RE 750 Twin launch early next year; Unveiling Expected at EICMA…

Continental GT is fizzling out in sales in India. But the bigger issue is the Himalayan, which apart from not doing expected business, is plagued with truckloads of very serious issues. To iron them out, Royal Enfield stopped production of the motorcycle (after selling it for about a year) and has relaunched it with fuel injection. This has created grave concerns over Royal Enfield’s next motorcycle – which is rumoured to be called as Interceptor 750. Many people believe that if the Chennai-based brand can not master a simple single cylinder engine (on the Himalayan), will a twin pot will be a Pandora’s box of problems?

This will only be known once the twin, RE’s first after four decades, will be put to use by bikers after its launch. But what has been unleashed is the fact that Continental GT 750 or whatever motorcycle the twin cylinder spawns, will be fast, by RE’s standards. After the motorcycle was caught on video in a chase with Duke 390 (discussed later), we have a new spy video of a Dominar 400 trying to keep pace with RE’s upcoming twin.

Few points to note…

  • In this high speed chase, the Dominar 400 touched a speedo-indicated top speed of 162 kph. Gauging by this, it appears that Interceptor was doing 170-175 ish.
  • Interceptor was cruising at high speeds and the pull was impressive.
  • The motorcycle (in cafe racer form) is uncomfortable. The rider was seen rising up to give rest to his butts apart from saving them from road-undulations.
  • Exhaust note, according to the Youtuber, is fantastic.

However, on the contrary, when you factor in that this RE is running a twin cylinder engine in the vicinity of 700-750 cc (yes, it has NOT been confirmed still), double the capacity of Dominar 400, you may still say that much better performance is expected out of it.

Apart from this, appended on this page is a spy video of the CGT 750 in a high speed chase by a KTM Duke and pictures of the twin doing testing rounds somewhere in South India. Pics credit – Team-BHP and BikesIndia. ABS Pics credit Biker Buoy.

The rings on the front tyre confirm the presence of ABS and it is expected to be a proper dual-channel ABS system. The sensor wire can be clearly seen in the pic above and this particular mule was spotted somewhere in Tamil Nadu.

RE CGT 750 Twin Video

The Duke, in the following shaky video, crosses 155 kph couple of times but CGT Twin continues to run ahead of it.

Mr Siddharth Lal, head of RE, has said multiple times that the motorcycle will be highway-friendly and worthy as it will pack in more power. He believes that it will also give the company some traction in markets which are faster than India and consider REs too slow for their roads.

Continental GT 750 Twin – Changes

The Continental GT version has the following differences with respect to the smaller CGT 535…

  • The levers (brake & clutch) are set higher up and not in their natural position of cafe racers. This is very awkward and we have seen this uniform on all test mules so far.
  • Gas canister is on top of the rear shock absorbers – It is inverted in case of Continental GT 535.
  • Chain and sprocket are on the opposite (left) side on the CGT Twin 750 whereas they are at the right on the CGT 535.

  • Against the chrome silencer of the CGT 535, the CGT 750 is running on awkward looking matte-black twin exhausts jutting out from either side of the tyres.
  • CGT 750’s clip-on handlebars appear to be a lot heavier and chunkier than CGT 535.
  • The instrument cluster, although twin-pod, has some differences.

For some reason, the Continental GT 750 mule appears to be running on similar sized (130 section 17 incher) rear tyre. We expect(ed) them to be broader to handle more power.

Notice that there is no symmetry between the two exhaust canisters. They are jutting out irregularly and appear to be roadside jugaad mods! We hope it is not a similar case on the production model.

RE Twin Engine

Continental GT 750 will get a parallel twin near 750 cc engine but it will be air-cooled (with oil-cooling), against the liquid-cooled motor of the Harley Davidson Street 750. Power is expected to be around 45 bhp and we estimate the torque output to be between 60-65 Nm. These are definitely Street 750 rivalling figures but expect Royal Enfield to price it much lesser than the entry-level American!

The regular CGT 535 for reference…

RE 750 Twin Launch

In an interaction with NDTV, Royal Enfield’s chief Siddharth Lal has hinted that the motorcycle will be unveiled by the end of this year. There is a strong chance of the company leveraging the EICMA hype by unveiling the motorcycle at Milan Auto Show which is scheduled from 7th November till 12th November.

And its launch is expected sometime in the first half of 2018. We have already seen a different Retro Classic version on tests (spy pic here) and we believe it is the more correct way of utilising this new motor (rather than a cafe racer!).

RE 750 Twin launch pic

Also Read: Bigger, More Powerful Himalayan Confirmed; Could be a Twin Cylinder

This is a massive step by Royal Enfield and they will be venturing into multi cylinder engines after at least four decades. But we just hope that they thoroughly test it up before letting the product out for motorists, unlike Himalayan, customers of which feel surprised if their motorcycle does NOT report issues after completing few thousand kms!

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  • retipser jay

    until they structurally make this bike ride worthy,twin or single,doesn’t matter

  • john dkhar

    I think twin will be wonderful. Especially on the exhaust note. Hopefully it will produce a nice note.

    • retipser jay

      you know how mules produce notes?…i am sure this will be a mule for sure in all aspects

  • John

    That Harris frame should be plenty strong for the engine. But I think we are going to see an updated Series 3 Interceptor (see Google images of the bike Hitchcocks made from parts) rather than a Continental GT 750. I’m excited and I hope they release it soon.

