2022 Royal Enfield Interceptor INT 650 120th Anniversary: ENTHUSIAST HISTORY.
Introducing the 2022 Royal Enfield Interceptor INT 650 120th Anniversary…
It was in November 1901 that Royal Enfield launched its first motorcycle at the Stanley Cycle Show in London, kickstarting the journey of an iconic brand which has since inspired millions in their pursuit of pure motorcycling over the last 120 years. From these humble beginnings in 1901, Royal Enfield, the oldest motorcycle brand in continuous production, is marking this milestone year with the 120th Year Anniversary Edition of its popular 650 Twin motorcycles—the INT 650 and Continental GT 650—revealed at EICMA 2021.
In a proud celebration of its 120-year legacy, Royal Enfield reached back into the brand’s rich heritage of building authentic handcrafted motorcycles. Along with unique black and chrome color schemes and a selection of Genuine Motorcycle Accessories, these limited-edition anniversary models feature artisan-crafted die-cast brass tank badges and classic Royal Enfield hand-painted pinstripes. A limited run of only 480 units worldwide—120 in each of its four regions for a total of 60 Continental GT 650 and 60 INT 650 units bound for North America—present a unique opportunity for enthusiasts to own a piece of motorcycling history.
The 120th Year Anniversary Edition INT 650 and Continental GT 650 have been designed and handcrafted by the company’s teams across the UK and India. The exquisite brass badges are crafted in collaboration with the Sirpi Senthil family, multi-generational artisans from the temple town of Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu, India. Particularly specialized in making the elegant brass effigies for the most revered temples in India for centuries, this is the first time that these artisans have collaborated with any automotive brand.
The unique, rich black-chrome tank color scheme has been developed in-house, with Royal Enfield’s industry-leading chroming technology at the company’s original 1950’s manufacturing factory in Thiruvottiyur, Chennai, India. The motorcycles are chromed with an alternate, sustainable trivalent eco-friendly process. To complement the black chrome tanks, both the Continental GT 650 and Interceptor 650 will feature, for the first time, completely blacked out components, with the engine, silencer and other elements in an array of black color schemes. The motorcycles will also come equipped with a range of Genuine Motorcycle Accessories such as fly screens, engine guards, heel guards, touring and bar-end mirrors among others in a defining black to accent the overall design.
The 120th Year Anniversary Edition INT 650 and Continental GT 650s will also boast the legendary Royal Enfield hand-painted pinstripes. To make each motorcycle even more exclusive, the tank top badge will feature the unique serial number of each motorcycle indicating that it is 1 of 60 unique motorcycles in any of the four regions mentioned around the world. Additionally, the motorcycles will also adorn a side panel decal that is a special ode to Royal Enfield’s 120 years.
“Few brands can celebrate the kind of legacy and history that Royal Enfield has enjoyed over the last century and a lot of this legacy is from the immense love the brand has received from riders through the ages,” said Siddhartha Lal, Managing Director of Eicher Motors Ltd. “There was simply no better way of celebrating this milestone than sharing a piece of it with our consumers around the world. We are delighted to bring the 120th Anniversary Edition 650 Twin motorcycles to enthusiasts around the world, and share the brand’s legacy with them. Both the INT and the Continental GT are hugely successful around the world today, as they were in the 1960’s, and truly represent our heritage of making simple and enjoyable motorcycles.”
Inspired by the legendary Royal Enfield Interceptor 750 and Continental GT 250 of the 1960’s, these motorcycles have been instrumental in the brand’s global expansion and success in recent years. The significance and relevance of the INT and the Continental GT 650, both in Royal Enfield’s glorious past, and modern history, make them the obvious choice for the 120th Anniversary Edition.
In North America, the Royal Enfield 120th Year Anniversary Edition Twins will be made available via a limited time online sale in early 2022.
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Royal Enfield North America announces the launch of new colors for its 2022 650 Twin motorcycles—the INT 650 twin and the Continental GT 650 Twin. Both models also received a host of aesthetic upgrades, including blacked-out rims and fenders, and black fork gaiters, adding a stylish flare to Royal Enfield’s modern classics.
The 2022 Royal Enfield Interceptor INT 650 120th Anniversary is now available in two new Standard (single-tone) colors—Canyon Red and Ventura Blue—and two new Custom (dual-tone) colors—Downtown Drag, Sunset Strip—along with a new updated version of the chrome variant, the Mark 2. The Mark 2 Chrome INT 650 is an ode to the original Interceptor 750, a throwback to the golden age of 1960’s California motorcycle culture. The INT 650 Twin retains the single-tone Orange Crush color and the timeless Baker Express dual-tone option that has been extremely popular.
