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    Royal Enfield announces first multi cylinder motorcycle in 50 years.

    On Monday 6th of November Royal Enfield announced the 2018 release of their two new 650cc twin cylinder motorcycles. The RE "Interceptor" 650 (Street Bike) and the RE Continental GT 650 (Cafe Racer) are powered by an all new 648cc air/oil cooled SOHC 8-valve motor which was designed in the UK. The new bikes will go on sale in April 2018, no UK prices have been announced at this early stage.


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    Here is a video showing the new Royal Enfield Continental GT 650.



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    Imho, the I interceptor looks the nicer bike. It's a good time for Enfield to bring these bikes with he current fashion for retro bikes
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    Italy's oldest motorcycle marque is taking on Royal Enfield's evergreen "Bullet" model head on in India for 2018 with their all new retro model, the Benelli "Imperiale 400". Benelli have been in the motorcycle business since 1911. The Moto Benelli workshop was founded by the widowed Teresa Benelli, she invested her family's capital into the venture to ensure her six sons would have stable jobs and a regular income.

    Here is a video of the brand new 2018 Benelli Imperiale 400 retro.

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    There are distinct similarities. My neighbour likes his Enfields, can't see the Benelli swaying him much. Maybe the Benelli will sell on the continent, but maybe not so much here
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    Quote Originally Posted by Whistler View Post
    There are distinct similarities. My neighbour likes his Enfields, can't see the Benelli swaying him much. Maybe the Benelli will sell on the continent, but maybe not so much here
    Ok Whistler,

    With due respect mate, I did say in the text that the Benelli Imperiale is aimed at the Indian market to woo buyers in India away from the home produced Royal Enfield Bullets, it slots in nicely between the Bullet 350 and the Bullet 500. I don't think your neighbour will bet the chance to buy the Imperiale, but I might be proved wrong, only time will tell.

    The Benelli will more than likely be built at Benelli's parent company, Qiangjiang's facilities in China, so it might never see release in the UK or mainland Europe. All the smaller capacity Benelli's up to the BN600 have been built at Qiangjiang's manufacturing facilities in China. The 900cc and 1130cc bikes were made in Pesaro, Italy. Benelli has recently announced a 750cc twin cylinder bike, where that will be built is anyone's guess.

    The new Benelli TNT 750.


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    The Indian motorcycle market is the biggest in the world with 18 million units being sold in 2016, there is plenty of room for the Benelli in India, wouldn't you agree?
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    I did read that in your text. My point was I didn't think it would sell well here if it did get released in the UK. My neighbours bit of a purist, when it comes to bikes. Couldn't see the benelli sitting with his 1935 Matcheless, Norton, triumph, HD or Enfields. With India being such a big market, any bike manufacturer would want to get a piece of that pie.
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