  • jam kuder

    a 750 mill can only achieved 160+kph is that a joke? R3 could reach 180+kph only 320 mill engine and Dominar 400 167+kph no offense to RE but can you do better than that it’s 750 dude.i will rather choose 400NK OR 600NK from CF MOTO China.

    • jonty raj

      thats what i was thinking a 750 can easily do 160+ don’t know what the deal is

      • Hari

        learn about engine architectures….. at least what is bore, stroke and how the combination works and different power and torque outputs… there u have the answer.

    • Balaji Sundar

      You sir , know a lot about engines don’t you ? 😛

    • Hari

      Did u ever think why a 1700cc harley davidson fatboy has lower performance than a Ninja 650? and much much lower than a inline four 500CC?

      • jam kuder

        is that true mate? educate me on this please.

      • Hari

        If I start a lecture, there is a lot to explain. but will tell u some simple points.
        Engine of the cruiser bikes are long stroke(means the distance the piston moves up and down is higher then the diameter of the cylinder diameter). Those kind of engines mostly will have low rev limit.( u can check the rpm where max power and torque generated for HD,RE,bonneville or any long stroke bikes). Those engines are mostly targetted to achieve much higher torque than its power.( if u check u will understand, RE,HD, Indian or any cruiser’s torque and power figures). Those engines wont have high perfo at higher rpms. they are meant for low and mid range.
        same time, sporty bikes will rev highe over 10k rpm and they achieve peak power at those higher revs. those engines will have higher power than its torque(check the spec of any sporty bikes we have). these engines will have higher bore than strok which makes easy to rev much higher and rev faster to reach them.
        Due to these characters we say, long strokes are fun to ride as torque is ready on ur right hand at low rpms, but sporty bikes are fun only you open throttle and rev higher as they unleash its power at high revs.
        triumph street twin generates 55 bhp from its 900cc when Kawasaki Z800 generates 118bhp from its 800cc. but z800 get it at 10200rpm when street twin achieves it at 5400rpm. Both has similar 80nm torque, but z800 gets it at 800 rpm when other gets it at just 3200 rpm. since Z800 has high revving short stroke inline4 engine, any day it will be faster than other. Hope you understand. there are lot and lots to explain about these performance difference but i dont have patience to text a book here 🙂
        So afterall……no point looking just displacement when u compare perfo. its how the way power and torque is generated(engine nature) matters and they are built for a purpose

      • anaswar

        a lot of kids need education on engines like this! good job mate

      • Rathish Smith

        well explained

      • Jagan

        excellent explanation. Very well done friend

    • retipser jay

      . @5252 shit hits the fan..and RE has pathetic engineering to begin with. don’t bother about radians much…Learn about it in isolation ,don’t use RE as an example.please.

  • retipser jay

    Great “achievement” post-independence. well duh

  • A 700cc twin should do 150hkmph.what is ‘whooping’ there?

    • Ravi Krishan

      Its RE, Their 350 clocks 80 (without vibrations) so a 750 at 150 is whooping for them 😀

  • Ravi Krishan

    RE had twin cylinder tech from the beginning. I don’t think they are going to upgrade it to compete with present tech. Its just an old engine with new frame, same story as RE Bullet.
    No wonder it can only clock 150.

    It’s sad that despite have many giant automobile companies which spend millions in R&D can’t develop a genuine twin cylinder engine on their own.

  • Rathish Smith

    make it reliable for long run thats not the case with RE since its inception

  • Balaji Sundar

    For the dumb wits , CC has very less to do with top speed. Know the nature of long stroke thumpers first. Makes me laugh , when someone says R3 does this , Duke does that , but not RE .
    Long strokes and short strokes are different breeds .

  • Sarath Babu

    High Speed Tractor with out any latest technology. Harley Davidson can’t be compared with this ugly tractor. HD has technological Advantage over this over priced tractor. here is the thought do not compare Mighty HD to puny Tractor RE

    • Rathish Smith

      very funny comment hi hi

    • retipser jay

      Harley is the American RE. Not only that,they have the gall to come up with 2018 lineup dishing out free bikes to celebrities,of which one of them spray painted once delivered as he apparently didn’t like the chrome..Utter nonsense. The blue collar must be pissed and the hard earned money that few put in to buy these bikes in the USA and their guts must be wrenched. It’s another bullshit bike

  • Zeru

    If bullet is haathi trumpeting, I’m guessing this will be a dinosaur snoring. Good luck lugging it around…

    • trevor philips

      you don’t need crackers when you have re

  • Rathish Smith

    no, it would be hard….if there is enough stretch of empty road, it would have disappeared, see the pace at which it is accelerating and only becos of the traffic it is slowing down may be close to 180 would be top speed…..

  • DurgaPrasad P

    More than 500, this 750CC would be a suitable engine for the RE kind of classic bikes. Hopefully we will have a cheaper option of owning a higher CC motorcycle. Since the bike is built on same platform of GT 535, which comes at 2.2L it is safer to expect the price of this 750 twin to be in between 3L to 3.5L. From the video, the rider looks like having fatigue on his left hand – hopefully that should not be from the vibrations of the handlebar. Yes, more than the Cafe racer look this should come with classic look like imitating Triumph Street Twin would be great.