The original iteration of English motorcycle manufacturer Royal Enfield may have disappeared back in 1971, but its spirit and legacy lives on in the India-based company that bares the same name. Royal Enfield introduced its first-ever motorcycle way back in 1901, and now the manufacturer has launched its 120th Anniversary Edition Continental GT and Interceptor 650 models in celebration of the impressive milestone.
The two unique motorcycles are draped in a stunning ‘Black Chrome’ hue with numerous commemorative details to finish. The unique black-chrome tanks were developed at the original Royal Enfield Factory’s Thiruvottiyur plant in Chennai, the first location of the brand’s Indian arm dating back to the 1950s, while the chrome material used is a product of an environmentally friendly process. On the glossy tank, a special die-cast brass badge can be found which has been handcrafted by the Senthil family, who have been creating brass effigies for temples in India for centuries, over many generations. Hand-painted pinstripes have also been added as a homage to Royal Enfield’s signature Madras stripes.
The bikes themselves feature an all-black body with matching black accessories, including the exhaust pipes. The plush seat is covered in rich brown leather and matches the handle bar grips. As a final touch, under the saddle, you’ll find a special 120th-anniversary emblem.
Only 480 motorcycles — 240 Continental GT 650s and 240 Interceptor INT 650s — are available globally, and each example will have a unique serial number on the tank.