Hello Guys! We are back with one of the most awaited reviews of the latest model from the Interceptor series from RE – The Royal Enfield Interceptor 650.
Interceptor motorcycle series has been a model more particular about the power of riding than just speed, isn’t it? However, over the several years of evolution, it has managed to keep the uniqueness and the quintessence of its beautiful rides intact.
Well, finally the new version of the Interceptor is out and trust me, RE has brought their A-game to perfection with this motorbike. The first-hand ride experience of the Interceptor 650 is bound to make you catch your breath and fall in love with two-wheelers all over again.
The engine of this royal beast roars like James Bond on a mission in a Casino Royale classic and you can’t but just love it.
The physical design of the Interceptor 650 is no doubt the total embodiment of class dripping with an ambiance of modernism beautifully articulated with vintage outlook. It is a two-wheeler with no flashy external renderings, but simple lines, and looks.
It comes in quite a number of colors with catchy names such as Orange Crush, Silver Spectre, Glitter and Dust, Baker Express, Mark Three, and Ravishing Red all so that every rider can have a befitting preference.
The comfortability that was administered into the overall ergonomics of the Interceptor 650 gives riders a stress-free ride while gliding down paved highways or rugged locals.
The front view portrays a vintage motorbike with its swing arms, headlights and rear view mirror conveniently glued to the motorbikes fuel tank and body.
Although the twin-pod from the riders’ view is not fully digital, it combines with analog probably as a part of the classic vintage design.
The absence of some basic displays such as fuel consumption level, gear position, and a clock makes it a little antique missing necessary indicators.
The side to rear view portrays its double exhausts mounted from both sides of the motorcycle and seemingly dodging the engine all the way to the rear.
The exhausts are slightly tilted upwards to make the sight a little more exciting while sending the royal rumble roar of the engine up into the atmosphere as you zoom off.
Chassis and Handling
The chassis of the Interceptor 650 twin features a double cradle specially and freshly designed in a tubular frame made from steel by the Harris performance team. This provides riders maximum handling, control, and agility irrespective of the terrain.
The Interceptor 650 has an approximate ground clearance of 174 mm on a 1400 mm wheelbase and a seat height of 804 mm making it possible for riders to take a reasonable lean angle while navigating through curves and bends on the road.
Its suspension is also well tested along with the chassis, features both front and rear. The front suspension is supported by a 41 mm front fork while the twin rear unit is with a 110 mm fork.
Its rear shocks come with a 5-staged adjustable pre-load which helps while bumping into speed breakers or potholes without crashing the suspensions. The rear suspension is made up of twin coil over shocks sized at 88 mm.
Engine and Performance
Royal Enfield has always been about powerful engines and the Interceptor 650 is no exception with an all-new 648 cc engine. The engine is powerful yet simple to maintain with a 4 valve per cylinder engine to increase fuel efficiency and reduce consumption.
Riding the Interceptor 650 motorbike for hours generates little to no heat even though it has air and oil cooled parallel twin engine.
The motorbike seamlessly delivers power to its engine with 80% of the power at a pulling power of just 2500 rpm hereby reducing the constant need for gear change. At 47 horsepower an approximate torque of 7250 rpm is offered while 5250 rpm is offered at a maximum 52 Nm.
So as to reduce compression stress, the ratio is designed to be at 9:5:1 so that it is less sensitive to the fuel quality in its 13.7-liter fuel tank.
The throttle response from its precise fuel injection method is just absolutely spot on quick and smooth for all rev range.
The gear features the rare design of a 6-speed gearbox which is specially designed for the Interceptor 650 model.
Wheels and Braking
So as not to spoil the overall theme of the design process of this motorbike, its wheels and tyres have been designed to also reflect the vintage and modern theme.
Its front and rear wheel were both designed with aluminum alloy rims with the front wheels sized at 100/90-18 and the rear wheels sized at 130/70-18.
The modern engineering in the wheels and Pirelli Phantom tyres are provided as a balancing complement for both the chassis and suspension of the motorbikes irrespective of the riding condition.
Both front and rear brakes adopt the ABS braking disc systems. The front brake is equipped with a strong 320 mm disc brake while the rear brake has a reduced brake disc of 240 mm.
You will be surprised to know that the Internet already has quite a number of reviews from users which shows how famous the motorbike is in the Indian motorbike community already.
We have highlighted some of them below:
- Balachandar referred to the bike as a “great re-twin, worth for money new retro look, great engine power, less vibration.”
- Devan called it an “Awesome Bike” RE has really come out with the first TWIN very well, no vibrations as compared to other RE bikes.”
- Thakur Sunil on 17th Dec 2018 simply described the motorbike as Superb and Awesome.
The Royal Enfield’s Interceptor 650 motorcycle is undoubtedly a classic masterpiece with almost all features being close to absolute perfection.
We, at Motorbikes India, feel that the new Interceptor would be loved by the Indian two-wheelers community due to its elegance and performance. All this for a reasonable price of Rs. 2.5 lakh.
Well, I am definitely paying a visit for a quick test ride this weekend, what about you?
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