Royal Enfield commemorate 120th anniversary with special editions

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Royal Enfield have unveiled a pair of special edition 650s to commemorate their 120th anniversary. The limited run of Interceptor 650 and Continental GT650s will go on sale in a first come, first served flash sale on Monday, March 7 2022, at 5:30pm GMT.

Just 120 (60 of each) are being made available within Europe and, of those, only 11 of each model will be available for buyers in the UK.

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Just what is so special about these new bikes you ask? Well for a start, we hope you like black. The tanks on the special editions are finished in ‘Black Chrome’, a development of a process Enfield pioneered at their Chennai factory in the 1950s.

Enfield haven’t stopped there with the special editions also sporting blacked out engines and silencers – a first for the brand. The twins are also accessorised to the max including screens, engine guards, heel guards and bar end mirrors – all in black naturally.

A rear view of the special Royal Enfield Interceptor 650

The real pièce de résistance is the handmade, die cast brass tank badge that adorns each machine. Made in collaboration with the Sirpi Senthil family, who Enfield describe as ‘multi-generational artisans’ best known for their religious effigies, the badges also carry the unique serial number of the bike.

Last but not least, each special edition also has a side panel that pays tribute to Enfield’s 120 year history.

As you might expect Enfield are charging quite a premium for these bikes, with the special edition Interceptor 650 priced at £8150 while the Continental GT 650 will be priced at £8350. A £2000 or so uplift over the standard models.

Happy anniversary: Limited-edition Royal Enfield 650s mark 120 years

First published on 30 November 2021 by Jordan Gibbons

Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 anniversary special

Royal Enfield have unveiled two limited-edition versions of their popular 650 twins, the Interceptor and Continental GT.

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Built to commemorate the firm’s 120th anniversary each features a special black/chrome tank with individually-numbered, die-cast brass badge, ‘blacked-out’ engine and exhausts, special side panel decal and array of Enfield accessories.

Just 480 will be made with 60 of each coming to Europe in early 2022. Prices have yet to be announced. Keep an eye out for more information on MCN soon.

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Jordan Gibbons

By Jordan Gibbons

News Editor, owns some old bikes. Should know better.