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Old 19th March 2018, 11:19   #241
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The bike has very little character of its own. Has very timid road presence, poor exhaust note (as mentioned above), ordinary riding posture, mediocre performance figures. I dont see any reason it will sell apart from the RE logo. I would prefer a Classic with ABS over this anyday.
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I was unable to find a relation actually. They are talking about AUD 10,000 & AUD 10,390 for the Interceptor and the GT, however a Yamaha R3 retails for around AUD 7,500. But we have a CKD structure, which I don't think Australia has.

PS: I am not sure how this dealer in Australia is so sure about the pricing while the rest of the world is still speculating
Well, i calculated based on the price of Himalayan (AD 5990) and Classic (AD 6599 ) and their price in India (Rs 1,60,000/- and Rs. 1,80,000).
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Well, i calculated based on the price of Himalayan (AD 5990) and Classic (AD 6599 ) and their price in India (Rs 1,60,000/- and Rs. 1,80,000).
Whoa, that's a far more reliable way to arrive at the Interceptor's cost. Why I failed to check the price of Himalayan in Australia is beyond me

So yes, 2.75 lakhs ex-showroom is what we can expect, and that is a rather tempting figure for a 650cc twin!
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Don't know the source, as per TOI, the 650cc twins will be priced closed to 3.5 lacs.

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...w/63412299.cms

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The upcoming Royal Enfield bikes are not expected to cross the Rs 3.5 lakh price barrier, and even if it happens, they will still be way cheaper than their respective competitions.
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Don't know the source, as per TOI, the 650cc twins will be priced closed to 3.5 lacs.
Had read this quoted article few hours ago. The source for this information appears the same video from Australia where dealer mentions price as AUD 10k. This was mentioned in the article and even calculations done here were mentioned. However, the article now seems to be edited and reference to that part has been deleted. My guess is that Times of India read about this on Team-bhp and created a news article out of it.
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My guess is that Times of India read about this on Team-bhp and created a news article out of it.
Once that video was posted on T-BHP, there have been numerous articles about the bikes. Most articles claim that the bike exports to Australia has begun and the pricing has been confirmed and what not!

True fact - this Interceptor in Baker's Express colour and that black & grey Continental GT were on display in Australia towards the end of last year itself. And there even was an open invite from this dealer in Australia to visit and check-out these bikes, and one could also sit on and experience the bikes - as per the invite. And this invitation was open till about end of February (IIRC Feb 23rd)

So this video might have been shot much earlier, towards the end of February itself, but because we had tha shared on our page here, it has become breaking news with too many flase claims and data. Now these online news makers welcomed this with open arms, as they fight with one another with click-bait titles and repetitive article fillers (same old 649 cc with 47 PS spec sheet info, same old unveiled in Milan, inspired by history blah-blah-blah!) to get more views and subscription. Poor state of journalism!
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A better, more in depth look at the twins by the Aussie YouTuber - Dangar Motorcycling:



PS. His channel has some really DIY videos for the Himalayan owners.
This video link has been updated by the YouTuber to:

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Default Royal Enfield 650 Twins Price Announced In Australia, Exports Commence

Saw this in the in-box just now :

Royal Enfield 650 Twins Price Announced In Australia, Exports Commence

"The Royal Enfield bikes India has been waiting for are still some months away from launch but the company has already started exporting them to Australia. The Continental GT 650 and the Interceptor 650, however, are being exported only for display purpose and the prices announced are tentative. The Interceptor 650 is priced at 10,000 Australian dollars (approximately Rs. 5 lakhs) while the Continental GT 650 costs 10,400 Australian dollars (approximately Rs. 5.2 lakhs).

Both the motorcycles are being exported from the automaker’s Chennai plant and are expected to be launched in India sometime after April 2018. Royal Enfield has remained tight-lipped about the bike’s launch timeline till now. Both the bikes are expected to be priced under the Rs. 3.5 to 4 lakhs mark thereby significantly under-cutting the rival Harley-Davidson Street 750.

While the Interceptor 650 dons the form of a classic street bike, the Continental GT 650 is a traditional cafe racer. Both the motorcycles come powered by a 648cc parallel-twin, air and oil-cooled, fuel-injected engine that produces 47 BHP of power and 52 Nm of torque. The motor comes mated to a 6-speed gearbox.


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I find the flat seat on the Interceptor to be very boring to look at and I also feel it waters the overall look down a notch. So just a wild imagination - Interceptor with contoured and much more comfortable seats and also with bold looking gold-coloured USD forks st the front -

The Royal Enfield Interceptor & Continental 650. EDIT: Launched @ Rs 2.50 - 2.65 lakhs-interceptorchromespectre1e.jpg

A much more simple mod with alloys being added to the Interceptor. Alloys looted from the Street twin

The Royal Enfield Interceptor & Continental 650. EDIT: Launched @ Rs 2.50 - 2.65 lakhs-interceptorravishingred3.jpg
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I find the flat seat on the Interceptor to be very boring to look at and I also feel it waters the overall look down a notch. So just a wild imagination - Interceptor with contoured and much more comfortable seats and also with bold looking gold-coloured USD forks st the front -



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A much more simple mod with alloys being added to the Interceptor. Alloys looted from the Street twin



Attachment 1745265

Spot on! Agreed the flat seat did look quite staid. You've added just the right touches to the seating. Love the rest of the changes too. Great work!
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@aravind.anand
You just designed InterceptorX for Royal Enfiled

I am really hoping they come up with an alloy wheel variant as well.
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Default Interceptor UK pricing

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Financial Times on the new interceptor and gt

GBP 5995

https://howtospendit.ft.com/vehicles...tro-motorbikes
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The bike has very little character of its own. Has very timid road presence, poor exhaust note (as mentioned above), ordinary riding posture, mediocre performance figures. I dont see any reason it will sell apart from the RE logo. I would prefer a Classic with ABS over this anyday.
I am surprised by your comments, have you already had a chance to ride the bike?
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I am surprised by your comments, have you already had a chance to ride the bike?
I had the same question too. I suppose his judgement is based on photos and images on the internet, the recent spy images of the bike and past experience with the RE brand along with prejudice.

If you visit mouthshut website, you will find hundreds of reviews for this bike that has not been launched yet!
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^^ I don't think he has mentioned anything that needs a test ride. Let's see:

- Timid road presence (pictures, YouTube)
- exhaust note (YouTube)
- riding posture
- Performance figures (not actual performance)

Am I missing something? And believe me, RE fanboys are much worse than RE critics. At least the latter speak with some experience and numbers. How does one have a meaningful discussion when all arguments are centred around the bike's soul?!
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