Royal Enfield putting huge focus on quality so that 650 Twins don’t meet Himalayan fate

Royal Enfield 650 twins, the Interceptor 650 and Continental 650 made global debut at 2017 EICMA. They are now ready for launch.

Royal Enfield took wraps off their new 650 cc motorcycles in November last year at the 2017 Milan Motorcycle Show (EICMA). To be launched across the world, these new motorcycles will usher in a new era for the Indian motorcycle company.

In the light of their last new motorcycle launch, their CEO was asked recently if they have learnt from the Project Himalayan. To this, Mr Lal replied that they have learned a lot from Himalayan and that the 650 twins will offer the highest standards in quality right from Day 1.

RE 650 parked with the KTM, Ducati and Triumph.

Additionally, their Product Development Head for new motorcycles, Simon Warburton has stated that they have done enormous hard work to make sure that the new 650 twins do not suffer the same fate as the Himalayan did. He also admitted that due to several quality issues the Himalayan was withdrawn from the Indian market for some months.

The 650 twins from RE have been benchmarked against top global motorcycles known for quality. These include Ducati Scrambler and Triumph Bonneville. But, in spite of this, if problems occur, they will not hold back in solving issues. As was seen in the case with Himalayan, Royal Enfield stopped sales and only started once the issues were fixed. Same will be done in the case of the new RE 650, if RE is not happy.

Mr Lal says, “If we produce 10,000 motorcycles but for some reason if I’m not satisfied, I will make sure I will not deliver motorcycles till we sort out the problems. That’s the rigour that we’re going through this time.”

Engine Specifications
Type 4 stroke, 270 degree crank, single overhead cam, air-oil cooled, 648ccparallel twin
Power 47bhp @ 7100rpm
Torque 52Nm @ 4000rpm
Bore x Stroke 78mm x 67.8mm
Compression Ratio 9.5:1
Gearbox 6 speed
Fuel Management Fuel injection
Ignition Digital spark ignition – TCI

Expected to be priced in the Rs 3.5 lakh range, the Continental 650 and Interceptor 650 are going to be the most powerful Royal Enfield motorcycles ever. Spy videos have revealed that they will have top speed of over 170 kmph. More details will be revealed once they are launched. For now, have a look at the images below.

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