COM­PE­TI­TION CHECK

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All in all, the Royal En­field In­ter­cep­tor and Con­ti­nen­tal will sur­prise you. It is si­lent, re­fined, torquey, well-made and feels like it will last too. The ob­vi­ous nig­gles are that the ride setup feels a lit­tle stiffer than ex­pected, the seat could have been more com­fort­able and that the In­ter­cep­tor uses a lot of well-ex­e­cuted but ba­sic-level equip­ment. But as soon as you see the in­di­ca­tions of the pric­ing, the ba­sic spec be­comes easy to un­der­stand. In the US, the only mar­ket that cur­rently has a price out, the In­ter­cep­tor prices start just USD 300 higher than the Clas­sic 500, a 5 per cent jump in price. In ef­fect, you could pay for a 27PS, 500cc sin­gle with ABS, or pay five per cent more and get a 47PS, 650cc twin­cylin­der. That's in­sane value! In In­dia, we are ex­pect­ing the In­ter­cep­tor to be the pri­mary seller and when prices come in the mid­dle of Novem­ber 2018, they should sit be­low the Rs 3 lakh mark ex-show­room. That's un­prece­dented pric­ing, and this time, a shock­ingly low price will be matched by a sur­pris­ingly ef­fec­tive, evoca­tive mo­tor­cy­cle. Novem­ber can­not come fast enough!

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