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New 650 Twin

Discussion in 'Royal Enfield' started by madass140, Nov 7, 2017.

  1. Danno


    Feb 7, 2010
    It will also be interesting to see how it stacks up against Norton's new 650 twin. Something tells me these bikes are all "Born to be Mild" and compete only against each other. Why else, with all their combined history, aren't these 750s? Too much reputation to live up to? Triumph went the opposite direction with their engines and INCREASED displacement compared to their forebears. Instead of a 650 twin, you had an 855, Instead of a 750 triple, they made a 900.
  2. BritTwit


    Aug 25, 2009
    I saw the 650 up close last December at the IMS in NYC.
    Its classic styling is appealing, and I didn’t see anything on the bike that popped out as obviously cheap or crappy.
    I think RE is learning just what the MC market will accept, and now doing a good job of building and delivering it to the market.
    The 650’s mild power and performance is appealing to new riders, and hipsters - who dig the retro styling.

    The pending Norton 650 will be in a whole different class, performance and cost wise.
    The Norton will be a modern 4 valve, DOHC, liquid cooled machine.
    The base model is supposed to have 70HP, with a higher powered 100HP performance model.
    Garner also said a supercharged model is planned as well.

    One can only imagine the price Norton will ask for the new 650.
    You will probably be able to buy at least 2 Royal Enfield 650s for the price of one new Norton 650s.
  3. Bluedog 55

    Bluedog 55

    Aug 3, 2015
    I like the look of these bikes although I haven't seen one in the flesh, not sure about the rest of the world but over here 650 is the max size for a learner., so a whole new riding market there. and I recently did a ride in Tasmania on royal enfields but on a classic 500 the guy that ran the tour Matt from Nevermind had a fair bit to do with them and sells royal enfields and conducts tours said they were aiming at getting new riders into the market so I think a 650 makes sense

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