Siddhartha Lal assures that the quality of the upcoming RE 650 twins will be excellent.
Royal Enfield made headlines at the 2017 EICMA in Milan with its new 650cc twin motorcycles – the Continental GT 650 and the Interceptor 650. Both the motorcycles are powered by a new 648cc parallel-twin motor that dishes out 47 HP of power and 52 Nm of torque. Royal Enfield’s UK Technical Centre and a team of engineers from Chennai have co-developed the new engine. The rollout of the new twins is expected by April 2018 in European and Asian markets.
The company’s CEO, Siddhartha Lal, has assured that the quality levels of the new 650 twins will be excellent. From day one, the two motorcycles have the highest specifications that is required anywhere in the world and the same spec will be available in all markets. Royal Enfield has learnt its lessons from the Himalayan, which was otherwise a great product. From comparatively minor issues like rusting and electrical failures to severe ones like gearbox failures, owners of the Himalayan were in for a bad time. The BS4 variant of the Himalayan was launched a few months back and till now there haven’t been any negative reports. Hence, we can safely assume that quality issues related to the motorcycle have indeed been ironed out.
The Bullet-maker has seen major tweaks in its production and quality-checking processes. Motorcycles are thoroughly and extremely tested (now we know why the Continental GT 650 had been spotted a countless number of times on Asian roads) and the time taken to make ready a motorcycle is longer than before.
Meanwhile, the company is working on three new platforms for its motorcycles which will replace the existing ones. One of the three platforms could be used for the bigger Himalayan.
RE 650 Twins Quality
– Company CEO assures that 650 twins will be devoid of any quality issues
– The 650 twins are expected to be launched in Asia by mid-2018
– The Interceptor 650 will rival the Harley-Davidson Street 750