Royal Enfields new twin Twins

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  1. Eatmore Mudd

    Eatmore Mudd Mischief on wheels.

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    It's a 270 degree SOHC 650 paralell twin with gear driven primary.


    What the dude had to say tells a lot more than just the words.


    What they unveil at the Milan show might be interesting.
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  2. ddavidv

    ddavidv So money, but doesn't know it.

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    For RE to really make it in the US they need a twin.
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  3. Eatmore Mudd

    Eatmore Mudd Mischief on wheels.

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    Yup. All day cruise at freeway speeds is what they need to grow here.
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  4. Eatmore Mudd

    Eatmore Mudd Mischief on wheels.

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    Revealed at the 2017 EICMA show in Milan, Italy

    Interceptor and Continental GT

    From an article by Car and Bike

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    Scooterdoodler Long timer

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    Anyone know if it has a five or six speed?

    I want to hear....'six speed', please.
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  6. Moto Mark

    Moto Mark Been here awhile

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    It’s a 6-speed box according to all the info I’ve gathered.

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  7. Scooterdoodler

    Scooterdoodler Long timer

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    Thanks!

    I'm going to be looking pretty closely at that Interceptor before I buy a (another) bike in the spring.

    We have a new RE dealer about 35 miles from here, so that's a big plus, but I have little faith in the brand even though my '17 500 gave me no trouble while I owned it. I feel it had some 'fit and finish' issues that I do NOT want to see on the 650.
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  8. Mark Weeks

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    I've got a friend that is part of a big RE club in India doing tours through the mountains. Looks like great fun, but even he admits that they are temperamental. If they can get that straightened out I really like the Continental GT
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  9. North by Northeast

    North by Northeast Been here awhile

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    Regardless of how good this engine and associated models turn out, I wouldn't hold my breath when it comes to fit and finish levels.

    The standard on current REs is so far behind the industry standard for western consumers that id be incredibly surprised if they closed the gap this time around
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  10. Eatmore Mudd

    Eatmore Mudd Mischief on wheels.

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    Current RE fit and finish might be behind BMW but they are light years ahead of 1990's Japanese bikes.

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    North by Northeast Been here awhile

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    Well it's good to hear that their current models hold their own against 20-30 year old Japanese bikes, a ringing endorsement if I ever heard one.

    They're miles behind every mainstream brand btw, not just BMW.
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  12. Eatmore Mudd

    Eatmore Mudd Mischief on wheels.

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    I'll park Mrs. Mudds RE next to some newer Asian stuff for a better side by side comparison.

    I figure the 2018 and later RE should be even higher quality because they have two newly built modern production plants stuffed full of state of the art European robots and CNC machine centers.



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  13. Eatmore Mudd

    Eatmore Mudd Mischief on wheels.

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    Me too. I have absolutely no reason to justify it but I want an Interceptor.


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    Oh shit , I just watched the factory video and heard the exhaust note :jump



    Oh shit Oh shit... first glance dimensions and specs it looks similar to my T120 Bonneville. The Bonnie weighed probably 30 pounds less but It didn't have EFI or electric start ( or disc brakes ) .
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  14. huub

    huub Been here awhile

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    the indians are fast closing the gap with the rest of the world , they have invested in new factories, using best practices from the industry.
    Ford, BMW and hyundai now have factories in the chennai area.
    i once had a made in madras hyundai rental car for a couple of weeks, couldnt find anything wrong with it

    it might take a few years to close the gap completely,
    but i remember when everbody laughed at products made in japan :-)
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    That sure is a nice looking engine in these things. Power and weight similar to a Moto Guzzi V7?

    Sarah
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    Five hp less than the 2017 V7 III, but about the same as the V7 II. I didn't catch what the weight is. My V7 is 470 'wet'.
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  17. Gham

    Gham What's for lunch?

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    I'm hearing 47hp,which is probably 4 or 5 down on my 1979 XS 650
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    Scooterdoodler Long timer

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    The 'fit and finish' on my recent C5 Chrome Classic 500 could be described as 'third World', not exactly high praise. From ten feet away, it looked wonderful. Functionally, it was quite good, though I didn't own it very long.

    It will be interesting to know what the vibration level of the 650 will be at highway speeds of 60-75 mph.
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  19. Scooterdoodler

    Scooterdoodler Long timer

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    The V7 III is rated at 52hp. If I remember the XS 650 was 52-53 HP. Hopefully, the RE vibrates less than the XS did on the higher end.

    I once owned a '72 red/white Yamaha 650 XS2D.
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  20. rider33

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    these are nice looking bikes and a 650 is way more than enough for puttering around. Hell, I'm old enough to remember when a 650 was a big bike and in many parts of the world it still is. I seriously doubt they would have invested the kind of coin needed to bring these to market without upping the QC levels significantly, they want to compete globally and that is pretty much a given to do so. I also don't buy that quality is unique to any one country,
    any bike you've bought in the last 20 years has likely got components sourced from around the world. I look forward to both seeing and riding these when they make it state-side. The more classic options the better.
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