Royal Enfield is all set to launch the Himalayan 410, Interceptor INT 650 and Continental GT 650 in the US market as 2018 models.
One of the biggest global players in the middleweight motorcycle segment, Royal Enfield recently showcased three exciting new models from its lineup at Long Beach: The ADV style 410cc Himalayan, and the all-new 650cc parallel-twin powered Interceptor INT 650 and Continental GT 650.
“2018 will be a very exciting year for Royal Enfield in North America, as we introduce three entirely new motorcycles. These new motorcycles are fun, easy and affordable — and are perfect for new motorcyclists, veteran riders, and everyone in between,” said Rod Copes, President, Royal Enfield, North America. “Royal Enfield is committed to growing the middle-weight motorcycle segment, and these new motorcycles are exactly what motorcycle enthusiasts have been desiring for years.”
First up is the Himalayan: a rugged, simplistic 411cc adventure tourer. Built upon a duplex split cradle frame, the Himalayan gets high ground clearance of 220mm, relaxed ergonomics more suitable for off-road riding, and a 24 hp-32 Nm single-cylinder engine that is sufficient for most situations one can throw at the bike. It also boasts of a supple suspension that does its job exceedingly well amidst all conditions. The Himalayan is an affordable, approachable first step to adventure motorcycling, according to Royal Enfield. The 2018 Royal Enfield Himalayan will retail at $4,499 for two color choices: Snow and Graphite. Royal Enfield also offers a ton of accessories and apparel along with the bike as optional extras.
Next up are two motorcycles built around Royal Enfield’s all-new air-cooled 648cc parallel twin engine. The Interceptor INT 650 takes the form of a standard street bike, while the Continental GT 650 strips all to the bare essentials to become a cafe racer. The Interceptor looks like the classy motorcycles of the 1960s with its teardrop tank, quilted seat and spoked rims. It debuts a six-speed gearbox and a slip/assist clutch, both firsts for Royal Enfield.
The Continental GT gets the same 8-valve, SOHC, air-cooled 648cc parallel twin engine as the Interceptor, but gets clip-on handlebars, rearset footpegs, upswept exhaust and a more involving chassis to suit its cafe racer looks. Both the 650s get standard ABS. Royal Enfield is targetting a price tag not exceeding $7,000 for the US market. Both the 650s are slated to be released in the second half of 2018.