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2022 Royal Enfield Interceptor INT 650 120th Anniversary Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits
120 years of Pure Motorcycling
1901. The year of the first Royal Enfield motorcycle and we’ve honoured it ever since.
This November, 120 years to the same month when Royal Enfield introduced its first ever motorcycle, we raise a toast to those times past – 120 years of engineering and design achievements, of extraordinary people and unforgettable rides. That’s 120 years of endurance and adaptability, of great challenges and even greater fun. Above all, 120 years of outstanding motorcycles and their enthusiastic riders.
Marking this important milestone in our journey, we are proud to present the 120th Year Anniversary Edition Continental GT and Interceptor 650. An opportunity for motorcycling enthusiasts across the globe to partake in owning a commemorative edition motorcycle and become a part of the the rich legacy of the brand that you built with us.
A limited edition run of only 480 motorcycles, distributed as 120 units each for India, Europe, Americas and South-East Asia. The 120 units for each region split as 60 Continental GT 650 and 60 Interceptor INT 650.
Crafted by History
These limited edition anniversary motorcycles are a tribute to the build traditions of Royal Enfield. Traditions that have been passed down generations. In the 120th year we celebrate the coming together of centuries old craft and contemporary manufacturing prowess. The two motorcycles, Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 make a special appearance in a unique Black Chrome finish with a handcrafted brass badge, hand painted pinstripes, anniversary emblem, exclusive seats and carry a unique serial number on their tanks.
The exquisite die-cast brass badge on the motorcycle’s tank is handcrafted in a collaboration with the ‘Sirpi’ (sculptor) Senthil family from the temple town of Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu, India. A family of artisans who for centuries and over multiple generations have dedicated their lives to create exemplary brass effigies exclusively for the most revered temples of India. The pinstripes hand-painted over the tank pay homage to the legendary Madras stripes, a hallmark of Royal Enfield’s build traditions.
These unique black-chrome tanks have been developed at the Thiruvottiyur plant in Chennai- the original Royal Enfield Factory from the 1950’s that kickstarted the brand’s Indian journey. These motorcycles are made of a chrome which is an alternative sustainable trivalent (graphite) chrome – an environmentally friendly process. The black-chrome tanks sit atop an all black body, kitted with a selection of all black genuine motorcycle accessories to compliment the livery.
A Special Saddle
Exclusive plush seats in a rich brown shade with color-matched grips on the handlebar beautifully compliment the striking bold all-black colour scheme.
Made of Metal, Crafted by History
Royal Enfield is proud to reveal blacked-out rims and fenders on additional color variants of the INT 650 Twin, adding to its classic appeal. This update was introduced following the overwhelmingly positive response on the blacked-out rims that were previously only available on the dual-tone models. In addition to the rims and fenders, both model lines will come equipped with black fork gaiters.
2022 Royal Enfield Interceptor INT 650 120th Anniversary – Totalmotorcycle.com Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $ USD
Canada MSRP Price: $ See Dealer CDN
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £ GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)
Type: Parallel twin, 4-stroke,
single overhead cam, air/oil-cooled, Displacement: 648cc
Ignition system: Fuel injection, digital spark ignition – TCI
Gearbox: 6-speed constant mesh
Maximum power: 47 bhp @ 7150 RPM
Maximum Torque: 52 Nm @ 5250 RPM
Type: Tubular steel frame with bolted trussing
Front suspension: 41 mm front fork, 110 mm travel
Rear suspension: Twin coil-over shocks, 88 mm travel
Electrical system: 12 volt – DC
Battery: 12 volt, 8 Ah
Head lamp: 12V, H4-60/55W (Halogen)
Tail lamp: 12V, P21/5W
Turn signal lamp 12V, 10W X 4nos
Front brake: 320 mm disc (ABS)
Rear brake: 240 mm disc (ABS)
Front tyre: 100/90-18
Rear tyre: 130/70-18
Wheelbase: 1400 mm
Ground Clearance: 174 mm
Length: 2122 mm
Width: 1165 mm
Height: 789 mm
Seat height: 804 mm
Fuel capacity: 13.7 litres
Kerb weight: 202 kg (without fuel)
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