Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 first look review

Royal Enfield is conducting a first ride experience of the Continental GT 650 as well as the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 in the USA right now. The company has revealed all the details about the motorcycles’ technical specifications as well as launch plans. Bookings for the motorcycles will start in November 2018 and the India launch happens early next year. While the Continental GT form is known to us Indians, the Interceptor form is sort of new. Here are some of the details that we know about the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650.

Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 engine

This is an all-new engine. It displaces 650cc and is a parallel twin. It gets a fuel injection for meeting the upcoming Euro-VI emission norms as well as an oil cooler. Like other RE engines, even this one is set up in a simple fashion. Something which even your roadside mechanic should be able to take care off without any major hassles. After all, the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 is one bike that will do multiple Leh-Ladakh loops.

Royal Enfield interceptor 650

A 270-degree firing order is said to have been chosen for this motor. This not only lends the engine with a different exhaust note when compared to other REs but also allows it to have a good top speed. Now, Royal Enfields have never been known for their top speed as much as chuggability. The Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 top speed is claimed to be 160kmph. That’s a tall order, eh? Reports suggest that the RE Interceptor 650 will comfortably cruise whole day at 130kmph. Sweet!

To give you those vital numbers, the engine produces 47PS @ 5,250rpm while the peak torque of 53Nm comes in at 5,200rpm.  Royal Enfield says that 80 per cent of the torque comes in around 2,500rpm. This means 30kmph in fourth gear should be easily doable. Speaking of which, there are six gears to play around with.  The claimed fuel efficiency of the motorcycle should be around 25kmpl. This combined to the 14 litre fuel tank should give decent cruising range.

Cycle parts of the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650

The Interceptor 650 is built on a new double cradle frame. RE has used an upside down 41mm front suspension while the rear has a  gas-charged twin coil over dampers with adjustable pre-load.  Brembo disc brakes handle the braking duties. ABS is part of the standard equipment as well. As far as tyres are concerned, the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 has Pirelli Phantom SportComp units.  These sit on spoked 18-inch wheels. Like most of the Royal Enfield motorcycles, even the Interceptor weighs closer to 200kg. Actually the kerb weight is 202kg.

Royal Enfield interceptor 650

Royal Enfield is ready to offer different tank size and configurations for the Interceptor 650. These will be available as part of genuine accessories or something that the customer can select before delivery of the vehicle.

Ride experience of the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650

While we haven’t yet ridden the motorcycle, online reviews suggest that the new engine is devoid of any vibrations. The vibrations, as we all have accepted by now, are usually part of any RE motorcycle. Fans of the brand don’t seem to mind it as well. However, RE in its attempt to capture a wider audience has ensured that the new 650s stay vibe free. It is being said that at high speeds, there are slight vibrations but these are just a manifestation that there is a big twin engine nestled under your legs. The sweet spot to experience all the torque the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 makes is between 2,500 – 6,500rpm. That is a wide powerband range for a RE motorcycle. The clutch is slip assisted and feels lighter than of all the RE motorcycles one will have experienced. As an added advantage, the gearbox too is a slick shifting unit.

Royal Enfield interceptor 650

The suspension is said to be set on the stiffer side. This should mean a better handling package. However, given that on Indian roads, we value ride quality more than outright handling, expect it to be dialed down a bit.

 

Price of the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650

Royal Enfield interceptor 650

The golden question everyone wants an answer to. The Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 price in India should ideally be around Rs 4 lakh. At this price point, it goes up against the Yamaha YZF-R3, Kawasaki Ninja 400 and the Benelli 302R. In terms of engine displacement, the Interceptor will be competition to the Harley-Davidson Street 750 and the Kawasaki Z650. Ohh, the price reveal for the North American market happens tomorrow. Stay tuned to AutoAlive for all the information!

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