of a V-twin and a throaty exhaust note as well. The motor makes 47.65PS at 7100rpm and 52Nm of torque at 4000rpm. The motor gets a six-speed transmission and a slipper clutch.
When launched in India, we expect the bikes to be priced between Rs 3-3.5 lakhs (ex-showroom).
2. ROYAL ENFIELD THUNBERBIRD 350X.
The X variants mark the official debut of alloy wheels on Royal Enfield’s motorcycles and the Thunderbirds will get matte-black 9-spoke units, which deviate from RE’s retro design language. Given its expected ‘younger’ target audience, it would be interesting to see if the bike maker has opted for a smaller (and uniform; the present Thunderbird runs a 19-inch front/18-inch rear) 18-inch front wheel to boost its handling and flickability.
The 350X gets a blacked-out headlight dome with an LED daytime-running lamp and is also equipped with a new, shorter handlebar (as opposed to the ape hangers on the regular Thunderbird). The digi-analogue twin-pod instrument cluster also gets the blacked-out treatment with a chrome garnish around the dials. A major change is the all-new seat, a single-piece unit – unlike the split seat on the regular Thunderbird – which looks modern and in-tune with the rest of the motorcycle’s appeal. Interestingly, the pillion seat on the X doesn’t get a backrest. The grab rail is also a noteworthy feature; it is neatly integrated next to the pillion seat and ends in the tail-lamp unit. Also finished in matte black are the exhaust and the telescopic fork, as well as the top and bottom ends of the dual shock absorbers.
we expect the X variants to be priced at a slight premium over the existing Thunderbirds – which are currently priced at Rs 1.48 lakh.
3. ROYAL ENFIELD THUNBERBIRD 500X.
The other bike spotted at the dealership along with the Thunderbird 350X is the Thunderbird 500X which like the former takes a step aside from the classic looks into a slightly sporty design. Like its smaller sibling, it is offered with the new paint scheme, blacked out engine, exhaust, different seat and handlebar. But on the mechanical part, it remains powered by the same 499cc single-cylinder engine.
When launched in India, we expect the bikes to be priced between Rs 2-2.2 lakhs (ex-showroom).
4. ROYAL ENFIELD CONTINENTAL GT 650
The Continental GT 650 Twin uses the same 648 cc parallel-twin motor as the Interceptor. The engine makes 47 bhp at 7,100 rpm and 52 Nm at 4,000 rpm and is mated to a 6-speed gearbox with a slip-assist clutch. The engine gets a 270 degree firing order, which the company found to have the smoothest setup and feel. The engine is air-cooled, of course. The bike gets ABS as standard, which is great news actually. The bike gets a dual-cradle, tubular steel frame which was made by Harris Performance. The bike gets 41 mm telescopic suspension up front which has 110 mm of travel. At the rear, there are twin coil-over shock absorbers with 88 mm of travel. The bike weighs 198 kg (dry). Up front is a 320 mm disc while the rear tyre gets a 240 mm disc.
We expect the prince range of Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 to be between 4-4.5 lakh.
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