New 650 Twin

madass140

VIP MEMBER
Joined
Nov 6, 2011
Messages
2,037
Country flag
fuel injection, 6 speed 46BHP, not a lot but comparable to older brit twins.
 

Fast Eddie

VIP MEMBER
Joined
Oct 4, 2013
Messages
11,735
Country flag
That’s not a lot it’s true, but I’d also hypothesise that it will be heavier than your average old Brit, so it ain’t gonna be no Thruxton R contender!

Still a nice bike though, and there’s obviously a place for it in the Enfield world as it’s at least 50% more powerful, than their current finest.

And it will certainly be attractively priced.
 
Joined
May 11, 2010
Messages
2,218
Country flag
We will wait patiently and see how the quality works out. It may be interesting and different but then
can it compete with the japs? They are a tough act to equal much less beat.
 

Fast Eddie

VIP MEMBER
Joined
Oct 4, 2013
Messages
11,735
Country flag
I think they’re aiming for a gap between the niches where they basically don’t compete head on with the Japanese. Just like the singles, they don’t really compete head on with them with those either.
 
Last edited:
Joined
Feb 7, 2010
Messages
3,876
Country flag
Spoke to a RE rep at Barber about this bike. he was pretty tight-lipped.

The machine looks a lot lighter than the original Interceptor. It'll likely be a lot more oil-tight, too.
 

Fast Eddie

VIP MEMBER
Joined
Oct 4, 2013
Messages
11,735
Country flag
I saw it up close today. It’s ‘OK’. Not my cup of tea though. It’s not in the same league as other higher end retros, but then, neither is the price.

But given their market dominance in India, I’m sure they’ll sell numbers that Triumph et al can only dream of!
 
Joined
Jun 30, 2012
Messages
9,513
Country flag
Gives me hope that there is still some sanity remaining in the world. 46 BHP is about what a 1963 Bonneville turned out - quite enough for anyone with a big right fist. And by the look of the frame and brakes, it might actually handle better. I'd much rather see a kid on that than a Fireblade. They might actually learn how to fix their bike. It looks like it might be rebuildable.
 
Joined
Jun 30, 2012
Messages
9,513
Country flag
5999 pounds is $12,000 AUD. Do you have import duty applied to foreign-made bikes ?
 
Joined
Dec 13, 2010
Messages
387
Country flag
if price and build quality is right this bike can be a succes, looks much better than that silly 650 contraption lately introduced by Norton anyway.
 
Joined
Oct 7, 2005
Messages
1,170
That price brings long-term inflation into perspective. When I left N-V in the spring of 1968, I could have bought a factory-fresh Commando for 1200 UK pounds. My total net worth at the time was about 25% of that, so I declined since I knew surviving our first two weeks in the US without my first Boeing pay-check would be difficult enough with such meagre resources.
 

lcrken

VIP MEMBER
Joined
Mar 15, 2009
Messages
3,964
Country flag
I rather like it. But £5999 translates to about US$8000, and for that I can get a lot more of everything except nostalgia in modern bikes. Of course, I could say the same about my Commandos, and I'd never trade them for modern bikes. I hope the bikes are a success for them. Maybe I can find one in the used market in a few years, if I'm not too feeble to ride by then. With some head work, better cam, etc., they should be good for at least an honest 60 hp, and that's enough for serous fun on the road.

Ken
 
Last edited:

RoadScholar

VIP MEMBER
Joined
Dec 28, 2008
Messages
1,463
Country flag
I could get excited about the RE 650, but I'll wait to see what bugs surface, then, if I'm still a player I'll look for a used example and let the person who purchased it new suck up the depreciation and break it in.

I do have a 2000 Kawasaki W-650; I found it in a barn about 60 miles west of here about 6 years ago, with 571 miles showing; it now has about 7200. It is a sweetheart, and very comparable to the RE 650 in just about every respect. I sure hope the RE is as pleasant to ride.
 
Top